Ko 2 back; Canadian Women's Open Rd. 1 suspended

By Associated PressAugust 26, 2016, 3:12 am

PRIDDIS, Alberta - Three-time champion Lydia Ko was back on the Canadian Pacific Women's Open leaderboard. Canadian star Brooke Henderson got left behind after a late start.

The top-ranked Ko shot a 5-under 67 on Thursday at Priddis Greens in the round delayed for nearly three hours because of lightning, leaving her two strokes behind leader Chella Choi.

''I had lunch like three times and I had fro-yos,'' Ko said. ''I wish there could be a switch where we could put out the sun or put some overcast. But when it comes to weather, we can't control it, so when it's that case, you just have to go with it.''

The 18-year-old Henderson was 1 under with three holes left when play was suspended because of darkness. Henderson, from Smiths Falls, Ontario, beat Ko in a playoff in June in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship for her first major title, and successfully defended her Cambia Portland Classic title in early July.

Choi was 7 under with four holes left. Celebrating her 26th birthday, the South Korean player made consecutive birdies on the par-5 18th and first holes and also birdied the par-4 second and fourth.

Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow was a stroke back after a 66. France's Karine Icher - playing alongside Choi - was 6 under with four holes left.

Ko has won the event three of the last four years, the first two as an amateur. The New Zealander won in 2012 at Vancouver Golf Club at 15 years, 4 months to become the LPGA's youngest winner and fifth amateur champion. She successfully defended her title in 2013, winning by five strokes in Edmonton. Last year back at Vancouver as a pro, she beat Stacy Lewis in a playoff.

The 19-year-old has four LPGA victories this season, winning the ANA Inspiration in April for her second major title. She was second last week in the Rio Olympics, five strokes behind Inbee Park. On Thursday, Ko had six birdies and one bogey.

''I played really solid, birdied the first hole straight off the bat,'' Ko said. ''I was putting really well and hit the ball pretty good throughout the round.''

Meadow, the 24-year-old former Alabama player, birdied the final two holes, closing with a right-to-left breaking 20-footer on the par-4 ninth.

''It was gray and it looked like it was rain and windy, so that's pretty much Ireland in a nutshell,'' Meadow said. ''But definitely I think it's nice to know that I can play in those conditions. I've done it a lot, even though it's when I was little. But I've still done it and scored, so I know I can do it.''

South Korea's Mirim Lee and Mi Jung Hur matched Ko at 67, and second-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand also was 5 under with four holes to play. Jutanugarn won the Women's British Open for her fourth victory of the year, then withdrew during the Olympics because of a left knee injury.

Past champions Suzann Pettersen and So Yeon Ryu shot 68. Pettersen won in 2009 at Priddis Greens, and Ryu two years ago at London Hunt in Ontario.

''I have a really good confidence vibe here,'' Ryu said.

Lewis was 4 under with four holes left. Coming off a tie for fourth in Rio, the 11-time tour champion is winless in 57 starts since June 2014. The Texan has 11 runner-up finishes during the drought.

Michelle Wie, the 2010 winner in Winnipeg, Manitoba, had a 71.

Juli Inkster holed out from the fairway for eagle on the ninth. The 56-year-old Hall of Famer finished off a 70 just before dark.

Lorie Kane matched Hollis Stacy's tournament record with her 26th straight appearance in the event, Inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame on Tuesday night, the 51-year-old Kane shot 73.

Karrie Webb also had a 73. She won the 1999 du Maurier Classic at Priddis Greens, the then-major championship that folded because of Canada's restrictions on tobacco promotions.

The tour will remain in Canada next week for the Manulife LPGA Classic in Cambridge, Ontario.

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Salas (62) leads LPGA's Indy Women in Tech

By Associated PressAugust 17, 2018, 12:50 am

INDIANAPOLIS - Lizette Salas matched the Brickyard Crossing record with a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the Indy Women in Tech Championship, making birdie on the final three holes for a two-stroke lead over fast-starting Angel Yin and Japan's Nasa Hataoka.

Yin birdied eight of the first nine holes in her morning round for a front-nine 8-under 28 - one short of the LPGA Tour's nine-hole record. It matched the third-lowest nine-hole score in relation to par in tour history.

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Salas eagled the par-5 second in the afternoon and added three straight birdies on Nos. 4-6. She birdied Nos. 12 and 14 before reeling off three more in a row to close, waiting out a late 77-minute suspension for an approaching storm.

Salas matched the course record set by Mike McCullough in the PGA Tour Champions' 1999 Comfort Classic.

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Sordet opens with 62 to grab lead at Nordea Masters

By Associated PressAugust 16, 2018, 11:23 pm

GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Clement Sordet opened with four straight birdies to shoot 8-under 62 and take the first-round lead of the Nordea Masters on Thursday.

Sordet says ''I wasn't really focusing on the score, I was just enjoying it.''

The Frenchman, who shot his lowest European Tour round, has a two-stroke lead over Scott Jamieson of Scotland and Lee Slattery of England.

Hunter Stewart is the highest-placed American after a 5-under 65 left him on a four-way tie for fourth with Christofer Blomstrand, Tapio Pulkkanen and Richard Green.

Defending champion Renato Paratore's hopes of becoming the first player to successfully retain the title look in doubt after the Italian shot 9-over 79 at Hills Golf Club.

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Peterson confirms plans to play Web.com Finals

By Will GrayAugust 16, 2018, 9:17 pm

After flirting with retirement for much of the summer, John Peterson confirmed that he will give it one more shot in the upcoming Web.com Tour Finals.

Peterson, 29, had planned to walk away from the game and begin a career in real estate in his native Texas if he failed to secure PGA Tour status before his medical extension expired. His T-13 finish last month at The Greenbrier appeared to be enough to net the former NCAA champ at least conditional status, but a closer look at the numbers revealed he missed out by 0.58 points in his last available start.

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But Peterson was buoyed by the support he received from his peers at The Greenbrier, and when he got into the Barbasol Championship as a late alternate he decided to make the trip to the tournament. He tied for 21st that week in Kentucky, clinching enough non-member FedExCup points to grant him a spot in the four-event Finals.

Last month Peterson hinted that he would consider playing in the Finals, where 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season will be up for grabs, and Thursday he confirmed in an Instagram post that he will give his pro career "one last push."

The Finals kick off next week in Ohio with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and will conclude Sept. 20-23 with the Web.com Tour Championship. Peterson will be looking to rekindle his results from 2013, when he finished T-5 or better at each of the four Finals events while earning fully-exempt status as the top money earner.

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Lyle honored with sand sculpture at Wyndham

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 16, 2018, 9:00 pm

Jarrod Lyle passed away last week at the age of 36 after losing his third battle with cancer.

And after a PGA Championship filled with tributes to the Australian, the Wyndham Championship found its own way to keep his legacy alive at the North Carolina Tour stop.

Next to the Wyndham Championship and PGA Tour logos carved into the sand on site at Sedgefield Country Club is Lyle's name and the "Leuk the Duck" mascot. The duck has become synonymous with Challenge, an organization that supports kids with cancer.

Fellow Aussie Stuart Appleby posted the display on social media:

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Lyle was also remembered in a more traditional manner on the first tee, where his bag and trademark yellow bucket hat were prominently displayed.