Annika Holds Off Creamer in Tulsa

By Sports NetworkSeptember 18, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 John Q Hammons Hotel ClassicBROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- Annika Sorenstam only managed 16 pars and two bogeys on Sunday, but it was enough to successfully defend her title at the John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic.
 
She shot a 2-over 73 and won the tournament with a three-round total of 5-under-par 208 at Cedar Ridge Country Club.
 
Paula Creamer, the 19-year-old 2005 LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year, gave Sorenstam all she could handle on Sunday. The American Solheim Cup points leader with 3 1/2 posted a 2-under 69 and finished alone in second place at minus-4.
 
Maria Hjorth, who was tied for second place with one round to play, struggled to a 4-over 75 and tied for fourth with Diana D'Alessio, who carded a 2-under 69. The duo came in at 2-under-par 211.
 
France's Karine Icher also played poorly on Sunday. She too shot a 4-over 75 to finish as the last golfer under par at minus-1.
 
Sorenstam began the final round with a one-shot lead and it was only Creamer that made a move, but it wasn't much of a move on the front nine. Creamer ran home an 8-foot birdie putt at the ninth and that trimmed Sorenstam's lead to four.
 
Creamer sank a 7-footer for birdie at the 13th and suddenly things were looking more interesting because Sorenstam had to yet to post a birdie. Creamer trailed by three and cut the margin again with a 15-foot birdie putt at the 14th.
 
Down by two, Creamer missed a 5-foot par putt at the 16th, but that hole proved to be a problem for the leader as well. Sorenstam hit a 4-wood into the right rough at the par-4 hole and she tried to punch an 8-iron under a tree. It did not work as she hit a branch and landed in the rough. Sorenstam's third with an 8-iron came up short of the green, but she chipped inside a foot. Sorenstam tapped in for a bogey and her lead was once again two.
 
Creamer dropped a shot at the 17th, but kicked in a short birdie putt at the last to remain two down. Sorenstam had two strokes to play with and needed both.
 
At the 18th, Sorenstam hit her drive left. She knocked a 7-iron over the green and chipped to 6 feet. Sorenstam two-putted from the short distance, but it was enough for the win.
 
'It wasn't the finish I wanted, but sometimes you just take what you've got,' said Sorenstam, who pocketed $150,000 for the win. 'I was trying to make a few more birdies, but it didn't happen.'
 
Sorenstam has all but wrapped up the Player of the Year honors and the money title, but the Swede still has goals for the remainder of the 2005 season.
 
'We still have more tournaments, and I think we've got another six to play in, so the season is far from over for me and for some other players,' said Sorenstam. 'There's a lot of things that are at stake...Vare Trophy.'
 
Creamer moved to second on the LPGA Tour money list, but couldn't help but feel a little down after missing a chance at her third victory in just her rookie year.
 
'Obviously I'm a little bummed out after the finish I had on 16, 17 and birdie on 18,' said Creamer. 'It still kind of makes the whole week not as sweet, but I had a chance to win and that's the thing that I always have to look back on.'
 
Miriam Nagl (68), Jeong Jang (71), Suzann Pettersen (72) and Leta Lindley (73) shared sixth place at even-par 213.
 
Mi Hyun Kim and Michele Redman each posted matching rounds of even-par 71 on Sunday and tied for 10th place with Shi Hyun Ahn (72) at 1-over-par 214.
 
Michelle Ellis was tied for second with Hjorth after the second round, but played badly in Sunday's final pairing with Sorenstam. Ellis shot an 8-over 79 and ended in a tie for 13th at plus-2.
 
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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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    Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

    Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

    Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.