Tseng, Lincicome in the mix at Women's British

By Associated PressJuly 29, 2011, 1:29 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Germany’s Caroline Masson shot a 7-under 65 Friday to take a surprising one-stroke lead after the second round of the Women’s British Open.

Playing in the last group of the day, the 22-year-old Masson had seven birdies without a bogey on the Carnoustie Golf Links to move to 11-under 133, one stroke ahead of South Korea’s Inbee Park and Meena Lee.

Masson, competing in only her second season on the European Tour, had four birdies in a front-nine 32.

“I’ve just had two great days out there and I’m very happy to be playing so well,” Masson said. “I’ve played really solid, hit the fairways, hit the greens and made some putts. It’s been awesome.”

Park had nine birdies and a bogey in a 64, while Lee, who started the second round of the major with a two-stroke lead, closed with two birdies in a 69.

“It was a very solid day,” Park said. “I putted pretty good out there and hit it really good, so I’m looking forward to the next two days.”

Three players were at 8 under: Dewi-Claire Schreefel of the Netherlands, who had a 66 on Friday, and South Koreans Se Ri Pak, the 2001 champion who had a 64, and Na Yeon Choi, who had a 67.

Defending champion Yani Tseng from Taiwan was another stroke back after a second-round 66.

“I’m very happy with the position I’m in,” she said.

Brittany Lincicome was the highest-placed American at 6-under 138 but she was disappointed with her round of 71.

“I just couldn’t get anything going today. I had 32 putts out there, which means I wasn’t hitting my second shots close enough, or I just wasn’t making anything,” she said. “But I’m happy with where I am going into the weekend.”

Tied with Lincicome were European Tour rookie Caroline Hedwall of Sweden and Japan’s Mika Miyazato, who matched their opening 69s, and South Korean Amy Yang, who had a 70.

In a group at 5 under was Paula Creamer.

“If I just go out and make as many birdies as I have been and eliminate the bogies then I feel I’ll be right there on Sunday,” said Creamer, who had a second-round 70.

Perhaps the unluckiest player of the day was American Angela Stanford, who was at 4 under after a 72. She could have been two better but for a bizarre incident on the final hole.

A steward indicated that her second ball had gone out of bounds, so she played another but didn’t declare it “provisional.”

Her first ball had kicked back inbounds, but when she got to it it was too late as her second ball was now the ball in play. So she was on the green in four and two-putted for a 6.

“I learned something today,” Stanford said. “I didn’t think I had to ever say `provisional,’ but I guess you always say `provisional.”’

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Bjorn adds four Ryder Cup veterans as vice captains

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 1:05 pm

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has added a quartet of vice captains for the biennial matches this fall in Paris.

Bjorn had already named Robert Karlsson as his first assistant, and he announced Tuesday at the BMW PGA Championship that his group of advisors will also include major champions Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, and former world No. 1s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

Westwood is among Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup players, and his addition in this role signals he likely won't participate as a player in the matches for the first time since 1995. The Englishman has spoken openly about his desire to captain the European squad at Whistling Straits in 2020, but he's been quiet on the course in recent months, with a missed secondary cut at the Houston Open his only start since mid-February.

Harrington is seen as another possible captain for the 2020 matches, and he'll don an earpiece for the third straight Ryder Cup, having represented Europe as a player on six straight teams from 1999-2010.

Donald played on four Ryder Cup teams from 2004-12, with the Europeans winning each time he was on the roster. This will mark his first stint as a vice captain, as Donald announced last month that he would be sidelined indefinitely while recovering from a back injury.

At age 38, McDowell will be the youngest vice captain in the room, having holed the winning putt eight years ago at Celtic Manor. He won the French Open in both 2013 and 2014 at Le Golf National, site of this year's matches, and will also be making his debut as a vice captain.

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Bidder pays $50,000 to caddie for Woods

By Grill Room TeamMay 22, 2018, 12:28 pm

Someone has paid $50,000 to caddie for Tiger Woods at this year’s Hero World Challenge.

An unnamed bidder paid for the opportunity at an auction Saturday night at Tiger Jam, where monies are raised to support the Tiger Woods Foundation.



The Hero World Challenge will be contested Nov. 29-Dec. in Albany, Bahamas. The pro-am is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 11:28 am

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

Scoring:

TV Times (all times ET):

Tuesday
11AM-conclusion: Match-play quarterfinals (Click here to watch live)
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals

Wednesday
4-8PM: Match-play finals

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Arizona grabs last spot with eagle putt, playoff win

By Ryan LavnerMay 22, 2018, 3:18 am

STILLWATER, Okla. – With her team freefalling in the standings, Arizona coach Laura Ianello was down to her last stroke.

The Wildcats began the final round of the NCAA Championship in third place, but they were 19 over par for the day, and outside the top-8 cut line, with only one player left on the course.

Bianca Pagdaganan had transferred from Gonzaga to compete for NCAA titles, and on the 17th hole Ianello told her that she needed to play “the best two holes of your life” to keep the dream alive.

She made par on 17, then hit a 185-yard 6-iron out of a divot to 30 feet. Not knowing where she stood on the final green, Pagdaganan felt an eerie calm over the ball. Sure enough, she buried the eagle putt, setting off a raucous celebration and sending the Wildcats into a play-five, count-four team playoff with Baylor at 33 over par.

Their match-play spot wasn’t yet secure, but Ianello still broke down in tears.


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“Bianca is such an inspiration for all of us,” she said. “She’s the kind of kid that you want to root for, to have good things happen to.”

Arizona prevailed on the second playoff hole. As the 8 seed, the Wildcats will play top-seeded UCLA in the quarterfinals Tuesday at Karsten Creek.

Though the finish had plenty of drama, no teams played their way into the coveted top 8 on the final day of stroke-play qualifying.

Baylor came closest. The Bears barely advanced past regionals after a mysterious stomach virus affected several players and coaches. They competed in the final round with just four healthy players.

On Monday, Gurleen Kaur put Baylor in position to advance, shooting 68, but the Bears lost by three strokes on the second extra hole.

Arkansas finished one shot shy of the team playoff. The second-ranked Razorbacks, who entered NCAAs as one of the pre-tournament favorites, having won seven times, including their first SEC title, couldn’t overcome a 308-300 start and finished 10th. Player of the Year favorite Maria Fassi finished her week at 19 over par and counted only two rounds toward the team total.