Shin takes one-shot lead at Samsung at Torrey Pines

By Associated PressSeptember 18, 2009, 11:11 pm
2006 Samsung World Championship SAN DIEGO – Jiyai Shin has her Saturday in San Diego all planned out. She’ll try to protect her lead in the Samsung World Championship at Torrey Pines, then go hang gliding over the nearby shores of the Pacific Ocean.

Shin, of South Korea shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-shot lead over No. 1-ranked Lorena Ochoa and Ai Miyazato in the second round on Friday on the South Course.

Shin, who was tied for the lead after the opening round, has a 36-hole total of 135 atop the elite field of 20. She was 10 under for the tournament after sinking a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-5 13th, but followed with a bogey and finished with four straight pars.

She admits to being scared of heights, but was intrigued by the hang gliders that float silently over the holes that line the cliffs adjacent to the Pacific.

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Jiyai Shin hits her approach shot on the 4th hole during the second round of the Samsung World Championship. (Getty Images)

“Yes, I want to try,” she said. “But today, a couple of holes, I saw the hang gliders. this is scary. At the course, I told my caddie, ‘I want to cancel because it looks so scary.’ He says, ‘It’s fine, try it, try it, try it.’ I will try it tomorrow. Maybe it will make a good feeling for me. Fly the sky.”

Shin is coming off her LPGA-leading third victory of the year, at the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship.

She was a bit more erratic than during her opening-round 66.

After her bogey on 14, “my shot is up and down,” she said. “So it was really tough the last few holes. But I think No. 17, 18, it was a great save, save the par, so I feel good, a little bit tired. Today was a little bit long day.”

Ochoa, of Mexico, had a seesaw round of 69 that started with a bogey on No. 1 – her first of four – and ended with a 20-foot chip for eagle on 18. Her chip was from behind the hole, heading down toward the water.

Ochoa said she joked with her caddie that she was going to eagle 18 “just to make more of an up-and-down round, and we did, so it was kind of a funny way to finish. It really changed my position. I was really happy to make that eagle.

“It’s a lot easier being as close to the leader than being a few back,” she said. “I like where I am and I can’t wait to be here tomorrow.”

Her 7-wood approach shot bounced on the green and shot through it, settling on the second cut of rough. At first, she thought it was going to be impossible. “But when I got there, and I saw room, it wasn’t in too steep, and the ball was just a couple of feet” from the green, she said. “And I thought, ‘OK, we have a good chance,’ and I did it.”

Miyazato, of Japan, made a late charge and might have tied Shin, but her second shot on the par-5 18th splashed into the big pond that protects the green, leading to her only bogey of the day. As she stood over her third shot, the fountain in the pond – known as Devlin’s Billabong – suddenly turned on. It was quickly turned off. She finished with a 68.

“I was like kind of laughing,” she said. “I was a little bit ashamed. But it’s not Sunday,” she said. “I still have two days, so I think I will be all right.”

Miyazato had birdied 15 and 16 before her misadventure on 18.

Torrey Pines, the site of Tiger Woods’ epic win in the 2008 U.S. Open, was shrouded in light fog but the golfers once again benefited from calm conditions.

Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson shot a 70 and was fourth at 137.

There was a four-way tie for fifth at 138 among defending champion Paula Creamer (69), Cristie Kerr (66), Song-Hee Kim (72) and Na Yeon Choi (67). Kim had been tied with Shin after the opening round.

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Tiger putts way into contention at The Open

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 5:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – When Tiger Woods benched his trusty Scotty Cameron blade putter last month at the Quicken Loans National for a new TaylorMade mallet-headed version some saw it as a sign of desperation, but if his performance on Carnoustie’s greens on Saturday were any indication it could end up being a calculated success.

Woods stormed into contention on Day 3 with a 5-under 66 to move to within shouting distance of the lead at The Open, thanks in large part to his vastly improved putting.

“I hit so many good putts out there today, and this week from distance, I've had really good feels,” said Woods, whose 29 putts on Saturday belies his performance on Carnoustie’s greens. “Even as this golf course was changing and evolving, I've maintained my feels with the putter. I've made a couple of putts from about 40 to 60 feet, which is nice. I just feel like I've been able to roll the ball.”


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The highlight of Woods’ round came at the par-4 ninth hole when he charged in a 40-footer for birdie from the front edge of the green to begin a run of three consecutive birdies. Perhaps more impressive, he didn’t have a three-putt, and has only had two all week, which is always a bonus on links courses.

Woods temporarily took a share of the lead with a lengthy birdie putt at the 14th hole and scrambled for a par save at the last after his drive nearly found the Barry Burn.

“I hit a few putts that I think should have gone in from 20, 30 feet today," he said. "So that's always a good sign.”

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TT postscript: A 66, he's in contention - awesome

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 4:58 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods went berserk Saturday and shot 5-under 66 to vault up the leaderboard at The Open at Carnoustie:

• THAT WAS AWESOME!

At 4:13PM here in Scotland, when Tiger two-putted for birdie on the par-5 14th hole, he held a share of the lead in a major championship. It was once unthinkable, but it happened. I saw it with my own eyes.

• Tiger’s last two weekend rounds in the 60s in The Open both happened at Carnoustie and both happened on July 21. In 2007, Woods shot 69 here. On Saturday, that score was clipped by three shots. Tiger shot 65 in the second round of The Open at Royal Liverpool in 2006. He won his third claret jug that week. Tiger last shoot 66 in a major during the second round of the 2011 Masters.

• This is the sixth time that Tiger has recorded three consecutive rounds of par of better to start The Open. He went on to win three of the previous five times.

• One bad swing, the only bad swing of the day according to Tiger, produced the luckiest of breaks. Standing on the 18th tee with an iron in hand, Tiger pulled his tee shot that hit on the top of the Barry Burn and very easily could’ve ended in a watery grave. Instead it ended in thick rough, some 250 yards from the pin. Tiger punted it up the fairway, but got up and down from 83 yards to save par and shoot 66. “I hit my number,” he quipped about hitting wedge to 2 feet.

• On the other hand, the lone bogey came from one poor putt. On the par-3 16th hole, with half of Scotland screaming his name, Tiger missed a 7-footer for par. It was deflating at the time because the last three holes are so difficult. Pars on the last two holes were stellar.


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• Final stats: 12 of 15 fairways, 14 of 18 greens and 29 total putts. Tiger hit six drivers and one 3-wood, proving that he was way more aggressive. He hit four drivers on Friday and only one on Thursday.

• One of the aforementioned drivers that he hit on the ninth hole was well left and in some thick round, 170 yards from the hole. A safe approach to 40 feet set him up for and easy two-putt par. But he slammed the putt home and made an improbable birdie. “I hit so many good putts out there today, and this week from distance, I’ve had really good feels,” he said.

• In his own words about his chances of winning: “It certainly is possible. I’ve shown that I’ve been there close enough with a chance to win this year. Given what happened the last few years, I didn’t know if that would ever happen again, but here I am with a chance coming Sunday in a major championship. It’s going to fun.”

Yes, yes it is.

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Watch: Guy sleeps next to many beers at Open

By Grill Room TeamJuly 21, 2018, 4:55 pm

It's Moving Day at The Open Championship for all but one sedentary fan.

Cameras caught this potentially browned-out man having himself a Saturday snooze on the browned-out grasses of Carnoustie:

Browned out. That's a great term. Glad it's in the public domain. We've been using it all weekend. I imagine we'll continue to use it. A lot.

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Watch: Tiger makes 6 birdies, 1 amazing par in Rd. 3

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 4:10 pm

Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.

Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.

No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.


No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.


No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.


No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.


No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.


And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.


Woods bogeyed the par-3 16th to drop out of the lead and almost dropped - at least - one more shot at the par-4 18th. But his tee shot got a lucky bounce and he turned his good fortune into a par.


Woods shot 5-under 66 and finished the day at 5 under par.