Inkster Storms Home for Victory
The newly-inducted Hall of Famer did so in the most dramatic of fashions, birdying three of her last five holes at The Legends Club of Tennessee, including a clincher at the par-5 18th to close the door and finish at 14-under 274. It was her first win of the 2001 season and the 26th of her career.
Juli Inkster comments on shooting a Sunday 65 to win
Ive kind of struggled with my putting a little bit, Inkster explained of the fact that she has not won since last years Samsung World Championship in October. Ive been working really hard on it and trying to get a little more consistent with it, get a little more confidence back in my putting.
I hit the ball very well today.
For a while, it appeared as if the day may have belonged to Annika Sorenstam, however.
Searching for her sixth win of the season, the 30-year-old Swede grabbed the outright lead at 12-under following birdies at Nos. 12 and 13, but struggled with the flatstick down the stretch and could not generate anything but pars for the remainder of her round.
It was then that Inkster, playing just in front of Sorenstam, made consecutive birdies of her own at the 14th and 15th holes to take the lead back at minus-13.
Her birdie at the last brought her score to 14-under and forced both Sorenstam and playing partner Catriona Matthew to make eagle at the last to force a playoff.
Matthew recorded birdie ' her third consecutive ' to end at 13-under. Sorenstam could do no better than a score of par and outright third.
I was in the position I wanted to be in, said Sorenstam. This time it didnt happen. Its happened before this year, so I cant be too hard on myself.
No, she cant. In the nine events that she has started this season, Sorenstam has only finished outside the top-3 on one occasion. Five times she has won.
For Inkster, the 40-year-old Californian may be off to a fresh start for the year. With the win, she takes home $120,000 for her performance. Not only was her round of 65 the best of the day, but her personal best for the season.
Defending champion Pat Hurst had a tough time of it on Sunday, however. The third-round leader and defending champion of this event could do no better than a closing round of 74 and a finish of joint seventh at 9-under with Tracy Hanson.
Nancy Scranton carded a nice round of 67 on Sunday to finish in fourth at 11-under-par, while Jackie Gallagher-Smith and Sherri Turner each shot 69s to finish at minus-10.
Full-field scores from the Electrolux USA Championship
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
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
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.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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.