Tseng leaving Ochoa in the dust

By Associated PressAugust 16, 2008, 4:00 pm
2006 Canadian WomenOTTAWA, Canada ' Yani Tseng finished off a course-record 8-under 64 in the rain-delayed second round, then shot a 68 in the third to take a four-stroke lead Saturday in the Canadian Womens Open.
 
Tseng, the 19-year-old Taiwanese star who won the McDonalds LPGA Championship in early June and finished second two weeks ago in the Womens British Open, had a 14-under 202 total on the tree-lined Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club course.
 
Every week Im ready to win the tournament, Tseng said. I finished second four times and I really learned a lot each time. I dont feel surprised because I keep learning and working hard and being relaxed.
 
I have to play my own game and not think too much. I have a four-shot lead, so theres a lot of room to play good.
 
Se Ri Pak (68) was second, and defending champion Lorena Ochoa (74) and Katherine Hull (72) were 8 under. Paula Creamer (70) and Song-Hee Kim (71) were 5 under.
 
Pak had her first LPGA Tour hole-in-one, acing the 178-yard fifth with a 6-iron.
 
It was a surprise to see it go in, said Pak. Of course, you dont expect anything like that. That probably made my day.
 
Michelle Wie, using the last of her six LPGA Tour exemptions this year, was tied for 14th at 2 under after a 69. She opened with rounds of 75 and 70.
 
Im making a lot more putts than I did the first day, Wie said. All I can do is play the best I can and try to shoot a low score. Ill focus on being consistent, hitting fairways and greens.
 
Annika Sorenstam (76) and Suzann Pettersen (70) also were in the group at 2 under.
 
I feel fine. I just didnt play well today, Sorenstam said. I actually hit a lot of good shots, I just never converted. Obviously, Im very disappointed.
 
Tseng returned to the course early Saturday to finish the final eight holes of the second round. She birdied the final four holes to break the course record of 65 set by Martha Nause in the 1994 du Maurier Classic and matched Friday by Hull.
 
Tseng had seven birdies and three bogeys in the third round.
 
I feel great, but Im so tired, Tseng said. It was such a long day and I had a headache, so I just tried to concentrate on every shot.
 
Ochoa birdied the final hole.
 
It wasnt a great day, the top-ranked Mexican star said. I didnt hit the ball good and I didnt putt good. I made birdie on the last hole and have a little chance now. Theres nothing I can do. Just come here tomorrow and do my best.
 
Alena Sharp was the top Canadian. She was 1 over after a 73.
 
You always want to shoot under par, said Sharp, from Hamilton, Ontario. Im out of contention to win now, but I still feel I can shoot in the 60s out here and that would be a great way to finish'to get back into red numbers.
 
Compatriot Lorie Kane was 4 over after a 73.
 
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    Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

    By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

    Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

    The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

    Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

    The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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    Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

    It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

    Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

    The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

    The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

    For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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    Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

    By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

    After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

    But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

    Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

    Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

    Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

    The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

    “There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.


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    In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

    “To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

    Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

    “To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.