Kang Lee Lead Wendys Ochoa Webb Close

By Sports NetworkAugust 25, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Wendys ChampionshipDUBLIN, Ohio -- The South Korean contingent is once again leading the way at the Wendy's Championship for Children.
 
Defending champion Cristie Kerr ran into problems down the stretch to leave Soo-Yun Kang and Jee Young Lee atop the leaderboard through Friday's second round.
 
Lorena Ochoa
Lorean Ochoa is within a two shots of the lead heading into the weekend.
'I had it going all day until the last couple of holes,' Kerr said, adding she was 'furious' with her finish.
 
Kang shot a 6-under 66 and Lee had a 67 to share the top spot at 11-under 133 at the tournament's midpoint.
 
'We are very friendly,' Kang said of the relationship between the 32 South Koreans on the LPGA Tour. 'After we finish a round, we go to dinner sometimes, and we drink. We talk a lot.'

They have a lot to discuss. No fewer than 12 South Koreans are among the top 30 on the tour money list. They've already won nine times this season.
 
Lee said there is a natural rivalry between the players but all is forgotten off the course.
 
'I cannot deny the competition among Korean players,' she said. 'But on the other hand, I know that golf is actually against one's self.'
 
Se Ri Pak opened the door for South Koreans with four wins in 1998. Since then they have made themselves right at home.
 
Pak has collected five major championships among her 23 victories, while Mi Hyun Kim, Hee-Won Han, Jeong Jang, Birdie Kim and Gloria Park have all made names for themselves. Seon-Hwa Lee is 11th on the money list and the frontrunner for rookie of the year, with pressure from Lee, who is 22nd.
 
Sweden's Mikaela Parmlid shot her second consecutive 67 and was a shot back along with Colombia's Marisa Baena, who had a 65 to match the low round of the day with two more Koreans, Joo Mi Kim and Young Kim.
 
Things finally came together for Parmlid.
 
'I've been playing amazing the last three weeks really, and I haven't putted well,' she said. 'So finally I talked to my teacher right before the tournament, he helped me out a little bit and the putts started dropping.'
 
Brittany Lincicome, Lorena Ochoa and Karrie Webb each had a 68 to stand two strokes back at 135. Paula Creamer had a double-bogey on the second hole but mustered her second 68 and was at 136 along with Joo-Mi Kim (65), Stacy Prammanasudh (70) and Ai Miyazato (68).

'You walk away with a double and you're not really feeling too good about yourself,' Creamer said. 'But I fought back and had three birdies in a row and then birdied No. 9. Things happen like that and you just have to overcome it and come back.'
 
Kerr was the hottest player on the course for most of the day but faltered at the finish. She three-putted the 17th for bogey and then pulled her second shot into a small creek on the par-4 18th. She had to settle for a double that capped a 67 and left her at 137.
 
'I just made an absolutely horrendous swing on the last hole,' she said as she hurried to the fitness trailer for therapy on a sore neck. 'All I had to do was hit it to the right side of the green and it would kick down to the hole. It was an awful, awful shot.'
 
Even after giving away three shots to par on the final two holes, she was only four back of the leaders.
 
'It's really hard right after I walk off the green to be positive about it but I'm sure by the time I relax and get my neck worked on, I'll look back on the overall day instead of the finish,' she said. 'But right now I'm furious.'
 
Prammanasudh, Lee, Katie Futcher and Kristal Parker-Manzo shared the first-round lead at 66. Futcher, a rookie, came back with a 73 while Parker-Manzo, who said she would retire after this tournament, faded to a 76.
 
With the greens holding, the leaders vowed to continue firing at pins -- possibly leading to the lowest 72-hole scores of the year on tour.
 
'If the greens stay receptive, it could be a possibility that 20-under could win the tournament,' Baena said.
 
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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.


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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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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 hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.


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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked 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.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    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 the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    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 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. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    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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    Phil 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.