Ahn Extends Lead Wie in Last

By Sports NetworkNovember 1, 2003, 5:00 pm
Jeju Island, South Korea - - Shi Hyun Ahn carded a 1-under 71 Saturday and extended her lead to three strokes after two rounds of the CJ Nine Bridges Classic. Her two-round total of 8-under-par 136 shattered Se Ri Pak's record of 141 set in 2002.
Pak, the 2002 champion, posted a 2-under 70 to move into a tie for second place. She stands at 5-under-par 139 alongside Catriona Matthew, Grace Park and Laura Davies.
Ahn got off to a fast start on Saturday. She rolled in a birdie at the first and followed with another at the third to climb to minus-9.
The teenager however stumbled to a bogey at the par-4 fourth. Ahn settled down from there as she ran off nine straight pars around the turn.
Ahn, a rookie on the Japan LPGA Tour, moved back to minus-9 with a birdie at the par-4 14th, but trouble loomed. She double bogeyed the 16th to drop to minus-7.
The South Korean closed out her round with a birdie at the par-5 closing hole at Nine Bridges Golf Club for the second straight day. Her birdie on the last hole gave her the new 36-hole scoring record by five strokes.
Pak, a 21-time winner on the LPGA Tour, reeled off seven consecutive pars to open her round. She moved to 4 under for the tournament with a birdie at the par-4 eighth.
The 26-year-old dropped a shot with a bogey at the 11th. She came back to birdie the par-3 13t and the three-time winner this season closed out her round with birdie at the last.
Davies, who hasn't won on the LPGA Tour since 2001, struggled out of the gate Saturday with three bogeys over her first four holes. She did manage to birdie at No. 3 in the midst of the bogeys.
She recovered from those mistakes as she ran off three straight birdies from the seventh to make the turn at 5 under. Around the turn, she carded a birdie and a bogey to maintain a share of second place.
Matthew spread two birdies and two bogeys over her 18 holes.
Park, who began the day alone in second place, struggled to two bogeys and a double bogey on the front side. She did manage a birdie at the eighth.
On the back nine, she fought back with consecutive birdies from the 12th before bogeying the 16th. She regained a share of second place with a birdie at the 18th.
Marisa Baena and Lorie Kane posted matching rounds of 3-under 69 Saturday to climb into a tie for sixth. They stand alongside Jeong Jang (68) and Soo-Yun Kang (71) at 4-under-par 140.
Lorena Ochoa recorded the best round of the day as she shot a 5-under 67. Candie Kung, Jung Yeon Lee and Rachel Teske are tied one stroke further back at minus-2.
Michelle Wie's struggles continued on Saturday. She posted a 6-over 78, seven shots better than her opening-round 85, and stands in last place at 19-over-par 163.
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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.