Japan Captures Womens World Cup

By Sports NetworkFebruary 13, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 WomenGEORGE, South Africa -- The Japanese team combined for 3-over 149 in Sunday's final round, but it was enough to give them the win at the Women's World Cup of Golf. They finished with a three-round total of 3-under-par 289, which was good for a two-shot win.
 
Sunday's format was stroke-play where both players' scores counted toward the team total.
 
Teenage star Ai Miyazato fired a 6-under 67 on Sunday and needed that low score. Her partner Rui Kitada was awful on the back nine as she posted a 7-over 44. She finished with a 9-over 82 as the team nearly squandered a four-shot lead on the second nine.
 
'That front nine was probably the best nine holes I have ever played,' said Miyazato. 'We tried to help each other and I tried to concentrate on my game and that is the way it. When Rui was starting to go down, I tried to bring myself up.'
 
Jennifer Rosales shot a 2-under 71 and her partner Dorothy Delasin carded a 2-over 75 to give the team from the Philippines the best round on Sunday, an even-par 146.
 
They tied for second with Korea at 1-under-par 291. The Korean tandem of Jang Jeong (74) and Bo Bae Song (75) posted a 3-over-par 149 in Sunday's final round.
 
The Japanese team built a four-stroke lead after Miyazato collected her third consecutive birdie at the ninth hole. Kitada, who was 2 over on her front nine, fell apart on the back side and brought everyone back into the tournament.
 
Miyazato birdied the 10th to extend the margin, but Kitada triple bogeyed the 11th and bogeyed No. 12. Miyazato made her first mistake of the round with a bogey at the par-5 13th and Kitada dropped another shot at the 14th to trim the lead to two.
 
Kitada took care of that cushion with a double bogey at 15. She bogeyed the 16th also, the Korean team fell in front of them and the Philippines were in the clubhouse at minus-1.
 
Three teams were knotted in first at 1 under par, but the Japanese team finally played well on the back nine. At the difficult par-3 17th, Miyazato knocked her tee ball to 2 feet setting up birdie and Kitada had 10 feet for her two. She rolled in the putt and Miyazato tapped in her birdie try to give the team a two-shot lead with one to play.
 
Both managed pars at the last to give Japan the $200,000 first-place check to split.
 
'That putt on 17 was probably the biggest one for me in my career,' said Kitada. 'I kept missing the short ones all day. It was so difficult and so tough. Ai was playing well and I really felt like I was just pulling her leg, I really felt terrible. The putt on 17 really saved me and saved the team.'
 
Scotland, who shared the second-round lead with Japan, combined for a 6-over 152 on Sunday. Catriona Matthew (72) and Janice Moodie (80) finished in fourth place at even-par 292.
 
Karrie Webb (74) and Rachel Hetherington (77) from Australia took fifth place at 2-over-par 294.
 
Dawn Coe-Jones carded an even-par 73 on Sunday and teamed with fellow Canadian Lorie Kane, who shot a 77, to post a 150 in the final round. They tied for sixth with Wales' Becky Morgan (73) and Becky Brewerton (78) at plus-3.
 
The U.S. team of Meg Mallon and Beth Daniel dropped all the way down to 14th after a disappointing final-round 12-over 158.
 
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    Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


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    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


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    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

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    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.