Annikas Team Blanked on Day 1
'I thought we had some great pairings. Everyone was excited to be here and play here. It just didn't turn out,' said Sorenstam, the International captain. 'We will play better, leave this day behind. We have two more days and 24 more points. I think that's a positive, and we'll focus on that, and put today in the past.'
The teams will play six best-ball matches Saturday at The Vines and the competition will end Sunday with 12 singles matches. In the first events at Tanah Merah in Singapore, the International team won 16-8 in 2005 and Asia won 12 1/2 -11 1/2 in 2006.
'I didn't say anything much,' Asia captain Se Ri Pak said. 'I just tell them to go out and do their best. That's about all we can do about that. Team International is really tough competitors, it's not easy to just go out and play against them. We'll go out there today, do a little work, and come back ready for tomorrow.'
Amy Hung and Ji Yai Shin beat Brittany Lincicome and Maria Hjorth 4 and 2 in the most-lopsided match of the day, while Jee Young Lee and Seon Hwa Lee topped Suzann Pettersen and Natalie Gulbis 3 and 2.
'It hurts! It stings! It definitely stings for us,' Gulbis said. 'We felt like the girls went out there and really gave it their best work, so I think we'll think a little about what happened out and come out there tomorrow and show what we've got.'
Pak teamed with In-Kyung Kim to beat Morgan Pressel and Stacy Prammanasudh 2 and 1. Pak is playing with a shoulder injury.
'Actually, it was a little painful,' Pak said. 'I thought it was doing great and stuff in the morning, and on 15, I actually felt that something was going on. Overall, I mean, the results today make it feel a little better.'
In the other matches, Jeong Jang and Shi Hyun Ahn beat Angela Park and Nikki Campbell -- the lone Australian in the International lineup -- 2 and 1, and Sarah Lee and Meena Lee edged Cristie Kerr and Nicole Castrale 1-up.
Kung improved her Lexus Cup record to 5-1-1, tying Sorenstam -- also 5-1-1 -- as the career points leader with 5 1/2 .
'It just happened that we were able to save each other,' Kung said. 'If she hit a bad shot, I played a good one and back and forth. We got a little bit lucky to beat them 3 and 2, but we just went out there and had fun.
Sorenstam was asked if the flies broke her concentration.
'The flies did not bother me. I don't think they bothered the rest of the team,' she said. 'We've been out there a few days this week, so we shouldn't be bothered by them. I'll blame today on the flies.'
Sorenstam also was asked about the numerous birds and kangaroos on the course.
'Yes, we're enjoying the wildlife,' Sorenstam said. 'If tomorrow goes wrong, I'll blame it on the birds.'
Seon Hwa Lee, the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship winner, improved to 4-0-0 in Lexus Cup play.
'I really enjoyed last year and I think I just really like match play and the team play,' the South Korean player said.
Both captains are sticking with the same pairings for the best-best session.
'It's not broken,' Pak said. 'We'll come out and try for the same results again tomorrow.'
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PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes
The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:
The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.
We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.
Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open
JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.
The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.
Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.
''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''
Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).
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Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open
Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.
Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.
Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.
The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.