Monday finish on tap for State Farm Classic

By Associated PressJune 14, 2010, 4:20 am

LPGA Tour _newSPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The weather-plagued LPGA State Farm Classic at Panther Creek Country Club has been delayed again, with the final round being pushed back until Monday.

Cristie Kerr and Anna Nordqvist held the tournament lead Sunday at 20 under. Na On Min, Jee Young Lee, Katie Futcher, Gwladys Nocera and Na Yeon Choi were three shots off the pace.

It was debated whether to award the title to Kerr, the leader after 54 holes, and cancel the fourth round but LPGA rules official Jim Haley said players will attempt to tee off at 7:30 a.m. CDT. There is an 80 percent chance of rain on Monday.

“Because so many players finished their 72 holes, we decided to make every effort to give everyone the same chance,” Haley said. “We got more holes in than we thought we would today and it just wouldn’t be fair to everyone.”

Heavy rains fell Saturday for three hours, which delayed the completion of the third round until Sunday morning.

The tail end of a storm cell moved over the course from the north on Sunday afternoon, creating lightning strikes and more heavy rain. At 2:46 p.m., the course’s storm alert system triggered a halt in play.

Officials thought play could resume around 5:30 p.m. Water was cleared off the greens and tee boxes, but another quickly developing storm washed out play for the day.

Kerr started her third round fast on Saturday, posting an eagle on the par-5 No. 1 hole at Panther Creek. She added a birdie on No. 4 and was standing over a short birdie putt on the No. 5 when the storm alert system sounded with lightning in the area.

She maintained her momentum on Sunday, holing the birdie putt and then posting birdies on two of the last four holes. She shot 30 on the front nine and finished with a 63 in the third round. Her tournament total of 19 under gave her a three-stroke lead.

Nordqvist moved into second place alone with a third-round 65 and followed that with five birdies around a bogey on the nine holes she completed to climb into a tie with Kerr.

“It’s all about patience,” Nordqvist said. “I had a lot of momentum (Saturday) and I kept it going. I’m actually excited about a Monday finish.”

Especially since Nordqvist now has a chance to win the tournament.

“It takes a lot of energy not knowing what’s going to happen,” she said. “But it’s the same for everybody.”

Kerr cooled a bit between rounds on Sunday, carding just a single birdie over her first eight holes. She will be facing a short birdie putt when she begins play on Monday.

Min is the only player among the top eight golfers who finished her final round.

Karrie Webb and Yani Tseng shot 65 and 67, respectively, and are in a group of six at minus-16. Amy Yang has the most holes left in that bunch with 10. Sun Young Yoo was playing No. 15, first-round leader Shanshan Feng was at 13, and Hee Young Park was on 12 when the storms came.

Second-round leader M.J. Hur fell off a quick pace set before the postponement to a third-round 71. Defending champion In-Kyung Kim was steady all weekend, shooting a 275, but she never approached the top 10.d they will try to finish the 72-hole tournament on Monday.

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Bjorn adds four Ryder Cup veterans as vice captains

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 1:05 pm

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has added a quartet of vice captains for the biennial matches this fall in Paris.

Bjorn had already named Robert Karlsson as his first assistant, and he announced Tuesday at the BMW PGA Championship that his group of advisors will also include major champions Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, and former world No. 1s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

Westwood is among Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup players, and his addition in this role signals he likely won't participate as a player in the matches for the first time since 1995. The Englishman has spoken openly about his desire to captain the European squad at Whistling Straits in 2020, but he's been quiet on the course in recent months, with a missed secondary cut at the Houston Open his only start since mid-February.

Harrington is seen as another possible captain for the 2020 matches, and he'll don an earpiece for the third straight Ryder Cup, having represented Europe as a player on six straight teams from 1999-2010.

Donald played on four Ryder Cup teams from 2004-12, with the Europeans winning each time he was on the roster. This will mark his first stint as a vice captain, as Donald announced last month that he would be sidelined indefinitely while recovering from a back injury.

At age 38, McDowell will be the youngest vice captain in the room, having holed the winning putt eight years ago at Celtic Manor. He won the French Open in both 2013 and 2014 at Le Golf National, site of this year's matches, and will also be making his debut as a vice captain.

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Bidder pays $50,000 to caddie for Woods

By Grill Room TeamMay 22, 2018, 12:28 pm

Someone has paid $50,000 to caddie for Tiger Woods at this year’s Hero World Challenge.

An unnamed bidder paid for the opportunity at an auction Saturday night at Tiger Jam, where monies are raised to support the Tiger Woods Foundation.

The Hero World Challenge will be contested Nov. 29-Dec. in Albany, Bahamas. The pro-am is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 11:28 am

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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Arizona grabs last spot with eagle putt, playoff win

By Ryan LavnerMay 22, 2018, 3:18 am

STILLWATER, Okla. – With her team freefalling in the standings, Arizona coach Laura Ianello was down to her last stroke.

The Wildcats began the final round of the NCAA Championship in third place, but they were 19 over par for the day, and outside the top-8 cut line, with only one player left on the course.

Bianca Pagdaganan had transferred from Gonzaga to compete for NCAA titles, and on the 17th hole Ianello told her that she needed to play “the best two holes of your life” to keep the dream alive.

She made par on 17, then hit a 185-yard 6-iron out of a divot to 30 feet. Not knowing where she stood on the final green, Pagdaganan felt an eerie calm over the ball. Sure enough, she buried the eagle putt, setting off a raucous celebration and sending the Wildcats into a play-five, count-four team playoff with Baylor at 33 over par.

Their match-play spot wasn’t yet secure, but Ianello still broke down in tears.

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“Bianca is such an inspiration for all of us,” she said. “She’s the kind of kid that you want to root for, to have good things happen to.”

Arizona prevailed on the second playoff hole. As the 8 seed, the Wildcats will play top-seeded UCLA in the quarterfinals Tuesday at Karsten Creek.

Though the finish had plenty of drama, no teams played their way into the coveted top 8 on the final day of stroke-play qualifying.

Baylor came closest. The Bears barely advanced past regionals after a mysterious stomach virus affected several players and coaches. They competed in the final round with just four healthy players.

On Monday, Gurleen Kaur put Baylor in position to advance, shooting 68, but the Bears lost by three strokes on the second extra hole.

Arkansas finished one shot shy of the team playoff. The second-ranked Razorbacks, who entered NCAAs as one of the pre-tournament favorites, having won seven times, including their first SEC title, couldn’t overcome a 308-300 start and finished 10th. Player of the Year favorite Maria Fassi finished her week at 19 over par and counted only two rounds toward the team total.