Webb Sorenstam Wie Headline in Lytham

By Associated PressAugust 2, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Weetabix WomenLYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb and Se Ri Pak are out of their so-called slumps and winning majors again. Michelle Wie feels shes on the brink of winning her first tournament as a pro.
 
The Womens British Open begins Thursday at wind-swept Royal Lytham with a field featuring this seasons three major winners'the trio has won a combined 22 majors.
 
Sorenstam is going for her 11th major. That would put her even with Tiger Woods, who won his 11th major at the British Open at Royal Liverpool two weeks ago. If Sorenstam wins Sunday, shell reach for her cell phone and make sure Woods knows about it.
 
Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie is still in search of her first win as a professional.
It seems like Im trailing him and it doesnt take long until I get another text (message) to remind me who is ahead, Sorenstam said. That is another little fun game that we have and a little bit of a motivator.
 
The Swede, who has dominated womens golf for six years and won 10 tournaments last season, acknowledges shes been way below her standards. Yet, she has won two events this season, including the U.S. Open, and has twice been runner-up.
 
Its a nice thing to have to cope with not winning for a few weeks, Sorenstam said. Im looking at my game rather than looking at the results all the time. I just felt inside it wasnt really there and I was just hoping it would turn around sooner rather than later.
 
Its kind of funny when people think youre in a slump when you havent won in two or three events. I think thats a compliment rather than taking it as a negative.
 
Webbs first of three victories this year came at the opening major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Rancho Mirage. She also won last weeks Evian Masters in France and is chasing her fourth British Open and eighth major.
 
The Australian didnt win a tournament last year, however, and, before this season, had won only two since 2002.
 
Obviously the ball is getting in the hole a little sooner, she said. Ive been working on a few things in my game and I think it boils down to just the mental side of my game, getting it to the level where I was trusting myself on the golf course and backing myself every time I stood on the first tee.
 
Like Sorenstam, Webb doesnt think she was in a slump, just not playing as well as in the past.
 
I dont think it was as bad as some people think, Webb said. But obviously I set standards pretty high.
 
Pak won the LPGA Championship at the Bulle Rock course at Havre de Grace, Md., for her first victory in 14 months. The South Korean, who won two majors in her rookie season in 1998 and has five in total, has been restricted by a combination of burnout and injuries to her neck, shoulder, lower back and finger.
 
Wie tied for second behind Webb at Evian. The 16-year-old star from Hawaii had four seconds and four third-place finishes in the past 18 months.
 
I think a win is coming, she said. It just depends how lucky you are that week and how good youre playing. I think Im playing very solidly, but its a little frustrating that I have not been able to go to the next step.
 
Despite the array of major winners, the last two British Opens have seen the title go to outsiders.
 
In 2004, Karen Stupples won the title for only her second tournament victory and, last year, Jeong Jangs triumph at Royal Birkdale was the South Koreans first in six years on the LPGA Tour.
 
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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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    Rahm (62) fires career low round

    By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

    The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

    Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

    What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

    Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

    Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

    Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

    Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

    Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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    Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

    "Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

    Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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    Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

    "That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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    Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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    The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

    It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.