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Other Golf News This Week

U.S. Open LPGA Champions Tour Ryder Cup Top of Page

U.S. Open Exemptions

We have reached the deadline (end of May) for players, not otherwise exempt, to receive exemption from qualifying for this year's U.S. Open by virtue of their position in the Official World Golf Rankings (top fifty) or Money Lists (top ten PGA + top two Europe). Stewart Cink qualified on both counts (23rd in World and 10th on 2004 PGA Money List) and eleven others received exemptions based on their world ranking. Last minute exemptions this year were Angel Cabrera of Argentinia and Joakim Haeggman of Sweden, who moved up into the top 50 as a result of coming 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Volvo PGA Championship at Wentworth last week.

The 12 players granted exemption are listed below with their world ranking after their name.

Sergio Garcia (17)
Stewart Cink (23)
Shigeki Maruyama (26)
Miguel Angel Jiménez (32)
Fred Couples (37)
Stephen Ames (40)
Craig Parry (42)
Angel Cabrera (43)
Scott Hoch (44)
Todd Hamilton (45)
Zach Johnson (46)
Joakim Haeggman (50)

Just one player was nudged out of a "top-50" exemption at the last minute, John Huston, who dropped to #51.

There is one possible exemption remaining to be claimed. If the winner of this week's Memorial Tournament has already won one PGA co–sponsored event since April 23, 2003 that would make them a multiple winner during the qualifying period which ends on June 6. There are just five entries for the Memorial who could win this exemption; Tommy Armour III, Rory Sabbatini, John Daly, Heath Slocum and Joey Sindelar.

For a full list of exempt players and their exemption categories you can visit: www.usopen.com/press/exempt-players.html

 

U.S. Open LPGA Champions Tour Ryder Cup Top of Page

LPGA News

LPGA Corning Classic
Corning Country Club
Corning, N.Y.
May 27-30, 2004
Annika takes Corning Title
After nine years absence from the Corning Classic and without the benefit of a practice round Annika Sorenstam shared the credit for her third LPGA Tour win of 2004 with her caddie. "He works really hard, this victory is as much his as mine", she said. Sorenstam's final round of 68 gave her a total of 270 and a two shot victory margin.
Playing with Sorenstam in the final grouping was runner-up Michelle Estill whose last victory came in 1991. The pair had started the day clear of the field but after six holes Sorenstam had fallen three of four shots behind. The turning point came when she made a solid par on the 7th hole and followed up with birdies on 9 and 10.

While the leading par were engaged in a head-to-head battle, a bogey-free five under par round of 67 by Vicki Goetze-Ackerman was enough to come from behind and take share of second place with Estill.

 


Annika Sorenstam (library photo)
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Final Scores - Corning Classic - Par 72 - 6,062 yards (5,543 metres)

Pos.

Player

To Par

Rnd 1

Rnd 2

Rnd 3

Rnd 4

Total

1

Annika Sorenstam

-18

65

67

70

68

270

T2

Vicki Goetze-Ackerman

-16

68

70

67

67

272

T2

Michelle Estill

-16

67

64

70

71

272

T4

Wendy Ward

-13

69

70

71

65

275

T4

Soo Young Moon

-13

73

66

70

66

275

T4

Shi Hyun Ahn

-13

69

71

66

69

275

7

Laura Diaz

-12

69

68

71

68

276

T8

Catriona Matthew

-10

67

74

69

68

278

T8

Carin Koch

-10

68

68

72

70

278

T8

Kelli Kuehne

-10

68

70

70

70

278

 

ADT Money List - May 31, 2004 - after Corning Classic

Pos.

Player

Prize Money

1

Annika Sorenstam

$696,483

2

Grace Park

$652,089

3

Lorena Ochoa

$497,107

4

Se Ri Pak

$477,886

5

Cristie Kerr

$451,924

6

Mi-Hyun Kim

$363,413

7

Jennifer Rosales

$319,948

8

Jung Yeon Lee

$259,465

9

Stacy Prammanasudh

$256,916

10

Karen Stupples

$246,875

Full Scoreboard and Money List can be found at
www.lpga.com

 

Senior PGA Championship
Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Kentucky
May 28-30, 2004
Another Major Title for Irwin


(Getty Images)

Three days before his 59th birthday, Hale Irwin is still collecting major championship titles. On Monday, after persistent weather delays, he completed an even par round of 71 with a birdie on the 18th to clinch the Senior PGA Championship title for the fourth time in his Champions Tour career. Irwin's 8 under par total of 276 gave him a one shot victory over Jay Haas who was competing in his first Champions Tour event, having turned 50 in December. Haas missed a 10 foot birdie putt on the final hole which would have given him the clubhouse lead and put the pressure on Irwin, who was waiting to play his second shot. After Haas tapped in for par five, Irwin found the green and two-putted for victory.
This was Irwin's second win of the year, having won the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in April and extends his record setting run of ten consecutive years with two or more victories on the Champions Tour. He moves up to second place on the 2004 Champions Tour Money List behind Gil Morgan who finished the event with a share of seventh place, his ninth top-ten finish this season.

Final Scores - Senior PGA Championship - Par 71 - 6,990 yards (6,392 metres)

Pos.

Player

To Par

Rnd 1

Rnd 2

Rnd 3

Rnd 4

Total

1

Hale Irwin

-8

67

69

69

71

276

2

Jay Haas

-7

67

71

69

70

277

3

Craig Stadler

-5

69

71

70

69

279

T4

Dave Barr

-2

69

70

69

74

282

T4

Mark James

-2

69

71

73

69

282

T4

Tom Watson

-2

67

72

70

73

282

T7

Mark McNulty

-1

70

71

71

71

283

T7

Gil Morgan

-1

67

71

74

71

283

9

John Harris

E

70

67

71

76

284

T10

Raymond Floyd

+1

73

72

69

71

285

T10

Wayne Levi

+1

69

68

76

72

285

T10

Jerry Pate

+1

73

72

68

72

285

Champions Tour Money List - May 31, 2004 - after Senior PGA Championship

Pos.

Last week

Player

# of Events

Prize Money

1

1

Gil Morgan

12

$953,791

2

8

Hale Irwin

10

$937,702

3

2

Larry Nelson

12

$823,165

4

3

Bruce Fleisher

12

$770,201

5

7

Craig Stadler

9

$741,842

6

4

Tom Jenkins

13

$717,963

7

5

D.A. Weibring

12

$693,965

8

6

Tom Purtzer

10

$655,935

9

9

Dana Quigley

13

$556,833

10

10

Fuzzy Zoeller

10

$527,023

Full Scoreboard & Money List can be found at
www.pgatour.com

U.S. Open LPGA Champions Tour Ryder Cup Top of Page

Ryder Cup Qualifying Standings

Based on the most up-to-date information available as at  May 31, 2004, the qualifying players for the Ryder Cup Matches to be played in September are shown in the table below. For more information about Ryder Cup qualification visit these links:

European Team Qualification          USA Team Qualification

Raphaël Jacquelin of France has dropped out of the current list of automatic selections for the European Team as a result of Joakim Haeggman coming into the list and Paul Casey overtaking him on points.

Europe

USA

Padraig HARRINGTON (Ire)

Tiger Woods

Darren CLARKE (N.Ire) Phil Mickelson

Miguel Angel JIMÉNEZ (Sp)

Davis Love III

Sergio Garcia (Sp)

Jim Furyk

Fredrik JACOBSON (Swe)

Kenny Perry

Lee WESTWOOD (Eng)

Chad Campbell

Brian DAVIS (Eng)

David Toms

Joakim Haeggman (Swe)

Jerry Kelly

Ian POULTER (Eng)

Steve Flesch

Paul CASEY (Eng)

Chris Riley

The teams will be finalized in August and the 35th Ryder Cup Matches will be held 17-19 September 2004, at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

 

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