LPGA Disputes ShopRite Officials Account of Dispute

By Associated PressOctober 27, 2006, 4:00 pm
Ladies Professional Golf AssociationLPGA Tour commissioner Carolyn Bivens denied that the organization reneged on a promise to maintain a longtime tour event near Atlantic City, N.J.
 
Carolyn Bivens said Thursday that accusations by ShopRite Classic tournament chairman Larry Harrison that the tour failed to negotiate a suitable replacement week were 'not accurate' and added that the event could have been saved if Harrison had met deadlines during the negotiations.

Harrison announced Wednesday that the tournament would fold after 21 years and said the LPGA offered three 'unsuitable' weeks after taking its traditional week in early June and awarding it to a tournament in South Carolina.
 
Bivens disagreed, saying Harrison was offered eight dates that spanned April, June, July, August and September. She also said tournament officials ignored deadlines.
 
'Negotiations take time and we've extended deadlines repeatedly and provided numerous date options,' Bivens said. 'We're to the point where we've got to move ahead. If they'd been negotiating, they'd still have their current date.'
 
Bivens also denied that former commissioner Ty Votaw had promised that the ShopRite tournament could be held during the same week in June through 2008.
 
Tournament spokesman Rodger Gottlieb stood by the statement released Wednesday by Harrison in which he accused the LPGA Tour, among other things, of displaying an 'unwillingness to bargain in good faith.'
 
The statement 'is accurate and appropriately places the responsibility where it lies,' Gottlieb said Thursday.
 
The ShopRite Classic, held primarily at the Seaview Resort and Spa course in Galloway Township outside Atlantic City, offered $16 million in purses and raised more than $12 million for charities, according to Harrison. Multiple winners included Annika Sorenstam, Betsy King and Juli Inkster.
 
Its demise will likely leave New Jersey without an LPGA event next year. The state's other event, the $2 million HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship, will not return to Hamilton Farm in Gladstone.
 
Bivens said the site for the match play event will be announced in mid-November along with the rest of the LPGA Tour schedule. She said the tournament 'will be somewhere in the New York-New Jersey area.' A Donald Trump-owned course in Westchester County in New York has been mentioned as a possible venue.
 
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Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

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Steve Stricker:

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Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.