Kerr Flawless in Victory Stanford Collapses

By Sports NetworkAugust 13, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Canadian WomenLONDON, Ontario -- Cristie Kerr overcame an eight-stroke deficit Sunday to hand Angela Stanford a crushing loss for the second time in three months, shooting a bogey-free 7-under 65 for a one-stroke victory in the Canadian Women's Open.
Kerr, who came from four strokes back to beat Stanford in May in the Franklin American Mortgage Championship in Tennessee, finished with a 12-under 276 total on the London Hunt and Country Club course. She earned $255,000 for her eighth career win.
Angela Stanford
Angela Stanford had reason to be pumped up, but then faltered with a pair of bogeys on the final two holes.
Stanford, four strokes ahead of second-place Meena Lee after the third round, three-putted the par-4 18th for a 74. Pat Hurst shot a 68 to finish third at 10 under, Lee (74) followed at 7 under and Jee Young Lee (74) was another stroke back.
Kerr, coming off a second-place tie last week in the Women's British Open, opened with rounds of 67, 70 and 74 to begin the day at 5 under. She flew up the leaderboard with six birdies in a nine-hole span, including four in a row on Nos. 7-10.
She made a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 16th -- with the ball spinning around twice before dropping in -- to reach 12 under and cut Stanford's lead to one, but missed a chance to reach 13 under when her 12-foot putt on 18 slid by the right edge.
The 27-year-old star rebounded from a disappointing finish in the Women's British Open. At Royal Lytham, she was a stroke back with three holes to play, but bogeyed 16 and finished with a double bogey to end up three strokes behind Sherri Steinhauer.
Stanford missed another great chance for her second LPGA Tour victory. The former TCU star won the 2003 Shoprite Classic in New Jersey and nearly followed it with a major victory, losing a playoff to Hilary Lunke in the U.S. Women's Open.
She also had a strong finish in Canada last year, tying for third at Glen Arbour in Halifax, Nova Scotia, two strokes behind Meena Lee.
Stanford's lead dropped to two with a two-stroke swing on the opening hole. After her approach shot plugged in the face of a greenside bunker, she blasted out to 15 feet and watched in disgust as her par putt lipped out. Meena Lee made a 12-footer for birdie after Stanford's miss to reach 10 under.
While Stanford and Lee matched each other on the next seven holes, Kerr was making her big move three groups ahead. Stanford got back to 13 under with a 12-foot birdie putt from the front edge on the par-ninth, but missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 10th. She also missed a 6-foot birdie putt on No. 3.
Canadian star Lorie Kane, paired with Kerr, shot a 75 to tie for 16th at 2 under.
Kerr's victory was the fifth by an American in 21 events this year and the third in five tournaments. ... The Royal Canadian Golf Association estimated the crowd at 16,500 for a four-day total of 61,000, the most since the governing body took over the national championship in 2001 after the du Maurier Classic folded. ... Tournament-saving title sponsor CN presented a $250,000 check to the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario at London Health Sciences Centre. The railway is in the first year of a three-year deal with the RCGA. ... Jocelyne Bourassa is the only Canadian to win an LPGA Tour event in Canada. She won the 1973 La Canadienne.
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    What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

    Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

    McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

    The Ryder Cup topped his list.

    Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

    “Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

    “The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

    And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

    Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

    The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

    More bulletin board material, too.

    Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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    Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

    Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

    The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

    It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

    The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

    “I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

    Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.