Sorenstam Returns as Champion

By Lpga Tour MediaJuly 27, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Weetabix WomenBERKSHIRE, England -- One year has passed since Annika Sorenstam achieved her goal of completing the LPGA Career Grand Slam at the Weetabix Women's British Open. The victory secured a spot for Sorenstam among the greatest competitors in the history of women's golf.
 
This week, Sorenstam returns to the tournament where she earned that spot to defend her title as Weetabix Women's British Open champion.
 
Sorenstam is currently this year's top money-winner after winning four Tour events, including her seventh career major at the McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola.
 
Along with Sorenstam's return, the Open will welcome nine of last year's top-10 finishers, including second- and third-place finishers Se Ri Pak and Grace Park.
 
The Weetabix Women's British Open is the LPGA's last major of the year, and features a $1.6 million purse.
 
Entering the tournament after recent wins will be Kim Saiki, who became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the Wegmans Rochester LPGA Presented by Lincoln Mercury; Moira Dunn, who became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic; and Meg Mallon, whose back-to-back victories at the U.S. Women's Open conducted by the USGA and the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open boosted her into second place on the ADT Official Money List.
 
Other 2004 tournament winners participating in the Weetabix Women's British Open are Karen Stupples, Cristie Kerr, Jennifer Rosales, Lorena Ochoa and Sherri Steinhauer, who won the event in 1998 and 1999, and Pak and Park.
 
Other past Weetabix Women's British Open winners in this year's field include Liselotte Neumann (1994), Emilee Klein (1996) and Sophie Gustafson (2000). Each of these women won the event before it became one of the LPGA's four major tournaments in 2001.
 
Sorenstam's victory last year came by a single stroke over Se Ri Pak, who bogeyed the final hole. Sorenstam shot a 2-under-par 70 in the final round to take the win after trailing leader Patricia Meunier-Lebouc by two strokes heading into the final day.
 
In the 10 years of its existence on the LPGA Tour, the Weetabix Women's British Open has been held at Sunningdale Golf Club twice before - in 1997 and 2001. In 1997, the tournament was won by Karrie Webb and in 2001 by Pak.
 
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    PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

    The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

    PGA Tour:

    The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.

    LPGA:

    We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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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.