A Model Player

By Anna RawsonFebruary 27, 2008, 5:00 pm
Editor's note: LPGA Tour rookies will be blogging throughout the 2008 season. Anna Rawson has condition status on the LPGA Tour this year thanks to a tie for 18th at the LPGA Q-school. She is a successful model, in addition to be a professional golfer.
 
I am sitting in Los Angeles at Urth Caf (a favorite) as I write my first rookie blog. I didn't believe my life could get any busier, but since qualifying for the LPGA last December I feel like I have been in overdrive! I am actually very excited to have a night off. I get to sit and write at the place that makes the best soy lattes in town.
 
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Anna Rawson will make her 2008 LPGA debut at the MasterCard Classic in Mexico.
So what have I been up to? Well... let's rewind to December After qualifying school and orientation, I headed straight to New York to meet with Swedish golf company J Lindeberg. We finalized my endorsement, and I helped design the next line. All the while I was on and off the phone giving radio and news interviews about getting my card. It was so fun for me to share my design ideas. These are ideas that I have been collecting for the last two years, and it was great to get such positive feedback. I actually received the sketches last week and I am soooooo excited for them to be produced!
 
After a whirlwind two days in New York, I headed to Dubai for the last event on the Ladies European Tour. During the week, I did two fashion shoots, one for Emirates Woman and for L'Officiel. I also walked the red carpet at the Dubai Film festival and played the tournament. Just a typical week on tour. L'Officiel was a crazy location shoot. We pulled off the side of the road in Dubai, got a hot air balloon ready, and started shooting. All while camels were walking around us! From Dubai, I headed to Australia to spend 10 days with the family. I didn't even unpack the sticks. Upon arrival I pretty much slept for three days. The only thing I accomplished each day was a visit to the gym. My left shoulder needed some boosting from all the playing and traveling I was doing, and by the time I left, I was in much better shape.
 
I started golf again January 3rd but decided to ease myself into it. I was still strengthening the shoulder, and I had plenty of other stuff to do. I write a golf tip and journal piece every month in 20 magazines around the world, so I had to get writing and planning the upcoming photo shoot. In between golf and the gym, I did a photo shoot for Interview Magazine. It was a fun shoot at an amazing house in Silver Lake. The pictures were quite vintage and edgy. Look out for the issue (March Edition), should be on the stands any day now.
 
By the time February rolled around, I was fully training and enjoying an active social life, which is extremely rare for me seeing as though I am never in one place for very long. It's been fun hosting girls' nights at my house and checking out L.A.'s crazy nightlife.
 
I was very fortunate to squeeze a quick trip to New York again for Fashion Week. I attended the Jayson Brunsdon, Arthur Mendonca, Kai Kuhne, and Willow shows. It was so exciting to actually attend shows and not be in them. It was also fantastic to see consistency in the looks that I selected for J Lindeberg. Sometimes you never know how far off you are, so I was relieved to see some of my looks on the runway. Fashion week is a blast, not only the shows but also all the parties! And I cannot rave enough about New York. There is so much energy in the city. I just love it!
 
Since being back in L.A., I have been working with my coaches, playing a lot and enjoying time with friends.
 
Next week I will shoot my golf tips as well as continue to work on my game for my first tournament in Mexico City in March!
 
THINGS I LOVE RIGHT NOW:
 
  • ChampagneParis got me addicted!
  • Newsroom's freshly squeezed juices (immunity boost!)
  • The penthouse at the HUNTLEY HOTEL
  • MAC Lip Glee
  • NEW YORK ' everything except the weather
  • Song - The Anthem by Pitbull Featuring Lil Jon
  • Phoenix Suns ' and their SHAQ addition
     
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    Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

    Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

    Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

    Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

    McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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    Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

    By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

    Memo to the golf gods:

    If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

    Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

    It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

    With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

    It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

    We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

    We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

    Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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    Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

    We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

    In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

    While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

    Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

    Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

    Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

    While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

    Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

    So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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    McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

    By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

    With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

    The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

    Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

    "I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

    McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

    But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

    "I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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    What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

    Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

    Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

    Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

    Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

    Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

    Ball: Titleist Pro V1x