Mallon Roars Past Sorenstam for Win

By Sports NetworkNovember 23, 2003, 5:00 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Meg Mallon fired a 5-under 31 on the back nine Sunday to roar past Annika Sorenstam and win the ADT Championship. Mallon used a 5-under 67 to finish the event at 7-under-par 281.
 
Sorenstam, who bogeyed the 72nd hole, finished at minus-6 after a 1-under 71. Cristie Kerr finished alone in third at 3-under-par 285, while Beth Daniel was the final player under par at 1-under-par 287.
 
'I can't put it into words right now because this year has been difficult for various reasons,' said Mallon, who picks up $215,000 for the win. 'It's just great. It's just absolutely great. You never know when you're going to win another golf tournament. I won last year, I think in August or September. The older you get, I hate to say it, but it just feels so much better to win tournaments.'
 
Mallon, the second round co-leader, started the day at Trump International Golf Club three strokes behind Sorenstam and did nothing on the front nine to make a move. She dropped a shot at the par-3 fifth, but erased that mistake with a birdie on the eighth.
 
Around the turn, Mallon made her move. She rolled home a birdie on the 11th and followed that with another at the 14th to move to minus-4.
 
She dropped her third shot within eight feet at the par-5 15th and converted that birdie try to go to minus-5, one behind Sorenstam, who birdied the same hole.
 
Mallon made it two in a row at 16 when she stuck her second shot within two feet for another birdie. Mallon then dropped her tee ball at the par-3 17th about 15 feet from the hole.
 
She rolled in that putt for birdie to get to 7 under. Sorenstam, putting on No. 16 just moments later, rolled in a birdie of her own to also get to 7 under.
 
Mallon closed with a two-putt par at the last, leaving it to Sorenstam, the defending champion. The Swede two-putted for par on the 17th setting up a dramatic finish.
 
Sorenstam, who led the tour in driving average, missed the 18th fairway. Her ball came to rest in some thick rough. She hacked her second shot down the fairway, before knocking her third to 10 feet.
 
Sorenstam's putt to force a playoff slid past the right edge and the win was Mallon's.
 
'I just felt more comfortable on the golf course,' Mallon said. 'And as the day went on, I felt better about my swing, felt better about hitting at flags and started getting good numbers, started swinging. And the back side was just awesome. I felt really, really good over the putter.
 
'Then that in turn turned over into my iron play and I felt like I could hit it closer to the hole. It was great fun. And I knew what I had to do. Just to play this golf course like that just feels so good.'
 
Sorenstam had mixed two birdies and two bogeys over her first 10 holes. She stayed in the lead with Mallon with birdies at 15 and 16, but the bogey at the last cost her a chance to win this event for the second straight year and third time overall.
 
'It's never fun to make bogey on the last,' said a subdued Sorenstam. 'However, I hit a tee shot and I had a really tough lie in the rough. There was not much I could do, other than hit it out and then try and make par from there.
 
'Today I didn't play as steady, as the other three days. I couldn't really get it going. It was just one of those days. But on the other hand, I thought that Meg played excellent today. When you shoot a low score like that on Sunday, that's the best feeling, really.'
 
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    Singh's lawsuit stalls as judge denies motion

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Vijay Singh’s attempts to speed up the proceedings in his ongoing lawsuit against the PGA Tour have been stalled, again.

    Singh – who filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in May 2013 claiming the Tour recklessly administered its anti-doping program when he was suspended, a suspension that was later rescinded – sought to have the circuit sanctioned for what his attorneys argued was a frivolous motion, but judge Eileen Bransten denied the motion earlier this month.

    “While the court is of the position it correctly denied the Tour’s motion to argue, the court does not agree that the motion was filed in bad faith nor that it represents a ‘persistent pattern of repetitive or meritless motions,’” Bransten said.

    It also doesn’t appear likely the case will go to trial any time soon, with Bransten declining Singh’s request for a pretrial conference until a pair of appeals that have been sent to the court’s appellate division have been decided.

    “What really should be done is settle this case,” Bransten said during the hearing, before adding that it is, “unlikely a trail will commence prior to 2019.”

    The Tour’s longstanding policy is not to comment on ongoing litigation, but earlier this month commissioner Jay Monahan was asked about the lawsuit.

    “I'll just say that we're going through the process,” Monahan said. “Once you get into a legal process, and you've been into it as long as we have been into it, I think it's fair to assume that we're going to run it until the end.”

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    Videos and images from Tiger's Tuesday at Torrey

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 23, 2018, 7:45 pm

    Tiger Woods played a nine-hole practice round Tuesday at Torrey Pines South, site of this week's Farmers Insurance Open. Woods is making his first PGA Tour start since missing the cut in this event last year. Here's a look at some images and videos of Tiger, via social media:







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    Power Rankings: 2018 Farmers Insurance Open

    By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:59 pm

    The PGA Tour remains in California this week for the Farmers Insurance Open. A field of 156 players will tackle the North and South Courses at Torrey Pines, with weekend play exclusively on the South Course.

    Be sure to join the all-new Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge - including a new One & Done game offering - to compete for prizes and form your own leagues, and log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to submit your picks for this week's event.

    Jon Rahm won this event last year by three shots over Charles Howell III and C.T. Pan. Here are 10 names to watch in La Jolla:

    1. Jon Rahm: No need to overthink it at the top. Rahm enters as a defending champ for the first time, fresh off a playoff win at the CareerBuilder Challenge that itself was preceded by a runner-up showing at Kapalua. Rahm is perhaps the hottest player in the field, and with a chance to become world No. 1 should be set for another big week.

    2. Jason Day: The Aussie has missed the cut here the last two years, and he hasn't played competitively since November. But he ended a disappointing 2017 on a slight uptick, and his Torrey Pines record includes three straight top-10s from 2013-15 that ended with his victory three years ago.

    3. Justin Rose: Rose ended last year on a tear, with three victories over his final six starts including two in a row in Turkey and China. The former U.S. Open winner has the patience to deal with a brutal layout like the South Course, as evidenced by his fourth-place showing at this event a year ago.

    4. Rickie Fowler: This tournament has become somewhat feast-or-famine for Fowler, who is making his ninth straight start at Torrey Pines. The first four in that run all netted top-20 finishes, including two top-10s, while the last four have led to three missed cuts and a T-61. After a win in the Bahamas and T-4 at Kapalua, it's likely his mini-slump comes to an end.

    5. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker has become somewhat of a course specialist at Torrey Pines in recent years, with six top-10 finishes over the last eight years including wins in both 2012 and 2016. While he missed much of the second half of 2017 recovering from injury and missed the cut last week, Snedeker is always a threat to contend at this particular event.

    6. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama struggled to find his footing after a near-miss at the PGA Championship, but he appears to be returning to form. The Japanese phenom finished T-4 at Kapalua and has put up solid results in two of his four prior trips to San Diego, including a T-16 finish in his 2014 tournament debut. Matsuyama deserves a look at any event that puts a strong emphasis on ball-striking.

    7. Tony Finau: Finau has the length to handle the difficult demands of the South Course, and his results have gotten progressively better each time around: T-24 in 2015, T-18 in 2016 and T-4 last year. Finau is coming off the best season of his career, one that included a trip to the Tour Championship, and he put together four solid rounds at the Sony Open earlier this month.

    8. Charles Howell III: Howell is no stranger to West Coast golf, and his record at this event since 2013 includes three top-10 finishes highlighted by last year's runner-up showing. Howell chased a T-32 finish in Hawaii with a T-20 finish last week in Palm Springs, his fourth top-20 finish this season.

    9. Marc Leishman: Leishman was twice a runner-up at this event, first in 2010 and again in 2014, and he finished T-20 last year. The Aussie is coming off a season that included two wins, and he has amassed five top-10s in his last eight worldwide starts dating back to the Dell Technologies Championship in September.

    10. Gary Woodland: Woodland played in the final group at this event in 2014 before tying for 10th, and he was one shot off the lead entering the final round in 2016 before Mother Nature blew the entire field sideways. Still, the veteran has three top-20s in his last four trips to San Diego and finished T-7 two weeks ago in Honolulu.

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    Davis on distance: Not 'necessarily good for the game'

    By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:28 pm

    It's a new year, but USGA executive Mike Davis hasn't changed his views on the growing debate over distance.

    Speaking with Matt Adams on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, Davis didn't mince words regarding his perception that increased distance has had a negative impact on the game of golf, and he reiterated that it's a topic that the USGA and R&A plan to jointly address.

    "The issue is complex. It's important, and it's one that we need to, and we will, face straight on," Davis said. "I think on the topic of distance, we've been steadfast to say that we do not think increased distance is necessarily good for the game."

    Davis' comments echoed his thoughts in November, when he stated that the impact of increased distance has been "horrible" for the game. Those comments drew a strong rebuke from Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein, who claimed there was "no evidence" to support Davis' argument.

    That argument, again reiterated Tuesday, centers on the rising costs associated with both acquiring and maintaining increased footprints for courses. Davis claimed that 1 in 4 courses in the U.S. is currently "not making money," and noted that while U.S. Open venues were 6,800-6,900 yards at the start of his USGA tenure, the norm is now closer to 7,400-7,500 yards.

    "You ask yourself, 'What has this done for the game? How has that made the game better?'" Davis said. "I think if we look at it, and as we look to the future, we're asking ourselves, saying, 'We want the game of golf to be fun.' We want it to continue to be challenging and really let your skills dictate what scores you should shoot versus necessarily the equipment.

    "But at the same time, we know there are pressures on golf courses. We know those pressures are going to become more acute."