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)
October 16, 2011 |
Olympic swim champion Cesar Cielo won his first and second titles at this year's Pan American Games on Sunday, starting a golden night in the pool for Brazil. Cielo, one of the most accomplished competitors in Guadalajara for the Pan Am Games, set a competition record in winning the 100-meter freestyle in 47.84 seconds. He then helped Brazil win the 4x100 freestyle relay in 3:14.65, another Games record. Felipe Frana added to Brazil's haul with gold in the men's 100 breaststroke, but the United States still leads the medals table with 11 gold and 26 overall.
March 28, 2012 |
A couple of years ago, there were only 24 tournaments on the LPGA Tour schedule. And in a controversial moment only a year ago, players were asked to donate all prize money from one tour event to charities rather than their own bank accounts. But now, the LPGA is heading into its first major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship beginning Thursday at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, on a high note. Defending champion Stacy Lewis announced Wednesday that she had signed a sponsorship deal with KPMG, an audit, tax and advisory firm.
March 22, 2011 |
When the LPGA last played a tournament at Industry Hills Golf Club, Sally Little of South Africa ? a steady, straight-shooting, middle-of-the-fairway player ? won titles in 1981 and 1982. The next year, the women pros left the course behind amid complaints about the length, the hills and the rough. The pros are returning to the course this week to play the Kia Classic with a field that includes all of the top 10 and 22 of the top 25-ranked players in the $1.7-million event. There were, and still are, a pair of courses, the Eisenhower and the Zaharias, marked by narrow fairways and elevation changes enough to, as Little put it, "cause you to think you might need oxygen.
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.
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.