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Posts Tagged ‘Annika Sorenstam.’

Begay charity challenge goes to Kerr, Mahan

 

Hunter Mahan in February 2010 (photo by Rob Poetsch via wikipedia commons)

Christie Kerr and Hunter Mahan combined for an 11-under-par 61 to win the Notah Begay Challenge by one shot over Annika Sorenstam and Rickie Fowler in Verona, New York.

Begay’s best friend, Tiger Woods and Suzann Pettersen were two shots back in third and Natalie Gulbis and Begay finished fourth in the best-ball charity challenge.

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Golf news reports

Pebble Beach Invitational won by Long Beach State graduate John Mallinger

John Mallinger (file photo)

John Mallinger won the Pebble Beach Invitational last weekend from Pebble Beach, California, which is located in the Santa Cruz, area.

He birdied four of the last six holes for a 4-under-68 and a two-shot win over Jason Gore.

Mallinger, who lost his full exempt status from the PGA Tour after finishing 133rd on the money list, made a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to finish at 15-under-273 in the event which featured 76 male and female players. He earned $60,000 in the $300,000 tournament sponsored by Callaway Golf.

Mallinger, who also led after the second and third rounds, had eight birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey in the final round played in intermittent rain.

Gore closed with a bogey-free round of 65.

Annika Sorenstam, completing her first 72-hole tournament since retiring from the LPGA Tour in 2008, shot a 73 to finish at 3-under par.

compiled from staff & PGA Tour news

PGA-LPGA Tournament led by Bettencourt & Sorenstam

PGA Tour winner Matt Bettencourt shot an 8-under-par 64 at Del Monte in Pebble Beach, California, to take a two-shot lead in the Pebble Beach Invitational while Annika Sorenstam opened with a 69 at Del Monte.

Matt Bettencourt (file photo)

Bettencourt, the Reno-Tahoe Open winner in July who finished 114th on the 2010 money list, had two eagles, five birdies and a bogey in the tournament that features 76 male and female players.

The final round will be played at Pebble Beach.

compiled from staff & golf news

18 year old Ishikawa shoots 58 to win The Crowns Event in Japan

Ryo Ishikawa (A.D. Adams photo)

compiled from staff and wire reports

Ryo Ishikawa shot a 12-under 58-the lowest score ever on a major tour-to win The Crowns tournament  on Sunday for his seventh Tour title in Togo, Japan.

The 18-year-old Ishikawa tapped in for par on the par-4 18th after his 15-foot birdie try slid just inches by the cup. He had 12 birdies in his bogey-free round on the 6,545-yard Nagoya Golf course.

After opening with rounds of 68, 70 and 71 to fall six strokes behind third-round leader Shigeki Maruyama, Ishikawa birdied nine of the first 11 holes Sunday. He added birdies on numbers 14-16 and closed with two pars to finish at 13-under 267, five strokes ahead of Hiroyuki Fijita and Australia’s Paul Sheehan.

The 2009 Japan Tour money leader chipped in from 10 yards for his fifth birdie of the day on the par-4 sixth and went on to make four birdies in a row from the eighth.

Ishikawa broke the Japan Tour record of 59 set by Marashiro Kuramoto in the first round of the 2003 Acom International. On the PGA Tour, Al Geiberger, Chip Beck and David Duval share the record at 59. Annika Sorenstam also had a 59 on the LPGA Tour.

Ishikawa earned $255,000 for his first victory of the season. He first won on the Japan Tour as a 15-year-old amateur at the 2007 Munsingwear Open. In April at the Masters, he missed the cut by a stroke.

Struggling LPGA Tour loses it’s top golfer and ambassador to retirement

compiled from staff and wire reports

In a surprising move, Lorena Ochoa is retiring , in a surprise move like Annika Sorenstam did in 2008, leaving the struggling LPGA Tour without its number 1 player once again.

Lorena Ochoa LPGA (u of arizona photo)

Ochoa, the best-known athlete from Mexico that is not a football or baseball player, announced her surprise decision on Tuesday but won’t discuss her plans until Friday.

The 28-year-old got married in December 2009 to Andres Conesa, the chief executive of Aeromexico airline. She has been number 1 in the world the last three years and won 27 times over the last six.

The LPGA said on Tuesday that Ochoa had not withdrawn from next week’s Tres Marias event in Morelia, west of Mexico City, and indicated she was expected to play. She finished fourth earlier this month in the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California, the first major of the year.

Annika Sorenstam was 37 when she retired in May 2008, saying that she wanted to pursue other interests and start a family. She now has a daughter.

Over the past 3 years, Ochoa has talked openly about wanting children of her own. In 2009, she began traveling more, playing less and taking on more obligations, which include her charity foundation.

Her retirement is another in a series of recent blows to the LPGA Tour which has been hurt by the rough economy. The tour only has 25 tournaments, down from over 35 a few years ago, 14  of them in the United States.