Lindley Looks for Longs Win

By Sports NetworkSeptember 25, 2004, 4:00 pm
AUBURN, Calif. -- Leta Lindley fired a 6-under 65 Saturday to take the lead through 54 holes of the Longs Drugs Challenge. She completed three rounds at 14-under-par 199 and owns a one-shot lead over second-round leader Juli Inkster.
 
Inkster, a two-time winner of this event, shot a 3-under 68 and is one stroke ahead of Christina Kim, who also posted a 3-under 68 on Saturday. Kim is alone in third at 12-under-par 201.
 
Lindley, who gave birth to her first child earlier this year and returned to the tour in June, birdied the fourth and fifth holes to move up the leaderboard.
 
She collected back-to-back birdies at the 10th and 11th holes that gave her the lead, but then dropped a shot to par at the 13th and fall behind both Inkster and Kim.
 
But Lindley had one more run of good golf left in her. She birdied three in a row from the 14th to jump into sole possession of the lead, a spot she wasn't sure she would be in so quickly after the birth.
 
'I didn't anticipate playing as well as I have this year,' said Lindley, who is winless on the LPGA Tour. 'I've had two top 10s, and I didn't know what to expect. Maybe he's good luck for me.'
 
Inkster had her share of problems on the front nine, as she tallied one birdie at the fifth and a bogey at the par-5 ninth.
 
On the back nine, Inkster collected three birdies in a four-hole span to reclaim her top spot on the leaderboard. Lindley made more birdies down the stretch, but Inkster, a Hall of Famer, is in position for her first win of the year. Inkster has won at least one tournament a year for the last seven years.
 
Kim, the first-round leader, got out quickly with three birdies in her first five holes. She bogeyed No. 11, when she needed two shots to get out of a fairway bunker.
 
Kim, who is winless in two years on tour, birdied the 14th to get within two of Lindley's lead.
 
Katherine Hull fired a 65 on Saturday and is tied for sixth place with Michelle Estill and Angela Stanford, both of whom shot 70s in the third place. The trio is knotted at 9-under-par 204.
 
Hee-Won Han, who won last week's Safeway Classic, carded an even-par 71 and shares ninth place with Donna Andrews, who shot a 67 on Saturday. The duo is tied at 8-under-par 205.
 
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    Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

    By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

    One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

    Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

    "I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

    Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

    "I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

    Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

    "Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

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    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

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    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


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