Matthew Wins Wendys in Playoff

By Sports NetworkAugust 22, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 WendyDUBLIN, Ohio -- Catriona Matthew parred the first playoff hole Sunday to defeat defending champion Hee-Won Han and win the Wendy's Championship for Children.
 
Matthew and Han finished regulation knotted at 10-under-par 278 and headed to No. 18 to decide the championship.
 
Both players found the fairway off the tee at No. 18, the first playoff hole at Tartan Fields Golf Club. Han hit a 5-wood 60 feet from the hole, while Matthew played a rescue club to 15 feet.
 
Han left herself with 5 feet for par. Matthew lagged her birdie putt to tap-in range, then watched as Han took her chance to extend the playoff. Han missed her putt left and Matthew walked off with the victory.
 
'I don't think it's quite sunk in yet,' said Matthew, who pocketed $165,000 for the win. 'I played well the last few years, but haven't managed to win. To hold it together and come out with the win, it's fantastic.'
 
Sunday's final round was a wild ride, that included several lead changes, but in the end it was Matthew and Han, who held the overnight advantage.
 
Matthew shot a final-round, 4-under 68, while Han managed a 2-under 70.
 
Lorena Ochoa shot a 5-under 67 to miss the playoff by a stroke at minus-9. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc held a piece of the lead, but a double bogey at 17 and a bogey at 18 dropped her down the leaderboard. She shot a 4-under 68 and tied for fourth with Nancy Scranton, who carded a 70, at minus-7.
 
Amateur sensation Michelle Wie fired a 3-under 69 and tied for sixth with U.S. Women's Open champion Meg Mallon (70), Mi Hyun Kim (72) and Marilyn Lovander (72). That group came in at 6-under-par 282.
 
Matthew was only 2 under par on her round and trailed Han and Meunier-Lebouc by two. Han reached 12 under par with a 12-foot birdie putt at the 12th and held a three-stroke lead over Matthew.
 
Han hit a 9-iron into the right bunker with her third shot at the par-5 14th. She could not get up and down, and her lead over Matthew fell to two.
 
Meunier-Lebouc, playing several groups ahead of Matthew and Han, was at 10 under, but ran into serious problems down the stretch. Her 9-iron at 17 hit a slope in front of the green and bounced back into the water. That led to double bogey and another approach in the water at 18 dropped her down the leaderboard for good.
 
That left Matthew and Han on the course with Ochoa in at minus-9. Matthew used a 5-iron at the par-3 15th and stopped it 3 feet from the hole. She made that putt, then hit a wedge to 12 feet to set up birdie at the par-3 17th.
 
The duo was tied at 10 under par on 18 and Han barely made the sudden-death playoff. Her 4-footer for par snuck in the right side of the cup, but her luck ran out in the playoff.
 
'My speed was pretty good, but I missed a little on the right side,' said Han, who defeated Wendy Ward in a playoff last year.
 
For Matthew, this was her second LPGA Tour victory, with her first coming at the 2001 Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open. She never participated in an LPGA Tour playoff before Sunday and the native of Scotland and the two-time former Solheim Cupper might be more appreciated by mainstream fans of the tour.
 
'Not so much appreciated, but I haven't won as much,' said Matthew. 'But it was great to win this week. I was trying to get myself ready for it. I'm just absolutely delighted.'
 
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    Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

    Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

    Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

    Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

    McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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    Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

    By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

    Memo to the golf gods:

    If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

    Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

    It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

    With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

    It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

    We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

    We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

    Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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    Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

    We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

    In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

    While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

    Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

    Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

    Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

    While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

    Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

    So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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    McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

    By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

    With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

    The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

    Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

    "I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

    McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

    But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

    "I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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    What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

    Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

    Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

    Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

    Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

    Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

    Ball: Titleist Pro V1x