Purdue wins womens NCAAs Championship

By Associated PressMay 22, 2010, 3:37 am
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Oklahoma State’s Caroline Hedwall finished her round, yet her lead kept growing. With every hole that passed for Purdue, though, its once-huge team lead dwindled to nearly nothing.

Still, the Boilermakers did enough to claim their first NCAA women’s golf team championship.

Purdue held off Southern California on Friday by one stroke to win the team title while Hedwall shot a 68 to claim a four-stroke victory and the individual crown.

The Boilermakers, who shot a 7-over 295 to finish at 1 over, entered the final round with a 7-stroke lead over the Trojans, overcame a late rash of bogeys and wrapped up the title on the final hole.

“I’m not sure that they ever went ahead,” Purdue coach Devon Brouse said. “It was important that we did maintain the lead. Trust me, I checked that live scoring a lot on the back nine and I never saw them ahead. … It got down to two, then it got down to one, and that’s where it ended.”

Southern Cal, which led after each of the first two rounds, could have forced a playoff at the Country Club of Landfall course after Purdue’s Maude-Aimee LeBlanc left a 20-foot putt short on the 18th and tapped in for bogey.

“I wish I had finished with a birdie, but I guess a bogey was good enough,” a smiling LeBlanc said.

It sure was: The Trojans’ Jennifer Song rolled her 10-foot birdie putt to the right of the cup to clinch the title for the Boilermakers.

Hedwall, a sophomore from Sweden, finished at 12-under 276 to beat Arizona State freshman Jennifer Johnson, who entered the final round with a one-stroke lead but shot a 73. LeBlanc (71) and Auburn’s Cydney Clayton (66) finished at 7 under.

“I don’t think I’ve realized it yet,” Hedwall said of her title.

Before this, the Boilermakers’ previous best finish came in 1997, when they were second to Duke. Either the Blue Devils or a Pac-10 team had won every team championship but one from 1993-2009.

“It’s significant when somebody can dethrone a Pac-10 team, so to speak, because obviously, they’ve been a little bit dominant,” Brouse said.

Alabama, which had never finished higher than ninth in five previous NCAA championship appearances, ended up in third place at 5 over, followed by defending national champion Arizona State (9 over) and Arizona (14 over).

The Sun Devils’ Johnson spent most of the first three rounds leading the individual competition, but Hedwall – a two-time Big 12 player of the year – made her move late in her round.

Starting on the back nine, she went to 11 under with a birdie on the par-5 No. 4. Johnson pulled even with a birdie on No. 10, then fell a stroke back with a bogey on the par-5 12th.

Hedwall pulled away with a birdie on No. 8, and when she finished her round one hole later, she led Johnson by two strokes. Hedwall patiently hung around the 18th green for nearly 2 hours while Johnson finished her round with bogeys on two of her final four holes.

“She had to finish really well to beat me. I didn’t have to wait that long” to know the title was secure, a smiling Hedwall said.

For Hedwall, this was quite the way to leave Stillwater. She said she’s leaving the Cowgirls, plans to play an amateur schedule this summer and will try to qualify for the LPGA Tour.

LSU’s Megan McChrystal shot an NCAA championship-record 64 in the final round, breaking the mark of 65 most recently matched in 1998 by Arizona State’s Grace Park and Duke’s Jenny Chuasiriporn.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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.