Arricau Claims Second LET Title
The 30-year-old form Orthez was the only player in the final three groups to shoot under par as she carded a final round 5-under-par 67 to reach 7 under par.
Arricau, who becomes only the third French player to win their National title, finished two shots ahead of Austrias Natascha Fink who had best of career second place finish with a final round 72.
Tied for third place on 3 under par were Australian Jane Leary and Swedens Linda Wessberg, who kept in touch with the Frenchwoman until her 16th hole when she made a double bogey.
But it was Arricau who raced out of the blocks with four birdies in her first six holes to jump into contention. While the remainder of the leaders were watching each other and failing to make any headway, Arricau, who won her first title in La Corua three weeks ago, took the outright lead on the par-5 13th hole where she two putted from 30 feet.
Despite a bogey after at the dogleg 15th hole after a pushed, the diminutive Frenchwoman redressed the balance with a birdie at the 16th from 6 feet.
Managing to avoid dropping a shot at the notorious 17th hole, which saw 30 players have bogey or worse, Arricau approached the last hole with great caution, knowing that she almost threw the tournament away in Spain after she had a double bogey and slipped into a playoff.
Having safely negotiated the final hole three groups ahead of the leaders, Arricau was not taking any chances and had a nervous wait for Fink, who had to eagle the final hole. With the green out of reach in two shots and Fink not managing to pull off the miracle shot, Arricau screamed with relief.
I did the same score last year in the final round, so I was thinking about that all day long, said Arricau, who joins Patricia Meunier-Lebouc and Marie-Laure de Lorenzi as the only French players to win the Womens French Open.
I think this win was more difficult than La Corua because when I began the day playing very well, I knew very quickly that I was in contention.
Its an incredible feeling now and when I got on to the flight to Spain, I could not imagine that I would be having three weeks like this. When I won there, I knew I could win again and the start I made today, that really helped a lot.
Anja Monke from Germany closed in a tie for fifth spot alongside South African Laurette Maritz, Englands Lora Fairclough and third round leader Ǻsa Gottmo, who closed with a disappointing final round 76.
And defending champion Lynnette Brooky closed in a four way tie on one under par with Gwladys Nocera and Natalie David from France and Gina Scott from New Zealand.
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Highlights: Tiger birdies six of his first seven
Tiger Woods entered Saturday tied atop the board and wasted little time taking the outright lead at East Lake.
Woods moved clear of the field with this birdie at No. 1, whipping the Atlanta crowd into an early frenzy.
Following a 4-foot par save at the second, Woods moved ahead by two and reached 9 under par when he played this approach from 144 and sank this 8-footer for birdie at the third.
One hole later, Woods reached double digits at 10 under par when he poured in a bending 21-footer that just crept over the lip.
He made it four birdies in his first five holes when he bombed a 320-yard drive, wedged to 7 feet, and converted again.
He looked in danger of not capitalizing on his first crack at a par-5 after he came out of a fairway wood on his second shot, but a splash from the bunker and a make from 6 feet gave him his fifth circle in six holes.
He went Vintage Tiger at the seventh, playing this fairway bunker shot from 172 yards to 5 feet, setting up his sixth birdie in his first seven holes and advancing him to 13 under, five clear.
Iowa State honors Arozamena before football game
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State honored slain golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena with an elaborate ceremony ahead of the Cyclones' game against Akron on Saturday.
Iowa State's band used a formation that spelled out Barquin's initials, and both teams wore a decal on their helmets in her memory.
A tribute to Barquin played on a video screen before a moment of silence, and fans were also asked to wear yellow, one of Iowa State's main colors and a nod to Barquin's Spanish roots. Most of the roughly 60,000 fans in attendance complied with yellow and with golf shirts on a chilly morning in central Iowa.
"I think it's fantastic. The tribute is amazing. But ultimately, it would have been perfect if she could have been here for her tribute, which was going to happen anyway." said Ed Hamilton, a retired police officer from nearby Ankeny, Iowa.
Barquin, the Cyclones' first conference champion in 25 years, was finishing up her degree at Iowa State and working toward her ultimate goal of becoming a professional golfer.
A memorial honoring Celia Barquin Arozamena at Jack Trice Stadium. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)
Barquin competed in the U.S Women's Open earlier this summer, and coach Christie Martens said she was approaching "the pinnacle of her career."
"Iowa State fans are very loyal. We haven't had too many winning football teams over the years. Yet the fans turn out. There's a great loyalty here -- but it spills into other sports as well," said Iowa State fan Kent Hollrah of Denison, Iowa.
Collin Richards, also 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in Barquin's death. Police said Richards stabbed Barquin and left her body in a pond on the course, where it was found after other golfers noticed her abandoned bag.
Cyclones coach Matt Campbell also wore an Iowa State golf hat on the sideline to show solidarity with his colleagues.
"Be with all of us today Celia, your legacy will forever live on & we are forever grateful for your impact. Much love from your Cyclonitas," Iowa State linebacker Willie Harvey tweeted earlier Saturday, using the nickname that Barquin had for her teammates.
Tiger, Bryson testing each other's golf balls ahead of Paris
ATLANTA – The U.S. Ryder Cup team won’t arrive in Paris for next week’s matches until Monday, but one pairing already seems to be penciled into captain Jim Furyk’s lineup.
Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau have become regular practice-round partners, and when Furyk made both captain’s picks, it added to the notion that they would be paired during the team sessions in France. On Tuesday at East Lake, Woods and DeChambeau teed it up yet again.
Both Woods and DeChambeau play Bridgestone golf balls, although they use different models.
“The two are very similar, they are very numbers-oriented and that translates to their feel on the course, but they get fitted to two different golf balls,” said Adam Rehberg, Bridgestone Golf’s ball-fitting manager.
Woods plays the company’s Tour B XS, which is softer and spins more, while DeChambeau plays the Tour B X, which is designed to take spin off shots.
Although DeChambeau played a version of the company’s golf ball that was close to what Woods now plays earlier in his career, he appeared to be preparing for a pairing next week during Tuesday’s practice round.
“I’ve seen some chipping of the other’s ball during practice rounds, getting used to it,” Rehberg said. “There’s been some sharing of golf balls internally between those guys. It’s almost like the worst kept secret in golf. It seems they are going to be paired up one way or another.”
The rules for the Ryder Cup were changed in 2006. They allow for foursomes teams to change golf balls between holes but not during a hole, which explains the duo’s interest in becoming comfortable with the other’s golf ball, particularly around the green and for chip shots.