Mallon Moves Into Share of Lead

By Sports NetworkJuly 19, 2003, 4:00 pm
Ladies Professional Golf AssociationNEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Meg Mallon carded a 6-under 65 Saturday to grab a share of the lead after three rounds at the Big Apple Classic at Wykagyl Country Club. Mallon stands at 11-under-par 202 alongside overnight co-leader Hee-Won Han, who shot a 3-under 68 in the third round.
 
Cindy Figg-Currier, who shared the overnight lead with Han, struggled to a 2-over 73. She fell back to 6-under-par 207 and is one stroke ahead of Mi- Hyun Kim. Jennifer Rosales is one stroke behind Kim at 4-under-par 209 after a 2-under 69 Saturday.
 
Mallon started and closed in fine fashion while cruising through the middle of her round. She began three strokes behind the leaders and picked up a birdie at the first. She continued to close the gap with a birdie at the next.
 
The 40-year-old stumbled to a bogey at the fourth, but was able to recover that stroke at the par-4 eighth.
 
Mallon settled down from there as she ran off six consecutive pars. Then she really played some fine golf.
 
'The round started really nice,' Mallon said. 'I made one bogey today, which was a good bogey. Once I got through the middle of the round where I wasn't playing as well, I got it back late in the round.'
 
She knocked a 7-wood on in two at the par-5 15th and two-putted for birdie. She drained a four-foot birdie putt at the next for her fifth birdie of the day.
 
Mallon continued her run at the 17th where she made it three straight with a kick-in birdie from within one foot. She was not done either. She got up-and- down from right of the green at the par-5 18th to close her round with four straight birdies.
 
'I thought I had a good second shot there on 18,' Mallon said. 'It came out just how I wanted it to and ended about four feet above the hole. That was probably the hardest putt of all the holes I had. It was nice today to knock down the four or five-footers.'
 
Mallon is looking forward to the duel tomorrow with Han.
 
'It really should be the two of us tomorrow,' said Mallon. 'It's going to be fun. I like to know what the person in the lead is doing. I'm glad I'm playing with her.'
 
Han played steady golf to begin her day. She opened with five straight pars before stumbling to a three-putt bogey at the par-4 sixth. She came back to even par for her round with a birdie at the par-4 ninth.
 
The South Korean moved to 10-under with birdies at the 11th and 13th. She advanced to minus-11 when she converted a 35-foot birdie putt at the par-5 15th.
 
Han dropped a shot at the next, but grabbed a share of first place with a two-putt birdie at the last.
 
'It was a little windy today,' Han said. 'But my putting was good and my shots were fine. I felt really confident with my putting today.'
 
Kim Williams and Audra Burks share sixth place at 3-under-par 210.
 
Beth Daniel, who won the Canadian Women's Open last week, and defending champion Gloria Park are among six golfers tied at 2-under-par 211. Also standing at 2-under are Michele Redman, Stephanie Louden, Joanne Mills and Grace Park.
 
Suzy Whaley, who will tee it up at the PGA Tour's Greater Hartford Open next weekend, posted her second straight 4-over 75 to fall to 6-over-par 219.
 
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    Woods talks about Ryder Cup prospects in third person

    By Ryan LavnerAugust 21, 2018, 1:47 pm

    Conversations between Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods have gotten a little awkward.

    That’s what happens when Woods, the U.S. Ryder Cup vice captain, needs to assess the prospects of Woods, the player.

    “We’re talking about myself in the third person a lot,” he said with a chuckle Tuesday at the Northern Trust Open. “That’s one of the most interesting conversations I’ve ever had and I’m having a lot of fun with it.

    “I’m one of the guys on the short list, and sometimes I have to pull myself out of there and talk about myself in the third person, which is a little odd.”


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    After placing second at the PGA Championship, Woods finished 11th on the U.S. points list with just eight months of tournament results. Three of Furyk’s four captain’s picks will be announced after the BMW Championship in three weeks, and barring a late injury, it’s almost a certainty that Woods will be one of those selected.

    Still, Woods was named in February as an assistant for his third consecutive team competition, even though he told Furyk at the beginning of the year that he envisioned himself as a player on the 2018 squad.

    “I’m very close to making that happen,” he said. “It’s been a long year, and that’s been one of my goals, to make the team. To be a part of that team you have to be one of the 12 best players, and I’m trending toward that.”

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    Woods on busy schedule: 'It's about pacing myself'

    By Ryan LavnerAugust 21, 2018, 1:34 pm

    At the beginning of the year, Tiger Woods was anxious to see how his fused back would hold up to tournament play.

    Now he’s in the midst of one of his busiest stretches in years.

    With the Tour Championship and Ryder Cup likely to be added to his schedule over the next few weeks, Woods could play seven events in a nine-week span.


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    “That is a lot of golf,” he said Tuesday at The Northern Trust. “It’s about pacing myself and making sure I don’t practice too much, don’t overdo it and make sure my training schedule goes well.

    “One of the hardest things this year has been finding the right balance. As the summer has gone on, I’ve gotten better and felt better. This is a pretty important stretch.”

    Woods has already played 14 events – his most since 2013, when he had 16 starts.

    He’s committed to playing the first three playoff events, beginning with this week’s event in New Jersey. There’s a week off after the BMW Championship, and at No. 20 in the FedExCup standings, Woods doesn’t need to do much to punch his ticket to East Lake. He’s also virtually assured of being a U.S. captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup, held in France the week after the Tour Championship.

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    By Tiger TrackerAugust 21, 2018, 1:00 pm

    Tiger Woods begins his FedExCup Playoffs run at this week's Northern Trust. We're tracking him at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J.


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    Stock Watch: Will Bjorn buy or sell slumping Sergio?

    By Ryan LavnerAugust 21, 2018, 12:07 pm

    Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

    RISING

    Sneds (+9%): It doesn’t always happen, a Tour player shooting 59 and then finishing it off with a W, so it was satisfying to watch Brandt Snedeker go wire to wire at the Wyndham. An in-form Sneds now should edge out Kevin Kisner for one of Jim Furyk’s final captain picks.

    Viktor Hovland (+6%): Watching the Oklahoma State junior maul the field at the U.S. Amateur, a question arose: How does the fifth-ranked player in the world not win more often? The U.S. Am was just his second title, anywhere, outside of Norway. That could all change, after he proved to himself that he could handle the best field and the stiffest challenge.

    Lexi (+4%): She once again was penalized – for playing preferred lies in a different fairway – but Thompson still shot 17 under and tied for 12th in her first start since a self-imposed break to recharge her batteries. In the media tent she was refreshingly honest about the difficulties of being a 23-year-old superstar who never went to college and whose life is consumed by golf. Here’s hoping she can find a better balance (like, say, Michelle Wie) over the next few years.

    Tyler McCumber (+3%): The world rankings don’t reflect it, but McCumber is playing the best golf of anyone in the world right now. In his past four starts on the Canadian circuit, he’s gone win-win-3rd-win and shot 90 under par with a scoring average of 65.88 and just two rounds higher than 68.

    Nick Taylor (+1%): Playing for his Tour card, Taylor shot a bogey-free 63 Sunday at the Wyndham – with an eagle and birdie in his last four holes – to jump from 129th to 119th in the standings. That’s clutch.


    FALLING

    Billy Hurley III (-1%): A winner two years ago at Tiger’s event, Hurley is now headed back to second stage of Web.com Q-School after finishing 201st in the standings – by a point. A tough break for one of the game’s good dudes.

    Kevin Stadler (-2%): He reminded us of the dangers of slamming clubs, after the head of his 7-iron flew off and struck a spectator in the head, requiring stitches. It was a scary scene – “It’s been a while since I’ve seen so much blood,” said playing partner Shaun Micheel – that could have been even worse.

    Sepp Straka (-3%): There were plenty of stories of heartbreak at the Web.com Tour regular-season finale, perhaps none as crushing as Straka, who went 5 over for his last seven holes (including three consecutive bogeys to finish) to drop outside of the top-25 bubble.

    Sergio (-4%): At last, some signs of life – his tie for 24th in Greensboro was his best finish on Tour since March – but he still didn’t make the playoffs, and it still might not be enough to sway Thomas Bjorn. For the captain it may come down to a question like this: Who would you rather have in Paris, Sergio or Russell Knox?