Annikas Team In Need of Big Rally
After sweeping the opening alternate-shot session Friday at The Vines Resort and Country Club course, Asia took 3 1/2 of six points in best-ball play to take the big lead into the 11 singles matches Sunday.
'Everybody is excited,' Pak said. 'Basically, we have had a good two days and we feel great about our chances to retain the cup.'
The singles matches were reduced from 12 to 11 after Norwegian star Suzann Pettersen was forced to withdraw during the round after aggravating a back injury. Asia captain Pak, bothered by shoulder pain throughout the weekend, also will sit out Sunday, with Pak and International captain Sorenstam agreeing to halve the match.
'I had a secret meeting with Se Ri and she showed a lot of class and decided to tie that match,' Sorenstam said.
With Pak out of the lineup, Sorenstam will face Candie Kung in the opening match.
'My shoulder is hurting and this is the understanding that we came to,' Pak said. 'It's not going to be easy to not be playing with my team for the first time ever. I'm just going to be out there to support them.'
With the halved singles match leaving the score 10-3, Asia needs only two points Sunday to retain the cup and the International team needs 9 1/2 to win.
'We are going to come out firing. We have nothing to lose,' Morgan Pressel said. 'Hopefully, we can get a lot of birdies.'
Asia is trying to successfully defend its title after beating the International team 12 1/2 -11 1/2 last year at Tanah Merah in Singapore. The International team won the inaugural matches 16-8 in 2005, also at Tanah Merah.
Natalie Gulbis played the final seven holes alone after partner Pettersen withdrew. The American pulled within one of Jee Young Lee and Seon Hwa Lee with a birdie on 15 before finally falling when the South Koreans birdied the 18th for a 2-up decision.
'I was thinking, 'I've got the chance to make history here. One international player against two Team Asia players,'' Gulbis said, joking.
'No, I was worrying about Suzann. Suzann is a really, really tough player, and she had been in pain all day from yesterday's driving range session.
'I was just supporting her and encouraging her to take care of herself. But for a player like Suzann to withdraw due to pain, you know something is going wrong. I just wanted to play well for Suzann, for my team, for Annika.'
Sorenstam was amazed when told that Gulbis rallied to extend the match to 18.
'Wow! I didn't know that,' Sorenstam said.
The victory was the Lees' second straight over the International duo.
Amy Hung and Ji Yai Shin also topped their International opponents for the second consecutive round, beating Brittany Lincicome and Maria Hjorth 2 and 1.
Angela Park and Nikki Campbell gave the International team its first point, beating Jeong Jang and Shi Hyun Ahn 3 and 2 in the opening match.
'Angela played very well, so I just came along for the ride,' said Campbell, the lone Australian in the International lineup.
Cristie Kerr and Nicole Castrale also earned a full point for the International side with a 3-and-2 victory over Sarah Lee and Meena Lee.
'I didn't have my game in the best of sorts today, but that's what best ball is all about,' said Kerr, the U.S. Women's Open winner. 'Nicole carried me for a bit and I helped out on a couple of holes. She played terrifically.'
Pressel and Stacy Prammanasudh halved with Kung and Ayako Uehara.
'It was a very tough match and it was very exciting,' Uehara said.
Kung made a par putt on 18 to match Pressel and Prammanasudh.
'I was just thinking about making the putt,' Kung said. 'Ayako had been making a lot of putts today, so I thought I would do something for the girls and I did it.'
Sorenstam wasn't about to concede defeat.
'We have to play very hard, obviously,' the Swedish star said. 'It's going to be quite the comeback, but I can see it and we're going to do it.'
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Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.
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