Sorenstam Wins Seventh Player of the Year Award

By Lpga Tour MediaNovember 8, 2004, 5:00 pm
Ladies Professional Golf AssociationAnnika Sorenstam secured her seventh Rolex Player of the Year Award with her win Sunday at the Mizuno Classic, tying her with fellow LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member Kathy Whitworth for most all time.
 
With two events left in the LPGA season, Sorenstam's 104.75-point lead over Grace Park is insurmountable. Even with wins at The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions and the season-ending ADT Championship, where points are doubled, Park would only earn 90 more points.
 
Sorenstam becomes only the second player in LPGA history to win the award four straight years, again following in the footsteps of Whitworth, who was Rolex Player of the Year from 1966-69. No other player has won more than four Rolex Player of the Year Awards in a career, let alone four consecutive. Sorenstam also won the award in 1995, 1997-98, while Whitworth won three straight from 1971-73. The award has been given out every year since 1966.
 
'Obviously, I am very happy,' said Sorenstam, who tied another LPGA record this past week by winning her fourth consecutive Mizuno Classic. 'It has been a goal of mine. When I think about it, it is quite an achievement, so I am very proud of it.'
 
Sorenstam has won seven events this year, which includes one major, and has four runner-up finishes. She has competed in only 17 LPGA tournaments, five fewer than Park, but earned Rolex Player of the Year points in 15 of those events. Her worst finish this year is a tie for 13th.
 
The Swede has dominated her sport like few others ever have. In the span of the last four years, she has won 32 tournaments, including five majors. She also has 70 top-10 finishes in the last four years, and has recorded a stroke average below 70 every year as well.
 
Sorenstam has also amassed more than $2 million in earnings each of the last four years, while no other player has ever won more than $2 million in single season earnings.
 
Rolex Player of the Year points are awarded for top-10 finishes and are doubled at the LPGA's four major championships and the season-ending ADT Championship. The points system is: 30 points for first; 12 points for second; nine points for third; seven points for fourth; six points for fifth; five points for sixth; four points for seventh; three points for eighth; two points for ninth and one point for tenth.

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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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

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.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

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

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

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.