Kane Captures Third-Season Title in Sudden Death

By Martha BrendleNovember 5, 2000, 5:00 pm
Lorie Kane shot 66 in the final round of the Mizuno Classic for a three-day total in regulation of 12-under-par (204) - then she watched and waited as Sophie Gustafson matched her to force a playoff.

For Gustafson it was a first - she had never been in a playoff before - for Kane it was a situation she was becoming more familiar with.

Kane had found herself in a similar situation earlier this fall. Her win at the New Albany Golf Classic was the result of outplaying Mi Hyun Kim in a one-hole playoff. This time around it was Sophie she watched as the Swede made her way up the 18th making birdie, and matching her score after posting her second consecutive 69 of the tournament.

The two players returned to the par-5 18th tee. Gustafson hit into a bunker and tried to recover only to make par, while Kane made birdie after hitting her wedge to within 5 feet and sank the putt. I don't know how to explain what I'm feeling right now, said the five-year veteran. I'm really excited. I can't wait to talk to my mom and dad and tell them.

For Lorie Kane winning once this season was sweet victory while three-times is a charm. It's just been a great year, Kane said. I started off the season just trying to win one golf tournament, and I've won three now. It's a pretty awesome feeling.

It took the Prince Edward Island native almost five years to win on Tour and now it seems as if she knows the secret to success and there's no turning back. I can't say that anything changed in my game technically. It really came from an attitude change, said the Mizuno Champion. Winning is an attitude. You have to think you can win to win. You have to be sharp and not put yourself behind the eight ball. For me, I had to stay focused on saying to myself that I can win and carrying that confidence to the first tee and to the difficult shots that you face out there.

Gustafson has won twice this season in her own right (Chick-fil-A Charity Championship and the Weetabix Women's British Open) yet had to settle for the $79,129 runner-up check after losing the playoff. She played great golf today, said the runner-up. Six-under-par is a tremendous score. At least I made her fight for it. I didn't give it away.

Yuri Fudoh finished in sole possession of third after rounds of 71-65-70 (206) and won $57,743 in the process.

Former Mizuno champion (1997) finished tied for fourth at nine-under-par (207) with Akiko Fukushima, Michie Ohba, Joanne Morley, Kasumi Fujii and Vicki Goetze-Ackerman.

Defending champion Maria Hjorth fell out of the race with a final day score of 74 leaving her tied for 23rd place at five-under-par 211.
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Report: Tour close to finalizing Detroit tournament

By Will GrayApril 23, 2018, 7:07 pm

With the final pieces of the 2019 schedule falling into place, the PGA Tour appears on the verge of returning to Michigan for the first time in nearly a decade.

According to a Detroit News report, the Tour is "believed to be close" to an agreement to bring a tournament to the Motor City beginning in 2019, reportedly likely to take place at Detroit Golf Club near downtown.

While the specifics remain undisclosed, the prime candidate for such a move appears to be The National. The Washington, D.C.-area event was sponsored by Detroit-based Quicken Loans from 2014-2017, and this year will be conducted without a title sponsor. According to a Detroit News report in September, Quicken Loans CEO Dan Gilbert was open to continuing his company's sponsorship of the event if it shifted to Detroit.

In addition to The National, the only other current PGA Tour event without a title sponsor is the Houston Open. On Monday Charles Schwab was introduced as the new title sponsor of the Fort Worth Invitational beginning in 2019.

The PGA Tour has not held an event in the state of Michigan since 2009, the final year of the now-defunct Buick Open at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club. While the final details of a revamped schedule have yet to be announced, the Tour is expected to unveil its itinerary for the 2018-19 season at The Players next month.

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Inbee Park quietly reclaims world No. 1

By Randall MellApril 23, 2018, 6:44 pm

Inbee Park moved back to No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings in about as ho-hum fashion as you’ll ever see a player take the top spot.

It isn’t that she doesn’t care about the top ranking. It just wasn’t a priority in her return to golf this year, after missing big portions of the last two years with injuries.

With an Olympic gold medal and seven major championship titles, the LPGA Hall of Famer isn’t done trying to top the scoreboards that matter most to her.

“To be honest, I never really think about being No. 1 again,” Park said early last week, before tying for second at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open. “If it comes to me, great. If not, it doesn't matter.”

It came to her for the fourth time in her career.

Park, 29, reigned at No. 1 for 59 weeks in her longest run on top, back in the 2013 and ’14 seasons.

Oddly, this run to No. 1 almost comes as a surprise to Park, who didn’t need long to get back to the top spot after returning to the tour. She won the Bank of Hope Founders Cup last month in her second after missing seven months with a back injury.

Park last lost the No. 1 ranking in October of 2015, doing so to Lydia Ko.

In six starts this year, Park has finished T-3 or better four times. She leads the tour in scoring average (69.13) and is second in greens in regulation (77.5 percent).

Just wait until her putter heats up.

Yeah, Park’s not very satisfied with her putting. She’s one of the greatest putters who ever played the women’s game, but she has been frustrated with the inconsistency of her stroke much of this season. Of course, her standards are high. She ranks second in putts per greens in regulation so far this year.

On Sunday, this is how Park summed up her putting in 2018: “Some days, I’ve been really good. Some days, I’ve been really bad.”

Park has led the LPGA in putts per GIR in five of the last 10 years. She switched from her preferred mallet-style putter to a blade earlier this season and won with a Toulon Madison blade at the Founders Cup last month. She was back with an Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball mallet this past week. That’s the putter she used to win the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. She used an Odyssey Sabertooth winged mallet in her 2013 run of three consecutive major championship victories.

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Goose takes down junior golfer - it's awesome

By Nick MentaApril 23, 2018, 6:33 pm

A goose evidently went into business for itself somewhere in Michigan and took down this high school golfer in dramatic, hilarious, photographed fashion. To the evidence we go ...

Per the Blissfield Athletics Twitter account, "The golfers just finished teeing off and were walking down the fairway. To the left there was a goose nest and the golfers did a good job of avoiding it but the guard goose hanging out on the far right thought differently."

Just so we can all continue laughing, the Blissfield account confirmed the kid was OK.

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It's official: Charles Schwab to sponsor Colonial event

By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 6:30 pm

FORT WORTH, Texas – The longest-running PGA Tour event still played at its original site has a new title sponsor, one already deeply involved in golf.

The PGA Tour and Colonial Country Club announced Monday that financial services provider Charles Schwab & Co. will take over as title sponsor starting in 2019. The four-year agreement goes through 2022.

Local companies are backing the event after upscale grocer Dean and Deluca withdrew as title sponsor after only two tournaments of a six-year deal. The companies include American Airlines, AT&T, XTO Energy and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway.

Charles Schwab is already a major sponsor on the PGA Tour. On the PGA Tour Champions, the Charles Schwab Cup is awarded to the season's top player.

Next month's tournament at Colonial, which has hosted since 1946, will be played as the Fort Worth Invitational.