Kane Passes Mallon For Lead

By Sports NetworkMarch 15, 2003, 5:00 pm
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Lorie Kane posted a 5-under 65 on Saturday to grab the lead after three rounds of the Welch's/Fry's Championship at Dell Urich Golf Course. She stands at 18-under-par 192 and owns a one-shot lead over LPGA Tour rookie Christina Kim with one round to play.
 
Kane got herself into the LPGA Tour's record book on Saturday. Her three-day total score of 192 established a new LPGA Tour record for lowest raw score after 54 holes.
 
Meg Mallon, who posted the second-lowest score in tour history on Friday with a 10-under-par 60, was 10 shots higher on Saturday. She held a commanding lead in the third round but three bogeys in a four-hole stretch on her back nine dropped her to an even-par 70 and a share of third place with Wendy Doolan. The pair is notched at 16-under-par 194.
 
Kane, who held the first-round lead, trailed by three shots around the turn as both her and Mallon collected two birdies each on the front nine. Mallon birdied No. 10 to open a four-shot edge but a combination of birdies by Kane and mistakes by Mallon brought Kane into first.
 
Kane drained a 10-foot birdie at 11 and chipped to a foot to set up birdie at the par-5 13th. Winds arrived later on the back nine and seemed to impact Mallon more than Kane.
 
Mallon drove into the rough at 13 and struggled to reach the green in regulation. She had three feet for par but pushed the putt left. Things got worse for Mallon as her four-shot lead was down to one when she got to the 14th tee.
 
Mallon found the fairway off the tee but blew a 7-wood through the green at No. 14. She pitched her second eight feet past the hole and missed the par save, tying her with Kane, but not for long.
 
Kane hit her approach to five feet at the 15th and rolled home the putt to take the one-shot lead at 18-under par. Mallon parred the 15th to stay one back but missed a three-footer to save par at 16.
 
Kane had good looks at birdie on the final three holes. She missed a 30-footer right of the hole at 16, lipped out from six feet at 17 and came up short on 18.
 
'It does get a little bit frustrating when you work each day thinking the greens are going to be faster and faster and they end up slowing down,' said Kane, who smashed the 54-hole record for this tournament by eight shots. 'We haven't seen much wind here on this golf course over the last two days. It was a little bit funky on some iron shots into greens.'
 
Kane has held the lead with one round to go six times on tour but only once visited the winner's circle on Sunday.
 
'I'm very comfortable,' said Kane, who hit every fairway and 17 of 18 greens in regulation on Saturday. 'I'm going out with one mission in mind tomorrow and that's to win this golf tournament.'
 
Mallon went from three ahead at the start of Saturday's round to two behind but the 39-year-old remains optimistic.
 
'It felt like 20 shots more the way it was going,' said Mallon, referring to the difference in her historic round of Friday and Saturday's even-par round. 'I didn't hurt myself at least. I'm still in the tournament and I still have a chance tomorrow.'
 
While Kane and Mallon were battling, Kim came from behind to sneak into second. Kim, who turned 19 years old on Saturday, collected eight birdies in the third round with none from longer than eight feet.
 
Kim, who earned her spot on the LPGA Tour thanks to finishing second on the Futures Tour money list in 2002, realizes that despite her lack of experience, she can compete with the top women in the sport.
 
'After the first round, looking at the scores, I thought, 'Hey, I can do this,'' said Kim, who shot a 6-under 64 in Thursday's opening round. 'I can go low because I have the capabilities.'
 
Grace Park (68), Brandie Burton (66) and Young Kim (69) share fifth place at minus-14. Yu Ping Lin and Betsy King are tied for eighth at 13-under par, followed by A.J. Eathorne, who is alone in 10th at minus-12.
 
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    Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

    Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

    Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

    Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

    McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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    Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

    By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

    Memo to the golf gods:

    If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

    Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

    It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

    With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

    It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

    We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

    We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

    Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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    Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

    We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

    In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

    While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

    Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

    Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

    Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

    While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

    Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

    So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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    McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

    By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

    With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

    The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

    Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

    "I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

    McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

    But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

    "I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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    What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

    Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

    Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

    Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

    Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

    Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

    Ball: Titleist Pro V1x