Sorenstam Leads Wie Misses Cut

By Associated PressMay 9, 2008, 4:00 pm
2007 Michelob Ultra Open at KingsmillWILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Lorena Ochoa started with a birdie, pulling her even with Annika Sorenstam, the playing partner she replaced as the No. 1 female golfer in the world.
Two holes later, Sorenstam answered. And then again at the par-4 16th, rolling in a birdie putt from about 8 feet away after Ochoa briefly drew even with a tap-in from an inch.
So it went Friday in the Michelob Ultra Open, where sometimes driving rain and two rain delays did little to put a damper on a friendly duel between the games best players.
Sorenstam followed a 64 with a 66, leaving her at 12 under, three better than Ochoa, whose bogey at the last hole gave her 68, and Jeong Jang, who matched Sorenstam with her 66.
Im right there, so Im excited, Ochoa said.
The day wasnt as good for Michelle Wie. Playing in her first tournament in 2 1/2 months, the Stanford freshman followed a 4-over 75 with a 71 and missed the cut by four strokes.
I just feel really rusty, she said after making a birdie on the final hole to finish even on the day. I feel like I just need to play more. I feel like I can get it back.
Twelve strokes off the pace at the start of the day, Wie took a backseat to the pairing that had Ochoa, Sorenstam and defending champion Suzann Pettersen playing together. Several thousand fans were waiting for them either at the 10th tee, where they started, or along the fairway, hoping to see the start of a battle classically reserved for weekends on the tour.
Ochoa, who has won half of the first 10 events so far this season, upped the ante when she rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the first hole, No. 10, celebrating with a fist pump.
But Sorenstam was better, again going bogey-free over the 6,315-yard River Course.
I cant remember the last time that was but, you know, anything can really happen on this course, she said of one of the few courses where she hasnt won. Im just trying to play smart. Im trying to play, you know, conservative at times and aggressive at other times.
And the fans were into it all the way, braving the often difficult conditions.
During their round, one woman shouted Viva Mexico! right before Ochoa backed away from a 5-foot birdie putt, then stepped up and missed it. When Sorenstam hit her 50-yard third shot on the par-4 ninth hole to 3 feet, a man called out Nice shot, Annika. Welcome back.
Sorenstam, a two-time winner this season after a winless and injury-plagued 2007, didnt make a birdie putt of longer than 16 feet all day, but also largely avoided trouble.
Overall, I would say Im so happy with the way Im striking my irons. I feel so good about hitting the target and the spots and the yardages that Im planning, so Im not going out there thinking about that, she said. Im trying to play the best I can.
Ochoa, who admits to watching Sorenstam play and learning from her, said up-and-down par saves at the last two holes highlighted how well her counterpart is hitting the ball.
I was thinking she must practice a lot on the short game, Ochoa said.
Meena Lee shot 68 and was five shots behind Sorenstam, with Jimin Kang (69), Kristy McPherson (68), Meredith Duncan (68), Becky Morgan (69) and Karen Stupples (69) at 6 under.
Jang, who is battling a wrist injury that has caused her to limit her time on the driving range, had two three-putt bogeys and seven birdies, including her last four holes.
I have really good feeling with my putter, she said.
She capped the run by making a 20-footer on the 18th green.
Mhairi McKay, who tied the tournament record with an opening 63, followed with a 77.
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    Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

    Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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    By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

    The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

    They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

    Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

    Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

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