Asia Out to Early Lead in the Lexus Cup

By Sports NetworkDecember 7, 2007, 5:00 pm
Lexus CupPERTH, Australia - Candie Kung and Ayako Uehara beat Annika Sorenstam and Catriona Matthew 3 and 2 on Friday in the Lexus Cup to help Asia sweep alternate-shot play for a 6-0 lead over the International team.
'I thought we had some great pairings. Everyone was excited to be here and play here. It just didn't turn out,' said Sorenstam, the International captain. 'We will play better, leave this day behind. We have two more days and 24 more points. I think that's a positive, and we'll focus on that, and put today in the past.'
The teams will play six best-ball matches Saturday at The Vines and the competition will end Sunday with 12 singles matches. In the first events at Tanah Merah in Singapore, the International team won 16-8 in 2005 and Asia won 12 1/2 -11 1/2 in 2006.
'I didn't say anything much,' Asia captain Se Ri Pak said. 'I just tell them to go out and do their best. That's about all we can do about that. Team International is really tough competitors, it's not easy to just go out and play against them. We'll go out there today, do a little work, and come back ready for tomorrow.'
Amy Hung and Ji Yai Shin beat Brittany Lincicome and Maria Hjorth 4 and 2 in the most-lopsided match of the day, while Jee Young Lee and Seon Hwa Lee topped Suzann Pettersen and Natalie Gulbis 3 and 2.

'It hurts! It stings! It definitely stings for us,' Gulbis said. 'We felt like the girls went out there and really gave it their best work, so I think we'll think a little about what happened out and come out there tomorrow and show what we've got.'
Pak teamed with In-Kyung Kim to beat Morgan Pressel and Stacy Prammanasudh 2 and 1. Pak is playing with a shoulder injury.
'Actually, it was a little painful,' Pak said. 'I thought it was doing great and stuff in the morning, and on 15, I actually felt that something was going on. Overall, I mean, the results today make it feel a little better.'
In the other matches, Jeong Jang and Shi Hyun Ahn beat Angela Park and Nikki Campbell -- the lone Australian in the International lineup -- 2 and 1, and Sarah Lee and Meena Lee edged Cristie Kerr and Nicole Castrale 1-up.
Kung improved her Lexus Cup record to 5-1-1, tying Sorenstam -- also 5-1-1 -- as the career points leader with 5 1/2 .
'It just happened that we were able to save each other,' Kung said. 'If she hit a bad shot, I played a good one and back and forth. We got a little bit lucky to beat them 3 and 2, but we just went out there and had fun.
Sorenstam was asked if the flies broke her concentration.
'The flies did not bother me. I don't think they bothered the rest of the team,' she said. 'We've been out there a few days this week, so we shouldn't be bothered by them. I'll blame today on the flies.'
Sorenstam also was asked about the numerous birds and kangaroos on the course.
'Yes, we're enjoying the wildlife,' Sorenstam said. 'If tomorrow goes wrong, I'll blame it on the birds.'
Seon Hwa Lee, the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship winner, improved to 4-0-0 in Lexus Cup play.
'I really enjoyed last year and I think I just really like match play and the team play,' the South Korean player said.
Both captains are sticking with the same pairings for the best-best session.
'It's not broken,' Pak said. 'We'll come out and try for the same results again tomorrow.'
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Two-time major champ Pettersen pregnant

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 7:14 pm

PHOENIX – Suzann Pettersen is pregnant with her first child.

Pettersen’s husband, Christian Ringvold, confirmed the news with Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz.

Pettersen, 36, who married Ringvold in January of 2017, is due in the fall. The 15-time LPGA winner and two-time major champion has yet to make her first start this year. She’s an eight-time Solheim Cup veteran.

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Watch: Woods rips iron from sand, makes birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 17, 2018, 6:10 pm

Tiger Woods didn't bogey the first hole on Saturday like he did the day prior - but he did drop at a shot at the par-3 second when he failed to get up and down from the bunker.

Luckily, it wouldn't take him long to get that stroke back. One hole later, at the dogleg-left, par-4 third, Woods ripped a 2-iron off the tee, hit a less-than-stellar approach long and right, and poured in this 38-footer for birdie to get back to even par on the day.

He followed with another at the par-5 fourth, smoking a drive 313 yards uphill, short-siding himself with his second shot, and playing this deft pitch to set up a tap-in 4.

After a par save from the bunker at 5, Woods missed the fairway right at the par-5 sixth, laid up with his second, spun a wedge to 15 feet with his third, and rolled in this third birdie of the day to move to 6 under for the week.

Woods' momentum was slowed by a bogey at 8, the product of an errant tee shot, and a missed birdie try at 9 left Tiger to make the turn in 1 under-35, minus-5 for the week.

He quickly returned to 6 under for the championship when he hit an approach from 186 to inside 10 feet at the par-4 11th and walked in the putt:

Following four straight pars, Woods for the second day in a row made an unlikely birdie at the par-5 16th after missing the fairway to the right and declining to layup.

(More coming...)

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 17, 2018, 3:00 pm

It was a 3-under 69 on Saturday for Tiger Woods for a 7-under total through three rounds. We tracked him at Bay Hill.

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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.

As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.

Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.

This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.