Webb Wins Back-to-Back Aussie Titles
Webb, who came from seven strokes behind Saturday with a 10-under 62 to share the third-round lead with fellow Australian Michelle Ellis, again made clutch putts to follow last week's six-stroke win at the Australian Open with her sixth Australian Masters title.
Her four-round total of 19-under 269 came despite bogeys on 17 and 18 that made the win look closer than it was -- she led for most of the back nine by four strokes.
'The 62 yesterday obviously really set me up for today,' Webb said. 'I got off to a flyer today, then did what I had to do on the back nine, which was nothing special.'
Shin Ji-yai of South Korea was second after a 69, followed by Cristie Kerr of the United States another stroke back after a 68.
Kerr had all four rounds in the 60s and did not make a bogey in 72 holes at Royal Pines this week.
'That's a first for me,' Kerr said of her bogey-free performance. 'She (Webb) shot 10-under par to put herself ahead of the field yesterday and that's what you are going to have to do if you're going to win against this kind of quality field.'
Ahn Sun-ju of South Korea, who led after each of the first two rounds, birdied the last for a 70 and finished fourth. Taiwan's Tseng Ya-ni, a former amateur playing in only her second professional tournament, had a 66 to finish fifth.
Ellis finished tied for sixth after a 75. She moved out of contention when she double bogeyed the par-4 eighth after hitting her tee shot out of bounds.
Webb took a four-stroke lead on the ninth hole with a 20-foot eagle putt that all but finished off her pursuers, giving her a 6-under 31 total on the front nine.
She lost a stroke in unusual circumstances on the 10th hole after picking up her ball and cleaning it when she thought it was on the green. After she realized her mistake, she called over rules official Graham Nightingale and gave herself a one-stroke penalty.
It was Webb's first bogey in 33 holes.
That reduced her lead to three over Shin, and Webb made a four-footer for par on the next hole. However, Webb's lead went back to four moments later when Shin bogeyed after hitting her tee shot in the bunker on the par-3 11th.
Webb, who is scheduled to make her 2007 LPGA debut next week in the SBS Open at Turtle Bay in Kahuku, Hawaii, held at least a four-stroke lead through the remaining holes until she bogeyed the last two.
Brittany Lincicombe had a triple-bogey on the par-3 11th when she went into the water, and finished tied for 13th after a 73. Lincicombe made up for the triple with a birdie and eagle on the next two holes.
Fellow American Natalie Gulbis shot a 70 to finish at even-par 288 and tied for 53rd.
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Furyk: Not a 'good idea' to team Tiger, Phil at Ryder Cup
Those hoping for another Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson partnership at the Ryder Cup might be sorely disappointed.
U.S. captain Jim Furyk all but slammed the door on the reboot Monday on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive.” Speaking at the CVS Health Charity Classic, Furyk laughed off the idea and said that it wouldn’t be a “good idea” for him to team them again.
“It worked out so well the first time,” he said, chuckling, referring to the 2004 matches, where captain Hal Sutton paired the sport’s two biggest stars and watched them go 0-2 en route to a lopsided team defeat at home.
Colin Montgomerie, who was also on the set and a member of that ’04 European squad, chimed in: “It was a great decision for Europe!”
Woods and Mickelson’s relationship has improved in recent years, since they were part of the task force that morphed into the Ryder Cup committee. They even played a practice round together this year at the Masters. But Furyk seemed to suggest even that wouldn’t be enough to put them together again in Paris.
“I hope they’re both watching, because they just fell off the couch laughing,” Furyk said. “I wouldn’t guess that would be a good idea as a captain, I’m just saying.”
Both Mickelson and Woods are outside the top 8 automatic qualifiers. Mickelson is currently ranked 10th, while Woods is now 39th.
Woods has already been named a vice captain for this year’s matches, though Furyk said that Woods had broached the topic of being a playing vice captain as early as January. Furyk added that he hasn’t discussed what Woods would need to show him over the course of the year to be considered for a captain’s pick.
“He hasn’t played as big of a schedule as everybody else,” Furyk said, “but when he has played, he’s played pretty well. Definitely an eye-opener for everyone.”
Grandma hopes sick JT has some 's***-kicking antibiotics'
Justin Thomas tied for 56th at the Travelers Championship, still recovering from a brutal test at the U.S. Open and, apparently, battling an illness.
Thomas is next competing at this week's French Open, along with the likes of Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia and a host of potential Ryder Cup foes.
Count his grandmother as one who is pulling – really, really pulling – for his physical recovery.
Just arrived in France! I can always count on my grandma for a good heart felt text she’s the best! pic.twitter.com/WEwgRH4Pc0— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) June 25, 2018
Grandmothers are the best. And as you can make out from the top of the text exchange, she finally figured out what was on JT’s pants in Round 1 at Shinnecock Hills.
What's in the bag: Travelers champion Watson
Bubba Watson won the Travelers Championship for a third time in his career. Here's a look inside his bag:
Driver: Ping G400 LST (7.6 degrees), with Grafalloy Bi-Matrix Prototype X shaft
Fairway wood: Ping G (13.2 degrees), with Fujikura Tour Spec 8.2 X shaft
Irons: Ping iBlade (2), Ping S55 (4-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (52 degrees, 55 degrees, 63 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
Putter: Ping PLD Anser
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Travelers purse payout: Bubba, Cink close low, earn big
Bubba Watson shot 63 on Sunday to win the Travelers Championship. He took home the trophy, but he wasn't the only player to earn a big payday. Here's how the purse was paid out at TPC River Highlands:
|T26||Si Woo Kim||-8||$49,700|
|T47||Billy Hurley III||-3||$17,578|