Delasin Outlasts Han in Playoff

By Sports NetworkNovember 16, 2003, 5:00 pm
SEMMES, Ala. -- Dorothy Delasin birdied the first playoff hole Sunday to defeat Hee-Won Han and win the Mobile LPGA Tournament of Champions. Delasin posted a final-round, 3-under 69 and was tied at 8-under-par 280 by Han, who closed with a 68.
Han managed to force the playoff with a birdie on the 17th at the Magnolia Grove Crossings Course. On the first extra hole, Delasin dropped a wedge within 10 feet of the cup and drained the birdie putt for the win. Han had left her birdie try inches short of the cup.
'It's been a tough year-and-a-half for me, so to come out strong it means so much to me,' said a tearful Delasin, whose last victory was at the 2001 Samsung Championship. 'I made my putt on 10 and I was like 'Wow, I am getting my ball rolling.' Then I didn't make any putts from 11 through 18 and I just stayed patient. I was getting frustrated, but my caddie helped keep my head in the game.'
Laura Davies fired a 7-under 65 Sunday to finish in third place at 7-under-par 281. Grace Park carded a 4-under 68 to move into a tie for fourth place at 6-under-par 282. She was joined there by Mi Hyun Kim and Rachel Teske, who both closed with 69s.
Delasin, who opened the final round with a one-shot lead, was caught early on by Park. Delasin birdied the first and third, but was caught after bogeying the sixth. Park had posted four birdies through eight holes to move to minus-6.
Delasin regained the lead at No. 7 when she birdied to grab a two-stroke lead, as Park fell off the pace with a double bogey at the ninth. Delasin, now a four-time winner on the LPGA Tour, moved to 8 under with a birdie No. 10.
Davies made a run at Delasin. She birdied five of her first 10 holes, but managed just birdies on 13 and 17 down the stretch to finish one back.
'I putted very well and hit a lot of good irons in the middle of the round,' said Davies. 'I started hitting a lot of good irons and made a couple of putts to keep the momentum going, and that's really the key to the round.'
Han was the one who made the best charge though. After an uneventful front nine with a bogey and a birdie, Han forged her way to the top on the back side.
The South Korean birdied the 10th, then climbed within one shot of the lead with back-to-back birdies from the 13th. Han rolled in an eight-footer for birdie on the 17th to tie Delasin for the lead.
Delasin and Han both had birdie chances on the 18th, but neither was able to convert forcing the extra hole.
'I had some doubts, but I just told myself to keep hitting solid shots and try to make as many putts as you can,' said Delasin, who earned $122,000 for the win. 'And if you win great, if you don't great too, because you played solid golf.'
Delasin collected enough money to move to vault to 22nd on the LPGA Tour money list. The first-place check got her into next week's season-ending ADT Championship, which is reserved for the top 30 on the money list.
Han was philosophical about the loss.
'It was a nice comeback,' said Han, who won twice this season. 'But Delasin's playing good. She made the putt in the playoff and I just missed.'
Rosie Jones shared seventh place Karrie Webb at 5-under-par 283. Lorie Kane finished one stroke further back at minus-4.
Beth Daniel posted a 4-under 68 to move into ninth place at 2-under-par 286. She was followed by 2002 champion Se Ri Pak at minus-1, while Candie Kung and Meg Mallon were next at even-par 288.
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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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    Rahm (62) fires career low round

    By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

    The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

    Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

    What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

    Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

    Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

    Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

    Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

    Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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    Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

    "Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

    Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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    Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

    "That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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    Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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    The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

    It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.