Pettersen Wins LPGA Playoff

By Associated PressMay 13, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 Michelob Ultra Open at KingsmillWILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Not until the very end did Suzann Pettersen think she had a chance, and even then, it took seeing her winning 1 1/2 -foot par putt disappear.
 
'I was like, `Wow! It happened,'' she said of her first victory, which came Sunday when Jee Young Lee missed a 2-foot par putt on the third extra hole in the Michelob Ultra Open and Pettersen calmly made hers.
 
The win came in Pettersen's 82nd LPGA Tour event, and made her the first Norwegian ever to win on the premier women's tour.
 
When Pettersen's putt fell, she pumped her right fist in celebration, then doubled over trying to create a private moment to savor before she was doused with beer.
 
'It feels special, I must say,' she said. 'Well, I didn't expect to win.'
 
Four stokes behind Lee to start the day, Pettersen shot a 3-under 68 to match Lee (72) at 10-under 274, avoiding the bogeys that plagued Lee and most everyone else as a stiff wind changed the course.
 
'The wind was good for me,' Pettersen said, because she felt she was striking the ball so purely, it didn't matter. 'It made it a little difficult for the other ones.'
 
Also good was Pettersen's recent history of near misses, including two this year. One came despite her best effort, the other was as demoralizing as the way Lee lost.
 
Second twice in her first seven events this year, the 26-year-old closed with a bogey-free 66 in the Safeway International in March, but lost when top-ranked Lorena Ochoa birdied four of the last five holes. Pettersen then blew a three-shot lead with a bogey-double bogey-bogey-par finish at the Kraft Nabisco -- a major -- the next week.
 
Those experiences, she said, helped her get through Sunday's tension.
 
'Even the playoff, I don't think my heart rate was much more than when I played the regular 18 holes,' Pettersen said. 'It could possible be the experience I had a month ago.'
 
This time, she let the opponent flinch.
 
Both players parred the par-4 18th on the first two extra holes, and Lee seemed to have the upper hand the third time around when she hit her approach to about 12 feet while Pettersen's ball rested against the high grass at the edge of the fringe.
 
'I told my caddy, `She's going to make this,'' Pettersen said.
 
Lee was thinking the same thing.
 
'Unless Pettersen makes the putt, I think I have a chance to win,' a still distraught Lee recalled thinking when they reached the green for the 75th hole.
 
Pettersen's putt rolled just past the cup on the right side, leaving 1 1/2 feet, and Lee's attempt at the victory missed to the right, leaving a short putt for the tie.
 
Lee, seeking her second career victory, quickly went to knock hers in, seemed to rush and it skated by on the right as the crowd gasped and she looked up, astonished.
 
'I just wanted to putt it and not have to wait,' she explained through an interpreter between calming deep breaths and disbelieving sighs. 'Frankly speaking, I think I played well enough (to win), but I think I gave it away.'
 
She did, at the end, but Pettersen made it possible with a sterling round.
 
The swirling, gusting wind played havoc with most players, often causing them to rethink their club selection. Pettersen was the only player of the 77 in the field to go through Sunday's round without a bogey, and only one player scored better.
 
It all only added to the thrill of finally breaking through.
 
'I mean, you've been dreaming of this since you're a kid,' she said. 'This is the league you want to play in, against the best players and on a course like this.
 
'You can't get much better.'
 
Not so for Lee, who was flawless in a course record-tying 63 on Saturday, but had four bogeys and three birdies in her closing 72. The last birdie came following a sand save immediately after a bogey at No. 14 briefly gave Pettersen a one-shot lead.
 
It was the only time she led all day until the final putt.
 
Lee also missed putts from inside 5 feet on the 10th and 14th greens.
 
Sarah Lee, who started the day one shot off the pace, finished three strokes back after a 74. Stacy Prammanasudh, who matched Pettersen's 68, and crowd favorite Paula Creamer (72) shared fourth. Angela Stanford had the day's best round, a 67.
 
The victory, worth $330,000 from the purse of $2.2 million, guaranteed Pettersen a spot in the November ADT Championship as the winner of one of 10 $2 million events.
 
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    Watch: Na punctuates caddie tiff with hole-out

    Microphones captured a fascinating and testy exchange between Kevin Na and his caddie, Kenny Harms, on Na's final hole, No. 9.

    Na was in the right rough, 185 yards from the green, which was guarded by water. He vacillated between a hybrid and an iron, but with either club he would have to hit "a 40-yard cut," as Harms termed it.

    "Over the green's dead," Harms warned.

    "It's not gonna go over the green, Kenny," Na replied.

    Na finally settled on an iron and said to Harms, "As long as you're OK with this club."

    "I'm not," harms replied. "I'm not OK with either one of them."

    "I'm going with this," Na ended the discussion.

    He missed the green with his approach shot, but avoided the water. After taking a free drop away from some TV cables, he had 92 feet 3 inches to the cup and of course, holed the pitch shot for a birdie-3, a 62 and a one-shot lead at the end of the first round.

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    Na (62) leads Hoffman by one at Colonial

    By Nick MentaMay 24, 2018, 10:38 pm

    Kevin Na leads the Fort Worth Invitational by one over Charley Hoffman following a first-round 8-under 62. Here's where things stand through 18 holes at Colonial.

    Leaderboard: Na (-8), Hoffman (-7), Emiliano Grillo (-6), Jhonattan Vegas (-6), Andrew Putnam (-6), Beau Hossler (-6)

    What it means: The veteran Na is in search of just his second PGA Tour victory in 367 events played. The 34-year-old's lone victory came at the 2011 Shriners to go along with nine runner-ups, the most recent of which was a tie for second at this year's Genesis Open. Na missed three straight cuts in April but has rallied back with a weekend stay at The Players and a T-6 at last week's Byron Nelson. Ranked 75th in the world, he is not currently qualified for the U.S. Open or the Open Championship. 

    Round of the day: Na turned in a clean card Thursday with six birdies and an eagle at the par-5 first, his 10th hole of the day. He closed with a chip-in birdie at No. 9 following a friendly disagreement with his caddie (more on that below). 

    Best of the rest: Hoffman was likewise bogey-free, drawing seven circles. The four-time Tour winner and typically steady performer has yet to register a top-10 finish this season.

    Biggest disappointment: Not that a round of 1 under is tragically disappointing, but Jordan Spieth has a pretty solid history of going low at this event and contending for the title. He's seven back through Round 1.

    Shot of the day: Satoshi Kodaira recorded the second albatross in tournament history when he holed a 3-iron from 234 yards at the first.

    Honorable mention: Na got into a pretty good back-and-forth with his caddie about whether to lay up or try to clear the water from the right rough at No. 9. Na went for it, avoided hazard, and holed this chip for birdie. 

    Quote of the day: "I told you." - Na, after his chip-in

    Golf Channel's NCAA Golf Coverage Continues Mon-Wed., May 28-30 With the NCAA Men's Golf Championships

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsMay 24, 2018, 10:24 pm

    Two National Championships to be Decided Over a Three-Day Span – Individual (Mon., May 28) and Team (Wed., May 30)

     Eight of the Top-10 Ranked Programs in the Country Set to Compete; Reigning NCAA Men’s National Champions Oklahoma and Current Top-Ranked Oklahoma State Paired Together Starting Friday

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    ORLANDO, Fla., May 24, 2018 – Coming on the heels of Wednesday’s dramatic championship match where Arizona defeated Alabama in a playoff to claim their third women’s golf team national championship, Golf Channel returns to Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. next week for the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf National Championships. Taking place Monday-Wednesday, May 28-30, Golf Channel’s coverage will feature nearly 30 hours of live tournament and on-site wraparound news coverage, showcasing the top men’s college golf programs in the country.

    NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Coverage: Coverage begins on Monday, May 28 to crown the individual national champion and to track the teams attempting to qualify for the eight-team match play championship. Golf Channel’s coverage on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 29-30 will include all three rounds of the team match play, ultimately crowning a team national champion.

    In addition, Golf Central will surround live tournament action with pre-and post-event news coverage produced on-site at Karsten Creek Golf Club, as well as daily news updates on Morning Drive and online via Golf Channel Digital. News and tournament coverage also will be live streamed on Golf Channel Digital. College Central, Golf Channel’s online home for college golf, will provide comprehensive editorial coverage throughout the championships.

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    Country singer Owen shoots 86 in Web.com debut

    By Will GrayMay 24, 2018, 7:51 pm

    Country music star Jake Owen struggled in his Web.com Tour debut, shooting a 14-over 86 in the opening round of the Nashville Golf Open.

    Owen, who played as a 1 handicap earlier this year while teaming with Jordan Spieth at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, put three balls out of bounds over his first nine holes, including two en route to a quadruple-bogey 9 on the par-5 18th hole. After making the turn in 46, Owen came home in 40 without making a single birdie.

    Owen is playing as an amateur on an unrestricted sponsor exemption, the same type used by NBA superstar Steph Curry on the Web.com Tour last year and by former NFL quarterback Tony Romo this year on the PGA Tour. Curry missed the cut after rounds of 74-74 at the Ellie Mae Classic, while Romo shot 77-82 at the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship.


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    Owen tallied nine pars, six bogeys, two doubles and a quad in his opener and was the only player from the morning wave who failed to break 80. The closest player to him in the standings was two-time major champ Angel Cabrera, who opened with a 79.

    While Owen struggled against a field full of professionals, he took the setback in stride and even took to Twitter in the middle of his round to fire back at some of his online critics: