Murphy Wins Season Finale
Murphy entered the final day trailing Wilson by one shot with a 137 (-7) total. She jump-started her victory round with a 12-foot birdie putt on the first hole, followed by another birdie putt on the par-5 475-yard second hole. A bogey on 4 was wiped out with a birdie on 6. She turned at 9-under-par for the tournament and was still one shot shy of Wilson, who birdied two holes on the front side.
Wilson bogeyed 10, dropping her down to 9-under-par with Murphy. Two more bogeys on 15 and 17 left Wilson trailing Murphy, who remained steady with pars on the back nine, by two strokes. Murphy finished strong and improved to 10-under-par for the tournament by draining an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, finishing the round two shots ahead of her nearest competitors. Wilson also birdied 18, making an eight-foot putt, but it was not enough and she finished at 72 (even), for a 208 (-8).
'I was really relaxed out there today,' commented Murphy, who was playing in the final pairing with Wilson and Erdmann. 'I was making good strokes, but left seven putts right on the edge of the hole. It felt great to make that last putt and finish strong. It was a good way to end the season.'
Erdmann started the day tied for second with Murphy and immediately dropped back by three shots with a double-bogey on one. She made up the blemish with birdies on nine, 10, and 13, sending her to 8-under-par for the tournament. Erdmann parred the remaining holes and finished her round with a 1-under-par 71. Price was two shots down after two rounds of play with a 138 (-6). Her final round was made up of birdies on six, 16, and 18, and a bogey on 14, to end tied for second with Erdmann and Wilson.
'I was a little concerned coming into the final tournament because of my position on the Tours money list,' said Price, who finished seventh overall on the 2002 Futures Tour money list with $31,365. 'My main goal was to stay calm and play well so I could remain in the top 10. It feels great to finish strong and now I can rest until the final stage of Q-school.'
Murphy competed for three years on the LPGA Tour in 1998, 2000, and 2001. After missing the cut at the 2001 final LPGA Qualifying Tournament, Murphy re-focused and decided on a new approach. Rather than play a full-time schedule, Murphy and her husband, Dan, returned to teaching at the Stratton Golf School in Stratton Mountain, Vt. The pair instruct golfers between the ages of 14 to 78 with all aspects of the game.
'Teaching has been very therapeutic for my golf game,' stated Murphy. 'I have become a lot more patient and since I am practicing every day, my swing and approach to the game have both improved.'
In addition to teaching, Murphy believes that the turnaround point for her game started back in July, when she was competing in her 10th U.S. Womens Open Championship. She was leading after the first eight holes of the tournament and ended up missing the cut. Five weeks later, Murphy was set to compete in the Green Mountain Futures Golf Classic in Killington, Vt., one hour away from where she resides. However, Murphy forgot to register and she missed the chance to play.
'I was very upset with myself that day,' commented Murphy, who today collected the $10,500 first-place check. 'Mentally, I was not focused on what was important. I was caught up in so many other things and that is not going to help me get back onto the LPGA Tour. I took some time to re-group and to set my priorities straight. This new approach has put me on the right track back to where I want to be.'
In four tournaments that Murphy played this season, including three after her incident in Vermont, she recorded four top-10 finishes, including two ties for sixth and one tie for seventh.
Salas (62) leads LPGA's Indy Women in Tech
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.
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.
Sordet opens with 62 to grab lead at Nordea Masters
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.
Peterson confirms plans to play Web.com Finals
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.
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.
Lyle honored with sand sculpture at Wyndham
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:
Lyle was also remembered in a more traditional manner on the first tee, where his bag and trademark yellow bucket hat were prominently displayed.