Sorenstam Gets Number 10 for 2002
With the victory, Sorenstam became the first player since Kathy Whitworth and Carol Mann in 1968 to win 10 times in a single season. The Swede also has two additional titles worldwide in 2002.
'I told my caddie today that I'm in the position that I want to be in and that this is what I've been waiting for - to win my 10th,' said Sorenstam. 'I said that I'm going to do everything I can and nothing is going to stop me.'
Sorenstam fired a 65 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead after 36 holes at Seta Golf Course and jumped out of the gate during the final round with a birdie at the first.
She faltered with a double bogey at the fifth but recovered at the following hole after she hit a 4-wood to 12 feet at the par-5. Sorenstam drained the putt for an eagle and dropped her second shot inside five feet at the par-4 seventh for a birdie to reach 12-under.
'That got me a little angry and I said, 'Let's get it back, nothing's going to stop me,'' Sorenstam said of the double bogey. 'I killed my drive on six, hit a good shot up to the green and made a good putt for eagle.'
Sorenstam hit a sand-wedge to 10 feet for birdie at the 10th and as her competitors put together a late challenge, she birdied each of the final two holes to win her second straight Mizuno Classic.
'I thought it was very exciting and came down to the last few holes, but that's what I like,' said Sorenstam. 'I like to be challenged. That's the whole part that makes it so much fun.'
Sorenstam pocketed $169,500 for her 41st career victory on the LPGA Tour. She will ultimately fall short of Mickey Wright's single-season record of 13 wins, but the 2002 campaign has been a memorable one.
'I'm a little in shock I think,' said Sorenstam. 'I set high goals for myself, but sometimes you wonder if you can achieve them. Here I am and I definitely achieved one of my goals. I feel like crying in a way, but I'm so happy that I feel like jumping high. It's wonderful.'
Se Ri Pak finished three shots off the lead at 12-under-par 204. Pak shared the lead with Sorenstam at one point during the final found but could not keep pace.
Gloria Park finished alone in fourth at 10-under-par 206. She was followed by Lorie Kane, who won this event in 2000, and Kasumi Fujii at 9-under-par 207.
Maria Hjorth, Liselotte Neumann, Woo-Soon Ko and Rosie Jones were one shot further back at 8-under-par 208.
Catriona Matthew and Ji Hee Lee finished tied for 11th at 7-under-par 209.
Mi Hyun Kim, who held the lead after the first round, posted a 1-over 73 to finish 10 shots off the lead at 5-under-par 211.
Final scores from the Mizuno Classic
Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.
Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.
The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.
Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.
The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.
Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him
It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.
Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.
The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:
The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.
For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.
Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter
After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.
But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.
Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":
Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.
Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.
Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.
The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.
“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.
In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.
“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”
Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.
“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.