Recari tops I.K. Kim in Kia Classic playoff

By Associated PressMarch 25, 2013, 1:46 am

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Beatriz Recari had three-putted No. 18 in regulation and again on the first hole of a playoff with I.K. Kim as dusk approached Sunday.

Here she was again, with a chance to win the Kia Classic.

This one was true enough that Recari began her victory celebration even before her 18-foot birdie putt from the fringe rolled into the cup.

The 25-year-old from Pamplona, Spain, raised her right fist and, after the ball rolled in, raised both arms in the air and smiled.

She later put her hands to her face and wiped away tears as her caddie boyfriend, Andreas Thorp, put his arm around her.

''There was a lot going on,'' Recari said. ''I had a good feeling, but the same as the other putts. The other ones went by and missed the hole. This one went in. I had the same process and the same shot. Nothing different. I'm always trying to do my best. It just dropped in.''

It was her first LPGA Tour victory since her rookie season of 2010.

Recari said she was emotional because she was thinking of ''all those people that have been there with me no matter what. ... And at the same time I just couldn't believe that the ball was in the hole and like it was over and that I won. It was a lot. Part of it I still don't remember. Just a lot of emotions. It's a different win; it's my first in a playoff. It's a lot of different things, different situation. I'm definitely more emotional than my first and I don't know what my third will bring.''

The tour is off next week before the first major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage.

Recari and Kim three-putted No. 18 in regulation and on the first playoff hole.

Recari, who brought a two-stroke lead into the day after three bogey-free rounds, had a chance to win in regulation. But, like Kim in the twosome ahead of her, she three-putted the par-4 18th – including a 6-footer that would have won it had she not rolled it past the hole. Recari closed with a 2-over 74 to match Kim at 9 under at Aviara. Kim shot a 71.

They teed off on 18 again and both players three-putted. With the sun setting and the temperature dropping, they played the hole again.

Kim had a 30-foot putt on the second playoff hole and rolled it left before Recari made the winner.

Recari wasn't sure if she and Kim were missing the putts on the big green because of shadows cast by the grandstands or because it was lumpy after a full day of golf.

Recari, who hit a 3-wood off the tee all three times on 18, said she was more aggressive on the second playoff hole, when she hit a 6-iron on her approach.

''I think my caddie tricked me a little bit, I think he put me more toward the right, more toward the pin because we agreed that we were going to the big Kia and that started at the pin, so I think he led me a little more to the right. I hit OK shot and I just missed the green and I made the putt. It's golf.''

Recari went 59 holes before carding her first bogey in the tournament.

Kim bogeyed four of her last eight holes in regulation. A South Korean player, now based in Rancho Santa Fe, Kim won the last of her three LPGA Tour titles in 2010.

On the par-4 16th, Kim had a great drive to about 10 feet and fell to her knees as she just missed an eagle putt. It was the same hole where Recari had an eagle on Saturday.

Cristie Kerr, Pornanong Phatlum and Mo Martin tied for third, a stroke out of the playoff. First-round leader Jane Park was another stroke back along with Lizette Salas and Hall of Famer Karrie Webb.

Stacy Lewis, playing for the first time as the world's No. 1 ranked player, was in a group of four at 6 under after closing with a 73. She was coming off consecutive victories in Singapore and Phoenix.

Paula Creamer, who started the day three shots off the lead, had five straight bogeys and seven overall in her final-round 77.

DIVOTS: Recari won $255,000 from the $1.7 million purse. ... She made 57 starts between victories. ... Recari holds the fourth-longest streak of consecutive cuts made with 38. She trails Karrie Webb (49), Creamer (47) and Jiyai Shin (41). ... Sunday evening, Creamer tweeted a picture of a glass of red wine. ''This pretty much sums up my day..... #muchneeded,'' her tweet said. A few minutes later, she tweeted: ''I just didn't have my A game today. I didnt even have my C game. That's golf.'' ... Lewis had two double bogeys on the back nine, including No. 18 when her drive went into the water on the right side of the fairway. After taking a drop, her next shot wasn't much better, landing behind a big rock. Her only choice was to chip out onto the fairway. ... Lewis found the water quite a bit on the hilly, 6,593-yard course designed by Arnold Palmer.



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Four top finishers in Japan qualify for The Open

By Associated PressMay 27, 2018, 10:19 am

IBARAKI, Japan – Shota Akiyoshi of Japan shot a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to win the Mizuno Open and qualify for The 147th Open.

Akiyoshi offset three bogeys with five birdies at the Royal Golf Club in Ibaraki, Japan, to finish 1 under overall and secure his first ever tournament win on the Japan Golf Tour.

Michael Hendry of New Zealand and Japanese golfers Masahiro Kawamura and Masanori Kobayashi were tied for second one stroke off the pace to also qualify for The Open at Carnoustie, Scotland, from July 19-22.

Hendry, who led the tournament coming into the final round, came close to forcing a playoff with Akiyoshi but dropped a shot with a bogey on the final hole when he needed a par to draw level.

Hendry will make his second appearance at The Open after qualifying at the Mizuno Open for the second year in a row.

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Lewis hopes to win at Volvik with baby on the way

By Randall MellMay 27, 2018, 12:55 am

Stacy Lewis was listening to more than her caddie on her march up the leaderboard Saturday at the Volvik Championship.

Pregnant with her first child, she is listening to her body in a new way these days.

And she could hear a message coming through loud and clear toward the end of her round at Travis Point Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“The little one was telling me it’s dinnertime,” Lewis said.

Lewis birdied five of the last six holes to shoot 5-under-par 67 and move into position to make a Sunday run at winning her 13th LPGA title. She is two shots behind the leader, Minjee Lee, whose 68 moved her to 12 under overall.

Sunday has the makings of a free for all with 10 players within three shots of the lead.


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Lewis, 33, is four months pregnant, with her due date Nov. 3. She’s expecting to play just a few more times before putting the clubs away to get ready for the birth. She said she’s likely to make the Marathon Classic in mid-July her last start of the season before returning next year.

Of course, Lewis would relish winning with child.

“I don’t care what limitations I have or what is going on with my body, I want to give myself a chance to win,” she told LPGA.com at the Kingsmill Championship last week.

Lewis claimed an emotional victory with her last title, taking the Cambia Portland Classic late last summer after announcing earlier in the week that she would donate her entire winnings to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in her Houston hometown.

A victory Sunday would also come with a lot of emotion.

It’s been an interesting year for Lewis.

There’s been the joy of learning she’s ready to begin the family she has been yearning for, and the struggle to play well after bouncing back from injury.

Lewis missed three cuts in a row before making it into the weekend at the Kingsmill Championship last week. That’s one more cut than she missed cumulatively in the previous six years. In six starts this year, Lewis hasn’t finished among the top 50 yet, but she hasn’t felt right, either.

The former world No. 1 didn’t make her second start of 2018 until April, at the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration. She withdrew from the HSBC Women’s World Championship in late February with a strained right oblique muscle and didn’t play again for a month.

Still, Lewis is finding plenty to get excited about with the baby on the way.

“I kind of had my first Mother’s Day,” Lewis told LPGA.com last week. “It puts golf into perspective. It makes those bad days not seem so bad. It helps me sleep better at night. We are just really excited.”

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Rose hasn't visited restroom at Colonial - here's why

By Nick MentaMay 27, 2018, 12:20 am

In case you're unaware, it's pretty hot in Texas.

Temperatures at Colonial Country Club have approached 100 degrees this week, leaving players to battle both the golf course and potential dehydration.

With the help of his caddie Mark Fulcher, Fort Worth Invitational leader Justin Rose has been plenty hot himself, staking himself to a four-shot lead.


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"Yeah, Fulch has done a great job of just literally handing me water bottle after water bottle. It seems relentless, to be honest with you," Rose said Saturday.

So just how much are players sweating the heat at Colonial? Well, it doesn't sound like all that water is making it all the way through Rose.

"I haven't even seen the inside of a restroom yet, so you can't even drink quick enough out there," he shared.

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Up four, Rose knows a lead can slip away

By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 11:21 pm

Up four shots heading into Sunday at the Fort Worth Invitational, Justin Rose has tied the largest 54-hole lead of his PGA Tour career.

On the previous two occasions he took a 54-hole Tour lead into the final round, he closed.

And yet, Rose knows just how quickly a lead can slip away. After all, it was Rose who erased a six-shot deficit earlier this season to overtake Dustin Johnson and win the WGC-HSBC Championship. 

"I think I was in the lead going into the final round in Turkey when I won, and I had a four-shot lead going into the final round in Indonesia in December and managed to put that one away," Rose said Saturday, thinking back to his two other victories late last year.

"I was five, six back maybe of DJ, so I've got experience the other way. ... So you can see how things can go both ways real quick. That's why there is no point in getting too far ahead of myself."


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Up one to start the third round Saturday, Rose extended his lead to as much as five when he birdied four of his first six holes.

He leads the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green (+12.853) and strokes gained: approach-the-green (+7.931).

Rose has won five times worldwide, including at the 2016 Rio Olympics, since his last victory in the United States, at the 2015 Zurich Classic.

With a win Sunday, he'd tie Nick Faldo for the most PGA Tour wins by an Englishman post-World War II, with nine.

But he isn't celebrating just yet.

"It is a big lead, but it's not big enough to be counting the holes away. You've got to go out and play good, you've got to go out positive, you've got to continue to make birdies and keep going forward.

"So my mindset is to not really focus on the lead, it's to focus on my game tomorrow and my performance. You know, just keep executing the way I have been. That's going to be my challenge tomorrow. Going to look forward to that mindset."