Chun shoots 75, lead down to 3 at Women's PGA Championship
Womens PGA Championship Golf In Gee Chun, of South Korea, left, looks for her ball in the rough on the 16th hole during the third round in the Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Saturday, June 25, 2022, in Bethesda, Md. — (AP) — In Gee Chun shot a 3-over 75 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Women's PGA Championship. On a day when Congressional Country Club gave the leaders plenty of trouble, Chun was holding her own until she made a double bogey on the par-5 16th hole. She had a five-shot lead when she had to play her third shot from some tall grass on the 16th. ___Follow Noah Trister at https://twitter.com/noahtrister___More AP golf: https://apnews.com/hub/golf and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
US Open's $10M purse offers hope for gender pay equality
US Womens Open Golf Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, watches her shot off the fourth tee during a practice round for the the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at the Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. The men's 2021 U.S. Open purse was $12.5 million, with $2.25 million going to champion Jon Rahm. That came after fans chanted "Equal pay!" That coupled with a better climate for social justice in the last two years is finally ramping up the discussions for equal pay. On the 50th anniversary of Title IX, I hope sports can help lead the way for equal pay for women everywhere.”Female golfers are working hard to bridge the pay gap.wftv.com
Marina Alex wins LPGA Tour's Palos Verdes Championship
LPGA Tour Golf Marina Alex tees off at the fourth tee during the final round of the LPGA's Palos Verdes Championship golf tournament on Sunday, May 1, 2022, in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) (Ashley Landis)PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. — (AP) — Marina Alex won the Palos Verdes Championship on Sunday for her second LPGA Tour title, breaking a tie with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 16th and parring the final two holes for a one-stroke victory over Jin Young Ko. Three strokes behind Hannah Green entering the round, Alex closed with a 5-under 66 to finish at 10-under 274 at hilly and windy Palos Verdes Golf Club. She finished about an hour before Alex in the first-year event that wrapped up the LPGA Tour’s two-week, Los Angeles-area stay and five-tournament West Coast swing. Alex bogeyed the par-4 third, then birdied the par-4 fifth, par-5 seventh and par-4 eighth. Anna Davis, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur winner, closed with a 76 to finish 70th in her first LPGA Tour start.wftv.com
Hannah Green takes 1-shot lead into Palos Verdes finale
LPGA Tour Golf Hannah Green tees off at the fourth tee during the third round of the LPGA's Palos Verdes Championship golf tournament on Saturday, April 30, 2022, in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) (Ashley Landis)PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. — (AP) — Hannah Green held onto the lead Saturday in the Palos Verdes Championship after a frustrating start on the hilly, windswept course perched above the Pacific Ocean. Green won both of her LPGA Tour titles in 2019, taking the major KPMG Women’s PGA at Hazeltine and the Portland Classic. Just felt confident coming into today.”Allisen Corpuz (68) also was 5 under with Gemma Dryburgh (68), Inbee Park (70), Marina Alex (70), Andrea Lee (70), Annie Park (71), Megan Khang (72) and first-round leader Minjee Lee (72). Anna Davis, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur winner, was 2 over after a 72 in her first LPGA Tour start. “To be able to play in on the weekend in an LPGA Tour event, it’s pretty good experience,” Davis said.wftv.com
Hannah Green takes 1-stroke lead at LPGA Lotte Championship
EWA BEACH, Hawaii — (AP) — Hannah Green shot a 6-under 66 on Wednesday to take the lead after the first round of the LPGA Lotte Championship. Green had eight birdies, including five on the front nine, at breezy Hoakalei Country Club, a first-time venue in the 10th edition of the tournament. The Australian hit 11 of 14 fairways, 14 of 18 greens in regulation and needed just 26 putts. “I just felt like with the putter I just needed to see a couple go in. The event was played at Ko Olina Golf Club for its first eight years, was canceled in 2020 and moved to Kapolei Golf Club last year.wftv.com
Hannah Green takes early lead in LPGA Lotte Championship
EWA BEACH, Hawaii — (AP) — Hannah Green shot a 6-under 66 on Wednesday to take the lead halfway through the first round of the LPGA Tour's LPGA Lotte Championship. “I just felt like with the putter I just needed to see a couple go in. Jennifer Kupcho, coming a major victory two weeks ago at Rancho Mirage in the California desert, played in the afternoon. It is the 10th edition of the Lotte Championship, but the first time the tournament has taken place at Hoakalei Country Club. The event was played at Ko Olina Golf Club for its first eight years, was canceled in 2020 and it moved to Kapolei Golf Club last year.wftv.com
Lydia Ko holds off Danielle Kang to win at Boca Rio on LPGA
LPGA Tour Golf Lydia Ko of New Zealand smiles as she holds her trophy after winning the Gainbridge LPGA golf tournament, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, in Boca Raton, Fla. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) (Rebecca Blackwell)BOCA RATON, Fla. — (AP) — Lydia Ko pulled ahead with a birdie on the 15th hole and matched scores with Danielle Kang the rest of the way, closing with a 3-under 69 for a one-shot victory on a chilly Sunday in the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio. Ko won for the second straight season after enduring a three-year slump and picked up the 17th victory of her LPGA Tour career. Kang, who closed with a 68, was trying to win back-to-back for the second time in three years. The LPGA Tour now takes a one-week break before wrapping up its Florida swing at the LPGA Drive On Championship. ___More AP golf: https://apnews.com/hub/golf and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Lydia Ko handles the chill and wind for 2-shot lead on LPGA
Celine Boutier of France had the low round Saturday of 69 —arguably the best round of the young LPGA season — and climbed into contention. The 24-year-old Ko is seeking her 17th LPGA Tour title, having won her first when she was only 15. But Ko won last season again (Lotte Championship) and is carrying renewed confidence, climbing back to No. “I played really solid and I played really consistently, especially in the back half of my season last year. Kang won the season-opening Tournament of Champions last week with a 69-68 weekend in tough, cold conditions.wftv.com
Kang contending again on LPGA, tied with Lydia Ko at Boca
BOCA RATON, Fla. — (AP) — A week-and-a-half into the 2022 LPGA Tour season, Danielle Kang has a new home. A winner in the season opener in Orlando last week, Kang birdied her final two holes Friday for a 4-under 68 to catch good friend Lydia Ko (70) in the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rico. Ko, at 24 already a 16-time winner on the tour, considered her day to be a grind from start to finish. Until breaking through at Lake Nona last week, Kang had gone 17 months without winning. “It’s not just about today or tomorrow or this week or last week,” Kang said.wftv.com
Lydia Ko builds on her rise back, opens with 63 at Boca Rio
“Hopefully I’ll be able to maintain the ‘goods’ from today the rest of the week,” said Ko, who had a bogey-free round. A short birdie lip-out at the par-5 eighth hole, her second-to-last hole of the day, kept top-ranked Nelly Korda from joining that group. Kang finished third at Boca Rio when it hosted the Gainbridge two years ago. Kang won and collected $225,000 on Sunday, and it might not have been her best day of the week. On Tuesday morning, Kang played golf with hockey great Wayne Gretzky at the ultra-private The Grove XXIII in nearby Hobe Sound.wftv.com
Ko builds on her rise back and opens with 63 at Boca Rio
“Hopefully I’ll be able to maintain the ‘goods’ from today the rest of the week,” Ko said. A short birdie lip-out at the par-5 eighth hole, her second-to-last hole of the day, kept top-ranked Nelly Korda from joining that group. Kang finished third at Boca Rio when it hosted the Gainbridge two years ago. This may be difficult to believe: Kang won and collected $225,000 on Sunday, and it might not have been her best day of the week. On Tuesday morning, Kang played golf with hockey great Wayne Gretzky at the ultra-private The Grove XXIII in nearby Hobe Sound.wftv.com
The 'Dinah' leaving desert as LPGA major gets new sponsor
(AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File) (Gregory Bull)Next year will be the final leap into “Poppie's Pond,” ending 40 years of the only LPGA major held on the same course and still known in some corners simply as the Dinah Shore. The LPGA Tour announced Tuesday that Chevron is taking over as title sponsor of the year's first major starting in 2023 with plans to move it from the California desert to company headquarters in Houston. “It will allow us to elevate this major championship to new heights.”She said the prize money would increase 60% to $5 million, with $750,000 to the winner. One of the key pieces of the puzzle is where the Chevron Championship will be played. “But I also trust that Chevron will be a tremendous partner for the LPGA Tour and has a good plan for the future of this major championship.wftv.com
Lee wins her 1st major after beating Lee6 in playoff
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — (AP) — Australian golfer Minjee Lee won a sudden death playoff against overnight leader Jeongeun Lee6 to clinch the Evian Championship on Sunday for her first major title. “It’s really great to win a major, it’s really amazing,” said Lee, whose younger brother Min Woo Lee has two wins on the men’s European Tour. Lee went for a 5-iron on her second shot, but her caddie advised her to switch to a 6-iron and was proved right. That increased the pressure on Lee6, whose tense second shot flew into the water. Her head dropped as she knew her chances of a second major had just gone.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.
Shibuno passes big test and hangs on to lead in Women's Open
Hinako Shibuno, of Japan, fist bumbs fellow players after her round of golf during the third round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)HOUSTON – Hinako Shibuno passed a big test Saturday in a classic U.S. Women's Open that put a premium on par, keeping the lead with a 3-over 74 going into a final round at Champions Golf Club that figures to be the toughest of all. Shibuno was at 4-under 209 as she bids to become only the third player to make majors their first two LPGA Tour titles. The others were In Gee Chun (2015 U.S. Women's Open and 2016 Evian Championship and Se Ri Pak, who won the LPGA Championship and U.S. Women's Open in 1998. Shibuno won the Women's British Open last year at Woburn, and declined to take up LPGA membership because she didn't think she was ready.
Lincicome, Tan share Women’s PGA lead at windy Aronimink
Lincicome and Kelly Tan each shot 3-under 67 on Thursday in windy conditions at challenging Aronimink to share the lead in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Lincicome was sensational after missing the cut by one shot this past weekend at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Lincicome, a two-time winner of the major ANA Inspiration eight LPGA Tour victories, played bogey-free to stay even with Tan and keep her first Women’s PGA title in sight. Tan’s previous best finish in a major came in 2016 when she tied for 30th at the Women’s PGA. The 2009 champion, Nordqvist is one of eight Women’s PGA Championship winners in the field that also includes all 11 winners this year on the LPGA tour.
Kang survives wild back nine to share lead at Inverness
CORRECTS SPELLING OF FIRST NAME TO DANIELLE, N0T DANNIELLE - Danielle Kang watches her drive on the tenth hole during the second round of the LPGA Drive On Championship golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Kang survives wild back nine to share lead at Inverness
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)TOLEDO, Ohio – Danielle Kang returned from a 45-minute rain delay with two straight birdies. By the end of the round Saturday, she was happy to have a share of the lead in the LPGA Drive On Championship. They were at 5-under 139 in the LPGA Tour's first event since the Women's Australian Open on Feb. 16. Inverness is hosting the one-time event, with the LPGA staying in northeast Ohio next week before heading to Scotland. Even (par) is a pretty solid score out here today.”No one was on a more wild ride than Kang, the No.
LPGA returns with Kang posting 66 at Inverness for the lead
Danielle Kang hits her tee-shot on the eighth hole during the first round of the LPGA Drive On Championship golf tournament at Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio, Friday, July 31, 2020. Kang finished in the early lead at six-under par. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
LPGA returns with Kang posting 66 at Inverness for the lead
Danielle Kang hits her tee-shot on the eighth hole during the first round of the LPGA Drive On Championship golf tournament at Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio, Friday, July 31, 2020. The LPGA Tour’s much-awaited return from the COVID-19 pandemic brought an immediate sense of its new world. The LPGA Tour remains in northeast Ohio next week before heading to Scotland. The lone Korean among the top 10 -- a rarity given the country’s strength in women’s golf -- was Hee Young Park at 70. Definitely had a really good attitude, and it was really fun to be back.”The LPGA Tour is not allowing spectators, though that wasn’t a problem for Kang.