Miyazato Lee in Match Play Finals

By Associated PressJuly 22, 2007, 4:00 pm
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Ai Miyazato moved within one match of her first LPGA Tour victory, beating Maria Hjorth 3 and 2 on Sunday in the semifinals of the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship.
 
'It's a beautiful day,' said Miyazato, the 22-year-old Japanese star seeded 12th in the 64-player event. 'I just had fun. It was a great match.'
 
Miyazato, a 14-time champion on the Japanese tour, but winless in 42 career LPGA Tour starts, faced No. 22 Seon Hwa Lee (22) in the afternoon final on the hilly, tree-lined Wykagyl Country Club course.
 
'I need to make birdies,' Miyazato said.
 
Lee beat No. 10 Mi Hyun Kim 2-up in an all-South Korean semifinal.
 
'Ai's a really good player,' Lee said. 'I'm just going to try to enjoy it.'
 
Trying to become the 10th Japanese player to win on the LPGA Tour and the first since Akiko Fukushima in 1999, Miyazato took a 2-up lead with a par on the par-4 11th. After Hjorth cut the lead in half with a birdie on the par-4 12th, Miyazato took the par-4 14th and par-5 16th with pars to close out the tall Swede.
 
Miyazato got off to fast start, winning the par-4 third and fifth with pars to take a 2-up lead. Hjorth won the par-3 seventh with a par.
 
After opening victories over No. 53 Becky Morgan (5 and 4) and No. 21 Sherri Steinhauer (4 and 2), Miyazato beat No. 37 Christina Kim (2 and 1) and No. 61 Amy Hung (1-up) on Saturday to reach the semifinals.
 
The 21-year-old Lee parred the par-4 fifth to pull even with Kim, then moved ahead with a birdie on the par-5 ninth. Lee won the 11th with a par and the 12th with a birdie to take a 3-up lead. After Kim won the par-3 13th and par-5 16th with pars, Lee ended the match with a birdie on the par-5 18th.
 
'I putted really well on the back nine,' Lee said.
 
Lee won the final ShopRite LPGA Classic last year in New Jersey for her lone LPGA Tour title, closing with a 63, and was the rookie of the year. She also won a Futures Tour event two years ago in Albany.
 
The young South Korean reached the quarterfinals with a 3-and-2 victory Saturday over No. 35 Lindsey Wright after beating No. 43 Diana D'Alessio (1-up), No. 54 Janice Moodie (5 and 4) and No. 27 Laura Davies (2 and 1) in the first three rounds.
 
The champion will receive $500,000 from the $2 million purse. The runner-up will get $300,000, third place is worth $200,000 and fourth $150,000.
 
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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.

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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.