Sorenstam takes all in LPGA tournament

Posted: Monday, October 29, 2001

NARITA, Japan -- Annika Sorenstam won a showdown with Se Ri Pak, overcoming a four-hole deficit for a 1-up victory in the World Ladies Match Play Championship.

Pak, second on the tour with five victories, won four of the first six holes to take a 4-up lead, but Sorenstam won four straight holes to tie it on the 11th.

Sorenstam took the lead on No. 15 and halved the final three holes for the Swedish star's 30th LPGA Tour victory.

In the semifinals Sunday morning, Sorenstam beat Canada's Lorie Kane 4 and 2, and Pak defeated Taiwan's Huang Yu-chen 6 and 4.

Buick Challenge

PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Chris DiMarco made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Sunday to tie David Duval, then won the Buick Challenge on the first playoff hole when Duval missed an 8-footer for par.

Duval, the defending tournament champion, closed with a 9-under-par 63 -- six birdies on the back nine -- on the Mountain View course at Callaway Gardens, walking off with a one-stroke lead.

He then went to a television booth overlooking 18, where he watched DiMarco make the clutch putt with his unique claw grip to give both players a 21-under 267.

In the playoff, DiMarco had a nearly identical birdie putt to the one he made on the 72nd hole, only this time he missed. It didn't matter when Duval's putt slid by the left edge of the cup.

DiMarco, whose brother Mitch served as his caddie, earned $612,000 for his second career victory.

Davis Love III, playing in the final group for the sixth time this year, is now 0-for-6. He struggled to a 71 and finished at 270.

Senior Tour Championship

OKLAHOMA CIT -- Bob Gilder took advantage of consecutive two-stroke swings on the back nine to build a four-stroke lead, then withstood howling winds and a charge by Doug Tewell to win the Senior Tour Championship.

Gilder's second victory of the season was worth $440,000, a record on the Senior PGA Tour. His 1-over 73 left him at 11-under 277 for the tournament.

Tewell, who played host to Gilder during the week, shot a 69 to post his 10-under, then could only watch as Gilder parred the closing par-5 at the Gaillardia Golf and Country Club to win.

Tewell birdied the 18th to get to minus-10. When Gilder bogeyed 17 to fall to 11-under, it set up the deciding closing hole.

Gilder drove into the right rough, punched out short of the green, chipped to about 8 feet and two-putted for the victory.

Bruce Lietzke, the leader after the second and third rounds, shot a 4-over 76 and finished third at 279.

Buy.com Championship

PRATTVILLE, Ala. -- Pat Bates shot a 3-under-par 69 to win the Buy.com Tour Championship by three strokes and earn a battlefield promotion to the PGA Tour.

With his third victory of the season, Bates joined Chad Campbell and Heath Slocum in making the immediate jump to the big tour.

In addition to those three, the top 15 money-winners on the tour claimed PGA cards for 2002.

Those earning PGA spots were: Rod Pampling, Deane Pappas, John Rollins, Tim Petrovic, Jonathan Byrd, Jeff Gove, Brenden Pappas, Bo Van Pelt, Matt Peterson, Richard Zokol, Jason Hill and Michael Long.

Bates followed an opening 71 with two even-par rounds and entered the final day with a one-stroke lead over Pappas and Brian Kamm. The 4-under 284 total was the highest winning score in the championship's history.

Madrid Open

MADRID, Spain -- Retief Goosen beat Steve Webster of England in a playoff to win the $1.26 million Madrid Open and become the top money winner in Europe.

The U.S. Open champion won on the third playoff hole. He made a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th and Webster finished with a par from the greenside fringe.

Goosen closed with a 3-under-par 68 and Webster with a 66, leaving both at 20-under 264 after regulation.



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