Lydia Ko drops out of top 30 after second round at Evian Championship

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko's second round at this year's Evian Championship hasn't gone to plan, leaving her outside of the top 30 and sitting well back of the leading group in France.

After a first round score of +1 in Evian-les-Bains, Ko needed a bright start to have any chance of clawing her way back into contention.

Starting her second round on the back nine, Ko was playing catch up almost immediately, with a double bogey on the second hole pushing her score out to +3.

A birdie on the 16th though saw her finish her first nine holes at +1 for the round.

On the back nine, Ko began to save faced, with back to back birdies on the sixth and seventh holes seeing her back to even par for the tournament, and -1 for the day.

The Kiwi trails the leading group, containing Amy Olson and Mo Martin of the USA, South Korea's Mi Hyang Lee and Puerto Rico's Maria Torres by eight shots.

Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, hits on the ninth hole during the second round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Ill., Friday, June 29, 2018. (AP Photo/David Banks)
Lydia Ko. Source: Associated Press


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Watch: US golfer busts out traditional Polynesian dance after being selected for Ryder Cup

Tony Finau decided to celebrate his selection as the final member of the US Ryder Cup team the best way he knew - with a traditional Polynesian dance.

Finau took to the stage at an event for the foundation named after him the day after he found out he was picked.

"A day you make the @RyderCupUSA team is a day you feel like dancing!" he said on social media.

Finau, who is of Samoan and Tongan decent, has enjoyed a successful year despite not winning a single tournament, ranking third in the FedEx Cup standings.

The 28-year-old has earned more than US$5 million this season with just next week's Tour Championship in Atlanta left on the calender.


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Tiger Woods slumps down leaderboard at BMW Championship

A woeful performance on the greens has prompted Tiger Woods to spend considerable time practising his putting after the second round at the BMW Championship in Philadelphia.

A day after opening with a course-record equalling 62 at Aronimink Golf Club and sharing the lead, Woods stalled during an even-par 70 that left him at eight- under-par and five shots off the pace.

Woods is still in the mix despite Xander Schauffele (64) surging into the outright lead at 13 under at the elite 70-man event - the penultimate leg of the $US67 million ($A93 million) FedEx Cup playoffs.

Justin Rose sits two shots back in second following his 63, while Rickie Fowler (65) and Hideki Matsuyama (64) headline a four-way tie for third at 10 under.

Five-time BMW winner Woods was solid from tee to green, hitting 11 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation.

But the longest putt he made on day two at Aronimink was six feet.

"I hit it just as good (as the opening-round 62) and putted just as good, but nothing went in and that's the way it goes," a frustrated Woods said.

"That round today (could have) easily been six or seven under; it turned into even par which is not what I needed to do (when) everyone is going low and birdies should be had."

Woods implored himself to hole more putts with forecasted Friday night storms expected to further soften conditions at Aronimink.

"I've got to make birdies and try and keep pace; this golf course is playing soft and tomorrow will be the same thing," Woods said.

Tiger Woods studies a chip shot on the fourth green during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Tiger Woods in red-hot form, leads BMW Championship

Tiger Woods has sent fans into a frenzy midway through day one at the BMW Championship, blitzing his way into the outright lead at Philadelphia's Aronimink Golf Club.

On a scorching hot Pennsylvania day with temperatures reaching 38 degrees and 51 per cent humidity, Woods has bagged five birdies and an eagle to rocket to seven-under-par through 10 holes.

Woods, a five-time winner of the BMW, currently holds a three-shot lead over a host of players at four under including world No.3 Justin Thomas.

The 14-time major winner jumped out of the gates after teeing off the 10th hole.

Three birdies in his first four holes preceded a stunning second shot from 242 yards into the par-5 16th hole.

He drained the five-foot eagle putt and then added birdies at the 18th (his ninth) and first to have the par-72 Aronimink's course record of 62 under threat.

Meanwhile, the Australian contingent is well behind on day one.

Former BMW winner Jason Day is the leading Australian at even par and seven shots back of Woods, while Cameron Smith is a further stroke behind.

Marc Leishman has started his title defence in poor fashion, dropping three shots through five holes.

Adam Scott is also struggling at five over through 11 holes.

The BMW Championship is the third event of the $US67 million FedEx Cup playoffs

Tiger Woods walks with Dustin Johnson during a practice round for the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Tiger Woods walks with Dustin Johnson during a practice round. Source: Associated Press


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'It's just really sickening' - scammers exploit the death of Aussie golfer Jarrod Lyle

Scammers have tried to take advantage of the death of Aussie golfer Jarrod Lyle, by setting up fake fundraising accounts.

The wife of the beloved golfer, Briony Lyle, warned followers about the scam via social media.

"Yet another Insta account has appeared to take advantage of Jarrod's death... I apologise for the nuisance," she wrote online.

Scammers have created fake accounts pretending to be Briony, asking people for donations.

"All we need now is your support, love and prayer. I can't imagine myself as a widow but here I am one already," one wrote.

May 23, 2015: Jarrod Lyle reacts to tight bunker shot on #9 during third round action of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Jarrod Lyle. Source: Photosport

A close friend of Jarrod, David Rogers, has slammed the creators of the fake accounts.

"It's just really sickening, so we were disgusted and we just wanted to make people aware of it," said Mr Rogers.

Although the fake fundraising accounts have since disappeared, friends of the golfer say it has caused more pain for Jarrod's family.

"Briony needs to have time to grieve and so this doesn't help, all it does is inflame the situation a little bit," said Mr Rogers.

Jarrod died of cancer at the age of 36 three weeks ago.

Earlier this month Lyle made the heart-breaking decision to go into palliative care after fighting a third battle with cancer.

A public memorial for Lyle will be held at Torquay next month.

Jarrod Lyle in hospital with his children. Source: Facebook/Jarrod Lyle.


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