Its Official Annika in the Hall

By Sports NetworkOctober 10, 2003, 4:00 pm
THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Annika Sorenstam officially became a member of the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame on Friday when the first round of the Samsung World Championship was completed.
 
Sorenstam finished the first round of her 15th event of 2003, which completed her 10th official season, her final requirement for admittance.
 
Sorenstam, who turned 33 on Thursday, opened with a 2-under-par 70 at The Players Course at The Woodlands and shares second place with Meg Mallon, Beth Daniel, Rachel Teske and Grace Park.
 
Se Ri Pak, Sorenstam's playing partner and closest competitor, carded a 3-under-par 69 and is alone in first place.
 
'Obviously I'm very pleased and now we've got to turn around and play again, so it's a little different feeling,' said Sorenstam.
 
The first round was completed Friday morning as heavy rain washed out all of Thursday's action. A few golfers played some holes Thursday but when play resumed Friday morning, all scores were wiped away and the tournament started over.
 
The second round began immediately after the first round. The hope is to play 36 holes on Friday but the more likely plan is for golfers to play as much as possible on Friday with the completion of the second round some time Saturday morning.
 
Cristie Kerr and Juli Inkster share seventh place at 1-under-par 71, followed by U.S. Women's Open champion Hilary Lunke, Angela Stanford, one of the runners-up to Lunke, Karrie Webb and Sophie Gustafson. That group stands at even-par 72.
 
Despite the elite field, all eyes were on Sorenstam Friday.
 
Sorenstam, who won this event last year, birdied the par-5 first and added another at the seventh. She parred out her last 11 holes, including a great save at the last when she drove into the water.
 
If play had gone on Thursday, the plan was to have a small ceremony for Sorenstam to celebrate her entrance into golf's upper echelon.
 
The LPGA requires 27 points for the Hall of Fame and a player receives one point for a victory, two for a major championship, one point for being player of the year and one point for winning the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average.
 
Sorenstam collected 63 points with 47 victories, including six major championships, to rank seventh on the all-time wins list. She has won Player of the Year honors five times and also claimed the scoring title five times.
 
In this, her Hall of Fame season, Sorenstam became the first woman in 58 years to tee it up with the men as she missed the cut at the PGA Tour's Colonial. She defeated Park in a playoff to win the LPGA Championship and overcame Pak in the final round to complete her career Slam at the Women's British Open. Only Webb, Inkster, Pat Bradley, Mickey Wright and Louise Suggs have captured the four major championships.
 
Sorenstam's season became complete last month when she led her European mates to the most lopsided victory in Solheim Cup history, 17 1/2-10 1/2.
 
Sorenstam became the first player in LPGA Tour history to shoot 59 in the second round of the 2001 Standard Register PING in Phoenix. That year she also became the first woman to surpass the $2 million mark in a single season.
 
Her 2002 campaign was even stronger with 11 LPGA Tour victories and 13 worldwide.
 
'It will happen eventually,' Sorenstam said after news of Thursday's rainout. 'I know I'm very exited and very honored to be part of such an elite group of women. I'm certainly excited about the opportunity.'
 
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    Rahm (62) takes early lead at CareerBuilder

    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.

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    Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

    Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

    The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

    It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

    "It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."


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    Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

    Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

    "This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."