Creamer, Pressel four off lead at State Farm Classic

By Associated PressJune 10, 2011, 12:47 am

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Mindy Kim shot a career-low 64 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA State Farm Classic on Thursday.

Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer were in a large group at 4 under and defending champion Cristie Kerr was at 2 under. Michelle Wie was at even-par 72.

Sarah Kemp and Jiyai Shin were tied for second at 6 under at the Panther Creek Country Club. Brittany Lincicome, last week’s winner at the ShopRite Classic, birdied the final hole to finish at 67 and in a tie for fourth with Yani Tseng and Juli Inkster.

Kim’s round featured birdies on Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 before a bogey on the par-4 ninth for a 32 on the front nine. She matched it on the back stretch with birdies on 11, 12, 14 and 17.

Kim, who has three top-10 finishes this year, has the lead at an LPGA event for the first time, and she was nervous.

“I did not expect this at all,” she said. “I hit the ball great today. I hit everything close. I think that’s what made (the round).”

The bogey on nine was a bit of bad luck. Kim’s tee shot embedded in the soft ground and was unplayable. Her second shot was about 12 feet and her par putt just missed. The rough break is something that would have stuck with Kim for holes in previous seasons.

“Oh, it definitely would have bothered me,” she said. “It still kind of bothered me today.”

Kemp had three birdies and a bogey on the front nine and four on the back in her morning round. She didn’t plant balls next to the flag, but she was close enough to let her putter create some magic.

“I’d probably put it to the putting skill,” she said. “I didn’t hit it spectacularly close, but I holed the putts. Ten footers, 12 footers, I made a 30 footer. I didn’t have any two footers, but I putted well enough to hole enough 10 to 12 footers for birdies.”

The long putt Kemp holed was a downhill, left-to-right breaker that won her a bet with her caddie.

“My caddie (Danielle Downey) has a really nice watch that I want,” Kemp said. “I said as we were walking up, ‘If I hole this putt you’ve got to give me that watch. She said, ‘yeah, yeah, sure.’ So I holed it and she gave me her watch.”

Last year, Shin – ranked No. 1 at the time – was a favorite at the State Farm Classic but as she arrived in Springfield, pain had her doubling over. An appendectomy was performed and she sat in a hospital bed watching the tournament on TV.

This year, Shin is No. 3 and she’s playing well. She tied for second last week at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, just a shot behind Lincicome, after sandwiching 66s around a 71.

“I have great memories from last week,” Shin said. “When I practiced on this course, I felt really good. I feel ready.”

Starting on the back nine, Shin was at 4 under at the turn and was facing a 50-foot putt on the Par-3 second and all she was thinking was get it close.

Tseng bogeyed her first hole of the day but bounced back for a 67.

Lincicome, who won for the first time in two years last week, shot a 4-under 32 on the back nine. She started the round with two birdies but bogeyed No. 9 before turning it up for the final nine holes.

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Highlights: Tiger's final round at East Lake

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 23, 2018, 10:40 pm

Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship on Sunday by two strokes. Here are the highlights from the final round.

Woods got off to a great start with a birdie on No. 1.

He then made eight straight pars to close out the front nine in 1 under par. Woods started the back nine with a bogey at 10, but he rebounded with this birdie at No. 13.

Woods leaked some oil coming in with bogeys at 15 and 16, but this par putt on 17 gave him a crucial two-stroke lead heading to 18.

For the fourth straight day, Woods smoked his drive on 18.

A huge gallery followed Woods up the 18th hole.

Woods missed his birdie putt on 18, but it was an easy par for a two-stroke victory and win No. 80.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 23, 2018, 10:15 pm

Tiger Woods closed out his 80th PGA Tour win with a tap-in on the final hole of the Tour Championship at East Lake. We've been tracking him.

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Woods wins Tour Championship by two strokes

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 23, 2018, 9:56 pm

Tiger Woods cruised to his first victory in five years and No. 80 of his career Sunday at the Tour Championship. Here's the lowdown from the final round at East Lake.

Leaderboard: Tiger Woods (-11), Billy Horschel (-9), Dustin Johnson (-7), Hideki Matsuyama (-6), Webb Simpson (-6), Justin Rose (-6)

What it means: Coming off four back surgeries, Woods didn't know if he would play competitive golf again. Now, he has win No. 80 of his career after a vintage performance at the Tour Championship. Woods started the day with a three-shot lead, birdied the first hole and never looked back. His closest pursuers, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy, never put any pressure on Woods. Woods' lead got down to two strokes after bogeys at 15 and 16, but a clutch par putt on 17 gave him a two-shot cushion. The 14-time major champ is now two wins away from Sam Snead's all-time wins record after collecting his third Tour Championship title.

Round of the day: Outside of Woods' clinical performance, Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler both shot 5-under 65s to finish in the top seven.

Best of the rest: Billy Horschel fired a 4-under 66 to finish in second place.

Biggest disappointment: McIlroy (74) and Rose (73) were both three behind Woods starting the day, but they didn't put up a fight. McIlroy was 4 over par on the front nine, and Rose fell apart on the back nine and had to make birdie on 18 just to win the FedExCup title.

Shot of the day: Woods holed a 3-foot par putt on the 17th hole to keep a two-shot lead heading to 18.

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Stricker wins Sanford for third Champions title of season

By Associated PressSeptember 23, 2018, 9:55 pm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Steve Stricker won the inaugural Sanford International on Sunday for his third PGA Tour Champions title of the year, closing with a 3-under 67 for a four-stroke victory.

The 51-year-old Stricker birdied three of the first four holes and offset bogeys on 13 and 18 with birdies on 15 and 16. He shared the lead after each of the first two rounds, shooting 63-67 at Minnehaha Country Club.

Stricker also won in Arizona and Mississippi in consecutive starts in May for his first senior victories. Next week in France, he will be one of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk's assistants.

Stricker finished at 13-under 197, and match Paul Broadhurst for the tour victory lead.

Tim Petrovic (65) and Jerry Smith (70) tied for second.

Brandt Jobe, tied for the second-round lead with Stricker, had a 72 to drop into a tie for fourth with Kevin Sutherland (67) at 8 under.