Golf : Suzann Pettersen does not stop winning
Suzann Pettersen had the Rolex Rankings Move of the Week moving up one spot to No. 6 after winning the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship.
Pettersen became the third player to win back-to-back events on the LPGA Tour this season, as she captured a three-shot victory. Pettersen shot a final round 3, under 69 to capture the come-from behind victory over Rolex Rankings No. 5 Inbee Park.
One week after closing out her first victory of the 2012 season at the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship, Pettersen once again found a way to take home a trophy. But while it took her three playoff holes in South Korea for a win, Pettersen managed to pull away from her playing partners, Park and Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng, over the final few holes this week.
Tseng aiming for rare LPGA three-peat as tour returns to Honda Thailand
CHONBURI, Thailand – Top-ranked Yani Tseng of Taiwan will try to join an elite group by winning an LPGA tournament for the third consecutive year when the Honda LPGA Thailand tees off Thursday.
Only nine golfers have achieved the feat — with Annika Sorenstam successful on three occasions: the Michelob Light Classic, 1997-99; the Mizuno Classic, 2001-05; and the LPGA Championship, 2003-05 — and Tseng is coming off the back of a second-place finish at the Women’s Australian Open in Canberra last week.
“Hopefully I can be the 10th,” she said. “I will try my best because I love this course. It’s pretty good for a long hitter on this golf course. You can go for the par-5s on some of the shallow greens and you can stop the ball on the green.”
The other eight players are Laura Davies (Standard Register PING, 1994-97), Patty Berg (World Championship, 1953-55), Betsy Rawls (Tampa Open, 1956-58), Louise Suggs (Dallas Civitan Open, 1959-61), Kathy Whitworth (Orange Blossom Classic, 1968-70), Sandra Haynie (Charity Golf Classic, 1973-75), Karrie Webb (Australian Ladies Masters, 1998-2000), and Lorena Ochoa (Sybase Classic, 2006-08).
Tseng beat 2010 winner Ai Miyazato of Japan by one shot on the Pattaya Old Course at Siam Country Club last year. She will play with Miyazato and Suzann Pettersen in the last group Thursday and hopes to improve on her putting from last week.
“I always play pretty consistently for four days and I just need the putts to drop more,” Tseng said. “I feel good on my swing because I’ve been working so hard on it with my coach, so I’m very happy to see my swing be more consistent.”
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WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
ACCENTURE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Marana, Ariz.
Course: Dove Mountain, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club (7,791 yards, par 72).
Purse: $8.75 million. Winner’s share: $1.5 million.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 9:30 a.m.- until completion; Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 3:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9-11 a.m.; 3:30-7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 6 a.m.-10 a.m.; 4 p.m.-1 a.m.) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.).
Last year: Hunter Mahan won his second WGC title, beating Rory McIlroy 2 and 1 in the final. Mahan also beat Zach Johnson, Y.E. Yang, Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar and Mark Wilson.
Last week: John Merrick won the Northern Trust Open at Riviera in Los Angeles for his first PGA Tour title, beating Charlie Beljan with a par on the second hole of a playoff. Merrick is from Long Beach and played at UCLA. … South Africa’s Darren Fichardt won the Africa Open for his fourth European Tour title.
Notes: Tiger Woods, the 2003, 2004 and 2008 winner, will open against Charles Howell III. Woods won at Torrey Pines in his lone PGA Tour start of the year. … The top-ranked McIlroy will face Shane Lowry in the first round. … Luke Donald won the 2011 event. … Phoenix Open winner Phil Mickelson and Pebble Beach champion Brandt Snedeker are skipping the tournament. … The event is in its fifth year at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course. … The first-round losers will receive $46,000. … The Honda Classic is next week at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
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Site: Pattaya, Thailand.
Course: Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course (6,469 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.5 million. Winner’s share: $225,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 6 -9:30 a.m.; Friday, 6-10:30 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.).
Last year: Top-ranked Yani Tseng successfully defended her title, birdieing the final two holes to hold off playing partner Ai Miyazato by a stroke.
Last week: South Korea’s Jiyai Shin won the Australian Women’s Open by two strokes. Tseng was second and 15-year-old amateur Lydia Ko finished third.