Walters Wins Parmalat Classic

By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 2, 2004, 5:00 pm
Sunshine TourSTELLENBOSCH -- Little known Englishman Justin Walters stormed through the field to take the 2004 Parmalat Classic at the De Zalze Golf Club In Stellenbosch on Friday.

Walters carded a superb 7-under 65 to move to 11-under, holding off South Africa's Nicholas Lawrence by two strokes after he shot a 69.

It was the 23-year-old South African-born Walters' maiden victory as a professional in less than a year in the paid ranks and earned him R31,400.

Walters was born and raised in South Africa but owes his English passport to his English born mother.

He attended North Carolina State on a golf scholarship, Tim Clark's alma mater, where he enjoyed huge success winning four titles and becoming a four-time All American.

And he showed those qualities on Friday by going out in 3-under 33 and then piecing together a string of four consecutive birdies between the 13th and the 16th that killed off the chasing pack.

'The key hole for me was the 12th,' Walters said. 'I made a really good par there, sinking a 30-footer that really got the roll going.

'On 13 I hit the green with my tee-shot and two-putted for a birdie and then on 14 (par-5) I reached the green in two and made another birdie.'

He followed that with birdies on 15 and the par-3 16th, where he holed another putt of 30-feet, to move to 11 under.

'I was trying not to look at the scoreboard's down the stretch, but on 17 there was a huge scoreboard right in my line and I couldn't miss it,' he said. 'Even after I made par there, I didn't think I had it wrapped up.'

Lightning had delayed play on Thursday forcing over 60 players to complete their second rounds on Friday morning.

Walters was one of the lucky players who managed to complete their second rounds on Thursday, although it took almost nine hours.

'Yesterday was a gruelling round but I managed to get some rest last night and I felt fresh when I came out here today,' Walters added.

'I really played solidly on the front nine I didn't really do anything wrong and then I just got going on the back nine. It's great to win as a professional and I suppose this will always be a special moment in my life.'

The Winter leg of the Sunshine Tour takes a short five week break before the players head to Swaziland for the Capital Alliance Royal Swazi Sun Open on May 7.

Parmalat Classic
De Zalze Golf Club
31st March - 2nd April 2004
Final Scoreboard
205 - Justin Walters (ENG) 68 72 65
207 - Nicholas Lawrence 72 66 69
208 - Keith Horne 66 74 68
209 - Steve Basson 70 71 68, Michael Scholz 70 70 69, Jean Hugo 72 67 70, Ian Kennedy 69 67 73
210 - Sammy Daniels 70 72 68
211 - Ulrich van den Berg 70 68 73
212 - Chris Davison 72 70 70, Leon Trenerry 68 73 71
213 - Hendrik Buhrmann 74 69 70, Ryan Dreyer 73 68 72, Alan Michell 69 71 73
214 - John Bele 72 71 71, Albert Kruger 72 72 70, Nico Le Grange 73 72 69
215 - Steve van Vuuren 73 70 72, Grant Muller 70 74 71, Tyrol Auret 71 72 72, Walter Badenhorst-Schnetler 74 69 72, Lindani Ndwandwe 70 71 74, Schalk van der Merwe (NAM) 75 70 70, Patrick O'Brien 71 74 70, Wallie Coetsee 75 70 70
216 - Ben Kleynhans 73 70 73, Hennie Walters 69 75 72
217 - Jason Lipshitz 72 71 74, Ian Hutchings 70 73 74, Trevor Fisher Jnr 71 70 76
218 - Bradley Davison 68 75 75, Mike Lamb (ZIM) 72 71 75, Jason Robertson 76 69 73, Elmar van den Berg 74 71 73
219 - Brett Liddle 69 74 76, William Guy (SCO) 73 71 75, Justin Hobday 72 72 75, Bafana Hlophe 73 71 75
220 - Omar Sandys 70 69 81, Teboho Sefatsa 72 73 75, Dijon Tintinger 73 72 75
221 - Mawonga Nomwa 72 72 77, Shane Howe 75 70 76
227 - Anil Shah (KEN) 74 70 83
DSQ - Wayne de Haas 71 73 DSQ

Battling mono, Kaufman tied for lead at CME

By Randall MellNovember 19, 2017, 2:05 am

NAPLES, Fla. – Kim Kaufman’s bout with mononucleosis might leave fellow tour pros wanting to catch the fever, too.

A couple months after Anna Nordqvist battled her way into contention at the Women’s British Open playing with mono, and then thrived at the Solheim Cup with it, Kaufman is following suit.

In her first start since being diagnosed, Kaufman posted an 8-under-par 64 Saturday to move into a four-way tie for the lead at the CME Group Tour Championship. It was the low round of the day. She’s bidding to win her first LPGA title.

“I’ve been resting at home for two weeks,” Kaufman said. “Didn’t do anything.”

Well, she did slip on a flight of stairs while recuperating, hurting her left wrist. She had it wrapped Saturday but said that’s mostly precautionary. It didn’t bother her during the round.

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“I’m the only person who can take two weeks off and get injured,” Kaufman joked.

Kaufman, 26, left the Asian swing after playing the Sime Darby Malaysia, returning to her home in South Dakota, to see her doctor there. She is from Clark. She was told bed rest was the best thing for her, but she felt good enough to make the trip to Florida for the season-ending event.

“We had some really cold days,” Kaufman said. “We had some snow. I was done with it. I was coming down here.”

How does she feel?

“I feel great,” she said. “I’m a little bit shaky, which isn’t great out there, but it’s great to be here doing something. I was going a little bit stir crazy [at home], just kind of fighting through it.”

Kaufman made eight birdies in her bogey-free round.

New-look Wie eyes CME Group Tour Championship title

By Randall MellNovember 19, 2017, 1:32 am

NAPLES, Fla. – Michelle Wie is sporting a new look that even has fellow players doing double takes.

Bored during her six-week recovery from an emergency appendectomy late this summer, Wie decided to cut and die her hair.

She went for golden locks, and a shorter style.

“I kind of went crazy after being in bed that long,” Wie said. “I just told my mom to grab the kitchen scissors and just cut all my hair off.”

Wie will get to sport her new look on a big stage Sunday after playing herself into a four-way tie for the lead at the CME Group Tour Championship. With a 6-under-par 66, she is in contention to win her fifth LPGA title, her first since winning the U.S. Women’s Open three years ago.

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Wie, 28, fought her way back this year after two of the most disappointing years of her career. Her rebound, however, was derailed in late August, when she withdrew from the final round of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open to undergo an emergency appendectomy. She was out for six weeks.

Before the surgery, Wie enjoyed getting back into contention regularly, with six finishes of T-4 or better this season. She returned to the tour on the Asian swing in October.

Fellow tour pros were surprised when she came back with the new look.

“Definitely, walk by people and they didn’t recognize me,” Wie said.

Wie is looking to continue to build on her resurgence.

“I gained a lot of confidence this year,” she said. “I had a really tough year last year, the last couple years. Just really feeling like my old self. Really feeling comfortable out there and having fun, and that's when I play my best.”

You Oughta Know: LPGA's Sunday scenarios

By Randall MellNovember 19, 2017, 1:17 am

NAPLES, Fla. – The CME Group Tour Championship is loaded with pressure-packed subplots Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club.

Here’s what You Oughta Know about the prizes at stake:

Race to the CME Globe

Lexi Thompson and Sung Hyun Park are 1-2 in CME Globe points. They are best positioned Sunday to take home the $1 million jackpot in the season-long competition.

Thompson and Park are tied for fifth in the tournament, one shot off the lead. If either of them wins, she will take home the jackpot.

The way it’s unfolding Thompson is a good bet to take home the jackpot by merely finishing ahead of Park, unless they both stumble badly on Sunday.

Ariya Jutanugarn is tied for the lead. She must win to take home the jackpot, but she would also need Thompson to finish ninth or worse and Park to finish eighth or worse and nobody else among the top 12 in points to make a bold Sunday charge.

Stacy Lewis is one shot off the lead with a longshot chance at the jackpot. She must win the tournament while Thompson finishes 26th or worse, Park finishes 12th or worse and nobody else among the top 12 in points makes a bold Sunday charge.

So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng and Brooke Henderson are among others who still have a shot at the $1 million prize, but they have fallen back in the pack and need bold Sunday charges to take home the jackpot.

Rolex Player of the Year

The Rolex Player of the Year Award remains a four-player race.

Ryu (162), Feng (159), Park (157) and Thompson (147) all have a chance to win the award.

Park and Thompson are best positioned to make Sunday moves to overtake Ryu.

Park needs to finish sixth or better to win the award outright; Thompson needs to win the tournament to win the award.

It’s simple math.

The top 10 in the tournament will be awarded points.

1st - 30 points

2nd – 12 points

3rd – 9 points

4th – 7 points

5th – 6 points

6th – 5 points

7rd – 4 points

8th – 3 points

9th – 2 points

10th – 1 point

Vare Trophy

Thompson took a 69.147 scoring average to Naples. Park needs to finish nine shots ahead of Thompson to have a shot at the trophy.

Money-winning title

Park leads the tour in money winnings with $2,262,472. Ryu is the only player who can pass her Sunday, and Ryu must win the tournament to do so. Ryu is tied for 32nd, five shots off the lead. If Ryu wins the tournament, she also needs Park to finish worse than solo second.

Rolex world No. 1 ranking

World No. 1 Feng, No. 2 Park and No. 3 Ryu are separated by just three hundredths of a point.

Because they are so close, the scenarios for overtaking Feng are head spinning.

At No. 4, Thompson is a full average ranking point behind Feng, but she could become the sixth different player this season to move to No. 1. Thompson, however, has to win Sunday to have a chance to do so, and then it will depend on what Feng, Park and Ryu do. Again, the scenarios are complex.

Cook leads RSM Classic by three at Sea Island

By Associated PressNovember 19, 2017, 12:28 am

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to increase his lead to three strokes in the RSM Classic.

Cook, a shot ahead after a second-round 62, had five birdies and a bogey - his first of the week - to reach 18-under 194 with a round left at Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course.

''Putting is key right now,'' Cook said. ''Been able to make a lot of clutch putts for the pars to save no bogeys. Hitting the ball pretty much where we're looking and giving ourselves good opportunities on every hole.''

Former University of Georgia player Chris Kirk was second after a 64.

''I'm really comfortable here,'' Kirk said. ''I love Sea Island. I lived here for 6 1/2 years, so I played the golf course a lot, SEC Championships and come down here for the RSM Classic. My family and I, we come down here a few other times a year as well.''

Brian Gay was another stroke back at 14 under after a 69.

''I love the course,'' Gay said. ''We keep getting different wind directions so it's keeping us on our toes. Supposed to be another completely different wind direction tomorrow, so we're getting a new course every day.''

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J.J. Spaun had a 62 to get to 13 under.

''I just kind of played stress-free golf out there and kept the golf ball in front of me,'' Spaun said. ''I had a lot of looks and scrambled pretty well, even though it was only a handful of times, but pretty overall pleased with how I played today.''

Cook has made the weekend cuts in all four of his starts this season. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player earned his PGA Tour card through the Tour.

''I think with an extra year on the Web this past year, I really grew mentally and with my game, just kind of more confidence,'' Cook said. ''I was able to put myself in contention on the more this year than I have in the past. I think I've just, you know, learned from experiences on the Web to help me grow out here.''

He planned to keep it simple Saturday night.

''I've got my parents here and my in-laws are both here as well as my wife,'' Cook said. ''Go home and just have a good home-cooked meal and just kind of enjoy the time and embrace the moment.''

Kirk won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2015 at Colonial.

''It's nice to be back in contention again,'' Kirk said. ''It's been a little while for me. But I felt great out there today, I felt really comfortable, and so hopefully it will be the same way tomorrow and I'll keep my foot on the pedal and stay aggressive, try to make some birdies.''