Tseng tops Pettersen to win Kraft Nabisco

By Associated PressApril 5, 2010, 2:07 am

2007 Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipRANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – The only time all day that Yani Tseng wasn’t in control was when she took the traditional leap into the water at the 18th green after winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

With her mother, caddie and several friends also taking the plunge Sunday, Tseng jumped as far into the pond as she could, then remembered that she can’t swim.

“I told my caddie, ‘I don’t know how to swim, can you help me to get on the top?’ It was a little scary,” she said.

Everything else about Tseng’s day had her smiling. She eagled the second hole and pulled ahead of a star-studded field with a 4-under 68 for her second major title.


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Tseng, from Taiwan, finished at 13-under 275 at Mission Hills to hold off Suzann Pettersen by a stroke. Two of Tseng’s three LPGA victories have been majors – she won the 2008 LPGA Championship as a rookie, beating Maria Hjorth in a four-hole playoff.

During her news conference, while still bundled in a white robe after her plunge, a strong earthquake south of the U.S.-Mexico border rattled the Coachella Valley.

Tseng reached up to steady her trophy, which was on a pedestal behind her.

“We have a lot in Taiwan, but this was big,” she said. “I like it. Cool. It’s like my big week. I hope nobody gets hurt.”

Tseng started the day tied with Pettersen (69), one stroke behind Karen Stupples. Tseng took control of the tournament by chipping in for eagle on the 521-yard, par-5 second, then getting a birdie on the par-4 No. 3 that put her at 12 under.

“I had an eagle on the second hole, and I know today is going to be my day. I just kept telling myself, ‘Commit to the shot and keep my tempo right, and just keep smiling all 18 holes,’ ” she said.

On No. 2, Tseng pushed a 3 wood onto the fringe, then chipped in.

“I just wanted to get close to the pine, and I chipped and I don’t know if it’s good, and then three feet before the hole, I know it’s going to make it,” she said.

“Yani got off to a flying start,” said Pettersen, who won the 2007 LPGA Championship. “She played great today and she deserved to win.”

Pettersen’s eagle chip on 18 stopped just a few inches from the hole, and Tseng tapped in for par on the final hole to win the tournament.

“Geez that was a big chip,” Tseng said. “I was scared to look. I’m happy that missed, because you know, that was for eagle, and I have to make that putt for win.”

Tseng two-putted for the win, then jumped into the water.

Tseng played even par on the back nine, yet no could catch her.

Pettersen had several chances to reel in her friend on the back nine with birdie chances on Nos. 13 through 16. The only birdie putt that fell in the stretch was at 16, leaving her two shots behind Tseng.

“I mean, one of those drops, of course there’s a little different pressure on Yani playing those last four or five holes,” Pettersen said. “I gave myself a lot of good chances, and it wasn’t really that I hit a lot of bad putts. The one on 15 we probably misread a little bit, but the other ones were as close as you can possibly get them, and then it finally dropped on 16.”

Said Tseng: “Otherwise she would be on top with me. And the back nine is always tough. That’s big pressure in a major. So I really just told myself, ‘Don’t look at her, just however she’s playing, I’m just doing my job, and then hit it on the green and play safe.’ Actually on the back nine, I didn’t be aggressive.”

It was another agonizingly close finish for Pettersen in this tournament. She tied for second in 2007 and ’08, and tied for fifth last year.

“Yeah, just collect them up,” Pettersen said. “It’s starting to feel like it owes me one very soon.”

Song-Hee Kim (70) was third at 9 under, top-ranked Lorena Ochoa (73) followed at 6 under, and Stupples (78) tied for fifth at 4 under with Jiyai Shin (71), Cristie Kerr (72) and Karrie Webb (73). Michelle Wie (78) tied for 27th at 3 over.

Stupples, the 2004 Women’s British Open champion, had three double bogeys.

She took a double-bogey 6 on No. 6 after hitting her approach shot into the water in front of the green, dropping her four back. She also had a double-bogey 6 on No. 15, and her third double bogey came on No. 18 after she hit her drive into the water.

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Salas (62) leads LPGA's Indy Women in Tech

By Associated PressAugust 17, 2018, 12:50 am

INDIANAPOLIS - Lizette Salas matched the Brickyard Crossing record with a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the Indy Women in Tech Championship, making birdie on the final three holes for a two-stroke lead over fast-starting Angel Yin and Japan's Nasa Hataoka.

Yin birdied eight of the first nine holes in her morning round for a front-nine 8-under 28 - one short of the LPGA Tour's nine-hole record. It matched the third-lowest nine-hole score in relation to par in tour history.


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Salas eagled the par-5 second in the afternoon and added three straight birdies on Nos. 4-6. She birdied Nos. 12 and 14 before reeling off three more in a row to close, waiting out a late 77-minute suspension for an approaching storm.

Salas matched the course record set by Mike McCullough in the PGA Tour Champions' 1999 Comfort Classic.

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Sordet opens with 62 to grab lead at Nordea Masters

By Associated PressAugust 16, 2018, 11:23 pm

GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Clement Sordet opened with four straight birdies to shoot 8-under 62 and take the first-round lead of the Nordea Masters on Thursday.

Sordet says ''I wasn't really focusing on the score, I was just enjoying it.''

The Frenchman, who shot his lowest European Tour round, has a two-stroke lead over Scott Jamieson of Scotland and Lee Slattery of England.

Hunter Stewart is the highest-placed American after a 5-under 65 left him on a four-way tie for fourth with Christofer Blomstrand, Tapio Pulkkanen and Richard Green.

Defending champion Renato Paratore's hopes of becoming the first player to successfully retain the title look in doubt after the Italian shot 9-over 79 at Hills Golf Club.

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Peterson confirms plans to play Web.com Finals

By Will GrayAugust 16, 2018, 9:17 pm

After flirting with retirement for much of the summer, John Peterson confirmed that he will give it one more shot in the upcoming Web.com Tour Finals.

Peterson, 29, had planned to walk away from the game and begin a career in real estate in his native Texas if he failed to secure PGA Tour status before his medical extension expired. His T-13 finish last month at The Greenbrier appeared to be enough to net the former NCAA champ at least conditional status, but a closer look at the numbers revealed he missed out by 0.58 points in his last available start.


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But Peterson was buoyed by the support he received from his peers at The Greenbrier, and when he got into the Barbasol Championship as a late alternate he decided to make the trip to the tournament. He tied for 21st that week in Kentucky, clinching enough non-member FedExCup points to grant him a spot in the four-event Finals.

Last month Peterson hinted that he would consider playing in the Finals, where 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season will be up for grabs, and Thursday he confirmed in an Instagram post that he will give his pro career "one last push."

The Finals kick off next week in Ohio with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and will conclude Sept. 20-23 with the Web.com Tour Championship. Peterson will be looking to rekindle his results from 2013, when he finished T-5 or better at each of the four Finals events while earning fully-exempt status as the top money earner.

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Lyle honored with sand sculpture at Wyndham

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 16, 2018, 9:00 pm

Jarrod Lyle passed away last week at the age of 36 after losing his third battle with cancer.

And after a PGA Championship filled with tributes to the Australian, the Wyndham Championship found its own way to keep his legacy alive at the North Carolina Tour stop.

Next to the Wyndham Championship and PGA Tour logos carved into the sand on site at Sedgefield Country Club is Lyle's name and the "Leuk the Duck" mascot. The duck has become synonymous with Challenge, an organization that supports kids with cancer.

Fellow Aussie Stuart Appleby posted the display on social media:

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Lyle was also remembered in a more traditional manner on the first tee, where his bag and trademark yellow bucket hat were prominently displayed.