Annika Top Seed in Match Play Event

By Lpga Tour MediaJune 27, 2005, 4:00 pm
GLADSTONE, N.J. - It's time for bracket madness, women's golf style.
 
After a thrilling finish at the U.S. Women's Open conducted by the USGA, the excitement continues this week as the LPGA Tour heads to Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, N.J., for the inaugural HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship, which pits 64 of the top golfers in the world head-to-head in six matches over four days. The HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship marks the first U.S.-based official match-play event on the LPGA schedule since 1954.
 
The field will be narrowed with one round of play on Thursday and Friday, with 16 players teeing it up on Saturday morning followed by the quarterfinals in the afternoon. The semifinals are set for Sunday morning with an 18-hole championship match that afternoon.
 
Annika Sorenstam sits atop the bracket as the No. 1 seed in the field, and the Tour's all-time money winner is looking to pad her $17 million-plus bank account with the $500,000 first-place paycheck, the largest winner's check in LPGA Tour history.
 
Rounding out the top four seeds are some of the hottest golfers on Tour.
No. 2 seed Cristie Kerr won the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill in early May, while No. 3 seed Lorena Ochoa is coming off one of the greatest comebacks in Tour history at the Wegmans Rochester LPGA two weeks ago.
 
The surprise in the top-four seeds has to be rookie Paula Creamer. To get the No. 4 seed, the 18-year-old rookie won her first event on Tour at the Sybase Classic presented by Lincoln Mercury and finished second two weeks ago to Ochoa. She already has racked up almost $700,000 in earnings in just the first half of her rookie season.
 
Courtesy of her best season to date, Natalie Gulbis will be the No. 5 seed.
Gulbis has tallied six top-10 finishes and currently leads the LPGA Tour in birdies.
 
Jumping into the tournament field is U.S. Women's Open champion Birdie Kim.
With her chip-in on the 18th hole, Kim not only clinched her first win on the LPGA Tour, but she also punched her ticket to fill out the 64-player field. With her payday, Kim moved from 66th on the money list to sixth and will be the No. 6 seed.
 
Rounding out the top 10 seeds are Rosie Jones at No. 7, Candie Kung at No.
8, Catriona Matthew at No. 9 and Gloria Park at No. 10.
 
Potential quarterfinal match-ups are Sorenstam vs. Kung, an American matchup in Kerr vs. Jones and Creamer vs. Gulbis, with international stars Ochoa possibly taking on the U.S. Women's Open champion Kim.
 
While taking the top 60 from the ADT Official Money List after the Wegmans Rochester LPGA, the field is rounded out by the current money leader on the Japan LPGA Tour, Ai Miyazato, as well as sponsor exemptions Se Ri Pak and amateur Shinobu Moromizato.
 
The entire tournament bracket will be released on Tuesday.
 
HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship final field:
 
Top-60 players from the ADT Official Money List as of June 19 (ranking at that time in parenthesis) Shi Hyun Ahn (28) Marisa Baena (52) Tina Barrett (35) Heather Bowie (25) Silvia Cavalleri (36) Paula Creamer (4) Beth Daniel (45) Laura Davies (12) Dorothy Delasin (32) Laura Diaz (22) Wendy Doolan (51) Moira Dunn (26) A.J. Eathorne (50) Natalie Gulbis (8) Sophie Gustafson (55) Hee-Won Han (15) Candy Hannemann (54) Rachel Hetherington (46) Maria Hjorth (53) Pat Hurst (30) Karine Icher (33) Juli Inkster (7) Jeong Jang (10) Rosie Jones (5) Lorie Kane (38) Jimin Kang (19) Soo-Yun Kang (39) Cristie Kerr (2) Christina Kim (24) Joo Mi Kim (40) Mi Hyun Kim (16) Young Kim (27) Emilee Klein (34) Carin Koch (13) Candie Kung (14) Meena Lee (37) Leta Lindley (43) Meg Mallon (60) Catriona Matthew (6) Jill McGill (17) Janice Moodie (49) Joanne Morley (59) Liselotte Neumann (31) Lorena Ochoa (3) Gloria Park (9) Grace Park (29) Nicole Perrot (41) Stacy Prammanasudh (18) Reilley Rankin (42) Michele Redman (21) Laurie Rinker (56) Jennifer Rosales (20) Kim Saiki (47) Annika Sorenstam (1) Angela Stanford (57) Karen Stupples (44) Wendy Ward (11) Karrie Webb (23) Lindsey Wright (58) Sung Ah Yim (48)
 
Also in the field, leading Japan LPGA Tour player Ai Miyazato; sponsor exemptions Shinobu Moromizato (amateur), Se Ri Pak and U.S. Women's Open champion Birdie Kim.
 
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    Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

    By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

    JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

    The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.


    Full-field scores from the Joburg Open


    Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

    ''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

    Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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    Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

    Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

    Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

    Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

    The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.

    Rules changes include no more viewer call-ins

    By Rex HoggardDecember 11, 2017, 12:00 pm

    Although the Rules of Golf modernization is still a year away, officials continue to refine parts of the rulebook including an overhaul of the video review protocols.

    A “working group” led by the USGA and R&A announced on Monday the new protocols, which include assigning a rule official to a tournament broadcast to resolve rules issues.

    The group – which includes the PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA tour and PGA of America – also voted to stop considering viewer call-ins when processing potential rule violations.

    In addition, a new local rule was announced that will discontinue the penalty for signing an incorrect scorecard when the player was unaware of the violation.

    In April, Lexi Thompson was penalized four strokes during the final round when officials at the ANA Inspiration learned via e-mail from a viewer of an infraction that occurred during the third round. Thompson was penalized two strokes for incorrectly marking her golf ball and two for signing an incorrect scorecard.

    “The message is, as a fan, enjoy watching the game and the best players in the world, but also have the confidence that the committee in charge of the competition have the rules handled,” Thomas Pagel, the USGA’s senior director of the Rules of Golf, said on Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" on Monday. “Let’s leave the rules and the administration of the event to the players and to those responsible for running the tournament.”

    The working group was created in April to review the use of video in applying the rules and the role of viewer call-ins, and initially issued a decision to limit the use of video through the introduction of the “reasonable judgment” and “naked eye” standard.

    According to that decision, which was not a rule, “so long as the player does what can reasonably be expected under the circumstances to make an accurate determination, the player’s reasonable judgment will be accepted, even if later shown to be inaccurate by the use of video evidence.”

    The new protocols will be implemented starting on Jan. 1.

    A comprehensive overhaul of the Rules of Golf is currently underway by the USGA and R&A that will begin on Jan. 1, 2019.