Notes Poulters unusual tweet Leftys deuces wild

By Associated PressJune 21, 2009, 4:00 pm
2009 U.S. OpenFARMINGDALE, N.Y. ' Ian Poulter has been Twittering all week at the U.S. Open, but Sunday might have been the most unusual tweet of them all. He posted a picture of his golf ball on the 10th fairway, speckled with mud.
Poulter has been critical of the USGA this week for not allowing preferred lies (lift, clean and place) in wet conditions.
Perfect drive on 10th 235 yards to go into the wind. And thats what you getPerfect 3 wood straight into a bunker, he tweeted.
That means he had to take a picture of his golf ball with his cell phone during the round.
But the USGA said it was not a violation.
As long as its not being used to gather information that would help him, USGA rules official Wendy Uzelac said.
She referred to Rule 14-3, which covers artificial devices, unusual equipment and unusual use of equipment that cannot help a player in making a stroke or in his play and for the purpose of gauging or measuring distance or conditions that might affect his play.

NOTHING MAKING SENSE: The third round of a major championship has traditionally been known as Moving Day.
The third round of this years U.S. Open didnt earn that title for a couple of reasons: It took two days to complete, and nobody did much moving.
With Ricky Barnes and Lucas Glover holding on to the top two spots among the 60 golfers who made the cut by shooting even-par rounds of 70, the stage was set for a possible big move, but there were only eight rounds below par, the best of them a 67 by Bubba Watson that got him to 1 under for the tournament, seven strokes behind Barnes.
Hes playing great. Its obvious hes having a great week. Hes hanging on there, Watson said of Barnes. You never know. Its out there. You could shoot under par. Its just youve got to putt good and hopefully you dont get any mud balls.
The other players to break par in the third round were Hunter Mahan, Retief Goosen, Johan Edfors and Tiger Woods, who had 68s, and Ross Fisher, Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell, who had 69s.

BIG DIFFERENCE: The Sunday of last years U.S. Open ended with Rocco Mediate thrust into a warm national spotlight as he finished 72 holes tied with Tiger Woods. Even though Woods prevailed in a 19-hole playoff the next day, Mediate became a favorite of those rooting for golfs everyman.
This years Open was quite different for Mediate, who will again be playing on Monday, but this time simply to conclude the rain-delayed tournament.
After opening with a 2-under 68, Mediate made the 60-man cut by three strokes with a 141 total. But he shot a 79 in the third round and his 220 total left him tied for 58th with one round to play.

TEN-STROKE SWING: Nick Taylor went from tying an Open record for an amateur in the second round to having the worst score of the three nonprofessionals who made the cut in the third.
Taylor, a native of Canada who was first-team All-America at the University of Washington last season, shot a 5-under 65 in the second round, matching the lowest round ever by an amateur in the U.S. Open.
On Sunday, he finished a 5-over 75 that was one stroke behind Drew Weaver and Kyle Stanley, the only other amateurs to make the cut. Taylor entered the final round with a 213 total, two strokes better than Weaver and five ahead of Stanley.

DEUCES WILD: Look out for Phil Mickelson on the par 3s in the final round.
In the first round, Mickelson had one 2 on his card, at No. 17. In the second round he upped up that to two birdies, on Nos. 8 and 17. In the third round he went one better, making birdies on Nos. 3, 8 and 14. He had a run of four straight birdies on the par 3s starting with No. 17 in the second round and he just missed adding to that, leaving a 15-foot attempt on the edge on the 17th.

CROWD FAN: The galleries on hand for the two times the U.S. Open has been played at Bethpage Black have taken their share of criticism for treading on the line between funny and foul.
The crowds are definitely different in New York, but I think its good and gets you going as a player, Northern Ireland native Graeme McDowell said Sunday. I certainly enjoy a wee bit of energy and shouting, and the players like to get involved in that. I dont like it if it gets abusive, obviously, and I know certain players in the past have had a hard time from the New York crowds. But sometimes it has to get close to the line to make it fun. Im lucky to have been on the right side of that so far.

OPEN FALLOUT: The rain delays have had quite a ripple effect.
Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade were to host the CVS Charity Classic, which has raised more than $12 million for New England charities, but found themselves searching for replacements.
The two-day event starts Monday, with Camilo Villegas and Bubba Watson as the defending champions. Both made the cut at the Open and will be at Bethpage Black until they finish.
Others who signed up for the charity event and made the Open cut were Todd Hamilton, Retief Goosen and Anthony Kim.
The five players will be replaced by PGA Tour professionals Brad Adamonis, Matt Kuchar and David Toms and LPGA professionals Laura Diaz and Brittany Lincicome.
Unfortunately, the rain delays at the U.S. Open have forced us to make a difficult decision, Andrade and Faxon said in a statement. We wish these five players the best of luck at the U.S. Open and hope that their schedules permit them to play in a future CVS Caremark Charity Classic.
The Telus World Skins in Quebec City scrambled to put together a five-man exhibition match Monday, adding Padraig Harrington, Michael Campbell and Chris DiMarco after they missed the cut at Bethpage. Fred Couples and Quebec-based pro Remi Bouchard also will play.
The skins competition, originally set for nine holes both Monday and Tuesday, is now scheduled for 18 holes on Tuesday, with Mike Weir, Sergio Garcia, Geoff Ogilvy and Ian Poulter joining Couples.

STOCK TIP: Stewart Cink had a Twitter message for fathers and stock players on Sunday morning once play was delayed long enough to require a Monday finish.
Dads Day gift to all: I was supposed to ring opening bell on Wall St in the morn but now Ill be finishing up USOpen. Black Monday Averted!
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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.

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    Returning Park grabs 54-hole Founders lead

    By Randall MellMarch 18, 2018, 2:09 am

    PHOENIX – In the long shadows falling across Wildfire Golf Club late Saturday afternoon, Inbee Park conceded she was tempted to walk away from the game last year.

    While healing a bad back, she was tempted to put her clubs away for good and look for a second chapter for her life.

    But then . . .

    “Looking at the girls playing on TV, you think you want to be out there” Park said. “Really, I couldn't make my mind up when I was taking that break, but as soon as I'm back here, I just feel like this is where I belong.”

    In just her second start after seven months away from the LPGA, Park is playing like she never left.

    She’s atop a leaderboard at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, looking like that’s exactly where she belongs.

    With a 9-under-par 63 Saturday, Park seized the lead going into the final round.

    At 14 under overall, she’s one shot ahead of Mariajo Uribe (67), two ahead of Ariya Jutanugarn (68) and three ahead of 54-year-old World Golf Hall of Famer Laura Davies (63) and Chella Choi (66).

    Park’s back with a hot putter.

    That’s not good news for the rest of the tour. Nobody can demoralize a field with a flat stick like Park. She’s one of the best putters the women’s game has ever seen, and on the front nine Saturday she looked as good as she ever has.

    “The front nine was scary,” said her caddie, Brad Beecher, who was on Park’s bag for her long run at world No. 1, her run of three consecutive major championship victories in 2013 and her gold medal victory at the Olympics two years ago.

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    “The front nine was great . . . like 2013,” Park said.

    Park started her round on fire, going birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie. She was 6 under through five holes. She holed a wedge from 98 yards at the third hole, making the turn having taken just 10 putts. Yeah, she said, she was thinking about shooting 59.

    “But I'm still really happy with my round today,” she said.

    Park isn’t getting ahead of herself, even with this lead. She said her game isn’t quite where she wants it with the ANA Inspiration, the year’s first major championship, just two weeks away, but a victory Sunday should go a long way toward getting her there.

    Park is only 29. LPGA pros haven’t forgotten what it was like when she was dominating, when she won 14 times between 2013 and ’15.

    They haven’t forgotten how she can come back from long layoffs with an uncanny ability to pick up right where she left off.

    Park won the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro in her first start back after missing two months because of a ligament injury in her left thumb. She took eight months off after Rio and came back to win the HSBC Women’s World Championship last year in just her second start. She left the tour again in the summer with an aching back.

    “I feel like Inbee could take off a whole year or two years and come back and win every week,” said Brittany Lincicome, who is four shots behind Park. “Her game is just so consistent. She doesn't do anything flashy, but her putting is flashy.

    “She literally walks them in. It's incredible, like you know it's going in when she hits it. It's not the most orthodox looking stroke, but she can repeat it.”

    Park may not play as full a schedule as she has in the past, Beecher said, but he believes she can thrive with limited starts.

    “I think it helps her get that fight back, to get that hunger back,” Beecher said. “She knows she can play 15 events a year and still compete. There aren’t a lot of players who can do that.”

    Park enjoyed her time away last year, and how it re-energized her.

    “When I was taking the long break, I was just thinking, `I can do this life as well,’” Park said. “But I'm glad I came back out here. Obviously, days like today, that's the reason I'm playing golf.”

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    Joh on St. Patrick's ace: Go broke buying green beers

    By Randall MellMarch 18, 2018, 12:57 am

    PHOENIX – Tiffany Joh was thrilled making a run into contention to win her first LPGA title Saturday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she comically cracked that her hole-in-one might have been ill-timed.

    It came on St. Patrick’s Day.

    “This is like the worst holiday to be making a hole-in-one on,” Joh said. “You'll go broke buying everyone green beers.”

    Joh aced the fifth hole with a 5-iron from 166 yards on her way to an 8-under-par 64. It left her four shots behind the leader, Inbee Park (63).

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    One of the more colorful players on tour, Joh said she made the most of her hole-in-one celebration with playing partner Jane Park.

    “First I ran and tackled Jane, then I high-fived like every single person walking to the green,” Joh said.

    Joh may be the LPGA’s resident comedian, but she faced a serious challenge on tour last year.  Fourteen months ago, she had surgery to remove a malignant melanoma. She won the LPGA’s Heather Farr Perseverance Award for the way she handled her comeback.

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    Davies, 54, still thinks she can win, dreams of HOF

    By Randall MellMarch 18, 2018, 12:22 am

    PHOENIX – Laura Davies limped around Wildfire Golf Club Saturday with an ache radiating from her left Achilles up into her calf muscle at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

    “Every step is just misery,” Davies said after. “It’s just getting older. Don’t get old.”

    She’s 54, but she played the third round as if she were 32 again.

    That’s how old she was when she was the LPGA’s Rolex Player of the Year and won two major championships.

    With every sweet swing Saturday, Davies peeled back the years, turning back the clock.

    Rolling in a 6-foot birdie at the 17th, Davies moved into a tie for the lead with Inbee Park, a lead that wouldn’t last long with so many players still on the course when she finished. Still, with a 9-under-par 63, Davies moved into contention to try to become the oldest winner in LPGA history.

    Davies has won 20 LPGA titles, 45 Ladies European Tour titles, but she hasn’t won an LPGA event in 17 years, since taking the Wegmans Rochester International.

    Can she can surpass the mark Beth Daniel set winning at 46?

    “I still think I can win,” Davies said. “This just backs that up for me. Other people, I don’t know, they’re always asking me now when I’m going to retire. I always say I’m still playing good golf, and now here’s the proof of it.”

    Davies knows it will take a special day with the kind of final-round pressure building that she hasn’t experienced in awhile.

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    “The pressure will be a lot more tomorrow,” she said. “We'll see, won’t sleep that well tonight. The good news is that I’ll probably be four or five behind by the end of the day, so the pressure won’t be there as much.”

    Davies acknowledged confidence is harder to garner, as disappointments and missed cuts pile up, but she’s holding on to her belief she can still win.

    “I said to my caddie, `Jeez, I haven't been on top of the leaderboard for a long time,’” Davies said. “That's nice, obviously, but you’ve got to stay there. That's the biggest challenge.”

    About that aching left leg, Davies was asked if it could prevent her from challenging on Sunday.

    “I’ll crawl around if I have to,” she said.

    Saturday’s 63 was Davies’ lowest round in an LPGA event since she shot 63 at the Wendy’s Championship a dozen years ago.

    While Davies is a World Golf Hall of Famer, she has been sitting just outside the qualification standard needed to get into the LPGA Hall of Fame for a long time. She needs 27 points, but she has been stuck on 25 since her last victory in ’01. A regular tour title is worth one point, a major championship is worth two points.

    Davies said she still dreams about qualifying.

    “You never know,” she said.