With an unfortunate bogey start to an otherwise exciting round, Wendy Ward finished happily today with a 4-under 68, putting her in sole possession of the lead (-11). Playing comfortably today, Ward spread out her five birdies over the course of the round. When asked about her eight-par beginning to the round Wendy stated "You have to stay aggressive on this course. I didn't give myself any opportunity. I was hitting crooked off the tee. I was making some really good saves but that doesn't jump you ahead."
Harbour Town Golf Links is the site of this year's MCI Heritage. None of the world's top ten players are competing in this event and I've got a hunch that no one in this year's field is missing any of them.
There is a good chance that no one in the top ten could have bettered Peter Lonard's performance today as he posted an impressive 9-under 62. If Lonard hadn't had a bogey on the first and last holes he'd have some bragging rights as he was only one stroke off the course record of 61. His eleven birdies in one round aren't too shabby and it was good enough for the lead. In his four years on the PGA Tour, Lonard's only PGA win came in 2003 at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at La-Costa.
The 2005 Takefuji Classic in Las Vegas started out this morning with winds howling and branches literally falling off the trees. The early tee times got a bad break today with savage winds in opening-round action. As fair skies moved in both Wendy Ward and Karrie Webb shot opening rounds of 7-under 65 to share the lead.
Webb was disappointed with her early-round action. "I got off to a bit of a shaky start. I bogeyed the first. I made about a 6-footer for par. Well, I bogeyed 10. I made a six-footer for par on 11." Once she got comfortable, Karrie knew it. "When I made birdies at 13 and 14 I finally settled into the round and played a really good back nine which was obviously the front nine for me" said Webb, speaking of starting her round on the tenth hole.
Forum member Rafcin recently visited the Vistoso Golf Club for a three-day golf school. Here is his report.
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast, Meet the Pro 9:00 - 12:00 Lessons 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch 1:00pm - dusk Unlimited Golf
The Masters is now in the past as far as the tournament itself goes, but the memories of Sunday afternoon will stick with the fans for much longer. Davis Love III chipped in at 16 in the final round of The Masters once, but his memories are likely to be far stronger at this week's PGA Tour stop at Hilton Head for the MCI Heritage. Davis Love III has won five times here, after all.
Cristie Kerr, the number two ranked LPGA golfer on the 2005 ADT Money List, attempts to defend her title for the second straight year this week at the Takefuji Classic. Kerr went into the final round of last year's competition with a 4-shot lead but watched it slip away as Seol-An Jeon carded a 69 to force a sudden death playoff. Seven holes later, a struggling Kerr finally won the tournament for her second win on tour. Currently 22nd in overall career winnings (4 million) and with four starts this season but no victories, can Kerr break through and win this week?
Another mesmerizing major championship week has passed, but the Masters is still on my mind. So before we start looking ahead to the U.S. Open, I'd like to spend a little time talking about a topic that now seems to resurface every year at Augusta.
It's the delicate subject of Hootie's balls. No, you're right, that doesn't sound good. It shouldn't. And I really wish he'd stop talking about them.
The Masters always brings a mix of the sublime and the ridiculous. The 2005 playing of this great event had both. The ridiculous quotient was achieved by Augusta National Chairman Hootie Johnson before the tournament even started. Good thing Tiger Woods and Chris DiMarco provided such a sublime finish to the actual event to help us momentarily forget some of the silly things Hootie had to say.
Last night, Stacy Solomon proudly represented The Sand Trap on Sports Bloggers Live. After following up with Tubby from Putts from the Rough (and his lovely "Els/Garcia" Masters picks), Stacy got the chance to talk about the amateur Ryan Moore:
Ryan Moore has a future. He will definitely be seen as a leader. As all beginners on Tour do, he'll be surprised at the level of competition. It'll take him a few months or a year to get his "sea legs." I think he'll break through and have his moment in the sun and win a major. He seems to feel comfortable at The Masters, so that might be his tournament.
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