Notes Lincicomes Bounty Ochoas Motivation

By Associated PressJuly 9, 2006, 4:00 pm
GLADSTONE, N.J. -- Brittany Lincicome isn't going to give her caddie a cut of the $500,000 top prize for winning the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship on Sunday.
That's one of the good things about having her father, Tom, as her caddie.

'I'll get him a steak or maybe I'll take him to McDonald's,' Lincicome joked after winning her first LPGA Tour title.
Normally, caddies get 10 percent of the winner's share.
Lincicome said she was a little worried about her father, who carried her bag for six rounds over four days on the hilly Hamilton Farm layout, including two rounds each the last two days.
'I didn't think he would make it for a while,' she said. 'But we gave him a banana and he was fine.'
Besides earning $500,000, Brittany Lincicome also was given a solid white gold orchid necklace.
The design, which includes a cut diamond pendant, represents the national flower of Colombia, the home of last year's winner, Marisa Baena.
A sterling silver replica of the necklace with a ruby was to be given to the 64 players in the field.
Next year's design will probably be an orange blossom, the state flower of Florida, Lincicome's home. She was born in St. Petersburg and lives in Seminole.
A 7-year-old junior golfer from Matawan won a $5,000 college scholarship and the right to walk with Juli Inkster and Brittany Lincicome during the final round for winning an essay contest on 'Why They Love Golf.'
In her 99-word essay, Samantha Kelly wrote she loved golf because it forced her learn a lot of shots, allowed her to be outside with nature, could be played by men and women, was fun to play and was a quiet game that made her concentrate.
'When I grow up I hope to be a good golfer,' Kelly wrote.
Had it not been for a three-putt bogey from 65 feet on the 17th hole in the semifinal, Lorena Ochoa might have been playing in the final against Juli Inkster instead of eventual winner Brittany Lincicome.
Ochoa was 1-up when she left her birdie attempt 10 feet short. She missed the par putt, squaring the match.
Lincicome eventually won with a 20-foot birdie on the 19th hole.
'It's always better losing against the champion,' said Ochoa, who beat Paula Creamer 3 and 2 for third place.
'I had plenty of motivation,' Ochoa said of the consolation match that had an effect on the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings. 'I didn't want to be beaten by Paula. We're so close together and we have a good rivalry.'
Creamer has been battling a wrist injury and seemed satisfied with her performance this week.
'To get to the semis is pretty good for me right now,' she said.
Juli Inkster was 6 under in beating Paula Creamer 5 and 4 in the semifinal. She was 2 over in losing to Brittany Lincicome in the championship match. Lincicome was 1 under in the last match. ... Lincicome jumped from 22nd on the LPGA money earnings list to No. 6 with her win. Her $500,000 check gave her $764,806 in 14 events. Lorena Ochoa, who got a third-place check for $200,000, remains on top with $1,446,641.

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    Ortiz takes Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

    Former Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

    Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

    Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Tour Player of the Year.

    McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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    Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

    By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

    Memo to the golf gods:

    If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

    Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

    It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

    With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

    It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

    We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

    We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

    Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.

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    Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

    We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

    In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

    While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

    Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

    Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

    Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

    While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

    Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

    So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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    McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

    By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

    With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

    The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

    Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

    "I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

    McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

    But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

    "I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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    What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

    Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

    Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

    Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

    Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

    Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

    Ball: Titleist Pro V1x