Steinhauer Wins Womens British Open Title

By Sports NetworkAugust 6, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Weetabix WomenLYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- Sherri Steinhauer shot an even-par 72 to claim her third Women's British Open title on Sunday.
Winning the tournament for the first time since it was declared a major in 2001, Steinhauer ended at 7-under-par 281 for a three-shot victory over Cristie Kerr and 2000 champion Sophie Gustafson.
'I feel like I'm living in a dream,' said Steinhauer, who shot a 66 on Saturday to take the lead overnight. 'I just absolutely am stunned.'
Sherri Steinhauer
With her win at the Women's British Open, Sherri Steinhauer now has two majors championships to her credit.
It was the seventh career title and second major championship for the 43-year- old Steinhauer, who won the 1992 du Maurier Classic for her first.
The du Maurier was replaced by the British Open as the fourth women's major in 2001, two years after Steinhauer claimed the second of her back-to-back Women's British titles in 1999.
'People thought that they were a major,' Steinhauer said. 'Now that it really is, now that I've really won it as a major, it makes the other wins that much sweeter, too.'
Despite her record at this event, Steinhauer admitted being more than a little nervous before her final round.
'It's not like I hit it terrible on the driving range, but I didn't hit it very well and I was extremely nervous out there,' she said. 'Like I said, I'm speechless. This is incredible for me.'
Kerr closed with a 71 and Gustafson had a 72 to finish at 4-under 284.
Juli Inkster, who led following the first two rounds, and Lorena Ochoa both shot 73s to share fourth place at 3 under.
Annika Sorenstam, the 2003 winner at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, had a triple-bogey, a double-bogey and two bogeys on the back nine and shot a 7-over 79. She tied for 31st place at plus-7.
'A lot of bad swings,' Sorenstam described her round. 'It just didn't add up. I'm bummed.'
Michelle Wie finished outside the top-five for the first time at a major this season, ending at 6-over to share 26th place.
Wie, 16, carded her third 74 of the week. She also shot 74 in the first two rounds, including Friday when she was assessed a two-shot penalty for grounding her club in a sand trap.
Those two shots ended up only being the difference between 26th and 22nd place.
'I feel like I learned more here this week than I did the whole summer,' said Wie, who tied for third place at Royal Birkdale last year.
Steinhauer's biggest threat Sunday came from Kerr, who was within one shot at 7 under before she bogeyed the par-4 16th when her approach hit the green and rolled off the back.
Kerr also double-bogeyed the 18th to join Gustafson in second place.
As for Steinhauer, slow and steady won the race on a rainy Sunday. She collected one birdie and 16 pars in what was a spotless round until a closing bogey at the 18th, where she knocked her approach into a bunker with a 6-iron.
It was Steinhauer's first bogey since No. 5 in the second round, and came after her caddie informed her she had a four-shot lead -- not two shots, like she believed.
'I think I just kind of went limp at that point,' Steinhauer said. 'I was in shock. I was just kind of sweeping it home. I would have liked to have made a par obviously on the last hole, but I hit a really good bunker shot and just missed the putt.'
Steinhauer's birdie came at the fourth hole, a 371-yard par-4 where she stuck an 8-iron within 10 feet.
Something Steinhauer did well all day was hit consistent iron shots. She'll have to do the same thing next year when she defends her title at St. Andrews.
'Looking forward to it,' Steinhauer said.
Lorie Kane shot a 70 and Beth Daniel a 72 to tie for sixth place at 2-under 286. Julieta Granada was eighth at 1 under, while Ai Miyazato carded the round of the day with a 67 to finish at even-par and in 10th place.
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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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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:

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    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.

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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 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."

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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.