Lewis holds off Lexi's charge to win

By Associated PressApril 29, 2012, 10:30 pm

MOBILE, Ala. – Stacy Lewis sweated out a win that came down to the last pressurized putt in a day full of them.

Lexi Thompson, meanwhile, was at her poised best – not her worst – on a Sunday in Mobile.

Lewis outlasted the rising teenager to win the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic by one stroke for her second LPGA Tour title in a round that supplied a measure of vindication for both.

Lewis, five strokes ahead early in the day, reclaimed the edge with a birdie on No. 16, while the 17-year-old Thompson parred the final hole and had to wait.

Lewis parred out. Her week was so solid that her finishing 3-under 69 was her worst round en route to a 17-under 271 total on The Crossings Course at Magnolia Grove, part of the Robert Trent Jones Trail. The former Arkansas star also won the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

''I'm getting more comfortable in this situation,'' said Lewis, who earned $187,500. ''I think that's a lot of it, and it's definitely been coming. I lost in a playoff in Australia, so I knew I was due.''

She has five top 10s in eight events this year, including a tie for second in the Women's Australian Open.

Thompson made her earn it, and found redemption from her final-round fall in Mobile a year ago. She didn't flinch under the pressure given a second shot, closing with rounds of 66 and 65, tying her career low in a bogey-free round.

''l wouldn't take last year's Sunday round back for anything, because I learned so much from that,'' said Thompson, whose closing 78 last season dropped her from a share of the lead to 19th. ''I knew what not to do and how to prepare for it. It was a really big learning experience for me.''

Thompson said she didn't check out the scores coming onto No. 18. ''I looked away,'' she said.

Here's what she missed: Lewis secured the win with a two-putt par from the edge of the green, which she said was pretty standard for the 402-yard par 5.

''I knew it was going to be a hard two-putt no matter where I hit it,'' she said. ''

Karine Icher of France closed with a 68 to finish third, two strokes back.

It ended up as a duel of two young Americans, though.

Thompson signaled that this one would be different from 2011 with a long chip-in for birdie on the par-3 second hole.

''That got me going a little bit, but just positive thoughts the whole day,'' she said.

Thompson was seeking her second straight Alabama win after becoming the youngest LPGA Tour winner in September at the Navistar LPGA Classic. She got her tour card a few weeks later.

Thompson signed autographs, while Lewis strolled toward the green and said she didn't ''see any of her 18th hole. I just saw that she had a tap-in to win.''

She exorcised one demon by making her second straight birdie on No. 14, where she made a double bogey a year earlier after her ball went into the water.

''I wasn't going to make that mistake again,'' Thompson said.

Lewis raised both arms after sinking her short clinching putt, more relieved than exuberant in the moment.

''It was just a really stressful day,'' she said. ''I'm glad I didn't have to play in a playoff, because I was exhausted. It was just total relief.''

Lewis spent her teen years in a back brace with scoliosis, then had surgery that corrected her spine with five screws and a steel rod.

She birdied Nos. 15, 16 and 17 each of the past two days, when she was a combined 9 under on the back nine.

Her approach shot on No. 15 hooked left and rolled downhill into the water. She took a drop and two-putted for bogey to lose the outright lead, but got the stroke back on the next hole.

''Probably the shot of the week for me was my chip shot on 16,'' Lewis said. ''You could probably put 10 balls there and maybe get four or five of them up and down. To hit the shot I did under the pressure was huge.''

Lewis birdied the first two holes to open a five-stroke lead over five players bunched at 11 under. She had nothing but pars and one bogey on those holes through three days.

Se Ri Pak had the previous low score in the tournament's first three years at 13 under in 2010.

Five players finished just one stroke off that pace: Azahara Munoz, U.S. Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu, Karrie Webb, Sun Young Yoo and Brittany Lincicome. Ryu moved to 13 under before a triple bogey on No. 15.

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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

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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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