Betsy Goes Back for Another Taste

By Martha BrendleJune 25, 2002, 4:00 pm
Hall of Fame member Betsy King prepares to defend her 2001 ShopRite LPGA Classic title this week. King won last years event by two strokes over Canadian Lorie Kane. The win netted her $180,000 in prize money, marking the third time she has won this title. Her last victory here, also her 30th LPGA Tour victory, gave her the final points needed to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame.
King, now almost 47 years old, hopes to retain the title she has won three times prior (1987, 1995 & 2001) and take home the winners share of the $1,200,000 purse but she will have to contend with a strong field featuring Laura Diaz, Annika Sorenstam, Laurie Kane, Dottie Pepper, Laura Davies and Julie Inkster ' a two time winner of this event (1989, 1988).
Sponsor exemptions were given to Evian Ladies European Tour player Suzann Pettersen and Nicole Perrot.
This week marks the return to competition for Dottie Pepper who is fresh off shoulder surgery and has been sidelined since December of 2001. Pepper had her left shoulder joint cleaned out March 1 in a procedure called a bursectomy.
The Marriott Seaview Resort Bay Course in Atlantic City, N.J. is host to the three-day event for the seventh time in the tournaments 17-year history. The Bay Course, a textbook Donald Ross design that opened in 1914, is home to Sam Sneads first major victory at the 1942 PGA Championship. Small greens, deep bunkers and classic mounding are all signatures of the Ross design. No. 2, a 432-yard, par 4, is considered the signature hole. It plays directly toward the Atlantic Ocean and is dramatically influenced by the winds, which can make the hole play longer or shorter than the actual yardage.
Once again this year pros will mix it up with top Chefs at The Taste of the LPGA. Dozens of critically acclaimed chefs from the northeast, including Roberto Donna of Washington, D.C.'s Galileo restaurant, Marcus Samuelsson of Manhattans Acquavit restaurant, as well as Lidia Matticchio Bastianich of New York's Becco and Felidia restaurants, have gathered for the third annual Taste of the LPGA event. The event takes place Wednesday, June 27th at 7 p.m. at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel Casino.
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Kisner doubles 18, defends not laying up

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 6:42 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It was only fitting that Jean Van de Velde was there working as an on-course reporter on Friday as Kevin Kisner struggled his way up Carnoustie’s 18th fairway.

Rolling along with a two-stroke lead, Kisner’s 8-iron approach shot from an awkward lie in the rough from 160 yards squirted right and bounced into Barry Burn, the winding creek where Van de Velde’s title chances at the 1999 Open Championship began to erode.

Unlike Van de Velde, who made a triple bogey-7 and lost The Open in a playoff, Kisner’s double bogey only cost him the solo lead and he still has 36 holes to make his closing miscue a distant memory. That’s probably why the 34-year-old seemed at ease with his plight.

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“It just came out like a high flop shot to the right. It was weird. I don't know if it caught something or what happened,” said Kisner, who was tied with Zach Johnson and Zander Lombard at 6 under par. “You never know out of that grass. It was in a different grass than usual. It was wet, green grass instead of the brown grass. So I hadn't really played from that too much.”

Like most in this week’s field Kisner also understands that rounds on what is widely considered the most difficult major championship venue can quickly unravel even with the most innocent of mistakes.

“To play 35 holes without a double I thought was pretty good,” he said. “I've kept the ball in play, done everything I wanted to do all the way up into that hole. Just one of those things that came out completely different than we expected. I'll live with that more than chipping out and laying up from 20 feet.”

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Wind, not rain more a weekend factor at Open

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:39 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – After a half-day of rain in Round 2 of the 147th Open Championship, the weekend offers a much drier forecast.

Saturday at Carnoustie is projected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 62 degrees and only a 20 percent chance of rain.

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Sunday calls for much warmer conditions, with temperatures rising upwards of 73 degrees under mostly cloudy skies.

Wind might be the only element the players have to factor in over the final 36 holes. While the winds will be relatively calm on Saturday, expected around 10-15 mph, they could increase to 25 mph in the final round.

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Van Rooyen holes putt after ball-marker ruling

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Erik van Rooyen was surveying his 10-footer for par, trying to get a feel for the putt, when his putter slipped out of his hand and dropped onto his ball marker.

The question, then, was whether that accident caused his coin to move.

The rules official looked at various camera angles but none showed definitively whether his coin moved. The ruling was made to continue from where his coin was now positioned, with no penalty.

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This was part of the recent rules changes, ensuring there is no penalty if the ball or ball maker is accidently moved by the player. The little-used rule drew attention in 2010, when Ian Poulter accidentally dropped his ball on his marker in Dubai and wound up losing more than $400,000 in bonus and prize money.

After the delay to sort out his ruling Friday, van Rooyen steadied himself and made the putt for par, capping a day in which he shot even-par 71 and kept himself in the mix at The Open. He was at 4-under 138, just two shots off the clubhouse lead.

“I wanted to get going and get this 10-footer to save par, but I think having maybe just a couple minutes to calm me down, and then I actually got a different read when I sat down and looked at it again,” he said. “Good putt. Happy to finish that way.”

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Lyle birdies last hole in likely his final Open start

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:32 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – If this was Sandy Lyle’s final Open appearance, he went out in style.

Playing on the final year of his automatic age exemption, the 60-year-old Scot buried a 30-foot birdie on the last hole. He missed the cut after shooting 9-over 151 over two rounds.

“I was very light-footed,” he said. “I was on cloud nine walking down the 18th. To make birdie was extra special.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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Lyle, who also won the 1988 Masters, has missed the cut in his last eight majors, dating to 2014. He hasn’t been competitive in The Open since 1998, when he tied for 19th.

To continue playing in The Open, Lyle needed to finish in the top 10 here at Carnoustie. He’d earn a future exemption by winning the Senior British Open.

“More punishment,” he said.