Sorenstam Moves On Ochoa Gulbis Bounced

By Sports NetworkJune 30, 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.
 
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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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    Rahm (62) fires career low round

    By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

    The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

    Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

    What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

    Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

    Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

    Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

    Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

    Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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    Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

    "Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

    Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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    Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

    "That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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    Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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    The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

    It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.

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    Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

    Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

    The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

    It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

    "It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."


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    Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

    Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

    "This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."