(L-R) Natasha Oon of Malaysia; Kelly Tan of Malaysia; Shanshan Feng of China; So Yeon Ryu of South Korea; and Anna Nordqvist of Sweden pose with their pink sunglasses during the Sime Darby LPGA. (courtesy: Getty Images) Getty Images

Feng defends; 15 of top 20 at LPGA Malaysia

By Associated PressOctober 25, 2017, 1:45 pm

Five of the top six and 15 of the top 20 players in the world, including top-ranked So Yeon Ryu and No. 2 Sung Hyun Park, both of South Korea, highlight a stellar field this week at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, which begins play Thursday on the East Course at the TPC Kuala Lumpur.

For four days, 78 players representing 22 nations will vie for title honors and a share of the $1.8 million purse. The winner at the par-71, 6,246-yard course will bank $270,000 and 500 points in the Race to the CME Globe, which are crucial at the end of the LPGA season with four events remaining on the schedule.

Three of the tournaments remaining are on the Asia Swing.

Ryu and Park are dueling for several postseason awards including Rolex Player of the Year, with Ryu ranked first (162 points) and Park third (142). They are also second and third, respectively in the Race to the CME Globe standings, behind American Lexi Thompson, who is not in the field, giving Ryu and Park a chance to close the gap.

"I have so many reasons why I love this tournament," Ryu said. "First of all, we have the wonderful hospitality and we play a really nice golf course and we support cancer research here.

"I just cannot really pick one hole here I like the most because I pretty much love every hole. When I played the pro-am, I made a hole-in-one on No. 7, so maybe I should pick that one as my favorite."

The defending champion is Shanshan Feng of China, who won at TPC Kuala Lumpur last year with rounds of 66-70-64-70 to hold off Suzann Pettersen of Norway by three shots. It was Feng's fifth career win – she now has seven – and her second in Malaysia (also won in 2014). Feng has finished inside the top 15 in six of her seven visits to Malaysia.

Last year, Feng finished in the top 10 in all six starts in Asia with back-to-back wins in Malaysia and Japan, posting a combined score of 87 under par in those six events.

"There are a lot of people speaking Chinese here, so I feel like I'm at home, and a lot of people actually are supporting me," said Feng, the world's sixth-ranked player. "Coming back here reminds me of a lot of good memories, and I love the food. I love the course. Of course, the weather, too, I don't mind. I play well here every year, so I love it."

World No. 5 Anna Nordqvist of Sweden is sure to be a factor this week. She earned wins this year at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in March and at the Evian Championship in September, and she has posted three other top-10 finishes.

Nordqvist believes that Feng is the player to beat because of her previous success on this golf course.

"I played with Shanshan a couple times here – hopefully she will give the rest of us a chance this week," Nordqvist said. "It's a great golf course, a great track, and we couldn't be happier coming back here year after year. It's getting better and better every year; you thought it was in perfect condition and you show up and it looks even better, more flowers. It's just such a great atmosphere."

Nine players in the field have played in all seven previous Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia events: Sandra Gal of Germany; Eun-Hee Ji and Amy Yang of South Korea; American Stacy Lewis; Candie Kung of Taiwan; Azahara Munoz of Spain; Feng, Nordqvist and Pettersen.

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.