Webb in Search of First Win in 2003

By Sports NetworkApril 26, 2003, 4:00 pm
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Karrie Webb fired a 6-under 66 on Saturday to lead the suspended Chick-Fil-A Charity Championship. Webb stands at 11-under-par 133 and owns a two-shot lead over Shani Waugh.
 
A five-hour weather delay on Friday forced the golfers to complete their first rounds Saturday morning. Play was called on Saturday due to darkness and once again the second round will be completed Sunday morning starting at 7:30 AM ET.
 
Se Ri Pak is alone in third place at 8-under-par 136, followed by Hall of Famer Beth Daniel (65), Christina Kim (67), Mi-Hyun Kim (68) and Soo-Yun Kang (71). That group is tied at minus-7.
 
Webb completed her first round Saturday morning and was quickly back on the 10th tee to begin her second round. She birdied the par-5 13th then chipped in for birdie from off the green at the par-3, 188-yard 16th.
 
Webb closed out her front nine with back-to-back birdies at 17 and 18 to make it three in a row and send her around the turn at 4-under-par 32. Webb capitalized on the two par-3s on the front nine at Eagle's Landing Country Club. She birdied four and eight to take sole possession of first place but had other chances down the stretch.
 
She missed a 12-footer for birdie at the seventh hole then saw her 15-foot birdie putt lip out at the ninth. Still, it was flawless round of 66 for the world's third-ranked golfer.
 
'It was two really solid rounds. I haven't made a bogey and I really am not putting myself in any bad spots for any chance to make too many bogeys,' said Webb, who won last year's Women's British Open. 'It was pretty solid from tee to green and then I putted pretty solidly as well.'
 
Webb has only one top-10 finish so far this season, a tie for ninth place at the Welch's/Fry's Championship. She won twice in 2002 but has been upstaged by the amazing play of Annika Sorenstam.
 
'I've been trying to avoid big numbers in the middle of my rounds or anywhere in my round,' said Webb. 'That stops a lot of momentum. You have to play catch up golf from there. You have to make up for your mistakes so I just want to keep building on good golf.'
 
Waugh had a much more eventful round than Webb did on Saturday. Waugh bogeyed No. 1 but then rattled off five birdies in her next seven holes to close the front nine at 4-under 32.
 
On the second nine, Waugh drained a 10-foot birdie putt at the 13th. She dropped a shot at the next hole when she missed a four-footer for par but birdied 15 and 16 to vault into a solo second.
 
Waugh, an Australian still seeking her first win on the LPGA Tour, will most likely be paired with Webb and Pak in Sunday's final group.
 
'Hopefully the attention will be on those two,' said Waugh. 'I'll just go along and hope to make some birdies. I'm looking forward to it.'
 
Pat Hurst, Kate Golden and Vicki Goetze-Ackerman share eighth at 6-under-par 138. Natalie Gulbis, Meg Mallon, Donna Andrews, Dorothy Delasin and Grace Park are in the clubhouse at 5-under par while Suzann Pettersen and Denise Killeen are 5-under and will have to return Sunday morning to polish off their second rounds.
 
Sophie Gustafson, who owned the first-round lead, struggled to a 2-over 74 and is part of a group tied for 18th at 4-under-par 140.
 
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    Fowler (oblique) withdraws from playoff opener

    By Will GrayAugust 15, 2018, 8:44 pm

    The injury that slowed Rickie Fowler at last week's PGA Championship will keep him out of the first event of the PGA Tour's postseason.

    Fowler was reportedly hampered by an oblique injury at Bellerive Country Club, where he started the third round two shots off the lead but faded to a tie for 12th. He confirmed the injury Tuesday in an Instagram post, adding that an MRI revealed a partial tear to his right oblique muscle.

    According to Fowler, the injury also affected him at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he tied for 17th. After receiving the test results, he opted to withdraw from The Northern Trust next week at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey.

    "My team and I feel like it's best not to play next week in the Northern Trust," Fowler wrote. "I will be back healthy and competitive ASAP for the FedEx Cup and more than ready for the Ryder Cup!!!"

    Fowler is one of eight players who earned automatic spots on the U.S. Ryder Cup team when the qualifying window closed last week. His next opportunity to tee it up would be at the 100-man Dell Technologies Championship, where Fowler won in 2015.

    Fowler has 12 top-25 finishes in 18 starts, highlighted by runner-up finishes at both the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in the fall and at the Masters. He is currently 17th in the season-long points race, meaning that he's assured of starts in each of the first three playoff events regardless of performance and in good position to qualify for the 30-man Tour Championship for the fourth time in the last five years.

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    By Will GrayAugust 15, 2018, 8:12 pm

    Since the advent of the FedExCup in 2007, only 13 players have managed to make the playoffs each and every year. But two of the PGA Tour's stalwarts head into the regular-season finale with work to do in order to remain a part of that select fraternity.

    Sergio Garcia has rarely had to sweat the top-125 bubble, but the Spaniard enters this week's Wyndham Championship 131st in the current standings. Left with even more work to do is former FedExCup winner Bill Haas, who starts the week in Greensboro 150th.

    Garcia got off to a strong start in the spring, sandwiching a pair of top-10 finishes in WGC events around a fourth-place showing at the Valspar Championship. But quality results largely dried up after Garcia missed the cut at the Masters; he has made only two cuts in 10 Tour starts since April, including early exits in all four majors.


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    Garcia has some history at Sedgefield Country Club, having won this event in 2012 to break a lengthy U.S. victory drought. He also finished fourth in 2009 but hasn't played the Donald Ross layout since a T-29 finish as the defending champ in 2013.

    It's been a difficult year for Haas both on and off the course, as the veteran was involved as a passenger in a car accident on the eve of the Genesis Open that killed the driver. He returned to action three weeks later in Tampa, and he tied for seventh at the RBC Heritage in April. But that remains his lone top-10 finish of the season. Haas has missed 11 cuts including three in a row.

    While the bubble will be a fluid target this week at Sedgefield, Garcia likely needs at least a top-20 finish to move into the top 125 while Haas will likely need to finish inside the top 5.

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    Airlines lose two sets of Olesen's clubs in 10 days

    By Grill Room TeamAugust 15, 2018, 7:50 pm

    Commercial airlines losing the golf clubs of a professional golfer is not exactly a groundbreaking story. It happens.

    But European Tour pro Thorbjorn Olesen is on quite the roll, losing two sets of clubs and five suitcases in the span of 10 days.

    Olesen, the reigning Italian Open champ, claimed his primary set of golf clubs were lost last week. Having little faith they'd be found before this week's Nordea Masters, he decided to bring his backup set for the event in Sweden.

    A veteran move by the 28-year-old, unless, of course, those clubs were lost too. And wouldn't you know it:

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    Podcast: Brandel compares Tiger and Hogan's comebacks

    By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 15, 2018, 6:48 pm

    Tiger Woods on Sunday at Bellerive recorded his seventh runner-up finish in a major and his first in nine years.

    A favorite guest of the Golf Channel Podcast, Brandel Chamblee joins host Will Gray to compare and contrast Tiger's return to competitive golf with that of Ben Hogan and Babe Didrikson Zaharias in the 1950s.

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