Sorenstam Titles in Japan

By Sports NetworkNovember 4, 2001, 5:00 pm
Annika Sorenstam posted a 2-under 70 on Sunday to win the Mizuno Classic by three shots over Laura Davies. The Swede carded a 13-under-par 203 for the tournament and swept the two-event LPGA Tour swing through Japan after besting Se Ri Pak in the finals of last week's World Ladies Match Play Championship.
Woo-Soon Ko and first-round co-leader Marisa Baena shared third place with 9-under-par 208s.
Sorenstam grabbed a four-shot edge after a bogey by Davies at the 12th but the lead would not remain so high. Sorenstam bogeyed the 15th hole to drop the margin to three and after Davies birdied the 16th, Sorenstam only had a two-stroke advantage.
Both players birdied No. 17 to keep the spread at two shots but Sorenstam birdied the par-5 18th to secure the win.
The victory was Sorenstam's eighth in her brilliant 2001 campaign and the 31st in her LPGA Tour career. She has her sights set on another goal, the $2 million plateau. With this win, Sorenstam earned $106,000 and is now less than $10,000 away from becoming the first player in LPGA Tour history to surpass that figure and can be written into the record books at the Tyco/ADT Championship in two weeks.
Aki Takamura finished alone in fifth at 7-under, followed by Ji Hee Lee, who carded a 4-under 68 on Sunday to come in at minus-six.
Sorenstam began the round with a two-shot lead over Davies but the margin was cut in half after a Davies birdie at No. 2. The Swede rebounded with a birdie at the fourth to get back her two-shot advantage but Davies answered at the next with a birdie to trail by one at 11-under-par.
Davies bogeyed the sixth to fall back by two once again but Sorenstam posted her first bogey of the tournament at No. 7 to cut the margin back to one. Davies bogeyed Nos. 10 and 12 to give Sorenstam her big cushion before the late-round scare.
Sophie Gustafson lost to Lorie Kane in a playoff last year but made a big move on Sunday in 2001. She fired a 4-under-par 68 and shared seventh place with Silvia Cavalleri, Yu Ping Lin and Kayo Yamada. The group finished at four- under 212.
Kane never recovered from her opening-round 73 but carded a 71 on Sunday to join a group in a tie for 11th at minus-three. Yuri Fudoh, who was tied for third at the start of the final round, struggled to a 5-over 77 and was part of the logjam at 3-under.
This event combined 42 LPGA Tour players and 35 members of the Japan LPGA Tour.
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.

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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.

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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”