Stanford seals the deal in Alabama

By Associated PressSeptember 14, 2008, 4:00 pm
Bell Micro LPGA ClassicMOBILE, Ala. ' Angela Stanford won the Bell Micro LPGA Classic on Sunday for her second career LPGA Tour title, holing a 3 1/2 -foot par putt on the final hole for a 1-over 73 and a one-stroke victory over Chinas Shanshan Feng.
 
Its been so long, said Stanford, also the 2003 ShopRite LPGA Classic winner.
 
The 30-year-old Texan, four strokes ahead entering the day after consecutive 67s in the second and third rounds, had an 11-under 277 total on the Crossings Course at Magnolia Grove. She earned $210,000.
 
The 19-year-old Feng birdied the 18th for a 68.
 
Kim Hall was third at 8 under after a 69, and Hee Young Park (70), Danielle Downey (70) and Katherine Hull (73) followed at 7 under.
 
Stanford had four birdies, three bogeys and double bogey in the final round.
 
Im more relieved than excited. Im just relieved that I did it again, Stanford said. I honestly believe the second time is harder, because the first time you dont really know whats happening and then you just try to do it again. Ive been trying, and probably too hard.
 
Sanford missed a 3-foot putt for birdie on 17 and a 12-foot birdie try on 18 before make the 3 1/2 -footer for par to claim the title.
 
After the putt, she dropped her putter and turned and hugged caddie Dan Chapman. Fellow players Brittany Lincicome and Kristy McPherson then ran onto the green and showered her with champagne.
 
I didnt get that my first time, Stanford said of the shower. I won (the first time) in my third year and I feel like Im a different person now. I think its with anybody, you kind of grow up. Youve seen a lot of peaks and valleys in five years.
 
Feng had her chances to earn her first career win, lipping out on a putt for eagle on 16. She did eagle the fourth hole, her fourth eagle of the tournament and second on the 448-yard, par-5 hole. She also eagled 16 twice.
 
I was pretty nervous at the last hole because I had a chance to win, but I had to make birdie, said Feng, who shared the first-round lead. I was very happy, but I knew thats what I could do. I did my best. I really want to win, but I know Im still young so Ill have my chances.
 
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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.

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    Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

    By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

    The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

    Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

    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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

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    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.

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