Matthew Storms The Lead

By Martha BrendleAugust 3, 2001, 4:00 pm
North Berwicks Catriona (ka-trina) Matthew started the day tied for 6th and ended as the second round leader of the 2001 Weetabix Womens British Open at Sunningdale GC in Berkshire after completing a round that consisted of six birdies, one bogey and a brilliant hole-in-one.
 
Winner of the 2001 Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open, Matthew took low score honors after posting a two day total of 9-under-par 135 while matching her career-low round of 65 in the process.
 
Gripping her 4-wood she birdied the first two holes of the day. But it was while using her 7-wood that she experienced the grandest results.
 
I just got a good bounce and it popped in the hole, Matthew said of the hole-in-one she recorded on the 215-yard par 3 15th. Her efforts were rewarded with a high five from the other players in her group and husband/caddy for the week Graeme.

This was the 31-year-olds second career hole-in-one. Her first was recorded during the now defunct J.C. Penney mixed-team event.
 
Matthew is having a very respectable year on the LPGA Tour. I think I am probably driving the ball better and my short game is improving.
 
Though her game is seemingly effortless at times, it has proved inconsistent in majors before. This year is no different.
 
The native Scotswoman missed the cut at the 2001 Nabisco Championship, tied for 4th during the 2001 U.S. Womens Open - enabling her to play in the next to last group during the final round - and finished the McDonalds LPGA Championship tied for 30th.
 
Tomorrow Matthew will play with first round leader Janice Moodie in the last group for the first time in a major and she wont be alone while doing so. The group will be followed by a slew of family and friends.
 
Ive got bus loads coming from Scotland, Moodie said.
 
Moodie, now tied for second with Mi Hyun Kim and Trish Johnson at 7-under-par, recorded 67-70=137 on her way there.
 
It was an early day for Moodie who got up a 4:45 a.m. local time to start her day. By 8:15 a.m. she was teeing it up for the second time and the beginning of the second round.
 
I kind of just rolled with the punches out there,
 
Back-to-back bogies on the closing holes denied her the chance of remaining in the lead. I had a couple of nice birdies there on 14 and then 15, Moodie reflected. And then unfortunately I bogeyed 17 and 18. I wouldnt put it down to tiredness or anything. I hit good shots and they just didnt pay off.
 
Johanna Head wrapped up the day at 6-under 68-70=138 and is in sole possession of fifth place while American Rosie Jones held on to sixth place with her two-day total of 5-under 70-69=139.
 
Helen Alfredsson made a jump up the leaderboard today moving from a tie for 16th to a tie for 7th after recording a sub-70 second round. She is currently 4-under-par 71-69=140 and tied with Jill McGill and Giant Eagle champion Dorothy Delasin.
 
Karrie Webb was another player to make a substantial move on the leaderboard. Webb followed a dismal first round score of 74 with a second round 67 - moving from a tie for 58th to a tie for 13th at 3-under-par.
 
Conversely, archrival Annika Sorenstam, who like Webb weathered a late on-site arrival and heavy rains, played her way out of a tie for 6th ' where she began her day ' and into a tie for 39th. Sorenstam recorded a two-day total of even par 70-74=144 leaving her unwanted ground to make up in the next two days.
 
Kudos to Suzann Pettersen, one of the Evian Tours hot new rookies.
 
The 20-year-old, who has committed to play in Europe next year, recorded 8-under-par 64 during the second round bettering her first day score by 14 strokes and moving from 117th position to 22nd.
 
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Suwannapura beats Lincicome in playoff for first win

By Associated PressJuly 15, 2018, 10:49 pm

SYLVANIA, Ohio - Thidapa Suwannapura won her first LPGA event on Sunday, closing with a 6-under 65 and birdieing the first playoff hole to defeat Brittany Lincicome at the Marathon Classic.

The 25-year-old Thai player is the sixth first-time winner on tour this year. Her previous best finish in 120 starts was seventh at the 2014 Kingsmill Championship.

Suwannapura picked up three strokes over her final two holes, making eagle on the par-5 17th and closing with a birdie on the par-5 18th at Highland Meadows to finish at 14-under 270.

In the playoff, Suwannapura converted a short birdie putt after Lincicome hit her second shot into a water hazard and scrambled for par.

Lincicome shot 67. She had a chance to win in regulation, but her birdie putt from about 10 feet did a nearly 360-degree turn around the edge of the cup and stayed out. Next up for the big-hitting Lincicome: a start against the men at the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship.

Third-round leader Brooke Henderson led by two shots after six holes, but struggled the rest of the way. Back-to-back bogeys on the 14th and 15th holes dropped her out of the lead. The 20-year-old Canadian finished with a 2-under 69, one shot out of the playoff.

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Kim cruises to first win, final Open invite at Deere

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 9:38 pm

Following the best week of his professional career, Michael Kim is both a winner on the PGA Tour and the 156th and final player to earn a tee time next week at The Open.

Kim entered the final round of the John Deere Classic with a five-shot lead, and the former Cal standout removed any lingering doubt about the tournament's outcome with birdies on each of his first three holes. He cruised from there, shooting a bogey-free 66 to finish the week at 27 under and win by eight shots over Francesco Molinari, Joel Dahmen, Sam Ryder and Bronson Burgoon.

It equals the tournament scoring record and ties for the largest margin of victory on Tour this season, matching Dustin Johnson's eight-shot romp at Kapalua in January and Molinari's margin two weeks ago at the Quicken Loans National.

"Just super thankful," Kim said. "It's been a tough first half of the year. But to be able to finish it out in style like this means a lot."

Kim, 25, received the Haskins Award as the nation's top collegiate player back in 2013, but his ascent to the professional ranks has been slow. He had only one top-10 finish in 83 starts on Tour entering the week, tying for third at the Safeway Open in October 2016, and had missed the cut each of the last three weeks.

But the pieces all came together at TPC Deere Run, where Kim opened with 63 and held a three-shot lead after 36 holes. His advantage was trimmed to a single shot during a rain-delayed third round, but Kim returned to the course late Saturday and closed with four straight birdies on Nos. 15-18 to build a five-shot cushion and inch closer to his maiden victory.

As the top finisher among the top five not otherwise exempt, Kim earned the final spot at Carnoustie as part of the Open Qualifying Series. It will be his first major championship appearance since earning low amateur honors with a T-17 finish at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, and he is also now exempt for the PGA Championship and next year's Masters.

The last player to earn the final Open spot at the Deere and make the cut the following week was Brian Harman, who captured his first career win at TPC Deere Run in 2014 and went on to tie for 26th at Royal Liverpool.

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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.


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"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.


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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.