Wendy Ward Wins Wendys Championship
Ward posted a three-day total of 21-under-par 195 to break the LPGA Tour records for winning score in a 54-hole tournament. The previous mark for lowest total was 197 by Sorenstam at the 1998 ShopRite Classic, while the old record for best score in relation to par was 19-under, shared by Pat Bradley (1991 Rail Golf Classic) and Sorenstam (2000 Firstar Classic).
Click here to see Wendy Ward's scorecards from each round.
Ward earned the first prize of $150,000 for the win, her first since the 1998 Hawaiian Ladies Open.
'As far as in my career, you know, it's not that I ever doubted that I couldn't win again, but when you have a dry spell there, you think, 'Are you pressing too hard? Are you not pressing enough?' You start questioning yourself on a lot of things,' said 28-year-old from Texas.
'Finally I just had to tell myself, 'When you get into contention, make the most of it, make the most of every opportunity.' That seemed to do the trick for me this week. It just happened to be my turn.'
Four shots ahead after shooting a course-record 62 at New Albany Country Club on Saturday, Ward got off to a bumpy start in the final round and saw her lead trimmed to just one shot after three holes.
Ward missed a seven-foot birdie putt at the first hole before suffering her only bogey of the tournament when she couldn't save par out of a greenside bunker at the par-3 2nd. Her playing partner Dunn, meanwhile, rolled in an 18-foot birdie at the first and knocked a sand wedge to a foot for another birdie at the third.
Ward battled back to go three ahead with a two-shot swing at the par-5 6th. Although her caddie suggested laying up after her drive found the rough, Ward decided to hit a 5-wood from 205 yards out to get home in two. Her ball settled on the back of the green 45 feet from the hole, and she two-putted for her a birdie that took her to 17-under.
Dunn's tee shot at the sixth landed in the water and she wound up missing an eight-footer for par.
Sorenstam joined the mix with three straight birdies starting at the fifth to cut Ward's lead to two. Dunn tied Sorenstam at 15-under with a birdie at the seventh, but Ward regained her three-shot cushion with an 8-iron to six feet for birdie at No. 9.
Sorenstam and Dunn continued to apply the birdie pressure, Sorenstam with a three-foot putt at the 11th hole and Dunn with a six-footer at the 10th. Ward responded with another accurate iron, this time a 7-iron into a breeze to set up a six-foot birdie at the 11th.
While Sorenstam dropped four off the pace with a three-putt bogey at the 13th, Dunn birdied that hole to move within two at 17-under.
Sorenstam's 9-iron approach at No. 14 left her with a tap-in birdie, but she was running out of holes. She tacked on birdies at Nos. 16 and 17 for a final-round 66 to finish at 18-under 198.
Ward sank a 15-foot birdie putt at 15. She made it two in a row and climbed to 21-under after blasting out of a bunker to a couple of inches at the par-5 16th.
Dunn holed a 20-foot birdie at No. 17 for a 5-under 67. She matched her career-best finish by tying Sorenstam for second.
Rosie Jones, a two-time winner this season, finished alone in fourth at 15-under after a 66. Meg Mallon shot 67 for fifth place at minus-14
Karrie Webb, the top-ranked woman golfer in the world, tied for sixth with Kelli Kuehne and Amy Fruhwirth at 13-under 203.
Defending champion Lorie Kane tied for 12th place at minus-11.
Full-field scores from the Wendy's Championship for Children
Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix
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.
Rahm (62) fires career low round
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
Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder
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.
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."
Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn
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.
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.