Anderson continues amateur tradition at U.S. Women's Open

By Randall MellJuly 8, 2011, 8:11 pm

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Amy Anderson’s strong start at the U.S. Women’s Open adds to the amateur tradition in the championship’s history.

Anderson, 18, finished up her suspended first round solidly to post a 2-under-par 69. She came back out early Friday to finish up six holes after Thursday’s weather suspension. She followed a bogey at the 15th with a birdie at the 17th.

“It’s exciting, it hasn’t sunk in yet,” Anderson said.

Anderson is one of 25 amateurs in the field.

While an amateur has won the U.S. Women’s Open just once (Catherine Lacoste in 1967), amateurs have scripted significant storylines over the years.

Last year, Kelli Shean, a senior at the University of Arkansas, stole the headlines as the compelling first-round story, moving a shot off the lead in her first U.S. Women’s Open. Morgan Pressel and Brittany Lang tied for second at the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open at Cherry Hills. In 2003, Aree Song finished fifth at Pumpkin Ridge. In 1998, Jenny Chuasiriporn, a 20-year-old senior at Duke, lost in a playoff to Se Ri Pak at Blackwolf Run.

Anderson who has her older brother, Nathan, on her bag this week, is staying with cousins who live about 20 miles from The Broadmoor. Anderson, who hails from tiny Oxbow, N.D., has a good following with 40 or so family and friends making the trip to see her.

What was it like sleeping on the lead Thursday night?

'I just didn't really think about it too much,' Anderson said. 'I'm trying not to get ahead of myself. This is just the first round.'

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Woods wins Tour Championship by two strokes

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 23, 2018, 9:56 pm

Tiger Woods cruised to his first victory in five years and No. 80 of his career Sunday at the Tour Championship. Here's the lowdown from the final round at East Lake.

Leaderboard: Tiger Woods (-11), Billy Horschel (-9), Dustin Johnson (-7), Hideki Matsuyama (-6), Webb Simpson (-6), Justin Rose (-6)

What it means: Coming off four back surgeries, Woods didn't know if he would play competitive golf again. Now, he has win No. 80 of his career after a vintage performance at the Tour Championship. Woods started the day with a three-shot lead, birdied the first hole and never looked back. His closest pursuers, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy, never put any pressure on Woods. Woods' lead got down to two strokes after bogeys at 15 and 16, but a clutch par putt on 17 gave him a two-shot cushion. The 14-time major champ is now two wins away from Sam Snead's all-time wins record after collecting his third Tour Championship title.

Round of the day: Outside of Woods' clinical performance, Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler both shot 5-under 65s to finish in the top seven.

Best of the rest: Billy Horschel fired a 4-under 66 to finish in second place.

Biggest disappointment: McIlroy (74) and Rose (73) were both three behind Woods starting the day, but they didn't put up a fight. McIlroy was 4 over par on the front nine, and Rose fell apart on the back nine and had to make birdie on 18 just to win the FedExCup title.

Shot of the day: Woods holed a 3-foot par putt on the 17th hole to keep a two-shot lead heading to 18.

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Stricker wins Sanford for third Champions title of season

By Associated PressSeptember 23, 2018, 9:55 pm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Steve Stricker won the inaugural Sanford International on Sunday for his third PGA Tour Champions title of the year, closing with a 3-under 67 for a four-stroke victory.

The 51-year-old Stricker birdied three of the first four holes and offset bogeys on 13 and 18 with birdies on 15 and 16. He shared the lead after each of the first two rounds, shooting 63-67 at Minnehaha Country Club.

Stricker also won in Arizona and Mississippi in consecutive starts in May for his first senior victories. Next week in France, he will be one of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk's assistants.

Stricker finished at 13-under 197, and match Paul Broadhurst for the tour victory lead.

Tim Petrovic (65) and Jerry Smith (70) tied for second.

Brandt Jobe, tied for the second-round lead with Stricker, had a 72 to drop into a tie for fourth with Kevin Sutherland (67) at 8 under.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 23, 2018, 9:30 pm

Tiger Woods closed out his 80th PGA Tour win with a tap-in on the final hole of the Tour Championship at East Lake. We've been tracking him.


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Lewis wins Portugal Masters for second time

By Associated PressSeptember 23, 2018, 6:19 pm

VILAMOURA, Portugal – Tom Lewis won the Portugal Masters for a second time after shooting a 5-under 66 in Sunday's final round.

Lewis finished three strokes ahead of fellow Englishman Eddie Pepperell (67) and Australia's Lucas Herbert (71).

Sergio Garcia prepared for the Ryder Cup next weekend with a 65 to finish seven strokes behind Lewis.

Lewis made six birdies along with a single bogey on No. 10 to finish the tournament at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course on 22-under 262.

Herbert led through the first three rounds only to struggle on the final day. He hit a double bogey on the final hole to finish the round on par.

Lewis had trailed Herbert by nine shots after the first round.

''It's been a rough ride but this week I played hard,'' Lewis said. ''I obviously got off to a bad start, to finish the way I've been finishing has been brilliant.''

Lewis first won the tournament in 2011.

''I think this one means more,'' Lewis said, ''it means a lot to come and win this again.''