Webb Completes Career Grand Slam

By Sports NetworkJune 24, 2001, 4:00 pm
Karrie Webb, at the age of 26, became the youngest golfer ever to capture the LPGA Tour's career Grand Slam when she won the McDonald's LPGA Championship Sunday by two shots over Laura Diaz.
Webb carded a 2-under 69 Sunday to finish the tournament at 14-under 270. It was her fifth major title in the last eight played on the LPGA Tour and her second in a row, as she blew away the field three weeks ago at the U.S. Women's Open.
With the win, Webb joined Mickey Wright, Louise Suggs, Pat Bradley and Juli Inkster as the only players to win four different majors in their LPGA careers.
'It's very overwhelming,' said Webb, who has won her last four major titles by a combined 25 strokes. 'It happened so quickly. This is the dream of all dreams. One day, it will sink in, but right now I'm at a loss for words.'
Last year, 24-year-old Tiger Woods became the youngest player to complete the Grand Slam when he won the British Open at St. Andrews. Webb is two years older, but needed seven fewer majors than Woods. After his first major victory at the 1997 Masters, Woods played in 14 more before he joined professional golf's elite. Webb needed only eight major tournaments to complete her Slam.
Webb walked into the final round with a three-shot edge over Diaz and Maria Hjorth but the lead was cut to two when Hjorth rolled home a 10-foot birdie putt at the opening hole.
From there, most thoughts of a comeback were quickly erased. Webb rattled off three birdies in a row, starting at the 2nd. She made putts from four feet, six feet and 18 feet to extend the lead to as many as six.
At the 8th, Webb dropped her first shot of the final round when she hit a 5-iron left of the green and missed the eight-foot save. She regained the lost stroke at the next hole with a 20-footer for birdie.
Diaz began to make things interesting around the turn. She holed an eight-foot birdie at the 9th and followed with a 15-footer at the next. Diaz drained a pair of 10-foot birdie putts at 11 and 12 and cut the lead down to three.
Webb collected six pars to open the back nine and when Diaz birdied the 17th, Webb countered with a 15-foot birdie at 16.
The lead was momentarily two when Webb bogeyed the 17th after she missed the green short and landed in a bunker. She blasted out to eight feet but two-putted for the bogey.
Diaz ran into trouble at the final hole. She drove into the right rough and then hit her 6-iron approach into a greenside sand trap. Diaz blasted out to six feet but missed the save to drop to 12-under, three shots behind the leader.
Webb did not play the 18th a whole lot better than Diaz. She missed the fairway left off the tee and then pushed a 6-iron right of the putting surface. Her delicate chip ran by the hole five feet where she missed the comeback, but tapped in to win the tournament by two.
The historical triumph for Webb was the talk of the tournament Sunday.
'To do it a year ahead of Mickey Wright, at a time when the depth of talent is the best it's ever been, will ultimately go down as one of the biggest achievements in women's golf,' said LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw.
'As far as pure golf, she's the best I've ever seen,' said Inkster, who was the last player to earn the career Grand Slam when she won the U.S. Open and LPGA Championship in 1999. 'She makes it look so effortless. I can't believe anybody could be as good as Karrie. If she keeps up this pace, she's going to shatter all the records.'
'Awesome. That sums it up right there,' said Diaz.
Webb almost withdrew from the tournament Sunday morning because her grandfather suffered a stroke a few days prior. She had booked a flight to leave with her parents Sunday afternoon but her father spoke with the family and they thought that her grandfather would want her to stay.
'I really didn't do it for myself today,' said Webb, who earned $225,000 for the victory. 'I did it for my grandad and I know it might not help out the situation, but my grandma told me on Thursday that she wanted me to win it for him.'
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The next major for Webb will be the Women's British Open at Sunningdale Golf Club in August. Webb won the British Open, which replaced the du Maurier Classic as a major this year, at Sunningdale when she was only 20.
Diaz shot a 3-under 68 on Sunday but failed in her attempt at becoming the first player since Se Ri Pak in 1998 to make a major championship her first victory.
'I think from my perspective, it's another second and in a way, that's just because I'm still aching for that first win.'
Hjorth and Wendy Ward shared third at 10-under 274. Hjorth's chances faded at the 15th, when she carded a double-bogey and finished with a 1-under 70. Ward, the first-round leader, posted a 2-under 69 Sunday.
Annika Sorenstam, the winner of 2001's first major, the Nabisco Championship, birdied three of her last four on Sunday for a 67 and fifth place.
Becky Iverson and Laura Davies shared sixth at 8-under par. Had Davies won this event, she would have become eligible for the LPGA Hall of Fame.
Full-field scores from the McDonald's LPGA Championship
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Group standings at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 22, 2018, 7:20 pm

Here are the group standings for pool play at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas. The player with the most points in each pool advanced to Saturday's Round of 16 in Austin, Texas. Click here for scoring and click here for the bracket.

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
(1) D. Johnson: 0-1-0 (2) J. Thomas: 1-0-0 (3) J. Rahm: 0-0-1 (4) J. Spieth: 2-0-0
(32) K. Kisner: 0-0-1 (21) F. Molinari: 1-0-0 (28) K. Aphibarnrat: 1-0-0 (19) P. Reed: 2-0-0
(38) A. Hadwin: 0-0-1
(48) P. Kizzire: 0-1-0 (43) C. Reavie: 0-1-0 (34) H. Li: 0-2-0
(52) B. Wiesberger: 1-0-0
(60) L. List: 0-1-0 (63) K. Bradley: 0-0-1 (49) C. Schwartzel: 0-2-0
Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8
(5) H. Matsuyama: 1-0-0 (6) R. McIlroy: 0-1-0 (7) S. Garcia: 1-0-0 (8) J. Day: 1-0-0
(30) P. Cantlay: 0-1-0
(18) B. Harman: 0-0-1 (20) X. Schauffele: 1-0-0 (25) L. Oosthuizen: 1-0-0
(46) C. Smith: 1-0-0 (44) J. Vegas: 0-0-1 (41) D. Frittelli: 0-1-0 (42) J. Dufner: 0-1-0
(53) Y. Miyazato: 0-1-0 (51) P. Uihlein: 1-0-0 (62) S. Sharma: 0-1-0 (56) J. Hahn: 0-1-0
Group 9 Group 10 Group 11 Group 12
(9) T. Fleetwood: 1-1-0 (10) P. Casey: 1-0-0 (11) M. Leishman: 0-1-0 (12) T. Hatton: 1-0-0
(26) D. Berger: 0-2-0 (31) M. Fitzpatrick: 0-1-0 (23) B. Grace: 0-1-0 (22) C. Hoffman: 0-1-0
(33) K. Chappell: 1-1-0 (45) K. Stanley: 1-0-0 (35) B. Watson: 1-0-0 (36) B. Steele: 1-0-0
(58) I. Poulter: 2-0-0 (51) R. Henley: 0-1-0 (64) J. Suri: 1-0-0 (55) A. Levy: 0-1-0
Group 13 Group 14 Group 15 Group 16
(13) A. Noren: 2-0-0 (14) P. Mickelson: 0-1-0 (15) P. Perez: 0-0-1 (16) M. Kuchar: 0-0-1
(29) T. Finau: 2-0-0 (17) R. Cabrera Bello: 1-0-0 (24) G. Woodland: 0-0-1 (27) R. Fisher: 0-1-0
(39) T. Pieters: 0-2-0 (40) S. Kodaira: 0-1-0 (37) W. Simpson: 0-0-1 (47) Y. Ikeda: 1-0-0
(61) K. Na: 0-2-0 (59) C. Howell III: 1-0-0 (50) S.W. Kim: 0-0-1 (54) Z. Johnson: 0-0-1
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Watch: Bubba hits 366-yard tee shot ... with an iron

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 22, 2018, 6:47 pm

You know Bubba Watson is plenty long off the tee. And when you put a little wind to his back and let him hit downhill, the ball is bound to travel a great distance.

But, still, this is a 366-yard tee shot at the par-4 ninth hole at Austin C.C. ... with an iron. Yeah, it runs for a long time. But, again, 366 ... with an iron.

Watson won the hole with a par and made the turn, 2 up, in his Day 2 match against Marc Leishman at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

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Romo starts hot, stumbles to 77 in PGA Tour debut

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 5:14 pm

There was plenty of good, but also plenty of bad for Tony Romo in his PGA Tour debut.

Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption, Romo shot an even-par 36 for his opening nine holes in the Dominican Republic. The former NFL quarterback bogeyed his first two holes, but steadied the ship with three birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 4-8.

The early highlight of the round came at the par-4 fifth hole, where Romo drained a putt from across the green for his second straight birdie:

But the back nine wasn't as kind for the 37-year-old, who dropped five shots in a four-hole stretch from Nos. 13-16. It added up to a 5-over 77 in the opening round, which left Romo ahead of only Guy Boros among the players who had finished in the morning wave.

"I hit two poor tee balls. Just didn't commit to it, and ultimately just got put in a tough spot where you're just trying to make par," Romo said. "I hit a lot of good shots, and they ended up a couple times in some poor spots. But you learn the golf course as you play it throughout the week."

Romo has played as an amateur partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and has played individually in U.S. Open local qualifiers and mini-tour events as an amateur. But this marks his first attempt to gauge his game against the best players in the world who are not in Austin for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Romo was even par through 12 holes before a three-putt bogey from the fringe on No. 13. A nasty lie in the rough led to a double bogey on the par-5 14th, and Romo had to hit provisional tee shots on both Nos. 15 and 16. While he ultimately found his original ball on both holes, he left with a pair of bogeys.

"I really hit some good shots, and I'm close," Romo said. "I had a chance to be under par pretty easily there for a while, and then two or three shots on the back nine cost me. But that's golf."

Romo will tee off at 1 p.m. ET Friday in the second round alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.

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Horschel, Kisner & Perez join "Feherty," Monday, March 26 at 9 p.m. ET

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMarch 22, 2018, 5:10 pm

PREVIEW: Perez details rocky collegiate golf experience at Arizona State

Billy Horschel, Kevin Kisner and Pat Perez – each winners of multiple events on the PGA TOUR – will join David Feherty on his self-titled, Emmy-nominated series Feherty presented by Farmers Insurance®, Monday at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

“This might be the biggest group of benign social deviants I’ve ever had the privilege of speaking to,” said Feherty. “They’ve been responsible for nine career wins on TOUR collectively, but they’re each also capable of getting into some mischief.”

The episode – filmed in Naples, Fla. – will touch upon several topics, including:

  • Their respective upbringings and corresponding introductions to golf.
  • Reflections on their junior golf and collegiate playing days, and how it helped prepare them to compete as a professional.
  • Contemplating which mulligan(s) they’d take in their life if given the opportunity.

Future guests on Feherty this year include Paul Azinger, Stewart Cink, Boo Weekley and Paul Goydos, among others.

A two-time Emmy-nominated host (Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host) Feherty has been described as “golf’s iconoclast,” by Rolling Stone, and “the last unscripted man on TV,” by Men’s Journal. His all-star lineup of golf-enthused and culturally relevant guests feature celebrities from across entertainment, sports and politics. To date, Feherty has sat down with four U.S. Presidents (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump); sports legends Charles Barkley, Nick Saban, Stephen Curry and Bobby Knight; Hollywood icons Matthew McConaughey, Larry David and Samuel L. Jackson; World Golf of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson; and a host of current golf superstars including Paula Creamer, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Michelle Wie. Feherty is produced by Golf Channel’s original productions group, which also oversees production for Driver vs. Driver and Golf Films.