Sorenstam Pak Move On at World Match Play
Sorenstam will next meet Scotland's Mhairi McKay, who beat fellow countrywoman Catriona Matthew 1-up in round two at Sohsei Country Club in Japan.
Se Ri Pak of Korea also advanced on the strength of her 2-and-1 win over another Scot, Janice Moodie. Pak, currently second to Sorenstam on the 2001 LPGA money list, is scheduled to take on Australian Rachel Teske in Saturday's matches.
Teske was 2-down early to Aussie Wendy Doolan but evened the match by the 14th hole. Teske then won the 15th, 16th and 17th holes to post a 3-and-1 victory.
Yu-Chen Huang, the 13th-seeded player from the Japan LPGA Tour, upset No. 5 seed Kaori Harada in a 6-and-5 rout. Their second-round showdown was the only match to pit two players from the host JLPGA against each other.
Thursday's opening round featured 16 matches between LPGA Tour members and JLPGA players. LPGA players captured 12 of the matches on the first day and six of those winners moved on with victories Friday.
The only other golfer from the JLPGA to advance to the quarterfinals was Aki Takamura, who downed the LPGA's Jill McGill 1-up. Takamura will face Huang on Saturday.
Sorenstam took control of her match versus Redman by birdieing the first hole with a 10-foot putt before winning four straight holes, starting at the fifth. After the pair halved six holes in a row, Sorenstam closed things out with a par to Redman's bogey at the 15th.
'I was very fortunate to get off to a good start and it was a good frame of mind to start in,' said the Swede, who is seeking her seventh title of the year. 'I think in match play it is important to get off to a good start because you have the advantage right away over your opponent.'
Although Pak was 3-up after eight holes Moodie managed to cut into her lead with wins at the 10th and 12th. Pak claimed the 14th and three halved holes later, the match was over.
'I am hitting the ball well and that is giving me the opportunity to play well,' said Pak, who has six top-three finishes in her last seven starts, including three victories.
In other action, Canada's Lorie Kane notched wins at the first three holes Friday on her way to a 3-and-2 triumph over Kaori Higo of the JLPGA. Kane's next opponent will be Emilee Klein, a 1-up winner over England's Laura Davies in round two.
Full-field scores from the CISCO World Ladies Match Play Championship
Watch: All of Tiger's Rd. 3 birdies at The Open
Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.
Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.
No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.
No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.
No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.
No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.
And No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.
At 5 under for the day, and 5 under for the championship, he was one off the lead at this point.
Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship
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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.
Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.
Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.
After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.
“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”
Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).
It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.
Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage
NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:
Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)
Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)
8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.
Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)
Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.
1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.