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.
September 12, 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.
September 14, 2012 |
The Lakers confirmed Thursday that Dwight Howard would be sidelined when the team opens its preseason slate of games Oct. 7 in Fresno against the Golden State Warriors. Howard is not expected to be ready to participate when the Lakers start training camp Oct. 2. The newly acquired center, who had surgery in April to repair a herniated disk in his back, said last month that he might not be ready by the Lakers' season opener Oct. 30. The Lakers probably will shift Pau Gasol to center in Howard's absence and use Jordan Hill as their starting power forward.
March 3, 2013 |
Stacy Lewis had a case of the jitters. She also had enough left in her game. Lewis, the 2012 LPGA player of the year, won the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore on Sunday for her sixth title on the tour. She closed with a one-under-par 71, overcoming two bogeys and some shaky putting on the back nine to hold off South Korea's Na Yeon Choi by one stroke. "The last four or five holes, I was pretty nervous, I'm not going to lie," said Lewis, who finished at 15-under 273 at Sentosa Golf Club.
August 20, 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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.