Angela Stanford gets visit from her sick mother

By Associated PressAugust 20, 2009, 4:00 pm
2009 Solheim CupSUGAR GROVE, Ill. ' Angela Stanford has some extra motivation this week.
 
Stanfords mother, Nan, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer, decided to make the trip to the Solheim Cup and will join Stanfords brother and grandmother. Nan Stanford had canceled her flight to the Chicago area, but made the 15-hour drive from Texas with another family member and friend.
 
Stanfords father didnt make the trip after having shoulder surgery on July 31.
 
Im pretty pumped my mom is going to be here, Stanford said.
 
Stanford announced in late June that her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Nan Stanford just finished her second round of chemotherapy, and will have four more.
 
Theyre going to do one every three weeks, and then probably surgery before the end of the year, Stanford said. Shes doing good, but I think the second round hit her a little harder. I found out where my impatience comes from. Shell have a good day and then shell have a bad day and just get all upset because she thinks if she has one good day, she should have a lot of good days.
 
Emotionally, I think shes getting better every day, so Im pretty proud of her.
 
Stanford is playing in her third Solheim Cup, but first in the United States.
 

 
CUP MOTIVATION:The missed cuts were piling up and so were the poor finishes. After so much early success, Brittany Lincicome had no idea how to get out of her slump last year.
 
Or if she even could.
 
It was very scary, I couldnt do anything right last year, Lincicome said Thursday. Nothing was going my way, I couldnt get anything going. My father and I had the conversation, why dont we just take the rest of the year off, work on the game a little bit and see what happens, because I was already exempt from winning a tournament in the previous year.
 
She kept at it, but never found her groove. She had just one top-10 finish in 21 events last season, missing 11 cuts. Of her last seven events, she missed the cut five times.
 
Making her struggles all the more difficult was that shed never experienced anything like it.
 
A star on the junior circuit, Lincicome was the first-round leader at the very first U.S. Womens Open she played, in 2004. She wound up tied for 55th, but the big hitter had served notice that Morgan Pressel and Michelle Wie werent the only teenagers with game.
 
Sure enough, two years later, Lincicome won the Womens World Match Play Championship for her first victory. She was in the top 10 four other times, including finishing seventh at the U.S. Womens Open. In 2007, she won the Ginn Open.
 
Lincicome switched coaches at the beginning of this season, and working with Craig Shankland has had a huge impact. In her fourth start, Lincicome won her first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. She also was fifth at the U.S. Open.
 
I just kind of needed a change, needed to hear something different, Lincicome said. Were kind of working on the same things, but just maybe it hear it a different way, something has clicked, and its really worked out very well.
 
That she wanted a spot on this Solheim Cup team didnt hurt, either.
 
Lincicome freely admits shes not much for practice, and will find herself talking to fellow players if a practice session is dragging on too long. But her poor season last year meant she had work to do if she wanted one of the 10 automatic spots on the U.S. team.
 
It was my No. 1 goal going into the season to make this team, and I had to work pretty hard and put in some good practice ' which, if you know me, you know I dont like to do, she said. It was a lot of work, but the reward was being here and being with these girls and representing your country. Theres nothing better than that.
 

 
NO HELP: European captain Alison Nicholas seems to have been paying attention to Paul Azingers strategy.
 
The U.S. captain used a pod system for last years Ryder Cup, dividing his players into three personality groups and keeping them together for practice rounds and matches. The method worked, with the Americans truly looking like a team in their only Ryder Cup victory this decade.
 
Nicholas did a little shuffling with practice groups, particularly earlier in the week. But the same four players played together Wednesday and Thursday and, sure enough, Nicholas drew her fourball pairings from that.
 
(Azinger) came to see me and said, If you want any help, let me know. I said, Fine, thats good with me, Nicholas said, drawing laughs. Obviously, I did get some information about how Paul structured his pairings. But I just did my own thing, really.
 
Sophie Gustafson and Suzann Pettersen, paired for at least one match at the last three Solheim Cups, will play the first fourball match against Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr. Helen Alfredsson, who qualified as a player after serving as captain in 2007, has played all week with rookie Tania Elosegui, and will do so again Friday against Angela Stanford and Juli Inkster.
 
Laura Davies and Becky Brewerton are paired again, as they were in 2007. Theyll play Brittany Lang and Brittany Lincicome. Catriona Matthew has a new partner in Maria Hjorth (against Morgan Pressel and Michelle Wie).
 
They have a desire to play with one another, and all my players there get a lot of birdies, Nicholas said. Thats what fourball is all about.
 
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    Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

    Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

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    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

    He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

    Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

    Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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    In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

    Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

    Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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    Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

    By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

    The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

    They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

    Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

    Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

    Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

    ''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

    The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

    In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

    Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.