Jang Extends Lead Annika Wie 8 Back

By Sports NetworkJuly 29, 2005, 4:00 pm
04 Weetabix WomenSOUTHPORT, England -- Jeong Jang fired a 6-under 66 Friday to stay atop the leaderboard at the Women's British Open. Jang stands at 10-under-par 134, four strokes clear of amateur Louise Stahle.
Players were able to complete their rounds at chilly Royal Birkdale Golf Club after stormy conditions -- including rain, wind and chilly temperatures in the 50s -- forced the suspension of play Thursday.
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Annika Sorenstam shot 69 Friday, but fell eight back of the leader.
Thirty players who were still on the course when play was suspended, finished their opening rounds in the morning. The field averaged a 5-over-par 77 for the first round, but scores were better Friday and the cut was set at plus-5.
'The conditions were awful yesterday. You know, 1 over yesterday felt like a 3-under round,' said Cristie Kerr, who is alone in third place at 5-under-par 139 after shooting a 66 in the second round.
'Today we only had, you know, light wind and a little bit of mist at the end, and we're very fortunate with the conditions because it looks like it's deteriorating.'
The 6-under rounds of Jang and Kerr were good, but Stahle fired one of just three 65s on the day to climb up the leaderboard. The 20-year-old amateur stands at 6-under-par 138 for the tournament.
'I think I enjoy the pressure and the people watching. I think it's fun and makes you play better,' said Stahle, who is leaving Arizona State University to turn pro next week. 'I've never been in this situation before, so I don't know.'
Pat Hurst also shot a 7-under 65 Friday to move into fourth place at 4-under-par 140. Liselotte Neumann, Moira Dunn and Karrie Webb stand one stroke further back.
Annika Sorenstam, who is gunning for her third major win of the year and 10th overall, and 15-year-old amateur Michelle Wie are among a group of six golfers at 2-under-par 142.
Wie fell to plus-1 after badly missing a short par putt at the par-3 14th, but she recovered with birdies on three of her last four holes.
'I was trying to end on a good note,' said Wie. 'I wanted to finish under par, and you know it just felt good that I birdied the last three par-5s.'
Jang, who said she's playing on a links course for the first time, scored two of her seven birdies on the course's four par-5s. She is seeking her first tour win.
'I just have to not think about playing and just think about my golf and about the golf course and that I'm going to be okay,' said the 25-year-old.
After opening her round with three consecutive pars, Jang strung together four straight birdies to get to 8 under. She dropped a shot at the par-4 eighth after coming up short of the green with her 7-wood and two-putting, but that was her only misstep of the day.
Birdies at Nos. 11, 14 and 15 gave Jang her 66 and a four-shot lead over Stahle, who had been in the clubhouse for a while when the leader finished.
Stahle followed up her 1-over 73 in the first round with a bogey-free effort. She collected the first of her seven birdies Friday at the par-4 first and picked up two more to make the turn at minus-2.
Birdies on the 12th and 14th -- both par-3s -- moved Stahle to 4 under. Two more birdies on Nos. 15 and 18 gave her one of the best rounds of the day, and her career.
'It's 64, at a college event in Tucson,' Stahle said of her best-ever round. 'I think it was a par-72, but [this is] definitely the lowest score in a professional event.'
Kris Lindstrom shot the day's other round of 65, following her 81 in the first round with a solid effort to finish Friday at 2-over-par 146.
The 5-over-par cut cost several big names a shot at the weekend. Rosie Jones (153), U.S. Women's Open champion Birdie Kim (153), Meg Mallon (155) and the tour's second-leading money winner, Lorena Ochoa (159), all missed the 36-hole cut.
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    U.S. Amateur playoff: 24 players for 1 spot in match play

    By Associated PressAugust 15, 2018, 1:21 pm

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Cole Hammer and Daniel Hillier were tied at the top after two rounds of the U.S. Amateur, but the more compelling action on Tuesday was further down the leaderboard.

    Two dozen players were tied for 64th place after two rounds of stroke play at Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill. With the top 64 advancing to match play, that means all 24 will compete in a sudden-death playoff Wednesday morning for the last spot in the knockout rounds.

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    They'll be divided into six foursomes and start the playoff at 7:30 a.m. on the par-3 17th at Pebble Beach, where Tom Watson chipped in during the 1982 U.S. Open and went on to win.

    The survivor of the playoff will face the 19-year-old Hillier in match play. The New Zealander shot a 2-under 70 at Spyglass Hill to share medalist honors with the 18-year-old Hammer at 6 under. Hammer, an incoming freshman at Texas who played in the 2015 U.S. Open at age 15, shot 68 at Spyglass Hill.

    Stewart Hagestad had the low round of the day, a 5-under 66 at Pebble Beach, to move into a tie for 10th after opening with a 76 at Spyglass Hill. The 27-year-old Hagestad won the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur and earned low amateur honors at the 2017 Masters.

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    Hammer in position (again) to co-medal at U.S. Am

    By Ryan LavnerAugust 14, 2018, 10:37 pm

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Cole Hammer is in position to go for a rare sweep in this summer’s biggest events.

    Two weeks ago, Hammer, an incoming freshman at Texas, was the co-medalist at the Western Amateur and went on to take the match-play portion, as well.

    Here at the U.S. Amateur, Hammer shot rounds of 69-68 and was once again in position to earn co-medalist honors. At 6-under 137, he was tied with 19-year-old Daniel Hillier of New Zealand.

    “It would mean a lot, especially after being medalist at the Western Am,” Hammer said afterward. “It’s pretty special.”

    No stroke-play medalist has prevailed in the 64-man match-play bracket since Ryan Moore in 2004. Before that, Tiger Woods (1996) was the most recent medalist champion.  

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    On the strength of his Western Am title, Hammer, 18, has soared to No. 18 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He credited his work with swing coach Cameron McCormick and mental coach Bob Rotella.

    “Just really started controlling my iron shots really well,” said Hammer, who has worked with McCormick since 2015, when he qualified for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay as a 15-year-old.

    “Distance control with my wedges and all my iron shots, playing different shots, has become really a strength in my game. I’ve really turned the putter on this year, and I’m seeing the lines and matching the line with the speed really well. I think that’s been the key to my summer.”

    A two-time New Zealand Amateur champion, Hillier is ranked 27th in the world. He said that, entering the tournament, he would have been pleased just to make it to match play.

    “But to come out on top, it’s amazing,” Hillier said. “Cole is a really good golfer and has been playing well lately. So, yeah, I’m in good company.”

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    Tee times, TV schedule, stats for Wyndham Championship

    By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 14, 2018, 9:55 pm

    It's the last tournament of the PGA Tour's regular season as the top 125 in the FedExCup points list advance to next week's playoff event. Here's the key info for the Wyndham Championship. (Click here for tee times)

    How to watch:

    Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 3-6PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

    Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 3-6PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

    Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

    Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

    Purse: $6 million

    Course: Sedgefield Country Club (par 70, 7,127 yards)

    Defending champion: Henrik Stenson. Last year he defeated Ollie Schniederjans by one stroke to earn his sixth career PGA Tour win.

    Notables in the field

    Henrik Stenson at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    Henrik Stenson

    • Missed the cut last week at the PGA Championship

    • Six top-10 finishes this year, including T-5 at the Masters and T-6 at the U.S. Open

    Sergio Garcia

    • Eight missed cuts in last 10 PGA Tour starts

    • Currently 131 in FedExCup standings (33 points back of 125th)

    Webb Simpson

    • Five top-10 finishes in this event since 2010 (won in 2011)

    • 56 under par in last five years in this event (best of any player in that span)

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    Faldo: Woods told fellow Masters champ 'I'm done' in '17

    By Will GrayAugust 14, 2018, 7:42 pm

    Fresh off his runner-up finish at the PGA Championship, it's easy to get caught up in the recent success and ebullient optimism surrounding Tiger Woods. But it was not that long ago that Woods even hitting another competitive shot was very much in doubt.

    Six-time major champ Sir Nick Faldo shed light on those darker times during a recent appearance on the Dan Patrick Show when he relayed a story from the 2017 Masters champions' dinner. The annual meal is one of golf's most exclusive fraternities, as only the chairman of Augusta National Golf Club is allowed to dine with the men who have each donned a green jacket.

    Last spring Woods had not yet undergone spinal fusion surgery, and Faldo explained that Woods at one point turned to an unnamed Masters champ and grimly assessed his future playing chances.

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    "I know he whispered to another Masters champion, two Masters dinners ago, 'I'm done. I won't play golf again,'" Faldo said. "He said, 'I'm done. I'm done, my back is done.' He was in agony. He was in pain. His leg, the pain down his legs, there was nothing enjoyable. He couldn't move. If you watched footage of him, he couldn't even get in and out of the golf cart at the (2016) Ryder Cup when he was a vice captain."

    But Woods opted for fusion surgery a few weeks later, and after a lengthy rehab process he returned to competition in December. His 2018 campaign has been nothing short of remarkable, with a pair of runner-up finishes to go along with a T-6 result at The Open when he held the outright lead on the back nine on Sunday.

    After apparently even counting himself out, Woods is back up to 26th in the latest world rankings and appears in line to be added as a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup next month.

    "What he's been able to do is unbelievable," Faldo said. "To turn this aruond, to get this spine fusion, it's completely taken away the pain. To have this mobility is absolutely amazing. Great on him, and great for golf."