Hawaii 2-0 Creamer Seeks Hawaiian Double

By Lpga Tour MediaFebruary 19, 2007, 5:00 pm
2007 Fields OpenKAPOLEI, Hawaii -- Meena Lee's seven-stroke, come-from-behind-victory over Seon Hwa Lee via a three-hole, sudden-death playoff was an exciting way to end the inaugural Fields Open in Hawaii last year. As the LPGA returns to Ko Olina Golf Club this week for the $1.2 million event, the excitement is sure to continue as a talented field takes aim at hoisting the trophy on Saturday and cashing the $180,000 first-place prize.
While Lee will lead the charge to defend her LPGA Tour win, which she won after a career-low 65 in the final round last year, she will have plenty of competition. Included in the Fields Open are nine of the top-10 players from the 2006 LPGA Official Money List, including reigning Rolex Player of the Year Lorena Ochoa, who finished tied for fourth at last week's SBS Open at Turtle Bay. Also, Karrie Webb, who won two straight weeks in her native Australia earlier this month and finished third last week, will try to keep the momentum going when she tees it up in the 138-player field.
This week also gives fans a chance to see 11 of the LPGA's 33 rookies, led by Jin Joo Hong, who won the LPGA's 2006 KOLON-Hana Bank Championship as a non-member, and Paige McKenzie and In-Kyung Kim, who both finished tied for 17th last week. All 2007 rookies are vying to follow in the footsteps of 2006 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Seon Hwa Lee to become this year's top rookie.
Paula Creamer is also a favorite for this week's Fields Open. After setting a record in 2006 for most season earnings without a win ($1,076,163), Creamer came out of the gates last week with her third LPGA Tour victory at the 2007 SBS Open at Turtle Bay. Creamer was one of only nine players who found a sub-par final round as windy conditions took its toll on the remaining 84 final-round professionals.
Julieta Granada, the winner of the ADT Championship and LPGA Playoffs 2006, teamed up with Celeste Troche to lead Paraguay to victory in the 2007 Women's World Cup of Golf earlier this year. And, with a second-place finish last week at the SBS Open, Granada is demonstrating that she is ready to get back into the winner's circle and will be a leading contender in the field this week.
A busy Golf Channel will broadcast two hours of each round (like last week, the event runs Thursday-Saturday) beginning at 6:30 p.m. each day.
The LPGA is off next week, returning on March 9 for the MasterCard Classic. Annika Sorenstam won the MasterCard last year -- an early highlight in an up-and-down year.
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    Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

    By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

    Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

    The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

    Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

    The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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    Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

    It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

    Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

    The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

    The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

    For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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    Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

    By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

    After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

    But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

    Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

    Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

    Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

    The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

    “There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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    In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

    “To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

    Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

    “To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.