Jacobsen Still Backs Hartford

By Associated PressMay 11, 2004, 4:00 pm
PGA TourCROMWELL, Conn. -- Peter Jacobsen, last year's PGA comeback player of the year, was back at the TPC at River Highlands on Monday, the scene of his 2003 sentimental wire-to-wire win.
There've been a few changes since then.

Jacobsen was on crutches, sidelined for eight weeks by arthroscopic hip surgery and the tournament he calls his 'second home' has a new name: the Buick Championship.
The former Greater Hartford Open, in danger of extinction after 52 years, was rescued in the nick of time last year by Buick. It is now one of four PGA stops that carries the auto manufacturer's name in the tournament title. It will be held this year from Aug. 23-29.
Jacobsen, a longtime fan favorite, also won the GHO 20 years ago and is one of just five multiple winners of the tournament.
The gallery embraced the easygoing Jacobsen, who bantered with the fans and shook hands throughout his final round of 3-under par 67 last year.
'Last year when I was winning the tournament or in the position to win ... memories of '84 came flooding back,' Jacobsen said during the tournament's annual media day. 'One thing I remember most about Hartford is the incredible support of the fans. When I was coming up 18 back in '84, there was no corporate row back then, but still there were hundreds of thousands of people up on the hill.'
The corporations did eventually show up and two decades later were the prime reason the tournament is still around today. When Canon pulled out after 18 years as a sponsor after the 2002 GHO, tournament officials cobbled together $4 million corporate sponsors to float the 2003 tournament.
'People come out and support this event because it's their community,' Jacobsen said. 'Whether the companies were big or small last year, they kept this event alive. It's because of the people, the heart and soul in this community.'
The tournament pumps about $20 million into the local economy for that one summer week. It's also the sole fund-raiser for the Greater Hartford Jaycees, who have donated about $24 million to charitable causes over the past 52 years, tournament officials have said.
Gov. John G. Rowland also was a driving force behind the scenes last year to keep the tournament afloat.
'He has always seen the tremendous value of the GHO and PGA Tour being in Connecticut as one of the most well-attended events in any given year,' spokesman Chris Cooper said. 'He did a lot of work and talked to a lot of people.'
Tournament Director Dan Baker said Buick brings a wealth of tournament know-how since the company runs its own golf tournament and is the title sponsor of two others.
'They know what they're doing and know what they want to accomplish,' Baker said. 'It's a big sigh of relief. For about a year and a half I spent so much time looking for a title sponsor. Now it's nice to be able to just focus on running the tournament.'
Buick also is the longtime sponsor of Tiger Woods, who has not yet played at Hartford. Buick's sponsorship has raised speculation that Woods might play in Connecticut one year. Also Monday, tournament officials announced that Nick Price, the two-time PGA player of the year and the 1993 GHO winner, has committed to the field.
This year's field will not include the 50-year-old Jacobsen, however. He expects to be healthy enough but is committed to the JELD-WEN Tradition, a Champions Tour Major Event in his hometown of Portland, Ore.
'Hopefully, I'll be able to come back next year,' Jacobsen said. 'I would love to come back to Hartford as many years as the Jaycees will have me and Buick will have me. Let's keep our fingers crossed that Tiger Woods will come play, because this tournament deserves Tiger Woods.'
It's already got a champion in Peter Jacobsen.
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    Woods hit the green at the par-3 second but left himself a 50-foot birdie putt and a 6-footer to save par, which we walked in.

    A two-putt 4 at the par-5 fourth gave Woods his first birdie of the day and moved him to 8 under for the week. Apparently energized, Tiger pulled driver at the short par-4 fifth and unleashed this violent swing.

    A pitch from the thick rough hit a sprinkler head and stopped on the apron, leading to this birdie try, which fortunately hit the pin but unfortunately didn't fall.

    Looking to pick up another stroke - or two - at the par-5 sixth, Woods took his drive 317 yards over the water and hit this second shot from 227 yards to 13 feet, leading to another two-putt birdie when his eagle try burned the right edge.

    Returning to his trusty 2-iron, Tiger found the fairway at par-4 eighth and then threw this dart from 176 yards to 6 feet and rolled in his third birdie putt of the day to move to 10 under.

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    McIlroy: Time for Tour to limit alcohol sales on course

    By Ryan LavnerMarch 18, 2018, 1:50 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy suggested Saturday that the PGA Tour might need to consider curbing alcohol sales to stop some of the abusive fan behavior that has become more prevalent at events.

    McIlroy said that a fan repeatedly yelled his wife’s name (Erica) during the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    “I was going to go over and have a chat with him,” McIlroy said. “I think it’s gotten a little much, to be honest. I think they need to limit the alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something, because every week it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more.

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    “I know that people want to come and enjoy themselves, and I’m all for that, but sometimes when the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy, it can get a little much.”

    This isn’t the first time that McIlroy has voiced concerns about fan behavior on Tour. Last month at Riviera, he said the rowdy spectators probably cost Tiger Woods a half-shot a round, and after two days in his featured group he had a splitting headache.

    A week later, at the Honda Classic, Justin Thomas had a fan removed late in the final round.

    McIlroy believes the issue is part of a larger problem, as more events try to replicate the success of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which has one of the liveliest atmospheres on Tour.

    “It’s great for that tournament, it’s great for us, but golf is different than a football game, and there’s etiquette involved and you don’t want people to be put off from bringing their kids when people are shouting stuff out,” he said. “You want people to enjoy themselves, have a good day.”

    As for a solution, well, McIlroy isn’t quite sure.

    “It used to be you bring beers onto the course or buy beers, but not liquor,” he said. “And now it seems like everyone’s walking around with a cocktail. I don’t know whether (the solution) is to go back to letting people walking around with beers in their hands. That’s fine, but I don’t know.”

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    Confident Lincicome lurking after 54 holes at Founders

    By Randy SmithMarch 18, 2018, 2:45 am

    PHOENIX – Brittany Lincicome is farther back than she wanted to be going into Sunday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she’s in a good place.

    She’s keeping the momentum of her season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic victory going this year.

    Her confidence is high.

    “Last year, I won in the Bahamas, but then I didn't do anything after that,” Lincicome said. “I don't even know if I had a top 10 after my win in the Bahamas. Obviously, this year, I want to be more consistent.”

    Lincicome followed up her victory in the Bahamas this year with a tie for seventh in her next start at the Honda LPGA Thailand. And now she’s right back on another leaderboard with the year’s first major championship just two weeks away. She is, by the way, a two-time winner at the ANA Inspiration.

    Missy Pederson, Lincicome’s caddie, is helping her player keep that momentum going with more focus on honing in the scoring clubs.

    “One of our major goals is being more consistent,” Pederson said. “She’s so talented, a once in a generation talent. I’m just trying to help out in how to best approach every golf course.”

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    Pederson has helped Lincicome identify the clubs they’re likely to attack most with on the particular course they are playing that week, to spend more time working with those clubs in practice. It’s building confidence.

    “I know the more greens we hit, and the more chances we give ourselves, the more our chances are to be in contention,” Pederson said. “Britt is not big into stats or details, so I have to figure out how to best consolidate that information, to get us exactly where we need to be.”

    Lincicome’s growing comfort with clubs she can attack with is helping her confidence through a round.

    “I’ve most noticed consistency in her mental game, being able to handle some of the hiccups that happen over the course of a round,” Pederson said. “Whereas before, something might get under her skin, where she might say, `That’s what always happens,’ now, it’s, `All right, I know I’m good enough to get this back.’ I try to get her in positions to hit the clubs we are really hitting well right now.”

    That’s leading to a lot more birdies, fewer bogeys and more appearances on leaderboards in the start to this year.