Walters ties course mark in Hawaiian Open victory

SAN DIEGO HONOLULU — HONOLULU -- Lisa Walters tied a career best with a 7-under-par 65 yesterday to tie the course record and give her a one-shot victory over Missie Berteotti and Kristi Albers at the Hawaiian Ladies Open.

Michelle McGann, who started the day tied for the lead with Berteotti at 6-under, and Dottie Mochrie, who also tied the course record with a final-round 65, finished at 6-under.


Walters finished with a 54-hole score of 8-under 208. The round tied her career-best shot last year at the LPGA Classic.

"I just came from behind and had a career day," said Walters, who has been on the LPGA Tour for eight years. "I can't believe it. I feel like I won a gold medal at the Olympics."


Walters started the day at 1-under, and moved to 9-under through 14 holes after shooting a 5-under 31 on the front nine at par-72, 6,244-yard Ko Olina Golf Course.

She hit an 8-iron to 10 feet, and putted for birdie on the par-3 fourth, and followed with her third straight birdie on No. 5 when she hit a sand wedge out of a bunker to within 10 feet of the green. Walters closed out the front nine with a 12-foot birdie on No. 9 to make the turn at 6-under.

She said she caught a break at No. 11, where she made a 15-foot birdie off a left-to-right breaking putt that gave her the lead. She got another break at No. 13, where she hit a bad drive into the left rough, but rebounded when she hit her 8-iron 12 feet short of the pin.

"I was real lucky on both holes. I caught some breaks," said Walters, a 32-year-old native of British Columbia, Canada.

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SAN DIEGO -- An unprecedented shotgun start was avoided when heavy fog forced cancellation of the third round.

Play was called for the day at 5 p.m., and the tournament was shortened to 54 holes, with the final round scheduled for today on the South course at Torrey Pines.

Tom Watson shared the lead at 131, 13-under par, with Brad Faxon and Mike Springer.


The course, stretching along cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, was shrouded by heavy fog long before the round's scheduled starting time, and none of 74 players got away.

Officials, anticipating a lifting of the fog, made contingency plans for a shotgun start -- using all 18 tees as starting points. The simultaneous start frequently is used in unofficial competition such as club tournaments, corporate outings and pro-am events. The fun-time format, however, has not been used in professional tournament competition.