Sweden Wins Womens World Amateur

By Associated PressOctober 24, 2004, 4:00 pm
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- The Swedish team of Karen Sjodin, Louise Stahle and Sofie Andersson overcame a two-stroke deficit on Saturday to win the Women's World Amateur Team Championship by three over Canada and the United States of America.
Sjodin and Stahle each posted 2-under 70s for the team's final round of 4-under 140 at Rio Mar Country Club. Sweden finished the tournament at 9-under-par 567, which gave them a three-shot win and matched the second-lowest score in history.
'It is a big celebration day for Sweden and our golf program. It couldn't be better,' said Sweden's captain Birgitta Ljung. 'The girls were just so great. They kept their composure. I am so impressed by that.'
Canada, who tried to become the first team to go wire-to-wire since the USA in 1996, could not hold their two-shot lead heading into Saturday's final round. Mary Ann Lapointe (72) and Laura Matthews (73) posted the team's score of 1-over 145, while Lindsay Knowlton only managed a 6-over 78 on Saturday.
Jane Park (71), the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur Champion, Paula Creamer (69) and Sarah Huarte (71) combined to match Sweden as low team of the day with their 4-under-par 140.
Canada held a two-stroke lead, but Sjodin, the 2004 NCAA runner-up from Oklahoma State, got Sweden back into it. She knocked a 4-iron to 3 feet to set up eagle at the third and got her teammates going.
'I hit the ball well,' said Sjodin, who is one of the longest hitters in women's amateur golf. 'That eagle was the key. That's when we took over.'
Both Sjodin and Stahle, the 2004 Ladies British Amateur champion, birdied the fifth to tie them with Canada at 9 under par. Stahle birdied the seventh to give Sweden a lead they never lost.
'They had to do it and they did,' said Canadian captain Jackie Little.
Japan (146), Korea (145) and Chinese Taipei (143) shared fourth place at 3-over-par 579. Colombia (149) took seventh at plus-5, while Spain (145) came in eighth place at 7-over-par 583.
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Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

“I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”

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After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.

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Landry stays hot, leads desert shootout at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 12:35 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Andrew Landry topped the crowded CareerBuilder Challenge leaderboard after another low-scoring day in the sunny Coachella Valley.

Landry shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course to reach 16 under. He opened with a 63 on Thursday at La Quinta Country Club.

Jon Rahm, the first-round leader after a 62 at La Quinta, was a stroke back. He had two early bogeys in a 67 on the Nicklaus layout.

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Jason Kokrak was 14 under after a 67 at Nicklaus. Two-time major champion Zach Johnson was 13 under along with Michael Kim and Martin Piller. Johnson had a 64 at Nicklaus.

Landry, Rahm, Kokrak and Johnson will finish the rotation Saturday at PGA West's Stadium Course, also the site of the final round.

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Mickelson 'displeased' with iron play; 10 back

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:18 am

All of Phil Mickelson’s offseason work on his driver has paid off through two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

His iron play? Not as sharp, and it’s the reason why he heads into the weekend 10 shots off the lead.

“I’ve been pretty pleased, overall, with the way I’ve been driving the ball, and very displeased with the way my iron game has been,” said Mickelson, who shot 68 Friday on PGA West’s Nicklaus course. He has hit only 21 of 36 greens so far this week. “Usually my iron play is a lot better than what it’s been. So I’ll go work on it and hopefully improve each round in this tournament and build a solid foundation for the upcoming West Coast events.

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“I feel like if I continue to drive the ball the way I am, and if I got my iron play back to my normal standard, I should have the results that I’ve been expecting.”

Mickelson, of course, is always bullish this time of year, but he has been able to find 10 of 14 fairways each of the past two rounds, including at narrower La Quinta Country Club, which doesn’t always fit his eye.

“This is actually the best I’ve driven it in a lot of years,” he said.

Currently in a tie for 67th, Mickelson will need a solid round on the more difficult Stadium course Saturday to ensure that he makes the 54-hole cut. He hasn’t missed a cut in his first West Coast event of the new year since 2009.