Pak Whittles Down Sorenstams Lead

By Sports NetworkMarch 17, 2001, 5:00 pm
Se Ri Pak fired a 9-under 63 Saturday to pull to within three shots of third-round leader Annika Sorenstam at the Standard Register PING. Sorenstam followed up her record-setting second round with a 3-under 69 to tie the LPGA's 54-hole scoring mark of 23-under 193.
Pak, who saw her share of the all-time 18-hole record fall by the wayside after Sorenstam completed an amazing round of 13-under 59 on Friday, exacted a little revenge with a scorecard that included six birdies and two eagles.
'Nobody thinks they have a chance to get close to Annika, but golf is kind of a loose game,' said the 23-year-old Korean, who began the day in third place, nine shots behind Sorenstam. 'Today I was thinking, `Well, why not? Annika shoots 59, so I am trying to hit 58 or 57. Why not? I can do it too.''
Pak sank a 12-foot putt for birdie at the first hole but gave the stroke back when she missed a four-footer to save par at the third. But her day got better from there as she knocked a 7-wood to 20 feet at the par-5 4th and rolled in the putt for an eagle. Pak added birdies at Nos. 6, 8 and 9 to make her way out in 5-under 31.
Pak kept things going on the back nine when she holed an approach wedge from 90 yards out at the 534-yard 10th. She hit a lull with five straight pars starting at 11, but put together a strong finish with a five-foot birdie putt at the 16th and a 20-footer at the 17th.
Pak broke the LPGA's long-standing mark of 62 with a 61 at the Kroger Classic in her rookie year of 1998. Sorenstam matched the record round a year later and Karrie Webb carded a 61 of her own in the 2000 Oldsmobile Classic.
Pak, who captured the season-opening event in Orlando, is seeking her 10th victory on the LPGA Tour.
But first she will have to get past Sorenstam, who suffered a bit of a letdown Saturday after becoming the first woman to shoot a sub-60 score.
'I almost felt like I had a hangover,' said Sorenstam, who admitted she had trouble sleeping Friday night. 'I was so exhausted from all the excitement and everything, so, you know, now when I look back at the round, I'm very happy with 69 because it didn't feel like I could do anything this morning.'
In contrast to Friday when she reeled off eight consecutive birdies to kick off her round, Sorenstam managed just two birdies to make the turn Saturday at 22-under for the tournament.
She flashed back to the day before with a birdie putt from about 30 feet at the 12th, and later made an eight-footer at 17 to get to what would have been a record 24-under-par. However, Sorenstam needed three putts to get down from 20 feet at the last for her first bogey

'I didn't make as many putts and, you know, I was four-under after 17, and I just felt like I was miles away from yesterday,' said the 30-year-old from Sweden. 'But, you know, that was maybe what was to be expected.'
Sorenstam, who has won 17 of the 30 events in which she held the third-round lead, can break the LPGA's 72-hole mark with a 4-under 68 on Sunday.
Webb shot a record 26-under 262 in the 1999 Australian Ladies Masters, an official LPGA event that year. She also established the 54-hole record of 193 in last year's Oldsmobile tournament.
Last week, Sorenstam posted a six-shot victory over Pak and three others at the Welch's/Circle K Championship for her 24th career win on the LPGA Tour.
Yu Ping Lin of Taiwan is in distant third at 11-under, while Akiko Fukushima, Laura Diaz and first-round leader Kris Tschetter are 14 shots off the pace at minus nine.
Webb, the winner here in 1999, stands tied for 13th at 7-under.
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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.