Ochoa Davies Collapse Lincicome Wins

By Associated PressApril 15, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 Ginn OpenREUNION, Fla. -- Brittany Lincicome entered the final round of the Ginn Open believing that par would be a sensational score. How right she was.
 
Lincicome, who started four shots behind Lorena Ochoa and Laura Davies, survived a blustery day and a six-hour round to shoot an even-par 72 - enough to give the 21-year-old her second career LPGA Tour victory.
 
She finished at 10 under, one shot better than Ochoa (77) - who was 6 over on her final six holes, a stunning collapse that cost her an opportunity to pass Annika Sorenstam for the top spot in world rankings.
 
Only a win would have pushed Ochoa to No. 1, but the Mexican star missed a 10-foot bogey try on the final hole that would have forced a playoff.
 
'It's hard to describe,' Ochoa said. 'Not meant to be. I tried really hard.'
 
The 21-year-old Lincicome earned $390,000 for the win and, on a day where only one player - Meena Lee, who shot 71 - broke par, even she couldn't believe what had transpired.
 
'When the wind picked up, even par was looking pretty good,' said Lincicome, the Women's World Match Play winner last year.
 
Davies (79) had the outright lead with two holes to play, but three-putted her way to double bogey at the 17th and then bounced around bunkers for a disastrous triple bogey at the last. She finished alone in third at 7 under, one shot better than Juli Inkster (72) and Nicole Castrale (74).
 
Conditions were simply brutal. Morning storms delayed play for 2 1/2 hours, and once the sky cleared, the wind followed. A 41 mph gust was measured in the area Sunday afternoon, and the wind steadily blew in the 20-25 mph range, causing an already tough course to nearly become unbearable.
 
'The sand would come out of the bunkers and just hit us,' Ochoa said, tapping her face. 'We were talking about how hard the wind needs to blow before they stop play.'
 
Players backed off most every putt, often two or three times. Ochoa was rattled at the 16th when she stepped away from her par putt twice, the second time because her cap was about to blow off her head. And play was dreadfully slow; play resumed at 12:15 p.m., and it was a few minutes past 6 p.m. when Ochoa missed her putt on the 18th, sealing Lincicome's victory.
 
'Tough conditions prove who's the best player,' Ochoa said. 'And today it was Brittany, for sure.'
 
The day's average score was 76.5, 4 1/2 shots higher than it was Saturday. Natalie Gulbis, who started the day tied for third and four shots off the lead, shot an 80 and finished 2 under, and 10 other players shot in the 80s.
 
The back nine was simply wild, with all three players in the final group getting some time atop the leaderboard.
 
Ochoa made the turn at 15 under, one shot ahead of Davies and four up on Lincicome - who actually was six shots back with 10 holes to play. But Ochoa made a double-bogey at 13 and bogeys at the 15th and 16th, giving back four shots in a four-hole span, a collapse that gave Davies a one-stroke lead with two holes to play.
 
And then it was her turn to waste an opportunity - with an epic collapse.
 
Davies' third shot at the par-5 17th went over the green. She chipped to about 6 feet, barely inside of where Lincicome's third shot from a fairway bunker 95 yards away landed.
 
While Ochoa made par, after getting her second roughly 30 yards from the flag, Lincicome's par try dropped perfectly in the center of the cup. Davies studied Lincicome's putt, knowing hers was on exactly the same line.
 
But she missed, and exacerbated her woes by having the bogey try from 3 feet lip out - making her settle for a double-bogey 7 and giving the lead back to Ochoa and Lincicome at 11 under.
 
At the 18th, things got even worse for Davies. Her tee shot landed in a fairway bunker, and her second shot clipped the lip of that trap and landed in another one a short distance ahead. Davies' third shot didn't reach the green either, she eventually made triple and saw her hopes of ending a nearly six-year drought between wins on the LPGA Tour come to a sudden end.
 
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    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 2:13 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Adam Scott has been in between caddies for the last month and went with a bold stand-in for this week’s Open Championship, coaxing veteran looper Fanny Sunesson out of retirement to work for him at Carnoustie.

    Sunesson caddied for Nick Faldo in his prime, as the duo won four major titles together. She also worked for Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia before a back injury forced her to retire.

    But for this week’s championship, Scott convinced the Swede to return to the caddie corps. The results have been impressive, with the Australian following an opening 71 with a second-round 70 for a tie for 16th place.


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    “It's been going great. Fanny is, obviously, a fantastic caddie, and to be able to have that experience out there with me is certainly comforting,” Scott said. “We've gotten along really well. She's picked up on my game quickly, and I think we think about things in a very similar way.”

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    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 1:51 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy temporarily lost his superpowers during the Masters.  

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    No, the final round was nowhere near as dispiriting as the finale in 2011, but McIlroy still sulked the following week. He binge-watched TV shows. Devoured a few books. Guzzled a couple of bottles of wine. His pity party lasted a few days, until his wife, Erica, finally dragged him out of the house for a walk.

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    And so McIlroy has a new mantra this week at The Open.

    Let it go.

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    “I’m committed to making sure, even if I don’t play my best golf and don’t shoot the scores I want, I’m going to go down swinging, and I’m going to go down giving my best,” he said. “The result is the byproduct of all the little things you do to lead up to that. Sometimes I’ve forgotten that, and I just need to get back in that mindset.”

    It’s worked through two rounds, even after the cool, damp conditions led McIlroy to abandon his ultra-aggressive strategy. He offset a few mistakes with four birdies, shooting a second consecutive 69 to sit just a couple of shots off the lead.

    During a sun-splashed first round, McIlroy gleefully banged driver on almost every hole, flying or skirting the bunkers that dot these baked-out, undulating fairways. He wasn’t particularly accurate, but he also didn’t need to be, as the thin, wispy rough enabled every player to at least advance their approach shots near the green.

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    It’s the fifth time in his career that he’s opened a major with back-to-back rounds in the 60s. He’s gone on to win three of the previous four – the lone exception that disastrous final round (80) at Augusta in 2011.

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    Johnson is rooming with Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, Kevin Kisner, Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler this week at Carnoustie. It’s a tradition that began two years ago at Royal Troon.

    Kisner joked on Thursday after he took the first-round lead that the perks for the house/tournament front-runner were limited: “I probably get to eat first,” he said.


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    There is, however, one running wager.

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    “I’d be happy to fork it over,” he smiled.