DAlessio Holds on to Q-School Lead

By Lpga Tour MediaOctober 22, 2003, 4:00 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. ' It was more of the same for Diana DAlessio during the second round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. The four-year LPGA Tour member carded a bogey-free round of 70 and leads the 131-player field by three with a 136 (-8) two-day total. Catherine Cartwright, Jenna Daniels, Kelly Lagedrost and Iben Tinning are in a four-way tie for second at 139 (-5).

Play was suspended due to darkness at 7:06 p.m., with three players remaining on the golf course. That group will return to finish its second rounds Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m., while the third round will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. after the field is re-paired according to scores.

Today was a little more difficult than yesterday, said DAlessio. I was not quite as aggressive putting today, and I was not hitting the ball as well. Im proud of my round today because its hard to follow one good round with another good one. I made some good up-and-downs today and some clutch putts, so my putter was still my friend.

DAlessios two-under-par 70 followed a first-round 66 on LPGA Internationals 6,443-yard Legends Course. The low round of the day, 68 (-4), was turned in by the sextet of Marlene Hedblom, Riko Higashio, Hyun Soon Park, Carrie Robers, Leslie Spalding and Lagedrost.

I hit the ball just as well as I did yesterday, but I just didnt putt as well today, said Daniels, a three-year LPGA Tour member. I feel blessed being able to come to q-school to improve my status. Theres not as much pressure on me, and Im very relaxed. I just want to play four solid rounds.

Im having fun this week, and its nice to be on a golf course enjoying myself, said the 20-year-old Cartwright. I was just consistent again today. I dont know how many greens and fairways I hit, but I know I hit a lot again. Youre never in until its over though.

The 131-player field will be cut to the low 70 players and ties following the third round. A total of 28 exempt spots on the 2004 LPGA Tour are up for grabs this year, and a sudden-death playoff will be held to determine the 28th spot if needed. The next 35 finishers and ties will earn non-exempt status for 2004.

Round 2 Results, LPGA INTERNATIONAL-LEGENDS COURSE
1 Diana D'Alessio 66-70 136 -8
2 Kelly Lagedrost 71-68 139 -5
2 Catherine Cartwright 69-70 139 -5
2 Iben Tinning 68-71 139 -5
2 Jenna Daniels 67-72 139 -5
6 Marlene Hedblom 72-68 140 -4
6 Aree Song 71-69 140 -4
6 Jean-Marie Busuttil 70-70 140 -4
6 Michele Vinieratos 70-70 140 -4
6 Karen Pearce 70-70 140 -4
6 Cherie Byrnes 69-71 140 -4
12 Riko Higashio 73-68 141 -3
12 Pamela Kerrigan 70-71 141 -3
12 Maggie Will 69-72 141 -3
12 Mikaela Parmlid 67-74 141 -3
16 Nadina Taylor 72-70 142 -2
16 Siew-Ai Lim 72-70 142 -2
16 Jessica Reese 71-71 142 -2
16 Chiharu Yamaguchi 70-72 142 -2
16 Patricia Baxter-Johnson 70-72 142 -2
16 Laurie Rinker 70-72 142 -2
16 Ashley Winn 69-73 142 -2
16 Isabelle Beisiegel 68-74 142 -2
24 Hyun Soon Park 75-68 143 -1
24 Marcy Hart 74-69 143 -1
24 Sunny Lee 73-70 143 -1
24 Clarissa Childs 73-70 143 -1
24 Carmen Hajjar 72-71 143 -1
24 Katherine Hull 72-71 143 -1
24 Juli Hilton 71-72 143 -1
31 Carrie Roberts 76-68 144 E
31 Leslie Spalding 76-68 144 E
31 Annette DeLuca 74-70 144 E
31 Dina Ammaccapane 73-71 144 E
31 Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 73-71 144 E
31 Luciana Bemvenuti 73-71 144 E
31 Brandi Jackson 73-71 144 E
31 Karen Davies 72-72 144 E
31 Lisa DePaulo 72-72 144 E
31 Seol-An Jeon 72-72 144 E
31 Laura Myerscough 71-73 144 E
31 Celeste Troche 70-74 144 E
31 Lisa Hall 70-74 144 E
44 Allie Blomquist 75-70 145 +1
44 Il Mi Chung 74-71 145 +1
44 Kristen Bloomer 74-71 145 +1
44 Lindsey Wright 72-73 145 +1
44 Russamee Gulyanamitta 72-73 145 +1
44 Jen Hanna 70-75 145 +1
44 Smriti Mehra 70-75 145 +1
44 Jinny Lee 70-75 145 +1
44 Carri Wood 69-76 145 +1
53 Krista Bartlett 75-71 146 +2
53 Heather Lee 74-72 146 +2
53 Angela Buzminski 74-72 146 +2
53 Kristy McPherson 74-72 146 +2
53 Amy Hung 73-73 146 +2
53 Mardi Lunn 73-73 146 +2
53 Emily Bastel 71-75 146 +2
53 Jimin Kang 71-75 146 +2
61 Mayumi Nakajima 76-71 147 +3
61 Kathryn Cusick 76-71 147 +3
61 Kim Augusta 76-71 147 +3
61 Vikki Laing 75-72 147 +3
61 Lori Atsedes 75-72 147 +3
61 Lisa Strom 75-72 147 +3
61 Liz Earley 74-73 147 +3
61 Michelle Estill 74-73 147 +3
61 Susan Ginter-Brooker 73-74 147 +3
61 Sarah Johnston 73-74 147 +3
61 Diane Irvin 72-75 147 +3
61 Kellee Booth 72-75 147 +3
61 Joellyn Erdmann-Crooks 71-76 147 +3
61 Hong Mei Yang 71-76 147 +3
75 Danielle Amiee 76-72 148 +4
75 Penny Hammel 76-72 148 +4
75 Karine Icher 75-73 148 +4
75 Caroline Goasguen 74-74 148 +4
75 Connie Ross 73-75 148 +4
75 Meredith Duncan 73-75 148 +4
75 Cathy Johnston-Forbes 73-75 148 +4
75 Shiho Katano 73-75 148 +4
75 Michelle Murphy 72-76 148 +4
75 Marianne Morris 72-76 148 +4
75 Susie Parry 71-77 148 +4
75 Stacy Snider 70-78 148 +4
87 Kris Lindstrom 76-73 149 +5
87 Kylie Pratt 75-74 149 +5
87 Stefania Croce 73-76 149 +5
87 Jeanne Cho 73-76 149 +5
91 Lisa P. Jensen 78-72 150 +6
91 Kimberly Freeman 76-74 150 +6
91 Vicky Uwland 75-75 150 +6
91 Dale Eggeling 75-75 150 +6
91 Collette Matthes 74-76 150 +6
91 Georgina Simpson 74-76 150 +6
91 Kelly Cap 74-76 150 +6
91 Nicole Dalkas 74-76 150 +6
91 Katie Bakken 73-77 150 +6
91 Jennifer Huber 73-77 150 +6
101 Wendy Martin 78-73 151 +7
101 Mitzi Edge 78-73 151 +7
101 Pam Wright 77-74 151 +7
101 Michele Fuller 76-75 151 +7
101 Nicole Jeray 76-75 151 +7
101 J.Y. Cho 76-75 151 +7
101 Donna Wilkins 75-76 151 +7
101 Namika Omata 75-76 151 +7
101 Leigh Ann Mills 74-77 151 +7
101 Michelle Simpson 74-77 151 +7
101 Stephanie George 72-79 151 +7
101 Angie Rizzo 71-80 151 +7
113 Minny Yeo 77-75 152 +8
113 Danielle Masters 75-77 152 +8
113 Lesley Henderson 75-77 152 +8
116 Charlotta Sorenstam 75-78 153 +9
117 Mary Kay Marino 78-76 154 +10
117 Yvonne Cox 75-79 154 +10
119 Tamie Durdin 78-77 155 +11
120 Becky Lucidi 80-76 156 +12
120 Laura Baugh 80-76 156 +12
120 Nicole Perrot 79-77 156 +12
120 Kirsty Taylor 77-79 156 +12
124 Nicole Materne 74-83 157 +13
125 Hye Jung Choi 80-79 159 +15
125 Alena Sharp 76-83 159 +15
127 Krissie Register 79-81 160 +16
128 Misia Lemanski 79-83 162 +18
DNF Silvia Cavalleri 72 72 DNF
DNF Michelle Bell 74 74 DNF
DNF Nuria Clau 77 77 DNF
Ara Koh 78-81 159 WD
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.


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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.


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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”