Inbee Park might have the Rolex Player of the Year locked up, and deservedly so, but there are several other big titles still up for grabs as the season winds down this week in south Florida.
Caroline Masson leads the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year race by 11 points over Moriya Jutanugarn. And if Masson pulls it off this week at Tiburon Golf Club, it will be with a broken thumb.
Earlier this month in Japan, Masson fractured her right thumb while playing ping pong with her caddie, Jason McDede on Tuesday before the tournament started. She won the match and went on to finish tied for 60th in the golf tournanment.
“I float (the thumb) on top,” said Masson of how she competes with a brace. “If the divots get too deep ... glad they don’t have rough here.”
Japan’s Ayako Uehara would have to win this week to have a chance at the title. She currently trails Masson by 90 points.
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VARE RACE: Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen are battling for their first Vare Trophy award. Lewis leads Pettersen by the slimmest of margins, 0.104, while last year’s winner, Inbee Park, trails Lewis ...
Rory McIlroy and Gary Woodland competed in a driving challenge Tuesday to kick off BMW Championship week.
The two PGA Tour players competed on a specially created driving course at Six Flags Great America for the BMW Championship and Evans Scholars Foundation. BMW, in turn, made a $10,000 donation in their honor. The two drove a BMW i3, which is an electric vehicle made primarily of carbon fiber that will launch in spring 2014. McIlroy and Woodland were two of the first people to drive the car since it was revealed globally on July 29.
They were only two seconds slower than the track record, and were met at the finish line by Evans Scholars Justin Cruz and Yesenia Juarez, both students at Northwestern. All proceeds from the BMW Championship will benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation. Since 2007, the BMW Championship has raised more than $14 million for the Evans Scholars Foundation.
The first player who makes a hole-in-one this week at Conway Farms’ 17th wins a new BMW i3.
PARKER, Colo. – When Anna Nordqvist holed a 7-iron at the par-3 17th, it ended all chances of a comeback from Morgan Pressel and Jessica Korda. The Europeans put their first, and only, full point on the board courtesy of that shot as the Americans rallied to within a point.
Nordqvist, from 180 yards, thought the shot might go long until she saw the ball pitch and drop into the hole. It was an opportune turn of events, set up by good putting earlier in the day from Nordqvist’s partner Caroline Hedwall.
Said Nordqvist: “Caroline made key putts on 13 and 14 and then we just sort of battled in there and had a good finish the last two holes.”
Nordqvist’s is the first hole-in-one in Solheim Cup history.
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2. SPIRIT LEADER: Michelle Wie walked to the 17th green with her hand cupped beside her right ear, urging the crowd to go crazy for her and partner Brittany Lang. Wie had just stuck her shot on the front of the green and Lang lagged to 4 feet. When Suzann Pettersen missed her five-footer to halve, Wie calmly dropped the winning putt.
A hole earlier, Wie hit the par 5 ...
It’s crunch time for the Solheim Cup, and believe it or not, Michelle Wie is very much in the conversation for making the U.S. team.
How can it be that a woman with only two top 10s to her credit in 2013 and a putting posture that screams desperation is still among the top 13 American players? Answer: We’re not that deep.
Wie would need to win next week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open to make the team on points. She’s currently 13th on the list, with 160.5.
Otherwise, captain Meg Mallon would need to make Wie one of her two captain’s picks, which isn’t out of the question considering that she already has three Solheim rookies who are locks for the team (Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda and Lizette Salas) and Wie is a two-time participant. Thompson and Korda are currently in on points while Salas is safely in at No. 21 in the rankings. (The top two players in the Rolex Rankings not otherwise qualified through Solheim points earn spots.)
Jennifer Johnson is the only player who can finish second at the British Open and crack the top eight (assuming current ...
Louise Suggs has won so many tournaments during her Hall of Fame career that she can’t remember them all.
Now, six weeks shy of her 90th birthday, Suggs can add three more to her total. Elaine Scott, Suggs’ biographer and a former LPGA communications director, discovered three missing titles, and the tour concurred.
The LPGA will add two titles from 1961 – Sea Island Open and the Naples Pro-Am – during Suggs’ last full year on tour, plus the Pro-Lady Victory National Championship, which she won as an amateur with Ben Hogan in 1946.
With 61 victories, Suggs passes the late Patty Berg (60) to rank fourth all time on the LPGA list, behind Kathy Whitworth (88), Mickey Wright (82) and Annika Sorenstam (69).
Scott said players kept records in their car trunks in those early years and drove down the highway with scoreboards attached to their roofs.
The victory with Hogan is especially significant, given the story behind their partnership. Suggs beat Hogan (playing from the same tees) at Medinah’s No. 3
Course on the back nine of the first round, and Hogan caught grief in the locker room. The next morning, he gave Suggs the silent treatment until ...
Beatriz Recari and Paula Creamer fulfilled their promise of a Sunday duel by taking the fight for the Marathon Classic down to the last hole in Sylvania, Ohio, with Recari emerging victorious.
Creamer finished one shot back, with Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Lexi Thompson another three shots behind, the latter thanks to a hole-in-one.
Here are 5 Things to Know from the LPGA this week:
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1. RECARI RISES: A fist-pump after the 4-footer for par that sealed the deal indicated Beatriz Recari's second win of the LPGA season.
The Spaniard took the lead with a birdie at No. 14 and matched Paula Creamer the rest of the way, sinking a 4-footer for par at the par-5 18th to wrap up a 66 at Highland Meadows that left her one shot ahead of Creamer. Recari finished 72 holes at 17-under 267.
Recari also won the Kia Classic in March after beating I.K. Kim in sudden death. Recari is known as the iron woman on tour after playing all 27 events in 2012. Her missed cut at the U.S. Women's Open ended a streak of 46 consecutive made cuts. The 26-year-oldl sat out of the Manulife Financial LPGA ...
OMAHA, Neb. – Golf fans at the U.S. Senior Open experienced a flash flood of birdies. Kenny Perry, the winner, had nine birdies all by himself in a final-round 63.
It was a celebration of superlative golf and it was fun to watch.
So I ask for your opinion: birdies or bogeys?
During the past month, I traveled to both the U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open. These two U.S. Golf Association national championships might as well be held on separate planets, because one is nothing like the other.
Justin Rose’s winning score at the U.S. Open was 1-over par for 72 holes. Perry’s winning score at the U.S. Senior Open was 13-under par. I believe this difference of 14 strokes is meaningful and should be discussed.
Birdies or bogeys? I am betting most golfers would rather see birdies rather than train wrecks. However, I have received several emails supporting the severe course setups of the U.S. Open.
Let’s take a closer look at this year’s championships. The U.S. Open was staged at Merion Golf Club outside Philadelphia. The U.S. Senior Open was held at Omaha (Neb.) Country ...
When Inbee Park left Sebonack Golf Club on Sunday evening after her historic U.S. Women’s Open triumph, she and her team went for a celebratory dinner at Mount Fuji of Southampton, a Japanese fusion restaurant. The weary but jubilant group arrived in New York City at 2 a.m., and Park got little shuteye before embarking on a media blitz unprecedented for an LPGA player.
The hottest player in golf walked the streets of New York with the U.S. Women’s Open trophy in tow, making appearances on "Today," ESPN’s "SportsCenter" and Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive." She also taped segments that were aired on NBC and ABC affiliates nationwide.
Media tours like that don’t happen for LPGA players in the U.S.
“I thought I’d never get to do that in my life,” said Park, whose phone rang nonstop in the days that followed. She received letters from the president of her native South Korea, Park Geun-hye, and golf's king, Arnold Palmer. The word from back home is that she’s now a superstar.
From New York, Park crossed the country to house hunt in Las Vegas. She toured about a dozen ...
It is nearly impossible to miss Casie Cathrea on the golf course. The 17-year-old committed to Oklahoma State University in the fall of 2011, and shortly thereafter began wearing bold punches of Cowgirls orange.
On Sunday, that meant day-glo orange shorts and a dinner-platter sized OSU belt buckle. In her first U.S. Women’s Open start, Cathrea finished as the low amateur, and that’s mostly because of a final-round 70 at Sebonack Golf Club. It was her first sub-par score of the week, and still included bogeys at Nos. 17 and 18.
Cathrea was one of two players to shoot 70 Sunday. It was the lowest final-round score. Cathrea made five birdies in the first eight holes, then bogeyed the ninth. She added seven more pars before reaching No. 17.
“I was just trying to stay in my own bubble, not get ahead of myself,” Cathrea said. “I know I had the tendency to do that earlier this week. I tried to just stay in my own little mindset.”
Cathrea closed the week at 9-over 297, two shots ahead of World No. 1 amateur Lydia Ko, an accomplishment in itself.
During the past year, Cathrea has turned increased ...
So let's see, Inbee Park has won two majors this season already – one in convincing fashion, another in a playoff – and carries a four-shot lead into Sunday's final round of the U.S. Women's Open. Chalk up another one for the aforementioned convincing fashion.
By the time Park made her first bogey of the final round at Sebonack Golf Club – two back-to-back, in fact – she had expanded her lead to six shots. From there it was smooth sailing in the Hamptons en route to victory at 8 under par. And so it goes with the South Korean, any way you cut it: While Park isn't perfect, she's the World No. 1 for a reason.
I.K. Kim finished second and So Yeon Ryu third, the only other players under par.
In the battle for low amateur, Casie Cathrea fired the low number of the day, a 2-under 70, to pull away from Doris Chen and Lydia Ko.
Recap the highlights right here – and scroll down for our previous coverage of the Women's Open.
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Update No. 28: 5:41 p.m. EDT
With no worries or pressure, Inbee Park reaches the par-5 18th's green ...
Inbee Park’s historic win at Sebonack Golf Club brings up an interesting question: What is a Grand Slam?
What once seemed so obvious to golf fans now comes with a twist. Park’s four-stroke victory at the 68th U.S. Women’s Open on Sunday makes her only the second woman in LPGA history to win the first three consecutive majors. Babe Zaharias accomplished the feat in 1950.
When Park heads to the Old Course in St. Andrews for the Ricoh Women’s British Open on Aug. 1-4, she will be vying for her fourth consecutive major. Any other year in the modern era, that would mean she’s on the verge of winning the elusive Grand Slam.
This year, however, there are five major championships up for grabs, and according to golf historian Martin Davis, that means she needs to win all five to, by definition, win the Grand Slam.
The term "grand slam" originates from bridge, a card game in which players win tricks. When someone clears the table, they earn 13 tricks, or a "grand slam." Bridge was quite popular around the time Bobby Jones won the four biggest tournaments of his era in 1930, prompting ...
When multiple shots separate a player from her closest pursuer entering the weekend at a major championship, complacency can become an issue. At some point, the image of Inbee Park running away from an LPGA field, major or otherwise, begins to feel like deja vu.
It’s possible crowds and scribes have already hit that point. That Park doubled her lead on I.K. Kim over the course of a windy Saturday at Sebonack suggests she hasn’t. There was the streak of three bogeys at the beginning of the back nine, but they were followed by the improbable 30-foot birdie putt that floated over the top tier on No. 14 green – then dove into the edge of the hole at the last minute. There was the approach shot that trickled up against the lip of a greenside bunker at No. 18, but from there, Park got up and down for birdie.
By day’s end, Park, with her 71, was the only player to sign for a round under par. At 10 under for the tournament, she is four shots ahead of I.K. Kim. Jodi Ewart Shadoff is within seven shots, but the leaderboard drops off after that ...
Jessica Korda parted ways with her caddie after the ninth hole of the U.S. Women’s Open and promptly told her boyfriend to grab the bag. Korda shot 40 on the front nine with Jason Gilroyed, her caddie of one year, and was 1 under on the back nine with her boyfriend of 18 months, Johnny DelPrete.
“Had a couple of disagreements here and there, and I wasn't in the right state of mind,” said Korda. “I just was more consumed on what was going on just not my way. And I knew I needed to switch and just have a little bit more fun out there.”
Gilroyed has been caddying on the LPGA since 1996. Former bosses include Rosie Jones, I.K. Kim and two stints with Cristie Kerr. Gilroyed said the relationship had been deteriorating in recent weeks.
“It’s a shame it had to go down on the ninth hole,” he said by phone.
Korda, 20, came into the third round at Sebonack Golf Club trailing leader Inbee Park by six. She two-putted the par-5 18th for birdie to shoot 4-over 76 Saturday and stands tied for sixth.
Prior to Gilroyed, Korda had Annika Sorenstam ...
Lizette Salas was standing in front of the clubhouse talking to her parents when two young kids came up for an autograph.
“You did a great job today,” the little girl said to a teary-eyed Salas.
Salas kindly signed for her small fans and smiled wide. They were obviously unaware of the painful 10-over 82 Salas shot in Round 3 that put her out of the tournament.
“I have no idea what happened,” said Salas, who played in the penultimate group. “I tried to stay patient; I tried to stay calm. I kept thinking to myself, ‘When is this nightmare going to end?’ ”
Salas hit only 10 greens in the third round and had 35 putts. She didn’t spray the ball – just hit it in all the wrong spots. It also didn’t help that her group was put on the clock on No. 9.
“You would think I would learn after the last year, what happened at the Open and the Kraft,” she said.
The former USC player played in the last group on Sunday at the 2013 Kraft and shot 79, tumbling into a tie for 25th. At last year’s Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run ...
As she chases the third leg of a grand slam, Inbee Park will play for the second day in a row alongside second-place I.K. Kim in the U.S. Women's Open.
The two will tee off at 1:25 p.m. EDT at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Jodi Ewart Shadoff will start the day in third place in the group ahead, paired with So Yeon Ryu.
Other groups to watch include Jessica Korda, who fired her caddie midway through Saturday's third round, alongside Ai Miyazato; Doris Chen and Casie Cathrea in the only all-amateur pairing; former Open champ Paula Creamer alongside Angela Stanford, a five-time LPGA winner who seeks her first victory in a major; and World No. 2 Stacy Lewis alongside Morgan Pressel.
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Complete tee times and pairings for the final round of the U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack Golf Club:
7:22 a.m.: Eun-Hee Ji, Jackie Barenborg Stoelting
7:33 a.m.: Austin Ernst, Carlota Ciganda
7:44 a.m.: Cynthia Lacrosse, a-Brooke Mackenzie Henderson
7:55 a.m.: a-Nelly Korda, Danah Bordner
8:06 a.m.: Caroline Westrup, a-Yueer Feng
8:17 a.m.: Amy Meier, Meena Lee ...