Kerr Holds Off Kim for Win

By Sports NetworkSeptember 5, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 State Farm Classic SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Cristie Kerr holed a 4-foot par save at the 18th hole Sunday to hold off Christina Kim and win the State Farm Classic at The Rail Golf Course.
Kerr shot a 3-under 69 in the final round to finish with a new tournament record of 24-under-par 264. That score bested Kate Golden's old mark of 267 from 2001.
'I can't say enough about how steady she (Kim) played,' said Kerr, who missed the LPGA Tour's record for lowest score in relation to par for 72 holes by three strokes. 'I guess that's why you build up a lead.'
Kim, who matched the course record on Thursday with a 10-under 62, fired a 6-under 66 to miss out on LPGA Tour victory No. 1 by a single stroke.
Kim did have her chances as she took a one-shot lead after a 7-foot eagle putt at the par-5 15th. Kerr made birdie on the same hole to get to 23 under par.
The players endured a 20-minute wait on the par-3 16th tee and the stoppage found its first victim. Kim pulled her tee ball long and left, leaving with her a difficult downhill chip running toward the water. Kerr landed 35 feet short of the flag.
Kim's chip ran by the hole and headed for the drink. The ball stopped in the heavy rough and she pitched her third 12 feet past the hole. Kerr ran her birdie putt 3 feet past the hole, then watched Kim sink the bogey putt. Kerr made par and the two were tied on the 17th tee.
Both players found the fairway off the tee at 17 and both had inside 95 yards with their second shots. Kim went first and applied the pressure, as her approach came down 10 feet right of the hole. Kerr answered with a wedge shot that spun across the left edge and stopped 5 feet from the hole. Kim's birdie putt missed right, while Kerr's fell in the center to give her a one-shot lead with one to play.
At 18, Kerr's drive landed in the right rough behind a tree. Kim split the fairway, then hit her second from 154 yards to 5 feet. Kerr had no choice but to hit a low shot under a tree and hope it ran on to the putting surface. Her ball skipped into a bunker, but she blasted out to 4 feet.
Kim missed her birdie putt right and Kerr drained the birdie putt to earn her third victory of the season and her fourth since joining the LPGA Tour.
'Each win is obviously its own win,' said Kerr. 'I felt like I was playing well and was under par, yet still I had lost the lead. I felt like I had the lead and came from behind to win at the same time. This one is definitely unique.'
Kerr became the third player to win at least three times on tour in 2004, joining Annika Sorenstam and U.S. Women's Open champion Meg Mallon. The first- place check of $180,000 moved her to fourth on the LPGA Tour's money list.
Kim. only 20 years of age, is inching ever closer to that first victory on tour.
'Words can't explain how I feel,' said Kim, wiping away tears. 'I'm very proud of myself. Lord knows I hope it's not the best finish of my career. I have so many years ahead of me.'
Kerr's second 63 in as many days on Saturday switched a four-shot deficit into a four-shot lead heading into Sunday's final round.
But it was Kim who came out making birdies on Sunday. She ran home a birdie try from the fringe at the third, and she and Kerr both made birdies at No. 4.
Kim sank a 25-foot birdie putt at the sixth to cut the margin to two and Kerr helped out when she missed a 12-footer for par at No. 7. Kerr reclaimed the lost stroke with a 10-foot birdie putt at eight, but Kim rolled in a 15-footer for birdie at the 10th to get within one.
Kim knotted things up at the 14th when she hit her approach to 9 feet. She made the birdie putt and Kerr made par after driving into the right rough and coming up 25 feet short.
Then it was Kim's eagle at 14 that put her in front. Unfortunately for Kim, Kerr made the putts down the stretch.
'I think my experience made me less nervous than her,' said Kerr.
Mi Hyun Kim shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday to take third place at 18-under-par 270. Pat Hurst also posted a 67 in the final round, but finished three behind Mi Hyun Kim at minus-15.
Lorena Ochoa, who won last week's Wachovia LPGA Classic, shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday and tied for fifth place with Kim Saiki (65), Candy Hannemann (70), Suzann Pettersen (71) and Nancy Harvey (71). That group came in at 14-under- par 274.
Dorothy Delasin came in 10th place alone at minus-13.
Candie Kung, who won this event last year, tied for 17th at 11-under-par 277.
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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

    Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

    The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

    Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

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    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

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    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”