Park shares lead at Bahamas, eyes No. 1

By Randall MellFebruary 7, 2015, 6:13 pm

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Inbee Park’s quest to return to No. 1 was bolstered Saturday morning as she grabbed a share of the lead at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.

Park came out in the morning to finish up 13 holes of the suspended second round and closed out a 3-under-par 70 at the Ocean Club.

At 8-under 138, Park is tied with Brooke Pancake (71) and rookie Sei Young Kim (68) atop the leaderboard. They’re one shot ahead of Sandra Gal (69), Gerina Piller (70), Sun Young Yoo (69) and Ariya Jutanugarn (70).

Dori Carter (72), Jenny Shin (71) and rookie Kelly Shon (71) are two shots back.

Park, who lost her No. 1 ranking to Lydia Ko this week, has a chance to take it back with a finish of fourth-place or better this weekend, depending on what Ko does. Ko (71) is tied for 27th, five shots off the lead.

“It does give me just a little bit more motivation,” Park said of her slip to No. 2 in the world.

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Park had sole possession of the second-round lead until a rare hiccup on the greens Saturday morning. One of the best putters in the history of the women’s game, Park missed a 3-footer at the last hole but left pleased with her position.

“That was my only mistake today,” Park said. “I hit the ball really well. I felt like I gave myself opportunities every hole.”

The heavy winds that roared across the Ocean Club eased Saturday morning, but not completely. The winds were still up at 20 mph when the first tee balls were in the air.

“That winds is definitely still a factor,” Pancake said. “I’m managing the wind pretty well, for the most part.”

The rookie Kim is in the hunt in just her first start as a tour member. She won five times on the Korean LPGA the last two years and won her LPGA membership tying for ninth at Q-School in December. She’s a big hitter who led the KLPGA in driving distance the last two seasons.

Michelle Wie, who struggled through Saturday morning with flu symptoms, was among the big names missing the cut, which was set at 1-over 147. Na Yeon Choi, winner of last week’s LPGA season opening Coates Golf Championship, also missed the cut along with major champions Cristie Kerr, Mo Martin and Eun-Hee Ji.

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Ryu thriving again after simple advice from Inbee Park

By Randall MellJune 21, 2018, 7:07 pm

So Yeon Ryu shared Rolex Player of the Year honors last year.

She reigned as world No. 1 for almost five months.

So when she couldn’t keep her momentum going at year’s start, she got frustrated. She wasn’t happy with two top 10s in her first 11 starts.

“I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”

So she sought the counsel of her pal, world No. 1 Inbee Park, who gave her some plain-spoken advice.

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“Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”

Ryu got over it winning the Meijer LPGA Classic last week, the sixth LPGA title of her career, her third in 15 months. She’s feeling good again leading a stellar field this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., a strong tune up before next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the year’s third major championship.

World No. 1 Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 3 Lexi Thompson are among the top nine players in the world scheduled to compete this week. Twenty-four of the top 30 are in the field.

“When you come to defend your title, you obviously have a lot of pressure, but after I won last week, now I sort of think, maybe I have a chance to defend my title,” Ryu said. “So I've got total confidence, by last week.”

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Watch: Spieth, JT hole bunker shots in back-to-back groups

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 6:57 pm

Jordan Spieth has a thing for holing bunker shots at the Travelers Championship, where he made one in a playoff to win last year.

He did it again in Round 1 at TPC River Highlands, knocking in this shot for eagle at the par-5 sixth to reach 4 under par for the tournament

In the next group, Justin Thomas did the same thing to reach 1 under. Keep an eye out for the best part of this highlight, when Thomas' caddie Jimmy Johnson tries to hand him his putter.

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River Highlands a 'breather' for Zach Johnson (63)

By Will GrayJune 21, 2018, 6:43 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – After enduring the pressure-cooker of the U.S. Open, Zach Johnson was more than happy to drift north to the friendly confines of TPC River Highlands.

Birdies were rare last week at Shinnecock Hills, but they’ll be plentiful all week long at the Travelers Championship. Browned-out and crispy conditions transitioned to lush and verdant, and players can attack flags without fear of turning a possible par into a struggle to avoid triple.

Johnson did just that in the opening round, carding eight birdies against a single bogey to take the early lead with a 7-under 63.

“It’s a different kind of breathing. It’s a different kind of exhaling, if you will, but they’re both good,” Johnson said. “You can put some red on the board here. We know that. We’ve seen it. You can go the other way in a hurry if you press it; it can keep going in the other way. So you kind of have to let it happen. This is one of those courses where you have to let it happen.”

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Like many in this week’s field, Johnson took it easy after a grueling major championship, staying away from the course Monday and easing into his prep over the next two days. Those decisions paid off quickly as he rattled off six straight birdies on Nos. 11-16 to take sole possession of the lead.

While Johnson tied for 12th last week at Shinnecock Hills, that was just his second top-15 finish since the Sony Open in January. But the veteran is no stranger to fast starts at TPC River Highlands, having now opened with 65 or better four times in his last eight appearances dating back to 2011.

It’s a course where he continues to have success, even if his past consistency hasn’t lived up to expectations.

“I feel like every time I get here it feels like I should shoot nothing, and it bites me,” Johnson said. “The last couple years I’m like, ‘All right, you can’t have any expectations in that regard. You’ve just got to go out and execute, you know, put the ball in the fairway and you will have opportunities.’” 

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First photos from Norman's 'Body' shoot

By Grill Room TeamJune 21, 2018, 6:35 pm

It was revealed earlier this week that Greg Norman would be one of the athletes showcased in ESPN's "Body Issue," which features the models stategically posed in the nude.

Well, the first photos are out from Norman's shoot and ... here they are, if you want them.