Fortunes Come True for Sorenstam
Sorenstam hit the pavement running making birdies on two of her first three holes of the day. By the time she made the turn she had bested the rest of the field by a comfortable five stroke lead at 20-under-par, after shooting a 31 on the front side.
That wasn't enough for the tenacious Swede. She burned up the course on the backside as well. By the 16th she had reached 23-under-par, broken the course record that she and Pat Hurst set last year of 19-under-par, and it looked as if her goal was to break all time 72-hole record.
Sorenstam comments on her Welch's/Circle K win.
On the 18th, Sorenstam left her approach shot short of the green. Undaunted, the former University of Arizona teammate made her way up to her ball waiving her Wildcat head cover in the air. She got the ball up and down with a solid chip that left her with a 12-foot putt.
At 23-under and 12-feet away from the hole, Annika was tied with four others for posting the second all time lowest 72-hole score. Karrie Webb recorded the lowest score of 26-under-par 262 at the 1999 Australian Ladies Masters.
Sorenstam was denied a birdie after her putt lipped out of the hole. She settled for par on the last, 7-under-par 65 for the final round and her first win since last July.
I'll tell you an interesting story,' Annika said. 'I went to dinner Tuesday night and opened a fortune cookie and the fortune read `Your goals will come true this week.' Then the next night I went to a different restaurant, and believe it or not, my fortune cookie read the exact same fortune.'
She is now the proud owner of two, solid copper mesquite tree trophies. Asked if Sorenstam would use her trophies as book ends the champion quipped 'Yeah, now I'll just have to get some books.'
Six shots off the lead, Se Ri Pak was unable to put any pressure on Annika today. 'It was pretty hard to catch Annika because she was on fire today,' Pak said after her round.
Pak could have held sole possession of second but for a missed birdie putt on the 18th. She finish tied for second at 17-under-par 271. 'I don't know what happened,' Pak said of her missed putt. 'It looked like it was OK but then it just didn't go in.'
Jen Hanna had a tough day today. Paired with Dottie Pepper, Hanna shot a disappointing 4-over-par to finish the tournament in the middle of the pack at 9-under-par 279.
Pepper finished tied for second at 17-under par 271 after sinking a spectacular 50-foot putt. Just moment's prior, the fiery Pepper showed physical disgust with the results of her bunker shot. Undeterred by her bad lie, she got the ball up and down leaving her with the long putt that she ultimately made.
Donning flamingo pink pants, Michelle McGann had fun with the gallery as she made her way around the course shooting 8-under-par 64 in the process and finishing the tournament tied with four others in second place at 17-under-par 271.
Amateur Lorena Ochoa of Guatemala, Mexico shot 7-under-par 65 during the final round to record her first top ten finish. She carded a bogey free round to finish the tournament tied with Nancy Scranton and Julie Inkster at 12-under-par 276.
Ochoa, a freshman at the University of Arizona, received a sponsor's exemption into the Tucson event and chose to play in it over the Mexican Amateur Championship. 'It was a hard decision in the beginning, but it was the best decision for me,' she said. ' I decided it is time to move forward. I stand by my decision, and I am happy with it.'
This is only the second professional event the young amateur has played in. The first was the 2000 U.S. Women's Open where she shot 75-78 153 to miss the cut. 'It has been an incredible week. I really enjoyed playing,' said the 19-year-old. Everything was working for me today.'
Ochoa is playing in this year's U.S. Women's Open on a sponsors' exemption. 'It is one of the majors and I am honored to be one of the amateur's playing in it.'
News & Notes
*Pearl Sinn aced the 189 yard par-3 11th using her 7-wood.
*Sorenstam was winless for the last 11 tournaments she competed in yet managed to record 9 top tens.
Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.
Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.
The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.
Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.
Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.
Third-round tee times for the 147th Open
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.
Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.
Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.
Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.
4:15AM ET: Gavin Green
4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed
4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose
4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton
4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley
5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner
5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson
5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)
5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood
5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello
6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford
6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma
6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele
6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood
6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na
6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin
7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim
7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira
7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters
7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li
7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker
7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink
8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook
8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris
8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim
8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari
8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson
8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell
9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka
9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott
9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren
9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone
9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett
10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler
10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell
10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau
10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen
10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele
10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood
11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson
Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.
He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.
“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.
At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.
Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.
“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”
Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?
Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.
Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.
“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”
Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.
Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.
“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.
More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.
“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”