Annika birdies 18th major career over

By Associated PressAugust 3, 2008, 4:00 pm
Ricoh WomenSUNNINGDALE, England ' Huddled under an umbrella in the pouring rain, Annika Sorenstam walked up to the 18th green in the final round of her final major to take the cheers from the fans. A sign on the scoreboard said: Annika, you will be missed.
Annika Sorenstam
Annika Sorenstam waves to the crowd on the 18th green (Getty Images).
It was telling that the departing Swede, who dominated womens golf for a decade and won 10 majors and 72 LPGA titles, had been passed going the other way by a 20-year-old Korean. Ji-Yai Shin was on the first fairway and, ultimately, on her way to winning the Womens British Open.
Although Sorenstam rolled in a 10-foot birdie for her final putt in a major to end with a 4-under 68, she was nowhere near a victory.
The 37-year-old Swede, who will quit tournament golf at the end of the year to get married, start a family and focus on her business and other golf interests, tied for 24th at 6-under 282.
Shin, who captured her first major and her first victory outside of Asia, finished 18-over after a 66. She won by three shots and led an all-Asian top five in yet another sign that players from Korea, Japan and Taiwan are taking over womens golf.
Sorenstam would be stepping away even if she had won.
To finish with a birdie is just obviously extra, she said. It didnt seem like there was any doubt it was going in.
I wish I wanted it as much as I used to, but I dont.
Although Sorenstam appeared to fight off the tears, her caddie of nine years, Terry McNamara, was less successful.
It is the end. Its getting harder, McNamara said. Ive been with her for 10 years, a lot of wins. She hit every green today. It is the sign of a champion to come out when you dont have a chance of winning and play like that. Shes great. Nobodys done it better. Ill never forget this.
Sorenstam insisted her intensity never dropped through the final round.
I think I was born with intensity, she said. I think I was born to compete. There were times I wish I didnt have it, but I probably wouldnt have achieved what I have. Maybe there were times the last few months when I wish I had the desire and the motivation and the drive, then I wouldnt step away.
But I just dont have that. When you have the mind of a champion and the mind of a competitor, but then theres a few pieces missing, thats hard to accept sometimes.
Sorenstam said she felt the emotion from the moment she stepped on the first tee and particularly over the closing holes.
I came up 18, made the corner turn and there was a sign saying, Annika, you will be missed,' ' she said. I thought that was very special. I waved to the guys, they clapped and then I came up 18 and everybody was cheering. It just makes you feel good when you get that type of applause. Ive been out here for 15 years and Ive experienced a lot of joy, a few setbacks, but overall its been great.
Im going to miss it, no doubt about it. I love the majors, I try to gear up for them and kind of be ready for them. Ive had happy tears there, Ive had unhappy tears. This game and this championship just sucks everything out of you.
Sorenstam said what she would miss most was the competition, the cheering, being under the limelight to hit that perfect 6 iron and make that putt.
I wish this one (on 18) was for the championship. That would be the ultimate. Thats why I spent all that time on the putting green and the driving range. Those are the moments I miss.
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  • Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

    By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

    Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

    Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

    What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

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    Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

    Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

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    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

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    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

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    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

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