Tseng tops Pettersen to win Kraft Nabisco

By Associated PressApril 5, 2010, 2:07 am

2007 Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipRANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – The only time all day that Yani Tseng wasn’t in control was when she took the traditional leap into the water at the 18th green after winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

With her mother, caddie and several friends also taking the plunge Sunday, Tseng jumped as far into the pond as she could, then remembered that she can’t swim.

“I told my caddie, ‘I don’t know how to swim, can you help me to get on the top?’ It was a little scary,” she said.

Everything else about Tseng’s day had her smiling. She eagled the second hole and pulled ahead of a star-studded field with a 4-under 68 for her second major title.


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Tseng, from Taiwan, finished at 13-under 275 at Mission Hills to hold off Suzann Pettersen by a stroke. Two of Tseng’s three LPGA victories have been majors – she won the 2008 LPGA Championship as a rookie, beating Maria Hjorth in a four-hole playoff.

During her news conference, while still bundled in a white robe after her plunge, a strong earthquake south of the U.S.-Mexico border rattled the Coachella Valley.

Tseng reached up to steady her trophy, which was on a pedestal behind her.

“We have a lot in Taiwan, but this was big,” she said. “I like it. Cool. It’s like my big week. I hope nobody gets hurt.”

Tseng started the day tied with Pettersen (69), one stroke behind Karen Stupples. Tseng took control of the tournament by chipping in for eagle on the 521-yard, par-5 second, then getting a birdie on the par-4 No. 3 that put her at 12 under.

“I had an eagle on the second hole, and I know today is going to be my day. I just kept telling myself, ‘Commit to the shot and keep my tempo right, and just keep smiling all 18 holes,’ ” she said.

On No. 2, Tseng pushed a 3 wood onto the fringe, then chipped in.

“I just wanted to get close to the pine, and I chipped and I don’t know if it’s good, and then three feet before the hole, I know it’s going to make it,” she said.

“Yani got off to a flying start,” said Pettersen, who won the 2007 LPGA Championship. “She played great today and she deserved to win.”

Pettersen’s eagle chip on 18 stopped just a few inches from the hole, and Tseng tapped in for par on the final hole to win the tournament.

“Geez that was a big chip,” Tseng said. “I was scared to look. I’m happy that missed, because you know, that was for eagle, and I have to make that putt for win.”

Tseng two-putted for the win, then jumped into the water.

Tseng played even par on the back nine, yet no could catch her.

Pettersen had several chances to reel in her friend on the back nine with birdie chances on Nos. 13 through 16. The only birdie putt that fell in the stretch was at 16, leaving her two shots behind Tseng.

“I mean, one of those drops, of course there’s a little different pressure on Yani playing those last four or five holes,” Pettersen said. “I gave myself a lot of good chances, and it wasn’t really that I hit a lot of bad putts. The one on 15 we probably misread a little bit, but the other ones were as close as you can possibly get them, and then it finally dropped on 16.”

Said Tseng: “Otherwise she would be on top with me. And the back nine is always tough. That’s big pressure in a major. So I really just told myself, ‘Don’t look at her, just however she’s playing, I’m just doing my job, and then hit it on the green and play safe.’ Actually on the back nine, I didn’t be aggressive.”

It was another agonizingly close finish for Pettersen in this tournament. She tied for second in 2007 and ’08, and tied for fifth last year.

“Yeah, just collect them up,” Pettersen said. “It’s starting to feel like it owes me one very soon.”

Song-Hee Kim (70) was third at 9 under, top-ranked Lorena Ochoa (73) followed at 6 under, and Stupples (78) tied for fifth at 4 under with Jiyai Shin (71), Cristie Kerr (72) and Karrie Webb (73). Michelle Wie (78) tied for 27th at 3 over.

Stupples, the 2004 Women’s British Open champion, had three double bogeys.

She took a double-bogey 6 on No. 6 after hitting her approach shot into the water in front of the green, dropping her four back. She also had a double-bogey 6 on No. 15, and her third double bogey came on No. 18 after she hit her drive into the water.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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.