Ward Fires Course Record to Lead in Ohio
Ward also set the 36-hole tournament record with a two-day total of 17-under 127, bettering the previous record by seven shots.
Moira Dunn shot 64 -- a score that would have tied the course record at the start of the day -- for second place at 13-under, while Annika Sorenstam, the winner of the inaugural edition of this event in 1999, carded a 65 to finish alone in third at minus-12.
Michelle McGann grabbed sole possession of fourth place at 10-under 134 with a 4-under 68 Saturday.
Ward made four birdies on the front nine and just missed out on a chance at an eagle when she two-putted from 10 feet for birdie at the par-5 3rd. After reeling off three straight birdies to begin the back side, Ward hit a wedge to 20 feet then rolled in the putt for birdie to get to 15-under par.
Her second shot to the par-five 16th landed in a greenside bunker but she managed to blast out to a foot for a tap-in birdie. At No. 17, Ward closed out her scoring with another 20-footer for birdie.
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Ward, bogey-free after two days with just 41 putts to her name, doesn't believe that the low scores this week are simply the result of the New Albany course playing too easy.
'It's not as easy as maybe what you see the scores are,' said Ward, who is chasing her first victory since winning the 1998 Hawaiian Ladies Open. 'I would hope the golfing community and world would say, 'Those girls are playing great golf this week,' instead of focusing on maybe the course being too easy. There's some tough holes out there.'
Dunn, seeking her first win, birdied three straight holes heading into the turn, then eagled the 16th before finishing with a pair of birdies to complete the best 18 holes of her career.
'I'm really comfortable this week,' Dunn admitted. 'My swing feels really good. Just hope I can keep that feel going for tomorrow.'
Sorenstam, who shot an LPGA record 59 at the Standard Register PING in March, didn't come close to that score Saturday but did miss out on a better round by posting her only bogey after failing to hole a three-footer for par.
'Maybe let a few putts slip away. Other than that, I'm as pleased as I can be with my game,' she said. 'Then again, I'm so far away from Wendy. I'm amazed how good she has played. You shoot 7-under, you don't expect to be five behind. I have to charge again tomorrow.'
If anyone can make up the ground in one day it's Sorenstam, who completed the biggest comeback in LPGA history when she came from 10 strokes down in the final round to win The Office Depot event in Los Angeles in April. Although she defeated Mi Hyun Kim in a playoff for the title that week, Sorenstam needed a final-nine implosion by second-round leader Pat Hurst to get into position to go to extra holes.
She doesn't expect that to be the case on Sunday.
'I wouldn't expect [Ward] to fall back too much. But hopefully I can get off to a hot start and climb up on the leaderboard. We'll see what happens after that.'
McKay, tied for 75th at beginning of the day, opened with a couple of long birdie putts before sinking a six-footer for eagle at the third. She added birdies at the fifth and sixth to make her way out in 30.
Though she climbed to 10-under on the day with four birdies through six holes of the back nine, McKay parred Nos. 16 and 17, then bogeyed the last after pulling her drive left off the tee.
McKay's 63 -- also a career best -- at the time set the course record by eclipsing the 64 established by Kristal Parker in 1999 and matched by Leta Lindley in Friday's opening round.
McKay stands tied for fifth place at 9-under 135 with Meg Mallon (65), Karrie Webb (68), Rosie Jones (69), Rachel Teske (69) and Tracy Hanson (69).
Defending champion Lorie Kane is knotted in 16th place at minus-six.
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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.
Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.
The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.
Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.
Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.
Third-round tee times for the 147th Open
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.
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
Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm
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.
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.”
Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish
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.”
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.”