Annika Continues to Roll in Match Play

By Associated PressJuly 2, 2005, 4:00 pm
GLADSTONE, N.J. -- Annika Sorenstam advanced to the quarterfinals of the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship on Saturday, beating playoff nemesis Rachel Hetherington 2 and 1 in perfect morning conditions at Hamilton Farm.
Sorenstam, 1-3 against Hetherington in LPGA Tour playoffs, won the 16th with a par when the Australian made a double-bogey 6, then hit her tee shot within 3 feet on the par-3 17th to set up a conceded birdie that ended the match.
``I thought Rachel played really well,'' Sorenstam said. ``I'm excited about the way I played. ... Today is a beautiful day. Perfect to play golf in.''
The Swedish star used a 6-iron on the 168-yard 17th.
``She gave me 16, then I had a good yardage and a good club on 17,'' Sorenstam said.
Sorenstam faced Candie Kung in the afternoon quarterfinals on the hilly Highlands Course. The eighth-seeded Kung beat No. 56 A.J. Eathorne 4 and 3.
Sorenstam, who needed a 30-foot birdie putt to finish off Tina Barrett in 21 holes on Friday, is still having trouble adjusting to the rain-slowed greens a week after tying for 23rd in the U.S. Women's Open on Cherry Hills' fast putting surfaces.
``They're still quite slow,'' Sorenstam said.
After halving five straight holes, Hetherington hit her second shot on the 16th into the right bunker and needed two shots to get the ball on the green.
``I missed the shot right on 16 and that's what it came down to,'' Hetherington said. ``I hit the ball pretty solid and was putting well.''
Sorenstam won the par-4 sixth and eighth holes with birdies to take a two-hole lead, but Hetherington countered with birdies on the par-5 ninth and par-4 10th to square it. Sorenstam missed a 4 1/2-foot birdie putt on No. 9.
Karrie Webb and 60th-seeded Marisa Baena also advanced in the upper bracket.
Webb, the slumping Hall of Famer seeded 29th, beat No. 13 Jeong Jang 4 and 2 a day after knocking out No. 4 Paula Creamer.
``It's hard to say that you're cruising, but it was nice to not to have to go to 18 again,'' Webb said.
Baena beat No. 21 Jennifer Rosales in 20 holes, birdieing the par-5 second to win after squaring the match with birdies on Nos. 14 and 17. Baena opened with a victory over No. 5 Natalie Gulbis and beat major champion Grace Park on Friday.
In the lower bracket, 14th-seeded Wendy Ward beat No. 30 Christina Kim 1-up with a birdie on No. 18 to set up a quarterfinal match against No. 59 Sophie Gustafson, a 1-up winner over Japanese star Ai Miyazato.
No. 39 Pat Hurst and No. 47 Meena Lee also advanced. Hurst beat Nicole Perrot in 22 holes, and Lee eliminated Liselotte Neumann 3 and 2.
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    Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

    Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

    “I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”

    After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

    Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

    The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.

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    Landry stays hot, leads desert shootout at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 12:35 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Andrew Landry topped the crowded CareerBuilder Challenge leaderboard after another low-scoring day in the sunny Coachella Valley.

    Landry shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course to reach 16 under. He opened with a 63 on Thursday at La Quinta Country Club.

    Jon Rahm, the first-round leader after a 62 at La Quinta, was a stroke back. He had two early bogeys in a 67 on the Nicklaus layout.

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    Jason Kokrak was 14 under after a 67 at Nicklaus. Two-time major champion Zach Johnson was 13 under along with Michael Kim and Martin Piller. Johnson had a 64 at Nicklaus.

    Landry, Rahm, Kokrak and Johnson will finish the rotation Saturday at PGA West's Stadium Course, also the site of the final round.

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    Mickelson 'displeased' with iron play; 10 back

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:18 am

    All of Phil Mickelson’s offseason work on his driver has paid off through two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    His iron play? Not as sharp, and it’s the reason why he heads into the weekend 10 shots off the lead.

    “I’ve been pretty pleased, overall, with the way I’ve been driving the ball, and very displeased with the way my iron game has been,” said Mickelson, who shot 68 Friday on PGA West’s Nicklaus course. He has hit only 21 of 36 greens so far this week. “Usually my iron play is a lot better than what it’s been. So I’ll go work on it and hopefully improve each round in this tournament and build a solid foundation for the upcoming West Coast events.

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    “I feel like if I continue to drive the ball the way I am, and if I got my iron play back to my normal standard, I should have the results that I’ve been expecting.”

    Mickelson, of course, is always bullish this time of year, but he has been able to find 10 of 14 fairways each of the past two rounds, including at narrower La Quinta Country Club, which doesn’t always fit his eye.

    “This is actually the best I’ve driven it in a lot of years,” he said.

    Currently in a tie for 67th, Mickelson will need a solid round on the more difficult Stadium course Saturday to ensure that he makes the 54-hole cut. He hasn’t missed a cut in his first West Coast event of the new year since 2009. 

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    Watch: Daly makes birdie from 18-foot-deep bunker

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 11:14 pm

    John Daly on Friday somehow got up and down for birdie from the deepest bunker on the PGA Tour.

    The sand to the left of the green on the 16th hole at the Stadium Course at PGA West sits 18 feet below the surface of the green.

    That proved no problem for Daly, who cleared the lip three times taller than he is and then rolled in a 26-footer.

    He fared just slightly better than former Speaker of the House, Tip O'Neill.