Neumann Regains Top Spot

By Sports NetworkNovember 12, 2005, 5:00 pm
Ladies Professional Golf AssociationMOBILE, Ala. -- First-round leader Liselotte Neumann reclaimed first place after Saturday's third round of the Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions. She shot a 5-under 67 at the Magnolia Grove Golf Course and has a one-shot lead with an 11-under-par 205.
 
Defending champion Heather Daly-Donofrio posted a 4-under 68 in round three and is in position to join Se Ri Pak as the only players to successfully defend their titles. She is tied for second place at minus-10 with overnight co-leaders Christina Kim and Rachel Hetherington, both of whom carded rounds of even-par 72.
 
Juli Inkster fired a 4-under 68 and is alone in fifth place at minus-8. Angela Stanford shot a 2-under 70 and has sole possession of sixth at 7-under-par 209.
 
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.
 
The Swede Neumann fell out of the lead on Friday when she only managed an even-par 72. She started Saturday's third round four out of the lead, but worked quickly to erase that deficit.
 
The former Solheim Cupper birdied three holes in a row from the second, then added another birdie at the par-5 sixth. Neumann dropped a shot at the par-3 eighth for the second time in as many days, but now the Swede was back in the mix.
 
At the par-4 12th, Neumann rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt to go to 10-under par and take a one-shot lead. Kim would eventually catch her, but Neumann reclaimed the top spot on the leaderboard at the par-5 16th.
 
Her drive came to rest in the rough, but she got enough club on the ball that it landed on the putting surface. Neumann's ball rolled to the top of a ridge guarding the flag, but did not have enough behind it and the ball came back to 45 feet. She lagged her birdie try 2 feet short and converted the birdie putt to move one ahead at minus-11.
 
The lead would be short-lived for Neumann. Her tee ball at the par-3 17th ran to the back fringe and she blasted her birdie putt 4 feet past the hole. Neumann missed the comebacker for par and after Kim birdied 16, Neumann trailed by a stroke.
 
At the difficult closing hole, Neumann knocked her approach 25 feet left of the stick. She ran home the birdie try to once again reach 11 under par, and when Kim bogeyed 17, Neumann was alone atop the leaderboard.
 
'I hit the ball pretty well. I kept in play off the tee and hit a lot of great irons into the green,' said Neumann, the 1988 U.S. Women's Open Champion and 13-time winner on the LPGA Tour. 'I'm hanging in there. It's still a lot of fun.'
 
Daly-Donofrio was only one-under on her round until she made the turn. At the 11th, she hit her approach inside a foot to set up birdie, then made it two in a row with a chip-in birdie at the 12th.
 
Daly-Donofrio hit her third shot at the par-5 16th to 2 feet and kicked in the birdie putt. She is one shot out of the lead as she attempts to join Pak, who turned the trick in 2001 and 2002, as the only back-to-back winners in tournament history.
 
'I've been making a lot of birdies,' said Daly-Donofrio. 'I'm going to need some birdies tomorrow because there are a lot of great players right at the top.'
 
Kim double bogeyed four, but atoned for the error with a birdie at the sixth. She joined Neumann in the lead when she rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the 15th, then found herself alone in first when she nearly holed a 60-foot eagle try at 16. Kim tapped in for birdie, but like many before her, struggled at the 17th.
 
Her tee ball hit close to the cup, but rolled through the green. Kim hit an ugly chip that stopped four feet from the hole. She missed that putt to fall to 10 under par.
 
'The last couple of days have been really good for me,' said Kim. 'Today just wasn't as high a quality. I'm one shot out and you never know what can happen come Sunday.'
 
Hetherington was 2-over but birdied the 15th for the third time this week. She converted a 6-foot birdie putt at the 16th to get within one.
 
Jeong Jang (68), Marisa Baena (69), Paula Creamer (71) and Hee-Won Han (73) are knotted in seventh place at 5-under-par 211.
 
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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.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

    11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    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.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “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.”

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    After 36, new Open favorite is ... Fleetwood

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 7:49 pm

    With a handful of the pre-championship favorites exiting early, there is a new odds-on leader entering the third round of The Open at Carnoustie.

    While Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner share the 36-hole lead, it's England's Tommy Fleetwood who leads the betting pack at 11/2. Fleetwood begins the third round one shot off the lead.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.

    Tommy Fleetwood: 11/2

    Zach Johnson: 13/2

    Rory McIlroy: 7/1

    Jordan Spieth: 8/1

    Rickie Fowler: 9/1

    Kevin Kisner: 12/1

    Xander Schauffele: 16/1

    Tony Finau: 16/1

    Matt Kuchar: 18/1

    Pat Perez: 25/1

    Brooks Koepka: 25/1

    Erik van Rooyen: 50/1

    Alex Noren: 50/1

    Tiger Woods: 50/1

    Thorbjorn Olesen: 60/1

    Danny Willett: 60/1

    Francesco Molinari: 60/1