Nasa Hataoka leads LPGA Tour event in Michigan

AP Published 7:52 p.m. ET May 25, 2018 | Updated 9:31 p.m. ET May 25, 2018 Nasa Hataoka watches her shot from the seventh tee during the second round of the LPGA Volvik Championship at Travis Pointe Country Club.(Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP) ANN ARBOR, Mich. – After losing in a playoff last weekend, Nasa Hataoka is making another bid for her first LPGA Tour victory. Hataoka shot a 4-under 68 on Friday, and the Japanese teenager led by one stroke over Minjee Lee after the second round of the Volvik…

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KU golfer Andy Spencer finishes first day of NCAA play with great shot in the dark / LJWorld.com

By Tom Keegan Twitter: @TomKeeganLJW Stillwater, Okla. — The official’s horn blew three times at 8:38 p.m., eight minutes after sunset, giving the final group of golfers on Karsten Creek, playing the first day of the NCAA golf finals, the option of either marking and picking up at any point during the final hole or finishing it. Andy Spencer, No. 1 player for the University of Kansas golf team, decided to hit one more shot, and it was a beauty. He stuck his wedge into the 18th green, his ninth…

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Thomas Pieters snaps a club on his neck at the BMW PGA Championship

You’ve probably never played golf with Thomas Pieters, but you’ve definitely played in a foursome with somebody like him. You know the one who launches his 5-iron into the nearest pond every time he doesn’t like a shot. And he doesn’t like a lot of shots. He’s really one of your classic golf guys. Pieters’ take on this classic art form is majestic. After his second shot on the par-5 fourth hole at the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship sailed wide, the 26-year-old Belgian snapped an iron over his neck with…

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Jake Owen’s Web.com Tour playing partner scolds critics, praises country music star for fiery in-round tweet

Jake Owen became the latest celebrity to try a turn on the Web.com Tour on Thursday at the Nashville Golf Open. Predictably, it did not go well for the country music star as he opened with 86, the worst score of the first round by six shots. But while critics took shots of their own at him — including one that Owen responded to during his rough round — one of Owen’s playing partners, Steve Wheatcroft, rushed to defend the sponsor’s exemption he was given and that mid-round tweet. The…

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Kevin Na calls off his caddie during priceless conversation, makes incredible birdie

Jim “Bones” Mackay famously had the right to veto one shot per year when he caddied for Phil Mickelson. It’s doesn’t appear that Kenny Harms has the same power when it comes to his boss, Kevin Na. Unless, of course, he’s already used his up this season. During Thursday’s first round at the Fort Worth Invitational, Harms pleaded with Na not to try hitting a “40-yard cut” from the rough with a hybrid over water on Colonial Country Club’s ninth hole (Na’s final hole of the day). It seemed like…

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Doug Ghim named a finalist for 2018 Jack Nicklaus Award

Three days after being named the recipient of the Ben Hogan Award, which honors the nation’s best golfer, senior Doug Ghim was named a finalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award for the same honor. Along with Ghim, four other golfers were named finalists. Fellow rival Chandler Phillips (Texas A&M), Justin Suh (USC), Shintaro Ban (UNLV) and Norman Xiong (Oregon) are finalists. The 2018 Jack Nicklaus Award will be announced next Thursday, May 31 and the award will be presented to the winner by Jack Nicklaus himself on Sunday, June 3…

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PREVIEW: Illini Men’s Golf at the 2018 NCAA Golf National Championship

For the eleventh consecutive season, the Fighting Illini Men’s Golf team will play in the NCAA Tournament. Here’s what you need to know about the stroke play portion of the event: Stroke play scoring link: http://results.golfstat.com//public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=participants&tid=15139 Stroke Play Tournament schedule: Friday 5/25 – First Round Saturday 5/26 – Second Round Sunday 5/27 – Third Round *Top 15 teams advance to final round Monday 5/28 – Final Round *Top 8 teams advance to match play quarterfinals Friday Tee Times: How This Works: You’re going to be watching the opening round of…

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Jake Owen relishes opportunity to play in 2018 Nashville Golf Open

CLOSE Country music star Jake Owen talked about his opening round at the 2018 Nashville Golf Open. Colton Pouncy, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Country music artist Jake Owen chats with his caddie before a hole at the 2018 Nashville Golf Open.(Photo: Colton Pouncy/USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee) Jake Owen has performed in front of packed crowds, toured alongside some of the biggest names in country music and has spent years carving out a name for himself as a well-known musician.   But on Thursday afternoon, while competing in the Nashville…

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New putter spurs Hoffman to Thursday 63 at Colonial

After sitting at home last week, Charley Hoffman decided it was time for a change. The veteran estimated that he has been using the same version of a Scotty Cameron putter for the last five years, but heading into this week’s Fort Worth Invitational he wanted to shake things up. “I had an idea on Sunday literally coming out here that I wanted to have a little more weight in my putter,” Hoffman told reporters. “I went with one that was sort of in my bag of putters at home…

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