Webb Grabs Share of Lead Annika Three Back

By Lpga Tour MediaSeptember 22, 2006, 4:00 pm
DANVILLE, Calif. ' Karrie Webb shot a 2-under 70 in windy conditions Friday to join Jeong Jang in the lead after two rounds of the Longs Drugs Challenge.
Webb, a three-time winner this season, closed with a bogey at the 18th but still holds the second-round lead for the third time this season. She and Jang stand at 7-under-par 137.
Jang had a 1-over 73 in the second round -- nine shots worse than her course-record 64 on Thursday, which gave her the first-round lead by three shots. She had two bogeys and just one birdie Friday.
Stacy Prammanasudh and Maria Hjorth both shot 4-under 68 and are tied for third place with Lorie Kane (71) at 6-under 138.
Webb held the lead alone at 8 under until she missed a 20-foot par putt from the back fringe at the 18th and closed with a bogey. It was her second bogey of the round and third of the tournament so far.
But Webb still likes her position -- especially, she said, considering the windy conditions players had to deal with Friday.
'I was really solid today,' she said. 'I didn't get of to the greatest start, but as soon as the wind picked up my concentration really snapped in, which was good to see because the conditions out there were really tough.'
Wind gusts were higher Friday than weather forecasts predicted they would be at Blackhawk Country Club, a new host course for this event.
Webb made a bogey early at the par-4 second, but got back to her overnight score of 5 under with a 3-foot birdie putt at the par-4 eighth. She then birdied back-to-back holes from the 10th, getting to seven-under with a 5-foot putt at the 11th.
A 15-foot birdie putt at the 17th gave Webb the lead alone, but she coughed it up on the next hole.
At the 406-yard, par-4 18th, Webb hit a 5-iron short off the green, chipped to the back fringe and two-putted from 20 feet for her closing bogey.
'Obviously the bogey leaves a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth,' admitted Webb, 'but if you had told me I was going to shoot two-under today with the wind I would have taken it.'
In a season-long battle with Lorena Ochoa for the LPGA Tour money lead (Ochoa currently leads), Webb hasn't played since tying for sixth place at the Wendy's Championship for Children almost four weeks ago.
'I didn't really know what to expect this week, so I feel really good where I put myself these two days,' she said.
Jang opened her second round with a bogey from the sand at the par-3 10th. She made her only birdie at the 13th, then gave up another shot at the par-5 15th when she three-putted from 90 feet.
After that, Jang made 12 straight pars to finish off her 73. She went 5 under on those same holes Thursday.
'I had a really tough day,' said the two-time LPGA winner. 'I had a bad start and a bad finish. That was it.'
Cristie Kerr, the 2002 champion, had a 70 on Friday and is tied for sixth place with Jill McGill (71) and Morgan Pressel (68) at 5-under 139.
One shot further back, Annika Sorenstam leads a group of five players who are knotted in ninth place at 140. Sorenstam, the 1997 champion, shot her second consecutive 70 on Friday. She admitted being stressed out about the windy conditions.
'It was just swirling so much,' she said. 'It's not just two, three miles per hour. We're talking 15 to 20, maybe even more...I've been thinking so much out there, I'm worn out.'
The cut line fell at 4-over 148 with 72 players moving on to the weekend.
Among the other players who made the cut were Sorenstam's sister Charlotta (plus-one) and Pat Hurst, who had a hole-in-one Friday with a 7-iron from 170 yards at the 10th.
'Hopefully this is the start of something for me,' said Hurst, who shot her second consecutive 73 to sit at plus-2.
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    Ball headed O.B., Stone (68) gets huge break

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 19, 2018, 2:14 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Brandon Stone knew it when he hit it.

    “I knew I hit it out of bounds,” the South African said following his opening round in the 147th Open Championship.

    Stone’s second shot on the par-4 18th, from the left fescue, was pulled into the grandstands, which are marked as O.B. But instead of settling in with the crowd, the ball ricocheted back towards the green and nearly onto the putting surface.

    Stone made his par and walked away with a 3-under 68, two shots off the early lead.

    “I really didn’t put a good swing on it, bad contact and it just came out way left,” Stone said. “I feel so sorry for the person I managed to catch on the forehead there, but got a lucky break.

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    “When you get breaks like that you know you’re going to have good weeks.”

    It’s been more than just good luck recently for Stone. He shot 60 in the final round – missing a 9-foot birdie putt for the first 59 in European Tour history – to win last week’s Scottish Open. It was his third career win on the circuit and first since 2016. It was also just his first top-10 of the season.

    “A testament to a different mental approach and probably the change in putter,” said Stone, who added that he switched to a new Ping Anser blade model last week.

    “I’ve been putting, probably, the best I have in my entire life.”

    This marks Stone’s sixth start in a major championship, with his best finish a tie for 35th in last year’s U.S. Open. He has a missed cut and a T-70 in two prior Open Championships.

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    Kang on cheating allegation: 'I did the right thing'

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 1:26 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Three weeks after his playing partner claimed that he “cheated,” taking an improper drop at the Quicken Loans National, Sung Kang insisted Thursday that he did nothing wrong.

    Joel Dahmen tweeted that Kang cheated after a lengthy dispute about where his ball had last crossed the line of a hazard. A PGA Tour official ruled in Kang’s favor. Kang made par on the hole, shot 64 and earned one of the available spots in the Open Championship.

    Kang didn’t learn of the controversy until the next day, when he received an email from a PGA Tour communications official seeking comment. He researched online what the furor was about, then issued a brief statement through the Tour (which added its own statement, saying that there was “no clear evidence” to suggest that Kang dropped incorrectly).

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    Kang said he tried to clear the air with Dahmen before the first round of last week’s John Deere Classic, but they never had the opportunity to discuss their differences.

    “I followed the rules official and I think I did the right thing,” Kang told a handful of reporters Thursday following his opening round at Carnoustie, where he shot a 2-under 69 to sit three shots off the early lead.

    Kang said he was hesitant to discuss the incident with reporters, because he said there clearly was a difference in opinions. He said he’d already told his side to South Korean news outlets but that “whatever I say, some people are going to trust it and some people are not going to trust it. Then I’ve got to think about it more and more when it’s not going to help my golf game.”

    “I really want to say a lot of things about it, the truth about what happened,” he added, “but I’m not going to say anything.”

    Kang said that he wouldn’t alter his approach when dealing with rulings in the future.

    “No. Why?” he said. “I did the right thing. There’s no point in changing.”

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    Kisner (67) enjoying 'frat' life, soccer matches with Jordan and Co.

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 12:49 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The frat house tradition continued this year at The Open, with a group of seven high-profile Americans rooming together for the week, including early first-round leader Kevin Kisner.

    Kisner explained after his opening 5-under 66 that the group – which includes Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler – has spent the week talking about how demanding Carnoustie is playing and enjoying the summer weather.

    “We're out there playing soccer at night and hanging out,” he said.

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    To be clear, this isn’t a proper soccer match, but instead a penalty-kick situation with all but one player taking turns trying to score.

    “I just try to smash [Dufner] in the face,” Kisner laughed. “He's the all-time goalie.”

    Although Kisner said he’s always impressed with the athletic prowess of other players, Spieth has proven himself particularly adept on the impromptu pitch.

    “Jordan scored when Duf tripped, it was hilarious,” Kisner smiled. “[Spieth] is good until he sends it over the goal four houses over, and we've got to go knock on a neighbor’s door for the soccer ball.”

    The group is actually staying in two local houses that are next to each other, one with a large enough back yard and a soccer net, but perhaps not enough soccer balls.

    “We’re going to have to Amazon Prime a couple new balls to replace the ones we lost,” Kisner said.