Rinker Takes Lead As Play Suspended

By Lpga Tour MediaOctober 23, 2003, 4:00 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- LPGA veteran Laurie Rinker is the clubhouse leader at 9-under 207 after firing a 7-under-par 65 in the third round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Rinkers 65, which is one stroke off the tournament record of 64 set by Marilyn Lovander last year, included five-straight birdies on holes 11-15 and leads Brandi Jackson (73-71-66=210, -6) by three strokes
 
The third round was suspended due to darkness at 6:58 p.m. (ET), with 31 players remaining on the golf course. Second-round leader Diana DAlessio, as well as the final four threesomes of second-round leaders, were to return to LPGA Internationals Legends Course at 7:45 a.m. ET Friday to complete their third rounds.

The 130-player field will then be cut to the low 70 players and ties before the final round. The final round will begin at approximately 10 a.m. with players teeing off from the first and 10th tees in groups of three. The leaders will tee off at approximately 12 p.m.

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.

LPGA FINAL QUALIFYING SCHOOL 2003
Current Leader Board & Results, Round 3
1 Laurie Rinker 70-72-65 207 -9
2 Brandi Jackson 73-71-66 210 -6
3 Chiharu Yamaguchi 70-72-69 211 -5
3 Maggie Will 69-72-70 211 -5
5 Siew-Ai Lim 72-70-70 212 -4
5 Ashley Winn 69-73-70 212 -4
5 Mikaela Parmlid 67-74-71 212 -4
8 Lisa DePaulo 72-72-69 213 -3
8 Nadina Taylor 72-70-71 213 -3
8 Isabelle Beisiegel 68-74-71 213 -3
11 Susan Ginter-Brooker 73-74-67 214 -2
11 Luciana Bemvenuti 73-71-70 214 -2
11 Laura Myerscough 71-73-70 214 -2
11 Celeste Troche 70-74-70 214 -2
11 Carmen Hajjar 72-71-71 214 -2
11 Jessica Reese 71-71-72 214 -2
17 Seol-An Jeon 72-72-71 215 -1
17 Lisa Hall 70-74-71 215 -1
17 Hyun Soon Park 75-68-72 215 -1
17 Sunny Lee 73-70-72 215 -1
17 Clarissa Childs 73-70-72 215 -1
17 Juli Hilton 71-72-72 215 -1
23 Il Mi Chung 74-71-71 216 E
23 Carrie Roberts 76-68-72 216 E
23 Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 73-71-72 216 E
26 Meredith Duncan 73-75-69 217 +1
26 Allie Blomquist 75-70-72 217 +1
26 Katherine Hull 72-71-74 217 +1
26 Silvia Cavalleri 72-70-75 217 +1
30 Nicole Jeray 76-75-67 218 +2
30 Joellyn Erdmann-Crooks 71-76-71 218 +2
30 Annette DeLuca 74-70-74 218 +2
30 Karen Davies 72-72-74 218 +2
30 Marcy Hart 74-69-75 218 +2
35 Kelly Cap 74-76-69 219 +3
35 Karine Icher 75-73-71 219 +3
35 Cathy Johnston-Forbes 73-75-71 219 +3
35 Diane Irvin 72-75-72 219 +3
35 Kristen Bloomer 74-71-74 219 +3
35 Leslie Spalding 76-68-75 219 +3
35 Patricia Baxter-Johnson 70-72-77 219 +3
42 Kris Lindstrom 76-73-71 220 +4
42 Michelle Bell 74-74-72 220 +4
42 Connie Ross 73-75-72 220 +4
42 Stacy Snider 70-78-72 220 +4
42 Michelle Estill 74-73-73 220 +4
47 Namika Omata 75-76-70 221 +5
47 Leigh Ann Mills 74-77-70 221 +5
47 Kylie Pratt 75-74-72 221 +5
47 Stefania Croce 73-76-72 221 +5
51 Katie Bakken 73-77-72 222 +6
51 Penny Hammel 76-72-74 222 +6
51 Marianne Morris 72-76-74 222 +6
51 Susie Parry 71-77-74 222 +6
51 Sarah Johnston 73-74-75 222 +6
51 Hong Mei Yang 71-76-75 222 +6
51 Nuria Clau 77-68-77 222 +6
51 Dina Ammaccapane 73-71-78 222 +6
59 Charlotta Sorenstam 75-78-70 223 +7
59 J.Y. Cho 76-75-72 223 +7
59 Dale Eggeling 75-75-73 223 +7
59 Jeanne Cho 73-76-74 223 +7
59 Danielle Amiee 76-72-75 223 +7
59 Michelle Murphy 72-76-75 223 +7
59 Lori Atsedes 75-72-76 223 +7
66 Kimberly Freeman 76-74-74 224 +8
66 Georgina Simpson 74-76-74 224 +8
66 Nicole Dalkas 74-76-74 224 +8
66 Liz Earley 74-73-77 224 +8
66 Kellee Booth 72-75-77 224 +8
71 Mitzi Edge 78-73-74 225 +9
71 Wendy Martin 78-73-74 225 +9
71 Michele Fuller 76-75-74 225 +9
71 Caroline Goasguen 74-74-77 225 +9
75 Nicole Materne 74-83-69 226 +10
75 Yvonne Cox 75-79-72 226 +10
75 Minny Yeo 77-75-74 226 +10
75 Angie Rizzo 71-80-75 226 +10
75 Lisa P. Jensen 78-72-76 226 +10
LPGA FINAL QUALIFYING SCHOOL 2003
Current Leader Board & Results, Round 3
DAYTONA BEACH FL10/21/2003 - 10/24/2003PURSE: $50,000
LPGA INTERNATIONAL-LEGENDS COURSE PAR: 36 36 YARDS: 6443

NAME SCORES
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75 Jennifer Huber 73-77-76 226 +10
75 Lisa Strom 75-72-79 226 +10
82 Tamie Durdin 78-77-72 227 +11
82 Lesley Henderson 75-77-75 227 +11
82 Stephanie George 72-79-76 227 +11
82 Shiho Katano 73-75-79 227 +11
86 Nicole Perrot 79-77-72 228 +12
86 Michelle Simpson 74-77-77 228 +12
88 Kirsty Taylor 77-79-73 229 +13
88 Donna Wilkins 75-76-78 229 +13
88 Vicky Uwland 75-75-79 229 +13
91 Alena Sharp 76-83-71 230 +14
91 Becky Lucidi 80-76-74 230 +14
91 Danielle Masters 75-77-78 230 +14
91 Pam Wright 77-74-79 230 +14
91 Collette Matthes 74-76-80 230 +14
96 Hye Jung Choi 80-79-72 231 +15
97 Misia Lemanski 79-83-72 234 +18
98 Laura Baugh 80-76-79 235 +19
99 Krissie Register 79-81-81 241 +25
DNF Diana D'Alessio 66-70 136 DNF
DNF Kelly Lagedrost 71-68 139 DNF
DNF Catherine Cartwright 69-70 139 DNF
DNF Iben Tinning 68-71 139 DNF
DNF Jenna Daniels 67-72 139 DNF
DNF Marlene Hedblom 72-68 140 DNF
DNF Aree Song 71-69 140 DNF
DNF Jean-Marie Busuttil 70-70 140 DNF
DNF Karen Pearce 70-70 140 DNF
DNF Michele Vinieratos 70-70 140 DNF
DNF Cherie Byrnes 69-71 140 DNF
DNF Riko Higashio 73-68 141 DNF
DNF Pamela Kerrigan 70-71 141 DNF
DNF Lindsey Wright 72-73 145 DNF
DNF Russamee Gulyanamitta 72-73 145 DNF
DNF Jinny Lee 70-75 145 DNF
DNF Jen Hanna 70-75 145 DNF
DNF Smriti Mehra 70-75 145 DNF
DNF Carri Wood 69-76 145 DNF
DNF Krista Bartlett 75-71 146 DNF
DNF Angela Buzminski 74-72 146 DNF
DNF Kristy McPherson 74-72 146 DNF
DNF Heather Lee 74-72 146 DNF
DNF Mardi Lunn 73-73 146 DNF
DNF Amy Hung 73-73 146 DNF
DNF Emily Bastel 71-75 146 DNF
DNF Jimin Kang 71-75 146 DNF
DNF Mayumi Nakajima 76-71 147 DNF
DNF Kim Augusta 76-71 147 DNF
DNF Kathryn Cusick 76-71 147 DNF
DNF Vikki Laing 75-72 147 DNF
Mary Kay Marino 78-76 154 WD
Ara Koh 78-81 159 WD
 
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Poulter offers explanation in dispute with marshal

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:47 pm

Ian Poulter took to Twitter to offer an explanation after the Englishman was accused of verbally abusing a volunteer during the third round of the Scottish Open.

Poulter hooked his drive on the opening hole at Gullane Golf Club into a bush, where Quintin Jardine was working as a marshal. Poulter went on to find the ball, wedge out and make bogey, but the details of the moments leading up to his second shot differ depending on who you ask.

Jardine wrote a letter to the tournament director that he also turned into a colorfully-titled blog post, accusing Poulter of berating him for not going into the bush "feet first" in search of the ball since Poulter would have received a free drop had his ball been stepped on by an official.


Full-field scores from the ASI Scottish Open


"I stood and waited for the player. It turned out to be Mr. Poulter, who arrived in a shower of expletives and asked me where his ball was," Jardine wrote. "I told him and said that I had not ventured into the bush for fear of standing on it. I wasn't expecting thanks, but I wasn't expecting aggression, either."

Jardine added that Poulter stayed to exchange heated words with the volunteer even after wedging his ball back into the fairway. After shooting a final-round 69 to finish in a tie for 30th, Poulter tweeted his side of the story to his more than 2.3 million followers:

Poulter, 42, won earlier this year on the PGA Tour at the Houston Open and is exempt into The Open at Carnoustie, where he will make his 17th Open appearance. His record includes a runner-up at Royal Birkdale in 2008 and a T-3 finish at Muirfield in 2013.

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Immelman misses Open bid via OWGR tiebreaker

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:25 pm

A resurgent performance at the Scottish Open gave Trevor Immelman his first top-10 finish in more than four years, but it left him short of a return to The Open by the slimmest of margins.

The former Masters champ turned back the clock this week at Gullane Golf Club, carding four straight rounds of 68 or better. That run included a 5-under 65 in the final round, which gave him a tie for third and left him five shots behind winner Brandon Stone. It was his first worldwide top-10 since a T-10 finish at the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open.

There were three spots available into The Open for players not otherwise exempt, and for a brief moment it appeared Immelman, 38, might sneak the third and final invite.


Full-field scores from the ASI Scottish Open


But with Stone and runner-up Eddie Pepperell both not qualified, that left the final spot to be decided between Immelman and Sweden's Jens Dantorp who, like Immelman, tied for third at 15 under.

As has been the case with other stops along the Open Qualifying Series, the tiebreaker to determine invites is the players' standing in the Official World Golf Rankings entering the week. Dantorp is currently No. 322 in the world, but with Immelman ranked No. 1380 the Swede got the nod.

This will mark Dantorp's first-ever major championship appearance. Immelman, who hasn't made the cut in a major since the 2013 Masters, was looking to return to The Open for 10th time and first since a missed cut at Royal Lytham six years ago. He will instead work the week at Carnoustie as part of Golf Channel and NBC's coverage of The Open.

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Stone (60) wins Scottish Open, invite to Carnoustie

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:06 pm

There's never a bad time to shoot a 60, but Brandon Stone certainly picked an opportune moment to do so.

Facing a jammed leaderboard in the final round of the Scottish Open, Stone fired a 10-under 60 to leave a stacked field in his wake and win the biggest tournament of his career. His 20-under 260 total left him four shots clear of Eddie Pepperell and five shots in front of a group that tied for third.

Stone had a mid-range birdie putt on No. 18 that would have given him the first 59 in European Tour history. But even after missing the putt on the left, Stone tapped in to close out a stellar round that included eight birdies, nine pars and an eagle. It's his third career European Tour title but first since the Alfred Dunhill Championship in December 2016.


Full-field scores from the ASI Scottish Open


Stone started the day three shots behind overnight leader Jens Dantorp, but he made an early move with three birdies over his first five holes and five over his first 10. Stone added a birdie on the par-3 12th, then took command with a three-hole run from Nos. 14-16 that included two birdies and an eagle.

The eye-popping score from the 25-year-old South African was even more surprising considering his lack of form entering the week. Stone is currently ranked No. 371 in the world and had missed four of his last seven worldwide cuts without finishing better than T-60.

Stone was not yet qualified for The Open, and as a result of his performance at Gullane Golf Club he will tee it up next week at Carnoustie. Stone headlined a group of three Open qualifiers, as Pepperell and Dantorp (T-3) also earned invites by virtue of their performance this week. The final spot in the Open will go to the top finisher not otherwise qualified from the John Deere Classic.

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Daly (knee) replaced by Bradley in Open field

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 12:13 pm

Former champion John Daly has withdrawn from The Open because of a right knee injury and will be replaced in the field at Carnoustie by another major winner, Keegan Bradley.

Daly, 52, defeated Costantino Rocca in a memorable playoff to win the claret jug at St. Andrews in 1995. His lingering knee pain led him to request a cart during last month's U.S. Senior Open, and when that request was denied he subsequently withdrew from the tournament.

Daly then received treatment on the knee and played in a PGA Tour event last week at The Greenbrier without the use of a cart, missing the cut with rounds of 77-67. But on the eve of the season's third major, he posted to Twitter that his pain remains "unbearable" and that a second request for a cart was turned down:

This will be just the second time since 2000 that Daly has missed The Open, having also sat out the 2013 event at Muirfield. He last made the cut in 2012, when he tied for 81st at Royal Lytham. He could still have a few more chances to improve upon that record, given that past Open champions remain fully exempt until age 60.

Taking his place will be Bradley, who was first alternate based on his world ranking. Bradley missed the event last year but recorded three top-20 finishes in five appearances from 2012-16, including a T-18 finish two years ago at Royal Troon.

The next three alternates, in order, are Spain's Adrian Otaegui and Americans Aaron Wise and J.B. Holmes.