Weather Woes Continue for LPGA

By Associated PressSeptember 8, 2007, 4:00 pm
LPGA NW Arkansas ChampionshipROGERS, Ark. -- At one point, the 18th fairway was flooded -- and large puddles were all over the course at Pinnacle Country Club.
Rain again stopped play at the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship on Saturday -- with several golfers still trying to finish the first round of the 54-hole event. Tournament officials are reviewing contingency plans while players await word of what lies ahead.
'We're going to have a couple more long days ahead of us,' Natalie Gulbis said. 'This is just part of our job and what we do, and you just kind of take it as it is and see what happens next.'
NCAA champion Stacy Lewis was atop the leaderboard, trying to become the first amateur to win an LPGA Tour event since JoAnne Carner in 1969. Lewis plays college golf at nearby Arkansas, so she can at least head home while waiting out the weather.
Long after the players were sent home, the course appeared slightly improved during the afternoon Saturday -- the small stream that covered the fairway just below the 18th green was gone. But more rain is expected Sunday.
'There are a lot of options,' said Andy Bush, the tournament's executive director. 'First and foremost, we need to wait out this weather, evaluate the golf course -- figure out how to get in, at a minimum, 36 holes. Obviously, we'd still love to play 54, but as it continues to rain and the hours mount up against us ...'
Lewis finished her first round Saturday morning at 7-under 65 -- just minutes before a downpour sent everyone scurrying for cover. It was the second major delay at this tournament, which started 4 1/2 hours late Friday because of rain.
A few players actually started their second rounds before others finished the first. Players are expected back early Sunday to resume play -- weather permitting, of course.
Juli Inkster said she planned to watch a college football game Saturday during the down time.
'Then do a little workout, and go to bed early, because I'll be up early tomorrow,' Inkster said. 'I think the plan is to try to get 36 in here -- whether we have to stay to Monday or whatever.'
Inkster is one of 11 players at this event who will also play in the Solheim Cup next weekend in Sweden. Their original plan was to fly out of Arkansas early Sunday evening, but Inkster said the Solheim players are prepared to stay until Monday to finish this tournament.
'You can't just back out on a golf tournament,' Inkster said. 'You're here to support the golf tournament.'
Bush said organizers would try to decide by early Sunday whether to shorten the tournament to 36 holes. He also said the event would not continue to Tuesday. If players can't complete 36 holes by the end of the day Monday, Bush isn't sure what would happen. It's possible organizers would look into suspending play and continuing it at some later date.
'That's when you start looking at those other options: Can we come back? Is that even a possibility?' he said. 'Two weeks later or whatever. And that is a possibility. There's a long list to get through to make that happen.'
Kristy McPherson, Katherine Hull and Teresa Lu all shot 66 Friday on the 6,238-yard course and are a stroke behind Lewis. Inkster and Sherri Turner are another stroke back at 67, and Jin Young Pak is also at 5 under with four holes remaining in her first round.
The top three money earners this year on the LPGA Tour -- Lorena Ochoa, Suzann Pettersen and Paula Creamer -- are absent from this event, and No. 4 Mi Hyun Kim withdrew before it started.
U.S. Women's Open champion Cristie Kerr and Gulbis were among several who finished the first round at 69. Maria Hjorth and Beth Bader both shot 68, and Linda Wessberg was with them at 4 under with one hole remaining in her first round.
This is the LPGA's first visit to Arkansas since the Arkansas Open at Hot Springs in 1956.

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    By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

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    He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

    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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    In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

    Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

    Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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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.

    Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

    ''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

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