Ko’s impressive start at Texas Classic
Lydia Ko made a solid start at the Texas Classic on a rain-affected Friday with a two-under par through 14 holes, followed by the play being halted due to darkness in the weather. The Texas Classic has been facing bad weather since last Thursday, when the play was cancelled and Friday’s game had to be started after an eight and half hour delay due to rain on the Old American Golf Club, where the event is taking place for the first time. The tournament had to be reduced to 36 holes from 72 with no cut and the top 70 and ties out of the 144 participating woman golfers would win the prize money. Ko, who recently won her 15th LPGA title, had three birdies along with a lone bogey at the Texas Classic to end up four shots behind leader Sung Hung Park, who shot one bogey and seven birdies. Follow our World Cup free bets here.
Tiger Woods just makes cut at Quail Hollow
After having quite some difficulty in adjusting to the greens of Quail Hollow, Tiger Woods narrowly made the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship on Friday. The former world number one’s only birdie of the day was an 18 foot putt on his final par-4 ninth hole which helped him secure a score of 2-over 73, just enough to make the cut. When asked about his thoughts, Woods said he is finding it hard to adjust to the greens at this pace and prefers playing on faster greens. He also confessed that despite being given ample time to adjust to the greens, he just has not been able to do so. With only seven opportunities for birdies within 20 feet, he three-putted twice for bogey, including a birdie chance on the downhill on the par-3 sixth hole. This is not the first time that Woods has had a rough time at the Quail Hollow, it being the only course where he has missed the 36-hole cut twice. According to him, he would be in a good place in the game if he can make better putts on the course.
Former NZ Golf CEO Bill MacGowan passes away
One of New Zealand’s most versatile sports administrators, Bill MacGowan passed away at the age of 66 on Friday. He was the former CEO of not only New Zealand Golf, but also of the Warriors and New Zealand Football. MacGowan’s last designation in the sports world was CEO of the Auckland Football Federation, a position he had to resign from due to illness in July, 2017. Bill’s most significant contribution has been in the New Zealand Football, having successfully led the staging of the first Fifa U-17 World Cup to be held in New Zealand. He served as CEO of New Zealand Golf from 2007 to 2010.