Annika Wie Reach Elite Eight

By Sports NetworkJuly 8, 2006, 4:00 pm
GLADSTONE, N.J. -- Women's world No. 1 Annika Sorenstam remained hot early Saturday as she romped to a 6 and 5 win over 17th-seed Brittany Lang in the third round of the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship.
Coming off her win at the U.S. Women's Open, Sorenstam still has a long way to go if she is to win her second straight event. She will be joined in the quarterfinals by the remainder of the top-five seeds -- Michelle Wie, two-time winner this year Lorena Ochoa, Kraft Nabisco champion Karrie Webb and Paula Creamer.
The quarterfinal round was rounded out by 27th-seed Sophie Gustafson, 39th-seed Brittany Lincicome and eighth-seed Juli Inkster.
Sorenstam took command of her match with Lang by winning four of the first six holes at the Highlands Course at Hamilton Farm Golf Club.
Lang won her only hole of the match at the 11th, but Sorenstam birdied the next and the match was over one hole later as Lang bogeyed the par-4 13th.
Inkster won three straight from the second versus 56th-seed Marcy Hart. Hart won back-to-back from the seventh, but Inkster took the ninth and 11th. Hart dropped the 3 and 2 decision to Inkster with a bogey at the 16th.
Wie and 15th-seed Se Ri Pak went back and forth early on as each women won two of the first six holes. Wie led 1-up around the turn thanks to a birdie on eight. After Pak won the 10th, Wie birdied 11 and 14, both par-5s to go 2- up. Pak cut the deficit to 1-down with a birdie on the 15th, but a bogey on 17 gave Wie a 2 and 1 win.
The 16-year-old Wie will face Lincicome in the quarters. Lincicome won three of the first four, but 55th-seed Kyeong Bae fought back with wins on five and six. Lincicome stretched her lead to as many as 4-up through 12, and cruised to a 3 and 2 victory from there.
Mi Hyun Kim, the 14th seed, and Ochoa were even through 10 holes, but a birdie on 11 gave the Mexican the lead. Ochoa extended her lead on 14 and closed out a 3 and 2 win as Kim bogeyed the 16th.
Ochoa moves on to face Gustafson, who was 2-down after two holes before beating 43rd-seeded Laura Diaz 2 and 1. Gustafson evened the match with Diaz as she took the eighth and ninth holes. She won three of four holes from the 11th to go 3-up, but Diaz won 15 and 16 before Gustafson's birdie on 17 gave her the match.
Thirteenth-seed Pat Hurst, who fell to Sorenstam in the U.S. Women's Open playoff, was 3-down to Webb after five holes. Webb was buoyed by a hole-out eagle at the first. Webb stretched her lead to 4-up after nine and breezed to a 3 and 2 win despite Hurst claiming the 12th and 14th with birdies.
Webb will battle Creamer, who bested fellow teenager Morgan Pressel. Creamer was 4-up after 10 holes before the 12th-seeded Pressel won her first hole at the 11th. Pressel tried to fight back into it as she won on 15 and 16 to get within 2-down. However, Creamer closed out the 3 and 1 win with a birdie on 17.
The quarterfinals will be played Saturday afternoon, with the semifinals and finals slates for Sunday.
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  • Rose (65) leads Rahm, Frittelli in Dubai

    By Associated PressNovember 18, 2017, 3:24 pm

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Justin Rose shot a 7-under 65 Saturday to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the European Tour's season-ending Tour Championship.

    The 37-year-old Rose made a gutsy par save on the final hole after a bogey-free round for an overall 15-under 201. The Englishman leads South African Dylan Frittelli, who produced the day's best score of 63, and Spain's Jon Rahm, who played in the same group as Rose and matched his 65.

    Rose is chasing his second Race to Dubai title but leading rival Tommy Fleetwood is only two shots behind here after a second straight 65 on the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates.

    Fleetwood did his chances no harm by overcoming a stuttering start before making eight birdies in his final 11 holes to also post a 65. The 26-year-old Englishman was tied for fourth place at 13 under, alongside South African Dean Burmester (65) and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat (67), who closed with five birdies in a row.

    U.S. Masters champion Sergio Garcia, the only other player with a chance to win the Order of Merit crown, is tied for 13th on 10 under.

    Fleetwood needs to equal or better Rose's finishing position to claim the title. If Rose doesn't finish in the top five and Garcia doesn't win, Fleetwood will have done enough.

    Rose is hoping to win a third straight tournament after triumphs in China and Turkey

    If Park is nervous, she sure doesn't show it

    By Randall MellNovember 17, 2017, 11:24 pm

    NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park says she can feel her heart pounding every time she steps to the first tee.

    She says she always gets nervous starting a round.

    You don’t believe it, though.

    She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .

    Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .

    Or disarming ticking bombs . . .

    “In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.

    Everything about Park was at odds with that admission Friday, after she took control halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.

    Her Korean nickname is “Dan Gong,” which means “Shut up and attack.” Now that sounds right. That’s what she looks like she is doing, trying to run roughshod through the Tour Championship in a historic sweep of all the LPGA’s most important awards and honors.

    Park got just one look at Tiburon Golf Club before this championship began, playing in Wednesday’s pro-am. Then she marched out Thursday and shot 67, then came out Friday and shot 65.

    At 12 under overall, Park has a three-shot lead on Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith.

    She is six shots up on Lexi Thompson, who leads the CME Globe point standings in the race for the $1 million jackpot.

    She is 11 shots up on world No. 1 Shanshan Feng.

    And 11 shots up on So Yeon Ryu, who leads the Rolex Player of the Year point standings.

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    There’s a long way to go, but Park is in position to make an epic sweep, to win the Tour Championship, that CME Globe jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

    Nobody’s ever dominated a weekend like that in women’s golf.

    It’s all there for the taking now, if Park can keep this going.

    Park has another nickname back in South Korea. Her fans call her “Namdalla.” That means “I am different.” She’ll prove that if she owns this weekend.

    Park, 24, isn’t assuming anything. She’s humbly aware how much talent is flooding the LPGA, how the tour’s depth was underscored in a year where five different players have reigned as world No. 1, five different players won majors and 22 different winners stepped forward in 32 events.

    “I don’t think it’s quite that far a lead,” Park said of her three-shot advantage. “Two, three shots can change at any moment.”

    About those nerves that Park insists plague her, even Hall of Famer Judy Rankin can’t see it.

    Not when Park unsheathes a driver on a tee box.

    “She’s the most fearless driver of the ball out here,” Rankin said. “I would put Lexi a close second and everybody else a distant third. She hits drivers on holes where you shouldn’t, and she hits it long and she just throws it right down there between hazard stakes that are 10 yards apart, like it’s nothing. Now, that’s a little hyperbole, but she will hit driver almost everywhere.”

    David Jones, Park’s caddie, will attest to that. He was on Park’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in July and won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.

    “She reaches for driver a lot because she is a good driver,” Jones said. “She isn’t reckless. She’s as accurate with a driver as she is a 3-wood.”

    Park and Thompson played together in the first round. Park is eighth on tour in driving distance, averaging 270 yards per drive, and Thompson is third, averaging 274.

    Thompson loves to hit driver, too, but . . . 

    “Lexi hit a lot of 3-woods compared to us when we played together yesterday,” Jones said.

    Jones doesn’t find himself talking Park out of hitting driver much.

    “It’s really simple,” Jones said. “When you hit driver as straight as she does, why mess around?”

    Count Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, a student of the swing, among admirers of Park’s abilities.

    “No other swing in the game comes close to her technical perfection and elegance in my opinion,” Chamblee tweeted Friday.

    Come Sunday, Park hopes to complete a perfect sweep of the LPGA’s most important awards.

    National champion Sooners meet with Trump in D.C.

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 17, 2017, 11:10 pm

    The national champion Oklahoma men's golf team visited Washington D.C. on Frday and met with President Donald Trump.

    Oklahoma topped Oregon, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2, in last year's national final at Rich Harvest Farms to win their second national championship and first since 1989.

    These pictures from the team's trip to Washington popped up on social media late Friday afternoon:

    Rookie Cook (66-62) credits prior Tour experience

    By Rex HoggardNovember 17, 2017, 10:36 pm

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Austin Cook is a rookie only on paper. At least, that’s the way he’s played since joining the circuit this season.

    This week’s RSM Classic is Cook’s fourth start on Tour, and rounds of 66-62 secured his fourth made cut of the young season. More importantly, his 14-under total moved him into the lead at Sea Island Resort.

    “I really think that a couple years ago, the experience that I have had, I think I've played maybe 10 events, nine events before this season,” Cook said. “Being in contention a few times and making cuts, having my card has really prepared me for this.”

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    Cook has been perfect this week at the RSM Classic and moved into contention with four consecutive birdies starting at No. 13 (he began his round on the 10th hole of the Seaside course). A 6-footer for birdie at the last moved him one stroke clear of Brian Gay.

    In fact, Cook hasn’t come close to making a bogey this week thanks to an equally flawless ball-striking round that moved him to first in the field in strokes gained: tee to green.

    If Cook has played like a veteran this week, a portion of that credit goes to long-time Tour caddie Kip Henley, who began working for Cook during this year’s Tour finals.

    “He’s got a great golf brain,” Henley said. “That’s the most flawless round of golf I’ve ever seen.”