Rosales Claims First Victory

By Sports NetworkMay 2, 2004, 4:00 pm
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. --Jenny Rosales fired a 7-under 65 to come from behind Sunday and earn her first LPGA Tour win at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship. She completed the event at 14-under-par 274.
'I can't explain my thoughts right now,' said Rosales, who earns $240,000 for the win. 'It has not sunk in yet. I'm just so happy.'
Jung Yeon Lee matched Rosales' 65 to climb into second place at 13-under-par 275. She was joined there by Rosie Jones (67), Becky Morgan (68) and Grace Park (68). Mi Hyun Kim ended one stroke further back at minus-12.
Rosales began her round at Eagle's Landing Country Club four strokes behind overnight leader Aree Song. Rosales got off to a good start with a birdie at the first and came back with a 20-foot birdie putt at the third to get to minus-9.
The 25-year-old then drained her fourth birdie in four rounds at the par-5 sixth. Rosales came right back to birdie the seventh after dropping a wedge within 1 foot of the cup.
Rosales posted three straight pars around the turn. She picked up her fifth birdie of the day at the par-3 11th from 10 feet out. Rosales then jumped into first place with back-to-back birdies from the 13th.
Rosales parred her final four holes to remain at minus-14 and one shot clear of the field, which gave her first tour title.
'It was tough watching them,' said Rosales, who finished some 45 minutes ahead of the final group. 'I tried so much not to watch and just keep my head somewhere else.'
Lee opened with back-to-back birdies before an eagle at the sixth to get to 10 under. She later birdied the eighth, but bogeyed the next hole. Around the turn, she birdied the 13th, 16th and 18th to grab a share of second place.
Jones sank a 4-footer at the second for birdie and made two birdies in a row from the sixth to move to minus-11. Jones then converted a 5-foot birdie at the ninth before chipping in for birdie at the next. She could only par in to share second.
'We weren't getting a lot of roll today, plus the wind was really gusty,' said Jones. 'It was coming at you and then turning around and going with you at some points.'
Morgan also started her round with a birdie on No. 2. She came back with a birdie at the eighth, but stumbled to a bogey at No. 10. Morgan erased that mistake by running off three straight birdies from the 11th before closing with five pars in a row.
'Well, I think at the beginning of the week, if you'd have told me that I would have a chance to win, I'd have been really happy,' said Morgan. 'I'd put myself in position a few times before.'
Park, the Kraft Nabisco Championship winner, birdied the second but stumbled to back-to-back bogeys from the third. She came back with three birdies over a four-hole stretch from the sixth. On the back side, she joined the crowd in second place with birdies at the 15th and 18th.
Song led by one stroke after grabbing the lead on her birthday Saturday. Sunday was much different for the 18-year-old. She carded a birdie at the fourth, but tripped to a bogey at the next. She later bogeyed the ninth to slide to minus-10.
She kept sliding from there too. Song double bogeyed the 13th and dropped another stroke at the very next hole. She capped her final round with another double bogey at No. 17 to finish in a tie for 23rd at 5-under-par 283.
Se Ri Pak, the 2003 winner, closed with a 2-under 70. She shared seventh place at 11 under par with Natalie Gulbis and Rachel Teske.
World No. 1 Annika Sorenstam closed with a 71 to end one stroke further back at minus-10. Sorenstam was joined there by Kate Golden, Lorena Ochoa and Michele Redman.
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    Lexi involved in a(nother) rules controversy at LPGA Thailand

    By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 26, 2018, 2:50 am

    Jessica Korda stole the show this week at the Honda LPGA Thailand, winning the star-studded event by four strokes in her first start since undergoing serious jaw surgery to address a significant overbite that led to ailments ranging from facial cramping to headaches to sleep apnea.

    But just four strokes behind Korda finished Lexi Thompson, who may have challenged for the win on Sunday if not for another rules controversy during the second round of the event.

    Thompson, who was famously assessed two two-stroke penalties last year at the ANA Inspiration that ultimately cost her the title, was hit with another two-stroke penalty on Friday in Thailand after she moved a sign out of her swing path at Siam Country Club.

    The 23-year-old mistakenly thought a billboard on the 15th hole was a moveable object, when in fact, the local rule deemed this particular advertisement a "temporary immovable obstruction."

    The two-stroke penalty was assesed after the round, where the par she made on the hole became a double bogey and what would have been a 66 ballooned into a 68.

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    After Further Review: JT may face serious Ryder Cup heckling

    By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 26, 2018, 2:09 am

    Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On Thomas getting heckler thrown out ...

    Justin Thomas polished off a playoff win at the Honda Classic despite the efforts of a fan who screamed for his ball to head for a fairway bunker on the 16th hole.

    Thomas signaled for the fan to be ejected after striping his tee shot on No. 16, telling him, “Enjoy your day, buddy. You’re done.” It’s the second straight week that Thomas has had issues with fans, having bristled at some of the behavior he encountered while grouped with Tiger Woods at the Genesis Open.

    Thomas’ stance is that golf has earned a reputation as a “classy sport” that should place it above jeering and catcalls from the gallery. It’s a view that is as noble as it is unachievable.

    As long as tournaments continue to serve alcohol well into the afternoon hours, there will be outlier fans who will look to get a rise out of players with comments before, during or after swings. Thomas was within his right to ask for the fan’s removal, though I’d imagine the European fans planning to attend this year’s Ryder Cup in Paris might take note of the apparent impact the gallery can have on Thomas while in the heat of battle. – Will Gray

    On the debate over rolling back the ball ...

    The opening salvos in what promises to be one of the most polarizing eras in golf were exchanged this week. First, USGA CEO Mike Davis, via Jack Nicklaus, announced his arrival: “Mike said, ‘We’re getting there [on the distance issue]. We’re going to get there. I need your help when we get there,’” the Golden Bear explained when asked about the growing drumbeat to curtail how far modern players hit the golf ball.

    A few days later, former Acushnet CEO Wally Uihlein fired back: “Mike Davis has not told us (Acushnet/Titleist) that he is close and he has not asked us for help if and when he gets there.”

    Perhaps this will turn out to be a misunderstanding and the game’s rules makers and manufacturers will all end up on the same sideline, but it doesn’t feel that way right now. Rex Hoggard

    On Tiger turning up the notch on his comeback ...

    It’s safe to say the Tiger Woods comeback is ahead of schedule. After looking lost with his long game in his first two starts of the year, he led the field in proximity to the hole and third in driving distance. He flighted and shaped shots both directions, seemingly at ease, looking nothing like the player we saw at Torrey and Riviera.

    If that form continues at Bay Hill and beyond, this has the potential to be one of the greatest comebacks in golf history.  Ryan Lavner

    On Korda's journey from pain to promise ...

    Jessica Korda is the leader in the clubhouse for best story of the year in women’s golf. She won her first start of the season Sunday at the Honda LPGA Thailand just a little more than two months after undergoing a complex and painful double-jaw surgery to alleviate headaches caused by her jaw’s alignment.

    She did so in record-breaking fashion, shattering tournament scoring records against a star-studded field that included the top six players in the world. If Korda can so quickly overcome the challenges of that daunting offseason, there is no telling what else this determined young American star might achieve this year.  Randall Mell

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    List loses playoff, may have gained performance coach

    By Randall MellFebruary 26, 2018, 1:52 am

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Luke List didn’t win in his playoff with Justin Thomas Sunday at the Honda Classic, but he thinks he may have found a pretty good new performance coach.

    The guy’s name is “Moose.”

    He’s a former Australian rules football player.

    Actually, his full name is Brent Stevens, a friend of List’s caddie, who put them on the phone together for the first time last week at the Genesis Open.

    List liked a lot of the performance keys Stevens gave him and posted some of the advice in his yardage book, so he could reference them.

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    “Effort over result” was one of the ideas List scribbled down.

    “I feel like I've got the ability to play at this level,” said List, who was seeking his first victory Sunday at PGA National. “It just hasn't quite happened yet, but the more I think about it, I feel like the worse I do. So I focus on what's in front of me, the effort into the shot. I did a really good job of that this week.”

    List said he’s interested in maybe visiting Australia to take Moose’s training to another level.

    “He's a very fit dude,” List said. “He's got some clients that he brings down to south of Melbourne, to run the sand dunes,” List said, “and if we keep in contact, which I'm sure we will, I'm going to have to go down there and get my butt kicked.”

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    Both in contention, Thomas hears 'crickets' from Woods

    By Ryan LavnerFebruary 26, 2018, 1:36 am

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods has become a friend, confidant and something of an adviser for Justin Thomas.

    Whenever Thomas has been in contention in his young career, Woods has often texted him advice or good luck on the eve of the final round.

    That wasn’t the case Saturday night after the third round of the Honda Classic.

    “Got crickets last night,” Thomas said, laughing.

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    That’s because Woods was in contention, too, beginning the final round seven shots off the lead.

    “I knew he had one thing in mind, and we both had the same thing in mind,” Thomas said. “I thought that was pretty funny.”

    Thomas added that he was “very impressed” with Woods’ 12th-place finish at PGA National.