Teske Leads Sorenstam Webb

By Martha BrendleNovember 23, 2002, 5:00 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Rachel Teske raised the bar at the ADT Championship Saturday after making birdie on the final hole.
Teske, who wrapped-up Friday one stroke behind second-round leader Annika Sorenstam, jockeyed for the lead with Sorenstam, Karrie Webb and, at one point, Patricia Meunier-Lebouc.
I felt pretty good today and really all year, I -- this was probably my best year as far as ball striking and being real consistent, Teske, winner of the 2002 Ping Banner Health and the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic, said. So I just feel really comfortable with the way I'm hitting the ball and event though I didn't turn it too well on the front nine, I still kind of felt in control.'
Teske (68) made her charge on the backside with four birdies, finishing the day at at 10-under-par, one stroke better than Sorenstam and Webb.
On the front nine I didnt really turn the ball all that well, the Queenslander said. But on the back nine I thought I was hitting the ball a little better.
Teske, a resident of Lakeland, Fla., hit 10 fairways and 15 greens Saturday. In comparison, Sorenstam hit only seven fairways and 13 greens, while Webb hit 11 fairways and 14 greens.
Being challenged by Webb and Sorenstam is no picnic for Teske, who played a lot of junior golf with Webb, yet she has a pretty good attitude. The difference, the biggest thing is their short games, she said of Webb and Sorenstam. They are just so good.
She won the Ping in a playoff over Sorenstam, and the Jamie Farr by overcoming a final-round deficit to Webb.
Sorenstam struggled with her putting during the first two rounds and continued to in the opening holes in round three. Sorenstam made bogey on the first before leveling out with four pars. Not until the 335-yard, par-4 6th would she make her first birdie of the day ' only to drop back a shot on the very next hole.
I would say it got a little better after I got upset on No. 8, she said of her putting stroke. Then I rolled in a good par putt and after that I think I putted pretty decent.
Im looking forward to tomorrow, the Swede said of what could become win No. 11. 'I mean it's the last day. I'm in the position I want to be in, really. I'm right there. I have a chance to win. And so I feel good about my game and I'm really looking forward to it.'
'Ive been in so many different positions - all I know is that I have a chance tomorrow. Im playing good enough to post a low round.
This should be enough to scare the rest of the field, yet Webb, the defending champion, isn't overly concerned. Shes playing with a lot of confidence, Webb said. I mean, its definitely going to be a challenge but the course is a challenge in itself, she added.
I think today was definitely the toughest of the three days that we have played so far. The wind was a little bit stronger and obviously it was a little cooler today, she continued. I think it started in the northwest and then came, started coming directly from the north.
With no plans to give up the trophy, Webb will be making her own charge on Sunday. You cant finish off your year any better than with a win, she said. Last year I finished with a win. Ive put myself in position to do that again.
First-round leader Meg Mallon is tied with France's Meunier-Lebouc at 5-under-par 211.
Tricky Trump International, which has challenged the field all week long, managed to produce some high scores Saturday. Hall of Fame member Beth Daniel finished the third round tied with Laura Davies at 13-over-par.
Davies shot 37-45 after recording an 8 on the par-4 10th after hitting two in the water.
Kelli Kuehne also had a tough day recording 45 at the turn and 37 coming in to finish at 17-over 233. But it was Shani Waugh who might have had the toughest day.
Australias Waugh, recorded a 7 on the par-3 seventh and again on the par-5 ninth. I dont know what happened out there, Waugh said. Im so embarrassed. I hit a bad shot and then just overreacted.
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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.