Annika Wie Bounced at Match Play

By Sports NetworkJuly 8, 2006, 4:00 pm
GLADSTONE, N.J. -- Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie, the top two seeds, were both eliminated in Saturday's quarterfinals of the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship.
Juli Inkster, the eighth seed, birdied four of the final five holes, including a 4-footer at the 18th, to knock off Sorenstam, 1-up.
'It was very, very close,' said Sorenstam. 'She finished very solidly. I'm very happy with the way I played. I couldn't do much more. I wanted to give Juli the best match I possibly could.'
Wie was pummeled 4 and 3 by No. 39 Brittany Lincicome.
'I played very solid and just had a lot of bad breaks,' admitted Wie. 'There were a lot of wedge shots that could have been a lot closer and a lot of putts that could have gone in.'
Inkster will take on one of her partners from last year's Solheim Cup.
Paula Creamer, the fifth seed who played with Inkster twice in last year's biennial event against Europe, dispatched No. 4 Karrie Webb, 3 and 2.
Lincicome drew the LPGA Tour's leading money winner, Lorena Ochoa, in the semifinals. The Mexican, seeded third, overcame a front-nine deficit to knock off No. 27 Sophie Gustafson to the tune of 3 and 2.
The only close match was the last one between Sorenstam and Inkster, which was a rematch of the singles match from the 2000 Solheim Cup when Inkster destroyed Sorenstam, 5 and 4.
The Swede held a 2-up advantage after a win at the 11th, but Inkster came charging.
Inkster cut the margin in half with a two-putt birdie at the 14th. One hole later, Inkster rolled in right-to-left-breaking 10-foot birdie putt to square the match.
At the 16th, Sorenstam seemed to have the edge as her second stopped 6 feet from the cup. Inkster came up short of the putting surface with her approach, but chipped in for a birdie. Sorenstam holed the tester to move to the 17th even.
Both players narrowly missed long birdie putts at the par-3 hole, then both spilt the fairway at the 18th. Inkster went first and hit her second to 6 feet. Sorenstam followed with a 7-iron that came to rest nine feet from the flag.
Sorenstam's putt missed on the right edge. Inkster's poured right into the heart of the cup and now it's a semifinal match against Creamer, who is 27 years younger and grew up idolizing Inkster.
'I'm good friends with Paula,' said Inkster, who went 1-1 with Creamer last year at the Solheim Cup. 'She's fiery and she's going to be pumping her fists. I have to play my game and see what happens.'
Wie fell behind immediately as Lincicome captured the first hole. Wie squared it at the third, but Lincicome built a 2-up lead after five holes with wins at four and five.
Lincicome, who like Wie is one of the longest hitters in women's golf, took the 10th to move 3-up. Wie three-putted from 50 feet to lose the 13th and fall 4-down with five to play.
Wie gained a glimmer of hope when she sank a 12-footer for birdie at the 14th. Lincicome missed from 4 feet closer, but finished the match at the next hole after Wie took two to get out of a fairway bunker.
'I got up early and I kept the momentum going,' said Lincicome, who finished seventh at last week's U.S. Women's Open. 'I have been putting so well lately and that helped me win today.'
Next up for Wie is the John Deere Classic on the PGA TOUR next week.
'Hopefully I play as solidly as I'm playing,' said Wie, who has yet to make a cut in her previous experiences on the PGA TOUR. 'I feel like I'm playing awesome. Maybe a couple of lucky bounces here and there.'
Creamer took the fourth and fifth holes to move 2-up and Webb never mounted much of a charge. Webb did not win any holes until the 14th, when Creamer was already 4-up.
Webb, who won the season's first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, had a great opportunity at the 16th. Creamer short-sided herself in a bunker, then left her blast on the fringe, but Webb hit an awkward approach that landed short and right of the green.
Both made bogey and Creamer moved into the semifinals.
'I felt pretty good about it, but it's a shame I didn't get more out of it,' said Webb. 'I played pretty solid today, but just didn't make any birdies. I really screwed up on the last hole.'
Gustafson had the lead through much of the front nine, but Ochoa knotted the match by winning the eighth. She continued her strong play around the turn with wins at nine and 10 to move 2-up.
Gustafson cut it to 1-down with a win at 11, but Ochoa rolled in a 5-foot birdie putt to win No. 14. Gustafson was in a greenside bunker at 16 and thinned her blast 45 feet past the flag. Ochoa eventually won the hole and the match.
'I can only say I'm very excited to be here,' said Ochoa. 'I can't wait to be here tomorrow and I will do my best.'
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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.