Win Number 25 in the Books

By Martha BrendleMarch 18, 2001, 5:00 pm
Annika Sorenstam was looking for her first win just two weeks ago. Now, just two weeks later, Sorenstam has captured her second consecutive win at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix, AZ.
Rounds of 65-59-69-68 261 carried Sorenstam to an uncontested victory of 27-under-par while the rest of the field, not including Se Ri Pak, lagged a full 14 or more strokes behind her. In fact some pretty impressive names like Dottie Pepper and Karrie Webb finished 13-under-par and 11-under-par respectively.
Well, I think tomorrow, you know, I'm not going to worry that I'm 23 under par, Sorenstam said on Saturday. I'm just going to go out and play the best golf that I can tomorrow. I've got nothing to lose.
Instead of going out there, you know, not being aggressive in the sense you're just aiming at the flag, but hitting aggressive shots. Like my caddie said, 'Play smart; aggressive.' That's going to be my goal tomorrow, not just look at Se Ri, because I think that would put more pressure on me. I want to lead tomorrow. I want to go and hit first off the tee. I want her to see my shots first and get -- you know, so she -- so she will feel the pressure and maybe she will have to try and go to the flag instead of me being the one.
Although successful, Sorenstams fourth round was by far her worst. In round 1 she made eight birdies and one bogey. Round 2, the eight-year veteran and winner of 25 events including two majors, shot a record 13 birdies and no bogeys. Round 3 consisted of four birdies and her last bogey of the tournament. Finally round 4 - error free - Annika knocked out four more birdies to maintain a lead of two strokes over the only person who even came close to challenging her ' Se Ri Pak.
Se Ri Pak is having the best start of a season in her four-year history on the LPGA Tour. Pak carded 65-68-63-67 263, making a run for the lead and coming as close as 25-under-par. Had it not been for Sorenstams historic 59 during the second round, Pak would have taken home her second victory of the season. Earlier this year Pak captured the YourLife Vitamins LPGA Classic.
I'm playing really well, Pak said after the third round. And especially last three years ago, all the years, pretty much, slow start, but this year pretty amazing. A totally different game. But I think I find myself actually -- I mean, before, I don't know why, just kind of confusing, so many things, like even know what's happening next, you know, but now I think I find myself and I know right now putting into it for my game more than last three years. That's why this year is different than last three years ago.
Pak started the final round four strokes off the lead and managed to make up two of them but ultimately had to settle for second place - finishing behind Annika for the second week in a row.
This week all eyes will be on Sorenstam, Pak, and Webb as the first major of the season, the Nabisco Championship, gets underway. Players were keeping their focus on the events in-hand over the last couple of weeks but now its time set their sites on the Dinah.
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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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