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2007: The Year In Golf


Morgan Pressel - 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship

It's tradition for the winner of the Kraft Nabisco Championship to take a running leap into the pond beside the 18th green. In 2007, Morgan Pressel got to jump in the lake.

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Tiger Woods wins his first tournament of the year, the Buick Invitational, to run his PGA Tour winning streak to seven - second best behind Byron Nelson's 11 straight wins. But seven is where Tiger's streak ends.

Woods goes on to post his sixth career victory in the WGC CA Championship and his sixth career victory in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Woods has now won the Bridgestone three straight years two different times - the only time one golfer has had 3-year winning streaks in the same tournament over two different periods of time.

Morgan Pressel's first professional victory is a major championship, the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship. Pressel is the youngest major champion in LPGA history at 18 years, 10 months, 9 days.

Alexis Thompson breaks another of Pressel's records, becoming the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open. Thompson, age 12 years, four months and one day, betters the previous record of Pressel, who was 12 years, 11 months and 21 days old when she qualified for the 2001 U.S. Women's Open.

Speaking of very young female golfers, Thai amateur Ariya Jutanugarn plays her way into the LPGA Honda Thailand at the age of 11 years, 11 months and two days. She thus becomes the youngest player to qualify for an LPGA event. The previous mark of 12 years, 4 months, 14 days was held by Michelle Wie, who Monday qualified for the 2002 LPGA Takefuji Classic.

Michelle Wie herself had a very rough year, suffering wrist injuries, withdrawing from multiple events and failing to make cuts in others. At the LPGA Ginn Tribute, Wie withdrew when she was 14-over through 16 holes in the first round.

Pablo Martin, a Spaniard who is a sophomore at Oklahoma State University, wins the Estoril Open on the European Tour. Martin is the first amateur winner in the Euro Tour's history.

Fifteen-year-old Ryo Ishikawa wins the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup, becoming the youngest winner on the Japan Tour. Seve Ballesteros had previously held that distinction, having won the 1977 Japan Open at age 20.

When Keith Fergus wins the Ginn Championship on the Champions Tour, he becomes just the second golfer to post victories on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Champions Tour. Ron Streck was the first.

Bob Charles makes the cut and finishes 23rd at the New Zealand Open, cosponsored by the European Tour and Australasian Tour. At age 71, Charles becomes the oldest player to make a cut on any of the world's major golf tours.

102-year-old Elsie McLean aces the 100-yard, par-3 No. 4 hole at Bidwell Park in Chico, Calif., becoming the oldest-known golfer to make a hole in a one. She used a driver.

Se Ri Pak wins the LPGA Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic for the fifth time.

Died This Year:

• Harold MacNeill, founder of MacNeill Engineering/Champ Spikes
• Don Massengale Sr., PGA Tour winner
Norman Von Nida, Australian golf pioneer
• Joe Jimenez, Champions Tour winner
Gay Brewer, 1967 Masters champion, 11-time winner on PGA Tour
• Ruth Jessen, 11-time winner on LPGA Tour
• Bud Allin, 5-time PGA Tour winner

Money Leaders:

PGA Tour: Tiger Woods, $10,867,052
Champions Tour: Jay Haas, $2,581,001
LPGA Tour: Lorena Ochoa, $4,364,994
European Tour: Justin Rose, € 2,944,945

Scoring Leaders:

PGA Tour (Vardon Trophy): Tiger Woods, 67.79
Champions Tour: Loren Roberts, 69.31
LPGA Tour (Vare Trophy): Lorena Ochoa, 69.69

Men's Major Championship Winners
The Masters: Zach Johnson
U.S. Open: Angel Cabrera
British Open: Padraig Harrington
PGA Championship: Tiger Woods

Women's Major Championship Winners
Kraft Nabisco Championship: Morgan Pressel
LPGA Championship: Suzann Pettersen
U.S. Women's Open: Cristie Kerr
Women's British Open: Lorena Ochoa

Amateur Champions
U.S.: Colt Knost
British: Drew Weaver
U.S. Women's: Maria Jose Uribe
British Women's: Carlota Ciganda

Presidents Cup
United States 19.5, International 14.5

Solheim Cup
United States 16, Europe 12

Walker Cup
United States 12.5, Great Britain & Ireland 11.5

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