Pak wins playoff at shortened Bell Micro LPGA

By Associated PressMay 17, 2010, 2:03 am

LPGA Tour _newMOBILE, Ala. – Se Ri Pak ended a three-year victory drought with a birdie on the third playoff hole to beat Brittany Lincicome on Sunday in the rain-shortened – and delayed – Bell Micro LPGA Classic.

Pak, the Hall of Famer from Korea, used a nice bunker shot to set up the putt that sealed her 25th career win and first since she won the Owens Corning Classic in 2007. Pak hit within 10 feet below the hole on a fairway bunker shot from about 170 yards to give herself a birdie chance while Lincicome saved par with a long downhill putt.

“I’ve been here so many times, but I think I’ve been having a hard time the last couple of years,” Pak said. “I’m trying to get myself to better momentum. I work really hard every single day, every single moment, every single tournament.

“I knew this day was going to come. All I could do is be patient and work hard.”

Suzann Pettersen also made the playoff, but bogeyed the second hole on the par-4, 402-yard 18th and headed to the clubhouse at the Crossings Course at Magnolia Grove on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

Pak, Lincicome and Pettersen were tied when they teed off together in the morning. An hour into their round of the two-tee start, the leaderboard had been shuffled and the threat of lightning sent the golfers scurrying off the course and into the clubhouse for a 5 1/2 -hour wait.

Se Ri Pak kisses Bell Micro Championship trophyAll three wore purple ribbons on their caps honoring Erica Blasberg, a six-year LPGA veteran who died a week earlier at her home in suburban Las Vegas. Police have not said whether foul play was involved, and the coroner said it could take four to six weeks to determine a cause of death.

Pak, who also wore a pink wristband with Blasberg’s initials sandwiching a heart, is unbeaten in six career playoffs. She also won the Tournament of Champions on the Crossings Course in 2001 and 2002.

Lincicome made her earn No. 6, though. She sank a 30-foot putt after overshooting a bunker shot to force Pak to make her own shorter putt.

“I knew the sand in the bunker was really, really fluffy so thought I would kind of go down a little bit after it,” said the 24-year-old from St. Petersburg, Fla. “I tried to pick it a little bit and obviously I caught it a little bit clean. Then I hit one of the best putts I’ve ever hit.

“It was nice to be in that position and not miss it and make a bogey and just kind of give it to her. It felt kind of good to at least make her make that birdie.”

The sodden course had received about 4 inches of rain overnight and it was still drizzling throughout the playoff holes. LPGA officials went to the playoff on No. 18 and a 54-hole format with more bad weather forecast for Monday.

“I asked the rules official, ‘How many times has somebody ever played the same hole before?”’ Lincicome said. “She was like, ‘Please, let’s not go there.'”

Lincicome held a one-stroke lead over Pettersen going into the delay after a birdie on No. 3. She spent much of the down time playing cards with her niece and nephew and loading up on the Southern staple sweet tea.

Several players were threatening to catch the lead group on the leaderboard when play stopped. Lee was 1-under through four holes to tie Pak for third place two strokes back. The biggest mover was Angela Stanford, who pushed to 11-under with three birdies in four holes.

Stanford won the event in 2008; it wasn’t held last year while the course was being renovated.

The three playoff contenders had combined for seven pars, one bogey (Lincicome) and one birdie (Pak) on 18.

All three parred the hole on the first playoff, and Pak and Lincicome did it again the next time.

Pettersen barely got her third shot onto the green on the second playoff to set up a bogey. She has two seconds and two third-place finishes in six events this season.

Pettersen made a hasty exit and did not talk to reporters. She was projected to supplant Jiyai Shin at No. 1 in the rankings with a win.

Shin, Chella Choi and Amy Yang stuck around to cheer on their fellow Korean, clasping champagne bottles in hopes of a celebration.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that before where we celebrated together,” Pak said. “That really makes it special.”

Shin (3 under) finished in a tie for 26th while three-time winner Ai Miyazato (even par) was among the players at No. 49. Michelle Wie (5 over) was last among the 73 players who made the cut.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.