Sorenstam Sets New 54-Hole Course Record

By Martha BrendleMarch 10, 2001, 5:00 pm
Annika Sorenstam is doing her best to defend the first of five titles she captured in 2000. In wind gusts of up to 25 miles per hour she shot an error free third round of 5-under-par 67 to finish in the lead by two at 16-under-par 200. In the process she set a new 54-hole course record.
 
Chris Johnson set the old 54-hole record of 15-under-par 201 in 1991. Johnson went on to win the tournament that year and Sorenstam will be hoping to do the same.
 
'Today was good for me,' the third round leader said. 'I knew it was going to be cold today and was all prepared. My goal was to focus on my own game and hit every shot and not look around at what else was going on.'
 
Sorenstam shot even par through the first six holes of the day. Then, on the par-4 seventh, the birdies began to flow.
 
After carding two birdies on the front side, Sorenstam made the turn at 13-under-par. She was in sole possession of the lead but both Pak and Hanna continued to challenge that lead throughout Sorenstam's round. Birdies the 12th and 13th brought her to 15-under and insured a comfortable two shot cushion over Se Ri Pak and early round leader Jen Hanna.
 
Sorenstam's final birdie of the day came on the last, the 458-yard, par-5 18th. She hit a beautiful second shot to within eight feet of the pin and missed an eagle opportunity by two-putting the hole. 'I read it from both sides, looked at Jen's putt and saw it broke right, but said to myself that I didn't see anything,' Sorenstam said right afterwards.
 
'I've got a lot of good players to deal with tomorrow,' the former Wildcat said. ' It's far from over. Tomorrow is when it really starts. It's going to be a fight tomorrow, which is what I want. That's what makes the game so much fun.'
 
Se Ri Pak started the day four strokes off the lead and quickly made birdie on the par-5 third. She proceeded to card two more birdies on the front side temporarily taking the outright lead.
 
Despite a bogey on the par-3 8th, she managed to make the turn tied for the lead with defending champion Annika Sorenstam and Jen Hanna. Then Pak made her second bogey of the day on the 11th to fall off the lead. After that she lost momentum.
 
Birdie on the 13th moved her back to 13-under-par where she would stay for the next three holes. Heading to the 16th tee at 13-under-par, Se Ri was running out of opportunities to catch Sorenstam's lead. She carded a final birdie on the 17th to finish at 5-under-par 67 for the day and 14-under-par 202 for the tournament.
 
Jen Hanna just didn't have what it took to hold on to the lead she had clamed during the first two rounds. 'Well, I had some bogeys today,' the 24-year-old said. 'The biggest difference was that I was a little shaky with my putter. The last two days, when I stood over the putt, I saw it going into the hole. I just wasn't as solid with that club today.'
 
Hanna fell off the lead but isn't out of the race. She is in sole possession of third place at 13-under (203) after shooting even par 72 today. 'I'd rather be leading after tomorrow that today,' Hanna said. 'I don't think Annika got too far ahead, but I know she'll be going all out tomorrow.'
 

NEWS & NOTES
Caddie/writer Tom Hanson had to call a two-shot penalty on his own player, Sue Ginter, after she grounded her club in a bunker on the second hole of the day.
 
Se Ri Pak has had only one top-10 finish in the first quarter of the last three years. Ironically, her one and only top ten came right here at last year's Welch's/Circle K Championship where she finished tied for fifth place.
 
Sorenstam has won 14 times after holding the lead going into the final round.
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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...


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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.