Wie Misses Cut Maruyama Leads Sony

By Sports NetworkJanuary 14, 2005, 5:00 pm
04 Sony OpenHONOLULU -- Shigeki Maruyama of Japan fired a 5-under 65 on Friday to surge into the lead at the halfway point of the Sony Open in Hawaii. Maruyama finished 36 holes at 8-under-par 132 for a one-shot edge over Justin Rose and Brett Quigley.
 
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman carded a 68 to join Paul Azinger, Jeff Sluman, Stewart Cink, Andrew Magee and Robert Gamez in a tie for fourth place at 5-under-par 135. Australia's Adam Scott was one shot further back at 4-under-par 136.
 
Amateur sensation Michelle Wie needed a strong round to make the 36-hole cut, but her shot at the weekend vanished at the par-4 sixth. Wie was scrambling at the sixth and things got worse on the green where she three-putted for a triple bogey.
 
Wie landed her approach inside 6 feet at the par-4 10th and converted the putt for her first birdie of the day. The 15-year-old, who missed the cut by a single stroke at this event last year, managed three bogeys over her next six holes, but closed her round with a birdie at the par-5 18th.
 
'Missing the cut by one last year, I thought, I made it so close, I kind of took it for granted that I was going to play better,' she said. 'But I learned a lot of things this week, more from last year I think. I think when you play bad, you learn a lot more.'
 
Wie posted a 74 on Friday to finish at 9-over-par 149. A total of 78 players survived the cut at 2-over-par 142.
 
Maruyama was one shot back to start the day at Waialae Country Club and rolled in a long putt at the par-4 fifth for his first birdie of the day. Maruyama then hit his second shot to 5 feet for a birdie at the eighth and chipped in for an eagle at the par-5 ninth to make the turn at 7 under.
 
He kept on rolling with a birdie at the par-4 10th and played his approach inside 10 feet for a birdie at the par-4 15th.
 
'It's a little bit hard to read the greens here, but I'm making some good putts,' said Maruyama. 'It's been very steady.'
 
Maruyama missed the fairway en route to a bogey at the very next hole, but parred his way in to secure the outright lead heading into the weekend.
 
'It's really difficult to read the wind,' he said. 'It's not as strong as yesterday, but it's coming from a little bit different direction. So it's very hard to play in this wind.'
 
Rose jumped out of the gate with a birdie at the first and ran off three consecutive birdies starting at the fifth to get to minus-7. That run came to an end with a bogey at the eighth but Rose recovered with a 14-foot birdie putt at the 15th.
 
The 24-year-old faltered with a bogey at the 16th but knocked his tee shot within 6 feet of the hole for a birdie at the par-3 17th to cap off a round of 66.
 
'I think the key for me this year is to focus on the process of putting little building blocks in place, and that will enable me to get the final result,' said Rose. 'That's kind of what I'm working on.'
 
Quigley struggled early with a bogey at the opening hole but he got that shot back with a birdie at the third. Quigley then birdied the sixth and holed out from a greenside bunker for a birdie at the eighth.
 
At the par-5 ninth, Quigley played his second shot to 5 feet and sank the eagle putt to reach 8 under around the turn. He held steady with a string of pars on the inward half but a bogey at the 16th left him one shot behind Maruyama.
 
'It was just a good day, a patient day,' said Quigley, who posted a 67. 'Had a nice stretch there in the middle, and maybe got a little ahead of myself the back nine thinking about shooting a real low score and made a bunch of pars.'
 
Top-ranked Vijay Singh finished alongside Tom Byrum, D.J. Trahan and Jason Allred at 3-under-par 137. Two-time defending champion Ernie Els followed in a group at 2-under-par 138.
 
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    LPGA back in L.A.: Inbee Park leads by 1

    By Associated PressApril 20, 2018, 1:53 am

    LOS ANGELES - Inbee Park shot a 5-under 66 for a one-shot lead in the opening round of the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open in the LPGA's return to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence.

    Showers ended shortly before Park's threesome, including second-ranked Lexi Thompson, teed off Thursday at windy Wilshire Country Club just south of Hollywood.

    Using a new putter, Park birdied four consecutive holes on the back nine before a bogey on the par-4 17th. She quickly recovered and rolled in birdie putts on the second and fifth holes to finish off her round in front of a large contingent of South Korean fans.

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    Horschel (68) builds on momentum at Valero

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    Billy Horschel only ever needs to see a faint glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

    While some players require a slow ascent from missed cuts to contending on the weekend, Horschel's switches between the two can often be drastic. Last year he missed three straight cuts before defeating Jason Day in a playoff to win the AT&T Byron Nelson, a turnaround that Horschel said "still shocks me to this day."

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    "I'm a big momentum player. I've got to get the train moving forward," Horschel told reporters Thursday. "I've always been a guy who gets on a little roll, get that train moving and jump into the winner's circle. So yeah, it would have been great to win last week, but it was just nice to play four really good rounds of golf."

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    Three years later, PXG launches new iron

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    Three years is a long time between launches of club lines, but Bob Parsons, founder and CEO of PXG, says his company had a very good reason for waiting that long to introduce its second-generation irons.

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    Maggert and Parnevik lead at Bass Pro Shops

    By Associated PressApril 19, 2018, 10:49 pm

    RIDGEDALE, Mo. - Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik shot an 8-under 63 in better-ball play Thursday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' chilly Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

    ''It was very relaxing for me because I felt like terrible,'' Parnevik said. ''I was so stiff this morning. It was freezing cold. I thought if I can just try to make some pars in case he ever makes a bogey, but I didn't even have to do that.''

    Playing together for the first time in the team event, Maggert and Parnevik eagled the par-5 eighth and had six birdies in the cool and breezy conditions on Big Cedar Lodge's Buffalo Ridge course.

    ''We play well together,'' Maggert said. ''We both contributed a lot. Jesper had a lot of birdies and an eagle on our final nine. It was so cold this morning, I just was going to come out and just try to hit fairways and greens. Really I wasn't thinking about making birdies, I was just trying to play steady and give myself an opportunity to have some birdie putts.''


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    Mark Calcavecchia and Woody Austin were a stroke back. They also eagled No. 8. Austin won the 2016 title with Michael Allen. Calcavecchia won the Boca Raton Championship this year.

    ''I lucked in a few birdies on the back, but it was tough, tough conditions,'' Calcavecchia said. ''Even when it warmed up a little bit, it was still tough to make birdies out there. All in all, 7 under's a pretty good start.''

    Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman were at 65 along with Davis Love III-Scott Verplank, 2015 winners Billy Andrade-Joe Durant, Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett and Steve Flesch-David Toms.

    ''We kind of brother-in-lawed or ham-and-egged it or partnered it,'' Love said. ''Neither one of us were playing great, but we had one guy in every hole and that's kind of what you have to do. We're going to have to go to the par 3 courses and get two birdie putts on a hole is what you really want to do and we didn't do that enough today.''

    Flesch won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic last week for his first senior title.

    Madison, Wisconsin, friends Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly were tied for 22nd at 68.