Redman eagles 18th for share of CVS lead - COPIED

By Associated PressOctober 18, 2010, 3:19 am
LPGA Tour _newDANVILLE, Calif. – Michele Redman had gone so long without a victory that she contemplated retiring earlier this season. Rookie Ilhee Lee also questioned her future on the LPGA Tour this year.

Both are glad they stayed.

The 45-year-old Redman holed out from 126 yards for an eagle on the par-4 18th hole Saturday for a 4-under 68 and a share of the third-round lead in the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge with Lee and Spain’s Beatriz Recari.

Lee, a 21-year-old rookie from South Korea, also shot a 68, and Recari had a 70 to match Redman at 12 under on the Blackhawk Country Club course. Wendy Ward (69) and France’s Gwladys Nocera (71) were 11 under.

Redman, who had a double bogey on the par-3 16th, hit an 8-iron approach that landed 16 feet from the pin, then rolled into the cup as the crowd cheered. Redman pumped her fist and smiled, then retrieved her ball and tossed it into the crowd.

“I knew I hit it pretty good,” Redman said. “I mean, I don’t know, I just kind of knew I hit a pretty good shot. It was exactly what I visualized and what I felt. Fortunately, it went in the cup.”

The celebration was very different from how Redman felt a few months ago.

Redman hasn’t won since 2000 and has only a handful of top-10 finishes over the past four years. She was seriously considering retirement before deciding to continue playing.

“I actually applied for the coaching job at the University of Minnesota, so I was pretty serious about it,” Redman said. “But everything works out the way it’s supposed to. That’s how I’m looking at it right now. I mean, I knew I still wanted to compete. I don’t want to play 20 to 25 weeks a year. I know that. It’s just too much for me to be gone. And like I said, once I got through that and realized that I was OK with that and that things were going to be OK whatever I did, I think that really helped me out.”

Redman was tied for fourth after each of the first two rounds, then made her push to the front with two birdies and three pars on the back nine. After the double bogey on the 183-yard 16th, she came back two holes later with her eagle for a share of the lead

“Some of it for me was I didn’t know how much I wanted to play out here,” Redman said. “I maybe was a little burned out. It just took me a couple months to get back on track to see where I wanted to go.”

Lee, a rookie from South Korea, also thought about leaving the LPGA after missing seven straight cuts in her first year on the tour.

“I started to wonder, ‘Can I really make it out here, can I really survive on this tour?”’ Lee said. “Being away from home was very difficult. I challenged myself three tournaments ago, `Let’s give it all I got and see what I can do.”’

The choice has worked out well so far. Lee has rounds of 69, 67 and 68 this week after failing to break 70 all season. She was alone in first at 13 under with two holes left, but missed a 3-foot par putt on the 333-yard 17th.

Recari, also a tour rookie, shared the lead with Nocera after three rounds but had problems on a pair of par 3s. She made a double bogey on the 184-yard fourth and a bogey on the 155-yard 12th.

Nocera dropped out of the lead when she bogeyed the 18th,

Kerr can overtake Ai Miyazato for the No. 1 ranking by finishing second, though it seemed out of reach after her opening round 73 on Thursday.

“You always think about it but it has to reach a point where you have to be able to go out and play golf,” Kerr said. “Because playing my own game is good enough to beat pretty much everybody. That’s my fatal flaw, if I have one, is I try too hard sometimes.”

Karine Icher (66) is 10 under, Cristie Kerr (66) and Katherine Hull (69) followed at 9 under. Hull won the Navistar LPGA Classic last week in Prattville, Ala., for her second career LPGA title.

Brittany Lincicome, the first-round leader after a course-record 61, is 8 under after a 71.

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Rose (64) peaking just ahead of the U.S. Open

By Nick MentaMay 25, 2018, 8:40 pm

A former U.S. Open champion appears to be finding his form just three weeks ahead of the year's second major.

Justin Rose ascended to the top of the leaderboard Friday at the Fort Worth Invitational, with rounds of 66-64 pushing him to 10 under par for the week.

Through 36 at Colonial, Rose has marked 12 birdies against just two bogeys.

"Yeah, I did a lot of good things today," Rose said. "I think, you know, the end of my round got a little scrappy, but until the last three holes it was pretty flawless. I think I hit every fairway pretty much and obviously every green to that point. ...

"Yeah, the way I played through, I guess through my first 15 holes today, was about as good as I've played in a long time."


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Rose won in back-to-back weeks last fall, stunning Dustin Johnson at the WGC-HSBC Championship and riding that victory right into another at the Turkish Airlines Open.

Now the 2013 U.S. Open winner at Merion feels himself once again rounding into form ahead of this year's Open at Shinnecock. A final-round 66 at The Players gave Rose something to focus on in his recent practice sessions with swing coach Sean Foley, as the two work to shore up the timing of Rose's transition into the downswing.

As for his decision to tee it up at Colonial for the first time since 2010, "It was more the run of form really," Rose explained. "I feel like if I didn't play here it was going to be a little spotty going into the U.S. Open. I felt like I wanted to play enough golf where I would have a good read on my game going into Shinnecock.

"So rather than the venue it was more the timing, but it's obviously it's just such a bonus to be on a great layout like this."

For whatever reason, Rose does tend to play his best golf at iconic venues, having won PGA Tour events at Muirfield Village, Aronimink, Cog Hill, Doral, Merion and Congressional.

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Koepka (63): Two wrist dislocations in two months

By Nick MentaMay 25, 2018, 8:19 pm

Brook Koepka's journey back from a wrist injury that kept him out four months hasn't been totally smooth sailing, even if his play has suggested otherwise.

Koepka on Friday fired a 7-under 63 to move up the leaderboard into a tie for third, three shots behind leader Justin Rose through the end of the morning wave at the Fort Worth Invitational.

After a slow start Thursday saw him play his first 13 holes 3 over, Koepka is 10 under with 11 birdies in his last 23 holes at Colonial.

"It doesn't matter to me. I could care less. I'm still going to try as hard as I can," Koepka said. "I don't care how many over or how many under I am. Still going to fight through it."


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Just like he's been fighting his wrist the last two months or so. Koepka reinjured his wrist the Wednesday of The Players when he was practicing on the range and had to halt mid-swing after a golf cart drove in front of him. He nonetheless managed to finish T-11.

And that's not the only issue he's had with that wrist during his return.

"We had a bone pop out of place. I didn't tell anybody, but, yeah, they popped it back in," Koepka admitted Friday. "Luckily enough we kind of popped it back into place right away so it wasn't stiff and I didn't have too, too many problems.

"Yeah. I mean, I've dislocated my wrist twice in the last two months. You know, different spots, but, I mean, it's fun. I'll be all right."

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Twitter spat turns into fundraising opportunity

By Rex HoggardMay 25, 2018, 6:30 pm

Country music star Jake Owen, along with Brandt Snedeker, has turned a spat on Twitter into a fundraising campaign that will support Snedeker’s foundation.

On Thursday, Owen was criticized during the opening round of the Web.com Tour’s Nashville Golf Open, which benefits the Snedeker Foundation, for his poor play after opening with an 86.

In response, Snedeker and country singer Chris Young pledged $5,000 for every birdie that Owen makes on Friday in a campaign called NGO Birdies for Kids

Although Owen, who is playing the event on a sponsor exemption, doesn’t tee off for Round 2 in Nashville until 2 p.m. (CT), the campaign has already generated interest, with NBC Sports/Golf Channel analyst Peter Jacobsen along with Web.com Tour player Zac Blair both pledging $100 for every birdie Owen makes.

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Noren so impressed by Rory: 'I'm about to quit golf'

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 5:33 pm

Alex Noren won the BMW PGA Championship last year, one of his nine career European Tour victories.

He opened his title defense at Wentworth Club in 68-69 and is tied for fourth through two rounds. Unfortunately, he's five back of leader Rory McIlroy. And after playing the first two days alongside McIlroy, Noren, currently ranked 19th in the world, doesn't seem to like his chances of back-to-back wins.

McIlroy opened in 67 and then shot a bogey-free 65 in second round, which included pars on the pair of par-5 finishing holes. Noren walked away left in awe.

"That's the best round I've ever seen," Noren said. "I'm about to quit golf, I think."

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