Stupples Leads by Three

By Sports NetworkAugust 7, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 Jamie Farr Owens ClassicSYLVANIA, Ohio -- Karen Stupples posted a 3-under 68 on Saturday to regain the lead after the third round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. Stupples's 54-hole total of 8-under-par 205 left her three shots clear of Marilyn Lovander.
 
Meg Mallon, who shared the overnight lead with Angela Jerman, struggled to a 74 to finish alongside Jeong Jang at 4-under-par 209. Defending champion Se Ri Pak followed at 3-under-par 210. She was joined by Karrie Webb, Lorena Ochoa, Lorie Kane, Brandie Burton, Nancy Scranton and Leta Lindley in a tie for fifth.
 
Fresh off her first major title in front of the hometown fans last week at the Women's British Open, Stupples came out to Highland Meadows Golf Club on Thursday and took the opening-round lead with a 65. She had somewhat of a letdown in the second round, but the Englishwoman was back in form on Saturday to retake the lead.
 
'I feel like my game is at a totally different level now than it was at this time last year, even after winning my first tournament in Tucson, I feel like I made a big step,' said Stupples. 'Winning a major, especially for me, winning the British Open is something I have always dreamed of.'
 
Stupples parred her first two holes before picking up her first birdie of the day at the par-4 third. She ran off another string of pars until her second shot to the ninth stopped within 20 feet of the hole for another birdie.
 
The 31-year-old had several scoring opportunities on the inward half, but was unable to convert on multiple occasions. She left her birdie putt short at the 12th and was unable to find the bottom of the cup at the par-4 13th after he approach landed inside 8 feet.
 
Stupples knocked her second shot to 6 feet at the 15th, but again was unable to walk away with birdie. She seemed to be letting another scoring chance slip away at the par-5 17th, but Stupples drained a 12-foot putt for her third birdie of the day to hold a solid edge in search of her third victory of the season.
 
'The way I'm playing, I feel like I have so much confidence right now,' said Stupples. 'I don't have to take on stupid shots. I don't have to be outrageous on the course. I can play my game and it will be enough, which is a wonderful feeling to have.'
 
Lovander, a veteran who has yet to win on the LPGA Tour, made a move on Saturday with three straight birdies starting at the par-3 sixth. She missed the putting surface at the 11th, but putted from off the green to grab a share of the lead at 7 under.
 
The 49-year-old stumbled with back-to-back bogeys from the 16th, but remains in position for her best career finish on the LPGA Tour.
 
'You just never give up out here,' said Lovander. 'I have been improving every year, so I am still playing.'
 
Mallon, who earned her second U.S. Women's Open title last month, was steady early with a birdie at the second, but she gave that shot back with a bogey at the fifth. She found trouble again with a bogey at the ninth and sent her second shot through the green at the par-4 11th.
 
Mallon was unable to save par and a bogey at the 16th left her four shots off the pace.
 
Jerman, a rookie on the LPGA Tour last year, struggled with a round of 78 to fall back into a group at even-par 213.
 
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    Snedeker starts slow in effort to snag Masters invite

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

    Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

    Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

    Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

    World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

    Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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    Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

    The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

    Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

    "I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

    Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

    Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

    Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.

    Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

    By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.


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    Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

    Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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    LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

    The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

    LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

    "The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

    It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

    "He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."