Womens World Cup Kicks Off LPGA Season

By Lpga Tour MediaFebruary 8, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 WomenGEORGE, South Africa - The 2005 Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) season begins this week with the inaugural Women's World Cup of Golf in George, South Africa.
The unique tournament offers a $1 million purse (unofficial money) and features 20 two-woman teams representing their respective countries.
The event will be played at The Links, Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate, from Feb. 11-13. The event is co-sanctioned by the LPGA and the Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour, with countries qualifying from both tours to compete.
The tournament is the first-ever truly worldwide team competition co-sanctioned by both Tours and consists of a three-day, 54-hole competition with a different format on each day: 18 holes of foursomes; 18 holes of four-ball; and 18 holes of stroke-play. The winners will be determined by combining each team's scores from all three days.
Every country participating is capable of winning, but heading into the event Australia, England, Sweden and the United States have to be among the favorites. Karrie Webb and Rachel Hetherington, who collectively have 38 LPGA career wins, represent Australia and have played this game before. In 2000, the duo won the Women's World Cup of Golf in Malaysia, when it was an unofficial event on the LPGA's schedule.
The flag bearers for England are long-hitting Laura Davies and Karen Stupples. Davies, with mammoth drives, a quick wit and 20 LPGA victories, is a legend of the game. Stupples has only two wins-one being the Weetabix Women's British Open-but they both came in 2004. After finishing sixth on last year's season-ending money list, Stupples is on top of her game, and with Davies, forms a formidable duo.
Carin Koch and Sophie Gustafson team up for Sweden. With Gustafson's length off the tee (led the Tour in 2004) and Koch's accuracy (17th in 2004 in greens in regulation), it would not be a surprise to see them near the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.
The most tenured team in the field is from the United States. If Meg Mallon and Beth Daniel can get things going, they could walk away with the title.
Mallon had a phenomenal year in 2004 winning three times and earning her second U.S. Women's Open championship. Daniel is an LPGA Tour and World Golf Hall of Fame member and is one of the Tour's hardest workers. The tandem represents 51 LPGA career wins.
The wildcard of the tournament may be Japan, represented by Ai Miyazato and Rui Kitada. Miyazato, 19, won five Ladies Professional Golfer's Association of Japan (JLPGA) titles last year and tied for second at the 2004 Mizuno Classic. Kitada won three events on the JLPGA in 2004.
2005 Women's World Cup of Golf final field
1. Australia (Karrie Webb, Rachel Hetherington)
2. Austria (Natascha Fink, Tina Schneeberger)
3. Canada (Lorie Kane, Dawn Coe-Jones)
4. England (Laura Davies, Karen Stupples)
5. Finland (Minea Blomqvist, Riikka Hakkarainen)
6. France (Stephanie Arricau, Patricia Meunier-Lebouc)
7. Germany (Martina Eberl, Elisabeth Esterl)
8. Italy (Diana Luna, Giulia Sergas)
9. Japan (Ai Miyazato, Rui Kitada)
10. Korea (Jeong Jang, Bo Bae Song)
11. Mexico (Lorena Ochoa, a-Alejandra Martin Del Campo)
12. New Zealand (Gina Scott, Lynnette Brooky)
13. Philippines (Jennifer Rosales, Dorothy Delasin)
14. Scotland (Catriona Matthew, Janice Moodie)
15. South Africa (Laurette Maritz, a-Ashleigh Simon)
16. Spain (Ana Belen Sanchez, Paula Marti)
17. Sweden (Carin Koch, Sophie Gustafson)
18. Taiwan (Candie Kung, a-Ya-Ni (Ruby) Tseng)
19. United States (Meg Mallon, Beth Daniel)
20. Wales (Becky Brewerton, Becky Morgan)
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    Korda happy to finally be free of jaw pain

    By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 2:43 am

    PHOENIX – Jessica Korda isn’t as surprised as everyone else that she is playing so well, so quickly, upon her return from a complex and painful offseason surgery.

    She is inspired finally getting to play without recurring headaches.

    “I’d been in pain for three years,” she said after posting a 4-under-par 68 Friday to move two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

    Korda had her upper jaw broken in three places and her low jaw broken in two places in December in a procedure that fixed the alignment of her jaw.

    Korda, 25, said the headaches caused by her overbite even affected her personality.

    “Affects your moods,” Korda said. “I think I was pretty snappy back then as well.”

    She was pretty pleased Friday to give herself a weekend chance at her sixth LPGA title, her second in her last three starts. She won the Honda LPGA Thailand three weeks ago in her first start after returning from surgery.

    “I'm much happier now,” Korda said. “Much calmer.”

    Even if she still can’t eat the things she would really like to eat. She’s still recuperating. She said the lower part of her face remains numb, and it’s painful to chew crunchy things.

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    “Chips are totally out of question,” Korda said.

    She can eat most things she likes, but she has to cut them into tiny pieces. She can’t wait to be able to eat a steak.

    “They broke my palate, so I can't feel anything, even heat,” Korda said. “So that's a bit difficult, because I can't feel any heat on my lip or palate. I don't know how hot things are going in until they hit my throat.”

    Korda has 27 screws in her skull holding the realignment together. She needed her family to feed her, bathe her and dress her while she recovered. The procedure changed the way she looks.

    While Korda’s ordeal and all that went into her recovery has helped fans relate to her, she said it’s the desire to move on that motivates her.

    “Because I was so drugged up, I don't remember a lot of it,” Korda said. “I try to forget a lot of it. I don't think of it like I went through a lot. I just think of it as I'm pain-free. So, yeah, people are like, `Oh, you're so brave, you overcame this and that.’ For me, I'm just going forward.”

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    Finally adapted to short putter, Martin near lead

    By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 1:54 am

    PHOENIX – Mo Martin loved her long putter.

    In fact, she named her “Mona.”

    For 10 years, Martin didn’t putt with anything else. She grew up with long putters, from the time she started playing when she was 5.

    While Martin won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2014, about nine months after giving up Mona for a short putter, she said it’s taken until today to feel totally comfortable with one.

    And that has her excited about this year.

    Well, that and having a healthy back again.

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    “I've had a feeling that this year was going to be a good one,” Martin said. “My game is in a special place.”

    Martin was beaming after a 6-under-par 66 Friday moved her two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

    “Just a beautiful day,” Martin said. “I was able to play my game, make my putts.”

    Martin hit all 14 fairways in the second round, hit 15 greens in regulation and took just 27 putts. After struggling with nagging back pain last year, she’s pain free again.

    She’s happy to “just to get back to a place now where my ball striking is where it has been the last few years.”

    Martin, by the way, says Mona remains preserved in a special place, “a shrine” in her home.

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    Clanton rides hole-out eagle to lead at Founders

    By Associated PressMarch 17, 2018, 1:47 am

    PHOENIX - Cydney Clanton holed out from the fairway for eagle on the par-4 13th and closed with a birdie Friday to take the second-round lead in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

    Clanton shot a 5-under 67, playing the back nine at Desert Ridge in 5-under 31 to reach 9-under 135.

    Clanton's wedge on the 13th flew into the cup on the first bounce. She also birdied the par-5 11th and 15th and the par-4 18th. The 28-year-old former Auburn player is winless on the LPGA.

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    Ariya Jutanugarn, Marina Alex, Karine Icher and Mariajo Uribe were a stroke back on a calmer day after wind made scoring more difficult Thursday.

    Jessica Korda and Mo Martin were 7 under, and Michelle Wie topped the group at 6 under.

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    Ko's struggles continue with Founders MC

    By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 1:26 am

    PHOENIX – Lydia Ko loves the Bank of Hope Founders Cup and its celebration of the game’s pioneers, and that made missing the cut Friday sting a little more.

    With a 1-over-par 73 following Thursday’s 74, Ko missed the cut by four shots.

    After tying for 10th at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in her last start, Ko looked to be turning a corner in her quest to find her best form again, but she heads to next week’s Kia Classic with more work to do.

    “I just have to stay patient,” Ko said. “I just have to keep my head high.”

    It was just the fifth missed cut in Ko’s 120 career LPGA starts, but her fourth in her last 26 starts.

    Ko’s ball striking has been erratic this year, but her putting has been carrying her. She said her putting let her down Friday.

    “It seemed like I couldn’t hole a single putt,” she said. “When I missed greens, I just wasn’t getting up and down. When I got a birdie opportunity, I wasn’t able to hole it.”

    Ko came to Phoenix ranked 112th in driving distance, 121st in driving accuracy and 83rd in greens in regulation. She was sixth in putting average.

    Full-field scores from the Bank of Hope Founders Cup

    Cristie Kerr saw the struggle playing two rounds with Ko.

    “Her game’s not in good shape,” Kerr said. “She seemed a little lost.”

    Ko, 20, made those sweeping changes last year, starting 2017 with a new coach (Gary Gilchrist), a new caddie (Peter Godfrey) and new equipment (PXG). She made more changes at this year’s start, with another new coach (Ted Oh) and new caddie (Jonnie Scott).

    Ko doesn’t have to look further than Michelle Wie to see how a player’s game can totally turn around.

    “It always takes time to get used to things,” Ko said. “By the end of last year, I was playing solid. I’m hoping it won’t take as much time this year.”

    Ko had Oh fly to Asia to work with her in her two starts before the Founders Cup, with their work showing up in her play at the HSBC in Singapore. She said she would be talking to Oh again before heading to the Kia Classic next week and then the ANA Inspiration. She has won both of those events and will be looking to pull some good vibes from that.

    “This is my favorite stretch of events,” she said. “And I love the Founders Cup, how it celebrates all the generations that have walked through women’s golf. And I love the West Coast swing. Hopefully, I’ll make more putts next week.”

    Ko, whose run of 85 consecutive weeks at Rolex world No. 1 ended last summer, slipped to No. 12 this week.