Wiebe Gets Historic Victory

By Sports NetworkSeptember 23, 2007, 4:00 pm
Champions TourCARY, North Carolina -- Mark Wiebe became the 12th Champions Tour player to win in his first start on the 50-and-over circuit, leading wire-to-wire in a record victory Sunday in the SAS Championship.
 
Wiebe, a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR, closed with a 5-under 67 for a tournament record 18-under 198 total on the Prestonwood Country Club course. He beat Dana Quigley by four strokes to take the $300,000 first-place check.
 
'Setting a record blows me away,' said Wiebe, who broke the mark of 17 under set by Craig Stadler in 2004. 'It's been 21 years and that's a long time. That's three kids worth. I have a great feeling of accomplishment.
 
Wiebe matched Bobby Wadkins as the tour's youngest winner at 50 years, 10 days. He also became the first player to win on a sponsor exemption since Christy O'Connor Jr. in the 1999 State Farm Senior Classic.
 
'I've been hitting the ball well the past couple of months,' Wiebe said. 'I didn't think I'd score 18 under. I had quite a week.'
 
Mark McNulty was the last player to win in his first Champions Tour start, taking the 2004 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. Wiebe also became the second player to win the SAS Championship in his tour debut. D.A. Weibring accomplished the fear in 2003.
 
Wiebe, who made only $20,535 in 11 Nationwide Tour events this year, qualified for the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in Baltimore on Oct. 5-7.
 
Quigley shot a 69. Two-time SAS champion Bruce Lietzke and Keith Fergus had 67s to tie for third at 13 under, and McNulty (67) followed at 12 under.
 
Wiebe started the day one shot ahead of Quigley at 13 under, but dropped a stroke on the opening hole -- his first bogey of the week. Wiebe countered with a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-3 third hole.
 
Quigley, who played in the final group with Wiebe, bogeyed the par-4 fourth and could do little to make a serious run at the winner.
 
'Mark hit the ball well and putted great. That's a good combination,' Quigley said. 'To shoot 18 under on this course is unbelievable.'
 
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    Bjorn adds four Ryder Cup veterans as vice captains

    By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 1:05 pm

    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has added a quartet of vice captains for the biennial matches this fall in Paris.

    Bjorn had already named Robert Karlsson as his first assistant, and he announced Tuesday at the BMW PGA Championship that his group of advisors will also include major champions Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, and former world No. 1s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

    Westwood is among Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup players, and his addition in this role signals he likely won't participate as a player in the matches for the first time since 1995. The Englishman has spoken openly about his desire to captain the European squad at Whistling Straits in 2020, but he's been quiet on the course in recent months, with a missed secondary cut at the Houston Open his only start since mid-February.

    Harrington is seen as another possible captain for the 2020 matches, and he'll don an earpiece for the third straight Ryder Cup, having represented Europe as a player on six straight teams from 1999-2010.

    Donald played on four Ryder Cup teams from 2004-12, with the Europeans winning each time he was on the roster. This will mark his first stint as a vice captain, as Donald announced last month that he would be sidelined indefinitely while recovering from a back injury.

    At age 38, McDowell will be the youngest vice captain in the room, having holed the winning putt eight years ago at Celtic Manor. He won the French Open in both 2013 and 2014 at Le Golf National, site of this year's matches, and will also be making his debut as a vice captain.

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    Bidder pays $50,000 to caddie for Woods

    By Grill Room TeamMay 22, 2018, 12:28 pm

    Someone has paid $50,000 to caddie for Tiger Woods at this year’s Hero World Challenge.

    An unnamed bidder paid for the opportunity at an auction Saturday night at Tiger Jam, where monies are raised to support the Tiger Woods Foundation.



    The Hero World Challenge will be contested Nov. 29-Dec. in Albany, Bahamas. The pro-am is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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    NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

    By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 11:28 am

    The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

    After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

    Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

    Scoring:

    TV Times (all times ET):

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    Arizona grabs last spot with eagle putt, playoff win

    By Ryan LavnerMay 22, 2018, 3:18 am

    STILLWATER, Okla. – With her team freefalling in the standings, Arizona coach Laura Ianello was down to her last stroke.

    The Wildcats began the final round of the NCAA Championship in third place, but they were 19 over par for the day, and outside the top-8 cut line, with only one player left on the course.

    Bianca Pagdaganan had transferred from Gonzaga to compete for NCAA titles, and on the 17th hole Ianello told her that she needed to play “the best two holes of your life” to keep the dream alive.

    She made par on 17, then hit a 185-yard 6-iron out of a divot to 30 feet. Not knowing where she stood on the final green, Pagdaganan felt an eerie calm over the ball. Sure enough, she buried the eagle putt, setting off a raucous celebration and sending the Wildcats into a play-five, count-four team playoff with Baylor at 33 over par.

    Their match-play spot wasn’t yet secure, but Ianello still broke down in tears.


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    “Bianca is such an inspiration for all of us,” she said. “She’s the kind of kid that you want to root for, to have good things happen to.”

    Arizona prevailed on the second playoff hole. As the 8 seed, the Wildcats will play top-seeded UCLA in the quarterfinals Tuesday at Karsten Creek.

    Though the finish had plenty of drama, no teams played their way into the coveted top 8 on the final day of stroke-play qualifying.

    Baylor came closest. The Bears barely advanced past regionals after a mysterious stomach virus affected several players and coaches. They competed in the final round with just four healthy players.

    On Monday, Gurleen Kaur put Baylor in position to advance, shooting 68, but the Bears lost by three strokes on the second extra hole.

    Arkansas finished one shot shy of the team playoff. The second-ranked Razorbacks, who entered NCAAs as one of the pre-tournament favorites, having won seven times, including their first SEC title, couldn’t overcome a 308-300 start and finished 10th. Player of the Year favorite Maria Fassi finished her week at 19 over par and counted only two rounds toward the team total.