Sunday, April 20, 2003

Kung wins first LPGA Tour event


Cink holds lead in Heritage; Flesch 3 back

The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS - Candie Kung made sure the 18th hole wouldn't be her undoing.

Kung, 21, built a three-shot lead in the Takefuji Classic before bogeying the final hole Saturday to win her first LPGA Tout title by two shots over Annika Sorenstam and two others.

The second-year player lost the sole lead in both the first and second rounds with final-hole miscues. This time, the finishing three-putt bogey didn't matter.

"I was just trying to hit a green and walk out of there with a par," Kung said.

Kung double bogeyed the hole in the first round and bogeyed her final hole after shanking a shot in the second round. But Saturday, the 4-footer she missed for par meant only that her winning margin was smaller.

Kung finished with a 2-under 70 and was 12 under for the tournament.

Sorenstam rallied on the back nine with three straight birdies and closed with a birdie on the 18th hole. But after being six shots out in the opening round, she never threatened to take the lead in the 54-hole event.

MCI HERITAGE: Stewart Cink shot a 2-under 69 and survived an up-and-down third round to hold the lead at Hilton Head Island, S.C. Cink, the 2000 champion, had a 12-under 201 total, a stroke ahead of Jeff Sluman, who had the day's best round of 64.

Woody Austin (65) and Kenny Perry (67) were 10 under, and four-time champion Davis Love III (69), Hal Sutton (71), Northern Kentuckian Steve Flesch (67) and Chad Campbell (70) were another shot behind.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Bob Gilder shot a 6-under 64 and Tom Watson had a 66 to share the second-round lead in the Emerald Coast Classic at Milton, Fla. Gilder and Watson had a 10-under 130 total. Bobby Wadkins shot a career-best 61 to join Gil Morgan, Leonard Thompson, Morris Hatalsky, Larry Nelson and Vicente Fernandez at 9 under.

ALGARVE OPEN: Fredrik Jacobson shot a 1-under-par 71 to take a one-stroke lead heading into the final round at Faro, Portugal. Jacobson had three birdies and two bogeys for a 5-under 211 total.

CONGRATS FROM JACK: Jack Nicklaus' first letter to Mike Weir gave golfing advice. His latest was a note of congratulations to the new Masters champion.

Weir sent a letter to Nicklaus years ago seeking advice on whether to play golf as a lefty or from the opposite side. Weir, then 13, received a reply from Nicklaus, encouraging him to play from his natural side. Last week, after becoming the first left-hander, and Canadian, to win the green jacket at Augusta National, Weir recalled the letter.

Nicklaus was flattered. Weir remembered.

"It was just a short letter with my advice, but I don't think I've ever sent one to a future Masters champion before," Nicklaus was quoted as saying on PGATour.com. "Of course, I wouldn't remember the letter, but I was flattered he would keep that, and I just sent him a note yesterday congratulating him. Maybe he'll frame that as well."

Scores

PGA Tour

MCI Heritage

At Harbour Town GL

Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Purse: $4.5 million

Yardage: 6,973; Par: 71

Third Round

Stewart Cink67-65-69-201
Jeff Sluman68-70-64-202
Woody Austin68-70-65-203
Kenny Perry67-69-67-203
Steve Flesch68-69-67-204
Davis Love III66-69-69-204
Chad Campbell67-67-70-204
Hal Sutton67-66-71-204
Chris Riley69-70-66-205
Doug Barron71-67-67-205
Peter Jacobsen69-69-67-205
Tom Pernice.67-70-68-205
Matt Gogel69-67-69-205
Jim Furyk70-66-69-205
Ernie Els69-66-70-205
Geoff Ogilvy68-67-70-205
Nick Price68-66-71-205
Rod Pampling67-72-67-206
David Gossett71-67-68-206
Paul Goydos69-69-68-206
Tim Clark68-69-69-206
Glen Hnatiuk69-68-69-206
Corey Pavin69-68-69-206
John Senden66-71-69-206
Bob Estes69-72-66-207
Cliff Kresge70-70-67-207
Rocco Mediate67-70-70-207
M.Calcavecchia69-66-72-207
T.Immelman72-69-67-208
Skip Kendall72-68-68-208
Greg Chalmers67-72-69-208
Scott Simpson67-71-70-208
Len Mattiace68-73-68-209
Fred Funk72-69-68-209
Todd Barranger68-72-69-209
Pat Bates71-69-69-209
David Edwards72-67-70-209
D.Hammond74-63-72-209
Tom Lehman69-73-68-210
Justin Leonard71-71-68-210
Brandt Jobe68-74-68-210
Garrett Willis69-72-69-210
Jonathan Byrd70-71-69-210
Robert Damron69-72-69-210
Dean Wilson74-66-70-210
Robert Gamez72-68-70-210
Darren Clarke70-69-71-210
Bob Tway71-67-72-210
Steve Jones74-68-69-211
P.-U. Johansson73-69-69-211
B. Langer71-70-70-211
Mark O'Meara70-71-70-211
Jay Williamson68-72-71-211
Glen Day70-70-71-211
Briny Baird69-70-72-211
Scott Verplank70-68-73-211
Gene Sauers70-72-70-212
D.A. Weibring69-72-71-212
Craig Barlow65-76-71-212
Ian Leggatt72-68-72-212
Billy Mayfair70-69-73-212
Lee Janzen70-69-73-212
Shaun Micheel72-70-71-213
Tom Byrum70-72-71-213
Dudley Hart73-68-72-213
Loren Roberts71-70-72-213
Andrew Magee74-67-72-213
Patrick Sheehan71-71-72-214
Tim Herron72-70-72-214
Thomas Levet70-71-73-214
Billy Andrade70-71-73-214
Kelly Mitchum68-72-74-214
Joe Durant70-70-74-214
Carl Pettersson69-71-74-214
John Maginnes73-69-73-215
Carl Paulson69-73-73-215
Joel Edwards69-72-74-215
Jesper Parnevik73-69-74-216
Luke Donald73-68-75-216
Champions Tour

Emerald Coast Classic

At The Moors, Milton, Fla.

Purse: $1.4 million

Yardage: 6,832; Par: 70

Second Round

Bob Gilder66-64-130
Tom Watson64-66-130
Bobby Wadkins70-61-131
Morris Hatalsky67-64-131
Larry Nelson66-65-131
Vicente Fernandez65-66-131
Gil Morgan63-68-131
Leonard Thompson63-68-131
Dana Quigley66-66-132
Tom Purtzer66-66-132
Jay Overton67-66-133
Mike Smith66-67-133
Bobby Walzel66-67-133
Graham Marsh68-66-134
Mark Pfeil67-67-134
James Mason67-67-134
Terry Dill70-65-135
Mark McCumber69-66-135
Dave Barr67-68-135
Seiji Ebihara67-68-135
Andy North66-69-135
Pat McDonald71-65-136
Jerry McGee70-66-136
Allen Doyle69-67-136
Wayne Levi69-67-136
Fuzzy Zoeller68-68-136
Tom Kite68-68-136
Larry Ziegler67-69-136
Jim Holtgrieve65-71-136
Eamonn Darcy69-68-137
Stewart Ginn69-68-137
Mike McCullough69-68-137
Bruce Lietzke68-69-137
Jay Sigel68-69-137
Rodger Davis68-69-137
John Jacobs67-70-137
Tom Wargo71-67-138
Mike Hill69-69-138
Billy Kratzert68-70-138
Jim Dent68-70-138
Ted Goin68-70-138
John Schroeder67-71-138
Bruce Fleisher64-74-138
Howard Twitty72-67-139
John Harris72-67-139
Hugh Baiocchi71-68-139
Charles Coody71-68-139
Hubert Green70-69-139
Gary Koch69-70-139
Jim Thorpe69-70-139
Jim Colbert68-71-139
Des Smyth67-72-139
Dale Douglass72-68-140
Rocky Thompson70-70-140
Jimmy Ellis70-70-140
Dick Mast69-71-140
Andy Bean69-71-140
David Lundstrom69-71-140
J. M. Canizares68-72-140
Tom Jenkins67-73-140
Jim Albus72-69-141
J.C. Snead70-71-141
Bob Eastwood68-73-141
David Eger67-74-141
Ed Dougherty73-69-142
John Mahaffey71-71-142
Bob Duval71-71-142
Bruce Summerhays71-71-142
Bob Murphy71-71-142
Walter Hall69-73-142
Dave Eichelberger74-69-143
Doug Tewell75-68-143
Bill Rogers68-75-143
Walter Morgan72-72-144
Gibby Gilbert72-72-144
Jim Ahern68-76-144
Rex Caldwell73-73-146
David Graham73-73-146
Lee Trevino78-69-147
Orville Moody75-73-148
Joe Inman79-71-150
LPGA Tour

Takefuji Classic

At Las Vegas CC

Purse: $1.1 million

Yardage: 6,494; Par: 72

Final scores

Candie Kung67-67-70-204
A. Sorenstam72-67-67-206
Soo-Yun Kang69-70-67-206
Cristie Kerr67-68-71-206
Hee-Won Han72-68-67-207
A. Fukushima69-70-69-208
Se Ri Pak69-70-69-208
C. Matthew66-68-74-208
J. Rosales70-71-68-209
M. Redman74-65-70-209
Kim Saiki67-70-72-209
A.Stanford71-71-68-210
Amy Fruhwirth72-68-70-210
Kelli Kuehne68-72-70-210
S. Gustafson74-70-67-211
Pat Hurst73-67-71-211
Da. Ammaccapane, 72-68-71-211
Tammie Green72-68-71-211
Karen Weiss71-69-71-211
Laura Diaz66-71-74-211
Ackerman, 69-75-68-212
Karrie Webb73-69-70-212
J.Gllghr-Smith69-73-70-212
Rosie Jones69-72-71-212
Kate Golden70-69-73-212
Nanci Bowen71-73-69-213
D. Delasin74-69-70-213
Rachel Teske71-70-72-213
L. Neumann70-71-72-213
Eva Dahllof74-72-68-214
Christina Kim72-73-69-214
M. McGuire72-73-69-214
D. D'Alessio74-69-71-214
Heather Bowie75-67-72-214
Tina Barrett72-70-72-214
Jane Crafter71-70-73-214
H. Kobayashi70-71-73-214
Janice Moodie71-69-74-214
Kelly Robbins75-70-70-215
Young Kim75-69-71-215
Maria Hjorth74-68-73-215
Carri Wood74-68-73-215
Catrin Nilsmark71-71-73-215
Lorie Kane75-71-70-216
Dottie Pepper74-72-70-216
S. Steinhauer75-70-71-216
a-Aree Song76-67-73-216
Leslie Spalding73-70-73-216
Marisa Baena70-73-73-216
Ch.Sorenstam74-67-75-216
S.Pettersen75-71-71-217
Jill McGill72-73-72-217
Juli Inkster76-68-73-217
Jenny Lidback75-67-75-217
Karen Stupples74-72-72-218
Beth Bader75-71-73-219
Jamie Hullett74-72-73-219
Busuttil71-74-74-219
Jimin Kang70-75-74-219
Soo Young Kim72-72-75-219
Emilee Klein67-77-75-219
Jenna Daniels74-72-74-220
Grace Park74-71-75-220
Jeong Jang73-72-75-220
Kasumi Fujii71-73-76-220
Deb Richard70-76-75-221
Dina Ammacacpane77-68-76-221
Carrie Roberts76-69-76-221
Giulia Sergas74-71-76-221
Natalie Gulbis71-75-76-222
S. Louden73-72-77-222
Lisa Strom73-72-78-223




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