Webb comes from behind to win ShopRite Classic

By Associated PressJune 2, 2013, 10:18 pm

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Karrie Webb won her first LPGA title in two years, rallying from five shots down for a two-stroke victory over Shanshan Feng on Sunday in the wind-whipped ShopRite LPGA Classic.

The 38-year-old Hall of Famer shot a magnificent 3-under 68 in blustery conditions to win for the 39th time on tour, the most among active players. The Australian finished with a 4-under 209 on The Bay Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, tying the highest winning score at the course.

Playing in wind gusting to 25 to 30 mph, Webb had two birdies, an eagle and a bogey, capping the round with a 5-foot birdie at the par-5 final hole. She also made six par-saving putts of 5-6 feet.

Highlights: Webb rallies in final round to win ShopRite LPGA

''It never gets old. It never gets any easier, either,'' Webb said. ''Today was extremely tough, and I'm just glad that I pulled it out. I think coming down I knew I needed to make one birdie, I thought, because I didn't think I could just par in and feel comfortable, so great birdie on the last.''

Webb, the Australian Ladies Masters winner in February, got emotional after the event, saying that her grandmother has been very ill back home and told her to win. She did.

Feng, who led by three shots entering the final round, struggled in the wind and finished with a 75.

''The conditions was really, really tough today,'' said Feng, who played with a new set of clubs this week.

Hee Young Park was the only other player under par, finishing at 1 under after a 71.

The final round played out somewhat like a U.S. Open with the elements, the dried-out fast greens and the fescue-lined fairways working like a demolition derby on the 74 players who qualified for the final round.

Webb, who got back into contention with a 69 in the second round, made her move early, rolling in a 25-foot birdie putt on the difficult 420-yard second hole that might have been the toughest on the course with the wind blowing into the players' faces off Reed's Bay. She moved into a share of the lead on the par-5 fifth, rolling in a 6-foot eagle.

Feng, who became the first Chinese player to win an LPGA event and a major when she captured the LPGA Championship last year, gave the lead back. A bad chip and a three-putt led to a double bogey at the second hole. After a birdie at No. 3, the world's No. 8 ranked played put her tee shot into the water on the fifth hole and made another double bogey after taking a drop.

Feng regained the lead with a short birdie at the eighth hole but bogeys at the 11th and 13th holes after bad approach shots gave Webb the lead.

Webb's birdie at the 18th hole pushed the margin to two shots. Feng closed within a shot with a short birdie putt at No. 16, but she hit her tee shot in the bunker at the next hole and bogeyed. She needed an eagle at the par-5 final hole but had to settle for par.

Jenny Shin of South Korea, who had four straight birdies on the back nine, finished fourth at even par after a 70.

Rookie Chie Arimura, who was tied for the lead on the front nine, finished in a group at 1 over. Despite a final-round 74, Michelle Wie had her best finish of the year, finishing in a group at 2 over.

''Overall I fought hard and I'm pretty proud of the way I played this week, and I think it's a good week leading up to a major, so I'm just excited to get over there and play well,'' said Wie, who is still looking for her first LPGA win in the U.S.

Feng will defend her LPGA Championship in Pittsford, N.Y., next week.

Getty Images

Two-time major champ Pettersen pregnant

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 7:14 pm

PHOENIX – Suzann Pettersen is pregnant with her first child.

Pettersen’s husband, Christian Ringvold, confirmed the news with Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz.

Pettersen, 36, who married Ringvold in January of 2017, is due in the fall. The 15-time LPGA winner and two-time major champion has yet to make her first start this year. She’s an eight-time Solheim Cup veteran.

Getty Images

Watch: Woods rips iron from sand, makes birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 17, 2018, 6:10 pm

Tiger Woods didn't bogey the first hole on Saturday like he did the day prior - but he did drop at a shot at the par-3 second when he failed to get up and down from the bunker.

Luckily, it wouldn't take him long to get that stroke back. One hole later, at the dogleg-left, par-4 third, Woods ripped a 2-iron off the tee, hit a less-than-stellar approach long and right, and poured in this 38-footer for birdie to get back to even par on the day.

He followed with another at the par-5 fourth, smoking a drive 313 yards uphill, short-siding himself with his second shot, and playing this deft pitch to set up a tap-in 4.

After a par save from the bunker at 5, Woods missed the fairway right at the par-5 sixth, laid up with his second, spun a wedge to 15 feet with his third, and rolled in this third birdie of the day to move to 6 under for the week.

Woods' momentum was slowed by a bogey at 8, the product of an errant tee shot, and a missed birdie try at 9 left Tiger to make the turn in 1 under-35, minus-5 for the week.

He quickly returned to 6 under for the championship when he hit an approach from 186 to inside 10 feet at the par-4 11th and walked in the putt:

Following four straight pars, Woods for the second day in a row made an unlikely birdie at the par-5 16th after missing the fairway to the right and declining to layup.

(More coming...)

Getty Images

Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 17, 2018, 3:00 pm

It was a 3-under 69 on Saturday for Tiger Woods for a 7-under total through three rounds. We tracked him at Bay Hill.

Getty Images

Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.

As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.

Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.

This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.