No Scoring Title For Annika
But that won't be enough for her to win another Vare Trophy.
The LPGA Tour requires at least 70 rounds to be eligible for the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average. Srenstam, who hasn't missed a cut and has finished out of the top 10 only twice, has played only 53 rounds with three tournaments left on her schedule.
Even if she were to add a tournament, she could not reach 70 rounds.
'I cannot tell you how mad that makes me,' Srenstam said in an interview last week. 'I'm not going to get the trophy and I'm leading by almost a shot.'
Srenstam is at 69.19, while Se Ri Pak is a distant second at 70.0.
It would have been her sixth Vare Trophy, one short of the record held by Kathy Whitworth.
Srenstam is playing five fewer events than last year, some of that because of scheduling. Some tournaments were moved around -- Takefuji went from February in Hawaii to April in Las Vegas -- and Srenstam also had to prepare herself for the Bank of America Colonial, which gave the LPGA more publicity than ever.
'I feel like I've done so much, and now I'm not going to win one of the awards that means the most to me,' Srenstam said.
Srenstam has talked with LPGA Tour commissioner Ty Votaw, but the rules can't change for one person.
Still, it might be time to adjust the minimum requirement for the Vare Trophy, especially since the LPGA Tour has done away with its Florida swing and doesn't start the season until mid-March.
It also has several three-round tournaments. Srenstam has played seven of them this year.
The PGA of America requires only 60 rounds on the PGA Tour to be eligible for the Vardon Trophy.
Srenstam believes 15 events should be enough to qualify for the scoring title.
'To be in the Hall of Fame, I had to play 15 events,' Srenstam said. 'But that's still not good enough for the Vare Trophy.'
Pak already has played 79 rounds and would win her first Vare Trophy if she hangs on. It also would leave Pak, 26, just one point shy of the Hall of Fame. Because of the 10-year requirement, she wouldn't be eligible until 2007.
BUBBLE UPDATE: Robert Allenby was going through his schedule for the remainder of the year when he left Atlanta three weeks ago, saying he hoped he would be in Houston for the Tour Championship.
He was on the bubble for the top 30, but not anymore.
Allenby tied for ninth at the Las Vegas Invitational and was fourth at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, moving him to 20th on the money list and assuring him a tee time at Champions Golf Club.
Other big moves last week:
- K.J. Choi went from 31st to 26th with a tie for fifth.
- Shigeki Maruyama brought the Tour Championship into view by winning, moving from 76th to 35th.
- Matt Gogel secured his card for next year by finishing third, going from 105th to 76th, while Jeff Brehaut did the same with a tie for fifth. He went from No. 122 to No. 97.
- Jesper Parnevik shot 65 on Sunday and tied for 22nd, moving him from 126th to 121st. Parnevik's lowest round of the year came after a heated split with caddie Lance Ten Broeck. He used an acquaintance -- who happens to be a Tibetan monk -- as his caddie in the final round.
SHIGEKI'S PAIN: Even more amazing than winning on the PGA Tour three years in a row is the pain Shigeki Maruyama has to endure.
It started in 1994 with a practice session that would have made Vijay Singh proud.
'When I started hitting the ball in the driving range, I was not going to stop until dawn,' Maruyama said. 'I practiced every day.'
That led to neck and shoulder injuries that have cost him some distance off the tee, and required more cortisone shots than he can remember.
Maruyama considered surgery earlier this year, but said doctors would have had to cut around the front part of his neck and he would not have been able to play for two years.
He overcame that last week by winning at Greensboro, joining Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and Justin Leonard as the only players who have won each of the last three years.
Maruyama says he takes a hot shower for 40 minutes every morning, and puts ice on his neck and shoulder up to four times each night.
DIVOTS: The Players Championship contributed a record $2 million to more than 70 charities in northeast Florida. Since the tournament moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977, it has contributed more than $17 million to charities. ... Scott Hoch withdrew from the Funai Classic at Walt Disney World Resort because of an ongoing hand injury, ending his streak of 24 straight appearances. Instead of calling, Hoch drove to the tournament office to withdraw. ... The final round of the World Match Play Championship caused split loyalties for Belgian sports psychologist Jos Vanstiphout, whose top two clients are Ernie Els and Thomas Bjorn. With $1.6 million going to the winner, Bjorn had a good idea where to find him. 'I'm sure he's sitting home somewhere counting (money),' he said.
STAT OF THE WEEK: Shigeki Maruyama's 22-under 266 was the 16th time this year that the winning score was 20 under or better. Last year, that happened only nine times.
FINAL WORD: ``Last time I looked we're selling tickets at the door, just like the Cubs and the NHL and the movie theaters. This is entertainment.' - Peter Jacobsen.
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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
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.
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.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18