Stanford Maintains Lead Over Kerr

By Sports NetworkAugust 11, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Canadian WomenLONDON, Ontario -- Angela Stanford shot a 2-under 70 on Friday and remained atop the leaderboard after two rounds of the CN Canadian Women's Open. She stands at 10-under-par 134 and is three ahead at London Hunt and Country Club.
 
Cristie Kerr and Jee Young Lee both posted rounds of 2-under 70 and are knotted in second place at 7-under-par 137. Canadian Lorie Kane also carded a 70 on Friday and is alone in fourth place at minus-6.
 
Angela Stanford
Angela Stanford is looking for her second career LPGA Tour victory.
Stanford, who matched the tournament record on Thursday with a 64, started on the back nine Friday. She flew out of the gate with a two-putt birdie from 40 feet at the par-5 10th, then made birdie from a fairway bunker at the par-4 11th.
 
She parred the 12th, but found trouble with her approach at the 13th. Stanford's 6-iron shot ran through the green and her chip flew 8 feet past the hole. She narrowly missed the par putt and fell back to 9 under par for the championship.
 
Stanford drained a crucial par save at the 18th, then parred her next three holes on the front side. At the par-5 fourth, Stanford laid up short of the putting surface with her second, then wedged her third to 8 feet. She holed the birdie putt to move to minus-10.
 
From there, Stanford continued to make pars. She finished with five in a row to close her round, but owns a three-shot margin in her bid for LPGA Tour victory No. 2.
 
'I was more frustrated today than I was yesterday obviously,' said Stanford, who lost a playoff at the 2003 U.S. Women's Open. 'I think a lot of it has to do with playing in the morning and the afternoon. The greens felt like they were getting firmer and firmer.'
 
Stanford has owned the second-round lead twice on tour with mixed results. She held on for her lone LPGA Tour victory at the 2003 ShopRite LPGA Classic, but tied for second earlier this year at the Franklin American Mortgage Championship.
 
This week, she's armed with a three-shot advantage heading into the weekend, but the 28-year-old knows that no lead is safe.
 
'It's never enough, never enough,' acknowledged Stanford. 'You can give me 10 shots right now and it wouldn't be enough. These ladies, they're so good, and on any given day, they can do what I did yesterday.'
 
Kerr was 1 over through her first 10 holes on Friday, but turned it on down the stretch. She rolled in a 6-foot birdie putt, then chipped in for birdie at the 12th.
 
Kerr, who overtook Stanford at the Franklin American Mortgage Championship, hit a pitching-wedge to 5 feet to set up birdie at the 15th. She had makable looks at 16 and 18, but missed, leaving her three behind.
 
'Regardless of who is at the top of the leaderboard, I have to go out and play the course as best I can,' said Kerr, who tied for second last week at the Women's British Open. 'I think the course is going to do nothing but get harder, with the hole locations and the firmness of the greens. So I've really just got to go out and play my game.'
 
Lee, who has not missed a cut since the second event of the season at the Fields Open in Hawaii, mixed four birdies and two bogeys in her round. Three of her birdies came in her last five holes.
 
Vicki Goetze-Ackerman shot a 1-over 73 and Pat Hurst, who lost to Annika Sorenstam in a playoff at this year's U.S. Women's Open, posted a 71 to share fifth place at minus-4.
 
Sophie Gustafson, who shared second with Kerr last week, fired a 3-under 69 and is tied for seventh place with defending champion Meena Lee, who shot a 1-over 73 on Friday. The pair is knotted at 3-under-par 141.
 
The 36-hole cut fell at 5-over-par 149 with 83 players making it to the weekend.
 
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  • If Park is nervous, she sure doesn't show it

    By Randall MellNovember 17, 2017, 11:24 pm

    NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park says she can feel her heart pounding every time she steps to the first tee.

    She says she always gets nervous starting a round.

    You don’t believe it, though.

    She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .

    Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .

    Or disarming ticking bombs . . .

    “In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.

    Everything about Park was at odds with that admission Friday, after she took control halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.

    Her Korean nickname is “Dan Gong,” which means “Shut up and attack.” Now that sounds right. That’s what she looks like she is doing, trying to run roughshod through the Tour Championship in a historic sweep of all the LPGA’s most important awards and honors.

    Park got just one look at Tiburon Golf Club before this championship began, playing in Wednesday’s pro-am. Then she marched out Thursday and shot 67, then came out Friday and shot 65.

    At 12 under overall, Park has a three-shot lead on Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith.

    She is six shots up on Lexi Thompson, who leads the CME Globe point standings in the race for the $1 million jackpot.

    She is 11 shots up on world No. 1 Shanshan Feng.

    And 11 shots up on So Yeon Ryu, who leads the Rolex Player of the Year point standings.


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    There’s a long way to go, but Park is in position to make an epic sweep, to win the Tour Championship, that CME Globe jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

    Nobody’s ever dominated a weekend like that in women’s golf.

    It’s all there for the taking now, if Park can keep this going.

    Park has another nickname back in South Korea. Her fans call her “Namdalla.” That means “I am different.” She’ll prove that if she owns this weekend.

    Park, 24, isn’t assuming anything. She’s humbly aware how much talent is flooding the LPGA, how the tour’s depth was underscored in a year where five different players have reigned as world No. 1, five different players won majors and 22 different winners stepped forward in 32 events.

    “I don’t think it’s quite that far a lead,” Park said of her three-shot advantage. “Two, three shots can change at any moment.”

    About those nerves that Park insists plague her, even Hall of Famer Judy Rankin can’t see it.

    Not when Park unsheathes a driver on a tee box.

    “She’s the most fearless driver of the ball out here,” Rankin said. “I would put Lexi a close second and everybody else a distant third. She hits drivers on holes where you shouldn’t, and she hits it long and she just throws it right down there between hazard stakes that are 10 yards apart, like it’s nothing. Now, that’s a little hyperbole, but she will hit driver almost everywhere.”

    David Jones, Park’s caddie, will attest to that. He was on Park’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in July and won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.

    “She reaches for driver a lot because she is a good driver,” Jones said. “She isn’t reckless. She’s as accurate with a driver as she is a 3-wood.”

    Park and Thompson played together in the first round. Park is eighth on tour in driving distance, averaging 270 yards per drive, and Thompson is third, averaging 274.

    Thompson loves to hit driver, too, but . . . 

    “Lexi hit a lot of 3-woods compared to us when we played together yesterday,” Jones said.

    Jones doesn’t find himself talking Park out of hitting driver much.

    “It’s really simple,” Jones said. “When you hit driver as straight as she does, why mess around?”

    Count Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, a student of the swing, among admirers of Park’s abilities.

    “No other swing in the game comes close to her technical perfection and elegance in my opinion,” Chamblee tweeted Friday.

    Come Sunday, Park hopes to complete a perfect sweep of the LPGA’s most important awards.

    National champion Sooners meet with Trump in D.C.

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 17, 2017, 11:10 pm

    The national champion Oklahoma men's golf team visited Washington D.C. on Frday and met with President Donald Trump.

    Oklahoma topped Oregon, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2, in last year's national final at Rich Harvest Farms to win their second national championship and first since 1989.

    These pictures from the team's trip to Washington popped up on social media late Friday afternoon:

    Rookie Cook (66-62) credits prior Tour experience

    By Rex HoggardNovember 17, 2017, 10:36 pm

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Austin Cook is a rookie only on paper. At least, that’s the way he’s played since joining the circuit this season.

    This week’s RSM Classic is Cook’s fourth start on Tour, and rounds of 66-62 secured his fourth made cut of the young season. More importantly, his 14-under total moved him into the lead at Sea Island Resort.

    “I really think that a couple years ago, the experience that I have had, I think I've played maybe 10 events, nine events before this season,” Cook said. “Being in contention a few times and making cuts, having my card has really prepared me for this.”


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    Cook has been perfect this week at the RSM Classic and moved into contention with four consecutive birdies starting at No. 13 (he began his round on the 10th hole of the Seaside course). A 6-footer for birdie at the last moved him one stroke clear of Brian Gay.

    In fact, Cook hasn’t come close to making a bogey this week thanks to an equally flawless ball-striking round that moved him to first in the field in strokes gained: tee to green.

    If Cook has played like a veteran this week, a portion of that credit goes to long-time Tour caddie Kip Henley, who began working for Cook during this year’s Web.com Tour finals.

    “He’s got a great golf brain,” Henley said. “That’s the most flawless round of golf I’ve ever seen.”

    Cook fires 62 for one-shot lead at RSM Classic

    By Associated PressNovember 17, 2017, 10:26 pm

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook made a 6-foot birdie putt on his final hole for an 8-under 62 and a one-shot lead going into the weekend at the RSM Classic.

    Cook has gone 36 holes without a bogey on the Plantation and Seaside courses at Sea Island Golf Club. He played Seaside - the site of the final two rounds in the last PGA Tour event of the calendar year - on Friday and ran off four straight birdies on his opening nine holes.

    ''We've just been able to it hit the ball really well,'' Cook said. ''Speed on greens has been really good and getting up-and-down has been great. I've been able to hit it pretty close to the hole to make some pretty stress-free putts. But the couple putts that I have had of some length for par, I've been able to roll them in. Everything's going well.''

    The 26-year-old former Arkansas player was at 14-under 128 and had a one-stroke lead over Brian Gay, who shot 64 on Seaside. No one else was closer than five shots going into the final two rounds.

    The 45-year-old Gay won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2013.


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    ''I've hit a lot of greens and fairways,'' Gay said. ''I've hit the ball, kept it in front of me. There's a lot of trouble out here, especially with the wind blowing, so I haven't had to make too many saves the first couple days and I putted well.''

    Cook has made the weekend cuts in all four of his starts this season. He earned his PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour, and has hired Gay's former caddie, Kip Henley.

    ''With him being out here so long, he knows everybody, so it's not like I'm completely the new kid on the block,'' Cook said. ''He's introduced me to a lot of people, so it's just making me feel comfortable out here. He knows his way around these golf courses. We're working really well together.''

    First-round leader Chris Kirk followed his opening 63 on the Plantation with a 70 on the Seaside to drop into a tie for third at 9 under with C.T. Pan (65) and Vaughn Taylor (66).

    Brandt Snedeker is looking strong in his first start in some five months because of a sternum injury. Snedeker shot a 67 on the Plantation course and was six shots back at 8 under.

    ''I was hitting the ball really well coming down here,'' Snedeker said. ''I was anxious to see how I would hold up under pressure. I haven't played a tournament in five months, so it's held up better than I thought it would. Ball-striking's been really good, mental capacity's been unbelievable.

    ''I think being so fresh, excited to be out there and thinking clearly. My short game, which has always been a strength of mine, I didn't know how sharp it was going to be. It's been really good so far.''