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Posts Tagged ‘Kraft Nabisco Championship.’

Yani Tseng wins Women’s British Open over Katherine Hull

Taiwan’s Yani Tseng made a 6-foot putt on the 18th hole in sunday’s final round to capture the Women’s British Open over Australian Katherine Hull by one stroke.

Tseng, 21, now has three major titles and second of the year to go along with the Kraft Nabisco Championship. She has four LPGA wins overall, having won the 2008 LPGA Championship and the 2009 Corning Classic.

Yani Tseng wins $408,000 (LPGA)

Hull started the final round trailing by four strokes but trailed by only one heading to the 18th hole. But she missed a 20-foot birdie attempt and had to settle for a 70 in her round. Tseng made her par putt to shoot a 73 and total 11-under-par 277 at the Royal Birkdale course in Southport, England.

By winning the Women’s British Open, Tseng earned $408,000.

compiled from staff, wire and LPGA news

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The LPGA said on Tuesday that Ochoa had not withdrawn from next week’s Tres Marias event in Morelia, west of Mexico City, and indicated she was expected to play.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.

Kraft Nabisco Championship has a new leader in Karen Stupples

compiled from staff and LPGA reports

Karen Stupples started Saturday’s round at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, one shot behind Song-Hee Kim. Her caddie, Jerry Woodard gave her stern pep talk about being nervous and settled her down.

That pep talk really did wonders because Stupples came thru with a 4-under par 68 at  Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California to take a one-stroke lead into Easter Sunday’s final round, with six past majors winners snipping at her heels within seven shots.

Karen Stupples (lpga)

The 36-year-old Stupples, who is a star in England, won the 2004 Women’s British Open, had a 10-under 206 total in the season’s first major tournament.

On Easter Sunday, she’ll need to play well again to stay ahead of the field of capable majors winners including Kristie Kerr, Lorena Ochoa, Grace Park, Suzann Pettersen, Yani Tseng and Karrie Webb.

Pettersen, the first-round leader who likely has played her way out of contention with a 73 on Friday, and Tseng shot 67′s to reach 9 under par.

Number 1 Lorena Ochoa, who won the Kraft Nabisco two years ago, rebounded from a slow start with birdies on three of her last seven holes for a 71 to tie second-round leader Kim at 7 under.

Webb fired a 72, Kerr a 74 and Park a 69 also were in the top nine. Webb is alone at 5-under par, Kerr is tied with Brittany Lang at 69 and 4 under and Park is tied with five others including Michelle Wie, at 3 under.

Pettersen won the 2007 LPGA Championship. She has two top-10 finishes in three starts this year but also has been slowed by a hip injury. She has three straight to-five finishes in the tournament.

Song-Hee Kim takes over second round lead in LPGA major

compiled from staff and wire reports

Song-Hee Kim (LPGA)

Song-Hee Kim will be starting the third round of the LPGA’s first major tournament, the Kraft Nabisco Championship on top of the leaderboard followed by several winners of major LPGA tournaments.

The 21-year-old South Korean native at number 14 in the world, is the highest ranking LPGA Tour member without a victory.

Kim has top-10-finishes in all three events this season as she chases her first victory. Her two-round total of 7-under 137 in the season’s first major gave her a 0ne-shot lead over majors winners Cristie Kerr (67), Karen Stupples (69) and top-ranked Lorena Ochoa (70).

Karrie Webb (70), a two-time winner at Mission Hills golf course in Rancho Mirage, California, and a seven-time major winner overall, was two strokes back along with Stacy Lewis (68), Yani Tseng (71), the 2008 LPGA Championship winner, and first-round leader Suzann Petterson (73) were  4 under par.

No effects of hip injury, Suzann Pettersen leads Kraft Nabisco tourney

compiled by staff and wire reports

Suzann Petterson LPGA Tour (creative commons/wfe photo)

Suzann Pettersen is the first round leader in the LPGA Tour’s first major of the season.

The Norwegian star golfer, trying to make a comeback from a hip injury, shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 in the Kraft Nabisco Championship on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over former champion Lorena Ochoa, who missed birdie putts on her final two holes.

Pettersen did take a cortisone shot for her hip, but there didn’t seem to be any lingering effects showing in her game. Suzann hit 12 fairways and 13 greens in regulation at Mission Hills golf course in Rancho Mirage, California.

Pettersen has garnered two top-10 finishes in three tournaments in 2010. The hip injury kept her from swinging a club for three weeks.

There were three majors champions in a group at 69, Karen Stupples, Yani Tseng and Karrie Webb.

Defending champion Brittany Lincicome put in a birdie putt on the 12th hole to drop to 4 under par before bogeying numbers 13 and 15 to finish with a 70.

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