Dunn Claims First Victory

By Sports NetworkJuly 18, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Giant Eagle LPGA ClassicVIENNA, Ohio -- Moira Dunn fired a final-round, 7-under 65 on Sunday to earn her first career win at the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic at Squaw Creek Country Club. Dunn completed the event at 12-under-par 204.
 
'It's been a long time,' said Dunn, who earned $150,000 for the win. 'I always believed it would come. That's what got me here.'
 
Young-A Yang, who shared the lead entering the final round, posted a 4-under 68 to take second place at 10-under-par 206. Leta Lindley used a Sunday 66 to take third place at minus-9, while Laura Diaz posted a final-round 69 to end the tournament at 8-under-par 208.
 
Dunn opened her round with a 15-foot birdie putt at the first to get to 6-under. After a trio of pars, she dropped in a birdie putt at the par-5 fifth. The 32-year-old Dunn came back with a birdie at the eighth from 15 feet out.
 
The 10-year pro then stumbled to a bogey at the par-3 ninth when she was unable to get up-and-down for par. Dunn atoned for that error with a short birdie at the 12th. She came right back to birdie the 13th from inside 4 feet to get to minus-9.
 
Dunn turned it on down the stretch. She sank a 3-foot birdie try at the par-3 15th to grab a share of the lead. Dunn came right back at the 16th to take the lead by sinking an 18-foot birdie putt.
 
Dunn, a three-time runner-up, moved two shots clears of the field with a birdie from 5 feet out at the 17th. She parred the closing hole for career win No. 1 in her 245th career start.
 
'I've been playing really well. I'm happy with my swing and my ball striking,' Dunn said. 'The funniest thing is I bought a putter on Thursday night and put it in play on Friday. We just went to a golf shop and we were goofing around and I couldn't leave without buying something.'
 
Dunn putted out the final hole just after lightning flashed across the sky. There had been a two-hour, 40-minute weather delay earlier in the round, first due to thunder and lightning, then because of rain.
 
Yang moved to 7 under with a 5-foot birdie putt at the third to open her round. However, she tripped to a three-putt bogey at the next hole. The Korean dropped in consecutive birdies from the eighth to get to minus-8.
 
The 25-year-old Yang opened the back nine with three straight pars. She converted a birdie at the par-5 13th and came right back to drain a 26-foot birdie try at the 14th to move to 10 under. Yang could only manage to par her final four holes to take second place.
 
'I'm very pleased with the way I played, 4 under today is not a bad score,' said Yang. 'Before the day started, I said if I got it to double-figures under par I'd be very happy. I did that. Moira just played better than I did.'
 
Michelle Estill, who shared the second-round lead with Yang, posted a 1-under 71 to end the tournament at 7-under-par 209. Katherine Hull fought back from an opening-round 76 with rounds of 66-68 to take sixth place at 6-under-par 210.
 
Anna Acker-Macosko and Catherine Cartwright ended one stroke behind Hull at minus-5. Donna Andrews (70) and Tina Fischer (69) shared ninth place 3-under-par 213.
 
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    Spieth, McIlroy to support Major Champions Invitational

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:25 pm

    Nick Faldo announced Tuesday the creation of the Major Champions Invitational.

    The event, scheduled for March 12-14, is an extension of the Faldo Series and will feature both male and female junior players at Bella Collina in Montverde, Fla.

    Jordan Spieth, Rory Mcllroy, Annika Sorenstam, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Jerry Pate and John Daly have already committed to supporting the event, which is aimed at mentoring and inspiring the next generation of players.  

    “I’m incredibly excited about hosting the Major Champions Invitational, and about the players who have committed to support the event,” Faldo said. “This event will allow major champions to give something back to the game that has given them so much, and hopefully, in time, it will become one of the most elite junior golf events in the world.”

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    Rosaforte: Woods plays with Obama, gets rave reviews

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:15 pm

    Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte reports on Tiger Woods’ recent round at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., alongside President Barack Obama.

    Check out the video, as Rosaforte says Woods received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon. 

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    Stock Watch: Spieth searching for putting form

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 16, 2018, 1:50 pm

    Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

    RISING

    Patton Kizzire (+8%): By today’s accelerated standards, he’s a late bloomer, having reached the Tour at age 29. Well, he seems right at home now, with two wins in his last four starts.

    Rory (+7%): Coming off the longest break of his career, McIlroy should have no excuses this year. He’s healthy. Focused. Motivated. It’s go time.

    Chris Paisley (+5%): The best part about his breakthrough European Tour title that netted him $192,000? With his wife, Keri, on the bag, he doesn’t have to cut 10 percent to his caddie – she gets the whole thing.

    Brooke Henderson (+3%): A seventh-place finish at the Diamond Resorts Invitational doesn’t sound like much for a five-time winner, but this came against the men – on a cold, wet, windy, 6,700-yard track. She might be the most fun player to watch on the LPGA. 

    New European Ryder Cuppers (+2%): In something of a Ryder Cup dress rehearsal, newcomers Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton each went undefeated in leading Europe to a come-from-behind victory at the EurAsia Cup. The competition come September will be, um, a bit stiffer.



    FALLING

    Jordan’s putting (-1%): You can sense his frustration in interviews, and why not? In two starts he leads the Tour in greens in regulation … and ranks 201st (!) in putting. Here’s guessing he doesn’t finish the year there.

    Brian Harman’s 2018 Sundays (-2%): The diminutive left-hander now has five consecutive top-10s, and he’s rocketing up the Ryder Cup standings, but you can’t help but wonder how much better the start to his year might have been. In the final pairing each of the past two weeks, he’s a combined 1 under in those rounds and wasn’t much of a factor.

    Tom Hoge (-3%): Leading by one and on the brink of a life-changing victory – he hadn’t been able to keep his card each of the past three years – Hoge made an absolute mess of the 16th, taking double bogey despite having just 156 yards for his approach. At least now he’s on track to make the playoffs for the first time.

    Predicting James Hahn’s form (-4%): OK, we give up: He’d gone 17 events without a top-15 before his win at Riviera; 12 before his win at Quail Hollow; and seven before he lost on the sixth playoff hole at Waialae. The margins between mediocre play and winning apparently are THAT small.

    Barnrat (-5%): Coming in hot with four consecutive top-10s, and one of only two team members ranked inside the top 50 in the world, Kiradech Aphibarnrat didn’t show up at the EurAsia Cup, going 0-3 for the week. In hindsight, the Asian team had no chance without his contributions. 

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    Langer not playing to pass Irwin, but he just might

    By Tim RosaforteJanuary 16, 2018, 1:40 pm

    Bernhard Langer goes back out on tour this week to chase down more than Hale Irwin’s PGA Tour Champions record of 45 career victories. His chase is against himself.

    “I’m not playing to beat Hale Irwin’s record,” Langer told me before heading to Hawaii to defend his title at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. “I play golf to play the best I can, to be a good role model, and to enjoy a few more years that are left.”

    Langer turned 60 on Aug. 27 and was presented a massage chair by his family as a birthday gift. Instead of reclining (which he does to watch golf and football), he won three more times to close out a seven-win campaign that included three major championships. A year prior, coming off a four-victory season, Langer told me after winning his fourth Charles Schwab Cup that surpassing Irwin’s record was possible but not probable. With 36 career victories and 11 in his last two years, he has changed his tone to making up the nine-tournament difference as “probable.”

    “If I could continue a few more years on that ratio, I could get close or pass him,” Langer told me from his home in Boca Raton, Fla. “It will get harder. I’m 60 now. It’s a big challenge but I don’t shy away from challenges.”


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    Langer spent his off-season playing the PNC Father/Son, taking his family on a ski vacation at Big Sky in Yellowstone, Montana, and to New York for New Year’s. He ranks himself as a scratch skier, having skied since he was four years old in Germany. The risk of injury is worth it, considering how much he loves “the scenery, the gravity and the speed.”

    Since returning from New York, Langer has immersed himself into preparing for the 2018 season. Swing coach Willy Hoffman, who he has worked with since his boyhood days as an as assistant pro in Germany, flew to Florida for their 43rd year of training.

    “He’s a straight shooter,” Hoffman told me. “He says, 'Willy, every hour is an hour off my life and we have 24 hours every day.'"

    As for Irwin, they have maintained a respectful relationship that goes back to their deciding singles match in the 1991 Ryder Cup. Last year they were brought back to Kiawah Island for a corporate appearance where they reminisced and shared the thought that nobody should ever have to bear what Langer went through, missing a 6-footer on the 18th green. That was 27 years ago. Both are in the Hall of Fame.

    "I enjoy hanging out with Hale," Langer says.

    Langer’s chase of Irwin’s record is not going to change their legacies. As Hoffman pointed out, “Yes, (Bernhard) is a rich man compared to his younger days. He had no money, no nothing. But today you don’t feel a difference when you talk to him. He’s always on the ground.”