Annika Hurst Face 18-Hole Playoff - COPIED

By Associated PressJuly 2, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 U.S. Womens OpenNEWPORT, R.I. -- Annika Sorenstam and Pat Hurst finished regulation tied for the lead Sunday at the U.S. Women's Open and will return at 9:00 a.m. (ET) Monday morning for an 18-hole playoff.
 
The pair finished regulation at even-par 284 after Hurst posted a 2-under 69 and Sorenstam an even-par 71.
 
Pat Hurst
Pat Hurst can't believe a putt doesn't fall during the final round of the U.S. Women's Open.
Sorenstam, a two-time former winner, took a one-shot lead after a 20-foot birdie putt on the 16th. The Swede hit her tee ball through the green at 17, then chipped to 5 feet. Sorenstam struck the putt, then closed her eyes and when she didn't hear the cheers, knew she missed.
 
The duo was tied at even-par on the 18th tee and Hurst pushed her drive right. It looked like her ball was headed for a hazard, but it stayed up in a decent lie. Sorenstam split the fairway with her drive.
 
Hurst could not reach the putting surface with her second at 18. Sorenstam knocked her approach from 185 yards 30 feet from the flagstick. Hurst hit a solid chip shot that rolled 5 feet from the hole.
 
Sorenstam had a putt for her 10th major championship and second win of the year. Her ball tracked toward the hole, but eventually moved right at the last second. She left herself a tap in for par, putting the pressure squarely on Hurst's shoulders.
 
Hurst, the 1998 Kraft Nabisco Championship winner, holed her par save to force the first 18-hole playoff since 2003.
 
'I feel really comfortable over the ball,' said Hurst. 'I had a lesson on the Friday before I left for Rochester (site of last week's Wegmans LPGA). I still didn't feel very comfortable last week, but it sure came around this week.'
 
Michelle Wie had a share of the lead until a bogey at the 13th. She finished with a 2-over-par 73 on Sunday and a share of third place with reigning LPGA Champion Se Ri Pak (69) and Stacy Prammanasudh (72). The trio came in at 2-over-par 286.
 
'I still feel like I played awesome,' said Wie. 'It's just a shot here and there. I'm getting closer and closer. It's going to be very soon. I'm right there.'
 
Two-time winner Juli Inkster also had a piece of the lead on Sunday, but three bogeys over her final 10 holes undid her. She carded a 2-over 73 in the final round and took sixth at plus-3.
 
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    Phil eyes Augusta after third straight top-6 finish

    By Will GrayFebruary 18, 2018, 11:54 pm

    LOS ANGELES – For the third straight Sunday, a valiant back-nine charge came up just short for Phil Mickelson.

    Mickelson began the final round of the Genesis Open five shots off the lead, but after a chip-in birdie on No. 12 he got within a shot of Bubba Watson. With the leaders a few holes behind him, he continued to press and his aggressive approaches into Nos. 15 and 16 both led to bogeys that effectively ended his chances to win for the first time since 2013.

    Mickelson’s closing 3-under 68 ultimately left him in a tie for sixth, four shots behind Watson. It comes on the heels of a runner-up finish last week at Pebble Beach and a T-5 finish the week before that in Phoenix, marking the first time since 2007 that Mickelson has strung together three straight top-6 finishes.


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    “My game’s on the upswing,” Mickelson said. “I’m playing well enough to compete week in and week out now, and now it’s just a matter of a shot here or there, the difference between winning and not, as opposed to kind of finding my game. I’m not searching anymore.”

    Mickelson added that he has seen “significant” progress in both putting and driving, two areas of concern he addressed in the offseason. But as the season’s first major continues to draw near, he believes that turning top-10s into a victory is critical to his chances at a fourth green jacket.

    “I think it will be important for me, if I want to go into Augusta with the expectation of winning again, that I win before then,” Mickelson said. “If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. But I think that that would be a big thing for momentum, because you need to perform under the gun, in the clutch, and play well enough to win a tournament before you expect to win a major.”

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    Watson wins at Riviera for third time

    By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 18, 2018, 11:35 pm

    Bubba Watson holed a bunker shot midway through the back nine Sunday on his way to a 2-under 69 and a two-stroke victory in the Genesis Open. Here's the plot lines of Watson's third victory in the PGA Tour's Los Angeles stop:

    Leaderboard: Bubba Watson (-12), Kevin Na (-10), Tony Finau (-10), Scott Stallings (-9), Patrick Cantlay (-9)

    What it means: This is the third time Watson has won at Riviera Country Club, following victories in 2014 and 2016. It's his 10th PGA Tour win and his first since he won at Riviera two years ago. After a shaky, three-bogey, two-birdie front nine, he settled down - helped by his prodigious length - to make three birdies on the back with no dropped shots.


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    Round of the day: Adam Hadwin shot his second consecutive 5-under-par 66. Only a second-round 74 kept him from being squarely in the mix.

    Best of the rest: Jordan Spieth shot a final-round 67 to finish tied for ninth.

    Biggest disappointment: Graeme McDowell was just two shots off the lead after 54 holes, seeking his first win since 2015, but he closed with a 77 and fell 23 spots.

    Shot of the day: Watson's bunker hole-out from 16 yards at the par-3 14th. It gave him a two-stroke cushion over Cantlay.

    Quote of the day: "It means a lot. My goal has always been to get 10 wins." - Bubba Watson

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    Bubba holes birdie from bunker after caddie calls it

    By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 18, 2018, 10:31 pm

    Bubba Watson started the final round of the Genesis Open with the lead, but quickly squandered it with three bogeys on the front nine.

    That didn't crush the two-time tournament champion's (or his caddie's) confidence though, as evidenced by his birdie on the par-3 14th hole, which he made from the greenside bunker.

    Watson regained the final-round lead by finding the bottom of the cup with this splash-out from the sand, a shot his caddie, Ted Scott, apparently called before he hit it:

    Hey, when you caddie for a guy who has two green jackets hanging in the closet at home, sometimes you just know.

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    Watch: Daly makes an ace at the Chubb Classic

    By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 18, 2018, 9:01 pm

    John Daly won't walk from the Chubb Classic with the trophy, but he certainly deserves recogition for his Sunday scorecard, which came complete with a hole-in-one.

    Daly aced the 154-yard par-3 16th on the Talon Course at TwinEagles, when his ball carried the froont bunker and tracked right to the hole.

    Two holes later, Daly signed for a final-round 67 that included four birdies, three bogeys and two eagles, which both in the span of four holes on the back nine.