Notes Creamer Nets Solheim Points

By Associated PressJune 12, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 McDonaldHARVE DE GRACE, Md. -- With the LPGA Championship effectively over, Nancy Lopez sat in front of a scoring computer and watched Paula Creamer move up the leaderboard and Natalie Gulbis remain in the top 10.
No one was going to catch Annika Sorenstam, but Creamer picked up valuable Solheim Cup points.
Creamer is 16th in the Solheim standings with 187.5 points. The top 10 players make the team and Lopez gets two picks. Wendy Ward is in 10th place with 254 points.
Lopez is the U.S. captain for this year's match, and while she was duly impressed with Creamer's final round 5-under 67, she is reserving judgment on how the American team will shape up until the final month.
'There's so many things can happen,' Lopez said. 'What they're doing now is great. But I want to see who is hot, hot, hot going into the Solheim Cup.'
Lopez has had dinner with the veteran players of Solheim Cup matches, and she had a separate dinner with the younger generation to get their thoughts on the team and the uniforms.
A dinner with all prospective team members on Wednesday in Rochester, N.Y.
Just days after her 62nd career victory, Annika Sorenstam will be teeing it up at two of the world's highest-rated courses.
Sorenstam received invitations to Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey and Merion Golf Club just outside Philadelphia.
Pine Valley, designed by George Crump, is annually rated as the top course in the nation by golf magazines. There are no female members and women usually play the course on Sunday afternoons.
Sorenstam will be playing there Monday, a day the course is usually closed.
She'll be playing Merion, the site of the U.S. Amateur later this summer, on Tuesday. The Ardmore, Pa., club known for its 'Quarry' hole, hosted its first national championship in 1916. Fourteen-year-old Bobby Jones was in the field. The club also was the site of the 1930 Amateur, the event in which Jones closed out his international career.
Annika Sorenstam won the LPGA Championship going away, but her closing round of 1-over 73 ended her streak of 14 straight rounds in the 60s.
The Swedish star has turned in a score in the 60s in 22 of 30 rounds this season. She still has a chance to reach the tour record for most rounds in the 60s (51) set by Lorena Ochoa a year ago.
Sorenstam has won nine tournaments three times. If she can defend next year, she could add the LPGA Championship to the event she has claimed four times: the Samsung World Championships (1995, '96, '02, '04) and Mizuno Classic (2001, '02, '03, '04). She has won 17 tournaments twice.
Sorenstam is a perfect 4-for-4 when entering the final round with the lead.
Former LPGA Championship winners Laura Davies, Juli Inkster, Karrie Webb had strong finishing rounds.
Davies, who won the championship in 1994 and '96 and needed a win in the major to qualify for the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame, closed with a 1-under 71, good enough for a tie for third.
Davies continued her aggressive play at Bulle Rock, and never second-guessed her plan in pursuit of Sorenstam.
'We just thought that if anything silly happened, we'd be there to pick up the pieces,' she said.
Inkster, who won the McDonald's LPGA title in 1999-00, had a 3-under 69 and settled for a tie for 13th.
'I played good, I just didn't score,' Inkster said. 'I feel good about my game. I've just got to keep it going.'
That said, Inkster will take a week off to be with her family before the U.S. Women's Open.
'It's something I have to do,' she said. 'I've got two kids at home. It helps me.'
Webb, who fulfilled the 10-year tour requirement to get into the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame after the first round, turned in a 5-under 67 and was tied for 20th.
Annika Sorenstam closed out the LPGA Championship with an over-par score for the third straight year. She finished with 72s the last two years the event was held at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del., and shot a 1-over 73 Sunday. ... The LPGA Championship's first year at Bulle Rock Golf Club drew 96,700 people, with the largest crowd of the week on Sunday (29,900). The event generated $1.75 million for the Ronald McDonald House charities.
'I don't think it's all that good if Annika is winning every week because it makes the rest of us look like we can't play - and it's just not true.' - Laura Davies on Annika Sorenstam's third straight victory at the LPGA Championship and sixth win in eight events this season.
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    Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

    By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

    One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

    Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

    "I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

    Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

    "I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

    Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

    "Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

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