Lady Buckeyes Capture Big Ten Title
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Ohio State women's golf team shot a tournament-low 294 Sunday in the final round of the Big Ten championships to successfully defend its title. The Buckeyes, who had the low score in each round, finished with a mark of 1,194 (302-303-295-294), 29 strokes ahead of second-place Wisconsin. The event was held at the par-73 Finkbine Golf Course (6,053 yards) in Iowa City, Iowa.
The Buckeyes were the first team to defend their title since Indiana won back-to-back titles in 1995 and 1996. The victory also marked the 12th Big Ten championship in the program's history and the fifth under head coach Therese Hession.
It was Ohio State's third tournament win of the 2003-03 season. The Buckeyes also claimed first place at the Central District Invitational and Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational.
Ohio State junior Allison Hanna (Portland, Ore./David Douglas) earned her first career medalist honors, shooting 73 in the final round to finish with a mark of 294. It marked the third consecutive year a Buckeye has earned individual medalist honors. Mollie Fankhauser won the title in 2001 and 2002.
Hanna tied for the individual title with Indiana's Karen Dennison.
Sophomore Lindsay Knowlton (Toronto, Ontario/Havergal) placed in a tie for fifth with a score of 294. Jennifer Selfinger (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Groveport) shot a career-low 72 in the final round to finish tied for 11 at 303. Kristen White (So., Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) tied for 18th with a score of 307 while Allyson Harvie (Fr., Grass Valley, Calif./Bear River) finished 22nd, shooting 309. Erin Borowiec (So., South Lyon, Mich./Mercy) placed in a tie for 37th at 317.
The Buckeyes have qualified to compete in the 2003 NCAA Regional, scheduled for May 8-10. Teams and locations for the three regional events will be announced Monday.
TEAM RD1 RD2 RD3 RD4 TOTAL
1. OHIO STATE 302 303 295 294 1,194
2. Wisconsin 309 311 296 307 1,223
3. Northwestern 319 314 297 300 1,230
4. Purdue 312 317 305 298 1,232
5. Michigan State 307 318 299 310 1,234
6. Michigan 313 307 305 310 1,235
7. Illinois 309 315 300 312 1,236
8. Indiana 311 309 302 315 1,237
9. Minnesota 317 319 306 305 1,238
10. Iowa 323 310 301 305 1,239
11. Penn State 312 309 308 312 1,241
INDIVIDUALS RD1 RD2 RD3 RD4 TOTAL
1. Allison Hanna, Ohio State 70 78 73 73 294
Karen Dennison, Indiana 70 75 72 77 294
3. Malinda Johnson, Wisconsin 76 72 72 76 296
CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million
Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:
|T20||Charles Howell III||-14||$57,754|
|T36||Tyrone Van Aswegen||-12||$27,189|
|T69||Billy Hurley III||-6||$11,623|
After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...
Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).
Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.
It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard
On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...
There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.
He sure looks like the real deal, though.
His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.
Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner
Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2
With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.
He picked up one more No. 2, too.
The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.
In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.
Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.
“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”
Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.
Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.
He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.
Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title
Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.
Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.
His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.
“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."
Tom Brady, postgame, on wearing the wrap on his hand: “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that. It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament.”— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) January 22, 2018
Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.
Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.