Lewis opens up 6-shot lead at ShopRite Classic

By Associated PressJune 2, 2012, 11:16 pm

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Stacy Lewis didn't even glance at the leaderboard on Saturday in the second round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic. She knew better, a lesson well learned from her first LPGA victory this season.

The former University of Arkansas standout holds a commanding six-stroke lead in the ShopRite Classic at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club after tying a 36-hole tournament record with a second-round 65.

Lewis' two-day total of 130 puts her six strokes ahead of Anna Nordqvist, who shot a second-round 67, and gives Lewis a seven-stroke edge over the third-place foursome of So Yoen Ryu, Azahara Munoz, Katherine Hull and Paula Creamer.

The last time Lewis led entering the final round of an LPGA event, she won the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic on April 29. The glaring difference in building a lead at the ShopRite, she said, was not sneaking a peak at the leaderboard, which she felt made her play cautious in the Mobile Bay Classic.

''I took so much from Mobile,'' said Lewis, who birdied three of the first five holes on Saturday. ''I had a couple-shot lead, but then I think at the turn, I had a five-shot lead, and I made the mistake of playing safe and not really staying into my game and what I was doing. I was worrying about what other people were doing, watching the leaderboard. So today, out there, I made the turn and had a two-shot lead and kind of told myself let's see how big we can get this.''

After starting strong, Lewis survived a near disaster on the par-4 sixth, which she double bogeyed. On No. 6, she hit her tee shot into the brush, then battled back before three-putting. Lewis responded with birdies on five of the last 10 holes.

''I probably should have hit a three-wood off the tee,'' Lewis admitted. ''I was worried about my driver going through the fairway, so I kind of laid off the driver and hit it into the brush, chipped out and then had an ugly three-putt. But from then on, my caddie told me when you hit a bad shot, we gotta slow down, you gotta get back to what you're doing. And I did that the rest of the way. I made a really good birdie on nine, then just followed back on the back.''

Nordqvist rebounded nicely in the second round, surging from sixth place on the first day to sitting alone in second on Saturday after birdies on six holes, including three consecutive birdies on Nos. 11, 12 and 13. But the streak was snapped with a bogey on the par-4 14 and ended with pars on the last four holes.

Early in the day, the greens were slow, from torrential rain the previous night. But as the day progressed, with the wind and sun, they became much faster.

Nordqvist noticed the difference.

''Yeah, absolutely, especially in the afternoon,'' she said. ''Yesterday, it was so windy, so they dried out pretty good, and even from the practice rounds. But today, you were putting spin on the wedges, and it's tough to get them close when they were tucked in the corners, or tucked in the back corners because you can't really let it fly all of the way. I thought my putting was great. I made a lot of short putts, and I made, I think, two putts over 20 feet. So that was great.''

Munoz had a terrific round, shooting a 68 without a bogey. The greens, she admitted, were a little confusing and took her some time to read.

''Yeah, it was kind of confusing actually because I guess it rained a lot overnight, and the greens were pretty soft. Sometimes, I'd wait for the balls to release, and yesterday it didn't, and the balls came back way too much, but it is playing a little softer. The (second hole) I missed it pretty good on the right side, but I made a really nice up-and-down and after that, it was pretty simple.''

Yani Tseng, the world's No. 1 player, finished in a four-way tie for seventh. She had a nice spell with birdies on four straight holes before falling off in the latter portion of the round, stung by bogeys on the par-4 fourth and par-3 seventh. Tseng closed with a birdie on the par-5 ninth.

NOTES: If Lewis' lead holds up, it would be her third career LPGA tournament victory. She won the Kraft Nabisco Championship last year. Lewis' round of 65 is her sixth straight round that she shot in the 60s. Jennifer Johnson made a stunning jump from being tied for 114th to moving into a four-way tie for 17th with a second-round 63, the low scored of the day. Yani Tseng has placed among the top 10 in every LPGA tournament she's played this year . Mika Miyazato, who was tied with Stacy Lewis for first after the opening round, concluded a wild day that began with a birdie on the par-4 first, then bogies on five other holes and finishing tied for seventh with a four-under 138 over two rounds.

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.


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“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.


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Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1

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Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.


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“It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

“I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”

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Kisner not expecting awkward night with Spieth

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:33 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It might get awkward in that star-studded rental house Saturday night.

Two of the three Open co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner, are sharing a house this week near Carnoustie. Though it’ll be late by the time they both get back to the house Saturday night, they’ll have plenty of time to kill Sunday morning, with their tee times not until nearly 3 p.m. local time.

“Everybody is probably going to get treatment and eating and trying to find a bed,” Kisner said. “I’m sure there’ll be some conversations. There always are. Everybody has a few horror stories or good laughs over something that happened out there. That will probably be the end of it.”

One thing they’re almost certain to discuss is the weather.


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After three days of mostly benign conditions, Sunday’s forecast calls for warm temperatures and wind gusts up to 25 mph.

“When you watch any TV, that’s all they talk about – how Sunday’s coming,” Kisner said. “It’s going to be a true test, and we’ll get to see really who’s hitting it the best and playing the best.”

Zach Johnson is also in the house – along with Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Jason Dufner – and he rode to the course Saturday with Kisner, with whom he played in the final group, at 4 p.m. It’s unclear whether the co-leaders Sunday will have a similar arrangement.

This is the third year that Spieth and Co. have shared a house at The Open, though Kisner is a new addition to the group.

“It’s the end of the week,” Kisner said. “Everybody’s got a lot of stuff going on. Everybody’s going their separate ways tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we’ll all sit around and laugh on the couch and talk about why that guy’s making so many birdies.”