Annika Wie Breeze into Round 2

By Sports NetworkJuly 6, 2006, 4:00 pm
GLADSTONE, N.J. -- Annika Sorenstam, fresh off her Monday playoff victory at the U.S. Women's Open, won two holes late in her first- round match on Thursday to defeat Virada Nirapathpongporn, 3 and 2, at the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship.
 
'Today is a new day, new tournament, but I had a lot of people remind me of last week and congratulated me throughout the round which is very nice,' said Sorenstam, the No. 1 seed. 'That's nice, but here I am and what matters now and trying to stay focused in the moment.'
 
Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie cruised to her first match-play victory as a professional.
Nirapathpongporn narrowed the margin to 1-down with a win at the 14th, but Sorenstam responded. She knocked an 8-iron 12 feet from the hole on the fringe at the 15th and rolled in the birdie try to move 2-up.
 
At the next hole, Nirapathpongporn took an unplayable lie and that spelled the end. She conceded Sorenstam a par and the match.
 
Sorenstam will next face No. 32 Heather Young, who advanced thanks to a 1-up victory over No. 33 Sung Ah Yim in 19 holes.
 
Michelle Wie, the second seed, had a much easier time on Thursday. She dispatched Candy Hannemann, 5 and 3, at the Highlands Course at Hamilton Farm Golf Club.
 
This is Wie's first experience in a professional match-play tournament, although match play is nothing new to her. She played in several USGA events and won the 2003 Women's Amateur Public Links.
 
'I thought it would be a little different coming into this event, but match play is the same,' said Wie. 'I haven't played match play in a long time. So I just got off to a rocky start but I did good.'
 
Wie has an interesting second-round match as she faces 34th-ranked Christina Kim, a 2-and-1 victor over Joo Mi Kim.
 
'I've played with her a lot,' said Wie, referring to her opponent on Friday. 'She's really fun to talk to, she calls me sometimes. She's a nice girl and it's going to be fun tomorrow.'
 
The other top seeds advanced easily on Thursday.
 
Lorena Ochoa, ranked third and the tour's leading money winner, beat No. 62 Il Mi Chung, 3 and 1. Karrie Webb, seeded fourth overall and the reigning Kraft Nabisco Champion, trounced 61st-ranked Nancy Scranton, 4 and 2.
 
Thursday's opening round did not feature many significant upsets, but three players in the top-10 did not make it out of the first round.
 
The highest-ranked player to lose on Thursday was No. 7 Yuri Fudoh, the Japanese LPGA Tour star who fell, 4 and 3, to Brandie Burton in Thursday's first match.
 
Ninth-ranked Jeong Jang, the current Women's British Open title holder, fell 2-down to No. 56 Marcy Hart. The 10 seed, Ai Miyazato, also lost 2-down to Kyeong Bae.
 
Pat Hurst, the 13th seed who lost to Sorenstam on Monday at Newport Country Club, can't seem to stand to be away from the golf course. She needed 21 holes to finally eliminate Reilley Rankin, 1-up, and will now meet Helen Alfredsson, the European Solheim Cup captain, in round two. Alfredsson, ranked 45th, advanced with a 3-and-2 win over No. 20 Julieta Granada.
 
That match is in Webb's part of the bracket and the No. 4 seed will play No. 29 Hee Jung Park on Friday. Park defeated 36th-ranked Rachel Hetherington, 1-up.
 
Paula Creamer, No. 6, topped Miriam Nagl, 2 and 1, and will take on defending champion Marisa Baena, the 37th seed. Last year's winner needed three extra holes to take down Wendy Ward, 1-up.
 
'You just never know what's going to happen, and the proof of it is today,' said Baena. 'The biggest difference between today and last year was every time I had a pressure shot and I needed to perform, I didn't. Today it was very sloppy. You know what, that's how match play works. You just have to play your opponent.'
 
Morgan Pressel, ranked 12th, bested Sarah Lee, 1-up in 20 holes. Pressel will face 21st-seed Meena Lee on Friday after Meena Lee eliminated Sherri Steinhauer, 2 and 1.
 
Ochoa earned a second-round match with Karine Icher, who, as the 35th seed, knocked out Stacy Prammanasudh, 4 and 3 on Thursday.
 
Mi Hyun Kim, No 14, beat Nicole Castrale, 4 and 2 to set up a second-round match with Laura Davies, the European Solheim Cup stalwart who upset 19th-ranked Jee Young Lee 2 and 1.
 
Cristie Kerr, the sixth seed, went all 18 before stopping Young Jo, 1-up. That set up a second-round battle with Sophie Gustafson, who dispatched No. 38 Gwladys Nocera, 3 and 2.
 
Laura Diaz had the easiest route to round two. Shi Hyun Ahn, the No. 22 seed, withdrew on Wednesday giving Diaz a bye into the second round. Diaz will take on Lindsey Wright, a 5 and 4 winner over No. 11 Hee-Won Han.
 
Other winners on Thursday, playing in Sorenstam's portion of the bracket, included: No. 8 Juli Inkster (2 and 1 over Tina Barrett), No. 25 Catriona Matthew (1-up in 21 holes over Beth Daniel), 16th-ranked Seon Hwa Lee (3 and 2 over Aree Song), No. 17 Brittany Lang (3 and 2 over Patricia Meunier-Lebouc), No. 24 Liselotte Neumann (3 and 1 over Karen Stupples), and Hart.
 
The remainder of Wie's bracket features: No. 15 LPGA Champion Se Ri Pak (5 and 4 over Angela Stanford), No. 47 Lorie Kane (3 and 2 over Natalie Gulbis), Burton, No. 39 Brittany Lincicome (1-up in 20 holes over Michele Redman), Bae and 42nd-rated Suzann Pettersen (2 and 1 over Young Kim).
 
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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.