Kim tops Pettersen Creamer in Mexico

By Associated PressNovember 15, 2010, 4:03 am
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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday for her third LPGA title, closing with an 8-under 64 for a three-stroke stroke victory over Suzann Pettersen.

Kim had a tournament-record 19-under total on the Guadalajara Country Club course and earned $220,000, which she said she’s donating to charities including the Lorena Ochoa Foundation.

“I don’t know how to really take this all in,” Kim said. “But it’s been a great week. I mean, on the golf course, I played very good golf all week. The putts pretty much kept dropping today.”

Kim thanked her parents and people who supported her for making sacrifices to send her to the U.S. when she was 16.

“We weren’t really rich, but it takes a lot of money to send me to the U.S. and go to school and all that. But there is one person who helped my parents, and if he didn’t help my parents, or if he didn’t help me coming to the U.S., I wouldn’t really be here. Everyone needs help. I think that’s why I’m all about that.”

Pettersen shot a 68. The Norwegian star has six second-place finishes and 11 top-5 finishes in 18 starts this season. She’s winless since the 2009 Canadian Women’s Open.

Pettersen had a double bogey on the fourth hole.

“Hit one bad shot and that cost me two shots,” she said. “And she made a birdie on the last. It kind of it felt like I gave her a gap. But other than that, I’m making some great putts coming down the stretch.”

Karine Icher finished third at 15 under, holing out from the fairway on No, 18 for a 68.

Cristie Kerr (66) and U.S. Women’s Open champion Paula Creamer (68) were equal fourth at 14 under, and Ai Miyazato (70) finished at 13 under.

Ochoa, playing her first LPGA event since retiring in April, shot a 74 on her home course, leaving her 19 strokes off the pace in 25th place.

“For sure I wanted to play better, but I think it was important for the week for me to try to enjoy it as much as I could, and that’s what I did,” Ochoa said. “It was the first time to have my husband on the course, and I think we both had a good time. And I want to say `Thank you,’ to the players for being here and making this tournament so special.”

Husband Andres Conesa, the CEO of Aeromexico, caddied for Ochoa.

Kim praised Ochoa after the victory.

“She’s just down to earth,” Kim said. “She is always there. She is not just a great golfer. She has great warm heart. So that’s why she’s my idol. I don’t have many idols. I want you to know that.”

Kim also won the 2008 Longs Drugs Challenge and 2009 LPGA State Farm Classic.

The tour is off the next two weeks. The season-ending LPGA Tour Championship is Dec. 2-5 at Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

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.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

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.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

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

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

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.


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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.

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