Yin gets in Kingsmill hunt, sets sights on ROY award

By Randall MellMay 19, 2017, 12:21 am

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Who will the next young American star be in the women’s game?

Rookie Nelly Korda is quickly working her way toward the head of that line, with Alison Lee, a third-year pro possessing so much potential, but there’s another American rookie who looks poised to get into the conversation.

Angel Yin posted a 5-under-par 66 Thursday to move into the early hunt at the Kingsmill Championship. The18-year-old from suburban Los Angeles is a fun-loving, long hitter hoping to give Sung Hyun Park a run for the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award this season.

“I want to win Rookie of the Year,” Yin said.

Yin is a distant second in the Rookie of the Year point standings behind Park, the favorite to run away with the award. Park was the dominant star in South Korea before joining the LPGA as a rookie this year.

Yin, though, appears to be on a nice roll. She tied for fifth at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout in her last stroke-play start. She got herself into the quarterfinals of the Lorena Ochoa Match Play two weeks ago and appeared to be on her way to the semifinals with an upset of Michelle Wie before Wie staged a dramatic comeback.

Yin turned pro as a 17-year-old and played the Ladies European Tour last year, where she finished 11th in the Order of Merit and recorded four top-10 finishes.

“My ultimate goal was to come back home and play this tour,” Yin said.

Yin earned that right finishing third at LPGA Q-School late last year. She’s a familiar name to American women’s golf fans. Yin qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur when she was 12, for the U.S. Women’s Open when she was 13 and played in the ANA Inspiration when she was 14 and 15. She lost to Eun Jeong Seong in the finals of the U.S. Girls’ Junior when she was 16.

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Salas (62) leads LPGA's Indy Women in Tech

By Associated PressAugust 17, 2018, 12:50 am

INDIANAPOLIS - Lizette Salas matched the Brickyard Crossing record with a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the Indy Women in Tech Championship, making birdie on the final three holes for a two-stroke lead over fast-starting Angel Yin and Japan's Nasa Hataoka.

Yin birdied eight of the first nine holes in her morning round for a front-nine 8-under 28 - one short of the LPGA Tour's nine-hole record. It matched the third-lowest nine-hole score in relation to par in tour history.


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Salas eagled the par-5 second in the afternoon and added three straight birdies on Nos. 4-6. She birdied Nos. 12 and 14 before reeling off three more in a row to close, waiting out a late 77-minute suspension for an approaching storm.

Salas matched the course record set by Mike McCullough in the PGA Tour Champions' 1999 Comfort Classic.

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Sordet opens with 62 to grab lead at Nordea Masters

By Associated PressAugust 16, 2018, 11:23 pm

GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Clement Sordet opened with four straight birdies to shoot 8-under 62 and take the first-round lead of the Nordea Masters on Thursday.

Sordet says ''I wasn't really focusing on the score, I was just enjoying it.''

The Frenchman, who shot his lowest European Tour round, has a two-stroke lead over Scott Jamieson of Scotland and Lee Slattery of England.

Hunter Stewart is the highest-placed American after a 5-under 65 left him on a four-way tie for fourth with Christofer Blomstrand, Tapio Pulkkanen and Richard Green.

Defending champion Renato Paratore's hopes of becoming the first player to successfully retain the title look in doubt after the Italian shot 9-over 79 at Hills Golf Club.

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Peterson confirms plans to play Web.com Finals

By Will GrayAugust 16, 2018, 9:17 pm

After flirting with retirement for much of the summer, John Peterson confirmed that he will give it one more shot in the upcoming Web.com Tour Finals.

Peterson, 29, had planned to walk away from the game and begin a career in real estate in his native Texas if he failed to secure PGA Tour status before his medical extension expired. His T-13 finish last month at The Greenbrier appeared to be enough to net the former NCAA champ at least conditional status, but a closer look at the numbers revealed he missed out by 0.58 points in his last available start.


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But Peterson was buoyed by the support he received from his peers at The Greenbrier, and when he got into the Barbasol Championship as a late alternate he decided to make the trip to the tournament. He tied for 21st that week in Kentucky, clinching enough non-member FedExCup points to grant him a spot in the four-event Finals.

Last month Peterson hinted that he would consider playing in the Finals, where 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season will be up for grabs, and Thursday he confirmed in an Instagram post that he will give his pro career "one last push."

The Finals kick off next week in Ohio with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and will conclude Sept. 20-23 with the Web.com Tour Championship. Peterson will be looking to rekindle his results from 2013, when he finished T-5 or better at each of the four Finals events while earning fully-exempt status as the top money earner.

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Lyle honored with sand sculpture at Wyndham

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 16, 2018, 9:00 pm

Jarrod Lyle passed away last week at the age of 36 after losing his third battle with cancer.

And after a PGA Championship filled with tributes to the Australian, the Wyndham Championship found its own way to keep his legacy alive at the North Carolina Tour stop.

Next to the Wyndham Championship and PGA Tour logos carved into the sand on site at Sedgefield Country Club is Lyle's name and the "Leuk the Duck" mascot. The duck has become synonymous with Challenge, an organization that supports kids with cancer.

Fellow Aussie Stuart Appleby posted the display on social media:

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Lyle was also remembered in a more traditional manner on the first tee, where his bag and trademark yellow bucket hat were prominently displayed.