Big Finish Lifts Gustafson Into Lead

By Sports NetworkMarch 10, 2001, 5:00 pm
Sweden's Sophie Gustafson went 5-under over her last three holes Saturday to vault into the lead after 54 holes of the Women's Australian Open at Yarra Yarra Golf Club. Defending champion Karrie Webb and fellow Australian Jane Crafter stand four shots back in second place, while first and second-round leader Alison Munt fell into a tie for fourth, nine shots off the pace.
 
Gustafson was 1-under for her round when she knocked a 200-yard 4-iron to three feet to set up an eagle at the par-5 16th. After a 9-iron approach to the par-4 17th left her with a short putt for birdie, Gustafson managed to cap her round with a 20-foot eagle putt at the closing par-5.
 
'It was really nice. That's probably my best ever finish to a tournament,' said Gustafson, who carded the day's best round of 6- under 66 in windy conditions for a three-day total of 11-under-par 205. 'The putts were just short ones on 16 and 17, but it was nice to finish so strong on 18.'
 
The 27-year-old Gustafson was three shots back at the start of the day and made it to 8-under par with three birdies before the turn. Although she stumbled a bit with bogeys at the 11th and 15th, Gustafson quickly leaped to the top of the leaderboard with her sensational finish.
 
When Gustafson is paired with Webb on Sunday, it will mark the second time this season that the two have gone head-to-head in a final round. Gustafson got the better of the Aussie back in January, posting a three-shot victory over the top-ranked Webb at the LPGA's Memorial of Naples event.
 
'It's nice to have a four-shot lead over [Webb],' Gustafson said. 'That means she's going to have to play very good to beat me tomorrow.'
 
Gustafson, who broke through on the LPGA Tour last year with a triumph at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship, was the No. 1 player on the 2000 Evian Ladies European Tour with wins in the Italian and Irish Opens. She went on to capture the Women's British Open, an event that is co-sanctioned by the European and LPGA tours.
 
The Swede also posted a 2-1-1 record to help Europe defeat the U.S. in the 2000 Solheim Cup.
 
Webb opened with a bogey on Saturday but made four birdies over a seven-hole stretch midround to grab a share of the lead with Gustafson at 7-under. Webb then had the lead to herself when Gustafson bogeyed 15, only to watch Gustafson pull away at the end with two eagles and a birdie.
 
'I felt like I hit the ball pretty well for the conditions,' said Webb, who finished with a 3-under 69 to get to 7-under 209. 'It was tough out there and you really had to grind it out. The conditions got a little easier for us in the last few holes, but before that it was really tough to try and judge which way the wind came.'
 
The 26-year-old Webb won her fourth consecutive Australian Ladies Masters title at the Royal Pines Resort last week.
 
Crafter, the winner of this event in 1997, turned in a 2-under 70 for a share of second place with Webb, while Munt followed up rounds of 65-71 with a 78 on Saturday that featured four bogeys and two double-bogeys.
 
Tied for fourth with Munt at 2-under 214 are Becky Morgan (72) and Corinne Dibnah (76).
 
England's Laura Davies, five strokes back at the start of the day, struggled to a 78 and slipped 14 shots off the pace to 3-over par.
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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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.