Notes: No comeback plans for Sorenstam; Creamer's plane truth

By Associated PressJuly 6, 2011, 10:46 pm

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Annika Sorenstam’s return to the scene of her first win in a major hasn’t sparked any thoughts of a comeback.

The Hall of Famer is simply far more interested in picking up her kids than a club.

Sorenstam didn’t even pack her golf bag for her trip to the U.S. Women’s Open this week at the Broadmoor, the course where in 1995 she won the first of her 10 career majors.

Serving as an honorary chairman for the tournament, Sorenstam was her usual personable self, even hosting a clinic for kids with 13-year-old Mariel Galdiano, a qualifier from Pearl City, Hawaii, on the driving range Wednesday.

The 40-year-old Sorenstam did more socializing than swinging as she entertained the gallery.

“Once I made the decision to step away, I stepped away,” said Sorenstam, who wrapped up her career after the 2008 season. “I practice very little; I play very little.”

In March, Sorenstam gave birth to her second child, Will, who was born premature at just 27 weeks. He’s now been home for nearly two months and is up to almost 10 pounds.

Soon, he’s even going to start traveling with the family, which also includes Sorenstam’s 22-month-old daughter, Ava.

“My little buddy Will is doing great,” Sorenstam said. “It’s been a tough start for our little man, but he’s a fighter.

“Life is good. I love being a mom, and I love just the things I’m doing.”

Sorenstam still remains active in the sport even if she hardly plays. She’s set up a golf academy and foundation, along with serving on the advisory board for the LPGA.

“I’ve taken my competitive drive in a different area. I’m very competitive in the business world,” said Sorenstam, who also designs courses, has a clothing line and even is a partner in a vineyard, complete with her own signature wine. “I get my competitive fix there.”

Still, Sorenstam keeps close tabs on the tour. She’s impressed with the play of Yani Tseng, who at 22 is the youngest to win four LPGA majors.

“She has just embraced the golf world. She’s doing so many great things. She’s really taken the No. 1 spot to another level,” Sorenstam said. “She wants to be the best. She wants to be the face of the LPGA. I mean, she’s got the game.”

Not that long ago, it looked as though Michelle Wie could be the next big thing in the sport. Now 21 years old, Wie is still searching for her first victory at a major.

“When she came out there was a lot of buzz, a lot of potential from this young lady,” Sorenstam said. “I would say she has not performed to her expectations or her potential. Hopefully that will come in the next – maybe this year or the next few years to follow.”

In Sorenstam’s estimation, Wie definitely has the game to be a contender in a major. But it may boil down to commitment. Wie is also working on her degree at Stanford.

“She’s very distracted with school, doesn’t really play as much full time as I thought she would. I think she needs to come out here and compete more regularly,” Sorenstam said. “But she certainly has a lot of potential.

“The physical part is there. Sometimes, you wonder if she’s mentally strong enough to finish at the top. She has a few victories, but has not really been able to really break through, in my opinion.”

PLANE TRUTH: For Paula Creamer, one of the spoils of winning the U.S. Open last summer was her ride in an F-16 jet.

And no, she didn’t get sick, despite the jarring flight with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

“It was a great opportunity,” Creamer said.

The 24-year-old will be paired with Yani Tseng for the first two days of the tournament, a matchup Creamer likes.

“She’s the player to beat,” Creamer said. “However, it is Thursday and Friday, so you can’t dwell too much about what’s going on out there.

“That is going to be the big key: just taking care of my own business. I can’t control what she does.”

TEE PARTY: At 7,047 yards, the Broadmoor course is the longest in the history of the U.S. Women’s Open. The committee plans to adjust the tees based on the level of play over the next few days.

“We do have plans to look at some alternate teeing grounds and really make sure that it remains a stern but fair test for these players,” said Ben Kimball, the director of the U.S. Women’s Open. “I think we’ll kind of monitor what Mother Nature is giving to us, and you may see a few more things happen on the golf course.”

GRAND PRESSURE: Juli Inkster understands the pressure Yani Tseng is under this week as she attempts to complete a career grand slam.

The 51-year-old Inkster finished off the feat more than a decade ago. She said the most difficult portion may be winning the U.S. Open.

“I don’t think it’s probably the strongest field, but I think it’s the toughest one to win,” Inkster said. “You’ve got to have a golf course to your liking and you’ve got to get some breaks.

“(Tseng) is playing extremely well. She’s fearless. She’s putting good. I think that’s what’s putting her over the edge right now.”

CHIP SHOTS: Practice was suspended Wednesday afternoon because of weather. … Juli Inkster won the U.S. Women’s Open Amateur at the Broadmoor in 1982. It was her third straight crown.

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Rose leads Koepka, Grillo by four at Colonial

By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 9:06 pm

On the strength of a 4-under 66 Saturday, Justin Rose will take an four-shot lead over Brooks Koepka and Emiliano Grillo into the final round of the Fort Worth Invitational. Here's where things stand through 54 holes at Colonial Country Club.

Leaderboard: Rose (-14), Koepka (-10), Grillo (-10), Corey Conners (-8), Jon Rahm (-8), Louis Oosthuizen (-8), J.T. Poston (-8), Ryan Armour (-8)

What it means: The fifth-ranked player in the world is 18 holes from his ninth PGA Tour victory and his second this season. Up once to start the third round, Rose extended his lead to as much as five with birdies on four of his first six holes. Through 54 holes, Rose has made XX birdies and just XX bogeys. The 2013 U.S. Open winner and 2016 Olympic gold medalist has a history of winning at iconic venues - Muirfield Village, Aronimink, Cog Hill, Doral, Merion and Congressional - and now looks to add Colonial to the list. He'll be chased on Sunday by Grillo, the young Argentianian who won his first Tour start as a member in 2015, and Koepka, last year's U.S. Open winner who continues to impress in his injury comeback despite ongoing wrist issues.  

Round of the day: Corey Conners and Ted Potter both turned in 8-under 63. Potter was bogey-free and Conners came home in 6-under 29 on the back nine.

Best of the rest: Jon Rahm, Louis Oosthuizen, Brian Harman, and Michael Thompson all signed for 64. Rahm called his six-birdie start the best 10 holes he's played so far this year. 

Biggest disappointment: Jordan Spieth has finished second-first-second in the last three years at this event, but he's yet to find his normal Colonial form through three rounds. Spieth, who said Friday he was capable of shooting "10 or 12 under" over the weekend, shot even-par 70 Saturday. He sits in T-38 at 3 under for the week, 11 back.

Shot of the day: Rory Sabbatini closed out his third round Saturday with this eagle holeout from 134 yards at the 18th. 

His colorful scorecard featured three bogeys, two birdies, a double bogey and that eagle. It added up to a 1-over 71. 

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McCarron closes with only bogey, shares lead

By Associated PressMay 26, 2018, 8:49 pm

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Scott McCarron, seeking a second senior major title to go with his 2017 Senior Players Championship, made his only bogey of the third round on the final hole to slip into a tie for the lead Saturday with Tim Petrovic in the Senior PGA Championship.

They were at 13 under par after Petrovic, seeking his first major, shot 65. McCarron has shared the lead through three rounds.

England's Paul Broadhurst, the 2016 British Senior Open winner, matched the best third-round score in tournament history with a 64. He was at 11 under.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, coming off his first major championship last week at the Regions Tradition, shot 65 and was 9 under.

Tom Byrum, who made a hole-in-one in shooting a 67, was in a group at 8 under.

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Watch: Rose one-arms approach, makes birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 26, 2018, 7:25 pm

Justin Rose appears to have taken a course in Hideki Matsuyama-ing.

Already 3 under on his round through five thanks to a birdie-birdie-birdie start, Rose played this approach from 143 yards at the par-4 sixth.

That one-armed approach set up a 6-foot birdie putt he rolled in to move to 4 under on his round and 14 under for the week, five clear of the field.

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McIlroy battles back into tie for BMW PGA lead

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 26, 2018, 4:09 pm

Rory McIlroy got off to a rocky start on Saturday in the third round of the BMW PGA Championship, including hitting a spectator and making a double bogey. But after that incident on the sixth hole, he didn't drop another shot, birdieing the final hole to shoot a 1-under 71 and tie for the lead.

McIlroy had gone into Moving Day with a three-shot lead, but Francesco Molinari had the round of the day, a 6-under 66. "It was nice keep a clean scorecard," said Molinari, who hasn't made a bogey since the 10th hole on Friday.

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McIlroy and Molinari will be paired in Sunday's final round. They are tied at 13 under par, four shots clear of Ross Fisher, Branden Grace, Sam Horsfield and Alexander Noren.

The Wentworth course ends with back-to-back par-5s, and McIlroy birdied both of them. He got a break on the 18th hole as his drive hit a spectator and bounced into light rough.

"It was a struggle out there today," McIlroy said. "I think when you're working on a few things in your swing and the wind is up and you're stuck between trying to play different shots, but also try to play - you know, make good swings at it, I just hit some loose tee balls on the first few holes. But I'm proud of myself. I stayed patient. I actually - I'm feeling a bit better about myself after today than I was even walking off the course yesterday."