Kaymer one off the lead in France

By Associated PressJuly 2, 2010, 5:50 pm

European TourVERSAILLES, France – Spain's Alejandro Canizares finished his second round with three consecutive birdies on Friday to take the halfway lead at the French Open.

They contributed to the 27-year-old's second straight 5-under 66, and his 10-over total took him one shot ahead of Germany's Martin Kaymer, whose attempt to repeat his 2009 victory in Versailles gained momentum with a 67, which took him to 9-under.

As Canizares attempts this weekend to add to his only previous European victory, the 2006 Russian Open, he will draw inspiration from two other winners on the Tour this year.

Canizares lost his playing rights last season and got them back only by finishing fourth at Europe's qualifying School late last autumn.

Of that Q School class of 2009, Simon Khan, the winner, won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and Fredrik Andersson Hed won the recent Italian Open title.

“I played with Simon in the first rounds,” Canizares said. “And he played great to win at Wentworth and Fredrik did well to win in Italy and now I trying to follow them with a win.

“Before I went to tour school I had got negative about playing golf and had a couple of personal issues, but since then I have started to appreciate playing golf a lot more and trying to have a bit of fun.”

Canizares was lying only two shots behind the first-round leader, Robert-Jan Derksen of the Netherlands, when he began. The gap grew when, after setting out from the 10th tee, he double bogeyed the par-four 17th hole after driving into deep rough and failing to make the fairway with his first recovery attempt.

The whole field was then subject to a two-and-half-hour delay as a rain and lightning storm forced play to be suspended.

When the players returned, Canizares’ putter was in the groove. He produced four birdies in his closing five holes to move past Derksen, who had carded level 71 before lunch.

Kaymer, who was also in the group taken off the course, holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the 17th but was unable to repeat it on the final green, which would have given him a share of the lead.

After his round, he talked confidently about his chances of becoming the first player to win two straight French Opens since Jean Francois Remesy in 2004-5.

“I really fancy this golf course,” Kaymer said. “I didn't make many mistakes out there and I feel that everything is coming together with my golf at the right time.”

Derksen dropped back into third place at 8-under, one shot ahead of England's Steve Webster, who moved to 7-under with a 5-under 66.

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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 5:00 pm

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.


TV Times (all times ET):

11AM-conclusion: Match-play quarterfinals (Click here to watch live)
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals

4-8PM: Match-play finals

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Davis: USGA learned from setup errors at Shinnecock

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 4:51 pm

With the U.S. Open set to return to Shinnecock Hills for the first time in 14 years, USGA executive director Mike Davis insists that his organization has learned from the setup mistakes that marred the event the last time it was played on the Southampton, N.Y., layout.

Retief Goosen held off Phil Mickelson to win his second U.S. Open back in 2004, but the lasting image from the tournament may have been tournament officials spraying down the seventh green by hand during the final round after the putting surface had become nearly unplayable. With the course pushed to the brink over the first three days, stiff winds sucked out any remaining moisture and players struggled to stay on the greens with 30-foot putts, let alone approach shots.

Speaking to repoters at U.S. Open media day, Davis offered candid reflections about the missteps that led to the course overshadowing the play during that infamous final round.

"I would just say that it was 14 years ago. It was a different time, it was different people, and we as an organzation, we learned from it," Davis said. "When you set up a U.S. Open, it is golf's ultimate test. It's probably set up closer to the edge than any other event in golf, and I think that the difference then versus now is we have a lot more technology, a lot more data in our hands.

"And frankly, ladies and gentlemen, what really happened then was just a lack of water."

Davis pointed to enhancements like firmness and moisture readings for the greens that weren't available in 2004, and he noted that meterological data has evolved in the years since. With another chance to get his hands on one of the USGA's favorite venues, he remains confident that tournament officials will be able to better navigate the thin line between demanding and impossible this time around.

"There are parts that I think we learned from, and so I think we're happy that we have a mulligan this time," Davis said. "It was certainly a bogey last time. In fact maybe even a double bogey, and equitable stroke control perhaps kicked in."

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UCLA junior Vu named WGCA Player of the Year

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 3:23 pm

UCLA junior Lilia Vu was named Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

Vu recorded the lowest full-season scoring average (70.37) in UCLA history. Her four tournament wins tied the school record for most victories in a single season.

Vu was also named to the WGCA All-America first team. Here's a look at the other players who joined her on the prestigious list:

WGCA First Team All-Americans

  • Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
  • Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
  • Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
  • Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
  • Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
  • Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
  • Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
  • Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
  • Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
  • Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
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Stroud's caddie wins annual PGA Tour caddie tournament

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2018, 3:15 pm

Casey Clendenon, who caddies for Chris Stroud, won the gross division of the annual PGA Tour caddie tournament on Monday, shooting a 5-under 66 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.

Scott Tway (65), who caddies for Brian Harman, won the net division by two strokes over Wayne Birch, Troy Merritt’s caddie.

Kyle Bradley, Jonathan Byrd’s caddie, took second place with a 71 in the gross division.

The tournament was organized by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, and proceeds from the event went to two charities. The APTC donated $20,000 to Greg Chalmers’ charity, MAXimumChances.org, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.