Delasin Outlasts Han in Playoff

By Sports NetworkNovember 16, 2003, 5:00 pm
SEMMES, Ala. -- Dorothy Delasin birdied the first playoff hole Sunday to defeat Hee-Won Han and win the Mobile LPGA Tournament of Champions. Delasin posted a final-round, 3-under 69 and was tied at 8-under-par 280 by Han, who closed with a 68.
 
Han managed to force the playoff with a birdie on the 17th at the Magnolia Grove Crossings Course. On the first extra hole, Delasin dropped a wedge within 10 feet of the cup and drained the birdie putt for the win. Han had left her birdie try inches short of the cup.
 
'It's been a tough year-and-a-half for me, so to come out strong it means so much to me,' said a tearful Delasin, whose last victory was at the 2001 Samsung Championship. 'I made my putt on 10 and I was like 'Wow, I am getting my ball rolling.' Then I didn't make any putts from 11 through 18 and I just stayed patient. I was getting frustrated, but my caddie helped keep my head in the game.'
 
Laura Davies fired a 7-under 65 Sunday to finish in third place at 7-under-par 281. Grace Park carded a 4-under 68 to move into a tie for fourth place at 6-under-par 282. She was joined there by Mi Hyun Kim and Rachel Teske, who both closed with 69s.
 
Delasin, who opened the final round with a one-shot lead, was caught early on by Park. Delasin birdied the first and third, but was caught after bogeying the sixth. Park had posted four birdies through eight holes to move to minus-6.
 
Delasin regained the lead at No. 7 when she birdied to grab a two-stroke lead, as Park fell off the pace with a double bogey at the ninth. Delasin, now a four-time winner on the LPGA Tour, moved to 8 under with a birdie No. 10.
 
Davies made a run at Delasin. She birdied five of her first 10 holes, but managed just birdies on 13 and 17 down the stretch to finish one back.
 
'I putted very well and hit a lot of good irons in the middle of the round,' said Davies. 'I started hitting a lot of good irons and made a couple of putts to keep the momentum going, and that's really the key to the round.'
 
Han was the one who made the best charge though. After an uneventful front nine with a bogey and a birdie, Han forged her way to the top on the back side.
 
The South Korean birdied the 10th, then climbed within one shot of the lead with back-to-back birdies from the 13th. Han rolled in an eight-footer for birdie on the 17th to tie Delasin for the lead.
 
Delasin and Han both had birdie chances on the 18th, but neither was able to convert forcing the extra hole.
 
'I had some doubts, but I just told myself to keep hitting solid shots and try to make as many putts as you can,' said Delasin, who earned $122,000 for the win. 'And if you win great, if you don't great too, because you played solid golf.'
 
Delasin collected enough money to move to vault to 22nd on the LPGA Tour money list. The first-place check got her into next week's season-ending ADT Championship, which is reserved for the top 30 on the money list.
 
Han was philosophical about the loss.
 
'It was a nice comeback,' said Han, who won twice this season. 'But Delasin's playing good. She made the putt in the playoff and I just missed.'
 
Rosie Jones shared seventh place Karrie Webb at 5-under-par 283. Lorie Kane finished one stroke further back at minus-4.
 
Beth Daniel posted a 4-under 68 to move into ninth place at 2-under-par 286. She was followed by 2002 champion Se Ri Pak at minus-1, while Candie Kung and Meg Mallon were next at even-par 288.
 
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    Woods: New putter should help on slower greens

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:35 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ ice-cold putting showed at least a few signs of heating up earlier this month at The National, where he switched putters and ranked seventh in the field on the greens.

    The mallet-style putter is still in the bag as Woods prepares for The Open, and he’s hoping the heavier model with grooves will prove valuable at Carnoustie.


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    “To be honest with you, I’ve struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career,” Woods said Tuesday. “So for me, it’s going to help on these greens, for sure.”

    To combat the slower greens, Woods usually applied a strip of lead tape to his putter. But this heavier model of putter doesn’t need the extra weight, and the grooves on the putter face allow the ball to get rolling faster and hotter.

    “You don’t necessarily have to do that with the grooves,” he said of the lead tape. “When I putted with the Nike putter, I didn’t have to put lead tape on the putter to get a little more weight to it. I could just leave it just the way it was. This is the same type.”  

    For all of the talk about his putting woes this season, Woods still ranks 56th in strokes gained: putting. More crucial this week: He’s 102nd in approach putt performance, which quantifies how well a player lag putts.

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    Woods: Open best chance for long-term major success

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:26 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods is more than a decade removed from his last major title, but he said Tuesday that The Open is the major that gives him the best chance for long-term success.

    “I would say yes, because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links-style golf course,” Woods said during his pre-tournament news conference. “It certainly can be done.”


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    Woods pointed to the late-career success for both Greg Norman (2008) and Tom Watson (2009), both of whom challenged for the claret jug deep into their 50s.

    “Distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course,” he said.

    That’s certainly not the case, however, at the Masters, where bombers long have thrived, or the U.S. Open, which places a premium on long and straight driving.

    “You get to places like Augusta National, which is just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately,” he said. “But links-style courses, you can roll the ball. I hit a 3-iron that went down there 330. Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.”

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    "Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" set to debut Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 17, 2018, 10:15 am

    Special Hour Complementing the Network’s Week-Long Golf Central Live From The Open News Coverage; Premiere Scheduled to Include Interview with 2014 Open Runner-Up Rickie Fowler On-Site from Carnoustie

    Features Include Tirico and Curtis Strange Re-watching ’99 Open at Carnoustie & Jim “Bones” Mackay Facilitating Exclusive Conversation with Caddies Michael Greller, John Wood Recounting Final Round Pairing at 2017 Open

    To help set the table ahead of The 147TH Open at Carnoustie, Golf Channel will premiere Vantage Point with Mike Tirico on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. An extension of the network’s week-long Golf Central Live From The Open comprehensive news coverage, Vantage Point will revisit landmark moments in The Open’s history, uncover personal stories relevant to the fabric of the week and feature a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year” on golf’s original championship.

    “It’s a thrill to be going back to The Open again this year, which is a fitting setting to launch this new opportunity,” said Tirico, NBC Sports host who this week will celebrate his 22nd consecutive year covering The Open. “I love being a part of the Golf Channel team during golf’s biggest weeks, and anticipate contributing to our commitment to great storytelling with Vantage Point.”

    Kicking off the premiere of Vantage Point will be Tirico’s exclusive interview with 2014 Open runner-up and 2015 PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler on-site from Carnoustie. One of Fowler’s favorite events, he has missed just one cut in eight previous appearances at The Open. Other highlights within the show include:

    • Jim “Bones” Mackay facilitating an exclusive conversation between caddies Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and John Wood (Matt Kuchar) recounting the final round pairing at The Open last July.
    • Tirico hosting a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year”: David Duval, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard.
    • A recollection of one of the most unforgettable collapses in major championship golf, when Jean van de Velde surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole in 1999 at The Open. Tirico and Curtis Strange – both on the live tournament broadcast that year for ABC/ESPN – recently re-watched the telecast together for the first time since calling it live.

     

    “This is harder to watch than I thought it was going to be. I’ve never seen anything like

    that in my life. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again.” – Curtis Strange

     

    “I think I got caught up in the whole deal and felt human for the guy.” – Mike Tirico

     

    Vantage Point with Mike Tirico will complement the network’s Golf Central Live From The Open, which will feature nearly 60 hours of comprehensive news coverage from Carnoustie. In total, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 350 hours to showcasing the third men’s major championship of the year, including nearly 50 live hours of the network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage – annually the most live hours of coverage from any golf event – spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot to Sunday’s final putt.

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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 am

    Tiger Woods is competing in his first Open Championship since 2015. We're tracking him this week at Carnoustie.