Annika Six Back in Quest of Six-Peat

By Sports NetworkNovember 3, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 Mizuno ClassicMIE, Japan -- Rachel Hetherington of Australia fired a 7-under-par 65 on Friday to take the lead after the first round of the Mizuno Classic.
 
Mitsuko Kawaski, Rui Kitada, Brittany Lang and Julieta Granada are knotted in second place at 4-under-par 68 at Kashikojima Country Club in Shima.
 
Annika Sorenstam, who has won this event five consecutive years, which is an LPGA Tour record for most consecutive years winning the same event, played average on Friday. She shot a 1-under-par 71 and is part of a group tied for 27th place.
 
Sorenstam started well on Friday with a pair of birdies at one and four. She parred her next eight holes around the turn, but birdied the par-5 13th to move to minus-3.
 
Sorenstam, a three-time winner this season, including the U.S. Women's Open, struggled to consecutive bogeys at 14 and 15, but parred her final three.
 
This event features an elite field of 78 players, 43 from the LPGA Tour and 35 from the Japan LPGA. There is no cut, so golfers will be going for broke and Hetherington flew out of the gate on Friday.
 
Hetherington birdied the second hole, then closed her front nine with birdies at the par-5 seventh and par-4 ninth. She made the turn at 3-under-par 33, but soared up the leaderboard with her play on the second nine.
 
The Australian birdied the par-3 11th, then eagled the par-5 13th to move to 6-under par. Hetherington dropped a shot with a bogey at the par-4 14th, but would atone for the mistake quickly.
 
She collected back-to-back birdies from the 15th to move to 7 under par. Hetherington parred her final two holes to secure her three-stroke cushion.
 
Hetherington is an eight-time winner on the LPGA Tour, but has not visited the winner's circle in almost three years. She posted back-to-back wins at the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic, where she toppled Sorenstam, Jennifer Rosales and Lorie Kane in a playoff, and the Wegmans Rochester LPGA.
 
Nabisco Champion Karrie Webb, Akiko Fukushima, Akane Iijima, Aree Song, Sun Young Yoo, Sakura Yokomine, Suzann Pettersen, Young Kim, Candie Kung, Nancy Scranton, Gloria Park, Karine Icher, Meena Lee and local favorite Ai Miyazato are tied for sixth place at 3-under-par 69.
 
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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