Hjorth captures Avnet Thompson tumbles

By Associated PressMay 2, 2011, 3:36 am
Avnet LPGA Classic

MOBILE, Alabama –Maria Hjorth took advantage of Alexis Thompson's collapse in a failed bid to become the youngest LPGA winner, rallying Sunday to win the Avnet LPGA Classic for her fifth tour title.

Hjorth shot her second straight 5-under 67 to finish at 10-under 278, two strokes ahead of Song-Hee Kim (71) on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Magnolia Grove complex.

The 16-year-old Thompson, tied for the lead with Kim entering the round, had a 78 to drop into a tie for 19th at 1 under. Thompson opened and closed with bogeys and had double bogeys after her ball went into the water on Nos. 14 and 15.

Na Yeon Choi (69) and Suzann Pettersen (70) finished three strokes back.

Thompson waved in acknowledgment of the gallery's loud applause heading to the final hole, but walked off with an anguished expression on her face. Her bid for history had taken a sour turn, but she said nerves weren't to blame.

'I just didn't hit it very solid,' the Coral Springs, Fla., resident said. 'My driver wasn't that bad but my irons weren't good. I just wasn't trusting anything. I don't know why, because I wasn't even that nervous surprisingly.

'It definitely was (a learning experience). I'm only 16, so I'm just learning every tournament.'

The veteran Hjorth's husband Shaun McBride – who normally caddies on the PGA Tour – handled her bag. She had four birdies of her six birdies on holes Nos. 3-7 to quickly move into the lead. Hjorth also won the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship in 2010, and on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail event a few hours north in Prattville in 2007.

'I knew I just had to be patient,' Hjorth said. 'Obviously my goal going in I was trying to get double digits (under par), which is pretty hard to do. I didn't think it was going to be enough for a win, but obviously it was.'

The Swede pocketed $195,000 for the victory.

She watched as Kim's approach shot on No. 18 went into the bunker, sealing the win. Kim had an eagle on the par-15 16th hole to move to 8 under.

'I knew she was 10 under through like 14 but I didn't look at the scoreboard after I had an eagle,' Kim said. 'I was just kind of playing my game.'

It made for a slightly delayed celebration for Hjorth because, as she said, 'Miracles happen.'

'She could have holed out her shot,' Hjorth said. 'It wasn't until she hit her second shot that I knew I was going to win the tournament.'

Thompson, meanwhile, should have more chances to become the LPGA's youngest winner.

She still has nearly two years to top Marlene Hagge, who was 18 years, 14 days when she won the 18-hole Sarasota Open. Hagge won two 18-hole events at 18. Paula Creamer is the youngest winner of a multi-round event, winning the 2005 Sybase Classic at 18 years, 9 months, 17 days.

Hjorth's advice for Thompson: Focus on the three strong days not the one rough one.

'I just hope that she learns things from it,' Hjorth said. 'That's the important thing. She's going to be a great player and have a lot of wins and a lot of success.'

Thompson promptly lost her share of the lead on the first hole. Her approach shot landed downhill in the rough to the left of the green to set up a bogey, and she had another one two holes later.

Any hopes of a comeback effectively ended on holes No. 13 and 14, when she had to take drops.

First she pushed a short birdie putt to the right and then her tee shot failed to clear the water.

Thompson clasped hands over her head in frustration after watching the ball plunk into the water again on her approach shot on the next hole.

Pettersen had birdies on Nos. 14 and 15 and just missed a third on the next hole – a par 5 – when her putt lipped out, leaving her needing Hjorth to falter.

'It's killed me in the past, 16,' Pettersen said. 'It's such an obvious birdie hole when you hit it in the fairway. Par just feels like a bogey on that hole.'

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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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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.