Three More Executives Resign from LPGA Tour
The LPGA accepted resignations from Deb Richard, senior vice president of golf; Julie Tyson, vice president of partnerships; and Liz Ausman, chief strategic officer.
Asked why she resigned, Richard paused and said, 'I've lost faith in the leadership.'
Bivens has said that turnover should be expected when there is a change in leadership, but two of the executives who were the latest to resign -- Ausman and Richard -- were hired by Bivens. Also peculiar was that they chose the week of a major, the LPGA Championship, to announce they were leaving.
'It's a sad thing for me to go through. I've devoted more than half my life to the LPGA,' said Richard, who played nearly 20 years and won five times. 'I feel uniquely connected on all levels, and I truly believe there's no greater sports property.'
Tyson did not return a call seeking comment, and Ausman could not be reached.
'As women's golf continues to grow and the popularity of the LPGA skyrockets, our organization will continue to evolve,' Bivens said in a statement. 'We wish Liz, Deb and Julie success in their future endeavors.'
Rae Evans, chair of the LPGA board, said she was not the least bit alarmed by three resignations in one day, and seven resignations over the last eight months. Others who have left the LPGA were Kathy Milthorpe, chief financial officer; Barb Trammell, senior vice president of tournament operations; Rob Neal, vice president of tournament business affairs; and Karen Durkin, chief marketing officer.
'Business is business. People come, people go,' Evans said. 'I haven't seen anybody at headquarters with Kleenex boxes.'
Evans was at the LPGA Championship on Friday, juggling time on the LPGA board, her job as a Washington lobbyist and as the mother of one of three Duke lacrosse players -- David Evans -- charged with rape at a team party.
She was bullish about the outlook of the LPGA Tour, saying companies have talked to her about getting involved in women's golf and that 'there's only good news in the weeks and months to come.'
Bivens has emphasized building the LPGA brand, although the tour has suffered a couple of setbacks with the media.
In February, news organizations boycotted the first round of the Field Opens in Hawaii, where Michelle Wie made her 2006 debut on the LPGA Tour, because of media regulations over who owns the rights to news photographs taken at tournaments. The LPGA eventually amended its regulation.
It also lost network coverage of a major when the LPGA Championship, angry about being asked to move up starting times in the final round starting in 2007, left CBS Sports for The Golf Channel.
'The knee-jerk reaction is we left a network for The Golf Channel,' Evans said. 'It's too early to tell. I probably view networks, because of the audience delivery, as the place to be. But a lot of smart people have invested in The Golf Channel. We'll see where it leads.'
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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.