Dottie Mochrie shot a 69 Sunday to finish at par after four rounds of the LPGA Championship. Best of all, she had the last laugh on the ninth hole.
The irksome hole provided a huge dose of misery in the first days, as Mochrie took a double-bogey 6 on Thursday and a triple-bogey Friday. If she parred those two holes, well "It definitely cost me a chance to be in contention," she said. "With the exception of No.
9, I'm 5 under and in the thick of things."
She did manage to par the hole on Saturday and Sunday.
"I think I got my revenge over the last two days," she said.
Many players enjoyed the difficulty of the par-71 course, but others said the consistency of the sand was inconsistent.
"The bunker on 18 had no sand in it," runner-up Lauri Merten said.
"The bunkers need some work. Every bunker I was in was different," Mochrie said. "Some of them were like rock."
The easiest hole on the course was the 445-yard, par-5 12th.
There were 29 eagles during the four-day tournament, compared to just 10 bogeys and not a single double bogey. There were 228 birdies.
The hardest hole was 195-yard, par-3 16th, where 133 bogeys were registered compared to 26 birdies.
Officials at the Bethesda Country Club refused to announce the attendance, saying it was too hard to determine the number with any degree of accuracy.
One tournament official said, however, revenues were "beyond our expectations." He said revenues from concessions, ticket sales and parking were up considerably.
_ TIMES WIRES