Song Turns 18 Takes Solo Lead

By Sports NetworkMay 1, 2004, 4:00 pm
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Aree Song, on her 18th birthday Saturday, posted a 2-under 70 to take sole possession of the lead at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship. She stands at 11-under-par 205 and owns a one-shot lead over Mi-Hyun Kim at Eagle's Landing Country Club.
Annika Sorenstam, a two-time winner of this event, fired a 5-under 67 and is tied for third place. Defending champion Se Ri Pak (68), Lorena Ochoa (68), Becky Morgan (68), Rachel Teske (68) and Nabisco Championship winner Grace Park (71) joined Sorenstam in third place at 9-under-par 207.
Song, who shared the overnight lead with Lorie Kane, played smart, solid golf on Saturday. She parred her first four holes, then knocked a 7-iron to 8 feet to set up birdie at the par-4 fifth.
Song parred her next eight holes before reaching the par-4 14th. She hit a sand-wedge to 20 feet and drained the birdie putt to go past Kim into first place.
Those two birdies were all Song needed to take the lead with one round to play.
Song, a tour rookie, will be in search of her first victory on the LPGA Tour. She came close at the end of March at the Nabisco Championship when she ran home a 30-foot eagle putt at the 72nd hole. Park sank a 6-footer for birdie to take the title, but Song might now be ready to visit the winner's circle Sunday afternoon.
'I played in so many events, I'm getting more comfortable out here,' said Song. 'I've been around the lead quite a few times, not only in LPGA tournaments, but even in amateur golf. I can certainly fall back on those experiences.'
And what better birthday present than win No. 1?
'That would be nice,' she said. 'I wouldn't mind that.'
Kim, who has not won on tour since the middle of the 2002 campaign, also collected her first birdie at the fifth but unlike Song, Kim's birdie putt was from 50 feet. Kim holed a 15-footer for birdie at the eighth and sank a 6-foot birdie at the 12th.
That was the last birdie for Kim but now she is within striking distance.
'I missed a couple of birdie chances,' said Kim. 'I like my shot. My putting is very good and I feel more confident. I am looking for the win.'
Park was tied with Kim at 10 under par heading into the par-5 closing hole but drove her tee ball into water on the left side. She missed a 5-footer for par to fall into the logjam in third, with formidable competition like Sorenstam and Pak.
'To be honest, I don't care who's up there,' said Park, who won her first major title at the Nabisco Championship. 'I look at the leaderboard and I see the names, but I don't care whether it's Joe Schmoe or Annika Sorenstam.'
Sorenstam mixed six birdies and one bogey on her round while Pak tallied six birdies and two bogeys.
Kane struggled to a 1-over 73 and is tied for ninth with Janice Moodie (68), Michele Redman (70), Rosie Jones (70) and Natalie Gulbis (72). The group is knotted at 8-under-par 208.
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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.