Song Kane Lead Pack

By Sports NetworkApril 30, 2004, 4:00 pm
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Aree Song fired a 6-under 66 on Friday to grab a share of the lead after two rounds of the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship. Song shares the lead with Lorie Kane, who posted a 4-under 68, at 9-under-par 135.
 
Natalie Gulbis matched Song's 66 to move into third place at 8-under-par 136. She is joined there by Grace Park (70), the Kraft Nabisco Championship winner. Mi Hyun Kim (67) and Jung Yeon Lee (66) are one stroke further back at minus-7.
 
Song picked up her first birdie when she stuck a 9-iron 15 feet from the cup at the par-4 fifth. She came back with a two-putt birdie at the next to get to 5 under.
 
Song, who turns 18 tomorrow, dropped a 9-iron some 10 feet from the cup to set up a birdie at the eighth. Song pitched her third shot to 15 feet at the par-5 13th and rolled in that effort to get to minus-7.
 
The 1999 U.S. Girls Junior Champion chipped in from just off the green at the par-3 16th. Song capped a bogey-free round when she drained a 15-foot birdie at the last at Eagle's Landing Country Club to grab a share of first.
 
'I played pretty well all day,' said Song, who has played the first 36 holes bogey-free. 'It was my last round as a 17-year-old, so I wanted to do it right. My putter was really good all day. My short game saved me a lot today.'
 
Kane began her round on the back nine and ran off six straight pars to start her day. She picked up her first birdie when she sank a 15-foot putt at the 16th. She found a fairway bunker off the tee at the next and could not save par from there.
 
The 39-year-old fought back with a two-putt birdie at the 18th to get back to minus-6. On the front side, Kane rolled home a 15-footer at the fifth for birdie.
 
She made it two in row when she two-putted for birdie at the par-5 sixth. Kane closed out her round with a 12-foot birdie putt at the eighth.
 
'I had some chances early on,' Kane said. 'Made a good birdie on No. 16, then followed it with a bogey on 17. I birdied 18, but then left a few on the front nine. A real solid day of hitting the ball and staying very patient.'
 
Isabelle Beisiegel and Rosie Jones each posted 66s to join Reilley Rankin and Michele Redman, who both shot 68s, in a sixth-place tie at 6-under-par 138.
 
Overnight leader Christina Kim slipped to a 2-over 74. She fell to minus-5 where she is joined by seven other golfers, including Se Ri Pak, the defending champion, who carded a 1-under 71 Friday.
 
Annika Sorenstam shot a 3-under 69 and is part of a group in 19th place at minus-3.
 
The cut line fell at 3-over-par 147 with 21 players advancing on the number for a total of 90 players making it to the weekend. Among those who missed the weekend were Moira Dunn (148), Beth Daniel (149) and Sophie Gustafson (150).
 
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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.