Pak Longs for Another Victory

By Martha BrendleApril 19, 2001, 4:00 pm
Annika Sorenstam may be looking to make history, but Se Ri Pak is looking to make a first place check - worth $120,000 this week.
 
Pak, the winner of the YourLife Vitamins LPGA Classic in January, shot an opening round of 6-under-par 66 to land herself in the No. 1 seat on the leaderboard this morning. The owner of nine career victories carded one birdie on the front side and a dramatic five birdies on the backside.
 
Another Swedish dynamo, Helen Alfredsson, made her way around the course at 1-under-par 71 to tie for fifth place early in the day. Two bogies - one of which fell on the par-5 6th and the other on the par-4 11th, accompanied her three birdies. Alfredsson is always fun to watch. Her body language throughout her round tells the story of exactly how her game is going. Today there were definitely peaks and valleys to be seen.
 
There were a lot of people waiting to see Annika Sorenstam play golf today. When she finally teed off on No. 10 this afternoon, however, she had a rough go of it. Through her first six holes of the day, the Nevada resident made two consecutive bogies. By the par-4 14th, her fifth hole of the day, she walked off the green two strokes over par. With no birdies on her card, she made the turn at 2-over 38 with only nine holes left in her round.
 
Sorenstams game may be unwinding as the strain of her recent success sinks in. Golf is such a mental sport, the owner of 27 career victories said yesterday. And with the history, all the shots we have to hit, and to do it under the pressure ' I mean, when I come home in the evening, Im more mentally tired than anything.
 
Adding to her burden this week is the heightened attention. Unlike the pathetic turnout last week - of both press and spectators - at the Office Depot hosted by Amy Alcott, the Longs Drugs Challenge is sporting a healthy gallery along with an abundance of press.
 
There will be no lack of attention this week as all watch ' and wait ' to see if Annika will set a new record of five consecutive titles. A feat not accomplished since Nancy Lopez did it in 1978. And dont think Lopez isnt watching. She is hoping that her record, which has remained in the books for over two decades, remains untouched. Annika seems very focused right now. . . I'm definitely pulling for her, Lopez said in a press conference this week. But if there is an American in contention, I'm going to be rooting for her. Lopez was referring to the fact that to date no American player has won an LPGA event this year.
 
Lopez may be thinking about her record falling but Annika has other thoughts on her mind. I think about history, about winning golf tournaments ' If I had hit that shot, made that putt. Theres always a lot in my mind, Annika said. There are a lot of hungry players here. I know that I need to play good this week and stay patient, stay in the moment. Im playing well right now. Like I said, Im not tired. And Im as excited as ever.
 
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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.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup


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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green


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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open


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Trump golf properties

Vandalism

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Finances


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Reportedly fake TIME covers


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Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm