Gloria Park Prevails Sorenstam Fades

By Sports NetworkJuly 28, 2002, 4:00 pm
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Gloria Park birdied the first extra hole to win the Sybase Big Apple Classic Sunday. Park won for the first time in 2002 and the second time on the LPGA Tour.
 
Park began the day tied for the lead with Annika Sorenstam. After Sorenstam failed to make a charge, Park carried on with strong play until fellow Korean Hee-Won Han stepped up to the challenge.
 
Han tied Park at 15-under with a birdie at the 15th. However, the 24-year-old Han ran into trouble with a bogey at the 16th to fall back to 14-under. Park soon matched her with a bogey of her own at the very same hole.
 
The duo parred the final two holes to finish regulation knotted at 14-under-par 270. Both Park and Han returned to the 18th at Wykagyl Country Club to begin the extra session.
 
Park hit her driver into the rough at the par-5 but managed to hit a 7-iron out onto the fairway. The 22-year-old then hit her third shot to seven feet for birdie and the win. Park was embraced by her father, who held back tears as he walked onto the green.
 
'I feel just really great,' said Park. 'I had a really big fight with my dad last night about my putting stroke. He wasn't happy with my stroke. I cried for two hours last night. I really couldn't sleep. It has been a long day. He said sorry to me on the last hole, so I forgive him.'
 
Park opened with a nine-foot birdie at the first to move to 13-under. She hit a 9-iron to four feet for birdie at the third to open a two-shot lead over Sorenstam. After a bogey at the fourth, Park made back-to-back birdies to climb to 15-under and open a three-shot lead around the turn.
 
Park held steady as Han crept up the leaderboard. Han picked up two birdies on the front nine and moved to 13-under with a birdie at the 11th. She moved to 14-under with a pair of birdies from the 11th and tied Park at 15-under with a three-foot birdie at the 15th. At the very next hole, Han three-putted for bogey to remain tied with Park en route to the playoff.
 
For Han, the 2001 Rookie of the Year, the near-win allowed room for growth.
 
'I was having a great game today, and I'm happy about that,' Han said through her manager and translator, Don Oh. 'It's encouragement for next week or another tournament.'
 
Sorenstam, a two-time winner of this event, made a late run with back-to-back birdies from the 14th to move to 13-under but Park and Han remained out of reach. Sorenstam finished carded a final-round 70 to finish at 13-under-par 271.
 
Karrie Webb collected four birdies and no bogeys for a round of 67. She finished alone in fourth at 12-under-par 272. Beth Daniel, who won this event in a playoff in 1994, was two shots further back at 10-under-par 274.
 
Michele Redman, the 1997 Big Apple champion, carded a 67 to share sixth place with Diana D'Alessio at 9-under-par 275.
 
Kelli Kuehne, who held a two-shot lead after the second round, finished six shots off the pace at 8-under-par 276.
 
Final results from the Sybase Big Apple Classic
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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 Web.com 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.