LPGA Tour plays for free in US opener

By Associated PressMarch 18, 2011, 2:36 am

RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup

 PHOENIX – The LPGA Tour found a way to return to the Valley of the Sun and add another U.S. event. The catch, the players aren’t getting paid.

“This is a completely unique event,” Commissioner Michael Whan said.

The LPGA Founders Cup, set to open Friday at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa’s Wildfire Golf Club, will donate $1 million to charity – half to The LPGA Foundation and its LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program and half to the top-10 finishers’ designated charities. The $1 million will count on the season money list.

“I think it’s a very positive vibe from all the people that are following around,” 14-time tour winner Cristie Kerr said Thursday. “We’ve had a lot of `Thank yous.”’

The fifth-ranked Kerr is playing for her own Birdies For Breast Cancer foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. On Saturday night at Desert Ridge, she’ll receive the Muhammad Ali Athlete of the Year award.

“It’s quite an honor,” Kerr said. “I get to sit with Halle Berry and The Champ.”

The RR Donnelley-sponsored tournament is the tour’s first since Karrie Webb won in Singapore on Feb. 27. After stops the next two weeks in Southern California for the Kia Classic and Kraft Nabisco, the tour will be off three straight weeks and five of six.

“It’s a little bit more challenging because I’m the kind of player that likes to play a lot,” Kerr said. “I like to play in competition to feel sharp. It’s hard for me to practice without having something to practice for.”

Top-ranked Yani Tseng, the winner of the season-opening LPGA Thailand and three other worldwide events this year, also is in the field along with Webb, Jiyai Shin, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Hall of Famer Juli Inkster and teen star Jessica Korda.

Tseng, from Taiwan, is playing for UNICEF’s Tap Project and Japan relief effort.

“It’s not about money”, Tseng said. “It’s my honor to play this tournament.”

RR Donnelley also will give UNICEF’s Japan relief program $100 for every birdie and $500 for each eagle on the final four holes.

The tournament honors the 13 players who founded the tour in 1950. As part of the event, Hall of Famers Nancy Lopez, Betsy King and Patty Sheehan will play an exhibition round Friday morning on the tournament course.

“We’re pretty lucky to be where we’re at,” Webb said. “At times, it’s tough. but we need to dig our heels in like they did 60 years ago.”

She is friends with founder Louise Suggs.

“I actually have a couple of great saved voicemail messages,” Webb said. “I nearly erased them the other day and I almost started crying.”

Originally, the tour planned to donate $700,000, with $200,000 going to organizations designated by the top-five finishers. The players then persuaded the tour to bump that to $500,000 for the top-10 finishers’ charities. The winner’s charity will get $200,000 and second place is worth $100,000.

“I’ve always thought the concept of this tournament was great,” said Webb, playing for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “Obviously, now if I play well this week, I’m also able to give back to a charity that I’ve been involved with for a long time.”

Webb won the tour’s last Phoenix event in 2009 at Papago. The 10th-ranked Australian star also won in 1999 at Moon Valley.

“I’ve always enjoyed playing Phoenix,” Webb said. “It’s a beautiful time of the year to be out here. It’s generally not too cold and just a perfect temperature.”

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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.


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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.


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Vandalism

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Finances


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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.