Stanford Outright Leader in Tennessee

By Associated PressMay 5, 2006, 4:00 pm
04 Franklin American Mortgage Champ.FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- Angela Stanford used strong iron play to take a one-stroke lead in the Franklin American Mortgage Championship, shooting a 5-under 67 on Friday on the Vanderbilt Legends Club's Ironhorse Course.
Stanford, who shared the lead with Beth Bader after the first round, had five birdies and an eagle in the second round, but made two bogeys while pressing too hard on the greens for some more birdies.
Sophie Gustafson
Sophie Gustafson had nine birdies and no bogeys Friday.
'Sometimes when I really want to make a birdie, I hit it a little bit harder than I should,' Stanford said. 'I just completely got out of the moment and really wanted to make that last one. I really wanted to go to 14 and just hit the first putt way too hard.'
Stanford, who led wire-to-wire in her lone tour victory in 2003 at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, has strung together consecutive rounds in the 60s for the first time this season for a 12-under 132 total.
Patricia Meunier-Lebouc (66) was 11 under, and Sophie Gustafson, who carded a career-low 63, was 10 under. Karrie Webb (68), Karin Sjodin (64) and Wendy Ward (66) were tied at 135, Cristie Kerr (69) was among four tied at 136, and Lorena Ochoa (71) and Grace Park (72) were six strokes back.
Stanford may be best remembered for sinking a long birdie putt on the final hole of regulation in the 2003 U.S. Women's Open, then losing to Hilary Lunke on the 18th playoff hole.
She said that performance carried her through 2003 and drove up her own expectations.
'I haven't done much since. Nobody else will say that but me. Maybe they will. But I really haven't. I think I've put a lot of added pressure on myself,' Stanford said.
Stanford did record two top 10s in 2004 and had a tie for third in 2005. Then she started working on a swing change that had her unsure just what yardage she was hitting her clubs, hitting over greens in Atlanta last month before she started seeing results last week.
Starting five strokes back of Meunier-Lebouc, Stanford had to deal with gusty wind after the morning groups played through a soft rain.
Stanford showed just how dialed in her swing is by hitting irons to 3 feet to set up five birdies, and she set up a two-putt for eagle on the par-5, 470-yard seventh after hitting a 7-wood 20 feet past the flag.
Her bogeys came when she three-putted from 15 feet on the par-4 17th and on the par-4 ninth -- her last hole -- with a two-putt after hitting a 9-iron to 15 feet.
'Out here, you have to be, or you're going to get lapped. You've got Karrie Webb and Lorena just to name a few that are just on fire this year, so you can't afford to sit on a lead,' Stanford said.
Meunier-Lebouc and Gustafson were grouped together and fed off each other's aggressiveness.
'It was like easy. We make birdies everywhere,' Meunier-Lebouc said. 'That doesn't happen very often, though. It was fun. You have to enjoy every moment because it (does) not happen every day.'
Meunier-Lebouc had a bogey-free round with six birdies thanks to her chipping. She holed a chip from 27 feet for birdie on the par-4, 396-yard sixth and set up birdies on two par 5s, Nos. 7 and 18, by chipping to 9 and 3 feet.
The key to Gustafson's magnificent round with nine birdies and no bogeys apparently was giving away the putter she blamed for a 71 in the first round to an autograph seeker.
'The other one was absolutely rubbish,' Gustafson said.
Switching back made all the difference as Gustafson rolled in three 18-footers and a 30-footer for birdie. She also two-putted from 45 feet for birdie on No. 7.
Speaking of Lunke, she missed the even-par cut at 12 over, her sixth this year. ... Meunier-Lebouc chose to play here instead of Las Vegas because of an e-mail from the town mayor. She and her husband had stayed in Mayor Tom Miller's home in her last visit here in 2002 when this tournament had a different name and sponsor. ... How much might Gustafson's old putter be worth? 'Well, I don't know. You can see if you can find it on eBay,' she said.
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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

    Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

    The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

    Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

    Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”