Shin comes from behind to win HSBC Champions

By Associated PressMarch 8, 2009, 4:00 pm
LPGA Tour _newSINGAPORE ' Jiyai Shin won the HSBC Womens Champions on Sunday for her fourth LPGA title in eight months, shooting her second straight 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over Australias Katherine Hull.
 
The 20-year-old Shin, five strokes behind Hull at the start of the round and four back with nine holes to play, had an 11-under 277 total at Tanah Merah and earned $300,000 for her first victory as a member of the LPGA.
 
Im very surprised and very happy, said Shin, the Womens British Open winner last August at Sunningdale. Im thinking, I had chance for top 10, not for win.
 
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Called the Final-Round Queen in South Korea, Shin birdied the first four holes 'opening with 9- and 12-foot putts, chipping in from 45 feet on No. 3 and adding a 15-footer ' to put herself in position to take advantage of Hulls back-nine meltdown.
 
I think she feels more pressure, Shin said. She start as the leader and I start tied for sixth. She starts leader and she looks at the score, she gets more, I think, big pressure.
 
Hull finished with a 74. She bogeyed the 10th, dropped two more strokes after driving well left into a flower bed on the par-5 13th, then bogeyed the par-3 14th to fall a stroke behind.
 
I made a really bad choice on 13, said Hull, the Australian Ladies Masters winner last month. I broke my game plan, so I got what I deserved, I guess, and learnt the hard way. It will make me stronger, I think, and hopefully work harder.
 
On 13, she ended up with an unplayable lie in the flower bed, used a 7-wood to chip out, hit a wedge to 25 feet and two-putted for a 7.
 
I decided at the start of the week to hit 3-wood of that tee and I did hit driver the other day with the wind, Hull said. I figured there was enough wind today, but I made the wrong choice. I should have hit the 3-wood, but I was too greedy and over confident and thats unfortunately golf. I cant blame anyone but myself.
 
Hulls bogey on the par-4 10th and Shins birdie on the par-3 11th ' a 6-iron to 9 feet ' cut the Australians advantage to two strokes. Hull gave that away with the double bogey on 13, and fell behind on 14. Shin pushed her advantage to two strokes with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-5 15th, and closed with three pars.
 
I am disappointed that I didnt win, but Jiyai played well today, Hull said. Well deserved, so full credit to her.
 
Shin had 12 birdies in her bogey-free 66s after opening with rounds of 72 and 73.
 
Nothing changed. Just changed the score, Shin said. I just make birdie. I think yesterday and today I am no bogeys, so that makes it more easy to make low score. First round, second round, yeah, make birdie, but too much mistakes.
 
Last year, Shin, ranked fifth in the world, followed her major win at Sunningdale with late-season LPGA victories in the Mizuno Classic and ADT Championship. She also won seven times on the Korea LPGA and once on the Japanese tour.
 
This year, my first goal is to win rookie of the year, Shin said. So, I think, this tournament, I moved more closer little bit. Then I want to defend my titles.
 
Hull, the former Pepperdine star who won the Canadian Womens Open last summer for her lone LPGA title, birdied 17 and closed with a bogey.
 
The tall Australian lost her temper with her caddie, angered in part that he didnt stop her from hitting driver on 13.
 
I was a bit frustrated that he didnt pull me off it, but ultimately thats my fault, Hull said. I had to take it out on someone and unfortunately he got it.
 
Angela Park (68), Paula Creamer (70) and SBS Open winner Angela Stanford (73) tied for third at 8 under.
 
I was right in the hunt, said Creamer, also third last week in Thailand. But Jiyai really played awesome.
 
Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, the 2008 champion coming off her 25th LPGA victory last week in Thailand, shot a 70 to tie for sixth at 7 under.
 
I didnt make as many putts as I made last year, Ochoa said. On the greens, I couldnt get the speed right.
 
Jane Park (73) and Sun Young Yoo (73) also finished 7 under.
 
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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.


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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.


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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.


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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.