Se Ri Pak ended her Hall of Fame career in tears Thursday in front of her adoring home fans at the L.P.G.A. KEB Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea.
It mattered little to the fans and players, many of them drawn to golf by Pak, that she shot an eight-over-par 80 and was tied for last — 15 strokes behind the leader Alison Lee — before withdrawing.
Hampered by left shoulder problems, Pak, 39, said in March that this season would be her last. She stepped away as planned after the first round of the tour’s lone South Korean event, crying nearly throughout a retirement ceremony on the 18th hole.
Pak won 25 L.P.G.A. Tour titles — the last in 2010 — and five majors, two of them during a rookie season in 1998 that gave women’s golf its biggest boost since Nancy Lopez. She was the youngest player to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame when she was enshrined in 2007 at age 30.
AROUND GOLF Scott Piercy began the new PGA Tour season by setting the course record at Silverado with a 10-under 62 to take a two-shot lead at the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif. Piercy made 12 birdies and missed two birdie chances inside 8 feet. • After losing all three of his matches in the Ryder Cup, Lee Westwood returned to form with a four-under 67 in the first round at the British Masters in Watford, England. Westwood was one shot behind Mikko Ilonen, Marc Warren, Tommy Fleetwood and Richard Sterne.
Lester Will Start Game 1 of N.L.C.S.
The Chicago Cubs will start Jon Lester, who pitched eight sparkling innings in their playoff opener, in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. The rest of their rotation depends on the health of Kyle Hendricks, who left Game 2 of the division series against San Francisco when a comebacker went off his right forearm in the fourth inning.
Hendricks had a bullpen session Thursday, and will most likely pitch Game 2 if he is healthy. Hendricks went 9-2 with a 1.32 E.R.A. in 15 games at Wrigley Field during the regular season.
KNEE SURGERY FOR PEDROIA Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is expected to be ready for spring training. Pedroia batted .318 this season with 15 homers and 74 R.B.I.
Penguins Start Title Defense With a Win
Phil Kessel beat Braden Holtby in the fourth round of a shootout as the host Pittsburgh Penguins began the defense of their Stanley Cup title with a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. Kessel’s wrist shot over Holtby’s glove was initially ruled no goal but was overturned on replay. Marc-Andre Fleury, who finished with 39 saves, then stuffed Alex Ovechkin from in close.
No team has repeated since the Detroit Red Wings did it nearly 20 years ago, and Pittsburgh began its defense without its captain Sidney Crosby, who is out indefinitely with a concussion.
KINGS SEND GOALIE TO I.R. The Los Angeles Kings placed goalie Jonathan Quick on injured reserve after he was hurt in the first period of their season opener Wednesday.
Quick incurred an unspecified lower-body injury during Los Angeles’s opening loss at San Jose while making a fairly ordinary stretch to stop a scoring chance by Joe Pavelski. Quick was replaced by Jeff Zatkof, who won a Stanley Cup ring last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
AROUND THE N.H.L. The Winnipeg Jets overcame a 4-1 deficit in the third period to beat the visiting Carolina Hurricanes, 5-4, on an overtime goal by Mark Scheifele. • Brad Marchand had two goals and three assists to match his career high with 5 points as the Boston Bruins beat the host Columbus Blue Jackets, 6-3. • Sabres forward Evander Kane was taken to a hospital for evaluation after colliding heavily into the end boards during Buffalo’s 4-1 loss to the visiting Montreal Canadiens. • Aleksander Barkov scored with 2 minutes 12 seconds left in overtime as the host Florida Panthers topped the New Jersey Devils, 2-1.
Rivers Passes Fouts Atop Chargers’ List
Philip Rivers threw for 178 yards, passing the Hall of Famer Dan Fouts to become San Diego’s career passing leader, and the host Chargers ended a streak of 10 straight divisional losses by holding off the Denver Broncos, 21-13.
The Broncos (4-2) were sluggish behind Trevor Siemian, who was back at quarterback after the rookie Paxton Lynch struggled in a loss to Atlanta. Rivers threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to the rookie tight end Hunter Henry on the game’s first possession. The Chargers (2-4) then settled for Josh Lambo’s career-high four field goals.
Florida Is an Unexpected Guest for L.S.U.
Louisiana State and Florida will play Nov. 19 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., in a game originally scheduled for Gainesville, Fla., that was postponed because of Hurricane Matthew. The teams had to buy out nonconference opponents who had been scheduled for that date.
The arrangement means the Tigers (3-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) will avoid playing three consecutive road games over a 13-day span to end the regular season. The 18th-ranked Gators (4-1, 2-1) will lose two home games and about $7.8 million in projected revenue from ticket sales but should recoup some through insurance.
Continue reading the main story