Ko surges, 3 shots back of Lee, Harigae at U.S. Women's Open
US Womens Open Golf Minjee Lee, of Australia, hits off the 15th tee during the second round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at the Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. on Friday, June 3, 2022. 1 player vaulted into contention for a third major championship Friday, playing the final five holes in 3 under to pull within three shots of second-round Minjee Lee and Mina Harigae at the U.S. Women’s Open. Harigae and Lee were at 9-under 133 after 36 holes at Pine Needles. Lee shot a 5-under 66, and Harigae had a 69. It looked for a while like Harigae might maintain sole possession of the lead for a second straight day.wftv.com
Lindblad sets U.S. Women's Open amateur mark with 6-under 65
US Womens Open Golf Ingrid Lindblad, of Sweden, watches a putt on the 10th hole during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at the Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. on Thursday, June 2, 2022. Because she’s an amateur, Lindblad wouldn’t be able to collect the record $1.8 million first-place prize if she holds on to win the event. Lindblad finished tied 30th at 6-over 292 in her only other U.S. Women’s Open appearance in 2020. “I played really good at SECs, and then at nationals I didn’t really get anything to drop,” Lindblad said. She just kind of stood there, really good touch, and she putted beautifully today, good speed.wftv.com
New year, same Nelly Korda as she leads LPGA season opener
The start of 2022 has been a continuation of the monster season she put together a year ago. Her older sister and the defending champion, 28-year-old Jessica Korda, is two shots back. Nelly Korda is accustomed to success at Lake Nona, where 11 months ago she captured the Gainbridge LPGA, which has moved venues this season. Korda has played six competitive rounds at the course and never shot worse than 69. Nelly Korda hit a few loose shots, but her good stuff was very good.wftv.com
Ko gets wire-to-wire win at Founders and ties Annika record
It was her 14th consecutive round in the 60s dating to a 69 in the final round of the Evian Championship. She plans to play the BMW Ladies Championship the following week in South Korea — the only Asia event in the fall because of the pandemic. Cognizant also doubled the prize money, making it the largest purse among regular LPGA Tour events. Korda is not playing in South Korea, leaving Ko an excellent chance to move past her on the season points list. Ko won the season finale a year ago after spending much of the season riding out the pandemic in South Korea.wftv.com
Ko gets 13th straight round in 60s, leads by 4 at Founders
That might be all it takes to win the Founders Cup, too. Saturday was her 13th consecutive round in the 60s, one off the LPGA record Sorenstam set during a four-tournament stretch in 2005, when she had 10 wins and was halfway to the calendar Grand Slam. Ko was at 13-under 200 as she tries to match Nelly Korda as the only three-time winners on the LPGA Tour this season. After a week off, the LPGA Tour plays its lone Asia event in the fall in South Korea. Sorenstam had three victories in her four-tournament run where she set the record with 14 straight rounds in the 60s.wftv.com
Ko has the lead at Founders Cup, 11 straight rounds in 60s
It was her 11th consecutive round in the 60s, three short of the record that Annika Sorenstam set in 2005. 1 player in women's golf who had not played since the Solheim Cup a month ago, U.S. Women's Open champion Yuka Saso and two-time major champion So Yeon Ryu. The putting was not bad.”Boutier and Inbee Park, who also finished one behind last week, each shot 70 in the afternoon. Korda had not competed in stroke play since Aug. 22, the final round of the Women's British Open at Carnoustie. I have to focus more on my game when I'm playing with Nelly.”Sorenstam set the LPGA record for consecutive rounds in the 60s during her 10-win season in 2005.wftv.com
Annika Sorenstam wins US Senior Women's Open by 8 strokes
FAIRFIELD, Conn. — (AP) — Annika Sorenstam ran away with the U.S. Senior Women’s Open on Sunday, closing with a 4-under 68 for an eight-stroke victory. The 50-year-old Sorenstam, a three-time U.S. Women’s Open champion making her first appearance in the senior event, finished at 12-under 276 at Brooklawn Country Club. She won the 1988 U.S. Women’s Open to become the first Swedish major champion. Laura Davies, the 2018 winner in the inaugural event, was third at 3 under after a 71. European Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew (74) and Yuko Saito (72) were 2 under.wftv.com
Annika Sorenstam takes 2-shot lead in US Senior Women’s Open
FAIRFIELD, Conn. — (AP) — Annika Sorenstam shot an even-par 72 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open. The 50-year-old Sorenstam, a three-time U.S. Women’s Open champion making her first appearance in the senior event, had an 8-under 208 total at Brooklawn Country Club. Playing partner and fellow Swede Liselotte Neumann was second, closing with a bogey for a 71. She won the 1988 U.S. Women’s Open to become the first Swedish major champion. Laura Davies (68) and Yuko Saito (74) were 2 under, and Kris Tschetter was even par after a 75.wftv.com
Annika Sorenstam takes 3-shot lead in US Senior Women’s Open
FAIRFIELD, Conn. — (AP) — Annika Sorenstam shot a 3-under 69, racing to finish before dark, to take a three-stroke lead Friday in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open. The 50-year-old Sorenstam, a three-time U.S. Women’s Open champion making her first appearance in the senior event, birdied Nos. Amateur Ellen Port (69) was 3 under with Rosie Jones (70), Kris Tschetter (72) and Dana Ebster (74). The 59-year-old Port, a teacher in St. Louis, is a seven-time USGA champion. She played alongside Port and seven-time USGA champion Carol Semple Thompson.wftv.com
Annika Sorenstam shares lead in US Senior Women’s Open
FAIRFIELD, Conn, — (AP) — Annika Sorenstam shot a 5-under 67 on Thursday in her U.S. Senior Women’s Open debut for a share of the lead in the rain-suspended first round. The 50-year-old Sorenstam, a three-time U.S. Women’s Open champion in her Hall of Fame career, had six birdies and a bogey at Brooklawn Country Club. “I love the golf course,” Sorenstam said. “I’m so thankful for my club back home, Turlock Golf and Country Club,” Ebster said. Sorenstam played alongside Neumann and Davies.wftv.com
Nasa Hataoka shoots 10-under 61 in Marathon LPGA Classic
LPGA Tour Golf Nasa Hataoka tees off on the second hole during the first round of the LPGA Marathon Classic golf tournament, Thursday, July 8 2021, at Highland Meadows in Sylvania, Ohio. (Jeremy Wadsworth/The Blade via AP) (Jeremy Wadsworth)SYLVANIA, Ohio — (AP) — Nasa Hataoka parred the final two holes to miss a chance for the second 59 in LPGA Tour history, finishing with a 10-under 61 and a four-stroke lead Thursday in the Marathon LPGA Classic. Annika Sorenstam is the only player to shoot 59 on the LPGA Tour, accomplishing the feat in her 2001 Standard Register PING victory at Moon Valley in Arizona. The 22-year-old Japanese player had her lowest score on the LPGA Tour, topping a third-round 63 in her 2018 NWA Championship victory. I was able to control everything.”The three-time LPGA Tour winner lost a playoff to Yuka Saso a month ago in the U.S. Women’s Open at Olympic Club.wftv.com
Whoa, Nelly! Korda makes it 2 straight wins for her family
Nelly Korda followed in big sister's footsteps with a three-shot victory that looked easier than it felt. “Yeah, Jess' win, I was like, ‘OK, I got to get one now,’" Korda said. But it's nice to get back-to-back Korda wins now.”More than just matching her sister, Korda won for the first time on American soil. Sorenstam finished 29 shots behind Korda, who won by three over Lexi Thompson and Lydia Ko. Korda made sure of that with a steady diet of pars and picking up enough birdies when she needed them.
Nelly Korda leads LPGA as Sorenstam falls to bottom of pack
Sorenstam, playing for the first time in more than 12 years after retiring, had no expectations and no excuses. That put her in last place by four shots, 22 shots behind Korda. “Any time you can get ahead of the pack going into Sunday is a positive,” Korda said. Not going to lie, coming down the stretch, those putts were a little shaky.”But she made them, and she's in great position going for her first LPGA Tour victory. “Normally, I hit the ball straight, and today was everything but straight,” Sorenstam said.
Back after 12 years, Sorenstam gets 2 more days on LPGA Tour
Annika Sorenstam chips a shot to the ninth green during the first round of the Gainbridge LPGA golf tournament Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. – Annika Sorenstam went more than 12 years without playing on the LPGA Tour. Sorenstam, making a one-time appearance because the LPGA Tour is at her home course, finally got some putts to drop and ran off three birdies on her second nine. She wanted a little competition as she contemplates playing he U.S. Senior Women's Open this summer, and she said she wouldn't have played an LPGA tour event if it wasn't on her home course. But for someone out of competition for nearly as long as her career on the LPGA Tour, she still has ample game. 1 in the world who won her first LPGA Tour event at 15.
Sorenstam returns with a lot more stress and fewer birdies
Annika Sorenstam chips a shot to the ninth green during the first round of the Gainbridge LPGA golf tournament Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. – Annika Sorenstam doesn't remember golf being this difficult. With one birdie and one bad hole, Sorenstam had a 3-over 75 in the LPGA Gainbridge on her home course at Lake Nona. Sorenstam was 10 shots behind another Lake Nona member, Lydia Ko, who opened with a 7-under 65 for a two-shot lead. But then, this week isn't about Sorenstam adding to her 72 career victories or even starting a comeback at age 50. After a penalty drop, she hit it back toward the fairway to about 70 yards, hit an ordinary wedge and three-putted from about 18 feet for a triple bogey.
Annika is back on LPGA Tour, just not for very long
Diamond Resorts supports her foundation, so she played in the celebrity division of the LPGA Tour season opener last month. AdAnd then the Gainbridge LPGA moved from South Florida to Lake Nona, and Sorenstam already was contemplating a return to competition at the U.S. Senior Women's Open. The members at Lake Nona mostly see her at pickleball or in the clubhouse for Easter brunch or a Thanksgiving feast. Lake Nona, home to several PGA and LPGA players, hosted the Solheim Cup in 1990 and previously had the Tavistock Cup, matches between tour members from Lake Nona and Isleworth. “If it wasn't Lake Nona, I wouldn't be here,” she said.
Column: Back in time on LPGA for Sorenstam and Yani Tseng
The surprise decision was still fresh three weeks later when 19-year-old Yani Tseng won her first major. Sorenstam turned 50 in October and has not competed on the LPGA Tour since the final event of 2008. She also played the LPGA Tour season opener last month, although Sorenstam was part of the celebrity division. When she won the Kia Classic in March 2012 for her 15th LPGA Tour title, she was four points short of the LPGA Hall of Fame. Tseng played five times over the second half of 2020 on the Taiwan LPGA, missing one cut and failing to finish in the top 25.
Trump honors golfing greats with award in private ceremony
The award is one of the nation’s highest civilian honors. President Donald Trump has generally held public ceremonies when presenting the honor, but Thursday’s event was closed to the media. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany released a statement on the awards, which for Sorenstam and Player had been previously announced last March. She was an all-around athlete nicknamed “Babe,” after Babe Ruth. Zaharias was still a top-ranked professional golfer when she died from cancer in 1956.
Trump awards Medal of Freedom to three golfers after his supporters attacked U.S. Capitol
US President Donald Trump looks on after presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Celtics basketball legend Bob Cousy in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on August 22, 2019. A day after his supporters rioted inside the U.S. Capitol, President Donald Trump turned his attention to golf. President Donald Trump was scheduled to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to three professional golfers on Thursday, a White House official said. Trump's remarks to supporters at a rally Wednesday outside the White House came just before a joint session of Congress convened to confirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Trump's supporters swarmed the Capitol, breaking through lines of law enforcement officers and invading the halls of Congress.cnbc.com
Masters field at 84 players heading into the final 3 months
55 after closing with a 77 in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai to drop to a tie for 23rd. That he accumulated the most world ranking points (463.54) was no surprise. Johnson received credit for the victory with the staggered start based on the FedEx Cup (he tied for third in world ranking points). DIVOTSDustin Johnson earned an average of 25.75 world ranking points in his 18 starts worldwide in 2020. That's more than the total ranking points Tiger Woods earned (19.08) in the nine tournaments he played.