Duke Rises to the Top USC Falls 14 Back

By Steve BurkowskiMay 23, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 NCAA Division I Womens Golf ChampionshipsDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Tere were two certainties on Wednesday at the LPGA International Legends course: the wind would once again blow and at least one team would make a move. Steady winds between 15 and 25 mph swirled around the course, as conditions were nearly as difficult as they were on Day 1.
And yes, one team did make a big move upward, and surprise, surprise; it was the group from Durham, N.C. Duke posted the only sub-par round of the day, and championship to this point. A team total of 287, 1 under par, vaulted the Blue Devils to the top of the leaderboard through 36 holes. The two-time defending National champions are very familiar and quite comfortable with this position. You can make the analogy to Tiger Woods ' when he has the lead through two rounds, he is tough to catch. Duke, too, will be difficult to chase down.
But lets not hand over the trophy just yet. UCLA also had a solid Wednesday performance, as they are the closest pursuers. The Bruins last won the championship just three years ago, but dont tell them that this thing is over. A 3-over-par round has placed the folks from L.A. just seven back, and certainly within reach of making things interesting.
urdue is in third, a full 10 shots behind Duke, while first-leader Southern Cal had their problems in the second round, posting a team score of 306, and now finds themselves 14 off the pace.
Individually, Purdue sophomore Christel Boeljon leads after a second-round 69. She stands at 3 under par through 36 holes. Stacy Lewis from Arkansas is one off the lead after her second consecutive 71.
Thursday is the day for one of two things to occur. Either Duke puts a strangle hold on this years championship, or a team giving chase makes a patented third-round charge which would set up some final-day fireworks.
Team Results:
1 Duke 300 287 587 +11
2 UCLA 303 291 594 +18
3 Purdue 303 294 597 +21
4 Stanford 299 300 599 +23
5 Southern California 295 306 601 +25
6 Georgia 303 299 602 +26
7 Louisville, Univ. of 297 306 603 +27
T8 Pepperdine 306 299 605 +29
T8 Vanderbilt 303 302 605 +29
T8 Arizona State 307 298 605 +29
T11 TCU 307 299 606 +30
T11 Wake Forest 306 300 606 +30
13 Oklahoma State 312 299 611 +35
14 Auburn 309 304 613 +37
15 Brigham Young Univ. 309 306 615 +39
T16 Michigan State 310 307 617 +41
T16 UC Irvine 303 314 617 +41
T18 North Carolina 297 321 618 +42
T18 Arizona 304 314 618 +42
20 New Mexico 305 314 619 +43
21 Tennessee 311 313 624 +48
22 Denver, Univ. of 302 324 626 +50
23 Alabama, U. of 314 319 633 +57
24 Indiana University 320 318 638 +62

Individual Results (Top 10):
1 Christel Boeljon Purdue 72 69 141 -3
2 Stacy Lewis Arkansas, U. of 71 71 142 -2
T3 Amanda Blumenherst Duke 70 73 143 -1
T3 Catherine Matranga TCU 72 71 143 -1
T3 Tiffany Joh UCLA 73 70 143 -1
T6 Lauren Todd Stanford 70 74 144 E
T6 Jacqui Concolino Vanderbilt 75 69 144 E
T8 Paola Moreno Southern California 73 72 145 +1
T8 Anna Nordqvist Arizona State 75 70 145 +1
T10 Jennie Lee Duke 76 72 148 +4
T10 Taylor Leon Georgia 74 74 148 +4
T10 Rachel Newren Brigham Young Univ. 77 71 148 +4
T10 Caroline Westrup Florida State Univ. 74 74 148 +4

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    Woods on firing shot into crowd: 'I kept moving them back'

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 3:14 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It added up to another even-par round, but Tiger Woods had an eventful Friday at The Open.

    His adventure started on the second hole, when he wiped a drive into the right rough. Standing awkwardly on the side of a mound, he prepared for a quick hook but instead fired one into the crowd that was hovering near the rope line.

    “I kept moving them back,” he said. “I moved them back about 40 yards. I was trying to play for the grass to wrap the shaft around there and hit it left, and I was just trying to hold the face open as much as I possibly could. It grabbed the shaft and smothered it.

    “I was very, very fortunate that I got far enough down there where I had a full wedge into the green.”

    Woods bogeyed the hole, one of four on the day, and carded four birdies in his round of 71 at Carnoustie. When he walked off the course, he was in a tie for 30th, six shots off the clubhouse lead.

    It’s the first time in five years – since the 2013 Open – that Woods has opened a major with consecutive rounds of par or better. He went on to tie for sixth that year at Muirfield.

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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

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    Tiger Woods shot his second consecutive 70 on Friday at Carnoustie and enters weekend play at even par for the championship, still in contention for major No. 15.

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    Scott and Sunesson a one-week partnership

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 2:13 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Adam Scott has been in between caddies for the last month and went with a bold stand-in for this week’s Open Championship, coaxing veteran looper Fanny Sunesson out of retirement to work for him at Carnoustie.

    Sunesson caddied for Nick Faldo in his prime, as the duo won four major titles together. She also worked for Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia before a back injury forced her to retire.

    But for this week’s championship, Scott convinced the Swede to return to the caddie corps. The results have been impressive, with the Australian following an opening 71 with a second-round 70 for a tie for 16th place.

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    “It's been going great. Fanny is, obviously, a fantastic caddie, and to be able to have that experience out there with me is certainly comforting,” Scott said. “We've gotten along really well. She's picked up on my game quickly, and I think we think about things in a very similar way.”

    Scott was also asked about a potential long-term partnership between the duo, but he didn’t sound hopeful.

    “It's just for this week,” he said. “It would be up to her, but I don't think she's making plans of a comeback. I was being a bit opportunistic in contacting her and coaxing her out of retirement, I guess. But I think she's having a good week. We'll just take it one week at the moment.”

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    After tense Augusta Sunday, Rory ready to be aggressive

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 1:51 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy temporarily lost his superpowers during the Masters.  

    In one of the most surprising rounds of the year, he played tentatively and carefully during the final day. Squaring off against the major-less Patrick Reed, on the brink of history, with the backing of nearly the entire crowd, it was McIlroy who shrank in the moment, who looked like the one searching for validation. He shot a joyless 74 and wound up six shots behind Reed.

    No, the final round was nowhere near as dispiriting as the finale in 2011, but McIlroy still sulked the following week. He binge-watched TV shows. Devoured a few books. Guzzled a couple of bottles of wine. His pity party lasted a few days, until his wife, Erica, finally dragged him out of the house for a walk.

    Some deeper introspection was required, and McIlroy revealed a healthier self-analysis Friday at Carnoustie. He diagnosed what went wrong at Augusta, and then again two months later at the U.S. Open, where he blew himself out of the tournament with an opening 80.

    “I was worrying too much about the result, not focusing on the process,” he said. “Sunday at Augusta was a big learning curve for me because, even if I hadn’t won that tournament, but I went down swinging and aggressive and committing to every shot, I would have walked away a lot happier.”

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    And so McIlroy has a new mantra this week at The Open.

    Let it go.

    Don’t hold back. Don’t worry about the repercussions. Don’t play scared.

    “I’m committed to making sure, even if I don’t play my best golf and don’t shoot the scores I want, I’m going to go down swinging, and I’m going to go down giving my best,” he said. “The result is the byproduct of all the little things you do to lead up to that. Sometimes I’ve forgotten that, and I just need to get back in that mindset.”

    It’s worked through two rounds, even after the cool, damp conditions led McIlroy to abandon his ultra-aggressive strategy. He offset a few mistakes with four birdies, shooting a second consecutive 69 to sit just a couple of shots off the lead.

    During a sun-splashed first round, McIlroy gleefully banged driver on almost every hole, flying or skirting the bunkers that dot these baked-out, undulating fairways. He wasn’t particularly accurate, but he also didn’t need to be, as the thin, wispy rough enabled every player to at least advance their approach shots near the green.

    Friday’s weather presented a different challenge. A steady morning rain took some of the fire out of parched fairways, but the cooler temperatures also reduced much of the bombers’ hang time. Suddenly, all of the bunkers were in play, and McIlroy needed to adjust his driver-heavy approach (he hit only six) on the fly.

    “It just wasn’t worth it,” he said.

    McIlroy hit a few “skanky” shots, in his words, but even his bigger misses – on the sixth and 17th holes – were on the proper side, allowing him to scramble for par and keep the round going.

    It’s the fifth time in his career that he’s opened a major with back-to-back rounds in the 60s. He’s gone on to win three of the previous four – the lone exception that disastrous final round (80) at Augusta in 2011.

    “I don’t want to say easy,” he said, “but it’s felt comfortable.”

    The weekend gets uncomfortable for everyone, apparently even four-time major winners who, when in form, ooze confidence and swagger.

    Once again McIlroy has that look at a major.

    The only thing left to do?

    Let it go.