Redman eagles 18th for share of CVS lead

By Associated PressOctober 17, 2010, 5:01 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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Four top finishers in Japan qualify for The Open

By Associated PressMay 27, 2018, 10:19 am

IBARAKI, Japan – Shota Akiyoshi of Japan shot a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to win the Mizuno Open and qualify for The 147th Open.

Akiyoshi offset three bogeys with five birdies at the Royal Golf Club in Ibaraki, Japan, to finish 1 under overall and secure his first ever tournament win on the Japan Golf Tour.

Michael Hendry of New Zealand and Japanese golfers Masahiro Kawamura and Masanori Kobayashi were tied for second one stroke off the pace to also qualify for The Open at Carnoustie, Scotland, from July 19-22.

Hendry, who led the tournament coming into the final round, came close to forcing a playoff with Akiyoshi but dropped a shot with a bogey on the final hole when he needed a par to draw level.

Hendry will make his second appearance at The Open after qualifying at the Mizuno Open for the second year in a row.

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Lewis hopes to win at Volvik with baby on the way

By Randall MellMay 27, 2018, 12:55 am

Stacy Lewis was listening to more than her caddie on her march up the leaderboard Saturday at the Volvik Championship.

Pregnant with her first child, she is listening to her body in a new way these days.

And she could hear a message coming through loud and clear toward the end of her round at Travis Point Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“The little one was telling me it’s dinnertime,” Lewis said.

Lewis birdied five of the last six holes to shoot 5-under-par 67 and move into position to make a Sunday run at winning her 13th LPGA title. She is two shots behind the leader, Minjee Lee, whose 68 moved her to 12 under overall.

Sunday has the makings of a free for all with 10 players within three shots of the lead.


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Lewis, 33, is four months pregnant, with her due date Nov. 3. She’s expecting to play just a few more times before putting the clubs away to get ready for the birth. She said she’s likely to make the Marathon Classic in mid-July her last start of the season before returning next year.

Of course, Lewis would relish winning with child.

“I don’t care what limitations I have or what is going on with my body, I want to give myself a chance to win,” she told LPGA.com at the Kingsmill Championship last week.

Lewis claimed an emotional victory with her last title, taking the Cambia Portland Classic late last summer after announcing earlier in the week that she would donate her entire winnings to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in her Houston hometown.

A victory Sunday would also come with a lot of emotion.

It’s been an interesting year for Lewis.

There’s been the joy of learning she’s ready to begin the family she has been yearning for, and the struggle to play well after bouncing back from injury.

Lewis missed three cuts in a row before making it into the weekend at the Kingsmill Championship last week. That’s one more cut than she missed cumulatively in the previous six years. In six starts this year, Lewis hasn’t finished among the top 50 yet, but she hasn’t felt right, either.

The former world No. 1 didn’t make her second start of 2018 until April, at the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration. She withdrew from the HSBC Women’s World Championship in late February with a strained right oblique muscle and didn’t play again for a month.

Still, Lewis is finding plenty to get excited about with the baby on the way.

“I kind of had my first Mother’s Day,” Lewis told LPGA.com last week. “It puts golf into perspective. It makes those bad days not seem so bad. It helps me sleep better at night. We are just really excited.”

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Rose hasn't visited restroom at Colonial - here's why

By Nick MentaMay 27, 2018, 12:20 am

In case you're unaware, it's pretty hot in Texas.

Temperatures at Colonial Country Club have approached 100 degrees this week, leaving players to battle both the golf course and potential dehydration.

With the help of his caddie Mark Fulcher, Fort Worth Invitational leader Justin Rose has been plenty hot himself, staking himself to a four-shot lead.


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"Yeah, Fulch has done a great job of just literally handing me water bottle after water bottle. It seems relentless, to be honest with you," Rose said Saturday.

So just how much are players sweating the heat at Colonial? Well, it doesn't sound like all that water is making it all the way through Rose.

"I haven't even seen the inside of a restroom yet, so you can't even drink quick enough out there," he shared.

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Up four, Rose knows a lead can slip away

By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 11:21 pm

Up four shots heading into Sunday at the Fort Worth Invitational, Justin Rose has tied the largest 54-hole lead of his PGA Tour career.

On the previous two occasions he took a 54-hole Tour lead into the final round, he closed.

And yet, Rose knows just how quickly a lead can slip away. After all, it was Rose who erased a six-shot deficit earlier this season to overtake Dustin Johnson and win the WGC-HSBC Championship. 

"I think I was in the lead going into the final round in Turkey when I won, and I had a four-shot lead going into the final round in Indonesia in December and managed to put that one away," Rose said Saturday, thinking back to his two other victories late last year.

"I was five, six back maybe of DJ, so I've got experience the other way. ... So you can see how things can go both ways real quick. That's why there is no point in getting too far ahead of myself."


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Up one to start the third round Saturday, Rose extended his lead to as much as five when he birdied four of his first six holes.

He leads the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green (+12.853) and strokes gained: approach-the-green (+7.931).

Rose has won five times worldwide, including at the 2016 Rio Olympics, since his last victory in the United States, at the 2015 Zurich Classic.

With a win Sunday, he'd tie Nick Faldo for the most PGA Tour wins by an Englishman post-World War II, with nine.

But he isn't celebrating just yet.

"It is a big lead, but it's not big enough to be counting the holes away. You've got to go out and play good, you've got to go out positive, you've got to continue to make birdies and keep going forward.

"So my mindset is to not really focus on the lead, it's to focus on my game tomorrow and my performance. You know, just keep executing the way I have been. That's going to be my challenge tomorrow. Going to look forward to that mindset."