April 3, 2011 |
Stacy Lewis made a 15-foot putt for par on the 17th hole, a shot that took a hard left turn as it slowed. It was as if a GPS voice in Lewis' head told her ball, "Left turn in two feet. " When the ball dropped, Lewis bent over. Her head was down; her shaking hands were on her legs. Lewis didn't look up until Yani Tseng finished that same par-three 17th hole with a dispiriting bogey. Lewis, a 26-year-old who had never won a professional tournament, now has a big one. With a final round of three-under-par 69, Lewis finished the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage with a 13-under 72-hole total of 275 and a three-shot win over Tseng, the defending champion.
February 24, 2013 |
South Korea's Inbee Park took advantage of 17-year-old Thai star Ariya Jutanugarn's closing triple bogey to win the LPGA Thailand tournament by a stroke. Jutanugarn blew a two-stroke lead on the par-five 18th hole at Chonburi, driving into an unplayable lie in a bunker, hitting over the green and three-putting for an eight. Park shot a five-under 67 to finish at 12 under, and earned $225,000 for her fourth LPGA Tour title. Jutanugarn had a hole in one on the par-three 12th and closed with a 72. Top-ranked Yani Tseng had a 63 to tie for third at 10 under with So Yeon Ryu (68)
August 24, 2011 |
It was criticism from one of the best in women's golf, and Michelle Wie was hurt. Annika Sorenstam, who has retired from the LPGA Tour, suggested last month during the U.S. Women's Open that Wie was shortchanging women's golf by pursuing her degree at Stanford. "I think her focus, in my opinion, should be more on golf," Sorenstam said. "She's very distracted with school, doesn't really play as much full time as I thought she would. I think she needs to come out here and compete more regularly.
March 17, 2013 |
Kevin Streelman finally won on the PGA Tour with a game that looked as if he had done this many times before. Streelman didn't make a bogey over the final 37 holes on the tough Copperhead course at Innisbrook. He didn't miss a shot over the last 11 holes on his way to a four-under-par 67 for a two-shot win in the Tampa Bay Championship at Palm Harbor, Fla. Boo Weekley, who teed off three hours before the leaders, had a tournament-best 63 and waited to see if that would be enough.
September 11, 2010 |
Michelle Wie shot a seven-under 64 — playing her first nine holes in seven-under 28 — to take the second-round lead in the Northwest Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Ark. Wie, trying for her second straight victory, had the lowest nine-hole score on the LPGA Tour this year. She finished at 10 under Saturday, three strokes ahead of Juli Inkster (66), Yani Tseng (68) and Na Yeon Choi (68). Wie started her round on No. 10 and birdied five of her first seven holes.
June 14, 2011 |
Where are the Americans in the world's most prominent individual sports, golf and tennis? Not on the leaderboards very often. The sports' next majors begin soon — the U.S. Open men's golf championship on Thursday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., and Wimbledon at the All England Lawn Tennis Club on Monday — and there doesn't seem much reason to expect an American winner. On turf where, in the not-too-distant past, Americans dominated, they now mostly founder.
October 7, 2011 |
The NBA players' association wanted a meeting and said the league would grant one — under one condition. Just agree first to a 50-50 split of revenues. Players already rejected that offer once. The league confirmed it wasn't moving beyond that number but wanted to meet about other issues, and it said the union wasn't interested. All that matters: An on-time start to the NBA season now seems even less likely. Commissioner David Stern has said the league will cancel the first two weeks of the regular season if the sides can't reach a labor agreement by Monday, and it now appears the sides won't even talk before then.
April 3, 2013 |
The fact that an American golfer is ranked No. 1 in the world is not a surprise. The fact that a second golfer is ranked No. 1 - a woman - is very much a surprise. Of course, everyone knows Tiger Woods; the other is Stacy Lewis, and she has been talking a little Twitter trash with her top-ranked counterpart. "I tweeted Tiger, 'Congrats. Welcome back to No. 1.'" She was being funny. "Apparently in  characters, people couldn't find the humor in that," Lewis said. Lewis' ascension to No. 1 caught a lot of people by surprise.
April 2, 2010 |
If past success in big tournaments has anything to do with predicting success on the weekend of a major championship, then good luck handicapping the field at the midway point of Kraft Nabisco Championship. The top eight players after two rounds have a combined 13 major titles, which seemingly sets up a weekend clash of women's golf heavyweights at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. Unheralded South Korean Song-Hee Kim has the midway lead after her four-under-par 68 today during the second round gave her a two-day total of seven-under 137, but lined up just behind her is a parade of past major champions poised to pounce.