Creamer Hangs on to Win Jamie Farr

By Associated PressJuly 13, 2008, 4:00 pm
LPGA Tour _newSYLVANIA, Ohio -- Paula Creamer shot a 2-over 73 Sunday and did just enough to make a big lead stand, going wire-to-wire to win the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic by two strokes.
 
Creamer, who captured her seventh career win and her third this season, had worse scores every day after breaking the tournament record with an 11-under 60 in the first round. She followed that with a 65 and a 70 to finish at 16-under 268, two shots better than Nicole Castrale who closed fast with a 64.
 
The 21-year-old Californian saw her lead drop to a shot when rookie Shanshan Feng'the first exempt player from China to play on the LPGA Tour'pushed her with five birdies through the first 11 holes. But Feng fell back with three straight bogeys down the stretch.
 
South Koreas Eun-Hee Ji, second to Creamer after each of the first three rounds, shot a 72 and was third at 271. Feng had a 69 for a total of 272, followed by Karrie Webb who shot a 70 and was at 273.
 
After the lead fell to one stroke, Creamer recovered with her only birdie of the round at the 13th hole'around the time Feng began her string of bogeys. After Creamer missed a 3-foot par putt at the 16th hole, she had safe, two-putt pars on the final two holes to clinch the victory.
 
Creamer, with earlier wins in Hawaii and Tulsa this season, had 21 birdies and three bogeys the first 54 holes'and one birdie and the same number of bogeys in the final round.
 
She made a lot of friends on the course despite not playing well. She waved to little kids behind the ropes, chatted with tournament officials between holes and even made a point to walk over to get a close look at some ducks splashing in the creek near the eighth green.
 
On top of that, she also represents the tournaments principal sponsor, which features a pink panther in its advertising. Creamer is well known for her pink clothing ensembles, not to mention using pink golf balls, pink grips on her clubs and a pink golf bag. She wore a pink hat and shirt on Sunday.
 
Ahead by four shots to start the round, Creamer made the best of a bad situation on the first hole. Her drive on the short par-4 hole was in heavy, sodden rough near a trap. Rather than try to muscle a long iron to the green and run the risk of hitting into a wide creek, she punched out a few feet into the fairway. From there, she spun her approach off the front of the green and down the middle of a large hill. Her third shot barely stayed on the front edge' almost spinning back down to where she hit it. But then she made an uphill 15-foot putt to save bogey.
 
She had seven pars in a row until reaching the par-4 ninth, where her approach flew over the green. After getting a free drop, she hit a flop shot that stopped about 10 feet away. She pumped her right fist'just as she had on the long bogey putt at No. 1'after rolling in the par-saving putt.
 
Although a decorated amateur player in China, the 18-year-old Feng was an unlikely candidate to contend this week against Creamer, who is No. 3 on the tour money list and leads the U.S. Solheim Cup points race.
 
In her 16 starts this year, Feng had missed the cut 10 times and withdrew once. Her earnings of $20,662 put her 146th in tour earnings. She had broken 70 just three times in her 35 rounds before coming to suburban Toledo.
 
Castrale was 1 under on the day through 10 holes but had birdies at 11, 12, 13, 15, 16 and 17 in a 6-under 31 back nine.
 
Creamer had vowed to get back at the course after missing the cut a year ago. She did that in style, breaking the Highland Meadows record in the opening round with an 11-under 60 before shooting a 65 in the second round. She had a 70 in the third round, yet still maintained a four-stroke lead heading into Sunday.
 
The ineffective final round was nothing new for her. Two weeks ago, she sagged to a 78 in the U.S. Womens Open to fall out of contention and finish in a tie for sixth. A week ago at the tour stop in Arkansas she had a 74 to fall back.
 
But this time she had enough of a lead to hang on.
 
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    Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

    By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

    Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

    The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

    Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

    The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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    Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

    It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

    Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

    The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

    The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

    For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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    Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

    By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

    After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

    But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

    Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

    Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

    Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

    The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

    “There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.


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    In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

    “To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

    Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

    “To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.