September 15, 2013 |
Norway's Suzann Pettersen beat teen star Lydia Ko of New Zealand by two shots to win the Evian Championship at Evian-les-Bains, France, and clinch the second major title of her career. Pettersen calmly rolled in a putt for par to secure the victory, then leaned back and held her head in her hands, hugged her caddie and laughed as she was sprayed with champagne. It was her first major win since the 2007 LPGA Championship. Pettersen shot a three-under-par 68 to finish with a 10-under total of 203 after the tournament was reduced to three rounds when Thursday's play was rained out. The 16-year-old Ko, who was trying to become the youngest major champion, finished with a 70. This was the first year that Evian counted as the fifth and final major of the year on the women's calendar.
April 6, 2013 |
RANCHO MIRAGE -- Suzann Pettersen, who runs turns 32 on Sunday, is tied for third midway through the third round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the LPGA's first major of the season. Pettersen has been runner-up in this event three times but has never won it. She's a six-time member of the European Solheim Cup team and has a one major title, the LPGA Championship. Pettersen, of Norway, finished her round of five-under 67 with birdies on the last four holes. "I played really solid today," Pettersen said.
March 30, 2011 |
Jane Blalock won a tournament at Mission Hills Country Club out in the desert in Rancho Mirage 39 years ago. The winner's check was for $20,000, five times more than any other event on the LPGA Tour at the time. "It seems like yesterday," Blalock said this week. "And oh, my gosh, imagine what it was like. The next-largest check that year was for $5,000. Imagine that difference today, it would be like having a $10-million tournament. " That little tournament in the desert was launched by entertainer Dinah Shore, and her star power thrust women's golf into the mainstream.
February 5, 2011 |
In the world of professional golf, the LPGA Tour is the runt of the litter. Even more so now. Annika Sorenstam is gone. She won so much for so long and did so in such a cool, collected way that whatever limited fan base the tour had, she made it larger. Lorena Ochoa is gone. She won so much in such a short time, and did so in such a cool, collected way that whatever fan base Sorenstam had grown, Ochoa grew it more. Clearly, for those dozens who care, the LPGA needs a new leading lady.
July 14, 2010 |
Call off the search party for America's top LPGA talent. With Paula Creamer now holding the U.S. Women's Open trophy and Cristie Kerr's record LPGA Championship romp, American women have produced a ringing response to the APB sent out after failing to win any of the season's first eight events. "It's great to see another American win," Kerr told reporters as Creamer wrapped up her four-stroke victory. "I think we can all finally stop answering, 'When are the Americans going to come up to the challenge?
June 27, 2010 |
Soaked in champagne and poised to become the first American ranked first in the world, Cristie Kerr was left amazed and nearly speechless after completing one of the most dominating performances at the LPGA Championship — and any other major, for that matter. "It's a dream performance," Kerr said Sunday after winning her second major title by a whopping 12 strokes at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y. "It's like you wake up or you dream — I can't even speak right now."