Inkster Takes Charge Big Names Struggle

By Sports NetworkAugust 3, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Weetabix WomenLYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- A 31-time winner on the LPGA Tour, Juli Inkster knows it's all about position heading into the weekend.
 
'You are always chasing the horse,' the Hall of Famer said after taking the first-round lead at the Women's British Open with a 6-under 66. 'So it's nice to be the horse.'
 
Inkster, 46, is off to her best start of the year after scorching Royal Lytham & St. Annes for one eagle and five birdies on Thursday. She leads by three shots -- a deficit trimmed only by a bogey from a fairway bunker at the 18th.
 
Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie had big plans for the week, but came up short on Thursday with a 2-over 74.
'You know, I've always kind of struggled at the British Open and I don't really know why,' said Inkster, who owns seven major wins but none at the British Open.
 
'This is probably one of my best rounds I've played out here.'
 
It was good enough for a comfortable lead over Silvia Cavalleri and Maria Hjorth, who both shot 3-under 69 to share second place at the fourth and final women's major of the year.
 
Allison Hanna, Nina Reis and top Ladies European Tour player Gwladys Nocera are tied for fourth place at 2-under.
 
Cristie Kerr and Christina Kim lead a group of nine players who are tied for seventh place at minus-1, one shot ahead of a pack of 15 women at even-par.
 
That group includes some of the game's biggest names, including world No. 1 Annika Sorenstam, reigning Rookie of the Year Paula Creamer and Natalie Gulbis.
 
Michelle Wie opened with three consecutive bogeys and could never recover, ending at 2-over 74 and tied for 44th place following her fifth career round at this event.
 
The 16-year-old Wie, who has not finished worse than tied for fifth in her six previous 2006 starts on the LPGA Tour, tied for third place at her first Women's British Open last year when she birdied her final two holes.
 
With the winds down Thursday, Wie had to change her approach on the course.
 
'I think I should have adapted a little bit quicker, but I went out there this morning and didn't really do anything wrong,' Wie said. 'It was like I was half-alive almost.'
 
Sorenstam, the 2003 winner at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, was as low as 3 under Thursday before a double-bogey at the par-4 17th and a bogey at the 18th.
 
On both holes, Sorenstam found greenside bunkers. But she isn't worried about being six shots back after one round.
 
'It's only the first day,' she said. 'I am not going to worry too much about it...I look at the leaderboard and so forth, but there is a long ways to go and anything can happen.
 
'I think I proved on the last two holes that you can lose three shots in no time.'
 
Inkster avoided the mistakes Sorenstam made late in her round. Beginning with a 16-foot birdie putt at the first hole, she consistently made big shots.
 
At the par-five sixth, Inkster reached 3 under with an eagle after knocking a 5-iron within 18 feet. She followed that with birdie putts of four and 10 feet on the next two holes and made the turn at 5 under.
 
Inkster slowed down on the back nine, but she was already well in front. She birdied 11 and 15 with short putts, then dropped her only shot when she two-putted for a five at 18.
 
'I hit a lot of fairways. I hit a lot of greens. I played the par fives well today,' Inkster said. 'I gave myself a lot of opportunities. So, you know, overall it was a very good day.'
 
Defending champion Jeong Jang, who went wire-to-wire last year for her first title, did not have a good day. She opened with a 6-over 78 and is tied for 113th place.
 
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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

    After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.

    Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.


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    Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium Course to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time.

    The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine – and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Mickelson misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.


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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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    Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

    Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

    The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

    They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

    It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

    “I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

    The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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    LAAC returning to Casa de Campo in 2019

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 8:23 pm

    The Latin America Amateur Championship will return to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in 2019 (Jan. 17-20), event organizers announced Saturday in Chile, where this year’s championship is underway.

    The LAAC champion receives an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club every spring.

    The champion is also exempt into The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which he is eligible to compete. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

    The championship got its start in 2015 with Chile’s Matias Dominguez winning at Pilar Golf in Argentina. In 2016, Casa de Campo hosted, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet winning. At 16, he became the first player from Central America to compete in the Masters. In 2017, Chile’s Toto Gana won the title at  Club de Golf de Panama.