LPGA Tour Begins Stretch Run

By Lpga Tour MediaAugust 15, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Safeway ClassicPORTLAND, Ore. - After a two-week hiatus, the LPGA Tour resumes this week with the Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Ore., one of six full-field events remaining on the LPGA's official 2005 schedule.
 
A year ago, the par-72 course saw Hee-Won Han fire a final-round 67 to overcome a three-shot deficit and force a playoff with Lorie Kane. Han closed out the tournament on the first playoff hole to claim her third-career LPGA Tour title.
 
Han returns to defend her title against a strong 144-player field that will vie for the $1.4 million purse.
 
This season has been bittersweet for Han. Despite having five top-10 finishes, she has yet to reach the winner's circle. The leader after 54 holes at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger, Han faltered on the back nine, missing a sudden-death playoff by one shot after having a three-shot lead entering the final nine holes.
 
Defending her title will be tough as she faces a top-notch field that features four of the top five players on the ADT Official Money List.
 
The headliner is rookie Paula Creamer, currently No. 2 on the money list behind Annika Sorenstam. The 19-year old rookie has already won twice on Tour this year and three times around the world after winning the NEC Karuizawa-a tournament on the Japan LPGA-last week. Creamer is the youngest and quickest player in LPGA Tour history to earn $1 million and is also in contention for an automatic berth on the U.S. Solheim Cup Team.
 
Currently third on the money list, Lorena Ochoa is looking to take home a trophy for the second time this season. Ochoa has been in contention several times in 2005, racking up nine top-10 finishes, but her lone win came at the Wegmans Rochester LPGA, where she rallied to beat Creamer with six birdies on the final seven holes.
 
Natalie Gulbis, ranked fifth on the money list and in the midst of her best season on Tour, continues to challenge for her first win. At the Scandinavian TPC two weeks ago on the Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour, Gulbis fell to Sorenstam, the tournament host, when the world number one rolled in a 27-foot birdie putt to seal the title.
 
During 2005, Gulbis has posted seven top-10 finishes and, like Creamer, has almost locked up a spot on the U.S. Solheim Cup Team.
 
Cristie Kerr, ranked first in U.S. Solheim Cup points and fourth on the money list, is also looking for her second win of the season after capturing the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill in May.
 
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  • Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

    ''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

    They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

    ''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

    Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

    ''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

    Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

    Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

    Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

    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.

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    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

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    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.

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    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

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    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.