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July 24, 1990 | From Associated Press
Patty Sheehan's resolve was strong enough to overcome her collapse in last week's U.S. Women's Open, but not enough to beat Beth Daniel. Daniel's 12-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff Monday beat Sheehan in the rain-delayed $400,000 LPGA Phar-Mor Youngstown golf tournament. Sheehan blew a six-stroke lead on the final 36 holes last week, losing by one shot to Betsy King. Sheehan has finished second in her last three tournaments.
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October 11, 2007 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Lorena Ochoa, who is wrapping up her second consecutive player-of-the-year award, stands out as the top name in the field in the $1-million Samsung World Championship at Bighorn Golf Club, where those who are missing have become an issue as the first round starts today. Only 20 players will tee it up at Palm Desert, chosen from the LPGA Tour's money list, plus one notable sponsor's exemption in Michelle Wie.
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March 25, 1999 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here are two good reasons why Karrie Webb won't win the Nabisco Dinah Shore: 1. Because Webb has won three of her last four tournaments, she's already overdrawn at the good-luck bank. 2. She's 0 for 12 in majors. Here are two good reasons why Webb is a cinch to win the Nabisco Dinah Shore: 1. Webb has won three of her last four tournaments, and the only thing hotter than she is right now is the green sauce at the Adobe Grill. 2.
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April 2, 2007 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Since when does a victorious Sunday charge amount to a modest round of three-under-par 69? And is it a full-scale retreat when you've got a three-shot lead with four holes to go and promptly fire up a bogey, a double bogey and a bogey?
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December 20, 2005 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Morgan Pressel, the 17-year-old U.S. Women's Amateur champion who nearly became the youngest golfer to win the U.S. Women's Open, is getting an early start on her professional career. After the LPGA reviewed a second petition from Pressel to waive its minimum-age requirement of 18, Commissioner Carolyn F. Bivens said she would allow the Florida teenager to join the LPGA full time in January.
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July 21, 2005 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
Hyperbole is the essence of Donald Trump's vernacular, so it was difficult to know how seriously to take him last week when he said that he had no doubt that his new Trump National Golf Club would be ready in time for an LPGA tournament at the end of September. A quick look around the oceanside course in Rancho Palos Verdes might indicate otherwise.
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January 15, 2005 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
While Donald Trump has encountered difficulties in turning Ocean Trails Golf Club into Trump National Los Angeles, he says the arduous journey has been worth it. The course, scheduled to open in June and to play host to an LPGA tournament in late September, still has a few speed bumps to negotiate, but it took a significant step forward Friday when Trump helped break ground on the housing development planned for the Rancho Palos Verdes property.
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October 4, 2005 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Hee-Won Han won the LPGA's much-delayed Office Depot Championship Monday at Trump National Golf Club as the tour's top player questioned whether the course was suited to host a professional tournament. "I think logistically this course does not set up for a competition like this," Annika Sorenstam said after finishing tied for ninth with a final-round 70.
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September 29, 2005 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
On a sunny day at the edge of the Palos Verdes peninsula, some of the world's top female golfers arrived at a consensus that would make Donald Trump proud. When it comes to scenery, they said before and after pro-am rounds Wednesday, no other stop on the LPGA tour rivals Trump National Golf Club. "The views are better than you're going to get anywhere," said Janice Moodie, a seven-year veteran from Orlando, Fla. "I think some of them even beat Pebble Beach."
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May 7, 2005 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Annika Sorenstam's path to her sixth consecutive victory -- or missing the cut -- became a little more cluttered Friday when rain washed out the second round of the Michelob Ultra Open here at Kingsmill Resort & Spa. Heavy rain and high winds buffeted the course and the second round was postponed just after 9 a.m., with 71 players in the field of 143 on the course. Sorenstam, who opened with a five-over-par 76 Thursday, has a 9 a.m.
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November 16, 2006 | Thomas Bonk
The LPGA will institute a drug-testing program in 2008, Commissioner Carolyn Bivens said Wednesday, the first such policy in professional golf. And the PGA Tour edged closer toward possible drug testing at a meeting of the policy board in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The board agreed with Commissioner Tim Finchem's recommendations to develop a prohibited substances list and a comprehensive outreach program to educate and inform players on health risks, the nature of testing and penalties.
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October 12, 2006 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Maybe she's in her comfort zone, so that's why Annika Sorenstam appeared so relaxed Wednesday afternoon. Sorenstam was at Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, where she can rescue an uncharacteristically uneven year, with a chance to win the Samsung World Championship for the sixth time. "It's been up and down," Sorenstam described her year, marked by three victories.
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March 30, 2006 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
The contenders are out in full force as the Kraft Nabisco Championship gets underway today at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage -- a cart full of teenagers being billed as the future of the tour. But this is a major championship, so while Michelle Wie, Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer have generated much of the buzz early in the LPGA Tour season, it's time to turn the attention to a player who has actually won a major. Nine of them, to be exact.
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March 29, 2006 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
When Carolyn Bivens took over as commissioner of the LPGA in September, the women's tour appeared primed to reach new heights. A history-chasing superstar was joined by several bright, charismatic young stars who were being featured on magazine covers around the country. But a few early-season glitches have kept the 2006 season from picking up exactly where the 2005 campaign left off.
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December 20, 2005 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Morgan Pressel, the 17-year-old U.S. Women's Amateur champion who nearly became the youngest golfer to win the U.S. Women's Open, is getting an early start on her professional career. After the LPGA reviewed a second petition from Pressel to waive its minimum-age requirement of 18, Commissioner Carolyn F. Bivens said she would allow the Florida teenager to join the LPGA full time in January.
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October 13, 2005 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
Only two days after celebrating her 16th birthday, her smiling image radiating from the cover of this month's Fortune magazine, golf's so-called female Tiger Woods launches her professional career today. Michelle Wie -- she of the multimillion-dollar endorsement deals, Hollywood representation and dreams as vast as the desert -- heads a 20-player, invitation-only field in the Samsung World Championship at Bighorn Golf Club.
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May 9, 2005 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
There was a definite act of finality to it, as Annika Sorenstam reached her car in the players' parking lot, when it became certain her clubs were destined for the bottom of a darkened trunk and not a place in the sunshine, next to the record book. It took Sorenstam four days, 54 holes and 212 shots to look like somebody who could win a record sixth consecutive tournament and then three holes and about 35 minutes to look like somebody who didn't have a chance. "I was in great shape.
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April 2, 2007 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Since when does a victorious Sunday charge amount to a modest round of three-under-par 69? And is it a full-scale retreat when you've got a three-shot lead with four holes to go and promptly fire up a bogey, a double bogey and a bogey?
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October 4, 2005 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Hee-Won Han won the LPGA's much-delayed Office Depot Championship Monday at Trump National Golf Club as the tour's top player questioned whether the course was suited to host a professional tournament. "I think logistically this course does not set up for a competition like this," Annika Sorenstam said after finishing tied for ninth with a final-round 70.
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September 30, 2005 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Annika Sorenstam hears the footsteps, spry ones from golfers nearly half her age, inching closer. She hears the whispers too: Annika's the greatest, but those younger golfers are getting so good, it's only a matter of time before they take over. Sorenstam knows the spotlight is increasingly turning toward the younger generation. Paula Creamer, 19, is the LPGA Tour's 2005 rookie of the year, second to Sorenstam on the money list and part of a U.S.
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