Williams Sets Records in Williamsburg

By Sports NetworkMay 7, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Michelob Ultra Light OpenWILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Kim Williams fired an 8-under 63 on Friday to surge into the lead after two rounds of the Michelob Ultra Open. She stands at 11-under-par 131 and owns a four-shot lead at the River Course at Kingsmill Golf Club.
 
Williams' 63 on Friday broke Becky Morgan's course record from last year by two shots. Cristie Kerr also shot a 65 on Friday and briefly shared the record, but Williams smashed another record for this event, only in its second year. Her two-day total of 131 bettered the 135 Grace Park and Lorena Ochoa posted in 2003.
 
'I didn't even know what I shot,' said Williams. 'I am glad I played well. I have been struggling this year. I am hitting it a lot better, but you can't get ahead of yourself.'
 
Soo-Yun Kang, the first-round leader, shot a 1-under 70 and is tied for second place with Christina Kim. Kim carded a 4-under 67 and the two are knotted at 7-under-par 135.
 
Michelle Wie, the 14-year-old amateur phenom who finished fourth at this year's first major, the Nabisco Championship, shot a 4-under 67 and is tied for 16th place at minus-3.
 
'I was really happy about how I played today,' said Wie. 'But I think I could have been a lot better because I missed like a 4-footer for birdie and I missed a lot of putts.'
 
Williams started her scoring right away at the first with a 6-footer for birdie. She landed in a greenside bunker at the par-5 third but holed a 15-foot birdie putt after the tough shot from the trap.
 
She collected two additional birdies on the front side to make the turn at 4 under par.
 
Williams parred her first five holes on the back nine but broke into the red figures in impressive fashion at the par-5 15th. She hit a 5-wood to 2 feet and tapped in the eagle putt to take the top spot on the leaderboard.
 
Williams hit a 9-iron to 10 feet and converted the birdie putt at No. 16. She sank a 20-footer to save par at the 17th then rolled home a 3-foot birdie putt at the last to pad her lead.
 
'It's not that big a deal,' said Williams, who missed significant time in the 2001 season after a serious car accident. 'I mean, yeah, it's great. I am excited I played well, but like I said, doesn't matter we're only halfway there.'
 
Kang only tallied three birdies and two bogeys but is still within striking distance for win No. 1 on the LPGA Tour.
 
'It's a little different from yesterday and today,' said Kang. 'Yesterday, I shot everything great, but today I had a bit of a feeling like a little bit tired, swing weak and sometimes a little bit thin.'
 
Kim was even on her front nine but caught fire on the back. She recorded four birdies, then holed a 35-foot eagle putt from off the green at the par-5 15th.
 
At the last, Kim missed the green but hit a great chip to 2 feet. She missed the putt and lost a chance at sole possession of second place.
 
'It's kind of funny today was not quite as solid day as yesterday seemed to me,' said Kim. 'I started on the front side for some reason I tend to have a little more trouble on the front side than the back, but I just played my heart out and just stayed patient.'
 
Kerr's 65 took her into a share of fourth place with Jennifer Rosales and Suzann Pettersen, who both shot rounds of 4-under 67. The trio is tied at 6-under-par 136.
 
Jung-Yeon Lee (66), Hee-Won Han (68) and Carin Koch (69) share seventh place at minus-5.
 
Annika Sorenstam, the No. 1 player in the world, posted an even-par 71 and is part of a group tied for 24th place at minus-2.
 
Defending champion and Nabisco Championship winner Grace Park carded a 2-under 69 and is tied for 29th at 1-under-par 141.
 
The 36-hole cut fell at 3-over-par 145 and among the notable players who will miss the weekend are: Laura Diaz (146), Janice Moodie (148) and Sophie Gustafson (151).
 
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  • Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

    By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

    The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

    Leaderboard: Cameron Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Jason Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

    What it means: Jordan Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.

    Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Web.com Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

    Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

    Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

    Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday. 

    Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

    Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

    Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

    By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

    SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

    Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

    ''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

    But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

    In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

    ''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

    Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

    The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his Web.com card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

    ''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

    NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

    Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

    Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

    Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

    "He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

    The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

    Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

    "I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

    Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

    "From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

    "And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

    "There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."