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Last Updated on Sunday, 22 March 2015 21:21 Sunday, 22 March 2015 21:14
PHOENIX, Arizona (John Nicholson/AP) — Hyo Joo Kim overcame her fear of bees — and beat Stacy Lewis, too.
Forced to hit under a tree with a beehive above her head, the 19-year-old South Korean player birdied five of the next eight holes to outlast Lewis in the JTBC Founders Cup.
“I was just scared of the bees and I didn’t want to be stung,” Kim said through a translator. “So, I kept asking if I can get relief and I kept asking and they said, ‘No, you can’t.’ So, I just swallowed my fears and tried to play the shot as best I could.”
Last Updated on Sunday, 22 March 2015 21:14 Sunday, 22 March 2015 21:06
TUCSON, Arizona (AP) — Marco Dawson won the Tucson Conquistadores Classic for his first Champions Tour’s title, breaking a tie with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th hole and closing with two pars for a two-stroke victory.
The 51-year-old Dawson shot a 3-under 69 to finish at 13-under 203 in the first-year event at Tucson National, the longtime home of the PGA Tour’s defunct Tucson Open. He opened with consecutive 67s to take a one-stroke lead into the final round.
“I’m just thinking about all the work I put in over the years, especially the last few years — more mental work than anything,” Dawson said. “I’m really happy with the way I played. I’m just glad I played the game that I wanted to play.”
Last Updated on Sunday, 22 March 2015 21:02 Sunday, 22 March 2015 20:53
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Dawie van der Walt won the Chile Classic for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a birdie for a 6-under 65 and a two-stroke victory.
The 32-year-old South African finished at 21-under 263 at Mapocho and earned $108,000. He won two European Tour events in South Africa in 2013.
“It’s very sweet,” van der Walt said. “It’s been a long time coming. ... It was a combination of things. I hit a lot of shots close. Sometimes you hit good shots and they just don’t end up close. I hit my irons really good and a lot of them were close this week.”
He nearly skipped the tournament after finishing the European Tour’s South African Swing.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 05:53 Friday, 20 March 2015 05:46
PHOENIX, Arizona (AP) — Stacy Lewis had some sound advice for parents at the JTBC Founders Cup during a press conference with LPGA-USGA Girls Golf players.
“I always tell parents, ‘It’s the kids playing. It’s not the parents playing,’” said the third-ranked Lewis, the 2013 tournament champion. “That’s, I think, what kind of some of the big problems are is that they don’t let the kids play. My dad, he sent me off to get lessons with somebody else. There needs to be a line between a golf instructor versus your parent.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 03:58 Friday, 20 March 2015 03:50
ORLANDO, Florida (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Rory McIlroy is adding a new wrinkle to his preparations for the Masters.
McIlroy makes his debut in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, his final tournament before he tries to complete the career Grand Slam and win a third straight major at Augusta National in three weeks.
He began playing the Masters in 2009, and this is the fourth pre-Augusta schedule he has tried.
“I thought I’d just mix it up a little bit this year,” McIlroy said Wednesday. “Play here and then I’ll have a couple weeks off to get ready for Augusta. Back in ’11, I took three weeks off before the Masters. It worked pretty well — for 63 holes, not quite 72. So just trying to adopt a similar approach.”
That was the closest the 25-year-old McIlroy has been to a green jacket. He had a four-shot lead going into the final round in 2011 only to shoot 80 in the final round. Then again, he tried that same schedule — three weeks off before the Masters — in 2012 and tied for 40th.
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