Kreutz Collects Ladies Euro Title

By Golf Channel NewsroomJuly 16, 2005, 4:00 pm
Ladies European TourTATA, Hungary -- Ludivine Kreutz from France claimed her third professional victory at the OTP Bank Central European Open in Hungary.
Kreutz, who began the day two shots behind the overnight leader, Samantha Head, from England, made a fast charge on the back nine to finish four shots clear at 14 under par (199) for the tournament. She tacked a closing round of 66 (-5) onto opening rounds of 69, 64 for a runaway win.
Minea Blomqvist, the defending champion from Finland finished tied in second position with English players Samantha Head and Lora Fairclough at 10-under-par 203.
While Becky Brewerton, from Wales, Marta Prieto, from Spain, and Nina Reis from Sweden tied for third position at 9-under par (204) on a sweltering final day at Old Lake Golf G&CC, near Budapest.
Kreutz started out slowly but began her birdie blitz from the par-5 fourth hole. She then birdied the sixth and eighth, to tie for the lead with Head. The turning point came when Kreutz birdied the ninth to move to 13 under, while Head made a double to take her back to minus-10.
Two more birdies at the 10th and 17th gave the French woman a five shot lead coming down the last, but despite finding the greenside bunker at the 18th, a bogey was enough to seal the win.
After the first nine holes, I had a two shot lead, so I felt more confident, admitted Kreutz, 31, from Rognac.
When I made my first birdie I just tried to get on a roll.
When she claimed her second professional victory at the Tenerife Ladies Open in May, Kreutz achieved her goal to achieve automatic exemption for the Evian Masters, which takes place next week in France.
Im very excited about Evian and the British, to see all those champions, but Im going to try not to be too stressed and relax, because next to some of them I feel like a little girl! she said.
Kreutz collected her maiden win on Tour at the 2003 La Perla Italian Open after five years as a professional.
This win takes her to third in the money list and fifth in the automatic Solheim Cup points rankings, where there are seven automatic qualifying spots available in the European team.
Earlier in the day Englands Rebecca Hudson set the pace by carding a course record equalling 62 (-9).
Hudson, 26, from Doncaster in England, started her birdie campaign at the second hole, with a simple tap in. She then birdied the fifth and eighth holes to turn in 32.
Then, she went birdie, eagle, birdie, eagle, from the 12th hole, taking full advantage of the par-5s. At the 13th, she chipped in for eagle and at the 15th, she holed her sandwedge from a full 73 yards.
Another birdie at the 17th put her on course for a possible course record as she was 10 under coming down the 18th. However nerves got the better of her and she three putted the last for bogey to come home in 30, equalling the course record set in the first round last year by Finlands Blomqvist, the defending champion.
I only needed a par to break the course record as I was ten under coming down the last, said Hudson.
But I must be getting older, as Im feeling my nerves these days! Its been a while since Ive shot those sorts of scores.
Hudsons 62 is her best round as a professional, but she actually carded a 10-under par 62 as a 16-year old amateur in a club competition at Wheatley GC.
Ive been having a tough time recently but Ive been working a lot on my swing and my putting and so this result should be enough to see me keep my card. Now I can just relax and play my game, she said.
Katherina Werdinig from Austria was the top finishing amateur, finishing at one under par for the tournament.
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McCoy earns medalist honors at Q-School

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Tour Q-School.

McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.



Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."

Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout

Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.