Hjorth Leads Annika Still in Contention

By Sports NetworkSeptember 2, 2006, 4:00 pm
2005 State Farm ClassicSPRINGFIELD, Ill. ' Maria Hjorth posted a 2-under 70 in breezy conditions Saturday to cling to the lead through three rounds at the State Farm Classic.
Hjorth led by herself after round one and shared the lead after two rounds. She stands at 14-under-par 202 through three rounds.
Seon-Hwa Lee (69) and Il Mi Chung (70) share second place at minus-13.
Cristie Kerr, who shared the lead with Hjorth after two rounds, managed an even-par 72 in the third round. She is tied for fifth at 12-under-par 204 with Nancy Scranton, who carded nine birdies en route to a 9-under 63. Kyeong Bae is alone in sixth at minus-11 after a 68.
Lorena Ochoa, the LPGA Tour's leading money winner, shot 70, while women's world No. 1 Annika Sorenstam posted a 69. They are tied for ninth at 9-under-par 207.
Hjorth opened with a 12-foot birdie putt on the second to move one ahead of Kerr. She then two-putted for birdie on the fourth, her third birdie in three rounds on that hole, to remain one up on Kerr, who also birdied No. 4 at The Rail Golf Course.
The Swede stumbled to a three-putt bogey on the seventh for the second round in a row. However, Hjorth bounced back with a birdie on the eighth. She parred three in a row around the turn.
Hjorth dropped another stroke on the par-5 12th. She recovered that lost stroke with a birdie on 14. The two-time winner on the LPGA Tour parred the last four holes.
'I have been waiting to hit a lot of good drives,' admitted Hjorth, whose two wins came in 1999. 'I hit a lot of good drives today, but unfortunately I didn't hit my approach shots as close as I would have liked. That was the difference. I'm happy with today's round though.'
Lee birdied the fourth and fifth, each for the third straight round, to move to minus-12. She tripped to a bogey at the 14th, but came back to birdie 15 and 17 to get within one of Hjorth's lead.
'I played well today. My putting was great,' Lee stated. 'I think the up and down I made on No. 9, that helped a lot.'
Chung opened with a bogey at No. 1. She parred her next eight holes to turn in 10 under. She birdied the 10th from 15 feet out, but gave that stroke right back with a bogey on 11.
The 34-year-old Korean drained a 20-foot eagle putt on the par-5 15th to jump to 12-under. She move into a share of second with a birdie on the 18th.
'Today's round was very long. I couldn't wait until it was over,' said Chung. 'Obviously that eagle (on No. 15) was the turning point of my round. I was having such a hard day, but when it went in and there were only three holes left, I thought there may be some chance that I can probably catch up.'
Lindsey Wright fired a 5-under 67 to move into a tie for seventh at 10-under-par 206. She is tied with Nina Reis (72).
Brittany Lang and Angela Stanford stand alongside Ochoa and Sorenstam at minus-9.
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    Molinari holds off McIlroy to win BMW PGA

    By Associated PressMay 27, 2018, 3:20 pm

    VIRGINIA WATER, England - Rory McIlroy left his victory charge too late at Wentworth as Francesco Molinari delivered a clinic in front-running to win the BMW PGA Championship by two shots with a 4-under 68 on Sunday.

    McIlroy, who led by three shots at halfway, entered the final round tied for the lead with Molinari on 13 under par but a Sunday shootout at the European Tour's flagship event never really materialized.

    Instead, as McIlroy toiled to a 70 that was propped up by birdies on the par fives at Nos. 17 and 18, Molinari went bogey-free for a second straight day to claim the fifth victory of his career and the biggest since a World Golf Championship in Shanghai in 2010.

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    The Italian only dropped two shots all week and finished on 17-under 271, with McIlroy alone in second place. Alex Noren (67) and Lucas Bjerregaard (65) were tied for third place a stroke further back.

    Molinari moved into the automatic qualifying places for the Ryder Cup, which he hasn't played since 2012 when Europe beat the United States in the so-called ''Miracle at Medinah.''

    He'd previously had five top-10 finishes in the last six years at Wentworth, including being runner-up to Noren last year.

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    Four top finishers in Japan qualify for The Open

    By Associated PressMay 27, 2018, 10:19 am

    IBARAKI, Japan – Shota Akiyoshi of Japan shot a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to win the Mizuno Open and qualify for The 147th Open.

    Akiyoshi offset three bogeys with five birdies at the Royal Golf Club in Ibaraki, Japan, to finish 1 under overall and secure his first ever tournament win on the Japan Golf Tour.

    Michael Hendry of New Zealand and Japanese golfers Masahiro Kawamura and Masanori Kobayashi were tied for second one stroke off the pace to also qualify for The Open at Carnoustie, Scotland, from July 19-22.

    Hendry, who led the tournament coming into the final round, came close to forcing a playoff with Akiyoshi but dropped a shot with a bogey on the final hole when he needed a par to draw level.

    Hendry will make his second appearance at The Open after qualifying at the Mizuno Open for the second year in a row.

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    Lewis hopes to win at Volvik with baby on the way

    By Randall MellMay 27, 2018, 12:55 am

    Stacy Lewis was listening to more than her caddie on her march up the leaderboard Saturday at the Volvik Championship.

    Pregnant with her first child, she is listening to her body in a new way these days.

    And she could hear a message coming through loud and clear toward the end of her round at Travis Point Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    “The little one was telling me it’s dinnertime,” Lewis said.

    Lewis birdied five of the last six holes to shoot 5-under-par 67 and move into position to make a Sunday run at winning her 13th LPGA title. She is two shots behind the leader, Minjee Lee, whose 68 moved her to 12 under overall.

    Sunday has the makings of a free for all with 10 players within three shots of the lead.

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    Lewis, 33, is four months pregnant, with her due date Nov. 3. She’s expecting to play just a few more times before putting the clubs away to get ready for the birth. She said she’s likely to make the Marathon Classic in mid-July her last start of the season before returning next year.

    Of course, Lewis would relish winning with child.

    “I don’t care what limitations I have or what is going on with my body, I want to give myself a chance to win,” she told LPGA.com at the Kingsmill Championship last week.

    Lewis claimed an emotional victory with her last title, taking the Cambia Portland Classic late last summer after announcing earlier in the week that she would donate her entire winnings to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in her Houston hometown.

    A victory Sunday would also come with a lot of emotion.

    It’s been an interesting year for Lewis.

    There’s been the joy of learning she’s ready to begin the family she has been yearning for, and the struggle to play well after bouncing back from injury.

    Lewis missed three cuts in a row before making it into the weekend at the Kingsmill Championship last week. That’s one more cut than she missed cumulatively in the previous six years. In six starts this year, Lewis hasn’t finished among the top 50 yet, but she hasn’t felt right, either.

    The former world No. 1 didn’t make her second start of 2018 until April, at the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration. She withdrew from the HSBC Women’s World Championship in late February with a strained right oblique muscle and didn’t play again for a month.

    Still, Lewis is finding plenty to get excited about with the baby on the way.

    “I kind of had my first Mother’s Day,” Lewis told LPGA.com last week. “It puts golf into perspective. It makes those bad days not seem so bad. It helps me sleep better at night. We are just really excited.”

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    Rose hasn't visited restroom at Colonial - here's why

    By Nick MentaMay 27, 2018, 12:20 am

    In case you're unaware, it's pretty hot in Texas.

    Temperatures at Colonial Country Club have approached 100 degrees this week, leaving players to battle both the golf course and potential dehydration.

    With the help of his caddie Mark Fulcher, Fort Worth Invitational leader Justin Rose has been plenty hot himself, staking himself to a four-shot lead.

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    "Yeah, Fulch has done a great job of just literally handing me water bottle after water bottle. It seems relentless, to be honest with you," Rose said Saturday.

    So just how much are players sweating the heat at Colonial? Well, it doesn't sound like all that water is making it all the way through Rose.

    "I haven't even seen the inside of a restroom yet, so you can't even drink quick enough out there," he shared.