Kane Passes Mallon For Lead

By Sports NetworkMarch 15, 2003, 5:00 pm
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Lorie Kane posted a 5-under 65 on Saturday to grab the lead after three rounds of the Welch's/Fry's Championship at Dell Urich Golf Course. She stands at 18-under-par 192 and owns a one-shot lead over LPGA Tour rookie Christina Kim with one round to play.
 
Kane got herself into the LPGA Tour's record book on Saturday. Her three-day total score of 192 established a new LPGA Tour record for lowest raw score after 54 holes.
 
Meg Mallon, who posted the second-lowest score in tour history on Friday with a 10-under-par 60, was 10 shots higher on Saturday. She held a commanding lead in the third round but three bogeys in a four-hole stretch on her back nine dropped her to an even-par 70 and a share of third place with Wendy Doolan. The pair is notched at 16-under-par 194.
 
Kane, who held the first-round lead, trailed by three shots around the turn as both her and Mallon collected two birdies each on the front nine. Mallon birdied No. 10 to open a four-shot edge but a combination of birdies by Kane and mistakes by Mallon brought Kane into first.
 
Kane drained a 10-foot birdie at 11 and chipped to a foot to set up birdie at the par-5 13th. Winds arrived later on the back nine and seemed to impact Mallon more than Kane.
 
Mallon drove into the rough at 13 and struggled to reach the green in regulation. She had three feet for par but pushed the putt left. Things got worse for Mallon as her four-shot lead was down to one when she got to the 14th tee.
 
Mallon found the fairway off the tee but blew a 7-wood through the green at No. 14. She pitched her second eight feet past the hole and missed the par save, tying her with Kane, but not for long.
 
Kane hit her approach to five feet at the 15th and rolled home the putt to take the one-shot lead at 18-under par. Mallon parred the 15th to stay one back but missed a three-footer to save par at 16.
 
Kane had good looks at birdie on the final three holes. She missed a 30-footer right of the hole at 16, lipped out from six feet at 17 and came up short on 18.
 
'It does get a little bit frustrating when you work each day thinking the greens are going to be faster and faster and they end up slowing down,' said Kane, who smashed the 54-hole record for this tournament by eight shots. 'We haven't seen much wind here on this golf course over the last two days. It was a little bit funky on some iron shots into greens.'
 
Kane has held the lead with one round to go six times on tour but only once visited the winner's circle on Sunday.
 
'I'm very comfortable,' said Kane, who hit every fairway and 17 of 18 greens in regulation on Saturday. 'I'm going out with one mission in mind tomorrow and that's to win this golf tournament.'
 
Mallon went from three ahead at the start of Saturday's round to two behind but the 39-year-old remains optimistic.
 
'It felt like 20 shots more the way it was going,' said Mallon, referring to the difference in her historic round of Friday and Saturday's even-par round. 'I didn't hurt myself at least. I'm still in the tournament and I still have a chance tomorrow.'
 
While Kane and Mallon were battling, Kim came from behind to sneak into second. Kim, who turned 19 years old on Saturday, collected eight birdies in the third round with none from longer than eight feet.
 
Kim, who earned her spot on the LPGA Tour thanks to finishing second on the Futures Tour money list in 2002, realizes that despite her lack of experience, she can compete with the top women in the sport.
 
'After the first round, looking at the scores, I thought, 'Hey, I can do this,'' said Kim, who shot a 6-under 64 in Thursday's opening round. 'I can go low because I have the capabilities.'
 
Grace Park (68), Brandie Burton (66) and Young Kim (69) share fifth place at minus-14. Yu Ping Lin and Betsy King are tied for eighth at 13-under par, followed by A.J. Eathorne, who is alone in 10th at minus-12.
 
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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.