Annika Seeks Three-Peat

By Lpga Tour MediaSeptember 13, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi PORTLAND, Ore. -- No one has been able to touch Annika Sorenstam at Columbia Edgewater Country Club the last two years. That's exactly where she finds herself this week as she looks to three-peat at the $1.2 million Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi.
 
The rare three-peat has happened only nine times in LPGA history, and Sorenstam is the only player to accomplish that feat twice. She won the Michelob Light Classic from 1997-99 and the Mizuno Classic from 2001-03.
 
She has won five of the 13 LPGA events she has played in this season and leads the ADT Official Money List once again.
 
Fresh off a win at last week's John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic presented by Ford, Sorenstam secured her fifth-straight five-win season, a feat that has only been accomplished twice before in LPGA history-by LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame members Mickey Wright (1960-64) and Kathy Whitworth (1965-69).
 
Against the scenic backdrop of Portland, Ore., 12 other tournament champions from 2004 will tee it up this week, so Sorenstam will have her hands full in her quest to take home yet another Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi title.
 
Included in this impressive group are three-time champions Cristie Kerr and Meg Mallon and two-time champions Lorena Ochoa and Karen Stupples. Other tournament champions teeing it up on the 6,327-yard course are Wendy Doolan, Moira Dunn, Catriona Matthew, Grace Park, Jennifer Rosales, Kim Saiki, Sherri Steinhauer and Karrie Webb.
 
In addition, seven other past Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi champions are competing in the 54-hole event: Danielle Ammaccapane (1998); Donna Andrews (1993); Michelle Estill (1991); Juli Inkster (1999); Chris Johnson (1997); Mi Hyun Kim (2000); and Betsy King (1988). Other Tour stars in the field include 2004 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year points leader Shi Hyun Ahn, second-place rookie Aree Song, LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame member Beth Daniel, and Laura Davies, Natalie Gulbis and Christina Kim.
 
This will be a key week for Ahn and Song, as only three events remain that count toward the coveted Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award. Ahn has a hefty 177-point lead in the standings, so Song needs some very strong finishes in the coming weeks to have a shot at the title.
 
Last year, Daniel tied her career-low round of 62 (-10) in the first round to grab a four-stroke lead over Park, but a second-round, 1-over-par 73 left her in a three-way tie for the lead with Kerr and Sorenstam at 135 (-9). Sorenstam and Daniel battled it out on the final day, with Sorenstam carding a 6-under-par 66 and Daniel a five-under-par 67.
 
A late birdie by the Swede on the 17th hole left her a stroke ahead of Daniel at 201 (-15) and gave Sorenstam her fifth win of the season. Kerr carded a 3-under-par 69 in the final round to finish third, three strokes behind Sorenstam.
 
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    Lyle birdies last hole in likely his final Open start

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – If this was Sandy Lyle’s final Open appearance, he went out in style.

    Playing on the final year of his automatic age exemption, the 60-year-old Scot buried a 30-foot birdie on the last hole. He missed the cut after shooting 9-over 151 over two rounds.

    “I was very light-footed,” he said. “I was on cloud nine walking down the 18th. To make birdie was extra special.”


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    Lyle, who also won the 1988 Masters, has missed the cut in his last eight majors, dating to 2014. He hasn’t been competitive in The Open since 1998, when he tied for 19th.

    To continue playing in The Open, Lyle needed to finish in the top 10 here at Carnoustie. He’d earn a future exemption by winning the Senior British Open.

    “More punishment,” he said.

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    DJ, Thomas miss cut at Open; No. 1 up for grabs

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 3:35 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The top two players in the world both missed the cut at The Open, creating the possibility of a shakeup at the top of the rankings by the end of the weekend.

    Dustin Johnson became the first world No. 1 since Luke Donald in 2011 to miss the cut at the year’s third major.

    Johnson played solidly for all but the closing stretch. Over two rounds, he was 6 over par on the last three holes. He finished at 6-over 148.


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    Thomas added to what’s been a surprisingly poor Open record. Just like last year, when he struggled in the second round in the rain at Royal Birkdale, Thomas slumped to a 77 on Friday at Carnoustie, a round that included three consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 6-8. He finished at 4-over 146.

    It’s Thomas' first missed cut since The Open last year. Indeed, in three Open appearances, he has two missed cuts and a tie for 53rd.  

    With Johnson and Thomas out of the mix, the No. 1 spot in the rankings is up for grabs this weekend.

    Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm all can reach No. 1 with a victory this week.

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    TT Postscript: Woods (71) makes cut, has work to do

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 3:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods shot a second consecutive even-par 71 Friday in the second round. And yes, he made the cut:

    • Tiger said all 71s are not created equal. On Thursday, he made three birdies and three bogeys. On Friday, he made four birdie and four bogeys. Which round was better? The first. His theory is that, despite the rain, conditions were easier in the second round and there were more scoring opportunities. He didn't take advantage.

    • This is the first time since the 2013 Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes that Tiger shot par or better in each of the first two rounds of a major. That’s quite a long time ago.

    • Stat line for the day: 11 of 15 fairways, 13 of 18 greens, 32 total putts. Tiger hit one driver and two 3-woods on Thursday and four drivers on Friday, only one which found the fairway. An errant drive at the second led to him sniping his next shot into the gallery

     


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    • In his own words: “I could have cleaned up the round just a little bit. I got off to not exactly the best start, being 2 over through three, but got it back. The golf course was a little bit softer today, obviously. It rains, and we were able to get the ball down a little bit further, control the ball on the ground a little bit easier today, which was nice.”

    • At some point Tiger is going to have to be more aggressive. He will be quite a few shots off the lead by day’s end and he'll have a lot of ground to make up. Hitting irons off the tee is great for position golf, but it’s often leaving him more than 200 yards into the green. Not exactly a range for easy birdies.

    • Sure, it’s too soon to say Tiger can’t win a fourth claret jug, but with so many big names ahead of him on the leaderboard, it’s unlikely. Keep in mind that a top-six finish would guarantee him a spot in the WGC: Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks. At The Players, he stated that this was a big goal.

    • My Twitter account got suspended momentarily when Tiger was standing over a birdie putt on the 17th green. That was the most panicked I’ve been since Tiger was in contention at the Valspar.

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    Woods fires shot into crowd: 'I kept moving them back'

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 3:14 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It added up to another even-par round, but Tiger Woods had an eventful Friday at The Open.

    His adventure started on the second hole, when he wiped a drive into the right rough. Standing awkwardly on the side of a mound, he prepared for a quick hook but instead fired one into the crowd that was hovering near the rope line.

    “I kept moving them back,” he said. “I moved them back about 40 yards. I was trying to play for the grass to wrap the shaft around there and hit it left, and I was just trying to hold the face open as much as I possibly could. It grabbed the shaft and smothered it.


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    “I was very, very fortunate that I got far enough down there where I had a full wedge into the green.”

    Woods bogeyed the hole, one of four on the day, and carded four birdies in his round of 71 at Carnoustie. When he walked off the course, he was in a tie for 30th, six shots off the clubhouse lead.

    It’s the first time in five years – since the 2013 Open – that Woods has opened a major with consecutive rounds of par or better. He went on to tie for sixth that year at Muirfield.