Fudoh leads Sorenstam makes cut

By Associated PressAugust 1, 2008, 4:00 pm
Ricoh WomenSUNNINGDALE, England ' Yuri Fudoh of Japan and Ji-Yai Shin of South Korea shot a 4-under 68 Friday to lead by one stroke and equal the halfway record at the Womens British Open, while Annika Sorenstams 72 was just enough to make the cut.
 
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Natalie Gulbis is three back after a second-round 68. (Getty Images)
Fudoh and Shin were at 10-under 134 to tie the record set by Jeong Jang of South Korea, who won three years ago at Royal Birkdale. American Juli Inkster (70) was one shot back, while South Korean Bo Bae Song (68) and American Cristie Kerr (65) were two strokes behind the leaders.
 
Sorenstam stumbled over the front nine for the second day in a row, bogeying the fifth, sixth and seventh holes.
 
After shooting 72 Thursday, Sorenstam was at 3 over after seven holes and in danger of failing to make it to the weekend of her final major before she quits tournament golf at the end of the year.
 
The 37-year-old Swede, owner of 10 majors and 72 career titles on the LPGA Tour, responded with three birdies in a row at the ninth, 10th and 11th holes to finish at even-par 144'safe from the projected cut of 1 over.
 
Ever since I made my announcement, Ive just not been able to get anything going, Sorenstam said. I dont know what it is.
 
Id say today was like yesterday. I play 15 good holes and then again I leave a few shots out there. I just cant do that, not in this type of championship. Its costing me too much and then I always have to do catchup and Ive not been able to do that.
 
The 48-year-old Inkster, aiming to become the oldest winner of a womens major, followed up her opening-round 65.
 
It was a lot harder today, she said. I kind of just managed my game today. The wind was going different ways.
 
Defending champion Lorena Ochoa (68) was three shots off the lead, along with Natalie Gulbis (68) and Ai Miyazato (69).
 
I birdied the first two holes, it was nice to take advantage of the two par-5s, Gulbis said. And I managed to take advantage of another par-5 for a birdie. I think anything in the 60s is going to be pretty good today.
 
American Laura Diaz (72) was four shots back despite making three eagles Friday, the third time its been done on the LPGA Tour.
 
Ive never had two, Diaz said. I know its a record for me and I was hoping it was an LPGA record. I was going for the fourth at 14, but I ran it by (from 30 feet). I thought I hit a good putt, went past it, didnt even make birdie.
 
Alice Ritzman had three eagles in the 1979 European Open at Sunningdale, along with Nina Reis at the 2006 Safeway Classic in Portland, Ore.
 
Inbee Park, who won the Womens U.S. Open a month ago, was among those who missed the cut. She made a 75 for a 5-over 149. Morgan Pressel, winner of last years Kraft Nabisco, also went out after she shot 74 for 4-over 148.
 
Jang was 3 over after 13 holes when she retired with a wrist injury.
 
Until Fudoh and Shin joined her on Friday, Jang held the 36-hole record of 10-under 134 since the championship became a major in 2001. Before that, Emilee Klein (1996 at Woburn) and Jane Geddes (1989 at Ferndale) also shot 134 over the first two rounds..
 
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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.