Song Shares LPGA Q-School Lead

By Sports NetworkDecember 1, 2004, 5:00 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Naree Song and Emily Bastel, who played together on Wednesday, each posted rounds of 5-under-par 67 to share the first-round lead of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
Jordan Cherebetiu is alone in third place at 3-under-par 69.
This is the first year at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament will be a 90-hole, five-day event. The event takes place on both the Legends and Champions courses at LPGA International. The first 72 holes will be played on both courses, while the Legends course will host the final round.
Thirty exempt cards for the 2005 season are on the line as are 35 non-exempt spots.
Song, whose twin sister Aree was a rookie in 2004 and held the third-round lead of the Nabisco Championship, birdied her first, then reeled off three in a row starting at the fifth. She bogeyed 12, but rebounded with birdies at Nos. 13 and 14.
'One bogey, six birdies, it was a good day,' said Song, who won this year's The New Innsbrook CC Futures Golf Classic. 'I putted really well today. I made some long putts, short putts and medium putts. It was a good score.'
Bastel, a former All-American at Michigan State University, was flawless on Wednesday with five birdies, including back-to-back birdies at two and three and seven and eight, and zero bogeys.
'I was very consistent today,' said Bastel, who finished sixth on the Futures Tour money list, one spot from earning an exempt LPGA Tour card. 'Lots of fairways, lots of greens. Getting the putter rolling early is what helped me and gave me confidence for the rest of the round.'
Paula Creamer, an 18-year-old amateur, shot a 2-under 70 and is tied for fourth place with Kristen Samp, Michelle Simpson, Jenny Gleason, Janell Howland, Amy Hung and former LPGA Tour player Beth Bader.
Brittany Lincicome, 19, was the shocking first-round leader at this year's U.S. Women's Open. She posted an even-par 72 on Wednesday and is part of a group tied for 23rd with former tour members Becky Iverson, Tonya Gill and Leslie Spalding.
Maria Hjorth, a two-time winner in 1999, struggled to a 1-over 73 and is part of a logjam in 41st.
Charlotta Sorenstam, the sister of No. 1 player Annika, managed a 2-over-par 74 on Wednesday and is part of a huge group tied for 80th place. Virada Nirapathpongporn, the 2003 U.S. Women's Amateur champion, was two shots worse at plus-4.
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    Watch: Tiger throws dart, pours in birdie at 8

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 18, 2018, 7:31 pm

    Starting Sunday five off the lead, Tiger Woods teed off his final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a laced 2-iron and a par at No. 1.

    Woods hit the green at the par-3 second but left himself a 50-foot birdie putt and a 6-footer to save par, which we walked in.

    A two-putt 4 at the par-5 fourth gave Woods his first birdie of the day and moved him to 8 under for the week. Apparently energized, Tiger pulled driver at the short par-4 fifth and unleashed this violent swing.

    A pitch from the thick rough hit a sprinkler head and stopped on the apron, leading to this birdie try, which fortunately hit the pin but unfortunately didn't fall.

    Looking to pick up another stroke - or two - at the par-5 sixth, Woods took his drive 317 yards over the water and hit this second shot from 227 yards to 13 feet, leading to another two-putt birdie when his eagle try burned the right edge.

    Returning to his trusty 2-iron, Tiger found the fairway at par-4 eighth and then threw this dart from 176 yards to 6 feet and rolled in his third birdie putt of the day to move to 10 under.

    (More coming...)

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    McIlroy: Time for Tour to limit alcohol sales on course

    By Ryan LavnerMarch 18, 2018, 1:50 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy suggested Saturday that the PGA Tour might need to consider curbing alcohol sales to stop some of the abusive fan behavior that has become more prevalent at events.

    McIlroy said that a fan repeatedly yelled his wife’s name (Erica) during the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    “I was going to go over and have a chat with him,” McIlroy said. “I think it’s gotten a little much, to be honest. I think they need to limit the alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something, because every week it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more.

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    “I know that people want to come and enjoy themselves, and I’m all for that, but sometimes when the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy, it can get a little much.”

    This isn’t the first time that McIlroy has voiced concerns about fan behavior on Tour. Last month at Riviera, he said the rowdy spectators probably cost Tiger Woods a half-shot a round, and after two days in his featured group he had a splitting headache.

    A week later, at the Honda Classic, Justin Thomas had a fan removed late in the final round.

    McIlroy believes the issue is part of a larger problem, as more events try to replicate the success of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which has one of the liveliest atmospheres on Tour.

    “It’s great for that tournament, it’s great for us, but golf is different than a football game, and there’s etiquette involved and you don’t want people to be put off from bringing their kids when people are shouting stuff out,” he said. “You want people to enjoy themselves, have a good day.”

    As for a solution, well, McIlroy isn’t quite sure.

    “It used to be you bring beers onto the course or buy beers, but not liquor,” he said. “And now it seems like everyone’s walking around with a cocktail. I don’t know whether (the solution) is to go back to letting people walking around with beers in their hands. That’s fine, but I don’t know.”

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    Confident Lincicome lurking after 54 holes at Founders

    By Randy SmithMarch 18, 2018, 2:45 am

    PHOENIX – Brittany Lincicome is farther back than she wanted to be going into Sunday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she’s in a good place.

    She’s keeping the momentum of her season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic victory going this year.

    Her confidence is high.

    “Last year, I won in the Bahamas, but then I didn't do anything after that,” Lincicome said. “I don't even know if I had a top 10 after my win in the Bahamas. Obviously, this year, I want to be more consistent.”

    Lincicome followed up her victory in the Bahamas this year with a tie for seventh in her next start at the Honda LPGA Thailand. And now she’s right back on another leaderboard with the year’s first major championship just two weeks away. She is, by the way, a two-time winner at the ANA Inspiration.

    Missy Pederson, Lincicome’s caddie, is helping her player keep that momentum going with more focus on honing in the scoring clubs.

    “One of our major goals is being more consistent,” Pederson said. “She’s so talented, a once in a generation talent. I’m just trying to help out in how to best approach every golf course.”

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    Pederson has helped Lincicome identify the clubs they’re likely to attack most with on the particular course they are playing that week, to spend more time working with those clubs in practice. It’s building confidence.

    “I know the more greens we hit, and the more chances we give ourselves, the more our chances are to be in contention,” Pederson said. “Britt is not big into stats or details, so I have to figure out how to best consolidate that information, to get us exactly where we need to be.”

    Lincicome’s growing comfort with clubs she can attack with is helping her confidence through a round.

    “I’ve most noticed consistency in her mental game, being able to handle some of the hiccups that happen over the course of a round,” Pederson said. “Whereas before, something might get under her skin, where she might say, `That’s what always happens,’ now, it’s, `All right, I know I’m good enough to get this back.’ I try to get her in positions to hit the clubs we are really hitting well right now.”

    That’s leading to a lot more birdies, fewer bogeys and more appearances on leaderboards in the start to this year.