Lee on Top Creamer Five Back in S Korea - COPIED - COPIED

By Sports NetworkOctober 30, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 CJ Nine Bridges ClassicJEJU, South Korea - Overnight leader Jee Young Lee managed just a 1-over 73 on Saturday, but it was good enough to extend her advantage at the CJ Nine Bridges Classic.
 
Lee stands at 6-under-par 138 and holds a three-shot lead heading into the final round at Nine Bridges Golf Club. She was as low as minus-11 during the round, but five dropped shots on her final five holes -- including two double bogeys -- put the LPGA of Korea player over par for the day.
 
Reigning Women's British Open champion Jeong Jang shot a 2-over 74 in her second round and shares second place at 3-under-par 141 with Mi Hyun Kim, who carded a 1-under 71.
 
Hee Young Park -- who, like Lee, is one of 12 LPGA of Korea players in the field -- is alone in fourth place at minus-2 after a second-round 73. Rookie of the Year Paul Creamer (70) and Carin Koch (76) are tied for fifth place, one stroke further back.
 
On a day when just seven players in the field shot even-par or better, Lee began running away from her competitors with birdies at the first and fourth holes. She dropped a stroke with a bogey at the par-3 seventh, but got it right back with a birdie at the eighth and made the turn at minus-9.
 
Lee quickly moved to 11 under with birdies on 11 and 12, but that's as good as it got. She dropped two strokes at the 14th and bogeyed the 16th -- both par-4s -- before finishing her round with another double bogey at the par-5 last.
 
Along with the 11 other LPGA of Korea players, Lee earned her invitation to the event by being among the top 12 on that circuit's points list. The remaining tournament births in this 69-player field went to 50 LPGA Tour players as well as one Japan LPGA player and six sponsor exemptions.
 
Rachel Hetherington is alone in seventh place at even-par 144 after carding a 1-over 73 in her second round. Hee-Won Han (70) and Wendy Doolan (72) are one shot further back in a tie for eighth.
 
Annika Sorenstam is 12 strokes off the pace heading into the final round after carding consecutive 75s. She is tied for 30th place with seven other players at plus-6.
 
Defending champion Grace Park and 2003 winner Shi Hyun Ahn -- the only past champions in the field -- both shot a 73 for the second straight day. They are among a group of five players tied for 10th place at 2-over.
 
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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

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    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.