Tschetter Leads Entering Final Round

By Martha BrendleSeptember 22, 2001, 4:00 pm
On a day when only half the field was on the golf course Kris Tschetter went out and captured the lead after completing the second round of the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship in Augusta, S.C.
 
Tschetter shot a 5-under-par 67 Saturday and now leads the event by one stroke at 9-under. She recorded seven birdies and two bogeys in the process.
 
It feels good, she said of her position.
 
Tschetter was one of 24 morning groups lucky enough to finish her first round on Thursday before inclement weather forced tournament officials to shorten the event to 54-holes. The other 24 groups completed their first rounds Friday morning and their second rounds Friday afternoon.
 
Tschetter and more than 70 other competitors had Friday off after fog further delayed play on Friday morning.
 
I think the people that are in my situation that got this flip, it was a definite advantage. We got better greens (today),' Tschetter said.
 
Due to injuries in her left hip of the labrum and cartilage, the 14-year-veteran has struggled with her game.
 
Thats always kind of the goal, she said. To try to get yourself in position and have a chance going into the last day, and I havent done a very good job with that. Ive struggled a little bit just with my back and my hip this year, and its been week-to-week, kind of depending on how I feel.
 
Tschetter has worked hard to strengthen her muscles as well as her game this year and can be seen sitting between shots on a little chair that her caddie carries around for her.
 
This season shes finished in the top-10 five times earning more than $248,000 (40th place on the money list). This is a vast improvement from 2000 when she made only seven of 15 cuts and earned less than $60,000, finishing 117th in earnings.
 
Im surprised that I havent won more than I have, but, you know, I dont really have an answer for it. Im not the most consistent player in the world.
 
Tschetters last victory - the 1992 Northgate Computer Classic ' was also her first. A win this week would add another $180,000 to her earnings this season.
 
Tracy Hanson and Laura Diaz are one stroke off the lead at 8-under-par. Hanson recorded a 6-under-par 66 while Diaz shot 3-under-par 69.
 
Annika Sorenstam, the No. 1 player in the world, also shot 69 during the second round Saturday. Sorenstams group was the only afternoon group to finish all 18 holes prior to the lightning delays.
 
Seventy-five players made the cut, which fell at 2-over-par. Karrie Webb just squeaked by at even par after shooting a second-day score of 1-over 73.
 
Kellee Booth (76), Gloria Park (76), Chris Johnson (80) and Kathy Grant (88) all withdrew after completing the first round.
 
This is the last LPGA Tour event that counts toward ranking on the money list for consideration for 2002 exempt status. It also marks the final event for rookies to earn points toward the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award.
 
Full-field scores from the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.


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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.


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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”