Lincicome back at Hamilton Farm

By Associated PressMay 20, 2010, 12:25 am

LPGA Tour _newGLADSTONE, New Jersey – Brittany Lincicome is finally back at Hamilton Farm, four years after winning the LPGA’s match-play event on the hilly course.

“It’s a hidden gem,” Lincicome said Wednesday after her morning pro-am round in the Sybase Match Play Championship. “If you weren’t looking for it, you would never find it. It’s so amazing. It’s always in good shape.”

In 2006 at Hamilton Farm, the long-hitting Lincicome beat Michelle Wie, Lorena Ochoa and Juli Inkster in the final three matches for the first of her three LPGA victories. Coming off a playoff loss to Se Ri Pak on Sunday in Mobile, Alabama, Lincicome will open against Beatriz Recari on Thursday.

“I played great last week,” said Lincicome, seeded 16th in the 64-player field. “I drove it well and putted amazingly. I had only 25 putts one of the days, which is really low for me. If I can keep it under 30, normally, I’m doing pretty well. If I keep driving it well and make some putts, we’ll see what happens this week.”

Wie, seeded eighth, will face Stacy Prammanasudh in the first round. Wie won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico in November for her first LPGA title and has two top-six finishes in six events this year.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Wie said. “She’s a very good competitor. I’ve played with her a lot the last couple of years.”

The top 32 seeds selected their opponents in a blind draw Tuesday.

Top-ranked Jiyai Shin drew South Korean compatriot Kyeong Bae. Shin took over the top spot when Ochoa retired three weeks ago after the Tres Marias Championship.

“Match play is fun, but if you lose, you go home,” Shin said Tuesday.

Second-seeded Ai Miyazato, the Japanese star who has won three of the first six events of the year, will open against Jeong Jang. In 2007 at Wykagyl Country Club in the LPGA’s last match-play tournament, Miyazato lost to Seon Hwa Lee in the final.

“I love match play,” Miyazato said. “I’m really happy that I have played so well so far. I’m just trying to do my best this week to keep it going.”

Third-seeded Suzann Pettersen, also part of the playoff Sunday in Alabama, drew Hall of Famer Inkster for the first round.

“You’re going to have to beat them sometime, so you might as well start off with a tough one,” the 50-year-old Inkster said. “She’s a hell of a player, so I’m going to have to play great and not make any mistakes.”

After two seasons without an individual match-play event, Natalie Gulbis is excited the tournament is back on the schedule – and back at Hamilton Farm.

“It was really sad when we left here,” said Gulbis, set to open against Candie Kung. “It’s a fun match-play golf course. I love match play. It’s my favorite format in golf.”

Yani Tseng and Hee Kyung Seo also have won events this year, leaving U.S. players winless in seven tournaments since Wie’s November victory in Mexico.

“We need to play better. They’re just beating us,” said Morgan Pressel, a winner two weeks ago on the Japanese tour.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.