Duke Rises to the Top USC Falls 14 Back

By Steve BurkowskiMay 23, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 NCAA Division I Womens Golf ChampionshipsDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Tere were two certainties on Wednesday at the LPGA International Legends course: the wind would once again blow and at least one team would make a move. Steady winds between 15 and 25 mph swirled around the course, as conditions were nearly as difficult as they were on Day 1.
And yes, one team did make a big move upward, and surprise, surprise; it was the group from Durham, N.C. Duke posted the only sub-par round of the day, and championship to this point. A team total of 287, 1 under par, vaulted the Blue Devils to the top of the leaderboard through 36 holes. The two-time defending National champions are very familiar and quite comfortable with this position. You can make the analogy to Tiger Woods ' when he has the lead through two rounds, he is tough to catch. Duke, too, will be difficult to chase down.
But lets not hand over the trophy just yet. UCLA also had a solid Wednesday performance, as they are the closest pursuers. The Bruins last won the championship just three years ago, but dont tell them that this thing is over. A 3-over-par round has placed the folks from L.A. just seven back, and certainly within reach of making things interesting.
urdue is in third, a full 10 shots behind Duke, while first-leader Southern Cal had their problems in the second round, posting a team score of 306, and now finds themselves 14 off the pace.
Individually, Purdue sophomore Christel Boeljon leads after a second-round 69. She stands at 3 under par through 36 holes. Stacy Lewis from Arkansas is one off the lead after her second consecutive 71.
Thursday is the day for one of two things to occur. Either Duke puts a strangle hold on this years championship, or a team giving chase makes a patented third-round charge which would set up some final-day fireworks.
Team Results:
1 Duke 300 287 587 +11
2 UCLA 303 291 594 +18
3 Purdue 303 294 597 +21
4 Stanford 299 300 599 +23
5 Southern California 295 306 601 +25
6 Georgia 303 299 602 +26
7 Louisville, Univ. of 297 306 603 +27
T8 Pepperdine 306 299 605 +29
T8 Vanderbilt 303 302 605 +29
T8 Arizona State 307 298 605 +29
T11 TCU 307 299 606 +30
T11 Wake Forest 306 300 606 +30
13 Oklahoma State 312 299 611 +35
14 Auburn 309 304 613 +37
15 Brigham Young Univ. 309 306 615 +39
T16 Michigan State 310 307 617 +41
T16 UC Irvine 303 314 617 +41
T18 North Carolina 297 321 618 +42
T18 Arizona 304 314 618 +42
20 New Mexico 305 314 619 +43
21 Tennessee 311 313 624 +48
22 Denver, Univ. of 302 324 626 +50
23 Alabama, U. of 314 319 633 +57
24 Indiana University 320 318 638 +62

Individual Results (Top 10):
1 Christel Boeljon Purdue 72 69 141 -3
2 Stacy Lewis Arkansas, U. of 71 71 142 -2
T3 Amanda Blumenherst Duke 70 73 143 -1
T3 Catherine Matranga TCU 72 71 143 -1
T3 Tiffany Joh UCLA 73 70 143 -1
T6 Lauren Todd Stanford 70 74 144 E
T6 Jacqui Concolino Vanderbilt 75 69 144 E
T8 Paola Moreno Southern California 73 72 145 +1
T8 Anna Nordqvist Arizona State 75 70 145 +1
T10 Jennie Lee Duke 76 72 148 +4
T10 Taylor Leon Georgia 74 74 148 +4
T10 Rachel Newren Brigham Young Univ. 77 71 148 +4
T10 Caroline Westrup Florida State Univ. 74 74 148 +4

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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.