June 9, 2016 |
LANCASTER - The LPGA took just two days before it began trying to bring a tournament back to Lancaster Country Club. After the 2015 U.S. Women's Open at Lancaster last July, LPGA commissioner Michael Whan asked officials at the course if they would be interested in submitting a bid for the 2021 Solheim Cup. About 11 months later, the bid was officially announced at a news conference on Tuesday. Lancaster Country Club is one of six finalists to host the competition, which features the top women's golfers from the United States against those from Europe.
June 3, 2016 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - You see golfers getting hugged all the time as they celebrate moments on this green or that. This one was different. This was an international event, the Solheim Cup, where it's usually just teammates hugging teammates. This was a husband hugging his wife, and doing it in rural Germany, instead of, say, Jason Day embracing Ellie at Sawgrass. This wife, Gerina Piller, had just made a crucial putt for the United States that staved off defeat and paved the way for an epic comeback; this wife, who had come from golf's deepest shadows to bring her country glory.
May 18, 2016 |
GALLOWAY, N.J. - From June 3-5 on the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Sweden's Anna Nordqvist will try to do what's never been done in the three-decade history of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, which is successfully defend her title. And in August at the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, she'll try to do what no female golfer has even had the chance to do since 1900, which is win a medal. Nordqvist, who turns 29 next month, is one of the two women who will be representing her homeland in Rio de Janeiro.
June 3, 2014 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - As the U.S. Opens approach, things could hardly be better for the ladies of golf. The United States has charged back atop the LPGA roster even as the tour becomes more global and its footprint in the United States becomes larger. Americans have won nine of the 13 tournaments this season, including Stacy Lewis' second win of the season, yesterday, when she won the ShopRite LPGA Classic and overtook Korean star Inbee Park as the No. 1 women's golfer in the Rolex Rankings.
August 19, 2013 |
BRANDON MATTHEWS was defeated, 5 and 3, by Australia's Oliver Goss yesterday in the U.S. Amateur Championships yesterday, ending the magical run for the Temple sophomore. Goss, an Australian, is a freshman at the University of Texas. Australian Brady Watt also reached the semifinals, along with Canada's Corey Conners and England's Matt Fitzpatrick, marking the first time that an American has failed to reach the final four. To reach the quarterfinals, Matthews had defeated Matt Pinizzotto, 1-up, on Wednesday in the Round of 64 before defeating Gavin Green, 4 and 3, and Charlie Danielson, 3 and 2, on Thursday.
July 23, 2013 |
THE HEAD-TO-HEAD duel between Beatriz Recari and Paula Creamer in the final round of the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio, yesterday, was great theater. Don't be surprised if there's a sequel. Recari rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole to take the lead for good and hung on to hold off Creamer for her third LPGA Tour title. They started the day tied and spent most of the round trading the lead - as if it were match play. The duel in the heat in suburban Toledo might have been foreshadowing for when both players participate in next month's Solheim Cup at the Colorado Golf Club, Recari for the European side and Creamer for the United States.
July 5, 2012 |
12 Players to Watch Paula Creamer: The 2010 U.S. Women's Open champion got off to a slow start this year but has three top-10 finishes in her last five starts, including a tie for ninth in the Wegmans LPGA Championship. One of the game's top ball-strikers, she is ranked 12th in the world and has nine career victories and 79 top-10 finishes. She is approaching $9 million in career earnings. Shanshan Feng: Her first career victory three weeks ago in the Wegmans LPGA Championship reverberated through her homeland of China, an awakening giant in golf.
September 26, 2011 |
ATLANTA - With his golf ball one-third submerged in shallow water in the lake bordering the 17th hole at East Lake Golf Club, Bill Haas' hopes of winning two titles Sunday and millions of dollars seemed dashed. "I had to hit a decent shot. Definitely some luck was involved," Haas said of his third shot on the second sudden-death playoff hole of the Tour Championship, the finale of the FedExCup Playoffs. With his playoff foe, Hunter Mahan, facing a 25-footer for birdie, Haas blasted through the water and knocked his ball to two feet, saved par, and forced a third playoff hole when Mahan 2-putted for par. "It was an all or nothing shot," Haas said.
September 25, 2011 |
ATLANTA - Aaron Baddeley wanted to make a good impression on Greg Norman with hopes of being picked for the Presidents Cup. He wound up impressing a lot of people Saturday in the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Baddeley holed out for eagle on the fourth hole and then lit up the back nine of East Lake with four straight birdies on his way to a 6-under 64 that put him atop the leader board with Hunter Mahan. Mahan holed a birdie putt just over 20 feet on the par-3 18th for a 66. They were at 9-under 201, both poised to capture a meaningful cup - even if it isn't the same one. Mahan is No. 21 in the FedEx Cup and didn't think he had a chance at the $10 million prize at the start of the week.
September 24, 2011 |
ATLANTA - Adam Scott is playing well enough to win the Tour Championship. If he gets some help, he could win a lot more. Scott birdied his last two holes Friday for a 5-under 65 to emerge from a packed leaderboard and take a 1-shot lead over K.J. Choi going into the weekend at East Lake. Scott won the Tour Championship in 2006, the last year when he only had to keep track of the leaderboard. He is No. 19 in the FedEx Cup, making him a long shot to capture the $10 million bonus.