Annika Webb Headline in Dubai
The Dubai Ladies Masters, which starts Thursday at the Emirates Golf Club's Majlis course, is the tour's season-ending event.
Sorenstam has won three LPGA titles this year, including the U.S. Women's Open. Karrie Webb and Gwladys Nocera are also in the field of the $629,000 event.
'With Karrie and Gwladys here this week, it will be a tough competition,' Sorenstam said Wednesday. 'But I am hoping to be the one who lifts the trophy on Sunday.'
The 36-year-old Swede, who owns 69 career victories, made some adjustments to her game halfway through the season. Her titles are down this season, after averaging nine a year since 2001
'I was not very happy with some of the mistakes I was making in the middle of tournaments,' she said. 'I went back to Sweden and worked hard on my game, and found that I was over-swinging a bit. So I shortened my swing, and I am pretty pleased with the results after that.'
Sorenstam is vying with Lorena Ochoa of Mexico for the LPGA player of the year and money titles.
Webb said the Bermuda grass on the Majlis course should work to her advantage.
'I have virtually grown up on Bermuda grass back home in Australia and am very comfortable playing on it,' Webb said. 'I think this tournament is going to be decided on the greens, which are a bit grainy.'
The 31-year-old Australian has four wins this year, including the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she eagled the final hole to force her way into a playoff.
Nocera will have to win the tournament and the $94,000 first prize to win the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit. Laura Davies, who is not playing this week, leads Nocera by $80,700.
'It would be great if I can win the Order of Merit, and ahead of Laura, who has been my childhood idol,' Nocera said. 'But I am not even thinking of the title right now.'
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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.
The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.
There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18
Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo
Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.
With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.
Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.
The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.
In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.