Annika Captures Record-Breaking Win

By Sports NetworkNovember 6, 2005, 5:00 pm
LPGA logo for LeaderboardsSETA, OTSU-SHI, Japan -- Annika Sorenstam continued to make her mark on the golf record books on Sunday. She carded an 8-under 64 to win the Mizuno Classic for the fifth straight year.
Sorenstam completed the victory at 21-under-par 195 at Seta Golf Course. She became the first player in PGA or LPGA Tour history to win the same event five consecutive years.
The Swede, who had won this crown by nine strokes each of the last two years, claimed her 65th career title on the LPGA Tour.
Jenny Rosales closed with a 6-under 66 to end alone in second place at 18- under-par 198.
Yuri Fudoh matched Sorenstam's 64 in the final round to climb into a tie for third place at 16-under-par 200. She was joined there by first- and second-round leader Young Kim (70) and Sophie Gustafson (66).
Kim led by one entering the round and a birdie on the second gave the Korean a two-stroke cushion. However, she bogeyed the fourth to slide back to 14 under.
Gustafson birdied four of five holes from the third to jump to minus-14 and a share of the lead with Kim.
Sorenstam had been biding her time, as she opened with five straight pars. She then eagled the par-5 sixth. Over the three-day event, Sorenstam played the hole at 4 under par.
The eagle got Sorenstam to 15 under and a share of the lead with Rosales and Kim. The Korean birdied the sixth, while Rosales also eagled the par-5 to get to minus-15.
The 34-year-old Sorenstam took the outright lead for the first time in the final round with a birdie on the par-four eighth. Rosales joined her at 16 under as she birdied No. 10.
Sorenstam again moved one ahead as she sank a birdie try on the 11th. Rosales, playing alongside Sorenstam and Kim, birdied 12 to forge another tie. Kim, who birdied the 11th, also birdied 13 to create a three-way tie at 17 under.
From there, it was all Sorenstam. She birdied the 14th for the third straight round to move to 18 under. The Swede made it two in a row as her birdie putt at the 15th fell into the cup.
Sorenstam poured in back-to-back birdies from the 17th to close out the win in style. She has posted a cumulative total of 95 under par in her five straight wins here.
With 17 and 18 both par-5s, Rosales had an outside chance to force a playoff. However, she could only manage a birdie on the 17th and a par at the last to finish three back.
Meena Lee, who won the Canadian Women's Open earlier this year, carded a 6- under 66 on Sunday to end at 14-under-par 202. She was joined there by Karine Icher (67) and Women's British Open champion Jeong Jang (69). Karrie Webb finished alone in ninth at 12-under-par 204 after a final-round 71.
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    Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

    By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

    One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

    Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

    "I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

    Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

    "I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

    Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

    "Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

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    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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