Grand finish gives Stupples two-shot lead

By Associated PressOctober 25, 2008, 4:00 pm
Grand China Air LPGAHAIKOU, China ' Karen Stupples pumped her fist once, then again and followed it up by wagging her right index finger in the air ' a bit like shed just won a 100-meter race and was doing a celebratory lap around the track.
 
The Englishwoman, however, was merely celebrating a remarkable 35-foot chip-in on 18, which gave her a 5-under 67 Saturday and a two-shot lead over American Laura Diaz going into the final round of the 54-hole Grand China Air, the LPGA Tours first tournament in China.
 
Stupples and Diaz, who have become mothers in the last few years, will be looking for their first victories in a long time Sunday. Stupples last won in 2004 and Diaz in 2002. So therell be no holding back.
 
I knew coming into the tournament that whoever was going to win it would have to bring it every day, Stupples said. Its only a three-day tournament ' its more of a sprint. You have to make as many birdies and be as aggressive as you can all the time.
 
Diaz, who led after a first-round 63, stumbled to a 73 ' 8 under for the tournament ' with four bogeys on the last five holes.
 
Stupples chip-in came after bogeys on 15 and 17.
 
Louise Friberg of Sweden shot a 69 to move to 7 under, three off the lead. Three other players were four shots back: Shi Hyun Ahn of South Korea (68), American Christina Kim (68) and Candice Kung of Taiwan (69).
 
Rookie Yani Tseng of Taiwan, who won the LPGA Championship this season as a 19-year-old, carded a 67 and was in a group of eight players five strokes off the lead.
 
Shanshan Feng, the only Chinese playing on the LPGA, shot a 73 and was nine strokes behind.
 
Both players struggled after a 45-minute rain delay, which stopped play shortly after they made the turn at the West Coast Golf Club on Chinas southern island of Hainan.
 
Id been close to chipping in all day and finally got rewarded for a good chip, Stupples said. I was very happy with that ' excited.
 
As best as Stupples can remember, this is the first time since 2004 that she leads going into the final round. Four years ago she won the British Open and another LPGA event.
 
Stupples gave birth to a son, Logan in 2007, and Diaz had her son, Cooper, in 2005. Both have seen motherhood balance their life, but also change their priorities.
 
I cant really put my finger on it, Stupples said about failing to win recently. Maybe because I had such a successful year in 2004 my expectations were very high. I was really trying hard and pushing too much.
 
I think since having him (Logan) Ive managed to refocus and enjoy my golf a little bit more than as I was before, she said.
 
An early 15-minute rain delay did not affect play, but the 45-minute suspension a few hours later sent many of the scores soaring.
 
I felt that really took me out of my rhythm, Stupples said. It was a struggle to hit good quality golf shots from that point on.
 
Minutes after play resumed following the second deluge, Stupples made a 10-foot putt on No. 13 to go 11 under. Still leading, Diaz missed a chance to go 13 under on No. 13, missing a 6-foot putt for birdie.
 
That miss seemed to rattle Diaz.
 
She slipped to 11 under with a bogey at 14 and had bogeys on the next two holes. She saved par at the 17th, but bogeyed again on the final hole with a poor approach on her second shot.
 
Obviously, the weather played a little bit of a factor, Diaz said. I had it going, then we went in and out, and I struggled a bit.
 
Things have changed rapidly in this condensed golf tournament. Stupples trailed Diaz by four after Friday and now leads her by two.
 
That just goes to show how quickly in one round it can change, Stupples said. Im sure that Laura is going to come out and try to attack the course, as will everybody else. I dont think I can sit back and enjoy that two-shot lead.
 
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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 12:15 pm

    Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.


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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 8:30 am

    You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

    Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

    In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

    Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

    (All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

    Monday, July 16

    GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Tuesday, July 17

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Wednesday, July 18

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Thursday, July 19

    GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Friday, July 20

    GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Saturday, July 21

    GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


    Sunday, July 22

    GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

    Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

    The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

    Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

    Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:55 pm

    NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

    Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

    8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

    1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.


    Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

    Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

    1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.