Stanford Rite On for First Win

By Sports NetworkJune 29, 2003, 4:00 pm
GALLOWAY, N.J. -- Angela Stanford used a Sunday 65 to cruise to a three-shot victory at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Stanford finished at 16- under-par 197 for her first career victory on the LPGA Tour.
'I still don't know what has happened,' said Stanford, who won $195,000. 'I guess when I get a chance to get on a plane and reflect a little bit, it might hit me. I think maybe when I talk to my parents, it might hit me then, too. But I wish I could remember some of the round, I heard it was great.'
Becky Morgan provided the challenge late in the final round. She closed with a 5-under 66 to finish alone in second place at 13-under-par 200.
Only one shot stood between Stanford and her closest competitors at the start of Sunday's final round at the Bay Course at Seaview Resort. Determined, the Texan rocketed out of the gate to keep her challengers at bay.
'I knew I had to get my composure,' said Stanford. 'It was the same feeling I had teeing it up in my very first golf tournament. I can't believe I'm here, I can't believe this opportunity is in front of me.'
Stanford opened with a birdie at the par-4 first. She ran home a long putt for birdie at the second and followed that up with a remarkable approach to the par-5 third that stopped three feet from the hole.
The 25-year-old converted the short eagle putt to increase her lead to four strokes. Stanford cooled off from that point on, however, but the fast start was all she needed.
With several players closing in, Stanford putt the tournament out of reach down the stretch. She ran off back-to-back birdies starting at the par-5 16th for her breakthrough victory.
'I feel better if I'm on the top and I get to make pars, because I don't think I'm always the player that makes a ton of birdies and comes from behind and catches somebody,' said Stanford.
Morgan bogeyed the par-4 second but responded with a birdie at the very next hole. She then added a birdie at the eight to make the turn at minus-9 before catching fire on the back side.
The 28-year-old from Wales birdied the 11th and ran off a pair of birdies starting at the 15th. With Stanford out of reach, Morgan hit a sand-wedge to 15 feet at the last for a birdie and outright second.
'Makes me very confident and I got a good run the last couple of weeks,' said Morgan.
Juli Inkster, who is a two-time winner of this event, posted a 3-under 68 to tie Lorie Kane for third at 12-under-par 201.
Kate Golden was three shots further back at 9-under-par 204. She was followed by Nabisco Championship winner Patricia Meunier-Lebouc and Heather Bowie at 8-under-par 205.
Last year's champion Annika Sorenstam, who also won this event in 1998, closed with a 1-over 72 to finish in a tie for 14th at 5-under-par 208. It marked the first time that Sorenstam has finished outside the top-10 this season.
Michelle Wie carded a 1-over 72 in her final round to finish at 2-over-par 215.
'I was pretty happy with my game today,' said Wie. 'It was just that if the putts went in, I would have got a low score. But it didn't, so I guess that is how golf is. Bad days, good days, okay days.'
The 13-year-old collected two birdies and three bogeys in her final preparation for next week's U.S. Women's Open.
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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

    After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.

    Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.

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    Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium Course to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time.

    The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine – and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Mickelson misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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    Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

    Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

    The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

    They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

    It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

    “I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

    The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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    LAAC returning to Casa de Campo in 2019

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 8:23 pm

    The Latin America Amateur Championship will return to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in 2019 (Jan. 17-20), event organizers announced Saturday in Chile, where this year’s championship is underway.

    The LAAC champion receives an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club every spring.

    The champion is also exempt into The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which he is eligible to compete. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

    The championship got its start in 2015 with Chile’s Matias Dominguez winning at Pilar Golf in Argentina. In 2016, Casa de Campo hosted, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet winning. At 16, he became the first player from Central America to compete in the Masters. In 2017, Chile’s Toto Gana won the title at  Club de Golf de Panama.