Park Koch Share Lead in Korea

By Sports NetworkOctober 29, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 CJ Nine Bridges ClassicJEJU ISLAND, South Korea -- Grace Park and Carin Koch posted matching rounds of 6-under-par 66 on Friday to share the lead after the first round of the CJ Nine Bridges Classic.
 
Jill McGill and Women's British Open champion Karen Stupples are tied for third place after posting rounds of 5-under-par 67.
 
LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year, and this week's defending champion, Shi Hyun Ahn was one stroke further back at minus-4. She was joined there by Ju-Mi Kim, Young-A Yang and two-time winner this year, Lorena Ochoa.
 
Women's world No. 1 Annika Sorenstam posted four birdies to go along with three bogeys in a round of 1-under-par 71, which put her in a tie for 18th.
 
Park, playing in the final group with Sorenstam and Ahn, opened with a birdie at the par-4 first. She picked up her second birdie at the par-3 seventh at Nine Bridges Golf Club.
 
The Seoul, South Korea native birdied the ninth from 6 feet out and made two in a row with a birdie on No. 10. Park moved to 5 under as she birdied the par-5 12th. However, she tripped to a bogey at the next after missing the green.
 
Park atoned for the error with a birdie on the 16th. She closed with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 closing hole to grab a piece of the lead.
 
'I am happy to finish 6 under. I kind of have some regret, but I am satisfied with the way I played today,' said Park, who won her first major earlier this year at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. 'I pushed most of my shots today, so my ball went to the right today. I made a couple of mistakes with some iron shots, and I kind of regret those shots.'
 
Koch was on fire early in her round. She started on the 10th tee and picked up a birdie there. She came right back with a birdie at 11. Koch birdied the 12th from 15 feet out to keep her roll going.
 
The three-time Solheim Cup performer completed a run of four straight birdies at the 13th by sinking another 15-foot birdie putt. Koch parred her next four holes, before a birdie on No. 18 helped her to make the turn in 5-under 31.
 
Koch moved out in front at 6 under as she picked up a birdie at the par-4 fifth. However, she stumbled to a three-putt bogey at the next. The 34-year-old came back with a 15-foot birdie putt at the eighth, her 17th, to get back to minus-6. Koch parred the last to share the first round lead.
 
'It was a great day of golf for me,' said Koch, whose only win came at the 2001 LPGA Corning Classic. 'I had a very nice start with four birdies on the first four holes. I did not quite continue that, but I played pretty good golf and made some pretty good putts. I hit my driver well today and kept it in play.'
 
Stacy Prammanasudh and a pair of Koreans, Mi Hyun Kim and Young Kim, are tied for ninth place at 3-under-par 69. Dorothy Delasin, Jeong Jang, Seol An Jeon, Catriona Matthew, Hyun Ju Shin and Angela Stanford were one stroke further back at minus-2.
 
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    PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

    The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

    PGA Tour:

    The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.

    LPGA:

    We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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    Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

    By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

    JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

    The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.


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    Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

    ''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

    Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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    Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

    Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

    Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

    Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

    The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.