Annika Remains One Back in Japan

By Sports NetworkNovember 5, 2005, 5:00 pm
LPGA logo for LeaderboardsSETA, OTSU-SHI, Japan -- Young Kim posted a 5-under 67 Saturday to hang on to a one-stroke lead through two rounds of the Mizuno Classic. Kim completed 36 holes at 14-under-par 130.
Annika Sorenstam, the four-time defending champion, also shot 67 to remain one shot back at minus-13.
Jenny Rosales, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, fired a 7-under 65 to move into third place at 12-under-par 132. Karrie Webb and Women's British Open champion Jeong Jang are one shot further back at minus-11.
The field this week is comprised of 43 LPGA Tour players and 35 players from the Japan LPGA circuit. The event is 54 holes and has no cut.
Kim opened with a birdie on the first. She drained a birdie putt on the par-3 fifth and made it two straight as she birdied the par-5 sixth to get to 12 under at Seta Golf Course.
The 25-year-old Korean parred her next two holes before catching fire around the turn. Kim poured in a birdie putt on No. 9. She came right back with a birdie on the 10th and made it three in a row as she birdied the 11th.
That birdie got her to 15 under and four strokes clear of Sorenstam. Kim then stumbled to back-to-back bogeys from the 12th to slide back to 13 under, but she still led to three.
Kim, who has 12 top-10s over the last three years, but no wins, got one of those strokes back with a birdie on the 15th. She tripped to a bogey on 16, but atoned for that error with a birdie on 17 to get back to minus-14. Kim parred the last to remain there.
Sorenstam, who is trying to become the first person in LPGA or PGA Tour history to win an event five straight times, also started her round with a birdie at the first.
The 34-year-old parred her next four holes before a birdie on the sixth got her to 10 under. Sorenstam made it two straight as she birdied the seventh. After four pars in a row, she tripped to her first bogey of the event at the par-3 12th.
Sorenstam, who won by nine strokes each of the last two years, stood at 10 under, four behind Kim, with six holes to play. The top player in the women's game turned it on down the stretch. She birdied the 14th for the second straight day.
After a pair of pars, Sorenstam birdied the 17th and 18th to get to 13 under within one stroke of Kim. The 67 was Sorenstam's 10 consecutive round in the 60s at this event.
Sophie Gustafson posted her second straight round of 5-under 67 on Saturday. She shares sixth place at 10-under-par 134 with Japanese LPGA Tour player Shiho Ohyama, who posted a 3-under 69 in the second round.
Karine Icher and Sakura Yokomine are tied for eighth place at 9-under-par 135. Reilley Rankin and Sherri Steinhauer lead a group one stroke further back at minus-8.
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    Snedeker starts slow in effort to snag Masters invite

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

    Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

    Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

    Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

    World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

    Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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    Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

    The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

    Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

    "I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

    Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

    Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

    Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.

    Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

    By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.

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    Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

    Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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    LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

    The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

    LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

    "The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

    It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

    "He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."