Thunderstorms may have been an annoyance at the U.S. Women’s Open, but it didn’t stop Sarah Jane Smith, who extended her lead to four strokes after a second straight 5-under 67 on Friday.
Storms brought in a 2-hour, 49-minute delay, but Smith got in her round just in time.
Smith, who is at 10-under 134, enters the weekend leading a major championship, the first time she has done so, and has 36 holes down. Half of the field didn’t finish the round.
“I haven’t been in the position before, but I hope to show up like it’s another day,” Smith said (h/t ESPN). “I’m happy with the way I’m playing. I feel comfortable on the greens, which has been something that has been a little bit off lately. So, it’s nice to be able to feel like I’m seeing the greens really well and seeing some putts go in. Hopefully, that keeps going.”
Smith opened the day in a three-way tie atop the leaderboard with Jutanugarn and Korean Jeongeun6 Lee.
“She’s playing so good,” Duane Smith, Sarah’s husband and caddie, said. “Maybe years ago when she won the last event on the Futures Tour to get a card at the end of 2008. She had to win to get her card and she did and she opened up that nine holes, I think, 7-under on the front nine and then led the whole way. She played great that whole week, but this is something totally different.”
U.S. Ryder Cup Team Adds Tony Finau
Tony Finau was the final pick by United States captain Jim Furyk to join the Ryder Cup team.
“There won’t be any locker room noise with me,” Finau said, according to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN). “I can play with anyone. I feel that my personality is just that way. I can bring the best out of different guys playing with them, and them the same to me. I’m pretty easy to play with. And I’m playing some good golf, some world-class golf.”
“He has an unbelievable body of work this year,” Furyk said. “All those top-10 finishes, the play in big championships and the majors, and then his current form, a second, a fourth and an eighth in the playoffs. He checked a lot of boxes and made it impossible not to pick him.”
“I never thought I was on that team until I got that call,” Finau said. “I made sure I played that way; I played like I always had something to prove. And I let the guys on the team know that I’d be a great pick and I’d be ready to go. It’s definitely cool to accomplish something like this and to be able to play as well as I have under the circumstances, it’s something I’m extremely proud of.”
Tiger Woods’ Rally at BMW Championship Falls Short
Tiger Woods may not be walking away with his first golf tournament win in five years, but he put on a show in a spirited rally during the final round to build momentum ahead of the season-ending Tour Championship.
Woods carded a five-under 65 in the final round of the 2018 BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club, going into the clubhouse at 17 under for the tournament in a tie for fifth place, in a remarkable showing that flashed a return to form for the former Number 1 player.
“I’m going to have to shoot one of those 61s or 62s just to have a chance,” Woods said, according to ESPN. “The golf course is soft. Everyone is making birdies. You can be aggressive. I got to take a run at it.”
Now Woods turns his focus to the Tour Championship, which he qualified for, that starts on September 19th at East Lake Golf Club.
Tiger Woods Shoots 3 Under on Saturday
Tiger Woods is building momentum, putting out his best showing at the 2018 Northern Trust on Saturday with a three-under 68 in the third round.
Woods posted consecutive rounds of 71 and he needed to post a low number to get near the top of the leaderboard heading into the final day, and while it didn’t pan out for Woods, the improvement was impossible to ignore.
“The name of the game is you’ve got to make putts and you’ve got to roll it,” Woods said after the second round, according to ESPN. “No matter how good your drive is, you’ve still got to roll them and still got to make putts, and I didn’t putt very well today. I had a hard time seeing my lines, and consequently, I didn’t make anything.”
Currently, Woods leads the PGA Tour with a 68.42 scoring average in the third round, and average that ranges from 46th to 133rd in the other three rounds.
“For the week, I’ve only made eight [actually seven] birdies, and that’s not going to get it done,” Woods said. “These guys are making a boatload of birdies, and as soft as it is, I just haven’t made any.”
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