All Tied Up after Day 1 of Lexus Cup

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2006, 5:00 pm
SINGAPORE -- Annika Sorenstam and Carin Koch beat Joo Mi Kim and Sakura Yokomine 3 and 2 on Friday in alternate-shot play to help the International team tie Asia 3-3 after the first round of the Lexus Cup.
Sorenstam and Koch overcame an early two-hole deficit to beat Kim and Yokomine on Tanah Merah Country Club's renovated Garden Course.
'I know Carin really well,' Sorenstam said. 'We grew up together and played a lot of amateur golf together, so today was a perfect pairing.'
The Swedes also have played well together in the Solheim Cup.
'It's a nice security to know that she's going to hit the next shot,' Koch said.
Sorenstam and Grace Park are serving as playing captains.
'All in all, I think all my girls are very happy, very pleased with the result,' said Park, one of nine South Koreans in Asia's lineup.
The teams will play six best-ball matches Saturday and the LPGA Tour-sanctioned event will conclude Sunday with 12 singles matches.
'The Asians played very, very well,' Sorenstam said. 'We had some tough matches coming down to the 18th and it could have gone either way, really. I think that it makes for an exciting Saturday and exciting cup to have the teams so close.'
Young stars Julieta Granada and Morgan Pressel gave the International team another full point, beating Se Ri Pak and Hee-Won Han 4 and 3.
The 19-year-old Pressel ended the match with a spectacular eagle on the par-5 15th, holing out from 122 yards with a 9-iron shot that spun halfway around the cup.
'I had just said to Julieta before, 'Let's end this match on this hole! Let's win this hole!'' Pressel said. 'I didn't make her putt. She was happy.'
The 20-year-old Granada, from Paraguay, earned a spot in the event last month with her $1 million victory in the LPGA Tour's season-ending ADT Championship.
Jee Young Lee and Meena Lee had a big comeback for Asia, overcoming a four-hole deficit at the turn to beat Natalie Gulbis and Paula Creamer 2-up.
'We had quite a momentum shift,' Gulbis said. 'As a team, we were probably 1 under for the day, which is pretty good, alternate shot, but we were pretty disappointed to lose that match. It was a pretty big match for us to lose.'
The South Korean duo took advantage of Jee Young Lee's power game.
'When it came to Jee Young and Paula and they were teeing off against each other, Jee Young has about a 50-yard advantage over Paula,' Meena Lee said. 'On some of the longer holes, we had more birdie chances, so we just stuck with it.
'They started missing a couple of shots here and there and that's when we started picking up our game a little bit. They seemed to get frustrated a little bit. We went on and had a good rhythm after that and it turned out well.
Seon Hwa Lee and Young Kim also earned a point for Asia, routing long-hitters Brittany Lincicome and Laura Davies 6 and 5.
Two matches ended in ties. International players Angela Stanford and Stacy Prammanasudh halved with Grace Park and Shi Hyun Ahn, and Asia's Candie Kung and Jennifer Rosales tied Sherri Steinhauer and Nikki Campbell.
If the teams finish in a tie Sunday, Sorenstam and Park will have a sudden-death playoff to determine the winner. The winning team members will each receive $50,000, and the losers will get $30,000.
Last year, the International team won the inaugural matches 16-8.
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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.