Neumann Leads Inkster Kim in Alabama

By Sports NetworkNovember 10, 2005, 5:00 pm
Ladies Professional Golf AssociationMOBILE, Ala. -- Liselotte Neumann, the 1996 champion, fired a 6-under-par 66 on Thursday to take the lead after one round at the Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions.
 
U.S. Solheim Cup teammates Juli Inkster and Christina Kim share second place after both shot a 5-under 67 in their first rounds at the Magnolia Grove Golf Course.
 
Liselotte Neumann
Liselotte Neumann had six birdies and no bogeys in her opening 66.
Defending champion Heather Daly-Donofrio and Patricia Meunier-Lebouc are one stroke further back in a tie for fourth place.
 
Neumann, who qualified for the tournament with a win at last year's Asahi Ryokuken International Championship, took the overnight lead with a bogey-free round that included six birdies in her final 12 holes.
 
After stringing together six straight pars, the 39-year-old Swede reached red numbers with a 4-foot birdie putt at the seventh -- one of just four birdies carded at the par-4 hole.
 
Neumann rolled in a 21-foot birdie putt at the par-4 ninth to make the turn at minus-2. Her next three birdie putts were much shorter -- two from 3 feet and one from eight -- until she pitched within 12 feet to set up her last birdie at 18.
 
'I think my eyes were totally the key today,' said Neumann. 'I really hit some good shots into the greens.'
 
Neumann has five top-10 finishes this season, including a third-place tie at the Longs Drugs Challenge last month. She hit 11 of 14 fairways and found 16 of the 18 greens in regulation during her round Thursday.
 
'It was just a good solid round, not any mistakes at all out there,' said Neumann. 'Just one of those days.'
 
Kim mixed six birdies with one bogey to reach 5 under. Ever the fiery competitor, she finished off her round with two birdies on her final three holes, rolling in an 8-foot putt at the 18th to get within one of Neumann.
 
'I'm just going to keep going like I have, stay aggressive,' said Kim. 'If I end up first or I end up 43rd, I just want to know that I didn't leave anything out there.'
 
Like Neumann, Inkster carded a bogey-free round. She made the turn at minus-2 and ended the day with three birdies on the last five holes.
 
'I felt like I stroked the ball well, and that's all you can ask,' said Inkster, who has played just 17 events this year.
 
Sharing sixth place at 3-under 69 are Candie Kung, Hee-Won Han, Rachel Hetherington and Lorena Ochoa. Reigning U.S. Women's Open champion Birdie Kim teed off first in the 43-player field and completed a solo round at 2-under 70 to share 10th place with six other players, including Rookie of the Year Paula Creamer.
 
The field for this tournament includes winners from the past four seasons as well as active LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame members. The participating players own a combined 222 LPGA victories.
 
Annika Sorenstam, a nine-time winner on tour this season, is skipping the event for a third straight year.
 
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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.