Creamer Wie advance at Sybase Match Play
Creamer and Webb had impressive first-round victories Thursday in leading nine of the top 11 seeds into the second round of the $1.5 million event at Hamilton Farm Golf Club.
Their wins only led to questions about how the world's No. 8 and 10 players are being forced to play this early instead of a later round.
The answer is that the seedings are based on last year's earnings on the LPGA, so forget that Webb has won twice this year and Creamer is the defending U.S. Open champion.
'We shouldn't be meeting for another couple of rounds,' said Webb, who was 5 under in her 3-and-2 win over fellow Australian Sarah Kemp. 'But they did it the way they did it and it's still going to be a great match.'
Creamer, who won six of the first 10 holes in steamrolling Aree Song of South Korea, 5 and 4, expects a fun match, especially against someone she considers a mentor.
'She challenges me,' the 24-year-old Creamer said of the 36-year-old Hall of Famer she refers to as 'Webbie.' 'She gives me grief, talks about my pink balls, stuff like that. Those are the people that I really like to be around, that can take it, but they also give it pretty well.'
The Creamer-Kerr meeting in the second round isn't the only star attraction.
Michelle Wie will be facing former U.S. Open champion Anna Nordqvist of Sweden. Wie only was 1-up through 12 before posting a 4-and-3 win over Beatriz Recari of Spain. Nordqvist won by the same margin over Haeji Kang of South Korea.
'It was a bit of a struggle for me personally,' said Wie, who won the final three holes - the last two on bogeys by Recari.
After almost three straight days of rain that saturated an already wet course, the sun occasionally accompanied players on a day that form held.
Top-seeded Na Yeon Choi of South Korea led the way with a 3-and-2 win over Catriona Matthew of Scotland.
The only major upset was second-seeded Jiyai Shin. The world's No. 3 ranked player was beaten by fellow South Korean Meena Lee, 2-up.
Suzann Pettersen of Norway, the world's No. 3 ranked player and the No. 5 seed in the tournament, needed to win three of the final four holes to beat Natalie Gulbis. Pettersen was conceded a birdie on No. 18 after sticking an approach shot on the par 5 from 50 yards. Gulbis, who played on a sponsor's exemption, missed a 12-footer to extend the match.
'It was a good, solid round, a good match,' said Pettersen, who was 4 under for her round. 'I played great. I made a lot of birdies so I am happy to get it done.'
Reigning LPGA champion Cristie Kerr, the No. 3 seed, won four of the first five holes in beating fellow American Amanda Blumenherst, 3 and 2.
Kerr, who changed her irons and putter before the round because she wasn't satisfied the way she was hitting them, will face Spanish rookie Belen Mozo, who defeated close friend Azahara Munoz with a birdie on the 21st hole.
'Why play something that feels worse,' Kerr said about the change. 'It's a hard enough game.'
World No. 1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan birdied the 15th and won the 16th with a par to beat Marcy Hart, 3 and 2.
'To shoot 2 under is pretty good, but the match I needed to stay very patient, and she missed some putts on the back nine,' Tseng said. 'That's how it is. It was pretty tough.'
No. 6 seed Ai Miyazato of Japan rallied from 2 down with five holes to play and defeated Hee Young Park with a 23-foot birdie on the 21st hole. Miyazato birdied the 18th hole to extend the match.
'The hardest match I ever had,' Miyazato said. 'If we played one more hole my energy would be gone.'
Defending champion Sun Young Yoo of South Korea had to go 21 holes to beat Grace Park, a South Korean who lives in Arizona. Angela Stanford, last year's runner-up, got off to a good start with a 4-and-2 win over Candie Kung.
Maria Hjorth, who won the Avnet LPGA Classic a little more than two weeks ago in Alabama, was surprised by Seon Hwa Lee of South Korea, 3 and 2.
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