By Torleif Sorenson on 2/25/14
Without doubt, the biggest golf news from this past weekend was Queensland native Jason Day hold off Victor Dubuisson in a very dramatic WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. But we would be remiss if we skipped over a few other notable golfers who hoisted some hardware on Sunday.
Swede RedemptionSweden's Anna Nordqvist, one of the heroines of the 2013 Solheim Cup, earned her first individual victory in five years on Sunday at the Honda LPGA Thailand. She led each of the four rounds and held off last year's three-in-a-row major champion Inbee Park — who is still number one in the Rolex Rankings! After a double-bogey at 5, Nordqvist birdied the 7th, then reeled off three in a row, giving her enough cushion to hold off the surging Park and Michelle Wie.
"I'm speechless to be honest. It's been a couple years since I won. I've been working very hard. Had my ups and downs. Just couldn't be happier to be here. It was such a hard push on the back nine. Inbee kept making birdies and Michelle was playing great. Couldn't really breathe until the last putt, so obviously I could just let go on the last putt."Just as the PGA Tour has their FedEx Cup playoff system, the LPGA has their Race to the CME Globe, a season-long points competition. With her victory Sunday, Nordqvist moves to fourth in the standings.
Amateur HourIt has happened again. Another young amateur golfer captured a professional tournament victory. This time, 17-year-old Minjee Lee from Perth, in Western Australia, captured the Women's Victorian Open, an official event on the Australian Ladies' Professional Golf Tour. Lee is already the third-ranked amateur in the world and some experts expect her to turn professional later this year.
What is rather remarkable is that, aside from bogeys at 1 and 3, Lee went through the par-74 (for women) 13th Beach Golf Links course like a hot knife through butter. She carved out birdies at 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, and at the closing hole to shoot a six-under-par 68, besting Scotland's Vikki Laing by six shots.
Lee has won two consecutive Australian Women's Amateur Championships (2013 and 2014), as well as the USGA's Girl's Junior Championship in 2012. So, before too long, you should expect to see Minjee Lee appearing on the LPGA Tour.
O CanadaThe Symetra Tour is the LPGA's minor-league circuit; the 2014 Tour faced off this past weekend with the Visit Mesa Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona. On Sunday, Hamilton, Ontario native Alena Sharp (New Mexico State University, 2003) captured her ninth professional victory by a two-shot margin over Marissa Steen.Sharp won two consecutive Canadian PGA Women's Championships in 2004 and 2005, but her Symetra Tour win Sunday is arguably the biggest step she has taken toward a regular place on the LPGA Tour.
Now a resident of Phoenix, Sharp will not need to travel far when she participates in the LPGA Founder's Cup on March 20-23.
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Move over Lydia Ko, there is already a new Asian golfing sensation from down under looking to usurp your spotlight.
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