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Insane 75' Eagle Putt Decides LPGA Tourney

Paula Creamer snags first win since '10 on chance shot

(Newser) - Paula Creamer sank a 75-foot eagle putt on the second playoff hole against Azahara Munoz to win the HSBC Women's Champions today for her first LPGA title since the 2010 US Women's Open. Creamer's putt curled across the 18th green and then rolled slowly down the slope... More »

Golfer Cans Her Caddie Mid-Round

Jessica Korda unceremoniously dumps Jason Gilroyed at US Open

(Newser) - Jessica Korda isn't exactly clinging to the old adage about dancing with the one who brought you: The golfer started yesterday's US Women's Open with caddie Jason Gilroyed, but right after the ninth hole it was boyfriend Johnny DelPreti who was schlepping her clubs, reports Yahoo's... More »

Lexi Thompson, 16: Youngest LPGA Winner Ever

Beats old record by more than 2 years

(Newser) - At just 16 years old, Lexi Thompson became the youngest person to ever win an LPGA event yesterday, with a 5-stroke victory at the Navistar LPGA Classic, reports USA Today . Thompson, who qualified for the US Women's Open at the tender age of 12 and turned pro at 15,... More »

Erica Blasberg Death Ruled a Suicide

Golfer died of asphyxia, OD'd on prescription meds

(Newser) - Nevada police have ruled the death of LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg a suicide, but are also charging her doctor with obstruction of justice. Dr. Thomas Hess found Blasberg's dead body in her Las Vegas home on May 9 and allegedly removed items from the crime scene before police arrived, then... More »

Pro Golfer's Dad: Death 'Very, Very Strange'

Coroner working to determine cause of death

(Newser) - LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg's career was on the skids: She'd placed toward the bottom in the only tournament she'd played this year, and never really realized her potential, People reports in a look behind the scenes of the 25-year-old's death. "At first glance it looks like she might have... More »

Female Golf Pro, 25, Found Dead

Cops probing death of Erica Blasberg

(Newser) - Police in Nevada are probing the mysterious death of 25-year-old pro golfer Erica Blasberg. She was found dead at her Las Vegas home Sunday, and authorities have declined to say whether there were suspicious circumstances. Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy and toxicology report on Blasberg, a 6-year... More »

LPGA Backs Off English-Only Policy

Tour bows to sponsors, civil rights groups on controversial rule

(Newser) - A firestorm of criticism has forced the LPGA to overturn its plans to penalize tour players who failed to pass an oral English evaluation after 2 years, GolfWeek reports. “After hearing the concerns, we believe there are other ways to achieve our shared objective of supporting and enhancing the... More »

LPGA to Test Players' English

Tour worries about sponsor interaction as foreign players increase

(Newser) - The LPGA will begin mandatory oral English tests for its players next year, and those who fail face suspension and required tutoring, Golfweek reports. The tour is stressing the importance of English as players from Asia have come to play a prominent role in the sport. Of the 121 international... More »

Wie Snubs Women's Major, Opts to Play in Men's Event

Is it payback for being disqualified from a recent tournament?

(Newser) - Michelle Wie seems to be getting some payback on the LPGA after being disqualified from a recent tournament for failing to sign her scorecard, notes Thomas Bonk in the Los Angeles Times. It may be just a coincidence, but when the women's British Open tees off this week, the 18-year-old... More »

Wie Forgets to Sign Scorecard, Has to Go Home

18-year-old was in second place, will lose big paycheck

(Newser) - Michelle Wie, playing her best golf of the year, forgot to sign her scorecard and was disqualified from the State Farm Classic in Illinois. Wie, 18, had finished the third round only one shot behind the leader. "I don't know why or how it happened," said Wie, who... More »

Sorenstam to Retire After 2008 Season

Top female has eye on biz, including golf academy, courses

(Newser) - Annika Sorenstam has announced her retirement from professional golf, effective at the end of the 2008 season, Golf.com reports. The eight-time LPGA player of the year has "other priorities," including starting a family and working to build "the Annika brand of businesses, including my academy, my... More »

Creamer Holds On to Win SemGroup Championship

(Newser) - Paula Creamer blew another lead late in the final round and found herself in another playoff. Instead of getting nervous, she got mad at herself. After losing a two-shot lead on the final hole, Creamer held off a spirited bid from Juli Inkster by making an 8-foot birdie putt on... More »

Ochoa: a Lady Tiger?

Mexican golfer could complete a 'Lorena Slam'

(Newser) - Golf fans should have no trouble choosing between the Lady or the Tiger at the moment: The best player in the world today, Ed Sherman writes in the Chicago Tribune, is Lorena Ochoa. With four victories in a row and five in six tournaments, the 26-year-old Mexican has already qualified... More »

Lorena Ochoa Wins Ginn Open

Becomes first in 45 years to win tournaments in four straight weeks

(Newser) - World No. 1 Lorena Ochoa became the first U.S. LPGA Tour player in 45 years to win four tournaments in consecutive weeks on Sunday. Ochoa shot 3-under 69 in the final round of the Ginn Open and beat Taiwanese rookie Yani Tseng by three strokes for her fifth victory... More »

Lorena Ochoa Wins Corona Championship

Win qualifies her for LPGA Tour Hall of Fame

(Newser) - Lorena Ochoa wasn't distracted when the fans chanted her name on only the second hole of the Corona Championship. But by her last stroke on the 18th hole Sunday, the emotions were too much. The Mexican star had just won her third straight tournament and qualified for the LPGA Tour... More »

Ochoa Leads Corona Championship

26-year-old on verge of qualifying for Hall of Fame

(Newser) - Lorena Ochoa closed in on the last point she needs to qualify for the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame, shooting her third straight 7-under 66 today to take a five-stroke lead in the Corona Championship. If Ochoa wins, the 26-year-old Mexican star will become the youngest player to qualify for... More »

Ochoa Finally Takes the Plunge

Wins the Kraft Nabisco Championship

(Newser) - Lorena Ochoa set the silver trophy on a table, clasped hands with her parents and sprinted to the edge of the lake surrounding the 18th green at Mission Hills, then raised both arms as she plunged into the water. Whether she is playing or celebrating, the Mexican star is unstoppable.... More »

Player Charges PGA Drug Use

Gary Player says at least 10 golfers are using enhancers

(Newser) - Former British Open champion Gary Player said yesterday he knows "for a fact" some players on the PGA Tour have used performance-enhancing drugs. "Whether it's HGH, whether it's creatine, or whether it's steroids," the 1968 Carnoustie winner lamented, "we're dreaming if we think it's not coming... More »

Tiger Skips Paternity Leave, Eyes Carnoustie

New dad has five weeks to prepare for Scottish Open title defense

(Newser) - Golf's most famously competitive personality is unlikely to miss the next major title, despite a frustrating defeat at the US Open at Oakmont and the birth of his first child shortly thereafter. Tiger Woods had announced he might possibly miss an event pending the birth of his daughter, Sam, but... More »

South Korean Women Get In the Swing

Pak blazes trail to top of pro golf world

(Newser) - Men dominate business in South Korea, and the country has just 250 golf courses. Yet in the nine years since Se Ri Pak won four tournaments as an LPGA rookie, South Koreans have come to dominate the world's top women's tour, the Journal reports.  Ambitious parents even pull their... More »

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