Wie Trails Webb Heading into Final Round

By Sports NetworkJuly 28, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Evian MastersEVIAN, France -- Kraft Nabisco champion Karrie Webb posted a 3-under 69 Friday to take a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Evian Masters. Webb completed 54 holes at 12-under-par 204.
Michelle Wie, who is still searching for her first LPGA Tour win, carded a 2-under 70 and is alone in second at 11-under-par 205. Laura Davies (67) and Se Ri Pak (70) share third place at minus-10.
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Karrie Webb is looking for her third victory of the season.
Jeong Jang, who will defend her title at the Women's British Open next week, was joined in fifth place at minus-8 by Mi Hyun Kim and Lorena Ochoa, the LPGA Tour's leading money winner. Ochoa entered the third round tied for the lead with Webb and Wie.
Women's world No. 1 Annika Sorenstam is alone in eighth place at 7-under-par 209 after a 1-under 71 on Friday at Evian Masters Golf Club.
Defending champion Paula Creamer struggled to a 2-over 74. That dropped her into a share of 11th at minus-4, where she stands alongside Hee-Won Han and Lorie Kane.
Webb took the outright lead with a 5-foot birdie putt on the first. Wie briefly joined her there when she drained a 15-footer for birdie on the third.
The Australian Webb poured in a 30-foot birdie try on the fifth to regain the lead. She moved two clear of the field with a 15-foot birdie putt at seven.
Webb converted back-to-back birdies from the ninth to lead by three at 14 under. However, she lost her drive out of bounds on the 12th and stumbled to a double-bogey.
The 31-year-old found rough off the tee at the 13th and was forced to pitch out. Webb took a bogey there to slide to 11 under, then parred the next four holes while Wie and Ochoa briefly joined her in the lead.
Webb got up and down for birdie from a greenside bunker at the last to end one ahead of Wie.
'I got off to another good start today on the front nine. I was 4 under on the front and then birdied 10,' Webb stated. 'I struggled in the middle of the back nine again. Then I made a really good sand save at the last after hitting a 5-iron into the right greenside bunker.'
After her birdie on the third, Wie fell two back as she parred the next five holes. The young Hawaiian made a 15-foot birdie putt on the ninth, then stumbled to a three-putt bogey on the 12th to slip to minus-10. She birdied the 15th, but hit over the green on 17 and was unable to save par.
Wie hit a pitching-wedge to 18 feet at the par-5 closing hole and two-putted for birdie to remain one behind Webb.
'Well I felt like I played a lot harder than I did the past two days since the wind came up and the pin positions were a lot trickier,' admitted Wie. 'So I feel like I played very smart today and I played very solid. I felt I made putts when I had to, so I feel good for tomorrow.'
Ochoa was 2 under through 15 with two bogeys and four birdies. That gave her a share of the lead, but the Mexican double-bogeyed 17 and bogeyed the last to fall back into a share of fifth place.
Saturday will be the final round, as this event started on Wednesday.
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    What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

    Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

    McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

    The Ryder Cup topped his list.

    Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

    “Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

    “The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

    And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

    Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

    The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

    More bulletin board material, too.

    Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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    By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

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    The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

    It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

    The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

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    Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.