Annika Holds Off Creamer in Tulsa

By Sports NetworkSeptember 18, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 John Q Hammons Hotel ClassicBROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- Annika Sorenstam only managed 16 pars and two bogeys on Sunday, but it was enough to successfully defend her title at the John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic.
 
She shot a 2-over 73 and won the tournament with a three-round total of 5-under-par 208 at Cedar Ridge Country Club.
 
Paula Creamer, the 19-year-old 2005 LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year, gave Sorenstam all she could handle on Sunday. The American Solheim Cup points leader with 3 1/2 posted a 2-under 69 and finished alone in second place at minus-4.
 
Maria Hjorth, who was tied for second place with one round to play, struggled to a 4-over 75 and tied for fourth with Diana D'Alessio, who carded a 2-under 69. The duo came in at 2-under-par 211.
 
France's Karine Icher also played poorly on Sunday. She too shot a 4-over 75 to finish as the last golfer under par at minus-1.
 
Sorenstam began the final round with a one-shot lead and it was only Creamer that made a move, but it wasn't much of a move on the front nine. Creamer ran home an 8-foot birdie putt at the ninth and that trimmed Sorenstam's lead to four.
 
Creamer sank a 7-footer for birdie at the 13th and suddenly things were looking more interesting because Sorenstam had to yet to post a birdie. Creamer trailed by three and cut the margin again with a 15-foot birdie putt at the 14th.
 
Down by two, Creamer missed a 5-foot par putt at the 16th, but that hole proved to be a problem for the leader as well. Sorenstam hit a 4-wood into the right rough at the par-4 hole and she tried to punch an 8-iron under a tree. It did not work as she hit a branch and landed in the rough. Sorenstam's third with an 8-iron came up short of the green, but she chipped inside a foot. Sorenstam tapped in for a bogey and her lead was once again two.
 
Creamer dropped a shot at the 17th, but kicked in a short birdie putt at the last to remain two down. Sorenstam had two strokes to play with and needed both.
 
At the 18th, Sorenstam hit her drive left. She knocked a 7-iron over the green and chipped to 6 feet. Sorenstam two-putted from the short distance, but it was enough for the win.
 
'It wasn't the finish I wanted, but sometimes you just take what you've got,' said Sorenstam, who pocketed $150,000 for the win. 'I was trying to make a few more birdies, but it didn't happen.'
 
Sorenstam has all but wrapped up the Player of the Year honors and the money title, but the Swede still has goals for the remainder of the 2005 season.
 
'We still have more tournaments, and I think we've got another six to play in, so the season is far from over for me and for some other players,' said Sorenstam. 'There's a lot of things that are at stake...Vare Trophy.'
 
Creamer moved to second on the LPGA Tour money list, but couldn't help but feel a little down after missing a chance at her third victory in just her rookie year.
 
'Obviously I'm a little bummed out after the finish I had on 16, 17 and birdie on 18,' said Creamer. 'It still kind of makes the whole week not as sweet, but I had a chance to win and that's the thing that I always have to look back on.'
 
Miriam Nagl (68), Jeong Jang (71), Suzann Pettersen (72) and Leta Lindley (73) shared sixth place at even-par 213.
 
Mi Hyun Kim and Michele Redman each posted matching rounds of even-par 71 on Sunday and tied for 10th place with Shi Hyun Ahn (72) at 1-over-par 214.
 
Michelle Ellis was tied for second with Hjorth after the second round, but played badly in Sunday's final pairing with Sorenstam. Ellis shot an 8-over 79 and ended in a tie for 13th at plus-2.
 
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    Kisner doubles 18, defends not laying up

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 6:42 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It was only fitting that Jean Van de Velde was there working as an on-course reporter on Friday as Kevin Kisner struggled his way up Carnoustie’s 18th fairway.

    Rolling along with a two-stroke lead, Kisner’s 8-iron approach shot from an awkward lie in the rough from 160 yards squirted right and bounced into Barry Burn, the winding creek where Van de Velde’s title chances at the 1999 Open Championship began to erode.

    Unlike Van de Velde, who made a triple bogey-7 and lost The Open in a playoff, Kisner’s double bogey only cost him the solo lead and he still has 36 holes to make his closing miscue a distant memory. That’s probably why the 34-year-old seemed at ease with his plight.


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    “It just came out like a high flop shot to the right. It was weird. I don't know if it caught something or what happened,” said Kisner, who was tied with Zach Johnson and Zander Lombard at 6 under par. “You never know out of that grass. It was in a different grass than usual. It was wet, green grass instead of the brown grass. So I hadn't really played from that too much.”

    Like most in this week’s field Kisner also understands that rounds on what is widely considered the most difficult major championship venue can quickly unravel even with the most innocent of mistakes.

    “To play 35 holes without a double I thought was pretty good,” he said. “I've kept the ball in play, done everything I wanted to do all the way up into that hole. Just one of those things that came out completely different than we expected. I'll live with that more than chipping out and laying up from 20 feet.”

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    Wind, not rain more a weekend factor at Open

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:39 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – After a half-day of rain in Round 2 of the 147th Open Championship, the weekend offers a much drier forecast.

    Saturday at Carnoustie is projected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 62 degrees and only a 20 percent chance of rain.


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    Sunday calls for much warmer conditions, with temperatures rising upwards of 73 degrees under mostly cloudy skies.

    Wind might be the only element the players have to factor in over the final 36 holes. While the winds will be relatively calm on Saturday, expected around 10-15 mph, they could increase to 25 mph in the final round.

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    Van Rooyen holes putt after ball-marker ruling

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:50 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Erik van Rooyen was surveying his 10-footer for par, trying to get a feel for the putt, when his putter slipped out of his hand and dropped onto his ball marker.

    The question, then, was whether that accident caused his coin to move.

    The rules official looked at various camera angles but none showed definitively whether his coin moved. The ruling was made to continue from where his coin was now positioned, with no penalty.


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    This was part of the recent rules changes, ensuring there is no penalty if the ball or ball maker is accidently moved by the player. The little-used rule drew attention in 2010, when Ian Poulter accidentally dropped his ball on his marker in Dubai and wound up losing more than $400,000 in bonus and prize money.

    After the delay to sort out his ruling Friday, van Rooyen steadied himself and made the putt for par, capping a day in which he shot even-par 71 and kept himself in the mix at The Open. He was at 4-under 138, just two shots off the clubhouse lead.

    “I wanted to get going and get this 10-footer to save par, but I think having maybe just a couple minutes to calm me down, and then I actually got a different read when I sat down and looked at it again,” he said. “Good putt. Happy to finish that way.”

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    Lyle birdies last hole in likely his final Open start

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – If this was Sandy Lyle’s final Open appearance, he went out in style.

    Playing on the final year of his automatic age exemption, the 60-year-old Scot buried a 30-foot birdie on the last hole. He missed the cut after shooting 9-over 151 over two rounds.

    “I was very light-footed,” he said. “I was on cloud nine walking down the 18th. To make birdie was extra special.”


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    Lyle, who also won the 1988 Masters, has missed the cut in his last eight majors, dating to 2014. He hasn’t been competitive in The Open since 1998, when he tied for 19th.

    To continue playing in The Open, Lyle needed to finish in the top 10 here at Carnoustie. He’d earn a future exemption by winning the Senior British Open.

    “More punishment,” he said.