Pressel Miyazato Begin Sectional Qualifying

By Lpga Tour MediaSeptember 20, 2005, 4:00 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The march toward the 2005 Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour begins this week for a field of 193 players at the LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., the first of two sectional qualifiers. Standouts Ai Miyazato of Japan and amateur Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla., headline the field.
Miyazato, a 19-year-old star in her home country of Japan, was 17 when she became the first amateur in 30 years to win on the Japanese women's pro circuit. Last year, in her fourth tournament since turning pro, she became the youngest player to win on the LPGA of Japan Tour. She won a total of four times in 2004 and was the first Japanese teen to earn more than $1 million in a year. Earlier this season, Miyazato carded a final-round 67 to help Japan beat South Korea and the Philippines in the inaugural Women's World Cup of Golf.
Coincidentally, Miyazato's debut in the United States came at Mission Hills Country Club earlier this season when she received a sponsor's exemption into the Kraft Nabisco Championship and eventually tied for 44th. Miyazato tied for ninth at the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship this summer and tied for 11th at the Weetabix Women's British Open.
Amateur standout Morgan Pressel, 17, begins her quest for LPGA Tour membership this week as well. Pressel burst onto the scene as a 12-year-old phenom, qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open in 2001 and, in doing so, set the record for the youngest participant ever. She has since qualified for two more U.S. Women's Opens, and this year nearly won the event, tying for second only after a miraculous birdie on the 72nd hole by Birdie Kim. She has competed in seven LPGA Tour events this season, finishing tied-for-25th or higher every time, including her tie for second at the U.S. Women's Open and a tie for fifth at the State Farm Classic.
In junior golf, Pressel holds 11 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) titles, five of which are AJGA Invitationals. Her career 'AJGA Slam' can be matched by only one player in the Association's 27-year history, by Kellee Booth in the early 1990s (although Booth won four, not five, events to have this distinction). Pressel recently helped lead the U.S. Team to victory at the PING Junior Solheim Cup.
Consistent with the LPGA's history as being a true 'World Tour,' the 193-player field features 72 international players from 24 countries outside the United States, as well as two players from Puerto Rico. Korea is represented by the most players with 18 (up from seven in the first stage last year), followed by Canada (11), Australia (7), Sweden (6) and England (6). The remaining countries are Japan (3), Thailand (2), Italy (2), Russia (2) and the Bahamas, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Wales and Zimbabwe with one player each.
There is no shortage of homegrown talent either. Thirty-two states are represented in the first LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament, with California leading the way with 26 entrants, followed by Florida (15) and Texas (13) and Illinois, Michigan, Nevada and Tennessee with five each.
The 72-hole sectional (Sept. 20-23) will be played at the same site as the Tour's first major of the season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, for the fourth consecutive year. The field will be cut to the low 70 players and ties after 36 holes. After four rounds, the top-30 players and ties will advance to the LPGA Tour's Final Qualifying Tournament at LPGA International's Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The Rancho Mirage qualifier is the first of the LPGA Tour's two sectional qualifying events in 2005. The second LPGA Tour Sectional Qualifying Tournament is Oct. 4-7 at Plantation Golf and Country Club's Bobcat and Panther courses in Venice, Fla. The top-30 finishers and ties from the California qualifier will join the top-30 players and ties from the Venice sectional qualifier, current LPGA Tour members attempting to improve their status and the 10 players from the 2005 Futures Tour money list at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla.
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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

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At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

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Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”