Wie Kerr share 54-hole lead in Mexico

By Associated PressNovember 15, 2009, 4:59 am

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Michelle Wie moved into position for her first LPGA victory, shooting a 2-under 70 on Saturday in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational for a share of the third-round lead with Cristie Kerr.

“I’m really excited for tomorrow,” Wie said. “Hopefully, I can go out and win.

“I think I’m just going to play the same way I’ve always played and go out there and try my hardest and try not to make any expectations of myself. Just go out there like it’s another day and try to play as hard as I can and try not to make any bogeys.”

Kerr had a 67 to match Wie at 10 under on the Guadalajara Country Club course.

Second-round leader Jiyai Shin (74) was a stroke back along with Paula Creamer (71) and first-round leader Song-Hee Kim (70).

The top-ranked Ochoa (72) was six strokes behind at 4 under.

The 20-year-old Wie has a share of the lead going into the final round for the second time this season. She was tied for the lead in February in the SBS Open in Hawaii, but ended up three strokes behind winner Angela Stanford.

“I don’t want to talk about what happened then,” Wie said. “It’s unfortunate. All I want to think about is tomorrow and how I’m going to play tomorrow.”

Kerr won earlier this season, taking the Michelob Ultra Open.

Shin had a difficult day with three bogeys on the back nine. The South Korean has already won the rookie of the year award –  ahead of Wie – and could clinch the player of the year trophy if she wins Sunday. Ochoa has won that award three straight years.

Kerr reached 10 under with an eagle on 16.

Wie opened with two straight birdies – a 10-footer on the first and a 30-footer on the second. A 3-foot birdie putt on 13 put her in a three-way tie with Shin and Creamer at 11 under. After that it was holding on. Wie dropped one more shot before the round was over, but Shin and Creamer each dropped two.

Wie and Creamer are clearly the peoples’ choice behind hometown star Ochoa.

“We could hear them chanting – like singing off and on,” Wie said. “It was kind of cool. They were just really riled up and they are really excited to be here. Which makes us really happy to play in front of them.”

Kerr, a 12-time winner on the LPGA, saw her round turn on the 16th when she holed a 9-iron approach from 137 yards for an eagle to get to 10 under. She then saved par on the final two holes.

“I said to my caddie, today is moving day and that’s what I did,” Kerr said. “I moved into position and I’m excited to be here. This is what Tiger Woods does every week. This is where he wants to be and this is what I want to be.”

Second-round leader Shin slipped with three bogeys on the back nine – and two on the final three holes. She entered the round with a three-stroke lead, and if she wins Sunday, could claim the player of the year award. Ochoa has won the last three.

Shin, a three-time winner this year, has already won the rookie of the year award, and also is the season’s top money winner. Nancy Lopez is the only player to win both the rookie and player awards in the same season, accomplishing the feat in 1978.

“Every player in four rounds – one will be really hard and today was my bad day,” Shin said. “Tomorrow I think I should make a comeback.”

Kim is also looking for her first tour win.

“I have had a lot of chances to win this year,” she said. “I mean, I’m really excited to play tomorrow.”

Creamer is an eight-time winner, but she’s winless this season battling year-long stomach problems combined with a back and thumb injury. The stomach problems began a year ago after this tournament.

She was upbeat despite three bogeys over the last four holes.

“I played well all day, it was just unfortunate the last four holes,” she said. “I’m ready to go. I want to go out there and play. I haven’t been in this situation for quite some time.”

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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.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 4:05 pm

Tiger Woods made six birdies and one bogey on Saturday for a 5-under 66 in the third round of The Open. We're tracking him as he vies for major No. 15.


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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.


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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.


Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.


Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.