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Dori Carter lines up her putt on the 17th green during the second round of the Kia Classic.
Dori Carter lines up her putt on the 17th green during the second round of the Kia Classic.

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Dori Carter might have gotten a bit ahead of herself late in the second round of the Kia Classic. She still left everyone else behind Friday.

After birdieing six of the first seven holes on the back nine, Carter bogeyed the final two holes for an 8-under 64. The round was her lowest in competition and broke the Aviara course record.

Winless on the LPGA Tour, the former University of Mississippi player had 11 birdies and three bogeys. At 10-under 134, she had a two-stroke lead over Stacy Lewis and Cristie Kerr.

"No matter what happens this weekend ...

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Paula Creamer fired a 5-under 67 to hold a share of the lead at the Kia Classic in Round 1.
Paula Creamer fired a 5-under 67 to hold a share of the lead at the Kia Classic in Round 1.

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Paula Creamer easily overcame tricky morning wind conditions Thursday in the Kia Classic for a share of the first-round lead with Mariajo Uribe.

Creamer and Uribe shot 5-under 67 at Aviara to finish a stroke ahead of Cristie Kerr, Shanshan Feng, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Mi Hyang Lee.

"It was swirling a lot," Creamer said about the wind. "It was pretty inconsistent at spots out there, but you just kind of have to trust your wind map or trust and see what's going on out there."

A playoff winner March 2 in Singapore, Creamer had six birdies ...

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Categories: Paula Creamer, LPGA
March 25, 2014 | 10:06 p.m.

Kia Classic: Tee times, first two rounds

Bill Zimmerman
Lydia Ko
Lydia Ko

In the final tune-up before the first major of the 2014 LPGA season, Lydia Ko, Karrie Webb and Azahara Munoz will form one of the top groups in the first two rounds of the Kia Classic.

Karrie Webb, coming off last week's win at the JTBC Founders Cup and leading the Race to the CME Group points list, will tee off late Thursday and early Friday with Ko and Munoz.

In other top groups, Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie and Inbee Park will tee off early Thursday and late Friday, as will Suzann Pettersen, Lizette Salas and Lexi Thompson.

Defending ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Karrie Webb during the final round of her win in the LPGA's 2014 JTBC Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix.
Karrie Webb during the final round of her win in the LPGA's 2014 JTBC Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix.

Karrie Webb posted a final-round 63, keyed by a back-nine 31, then watched as the field couldn't catch her in the LPGA's JTBC Founders Cup on Sunday in Phoenix.

Five players tied for second, including Lydia Ko – who could have forced a playoff with a birdie on any of her last three holes and stretched the drama to the 18th before missing out – and Stacy Lewis. But Webb's lead, on the strength of the day's low number, held up.

Here are 5 Things to know from Wildfire Golf Club:

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1. WEBB WINS AGAIN: After starting hot ...

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Categories: Pro, LPGA, Top Stories
Alex Miceli
From left, PGA Tour Commissioner, Tim Finchem, Gary Player, Nancy Lopez, Arnold Palmer and Chief Operating Officer of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Jack Peter, gather for a press conference during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Lodge and Club.
From left, PGA Tour Commissioner, Tim Finchem, Gary Player, Nancy Lopez, Arnold Palmer and Chief Operating Officer of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Jack Peter, gather for a press conference during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Lodge and Club.

The World Golf Hall of Fame announced changes to its selection process Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge.

With Hall of Famers Nancy Lopez, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam (via audio) in attendance during the final round of the PGA Tour event, Jack Peter, the hall's chief operating officer, outlined dramatically different criteria and selection procedures for admission to the shrine in St. Augustine.

The biggest changes concern the selection process, creators of the list of potential members and who will vote on the upcoming class.

Previously, ballots for the PGA Tour ...

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Jeff Rude
Davis Love III would make Jeff Rude's Hall of Very Good based on his 20 PGA Tour victories and one major championship.
Davis Love III would make Jeff Rude's Hall of Very Good based on his 20 PGA Tour victories and one major championship.

Editor's note: This column first ran in Golfweek magazine that hit doorsteps on March 7, 2014. If you'd like to subscribe, click here.

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When someone has proposed a candidate whom this voter deems unworthy of World Golf Hall of Fame induction, my answer often has been, “It’s not the Hall of Very Good.”

Such discussion about borderline players has been more frequent in recent years as the hall unfortunately has been watered down, to the point that members have questioned the merits of inductees and hall wannabes have thought, If he’s in, I should be. This ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Lydia Ko during Saturday's third round of the LPGA's 2014 JTBC Founders Cup in Phoenix.
Lydia Ko during Saturday's third round of the LPGA's 2014 JTBC Founders Cup in Phoenix.

Lydia Ko's second 67 of the week in Phoenix, on the heels of her second-round 66, lifted her to the lead Saturday at the JTBC Founders Cup on the LPGA Tour.

Ko holds a one-shot lead at 16 under going into Sunday's final round, with Jessica Korda and Mirim Lee tied in second.

Here are 5 Things to know about Saturday's play at Wildfire Golf Club.

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1. KO-NSISTENT: Steady as she goes, Lydia Ko's first three rounds have been either 5 or 6 under.

More specifically, Ko has attacked Wildfire's closing stretch. At Nos. 15-18 ...

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Mirim Lee leads after two rounds of the JTBC Founders Cup.
Mirim Lee leads after two rounds of the JTBC Founders Cup.

Mirim Lee is just getting started on the LPGA Tour — and isn't taking baby steps.

Neither is 16-year-old Lydia Ko.

Lee shot a 5-under 67 on Friday in the JTBC Founders Cup to take a two-stroke lead over Ko into the weekend. The 23-year-old South Korean played the final eight holes in 5 under, making an eagle and three birdies to reach 13-under 131 at Desert Ridge's Wildfire Golf Club.

"I played a little boring on the front nine, so I went more aggressive on the back nine and it worked well," Lee said. "So, now I plan ...

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Categories: Lydia Ko, LPGA
Beth Ann Nichols
Inbee Park shot a 6-under 66 behind four birdies over her final five holes on Thursday at the JTBC Founders Cup.
Inbee Park shot a 6-under 66 behind four birdies over her final five holes on Thursday at the JTBC Founders Cup.

PHOENIX – Inbee Park just kind of ambles along and then BAM! She’s back on top. That’s how it felt during Round 1 of the JTBC Founders Cup. Park walked in the shadows of 16-year-old Lydia Ko, who played alongside her and led the way for most of the morning wave, and then suddenly the World No. 1 walked off her 18th hole with a share of the lead.

Four birdies in her last five holes gave Park a routine 6-under 66 Thursday, making her leader in the clubhouse along with American Gerina Piller, who is still searching for ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
A view of hole No. 5 from a little less than 300 yards out on Pinehurst's No. 2 course, host of the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open in 2014.
A view of hole No. 5 from a little less than 300 yards out on Pinehurst's No. 2 course, host of the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open in 2014.

PHOENIX –– Natalie Gulbis has one of the best marketing minds on the LPGA. So it comes as no surprise that she’s giddy about the idea of back-to-back majors. The U.S. Women’s Open hasn’t received this kind of pre-tournament buzz since, well, ever.

But, in this case, Gulbis doesn’t represent what the majority of marquee players think about playing No. 2. after the men. Which is why LPGA commissioner Mike Whan invited USGA executive director Mike Davis to an LPGA player meeting this week at the JTBC Founders Cup to answer questions and ease concerns.

The ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Stacy Lewis reacts to a bunker shot she hit during last year's Solheim Cup.
Stacy Lewis reacts to a bunker shot she hit during last year's Solheim Cup.

PHOENIX – Stacy Lewis’ bunker issues continue at the JTBC Founders Cup. Lewis beaned Cristie Kerr in the head Tuesday during a practice round at Wildfire Golf Club. Lewis said it wasn’t a skulled shot but rather a high shot that went too far.

“It knocked me over,” said Kerr, who put ice on the wound after the round and then continued playing. The ball hit Kerr several inches above her left ear, and a sizable welt was visible a day later.

“It was way worse yesterday,” Kerr said after her Wednesday pro-am.

“It was seriously like this,” she said ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Inbee Park (left) has stayed atop the rankings for 49 weeks, but No. 2 Suzann Pettersen (right) has made it her life's dream to attain the top spot.
Inbee Park (left) has stayed atop the rankings for 49 weeks, but No. 2 Suzann Pettersen (right) has made it her life's dream to attain the top spot.

PHOENIX – Suzann Pettersen kept a golf diary when she was a schoolgirl. Actually, she kept several of them, but one in particular is on a shelf in her Orlando, Fla., home. The cover of the book is a montage of images of Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam. Inside, she lists her goals and dreams, details of her practice sessions and how she planned to reach No. 1.

“I guess there's a dream inside of me that kind of still is very much alive,” said Pettersen, “but it's not something that I kind of run around and think about ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Former Arizona State players gather for a reunion prior to the Founders Cup.
Former Arizona State players gather for a reunion prior to the Founders Cup.

PHOENIX –– With so many former Arizona State players in the field at this week’s JTBC Founders Cup – seven to be exact – the Sun Devil coaches organized a mini-reunion on Sunday at Modern Margarita to kick off the week.

Associate coach Missy Farr-Kaye, a 1990 ASU grad, said 18 former players attended the reunion and four brought babies. Emilee Klein-Gille, the 1994 NCAA champ and a three-time winner on the LPGA, is pregnant with her second child.

“One of our tenets at ASU is that we are a Sun Devil family,” said Farr-Kaye, who was out by the putting green ...

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Beth Ann Nichols

Editor's note: This feature first ran in Golfweek magazine that hit doorsteps on Feb. 28, 2014. If you'd like to subscribe, click here.

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Cristie Kerr and husband Erik Stevens became parents seconds after they went through a security line in the Delta terminal at LaGuardia Airport.

“I always knew we’d become parents in an airport,” Stevens cracked.

The couple FaceTimed with their newborn son, Mason Kerr Stevens, from the operating room, along with the surrogate mother and doctor, of course. Mason, conceived through in vitro fertilization, is genetically theirs.

“I’m bawling my eyes out by the ...

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Bill Zimmerman
USGA golf
USGA golf

Twenty U.S. sites and four abroad will play host to 36 holes of sectional qualifying for the 2014 U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst, N.C.

Like Pinehurst, in fact, four sites will pull double-duty and play host to men's and women's play. Quail Valley GC in Vero Beach, Fla., will host sectional qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Open. Industry Hills GC near Los Angeles, The Heritage at Westmoor in Westminster, Colo. and The Country Club at DC Ranch in Scottsdale, Ariz., will host women's sectional and U.S ...

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