Kim Finally Breaks Through at Longs Drugs

By Sports NetworkSeptember 26, 2004, 4:00 pm
AUBURN, Calif. -- Christina Kim finally broke through on the LPGA Tour on Sunday. She fired a six-under 65 to claim her first victory at the Longs Drugs Challenge. Kim finished at 18-under-par 266 at The Ridge Golf Course, which was good for a one-shot win over Karrie Webb.
 
Kims four-round total of 266 smashed the previous tournament record by seven. Kelly Robbins and Val Skinner each posted 273s in 1996.
 
Webb carded a seven-under 64, and was followed in third place by two-time former champion Juli Inkster. Inkster, who was the second-round leader, shot a three-under 68 and came in at 16-under-par 268.
 
Hee-Won Han, who won last weeks Safeway Classic, managed a six-under 65 on Sunday and took fourth place at 14-under-par 270.
 
While Kim held off two Hall of Famers en route to her first victory, the story of Sundays final round might have been a 35-year-old journeywoman who has never won on tour.
 
Anna Acker-Macosko collected 11 birdies and no bogeys for an 11-under-par 60, matching the second lowest number in LPGA Tour history. Meg Mallon posted the same score in the second round of last years Welchs/Frys Championship and Jung Yeon Lee had a 60 in the opening round of the same tournament this year.
 
Annika Sorenstam owns the only 59 in tour history. She shot that in the second round of the 2001 Standard Register PING.
 
Acker-Macosko birdied her first two holes, then tallied three birdies in her final four holes on the front nine for a 31. She birdied her first two on the back side, then four more in a row from the 13th to get to 11-under par for the round.
 
At the 17th, Acker-Macosko left her 25-foot birdie putt short. She had a 30- foot putt at the last to become the second player in LPGA Tour history shoot the magical 59, but the putt was too far right and instead she tapped in for a par and 60.
 
It was a straight putt and I was reading it to break, said Acker-Macosko, referring to her missed putt at the 18th. Its probably the closest Ill ever come to tying one of Annikas records.
 
Acker-Macosko tied for fifth place with Jeong Jang (62) at 13-under-par 271.
 
Inkster held the lead throughout most of the round and the margin was three after the 11th. Kim had three birdies and one bogey at that point, but was poised to make her charge.
 
Kim birdied the 12th and 14th holes to get within one of Inksters lead. When Inkster bogeyed the 14th, that dropped her into a three-way tie for the lead with Kim and Webb.
 
Kim and Webb both birdied the 15th hole to share a one-shot lead with Inkster in the group behind. Inkster parred the hole to fall one off, but Kim took a two-shot lead with a birdie at No. 17.
 
Kim had a one-shot lead on 18 and missed her birdie putt left. Webb had close to nine feet to tie Kim, but missed the putt, giving Kim her first win after several close brushes with the winners circle.
 
She has posted four top-15s in her last four starts and took second to Cristie Kerr at the State Farm Classic. Kim missed a short putt on the final hole in that event to lose by one.
 
Mi Hyun Kim (66), Michelle Estill (68) and Katherine Hull (68) tied for seventh at minus-12.
 
Liselotte Neumann (66) and Donna Andrews (68) shared 10th at 11-under-par 273.
 
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  • Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

    By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

    Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

    Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

    Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

    Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

    It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

    The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

    Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

    ''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

    They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

    ''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

    Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

    ''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

    Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

    Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

    Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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    Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

    Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

    Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

    Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

    Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.