Sorenstam to Face 64th Seed Morley in Rd 1

By Associated PressJune 28, 2005, 4:00 pm
GLADSTONE, N.J. -- Annika Sorenstam will face Joanne Morley in the first round of the HSBC Womens World Match Championship on Thursday, and U.S. Womens Open champion Birdie Kim will begin play against Sophie Gustafson.
The pairings were released Tuesday, two days after Kim took the final spot in the 64-player field with her dramatic victory at Cherry Hills. The 23-year-old South Korean holed out from a bunker on the final hole to beat Morgan Pressel by two strokes.
Im very happy to be able to play this week, Kim said. I like match play. Match play is more aggressive than stroke play.
Sorenstam, coming off a 23rd-place tie at Cherry Hills, earned the top seed by leading the money list after the Rochester LPGA on June. 19. The Swedish star has six victories'including major wins in the Nabisco and LPGA Championship'in nine starts this year to push her LPGA Tour total to 62.
Sorenstam was not available to the media Tuesday.
Cristie Kerr, second among the 60 qualifiers from the money list, will face Lindsey Wright in the first round on Hamilton Farms hilly Highlands Course. Third-seeded Lorena Ochoa will play Laurie Rinker, and No. 4 Paula Creamer will face Maria Hjorth.
The 18-year-old Creamer won the Sybase Classic last month at Wykagyl in New Rochelle, N.Y., to become the second-youngest winner in LPGA Tour history. She graduated from high school four days after her victory.
Ive played a lot of match-play events, Creamer said. I love match play. Youre not playing against the golf course anymore, youre playing against your opponent.
After single rounds Thursday and Friday, the third round and quarterfinals will be played Saturday and the semifinals and final are set for Sunday.
You definitely have to be in shape on this golf course, Creamer said. Its really hilly and its hot and humid. ... Its going to be an endurance test'both physically and mentally.
In other first-round matchups, fifth-seeded Natalie Gulbis will play Marisa Baena, Hall of Famer Juli Inkster will open against Sung Ah Yim, Japanese star Ai Miyazato will play Laura Diaz, Hall of Famer Beth Daniel will face Lorie Kane, and Japanese amateur Shinobu Moromizato will open against Emilee Klein.
Miyazato secured a spot last month by topping the Japan LPGA money list, and Moromizato and slumping South Korean star Se Ri Pak received sponsor invitations.
Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry designed the hilly Highlands Course on late financier James Cox Bradys former estate 45 miles west of New York City. The scenic property also includes the 18-hole, par-3 Hickory Course, a 64-room Georgian mansion and a lavish stable complex that houses the U.S. Equestrian Team.
You cant have a great golf tournament without a great course, and we certainly have one here, LPGA Tour commissioner Ty Votaw said.
The winner will receive $500,000 from the $2 million purse.
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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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