SBO REPORT:Seahawks thrive keeping same weekly approach

SBO REPORT:Seahawks thrive keeping same weekly approach


At some point every week, Pete  SBO  Carroll will describe the upcoming opponent as a ”championship opportunity.”

Every week. Without fail. No matter the quality of the competition or the  SBO  setting of the game. The end goal is that when a big game arrives – like last February’s Super Bowl, or Sunday’s NFC West showdown with Arizona – it’s handled in the same way as any other week.

”We’re not going into this game thinking we’re unfamiliar with it or it’s going to be something we don’t know how to handle or what’s up. We don’t feel like that at all,” Carroll said Wednesday. ”That comes from years of experience and being through it and a bunch of young guys now that they’re pretty well experienced at the timing of these kinds of games.”

That attitude and approach took a while to kick in. Richard Sherman first noticed it when Seattle won at Washington in the 2012 NFC playoffs. Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett – newcomers during  SBO  Seattle’s title run in 2013 – started to understand where Carroll was coming from about midway through the regular season.

”It’s all about preparing the same, don’t get too high because it’s a Monday night game or because it’s a 1 p.m. game or whatever,” Avril said. ”Treat every game the same and you’ll get probably the same results.”

Clearly what Carroll has implemented has worked. For the fourth time in Carroll’s five seasons with Seattle, the Seahawks are in contention for a division title going into the final weeks of the regular season.

But after being in control of home-field advantage and the No. 1 seed for most of last season, this Week 16 showdown with Arizona is significant.

A win by the Cardinals gives them the NFC West title and home-field  SBO  advantage throughout the playoffs, needing just two wins to play in the Super Bowl on their home field.

For the Seahawks, a victory wouldn’t guarantee a playoff spot unless they get some help earlier in the day. But it would potentially leave Seattle needing just a home victory over St. Louis in Week 17 to clinch the division title and home-field advantage.

Two wins would give Seattle the No. 1 seed in the NFC as long as it doesn’t finish in a tie at 12-4 with Dallas, in which case the Cowboys would hold the tiebreaker. Seattle would win any two-way tiebreakers with Detroit, Green Bay or Arizona and all three-way tiebreakers go in favor of the Seahawks.

Why is that important for Seattle? Over the past three seasons, playoffs included, the Seahawks are 23-2 at  SBO  home and have outscored opponents by an average of 14 points per game.

”I think it’s important that if you’re going to play at your best and perform at a very high level you have to be comfortable with the setting, and if you’re uncomfortable and unsure it can make a difference and distract you some,” Carroll said. ”We have that going for us. We feel very good about that. We have been in winning situations in December and it’s been the chance for us to do some really good things and we’ve come through for a good part of that.”

While Seattle tries to keep important games on the same level as every other matchup, Arizona coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday he wants his players to embrace the scope of Sunday’s matchup.

”You don’t get to play for the damn thing very often so it’s not like  SBO  Seattle’s played for it for a hundred damn years. I’m sure they’re embracing it also,” Arians said. ”So you fight your (rear) off all year to play for this game and sure you embrace it but you don’t change how you prepare for it, it’s still the same process.”


SBO REPORT:Khan outclasses Alexander to win Vegas fight

SBO REPORT:Khan outclasses Alexander to win Vegas fight


British boxer Amir Khan defeated Devon Alexander  sbo  by a unanimous decision in a welterweight fight, using his superior hand speed and strength to dominate the American southpaw for 12 rounds.

The 28-year-old Khan consistently beat Alexander to the punch, jabbing his way to victory in the non-title fight on all three judges’ scorecards, 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110.

“I think it was one of my best performances,” said Khan, who looked unscathed except for a welt under his left eye. “I am the best boxer with the quickest hands in the world. I am getting better.”

Khan used his  sbo  jab effectively to set up combinations that earned him the bulk of points as both fighters made it to the final bell in front of a crowd of 7,768 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.

Khan also showed off his much-improved defensive skills, the result of hooking up with trainer Virgil Hunter in September 2012.

Alexander, who looked impressive in his last fight against Jesus Soto Karass, went into the 12th round needing a knockout to win.

Khan was originally scheduled to fight the American for Alexander’s  sbo  International Boxing Federation welterweight title last December in New York.

But the Briton scrapped the bout because he thought he had a chance at landing a bank-breaking dream fight with Floyd Mayweather that never came off.

Alexander then lost the title to Shawn Porter, and Khan’s fellow Brit Kell Brook snatched it from Porter in August.

Khan won every round on one judge’s scorecard, all but one on a second and all but two on the third card.

He connected on 43 percent  sbo  of his shots, compared to just 20 percent for Alexander.

“I just fought a three-time world champion and proved myself to be a force at 147 pounds,” Khan said.

“I think I’m getting better with age. I’m better than I was at 26 and now just starting to hit my peak at 28. I worked very hard and put on one of my best performances.”

Boxing fans the world over are hoping unbeaten Mayweather’s next fight is against Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao, but Khan showed Saturday that he would be a solid opponent if the highly-anticipated “richest fight in boxing history” can’t be realized.

“I believe I have earned my shot against Floyd Mayweather,” said Khan,  sbo  who was fighting for just the second time as a welterweight. “It would be huge and I would walk out with the belt.”

In another welterweight fight at a different Las Vegas venue Saturday, former two division champion Timothy Bradley and Diego Chaves fought to a 12-round controversial draw.

The decision resulted in plenty of boos from boxing fans who thought Bradley deserved the win.


SBO REPORT:Stricker’s semi-retirement could see big change

SBO REPORT:Stricker’s semi-retirement could see big change


Steve Stricker’s easy ride into semi-retirement  sbobet  could be coming to a crossroads.

Not that it’s been easy lately.

The year began with his older brother, Scott, in the hospital waiting for a liver. He had transplant surgery five days before Stricker made his season debut in the Match Play Championship, and that turned out to be an example of how Stricker was tugged in so many directions that meant so much more than chasing after a golf ball.

“I was power of attorney,” he said. “So I got a call that morning before I teed off in my first match. I’ve got to make a decision whether they can go in and do a procedure because they can’t do it without asking me. That was before my first match. That’s the kind of stuff that was going on  sbobet . It got to where my mind wasn’t focused. And to play well out here, you have to put everything into being out here.”

That was rarely a problem for Stricker, which is why this reduced schedule was so appealing in the first place.

He could neatly package his life into time on the PGA Tour, at home in Wisconsin with his wife and two daughters, with his charity project and time in a deer stand.

When he cut his schedule to 13 events in 2013, Stricker still managed to earn more than $4.4 million, finish No. 3 in the FedEx Cup (worth a $2 million bonus), qualify for the Presidents Cup team and move up 10 spots to No. 8 in the world ranking.

This year was a blur.

Instead of taking his daughters to school and heading to the golf  sbobet  course during the weeks he was preparing for tournaments, Stricker stayed with his brother. He said Scott was in the hospital for all but two months before he died with little warning on Oct. 4.

“He would never, ever say that was the reason he played good or bad,” said Stricker’s wife, Nicki. “But as much as he is able to separate things, it was tough on him. The hours he spent there were hard. You’re in ICU with a lot of people who are really sick.”

The work ethic didn’t change. Stricker doesn’t take short cuts. But while his hands were wrapped around a golf club, his head was somewhere else.

“I really wasn’t there,” he said. “I would take my kids to school and then I would go to the hospital until noon  sbobet  or 1 p.m. And then I would try to go practice, but coming out of the hospital, that takes a lot out of you.”

The weekend after Stricker returned from being a vice captain at the Ryder Cup, his brother took an unexpected turn for the worse and died at age 51.

Stricker finished No. 89 on the money list. He did not compete in any of the FedEx Cup playoff events because of a hip injury. His ranking has plunged 30 spots to No. 38. He will be eligible for the Masters next year by finishing the year in the top 50. He is not guaranteed a spot in any of the other majors.

Which brings him to the crossroads.

Even with his limited schedule, he could always count on playing a pair of World Golf Championships early in the year. But the Match Play has been moved to the first weekend in May. And after his most unproductive year since 2005 when he didn’t have his card, Stricker realized he probably won’t be eligible for Doral. If he doesn’t  sbobet  play until March, he will be out of the top 50.

That could present the first big temptation of semi-retirement. Does he add tournaments to make sure he’s eligible for the biggest events?

Ever since Stricker turned his game around a decade ago by hitting balls out of a three-sided trailer to a snow-covered range in the Wisconsin winter, he has been among the elite in golf. He has been in the top 50 for nearly eight years. He has been eligible for every major and WGC since 2007.

Being entrenched in the top 50 makes it easy to build a schedule around the biggest events.

But now?

“It is a concern of mine,” he said. “Because  sbobet  I’ve played in all these great events over the years. Then again, there’s so many good events I can play. I really enjoy what I’m doing with this limited schedule. The kids like having me at home. Nicki likes having me at home. I feel like if I can stay competitive enough, I should stay in that top 50. But I’m getting older. I turn 48 in January. It’s going to be harder and harder every year.

“Someday these events are going to stop,” he said. “I’d like to play them as long as I could. But I probably won’t chase that, either.”

So where would he start up next year?

“You might not see me for a couple of months,” he said, smiling as he walked off to join his wife.

They were headed to Naples for the Franklin-Templeton Shootout this week. The kids were to fly down on Tuesday.

It’s been a long  sbobet  tough year. And it’s good to be with family.


SBO REPORT:Veterans missing from India team in Australia

SBO REPORT:Veterans missing from India team in Australia


Already missing Sachin Tendulkar from  sbo  a tour of Australia for the first time in more than 20 years, India will go into the opening test against Australia on Tuesday with a new test captain.

M.S. Dhoni failed to recover from a broken left thumb and will be replaced by 26-year-old Virat Kohli, who captained India on a limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe last year but who has never led his country into a test match.

Dhoni tried vainly to take part in the first test, but the thumb injury was too severe to allow him to play. Wriddhiman Saha will be wicketkeeper in Dhoni’s place.

Kohli, India’s 32nd test skipper, appreciates Dhoni’s advice.

“M.S. coming in is always a help for the younger guys on the team  sbo  and his input is so important,” Kohli said Monday. “Just discussing plans with him, taking a few tips as to what we are thinking of doing and what he feels about them, because he’s been there, done that, seen possibly every situation in cricket.”

India hasn’t toured Australia without Tendulkar — who retired last year — since 1991. Rahul Dravid and fellow veteran V.V.S. Laxman have also retired, while international stalwart Virender Sehwag is experiencing a form slump and wasn’t named in India’s 30-man World Cup squad last week.

Kohli said his group of pace bowlers could cause Australia some trouble.

“This one of the best bowling attacks we’ve had in a while,” Kohli said. “Guys who are bowling with  sbo  pace and they’re fit.”

Varun Aaron, the fastest of the Indian pace bowlers and who would be playing in his fourth test, is likely to spearhead the visitors’ attack with Ishant Sharma.

Indian swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a question mark because of soreness in his left ankle. Kumar took 19 wickets at 26.63 on India’s recent tour of England, and was later named India’s player of the year.

Sharma, 26, is on his third tour of Australia and has offered some advice to his teammates — expect some verbal abuse from the crowds.

“Australia is a really amazing country to play cricket in,” Sharma  sbo  said. “What I know from my past experience … I think you will get a hard time from the crowd as well and you have to be prepared for all these things.

“Obviously it’s mentally challenging for you when the people are saying all these things to you, and at the same time you’re handling the pressure in the center as well.”

Sharma’s two previous tours Down Under haven’t gone well. In 2007-08, he took six wickets at an average of 59.66 and four years later just five wickets at 90.20.

Kohli indicated Monday that his side will be aggressive and perhaps return some of Australia’s expected sledging on the field.

“That’s something that I play my cricket with, and that’s certainly something I’m going to use in my captaincy, as well,” he said.

“I don’t mind a fight … a bit of  sbo  chat on the field. It probably makes me more determined.”


SBO REPORT:Returning Tiger solid in ‘needed’ pro-am round

SBO REPORT:Returning Tiger solid in ‘needed’ pro-am round


Tiger Woods walked 18 holes for  sbobet  the first time since the PGA Championship, swinging well in a Wednesday pro-am event ahead of his competitive return at the Hero World Challenge.

Woods, making his return this week after a four-month back injury layoff, made three birdies with a lone bogey, missing four fairways and two greens at Isleworth in the first hint of the form golf fans can expect from him in 2015.

“I’m starting to get my power back, starting to get my speed back,” Woods said. “That has been nice.”

The 14-time major champion, chasing the career record of 18  sbobet  majors won by Jack Nicklaus, said he needed the workout more than usual because he had not walked an entire layout since last August, when he missed the cut at the PGA Championship.

“It felt good to be out there,” Woods said. “I felt like I really needed today. It was a nice little indicator.”

Woods, who turns 39 later this month, will tee off alongside Australian Jason Day, who is also returning from a back injury at the 18-player event.

The $3.5 million unofficial tournament that starts on Thursday benefits Woods’ charity foundation.

Former world number  sbobet  one Woods, who stands 24th in this week’s rankings, looked in solid shape in his tuneup round, swinging well without the obvious back pain that had hindered his efforts in much of his injury-trimmed 2014 campaign.

“I built up my body, made a few adjustments on my swing and hit some good shots,” Woods said.

He was joined by new swing consultant Chris Como, hired by Woods last month after a split with swing coach Sean Foley in August.

PGA veteran Steve Stricker said he likes what he has seen so far from Woods.

“He’s one of the best ever and coming back with a lot of anticipation,” Stricker said. “It looks like he’s swinging at it pretty good. It looks similar to the early 2000s to me.”

That’s the time frame in which Woods won four majors in a row and one that still influences his game. Woods said he has looked back at his past  sbobet  styles to revamp his swing without the nagging back and knee injuries that have slowed him in recent seasons.

“It looked a lot freer,” Stricker said. “Didn’t look like he was getting in his way. It looked like it was on a better path. I’m sure he’s going to have some issues going forward. It will be fun to watch it play out and see how he handles it going forward.”

- Don’t write off Tiger yet -

Woods has lost the aura of invincibility he once owned but remains a respected foe when healthy and comfortable with his swing as he was Wednesday.

“As far as players writing him off, I don’t think so,” Stricker said. “We all know what amazing things he has done over the course of 20 years. We know it’s in there. If he starts swinging it better and starts feeling good about what he’s doing again, it won’t take long for him to be at the top of the game again.”

Defending Challenge  sbobet  champion Zach Johnson has seen only a handful of shots from Woods but is happy to have him back in the field.

“It looked great to me,” Johnson said. “I’m glad he’s playing.”

Johnson defeated Woods in a playoff last year, the last time Woods has cracked the top 10 in a tournament.

“That’s strange,” Johnson said. “You’re talking about the best player I’ve ever witnessed. It’s really, really strange. I’d be interested to see what he does this week.”

Jordan Spieth, coming off a victory last week at the Australian Open, sees Woods closing the major gap on Nicklaus once he’s fully fit.  sbobet 

“If he’s 100 percent healthy, I don’t have any doubt he will get back to winning major championships,” Spieth said. “I look forward to be the one trying to stop him.”


SBO REPORT:Actor Mickey Rourke’s exhibition bout was staged, Daily Mail Online reports

SBO REPORT:Actor Mickey Rourke’s exhibition bout was staged, Daily Mail Online reports


Actor Mickey Rourke’s return to  sbo  boxing last week was successful, if the only standard by which success is judged is by having one’s hand raised.

The 62-year-old actor, most famous for his Academy Award-nominated role in “The Wrestler,” came out “victorious” in the exhibition match with Eliott Seymour Friday in Moscow, winning by second-round stoppage. It was a joke of a fight and an affront to the sport. The men moved in slow motion and showed no skill whatsoever.

Rourke has an excuse, given his age and that it was 20 years since he last had a bout. He fought to a 1994 draw against Sean Gibbons, now a popular manager and matchmaker in boxing. The 29-year-old Seymour showed little talent and less effort  sbo  and was counted out after twice being knocked down by body shots.

Actor Mickey Rourke, 62, fought an exhibition match Friday in Moscow that a London newspaper alleges was staged. …
Promoter Arthur Pellulo should be ashamed for being a part of that farce.

But the London Daily Mail, in an exclusive report, says the fight was fixed. The Mail’s accuracy on its exclusives is somewhere less than the weekend weather guy’s in Dubuque, but that hasn’t stopped it in the past from salacious headlines. The Mail “reported” last year that former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis would end a 10-year retirement for $100 million  sbo  to fight Vitali Klitschko. Of course, both sides denied it and it never occurred.

That, though, was the Mail’s bright and shining moment compared to its “exclusive” on the Rourke fight.

This time, the Mail quotes a “source close to the family” as well as “a gym source,” that Seymour was asked by unidentified associates of Rourke to intentionally lose. It referred to Seymour as a “homeless drifter” and quoted a family member that it never identified discussing at length a theory that Seymour threw the bout.

Seymour is 1-9 as a professional boxer and has lost eight fights in a row. He most recently fought professional on Oct. 16 in Costa Mesa, Calif., when he lost a decision to Taif Harris.

Rourke is close friends with legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach  sbo  and trains at Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Calif. The so-called family member told the Mail that Seymour trained at Wild Card, as well.
There are few facts presented in the story. It’s more a string of anonymous quotes from the unidentified relative and an alleged source at the gym where Rourke trained.

The story doesn’t indicate whether any attempt was made to speak with Seymour, Rourke, Pellulo or Roach, despite the serious allegations. It did quote a “gym source,” as well as the manager of a Starbucks where Seymour supposedly hang out before the fight. It said it had reached out to Rourke’s manager, but did not indicate if it had received a response.

The Starbucks’ manager’s contribution was to confirm that Seymour often showed up at his establishment at 5 a.m., which made him suspect Seymour is homeless.

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Elliot Seymour (R) struggles to get up as the referee waves off his fight with 62-year-old actor Mickey Rourke (L) in the  sbo  second round Friday in Moscow. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

Elliot Seymour (R) struggles to get up as the referee waves off his fight with 62-year-old actor Mickey Rourke …
It also quoted Seymour’s mother, but did not refer to her by her full name. It only referred to her as “Mrs. Seymour.” She expressed concern about her son and said they were estranged because of differences over his boxing career, but she presented no facts to support the story’s headline that the fix was in.

The bout was beyond awful and neither man had much ability or was in condition for a real fight. Simply by being a part of it, Pellulo’s reputation is deservedly going to take a massive hit. It was bad enough that Pellulo allowed well-past-his-prime Jose Luis Castillo fight in the main event against Ruslan Provodnikov, but it showed terrible judgment to be a party to something like the Rourke-Seymour debacle.

What’s clear is that it wasn’t much of a fight and neither guy tried hard. Why an exhibition bout featuring a 62-year-old actor would be fixed is beyond me, but  sbo  perhaps it was. It seems unlikely, but not impossible given the horrible nature of the fight.

The Mail, though, simply offered nothing in the way of proof for its allegations.


SBO REPORT:Murray on the way to get hitched as coaches get ditched

SBO REPORT:Murray on the way to get hitched as coaches get ditched


Andy Murray announced his  sbo  engagement to longtime girlfriend Kim Sears on Wednesday while also dispensing with two members of his backroom staff in Dani Vallverdu and Jez Green.

The 2013 Wimbledon champion, who was originally coached by his mother, Judy, has retained Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo, herself a former Grand Slam winner, as his head coach, while his engagement to Sears follows their nine  sbo  years as a couple.

But two of the men who have played such a big part in Murray’s professional life will no longer be involved after he parted company with friend and hitting partner Vallverdu and fitness coach Green.

Murray’s management company, who also announced his engagement, said the coaching split was “mutual”, with the 27-year-old Scot adding: “We sat down at the end of the season and decided that a change would be best for all of us.

“My off-season training and Australian Open preparations have already begun and I am very excited for the new year.

“I thank Jez and Dani for  sbo  all their hard work over the years and wish them the best for the future.”

Murray and Vallverdu met at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Spain as promising young players more than a decade ago, with the Venezuelan becoming a key member of the British player’s entourage.

Both Green and Vallverdu were said to be unhappy when Murray decided to appoint Mauresmo as his main coach in succession to Ivan Lendl in June, although the issue was reported to be a lack of consultation rather than consternation at their boss’s decision, unusual for a top male player, to have a woman as his head coach.

Murray has made significant changes to his coaching staff throughout his career, splitting with Brad Gilbert at the age of 20 despite Britain’s governing Lawn Tennis Association paying the American a hefty fee primarily just to coach him.

His decision to hire a former champion in Lendl in 2012 sparked  sbo  similar moves from Roger Federer, who brought Stefan Edberg into his camp, and Novak Djokovic, who recruited Boris Becker to his team.

But with Lendl seemingly reluctant to spend as much time on the road as Murray wanted, their partnership came to an end when the Scot was struggling for form following back surgery.

The end of that partnership in March came from Lendl and was a painful blow for Murray at a time when he was still trying to recover form, fitness and confidence following back surgery.

Murray, the 2012 US Open and London Olympic Games champion, flew to Manila on Wednesday to play in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League and will travel to Miami next week.

He is due to begin his 2015  sbo  season with an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi on January 1.

The 26-year-old Sears has become a familiar, and much photographed, figure in her own right while watching Murray courtside at events all around the world.

She too grew up in a tennis-loving home with father Nigel Sears formerly the LTA’s head of women’s tennis.

Kim Sears was once described by Judy Murray as “the best thing to happen to Andy”.

But he reportedly upset her when in January this year he sent a ‘joke’ message to a fan saying: “We are getting married just after Wimbledon, should be a great  sbo  day,” only to have to issue a retraction in a follow-up tweet.


SBO REPORT:Lauren Hill’s high school retires her basketball jersey

SBO REPORT:Lauren Hill’s high school retires her basketball jersey

Around this time last year  sbobet , Lauren Hill was a senior starting on the Lawrenceburg (Ind.) High School basketball team, committed to continuing her basketball career at a Division III college in Cincinnati.

That dream would be cut short before it even started, as Hill’s doctors diagnosed her with a rare brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma last November. Hill decided to use the diagnosis of the inoperable brain tumor as inspiration, grasping the opportunity to get the word out about DIPG. She also continued playing hoops despite worsening symptoms.

Her story became national news when Mount St. Joseph played its first game of the season on Nov. 2, a few weeks early in order to give Hill the chance  sbobet  to play at least one college game before her symptoms become too severe. Legendary coach Pat Summitt surprised her at halftime, presenting her with the Pat Summitt Most Courageous award.

Hill was the next to surprise everyone, her doctors included, by appearing in a regularly scheduled game last Friday. She’s also raised more than $350,000 through a cancer research funding campaign called Layup4Lauren, appeared on a Wheaties box and earned a personalized NBA Live 2015 cover.

On Saturday night, her alma mater added yet another surprise: The school retired Hill’s No. 22 jersey.

The half-time ceremony even caught Hill off guard, as did the announcement that there will be a Lauren Hill Week in the town. She says she thought she was just attending a regular Saturday night game.

“All this has been amazing and the continued support from everybody, and all the other teams, and the community,” Hill said as she addressed the crowd. “There’s really good people out there, that I’ve  sbobet  learned, and I’m speechless.”

Her courage has had the same effect on people around the country, from professional athletes to children battling DIPG. For Hill, that’s another dream come true.

SBO REPORT:Ko closes out amazing rookie year with big payday

SBO REPORT:Ko closes out amazing rookie year with big payday

The biggest challenge facing Lydia Ko is how she can top a rookie season like this one.


The 17-year-old from New Zealand  sbo  sat next to a pair of crystal trophies Sunday evening. At her feet was a glass box that was stuffed with cash to symbolize the $1 million bonus she picked up on an historic end to the LPGA Tour season.

She was an instant millionaire when she closed with a 4-under 68 to get into a three-way playoff in the CME Group Tour Championship. She already had finished high enough to clinch the inaugural “Race to CME Globe” and its $1 million bonus.

Then, she collected another trophy by winning the Tour Championship with a par on the fourth extra hole to pick up an extra $500,000. Only the tournament earnings count toward the money list, and it made Ko the first rookie to surpass $2 million in a year.

The most pressure she felt all week was Thursday night, when she  sbo  had to give an acceptance speech as LPGA rookie of the year.

“It’s been an awesome week, and a week I’ll never forget,” Ko said.

As an amateur, her mother used to give her $10 for every shot she finished under par. Ko won twice on the LPGA Tour as an amateur, and she made her pro debut last year at the Tour Championship by earning $16,063.

So to leave town with $1.5 million in one day was a little difficult to digest.

“It’s huge money, you know?” Ko said. “Even $1,000 is huge money. For us, $100 is huge money. So it’s getting bigger. But the great things about my friends is most of them don’t play golf. When I’m hanging around with them, we don’t talk about golf or the hook I hit on 7 or whatever. So that’s what I really love. I feel like I can get off the course, get my mind free and just be that teenager.”

On the golf course, she looks like a world beater.

Ko already has five  sbo  LPGA Tour victories, and she’s still not old enough to legally drink the champagne that players sprayed on her when she won. She heads back to New Zealand for a two-month offseason before figuring out what she can do next.

“It’s going to be tough,” she said. “I think I played pretty awesome this year. I’ve had 14 top 10s and three wins. It’s a year that I would have never thought I would have. It’s hard year to top. Just playing consistently is my goal for my whole career.”

She was consistent on Sunday, especially in the playoff held on the 425-yard 18th hole, which yielded only four birdies in the final round.

Ko left it to the others to blink first.

Julieta Granada of Paraguay, who closed with a 71, was the first to be eliminated when she three-putted from the collar of the green, missing a 5-foot par putt  sbo  that spun in and out of the cup.

Carlota Ciganda of Spain twice had a chance to pick up her first LPGA Tour victory. She closed with a 70, a score that could have been one shot better if not for missing a 3-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole in regulation that would have given her a one-shot lead.

On the third playoff hole, Ciganda had a 5-foot birdie putt for the win and missed it. On the fifth time playing the 18th hole — and fourth in the playoff — she pulled her approach left of the green and watched it bounce down the slope and into the hazard.

“Just missed one shot, and not the right way,” Ciganda said.

She took a penalty drop and chipped to 3 feet. Ko had two putts for the win, and her birdie putt stopped an inch from going in. No matter. The kid was a winner again, and richer than ever.

The top three players — Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Ko — only had to win the tournament to assure themselves the $1 million bonus. Lewis never had much of a chance and tied for ninth  sbo . Park was four shots worse and tied for 24th.

Ko just went about her work, thinking more about birdies than cash.

“She’s a great player,” Lewis said. “She got that innocence about her that she doesn’t even realize what’s going on. She probably has no idea how the scenarios and points work out. Maybe it’s to her advantage.”

Lewis did not leave empty-handed.

She became the first American in 21 years to sweep the three most significant awards on the LPGA Tour — player of the year, the Vare Trophy for the lowest   sbo scoring average and the money title.

“The $1 million would have been nice,” Lewis said. “But those three, that’s what I came here for.”


SBO REPORT:Lost time, but not a lost year for Michelle Wie

SBO REPORT:Lost time, but not a lost year for Michelle Wie


Michelle Wie has every reason  sbobet  to look at this year as what might have been.

Right when the 6-foot star from Hawaii was finally hitting her stride, yet another injury kept her out of golf for nearly three months. She could only watch as her name slipped from the top of the LPGA Tour money list. When she finally felt healthy enough to try to return, she lost out on the inside track to a $1 million bonus for the winner of the  sbobet  Race to the CME Globe.

So how does she look back on the season?

With a big smile, for starters.

It helps that she won the U.S. Women’s Open, the biggest event in women’s golf and her first major. Not to be forgotten was how she rallied to win the Lotte Championship in April, her first LPGA Tour win in nearly four years that felt even bigger because she won before a home crowd in Hawaii.

So when she was asked Tuesday for one word to describe her season, the 25-year-old Wie bought some  sbobet  time before saying, ”Rewarding.”

”The season has been so phenomenal for me,” Wie said. ”It boosted my confidence. It kind of showed me what I can do. And obviously, it’s been a tough year for me with injuries, with my knee and my hand and everything. But it’s still rewarding. I can’t complain.”

In one of the best seasons for the LPGA Tour, Wie was a big part of it.

She was runner-up in the Kraft Nabisco Championship to Lexi Thompson, the 19-year-old who hits it a mile. Wie bounced back with a powerful win at Pinehurst No. 2, where she survived a late blunder with a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole  sbobet  that all but clinched her U.S. Women’s Open title.

Inbee Park won another major on her rise back to No. 1 in her sport. Mo Martin became a popular major champion at the Women’s British Open by showing grit and perseverance can go a lot longer than some of her tee shots.

And as the season ends this week at the CME Group Tour Championship, Park and Stacy Lewis are locked in a tight battle for all the big awards – money title, player of the year, and the Race to the CME Globe.

The top three in the points race – Lewis, Park and 17-year-old Lydia Ko – only have to win on the Tiburon Course at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort to capture the $1 million bonus. Along with the $500,000 prize  sbobet  from the tournament, it would be the biggest payoff in women’s golf.

Wie is at No. 4 and still has a reasonable shot at the $1 million. But it’s not like her season would be empty without it.

For the first time, Wie felt like she belonged among the top players in golf.

”I think in the past my mentality has always been that I want to play really well. I put a lot of pressure on myself,” she said. ”I was talking to (swing coach David) Leadbetter about this and I told him I wanted to play consistent. Whether I’m consistently mediocre or consistently good, I just want to be consistent every week, to go out there and build on it.”

She was consistently good.

In her first 14 events of the season, Wie finished worse than 16th only  sbobet  one time. She put together five straight top 10s – including a victory in Hawaii and a runner-up finish in the first major of the year. Unlike the past, no one had to scroll very far down the leaderboard to find her name.

She headed into the Women’s British Open as the star she always was expected to be. And then her season took another detour, a route she knows all too well.

Wie isn’t sure how or where she injured her right hand. She remembers it getting sore at Royal Birkdale, perhaps because of the firm turf in a dry English summer. She remembers one shot in Ohio a week later from a really bad lie that had her shaking her hand. Before long, she had trouble holding a toothbrush or lifting a fork.

She tried to return to  sbobet  the final major of the year in France and couldn’t make it beyond 13 holes.

Since her return in Asia, she’s right back to where she left off – a pair of top 5s, and pair of top 20s that long ago would have been considered a big success. Wie is practicing less and working out more, building a game for the long run.

Next year will mark the 10-year anniversary when she turned pro. It already has been a long, twisting road filled with injuries, big endorsement contracts, high expectations, and the discipline to be a part-time player while she earned a degree from Stanford.

She looks at this season-ending event as a final exam.

”You want to put everything you learned over the year and kind of go  sbobet  out with a bang, and hopefully play the best golf you played all year,” she said.

If she doesn’t, that won’t change how she looks at her season. Because a big part of her is eager to see what the next few years will bring.