Sorenstam Moves On Ochoa Gulbis Bounced - COPIED

By Sports NetworkJuly 6, 2005, 4:00 pm
GLADSTONE, N.J. -- Annika Sorenstam may have missed out on the single-season Grand Slam last week at the U.S. Women's Open, but she is still alive so far this week.
 
Sorenstam, the No. 1 seed, posted a 2 and 1 victory over Joanne Morley in their first-round match Thursday at the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship.
 
Annika Sorenstam
Annika Sorenstam was all smiles on Thursday as she moved into the second round of the HSBC World Match Play Championship.
Cristie Kerr, ranked second, defeated Lindsey Wright, 2 and 1.
 
Lorena Ochoa, the No. 3 player in the field, continued her disastrous play from Cherry Hills last week. On the 72nd hole of the U.S. Women's Open, she carded a quadruple-bogey when a par would have put her in a playoff.
 
On Thursday, she was the highest-ranked player knocked out as Laurie Rinker bested her, 2 and 1.
 
Natalie Gulbis, the fifth seed, was ousted by 60th-seeded Marisa Baena, 1-up.
 
Birdie Kim, who holed out from a bunker on the final hole to win the U.S. Women's Open, fell to 59th-seeded Sophie Gustafson, 1-up.
 
Sorenstam fell 1-down after Morley birdied the seventh hole, but the Swede evened things with an 8-foot birdie at No. 8. Morley bogeyed the 13th to give Sorenstam a 1-up lead and the top-money winner on tour padded her edge with a birdie at 15 when her 8-iron approach stopped 10 feet from the hole.
 
The two traded pars at 16 and 17, giving Sorenstam the first-round win.
 
'I just try to mind my own game, hit one shot at a time and kind of stay in the present,' said Sorenstam. 'I felt she played pretty good today. it was quite some good golf I thought in the group, very consistent throughout.'
 
Sorenstam gets 32nd-ranked Tina Barrett on Friday. Barrett bounced Young Kim in the first round, 5 and 3.
 
Kerr took command early with wins at four, six and eight. Wright rebounded with victories at nine and 10, but Kerr re-established a 2-up advantage with a birdie win at No. 11.
 
Kerr birdied the next par-5, the 14th, to go 3-up. Wright fought back with a birdie at the 16th, but when the pair parred the 17th, Kerr advanced to the second round.
 
'I won 2-up, but I played very well,' admitted Kerr. 'I was 4- or 5 under for the day. I made six birdies. She played very, very well. You have to play well to win.'
 
Kerr will next face Liselotte Neumann, who moved on with a 4 and 3 thumping of Moira Dunn.
 
Ochoa and Rinker were tied until Rinker birdied the 14th to go 1-up. Rinker added another birdie at the 15th to take control, but she bogeyed the 16th. Ochoa was 1-down, but Rinker closed the door with a birdie at 17 and a 2 and 1 victory.
 
'I played really good, but didn't make any putts,' admitted Ochoa. 'She made a a couple of really good putts for birdie and for par. That was the difference.'
 
Rinker will take on Christina Kim in the second round. Christina Kim defeated reigning Women's British Open champion Karen Stupples, 3 and 2 in the final first-round match.
 
Baena sank a 3-footer on the last hole to trip Gulbis, while Gustafson was a foot closer on her putt that stopped Kim.
 
Baena will take on Grace Park in Friday's second round. Park, No. 37, advanced thanks to a 2 and 1 win over Michele Redman. Gustafsson gets 38th-seeded Shi Hyun Ahn, who bested Karine Icher, 2 and 1.
 
Paula Creamer, the four seed, easily dispatched Maria Hjorth, 4 and 3. That sets the 18-year-old up with one of the most interesting second-round matches. She will play Karrie Webb, a 3 and 2 winner over Soo-Yun Kang.
 
In Thursday's first match, 58th-seeded Wendy Doolan defeated No. 7 Rosie Jones, 2 and 1. Doolan will face Pat Hurst, the 39th-ranked player, in the second round after Hurst stopped Jimin Kang, 2-up.
 
American Hall of Famers Beth Daniel and Juli Inkster were triumphant on Thursday. Daniel, the 53rd-ranked player in the field, clobbered Lorie Kane, 5 and 4 and Inkster, seeded 11th, topped Sung Ah Yim, 3 and 1.
 
Daniel will battle 21st seed, Jennifer Rosales in the second round. Rosales was a 1-up winner over Angela Stanford in the opening round. Inkster drew Ai Miyazato, who is in the field because she is the leading money winner on the Japanese LPGA Tour. Miyazato moved on after a 2 and 1 victory over Laura Diaz.
 
Amateur Shinobu Moromizato beat Emilee Klein, 2-up, to set up a second-round match with 13th-ranked Jeong Jang, who defeated Reilley Rankin 4 and 3 on Thursday.
 
Candie Kung, No. 8, topped Candy Hannemann, 2 and 1. Kung will play Leta Lindley, the 40th seed who stopped Stacy Prammanasudh, 2 and 1.
 
Gloria Park, the only other top-10 player who advanced on Thursday, meets Nicole Perrot on Friday. Perrot, who held the second-round lead at Cherry Hills, is 42nd in the field, but upset 23rd-rated Jill McGill, 5 and 3.
 
A.J. Eathorne, No. 56, needed 21 holes to defeat No. 9 Catriona Matthew, 1-up. Eathorne squares off with Dorothy Delasin on Friday as Delasin trumped 24th- seeded Heather Bowie, 3 and 2.
 
Kim Saiki, 50th in the field, clobbered 15th-ranked Laura Davies, 6 and 4. Saiki gets Meena Lee, No. 47, as Lee slipped by Hee-Won Han, 1-up in 19 holes.
 
Mi Hyun Kim posted a 4 and 2 victory over Meg Mallon, 49th in the tournament. Kim will meet Rachel Hetherington, No. 48, who advanced thanks to a 2-up victory over sponsors' exemption, Se Ri Pak.
 
Wendy Ward, ranked 14th, won 3 and 1 against Joo Mi Kim and that got her a second-round battle with 46th-ranked Silvia Cavalleri, who eliminated Carin Koch, 1-up on the second extra hole.
 
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    Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


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    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.