Womens World Cup Field Announced
The $1million event, which will become the first-ever truly worldwide team competition co-sanctioned by both tours, will include seven major champions including 2004 Weetabix Womens British Open winner Karen Stupples from England and former world No.1s Karrie Webb from Australia and Laura Davies from England, winner of 66 titles around the globe.
Also in the side are a host of Solheim Cup stars such as Swedes Sophie Gustafson and Carin Koch, Meg Mallon and Beth Daniel from the USA, Elisabeth Esterl from Germany, Patricia Meunier-Lebouc from France, Scots Catriona Matthew and Janice Moodie and Spaniards Paula Marti and Ana B. Sanchez.
With so many young players making their mark in womens golf, the event will also welcome some of the rising stars in the sport such as Finlands 19-year-old phenomenon Minea Blomqvist and 14-year-old amateur Ashleigh Simon who will partner Laurette Maritz for the home nation, South Africa.
Blomqvist, the Ryder Cup Wales Rookie of the Year on the LET, has already made an indelible mark on the game by becoming the third youngest player to have won on the LET and also has carded 62 on two occasions including a record setting mark of 10 under par in a major championship, the lowest ever score in any major championship, male or female.
Simon, still a student in South Africa, burst onto the scene when she won the Acer Womens SA Open on the Nedbank Womens Golf Tour earlier this year.
Womens golf around the globe is currently undergoing a changing of the guard as many young players are adding tournament titles to their fledgling rsums, even as teenagers, said Karen Lunn, Chairman of the Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour.
The more established names in womens golf are still winning titles with aplomb and what we will witness in this inaugural event is a tremendous marriage of youth and experience and will highlight the diversity of talent currently on show in our sport.
'We are delighted to extend our relationship with the LPGA to develop the first co-sanctioned Women's World Cup of Golf and this highlights that the growth and appetite for women's professional golf is bigger than ever.
I would like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work input by the organisers Tania Fourie and Lesley Copeman in South Africa for making this groundbreaking event possible and this can only further the development of womens golf in the region.
'This Womens World Cup of Golf is sure to attract worldwide interest and offers the perfect opportunity to showcase the talents of the international memberships which both the LET and the LPGA enjoy.
Fancourt Hotel and Golf Resort is a world class location for an event of this stature having hosted The Presidents Cup last season and as you would expect, offers the world's best players a fantastic setting and an exceptional challenge.
World Cup Teams
1. Australia (Karrie Webb, Rachel Hetherington)
2. Austria (Natascha Fink, Tina Schneeberger)
3. Canada (Lorie Kane, Dawn Coe-Jones)
4. England (Laura Davies, Karen Stupples)
5. Finland (Minea Blomqvist, Riikka Hakkarainen)
6. France (Stephanie Arricau, Patricia Meunier-Lebouc)
7. Germany (Martina Eberl, Elisabeth Esterl)
8. Italy (Diana Luna, Giulia Sergas)
9. Japan (Ai Miyazato, Rui Kitada)
10. Korea (Jeong Jang, Bo Bae Song)
11. Mexico (Lorena Ochoa, a-Alejandra Martin Del Campo)
12. New Zealand (Gina Scott, Lynnette Brooky)
13. Philippines (Jennifer Rosales, Dorothy Delasin)
14. Scotland (Catriona Matthew, Janice Moodie)
15. South Africa (Laurette Maritz, a-Ashleigh Simon)
16. Spain (Ana Belen Sanchez, Paula Marti)
17. Sweden (Carin Koch, Sophie Gustafson)
18. Taiwan (Candie Kung, a-Ya-Ni (Ruby) Tseng)
19. United States (Meg Mallon, Beth Daniel)
20. Wales (Becky Brewerton, Becky Morgan)
Watch: Rory finds trouble, and more trouble, and more ...
Rory McIlroy was in a must-win situation against Brian Harman in order to have a chance to advance to the one-and-done portion of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
And, as you can see, McIlroy did not get off to an ideal start on Friday.
Not a fun start for Rory.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 23, 2018
Golf is hard. pic.twitter.com/DLq647mbHA
McIlroy lost the third, fifth and ninth holes at Austin Country Club. Harman led, 3 up, at the turn.
Watch: Stefani makes hole-in-one, has no clue
Shawn Stefani made a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th in the second round of the Corales Puntacana Resorts and Club Championship.
However, he never saw it go in.
Stefani knew he hit a great shot, and this isn't shown in the video below, but he just questioned everyone around him if they saw the ball go into the hole.
A Golf Channel cameraman finally gave him the news and Stefani responded with an enthusiastic thumbs up.
Trio lead Kia Classic; Davies shoots 82
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Laura Davies had a nightmare round days after contending for a title at age 54, and Caroline Hedwall, Jackie Stoelting and Hee Young Park topped the Kia Classic leaderboard.
Davies shot a 10-over 82 on Thursday at rainy Aviara Golf Club - four days after tying for second behind Inbee Park in the Founders Cup, and five days after shooting a 9-under 63 in the Phoenix event.
Fighting Achilles tendon and calf problems in her left leg, Davies opened double bogey-bogey-par-bogey. She bogeyed Nos. 9, 10 and 12, had another double on 15 and bogeyed 16. The 82 was the World Golf Hall of Famer's highest score on tour since also shooting 82 in the 2013 Marathon Classic. On Monday, she jumped 208 spots to No. 155 in the world.
Hedwall, Stoelting and Park shot 66 in the final event before the major ANA Inspiration next week at Mission Hills. Ariya Jutanugarn, also coming off a second-place tie in Phoenix, was a stroke back with 2015 champion Cristie Kerr, In-Kyung Kim and Nicole Broch Larsen.
Hedwall closed her bogey-free round with birdies on the par-5 eighth and par-4 ninth. The Swede played her final 10 holes in 6 under. Players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairways because of the damp conditions.
''I hit it really well and started making a couple putts in my back nine,'' Hedwall said. ''I'm really happy with how I'm playing and looking forward to the rest of the days.''
Stoelting finished with a birdie on the par-4 18th. She had seven birdies and a bogey.
''I hit a lot of fairways,'' Stoelting said. ''I don't necessarily hit if far, but keeping it in the fairway is super key this week. The rough is much thicker this year than last year.''
Hee Young Park birdied the final three holes, finishing on No. 9.
''The greens are really soft,'' Park said. ''So, easier on the second shot.''
The 40-year-old Kerr had a bogey-free round.
''I like this golf course,'' Kerr said. ''I think it's a tough golf course and you can't fall asleep on any shot. I mean, it's just a really great course. The layout. The rough is high. You got to pay attention. I think that's maybe why I play a little better here than some other places.''
Jutanugarn closed with a 5-under 31 on the front nine.
''It's rain today and a little bit windy, but my irons help me a lot,'' Jutanugarn said. ''Just start to make some putts. ... It's pretty tough for me. I always feel like the course here is really hard because the greens really bumpy, and you're not going to hit far here.''
Lydia Ko and defending ANA champion So Yeon Ryu topped the group at 68.
Ko also played her final nine in 31. She missed the cut last week in the Founders Cup in Phoenix.
''I holed some really good putts on my back nine,'' Ko said. ''I didn't hit the ball fantastic, but just being able to hole some good birdie putts was key.''
She won the 2016 event at Aviara.
''This is a pretty tough golf course,'' Ko said. ''Putting is a huge key around this course where if you do miss a green, making those clutch par putts and then making those birdie opportunities that you get.''
Jennifer Song and Jeong Eun Lee also shot 68. Brooke Henderson had a 69, and Lexi Thompson a 70.
Inbee Park was at 71 with Singapore champion Michelle Wie and 2014 Kia winner Anna Nordqvist. Top-ranked Shanshan Feng had a 72, playing alongside Park. Defending champion Mirim Lee shot 74.
With old clubs returned, Kim (and new clubs) starts strong at Kia
Almost two months after her golf clubs went missing, the same clubs she used to win last year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, In-Kyung Kim was happily reunited with them this week.
She fetched them and her golf bag two days ago at the Carlsbad, Calif., police department.
A man bought them as a used set from a sporting goods store in the area, with Kim’s LPGA I.D. still in the golf bag.
Notably, Kim celebrated with a return to the leaderboard Thursday in the first round of the Kia Classic.
Kim opened with a 5-under-par 67, though she didn’t use her newly rediscovered clubs. She stayed with the replacement set that she put together after her clubs went missing. Her Women’s British Open clubs never showed up after she got off a plane in Southern California upon her return home from the season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.
“It was really difficult at first,” Kim said of getting used to her new set of clubs. “I really worked hard, like worked a lot, went to the factory like a dozen times.”
Kim said she made several visits to the factory folks, trying to get the loft and lies of her new clubs just the way she wanted, close to the configuration that helped her win the Women’s British Open.
“They were like, `I.K., are you ever happy?’” Kim said.
Actually, only five of Kim’s “lost” clubs turned up with her golf bag at that sporting goods store. Still, Kim was happy to get three wedges, two hybrids and her golf bag back.
“It’s kind of good to have a conclusion,” Kim said.
Kim can thank a “What’s in the bag?” segment with Ladies European Tour TV analyst Alison Whitaker for leading to the retrieval of her clubs. Kim explained to Whitaker how her clubs went missing during the telecast of the HSBC Women’s World Championship three weeks ago.
A golf fan in the San Diego area saw Golf Channel’s telecast of that segment.
“One of his friends bought the tour bag,” Kim said. “The other friend knew about my story, and he was like, `No, dude, that's not for selling. It's stolen.’”
Kim was delighted to meet the men who returned her clubs when she picked them up at the Carlsbad Police Department.
“Just good for me,” Kim said.