Robin Wins Womens Senior Golf Tour Event

By Associated PressJune 19, 2005, 4:00 pm
Maybe Kitty Robyn should bring her mother along more often.
As mom looked on from the edge of the green, kitty Robyn sank a huge birdie putt on No. 17 and went on to win the Hy-Vee Classic by one stroke on Sunday - her first tournament victory.
Robyn had encouraged her mother, Dorothy Young, to make the trip from Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Women's Senior Golf Tour Event because she wasn't sure how much longer Young would be able to follow her around the course.
'I think she must have some extremely powerful vibes that helps that ball go in the hole,' Robyn said.
Robyn, a teaching pro in San Diego, shot even-par 72 for the final round at the Hyperion Field Club to finish at 4-under 140. Laura Shanahan Rowe (66) and Cindy Miller (70) each closed at 3 under, while Dawn Coe-Jones (73), Alicia Dibos (73) and Barb Moxness (70) came in a 2 under.
Rowe's 66 matched the record for the 6-year-old tournament.
Robyn, Rowe and Miller had appeared to be heading for a playoff until Robyn played 17. She hit a pitching wedge from 92 yards to the front fringe of the green, then rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt to take sole possession of the lead.
Not that she knew it at the time.
'I know better than to look at the (leader) board,' said Robyn, 50, who played on the LPGA tour from 1979-91. 'I had no idea where I stood. Every time in the past I looked at the board, my name just came off. So I did not look.'
Miller and Rowe had finished their rounds, so Robyn just had to make par on 18. She hit a 6-iron to 25 feet on the par-3 hole, got her first putt within 2 feet and calmly knocked it in from there to claim the $75,000 first-place check.
Robyn flexed for the crowd. Her mother, standing near the bleachers, blew her a kiss.
'We thought it would be great if she could come out and see me play one more time,' Robyn said. 'We might have to bring her out again with this luck.'
Rowe, a golf instructor in New Hampshire, pulled into contention with a round that included six birdies and an eagle. She finished more than two hours before the other leaders, ate lunch, then waited to see if she'd be going back onto the course.
It might have been different if Rowe had just putted a little better on Saturday, when she had 37 putts while shooting a 75.
'After yesterday I said to myself, I'm hitting it so well. If I could just make a few putts,' she said. 'I was very determined to make putts today, just to erase the demons from yesterday. And believe me, the demons were screaming at me yesterday and I was screaming right back.'
Rowe, 46, had no such problems Sunday. She had an eagle on 15 after hitting a 4-wood to 8 feet and played the final 12 holes at 7 under.
Robyn charges $75 for a 45-minute lesson at the Coronado course in San Diego. At that rate, she'd have to give 1,000 lessons to earn what she made for playing 36 holes in Iowa.
All in all, a pretty good weekend's work.
'I'm not going to quit my day job until we get more of these,' Robyn said with a smile. 'But this is great. What a thrill.'
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Langer not playing to pass Irwin, but he just might

By Tim RosaforteJanuary 16, 2018, 1:40 pm

Bernhard Langer goes back out on tour this week to chase down more than Hale Irwin’s PGA Tour Champions record of 45 career victories. His chase is against himself.

“I’m not playing to beat Hale Irwin’s record,” Langer told me before heading to Hawaii to defend his title at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. “I play golf to play the best I can, to be a good role model, and to enjoy a few more years that are left.”

Langer turned 60 on Aug. 27 and was presented a massage chair by his family as a birthday gift. Instead of reclining (which he does to watch golf and football), he won three more times to close out a seven-win campaign that included three major championships. A year prior, coming off a four-victory season, Langer told me after winning his fourth Charles Schwab Cup that surpassing Irwin’s record was possible but not probable. With 36 career victories and 11 in his last two years, he has changed his tone to making up the nine-tournament difference as “probable.”

“If I could continue a few more years on that ratio, I could get close or pass him,” Langer told me from his home in Boca Raton, Fla. “It will get harder. I’m 60 now. It’s a big challenge but I don’t shy away from challenges.”

Bernhard Langer, Hale Irwin at the 1991 Ryder Cup (Getty Images)

Langer spent his off-season playing the PNC Father/Son, taking his family on a ski vacation at Big Sky in Yellowstone, Montana, and to New York for New Year’s. He ranks himself as a scratch skier, having skied since he was four years old in Germany. The risk of injury is worth it, considering how much he loves “the scenery, the gravity and the speed.”

Since returning from New York, Langer has immersed himself into preparing for the 2018 season. Swing coach Willy Hoffman, who he has worked with since his boyhood days as an as assistant pro in Germany, flew to Florida for their 43rd year of training.

“He’s a straight shooter,” Hoffman told me. “He says, 'Willy, every hour is an hour off my life and we have 24 hours every day.'"

As for Irwin, they have maintained a respectful relationship that goes back to their deciding singles match in the 1991 Ryder Cup. Last year they were brought back to Kiawah Island for a corporate appearance where they reminisced and shared the thought that nobody should ever have to bear what Langer went through, missing a 6-footer on the 18th green. That was 27 years ago. Both are in the Hall of Fame.

"I enjoy hanging out with Hale," Langer says.

Langer’s chase of Irwin’s record is not going to change their legacies. As Hoffman pointed out, “Yes, (Bernhard) is a rich man compared to his younger days. He had no money, no nothing. But today you don’t feel a difference when you talk to him. He’s always on the ground.”

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McIlroy: Ryder Cup won't be as easy as USA thinks

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 16, 2018, 1:18 pm

The Americans have won their past two international team competitions by a combined score of 38-22, but Rory McIlroy isn’t expecting another pushover at the Ryder Cup in September.

McIlroy admitted that the U.S. team will be strong, and that its core of young players (including Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler) will be a force for the next decade. But he told reporters Tuesday at the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship that course setup will play a significant role.

“If you look at Hazeltine and how they set the course up – big, wide fairways, no rough, pins in the middle of greens – it wasn’t set up for the way the Europeans like to play,” McIlroy said, referring to the Americans’ 17-11 victory in 2016. “I think Paris will be a completely different kettle of fish, so different.”

At every Ryder Cup, the home team has the final say on course setup. Justin Rose was the most outspoken about the setup at Hazeltine, saying afterward that it was “incredibly weak” and had a “pro-am feel.” 

And so this year’s French Open figures to be a popular stop for European Tour players – it’s being held once again at Le Golf National, site of the matches in September. Tommy Fleetwood won last year’s event at 12 under.

“I’m confident,” McIlroy said. “Everything being all well and good, I’ll be on that team and I feel like we’ll have a really good chance.

“The Americans have obviously been buoyant about their chances, but it’s never as easy as that. The Ryder Cup is always close. It always comes down to a few key moments, and it will be no different in Paris. I think we’ll have a great team and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.” 

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Floodlights may be used at Dubai Desert Classic

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 16, 2018, 12:44 pm

No round at next week’s Dubai Desert Classic will be suspended because of darkness.

Tournament officials have installed state-of-the-art floodlighting around the ninth and 18th greens to ensure that all 132 players can finish their round.

With the event being moved up a week in the schedule, the European Tour was initially concerned about the amount of daylight and trimmed the field to 126 players. Playing under the lights fixed that dilemma.

“This is a wonderful idea and fits perfectly with our desire to bring innovation to our sport,” European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said. “No professional golfer ever wants to come back the following morning to complete a round due to lack of daylight, and this intervention, should it be required, will rule out that necessity.”

Next week’s headliners include Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson. 

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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.