Granada Trumps Ochoa Webb at ADT

By Sports NetworkNovember 19, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 ADT ChampionshipWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Julieta Granada gave herself the perfect birthday gift, surely not minding that it arrived a bit late.
 
Two days after turning 20, the LPGA Tour rookie from Paraguay got her first victory -- and, perhaps more importantly, took home the first $1 million prize in women's golf.
 
Lorena Ochoa
Lorena Ochoa just missed out on her seventh LPGA Tour victory of the the year.
Granada shot a bogey-free round of 68 Sunday, beating an eight-player final-round field to win the ADT Championship at Trump International and take home most of the event's $1.55 million purse.
 
The win pushed her season's earnings to $1,633,586 -- not bad for someone who finished outside the top 10 finishers in 23 of 30 events this year.
 
Only 32 women qualified for the event, where the field was trimmed to 16 after the second round, then down to eight for the final round -- when the scores were wiped away and everyone teed off at even-par in an 18-hole shootout for $1 million.
 
Granada, the youngest of the eight players Sunday, somehow never flinched.
 
She parred her first two holes, then birdied the par-5 third and never slipped, making three more birdies along the way -- including one at the par-4 16th to put herself three shots clear of the field.
 
Granada was tested by a 5-footer to save par on the 17th, and when the ball dropped into the bottom of the cup both she and her caddy -- her mother, Rosa -- pumped their fists, knowing the win was only one hole away.
 
But there was drama awaiting.
 
Granada backed away from her second shot on the 18th fairway, distracted by the roar two holes away, where player of the year Lorena Ochoa had made birdie -- her second in a row -- to get within one of the rookie's lead.
 
Granada got her approach on the green, but well away from the hole. Her first putt got to about 3 feet, and the par try was perfect, protecting her one-shot lead.
 
And when Ochoa and Karrie Webb -- Granada's two closest pursuers -- each found the water with their tee balls at the par-3 17th, the outcome was all but sealed. Ochoa finished the year with the season's money title, but Granada went away with the day's biggest prize.
 
Il Mi Chung, who would have taken a 1-shot lead into the final round under typical one-cut circumstances, was in contention before making double-bogey on the 16th, missing the green left, then chipping back across the green to get into more trouble.
 
Chung finished at even-par, as did Natalie Gulbis and Ai Miyazato, who led after the first two rounds but managed 16 pars, one bogey and one birdie on the way to a 72 Sunday.
 
Paula Creamer (75) had just one birdie -- on 18 -- and was never a factor.
 
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    Ryu thriving again after simple advice from Inbee Park

    By Randall MellJune 21, 2018, 7:07 pm

    So Yeon Ryu shared Rolex Player of the Year honors last year.

    She reigned as world No. 1 for almost five months.

    So when she couldn’t keep her momentum going at year’s start, she got frustrated. She wasn’t happy with two top 10s in her first 11 starts.

    “I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”

    So she sought the counsel of her pal, world No. 1 Inbee Park, who gave her some plain-spoken advice.


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    “Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”

    Ryu got over it winning the Meijer LPGA Classic last week, the sixth LPGA title of her career, her third in 15 months. She’s feeling good again leading a stellar field this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., a strong tune up before next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the year’s third major championship.

    World No. 1 Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 3 Lexi Thompson are among the top nine players in the world scheduled to compete this week. Twenty-four of the top 30 are in the field.

    “When you come to defend your title, you obviously have a lot of pressure, but after I won last week, now I sort of think, maybe I have a chance to defend my title,” Ryu said. “So I've got total confidence, by last week.”

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    Watch: Spieth, JT hole bunker shots in back-to-back groups

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 6:57 pm

    Jordan Spieth has a thing for holing bunker shots at the Travelers Championship, where he made one in a playoff to win last year.

    He did it again in Round 1 at TPC River Highlands, knocking in this shot for eagle at the par-5 sixth to reach 4 under par for the tournament



    In the next group, Justin Thomas did the same thing to reach 1 under. Keep an eye out for the best part of this highlight, when Thomas' caddie Jimmy Johnson tries to hand him his putter.

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    River Highlands a 'breather' for Zach Johnson (63)

    By Will GrayJune 21, 2018, 6:43 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – After enduring the pressure-cooker of the U.S. Open, Zach Johnson was more than happy to drift north to the friendly confines of TPC River Highlands.

    Birdies were rare last week at Shinnecock Hills, but they’ll be plentiful all week long at the Travelers Championship. Browned-out and crispy conditions transitioned to lush and verdant, and players can attack flags without fear of turning a possible par into a struggle to avoid triple.

    Johnson did just that in the opening round, carding eight birdies against a single bogey to take the early lead with a 7-under 63.

    “It’s a different kind of breathing. It’s a different kind of exhaling, if you will, but they’re both good,” Johnson said. “You can put some red on the board here. We know that. We’ve seen it. You can go the other way in a hurry if you press it; it can keep going in the other way. So you kind of have to let it happen. This is one of those courses where you have to let it happen.”


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    Like many in this week’s field, Johnson took it easy after a grueling major championship, staying away from the course Monday and easing into his prep over the next two days. Those decisions paid off quickly as he rattled off six straight birdies on Nos. 11-16 to take sole possession of the lead.

    While Johnson tied for 12th last week at Shinnecock Hills, that was just his second top-15 finish since the Sony Open in January. But the veteran is no stranger to fast starts at TPC River Highlands, having now opened with 65 or better four times in his last eight appearances dating back to 2011.

    It’s a course where he continues to have success, even if his past consistency hasn’t lived up to expectations.

    “I feel like every time I get here it feels like I should shoot nothing, and it bites me,” Johnson said. “The last couple years I’m like, ‘All right, you can’t have any expectations in that regard. You’ve just got to go out and execute, you know, put the ball in the fairway and you will have opportunities.’” 

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    First photos from Norman's 'Body' shoot

    By Grill Room TeamJune 21, 2018, 6:35 pm

    It was revealed earlier this week that Greg Norman would be one of the athletes showcased in ESPN's "Body Issue," which features the models stategically posed in the nude.

    Well, the first photos are out from Norman's shoot and ... here they are, if you want them.