Moodie Takes Home Number Two


Scotlands Janice Moodie shot 2-under 70 during the final round of the Asahi Roykuken International Championship outplaying Annika Sorenstam and Laura Davies.
Despite weather that reeked havoc on womens golf for the third week in a row, Moodie recorded rounds of 70-66-67-70 (273) to finish at 15-under with a cool seven-stroke lead over Englands Laura Davies. Credit to Janice, she didn't give us a chance, Davies said. Two decent players chasing her and she never looked back. She just went forward.
This marks Moodie's second win on the LPGA Tour - her first victory came at the 2000 Shoprite LPGA Classic.
Although Moodies best finish this season, prior to today, was a tie for 12th at the Welchs Circle K, she had some success in 2001. I've come so close so many times. The British Open last year, second at Nabisco the year before, she said of her performance. I've just been knocking on the door. It's all timing.
More from Janice on her win
Today, the Scotswoman won $187,500 - all of which, she inclinated, would be going towards a wedding fund. I'm getting married October 19th. His name is Tim Carnaval. He used to work with IMG. That's where we met. I am with IMG, and hes finally making an honest woman out of me.
It's only taken five years.
Moodie was among the 39 players who were unable to finish the third round due to a five-hour weather delay and darkness that forced officials to stop play at 8:08PM Saturday evening.
After returning to the course at 8AM this morning and finishing up 5-holes, Moodie turned around and played a solid final round paired with Laura Davies and Annika Sorenstam.
Although Davies was unable to oust Moodie from the lead, she hung tough throughout the weekend, and managed to finish in sole possession of second place. Her final round 1-over was just enough to edge out Rosie Jones and Annika Sorenstam who tied for third at 7-under-par.
Davies did start out strong this morning making birdie on the par-4 4th and eagle on the par-5 6th before finishing her round with four bogeys on the back nine ' the final of which fell on the 18th after three-putting.
I think I did what I had to do, the Englishwoman said. I birdied 4. I hit close to 5 and missed the putt. I eagled 6. Hit a lovely shot onto 7. I had a good chance on 8, good chance on 9, and didn't make any of them. And Janice just wasn't making mistakes. She played very well. I felt 10 onwards, once I bogeyed 10, I was fighting Annika for second place.
I'm disappointed I bogeyed the last two holes. I would have liked to have finished with a couple of birdies. I should have birdied 16. And it would have been nice to birdie the last two and finish 10 or 11. I finished on a low note, bogey, bogey. But second place, it puts me on the money list. And it's only the fifth or sixth tournament. It's early yet. And second place is nice.
Sorenstam, a player who loves to come from behind on the final day, made a substantial play for second before incurring a two-stroke penalty on the 16th after grounding her in the bunker club in frustration. It was unfortunate, Moodie said of her playing partner. I think Annika, in thinking about it now, is probably disappointed herself because she knows the rules too. After that, the Swedish superstar had no choice but to settle for the $73,437 third place prize money.
Once again Mount Vintage G.C. was playing tough and most of the field failed to break 70. But Rosie Jones managed to record low round of the day shooting 67 during the final round.