Great Falls Tribune http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com Golf Video, News, Scores and Updates Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:35:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.11 Ariya Jutanugarn takes early lead at Buick LPGA Shanghai http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/ariya-jutanugarn-takes-early-lead-at-buick-lpga-shanghai/ http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/ariya-jutanugarn-takes-early-lead-at-buick-lpga-shanghai/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:41:00 +0000 http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/ariya-jutanugarn-takes-early-lead-at-buick-lpga-shanghai/ Ariya Jutanugarn fires a 66 to move in front after the first round.

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SHANGHAI (AP) — Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Buick LPGA Shanghai tournament on Thursday.

The Thai player had six birdies in a bogey-free round, including three straight on Nos. 4, 5, and 6.

“I always have so much fun when I play in Asia,” said Jutanugarm, who added her key was “just not to expect anything. Just go out have fun and enjoy everything.”

Sei Young Kim and Danielle Kang (both 67) were one shot back, with six other players only two shots off the lead.

The tournament is the second of five being played in South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan in the LPGA’s annual Asian swing.

Kang credited her improved play to new coach Butch Harmon.

“We just kind of simplify the game a lot,” the American said. “Just trying to calm it down and get back to how I used to play. Just more feel golf. Thinking less mechanics and going with the flow.”

Kang tied for third last week at the KEB Hana Bank championship in Incheon, South Korea.

“Today’s round went very smooth,” Kang said. “Coming off very good momentum after last week, and I’ve been hitting the ball really well, playing great. I’ve just been trusting my game and just keep giving myself birdie chances. They kept rolling in.”

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Koepka goes fishing, Im also gets POY and Scott’s “gingerly” putt http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/koepka-goes-fishing-im-also-gets-poy-and-scotts-gingerly-putt/ http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/koepka-goes-fishing-im-also-gets-poy-and-scotts-gingerly-putt/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:59:02 +0000 http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/koepka-goes-fishing-im-also-gets-poy-and-scotts-gingerly-putt/ In The Takeaway, Teryn Gregson recaps Round 1 of the CJ Cup @ NINE BRIDGES, where Brooks Koepka goes fishing for his first win of the season - literally, JeJu Island's Sungae Im receives the Web.

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In The Takeaway, Teryn Gregson recaps Round 1 of the CJ Cup @ NINE BRIDGES, where Brooks Koepka goes fishing for his first win of the season – literally, JeJu Island’s Sungae Im receives the Web.com TOUR Player of the Year honors and Adam Scott impresses with his “gingerly” putt.

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Trump National Doral is getting another tour event http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/trump-national-doral-is-getting-another-tour-event/ http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/trump-national-doral-is-getting-another-tour-event/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:33:43 +0000 http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/trump-national-doral-is-getting-another-tour-event/ Trump National Doral will host its first professional golf event in more than two years this winter.

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Trump National Doral will host its first professional golf event in more than two years this winter.

The PGA Tour Latinoamerica has agreed to bring its season finale, the Latinoamerica Tour Championship-Shell Championship, to the Doral, Fla., resort’s Golden Palm Course. The dates for the event, which features the top 60 players on the tour’s money list, are Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the best talent on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica to Trump National Doral when they take on the Golden Palm for their final event of the season,” said Eric Trump, Executive Vice President of The Trump Organization. “The golf course is in impeccable shape and ready to challenge many of the best players in the world. As to the spectator experience, there is nothing like the hospitality of the famed Trump Doral.”

Trump National Doral hasn’t hosted a PGA Tour-sanctioned event since 2016, when the WGC-Cadillac Championship was played for the 10th and final time on the resort’s Blue Monster Course. The WGC event moved to Mexico in 2017, the same year that Donald Trump was elected president, after the tournament failed to secure a sponsor.

The Blue Monster also hosted the Doral Open, an annual Tour stop, from 1962-2006.

The PGA Tour Latinoamerica’s season finale dates to 2015 and was initially held at TPC Dorado Beach Resort in Puerto Rico before being played the last two years at Melreese Country Club in Miami.

The top five players on the final PGA Tour Latinoamerica money list will earn Web.com Tour cards.

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In race to No. 1, Koepka cards 71 and Thomas shoots 73 at CJ Cup http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/in-race-to-no-1-koepka-cards-71-and-thomas-shoots-73-at-cj-cup/ http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/in-race-to-no-1-koepka-cards-71-and-thomas-shoots-73-at-cj-cup/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:09:19 +0000 http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/in-race-to-no-1-koepka-cards-71-and-thomas-shoots-73-at-cj-cup/ Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas each have a shot to become World No.

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Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas each have a shot to become World No. 1 this week in South Korea.

Through 18 holes of the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges, both players are in the mix in Jeju Island. Koepka shot 1-under 71 with four birdies Thursday while Thomas made three birdies as part of his 1-over 73.

Chez Reavie leads outright at 4 under.

“It’s a difficult day,” Koepka said. “Anything under par, level par is a good score out there today. I’m pleased with it.”

While the fourth-ranked Thomas has been No. 1 in the world before, holding the spot for four weeks last summer, third-ranked Koepka has yet to reach that top spot.

Koepka can achieve that goal with a win or, as long as Thomas doesn’t win, solo second this week. Thomas needs a win to move back to No. 1.

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Report: PGA Tour set to offer healthcare plan for its caddies http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/report-pga-tour-set-to-offer-healthcare-plan-for-its-caddies/ http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/report-pga-tour-set-to-offer-healthcare-plan-for-its-caddies/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:37:51 +0000 http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/report-pga-tour-set-to-offer-healthcare-plan-for-its-caddies/ The PGA Tour is set to offer a healthcare plan for its Tour caddies.

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The PGA Tour is set to offer a healthcare plan for its Tour caddies.

The Caddie Network’s T.J. Auclair first reported the news of the deal, which should greatly help offset healthcare costs for caddies and their families.

“I’m delighted we’ve got to this point and I speak on behalf of all caddies,” said Scott Sajtinac, president of the Association of Professional Tour Caddies. “When I say we truly look forward to a healthy working relationship with the Tour moving forward.”

A lawsuit was filed by the caddies against the PGA Tour in 2015 after the Tour challenged the caddies for seeking sponsorships as a way to pay for health insurance and medical bills. Specifically, the Tour disallowed caddies to wear logos on their bibs, which already contained corporate and tournament sponsors for the Tour.

There was even a report that the Tour recommended that players fire the caddies involved in the lawsuit, though the Tour denied the allegations.

“We were told the bib is out of bounds because it wasn’t ours, even though we were the ones wearing it each and every week, plastered with different corporate logos,” Sajtinac told The Caddie Network. “Communication and dialogue to try and navigate through all this rapidly ended before it really even began — and we were left in no man’s land. Just rapidly increasing insurance costs. We didn’t understand why we couldn’t use our own bodies to save ourselves thousands of dollars in health care. That’s when the lawsuit began. We simply wanted our questions answered.”

The caddies lost the suit in District Court in February 2016 and an appeal was then denied this past August. But when Jay Monahan became PGA Tour commissioner in January 2017, healthy dialogue began, Sajtinac said.

The end result is a healthcare plan for the caddies that is expected to start in January 2019.

“I’m a big believer in healthy communication, whether in business, life, on the golf course with our players,” Sajtinac said. “There must always be candid communication. And that’s why we ended up here today, with a great resolution. It’s a win-win for all and, for that, the caddies are very grateful. Commissioner Monahan and Andy Pazder were both fantastic throughout this whole process. Their willingness to listen and move forward meant a lot to us.”

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WATCH: Justin Thomas shows off course knowledge in South Korea http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/watch-justin-thomas-shows-off-course-knowledge-in-south-korea/ http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/watch-justin-thomas-shows-off-course-knowledge-in-south-korea/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:16:39 +0000 http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/watch-justin-thomas-shows-off-course-knowledge-in-south-korea/ Justin Thomas proved Thursday that he learned a lot last year in his first trip to Jeju Island, South Korea.

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With this being just the second edition of the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges, course knowledge is few and far between. However, Justin Thomas proved Thursday that he learned a lot last year in his first trip to Jeju Island, South Korea.

Thomas, who won the inaugural title last year at Nine Bridges, only managed a 1-over 73 in Thursday’s first round. But he did use the slopes to his advantage with his second shot into the par-5 ninth green.

After landing his ball shy of the green, Thomas watched as his ball ran up onto the green, moved a little left, up a ridge and then back down toward the hole. The ball finished some 6 feet back in front of the cup.

While Thomas missed the putt, he did prove that he knows where to hit it on these greens.

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Chez Reavie withstands wind to take CJ Cup lead http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/chez-reavie-withstands-wind-to-take-cj-cup-lead/ http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/chez-reavie-withstands-wind-to-take-cj-cup-lead/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:04:27 +0000 http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/chez-reavie-withstands-wind-to-take-cj-cup-lead/ Chez Reavie handled the difficult conditions better than the rest of the field at the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges, shooting 4-under 68 Thursday.

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In just a short time, the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges has developed a reputation for windy and tough scoring conditions. That’s why Justin Thomas opened with 9-under 63 a year ago on Jeju Island in South Korea, only to finish at the same number after 72 holes before beating Marc Leishman in a playoff to capture the event’s inaugural title.

On Thursday, players faced more wind, along with some cool temperatures, in the first round of the second edition of the CJ Cup. As a result, just 19 of the 78 players broke par in Round 1.

“It’s tough because once you get above the hole with this wind, it’s really hard to chip it close,” Reavie said. “The more greens you can hit, the better.”

Reavie handled the difficult conditions better than the rest of the field.

The 36-year-old Reavie was impressive with his ballstriking, typically the strength of his game, hitting all 14 fairways and missing just three greens. He made five birdies and just a single bogey, at the par-3 13th, en route to a 4-under 68 and the first-round lead.

“The wind was blowing really hard all day long so you had to really start the ball well and keep it out of the wind,” Reavie said. “Luckily, I was able to do that.”

Ravie has missed six of his last 11 cuts dating to last season. Last fall, he began his season with six straight top-25s before later posting back-to-back runner-up finishes, at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Now, it appears Reavie, who won the Canadian Open in 2008 for his only Tour victory, has rediscovered some form. He leads by a shot over Si Woo Kim and another player looking to find his game again, Danny Willett.

Willett, the 31-year-old Englishman and 2016 Masters champion, rose to ninth in the world after winning at Augusta National. However, he has since fallen to No. 342 in the world, though recently he has showed in the past half-year some signs of breaking out again – T-8, Italian Open; T-6, Irish Open; T-24, British Open.

This season, Willett has taken up PGA Tour membership and plans to play full-time in the U.S. next year.

“I’ve done two tours for a couple of years, and it’s very difficult,” said Willett, whose 3-under 69 Thursday featured five birdies, including four in his final six holes of the front nine. “We committed to play on the PGA Tour, to play predominantly over here this year and next. It’s nice to kind of get in and get some points early if you can.”

Ben An, Ian Poulter and Michael Kim are part of a big group at 2 under while Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama and Paul Casey are another shot back in a tie for 11th.

Defending champion Justin Thomas shot 73.

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Danny Willett comments after Round 1 of THE CJ CUP http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/danny-willett-comments-after-round-1-of-the-cj-cup/ http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/danny-willett-comments-after-round-1-of-the-cj-cup/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:46:01 +0000 http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/danny-willett-comments-after-round-1-of-the-cj-cup/ Following an opening-round 69, Danny Willett reflects on his play at THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES 2018.

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Following an opening-round 69, Danny Willett reflects on his play at THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES 2018.

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Byeong Hun An comments after Round 1 of THE CJ CUP http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/byeong-hun-an-comments-after-round-1-of-the-cj-cup/ http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/byeong-hun-an-comments-after-round-1-of-the-cj-cup/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:27:02 +0000 http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/byeong-hun-an-comments-after-round-1-of-the-cj-cup/ Following an opening-round 70, Byeong Hun An reflects on his play at THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES 2018.

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Following an opening-round 70, Byeong Hun An reflects on his play at THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES 2018.

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Rod Pampling comments after Round 1 of THE CJ CUP http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/rod-pampling-comments-after-round-1-of-the-cj-cup/ http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/rod-pampling-comments-after-round-1-of-the-cj-cup/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:07:02 +0000 http://greatfallstribune.sportstonews.com/2018/10/18/rod-pampling-comments-after-round-1-of-the-cj-cup/ Following an opening-round 70, Rod Pampling reflects on his play at THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES 2018.

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Following an opening-round 70, Rod Pampling reflects on his play at THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES 2018.

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