Sorenstam Survives Major Scare

By Sports NetworkJuly 1, 2005, 4:00 pm
GLADSTONE, N.J. -- Annika Sorenstam, the No. 1 seed, birdied the third playoff hole Friday to defeat Tina Barrett in the second round of the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship.
Sorenstam's 1-up win in 21 holes gets her a third-round match with Rachel Hetherington, who is ranked 48th in this event. Hetherington advanced thanks to a 5 and 4 drubbing of Mi Hyun Kim.
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Annika Sorenstam celebrates after defeating Tina Barrett in the second round of the HSBC Women's Match Play.
Cristie Kerr, the second seed, was eliminated by Liselotte Neumann, 4 and 3. Neumann, the 31st-ranked player, drew No. 47 Meena Lee, who bested Kim Saiki, 4 and 2 on Friday, in the third round.
Karrie Webb, the former No. 1 who is seeded 29th this week, knocked out No. 4 Paula Creamer, 2 and 1. Webb will take on Jeong Jang, the 13th-ranked player in the field. Jang moved on with a 1-up victory over amateur Shinobu Moromizato.
Christina Kim, No. 30, matched the largest rout on Friday as she dispatched Laurie Rinker, 5 and 3. Kim will face 14th-ranked Wendy Ward on Saturday after Ward outlasted Silvia Cavalleri, 2 and 1.
Jennifer Rosales also posted a 5 and 3 win on Friday against Hall of Famer Beth Daniel. Rosales, the 21st seed, is set to take on No. 60, Marisa Baena in the third round. Baena needed one extra hole to defeat Grace Park.
Ai Miyazato, who gained entry into the field because she is the Japanese LPGA Tour's leading money winner, squeaked out a 1-up win over Juli Inkster. Miyazato, the 43rd seed, will battle Sophie Gustafson, No. 59, who bettered Shi Hyun Ahn in 19 holes.
Candie Kung, ranked No. 8, also needed one playoff hole to beat Leta Lindley. That gets her a match Saturday morning with 56th-seeded A.J. Eathorne, who edged Dorothy Delasin, 1-up.
Nicole Perrot, who held the second-round lead last week at the U.S. Women's Open, continued her fine play as she trounced 10th seed, Gloria Park, 4 and 3. Perrot, ranked 42nd, will meet Pat Hurst, the 39th seed, on Saturday after Hurst birdied the 18th for a 1-up win over Wendy Doolan.
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    Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

    By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

    One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

    Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

    "I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

    Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

    "I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

    Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

    "Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

    Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

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    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm