Van De Velde Finds Hope in Latest Loss

By Associated PressJune 28, 2005, 4:00 pm
What most people saw as another comical collapse by Jean Van de Velde, he saw as a significant step toward resurrecting his career.
At least I have a job again, Van de Velde said.
Jean-Francois Remesy
Jean-Francois Remesy got the win while Jean Van De Velde got a second chance.
Forever known as the Frenchman who took triple bogey on the 72nd hole of the 99 British Open and lost in a playoff, Van de Velde again blew a lead on the 18th hole Sunday at the French Open by hitting into the water. He hit another shot into the water in the playoff and made triple bogey, allowing Jean-Francois Remesy to win.
Van de Velde, whos had two operations on his right knee, no longer has exempt status on the European tour and relies on invitations. But his runner-up finish was worth about $470,000, moving him up to 21st on the money list to secure his card for next year.
It also made him exempt for the British Open in two weeks at St. Andrews.
Just five months ago, I wasnt sure I would walk properly again, Van de Velde said. Now Im a player again. Thats the main thing.
Former British Open champion David Duval lives about a quarter-mile away from the 17th tee at Cherry Hills, so he brought his wife and their 2-month-old son out to the course for the final round of the U.S. Womens Open. Duval is trying to find his own game, but he still has an eye for talent.
Standing behind the ropes along the second fairway, he watched a parade of teens come by -- 18-year-old Paula Creamer, then 15-year-old Michelle Wie, followed by 17-year-old Morgan Pressel in the final group.
Pressels demeanor caught his attention.
Look at the way shes walks, Duval said. Shes the only one who thinks she can win this thing. Shes walking like, Hey, Im the deal. You know?
He almost was prophetic.
Creamer had three bad holes on her way to a 79. Wie couldnt make putts inside 3 feet and shot 82. Pressel was poised to win until an improbable bunker shot by Birdie Kim on the final hole left her tied for second.
Ty Votaw has already done a big favor for Carolyn Bivens, his successor as commissioner of the LPGA Tour. No one will ask her when were bringing a tournament back to Florida, Votaw said with a laugh.
For the first time in five years, the spring schedule will include an LPGA Tour event in the Sunshine State. The Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open will be played April 27-30 at Reunion Resort & Club of Orlando.
Votaw resisted putting a tournament in Florida unless it was a strong event, and this has all the trappings. It will offer $2.5 million in prize money, joining the Evian Masters as the richest among regular LPGA Tour events.
The weekend rounds will be televised by CBS Sports.
Whats in a name? St. Andrews bridge offers options
Jack Nicklaus will be playing in his final British Open next month, and it will be a momentous occasion when he strolls over the Swilcan Bridge at St. Andrews one last time.
Or is that the Swilken Bridge?
The most famous bridge in golf, which crosses a small burn on the 18th fairway, is spelled at least three ways in various publications that are almost as old as the Old Course itself.
Its this wonderful idea we have that spelling should be consistent, which was not an 18th century idea, or even an early 19th century idea, said Peter Lewis at the British Golf Museum at St. Andrews. Youll find in minutes and publications that names get spelled innumerable different ways within a paragraph of each other.
Lewis said the Links Trust, which operates St. Andrews, goes by Swilcan.
How it reached that conclusion is anyones guess.
In Chamberss Journal dated Aug. 1, 1906, Mr. WT Linskill wrote that when he used to play with Young Tom Morris in the early 1870s, the historic Swilcan Burn formerly swept almost into the centre of the links before it turned to the sea, and one often drove into this bed from the first tee.
Lewis, however, said the earliest known map of St. Andrews in 1821 shows the spelling as Swilkin. But then theres Alister Mackenzies survey of the Old Course in 1924, when he referred to the burn and bridge as Swilken.
The official spelling of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club is Swilcan, but even the R&A cant get it right, which is not to suggest either way is wrong.
The official British Open annual in 2000 published by the R&A spells the bridge and the burn Swilcan in the text and photo captions. But turn to the map at the back of the book, and it goes by Swilken. Plus, the official Old Course hole-by-hole booklet from 2000 refers to it as Swilken.
Its a phonetic name that doesnt seem to have an absolute, rock-standard spelling, Lewis said. Its six of one, one-half dozen of another. I wont complain whichever way you do it.
Stewart McDougal, who oversees publicity matters for the R&A, said the correct spelling is Swilcan.
That seems to be as good as any.
Lorie Kane sure knows how to make up ground when conditions are severe. Six years ago, she was in 49th place going into the final round of the U.S. Womens Open at Blackwolf Run, shot the only round under par and moved up 30 spots. On Sunday at Cherry Hills, the Canadian was tied for 30th and again was the only player to break par in the final round'a 2-under 69 -- to move into a tie for fourth. ... The 2006 season on the European tour again will start in the fall with a tournament in Shanghai on Nov. 10. The tour will play three times in China and twice in South Africa, before the calendar changes to 2006.
The $560,000 that Birdie Kim earned for winning the U.S. Womens Open represents 87.5 percent of her career earnings on the LPGA Tour.
When you have talent like that, youre always going to have a little controversy around it.'Cristie Kerr, on Michelle Wie.
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Lesson with Woods fetches $210K for Harvey relief

By Will GrayDecember 13, 2017, 2:51 pm

A charity event featuring more than two dozen pro golfers raised more than $1 million for Hurricane Harvey relief, thanks in large part to a hefty price paid for a private lesson with Tiger Woods.

The pro-am fundraiser was organized by Chris Stroud, winner of the Barracuda Championship this summer, and fellow pro and Houston resident Bobby Gates. It was held at Bluejack National in Montgomery, Texas, about an hour outside Houston and the first Woods-designed course to open in the U.S.

The big-ticket item on the auction block was a private, two-person lesson with Woods at Bluejack National that sold for a whopping $210,000.

Other participants included local residents like Stacy Lewis, Patrick Reed and Steve Elkington as well as local celebrities like NBA All-Star Clyde Drexler, Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane.

Stroud was vocal in his efforts to help Houston rebuild in the immediate aftermath of the storm that ravaged the city in August, and he told the Houston Chronicle that he plans to continue fundraising efforts even after eclipsing the event's $1 million goal.

"This is the best event I have ever been a part of, and this is just a start," Stroud said. "We have a long way to go for recovery to this city, and we want to keep going with this and raise as much as we can and help as many victims as we can."

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LPGA schedule features 34 events, record purse

By Randall MellDecember 13, 2017, 2:02 pm

The LPGA schedule will once again feature 34 events next year with a record $68.75 million in total purses, the tour announced on Wednesday.

While three events are gone from the 2018 schedule, three new events have been added, with two of those on the West Coast and one in mainland China.

The season will again start with the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic on Paradise Island (Jan. 25-28) and end with the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., (Nov. 15-18).

The LPGA played for $65 million in total prize money in 2017.

An expanded West Coast swing in the front half of the schedule will now include the HUGEL-JTBC Championship in the Los Angeles area April 19-22. The site will be announced at a later date.

The tour will then make a return to San Francisco’s Lake Merced Golf Club the following week, in a new event sponsored by L&P Cosmetics, a Korean skincare company. Both new West Coast tournaments will be full-field events.

The tour’s third new event will be played in Shanghai Oct. 18-21 as part of the fall Asian swing. The title sponsor and golf course will be announced at a later date.

“Perhaps the most important aspect of our schedule is the consistency — continuing to deliver strong playing opportunities both in North America and around the world, while growing overall purse levels every year,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement. “There is simply no better [women’s] tour opportunity in the world, when it comes to purses, global TV coverage or strength of field. It’s an exciting time in women’s golf, with the best players from every corner of the globe competing against each other in virtually every event.”

While the Evian Championship will again be played in September next year, the tour confirmed its plans to move its fifth major to the summer in 2019, to be part of a European swing, with the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open and the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

The Manulife LPGA Classic and the Lorena Ochoa Invitational are not returning to the schedule next year. Also, the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open will not be played next year as it prepares to move to the front of the 2019 schedule, to be paired with the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

The U.S. Women’s Open will make its new place earlier in the summer, a permanent move in the tour’s scheduling. It will be played May 31-June 3 at Shoal Creek Golf Club outside Birmingham, Ala. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (June 28-July 1) will be played at Kemper Lakes Golf Club on the north side of Chicago and the Ricoh Women’s British Open (Aug. 2-5) will be played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in England.

For the first time since its inception in 2014, the UL International Crown team event is going overseas, with the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, scheduled to host the event Oct. 4-7. The KEB Hana Bank Championship will be played in South Korean the following week.

Here is the LPGA's schedule for 2018:

Jan. 25-28: Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic; Paradise Island, Bahamas; Purse: $1.4 million

Feb. 15-18: ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open; Adelaide, Australia; Purse: $1.3 million

Feb. 21-24: Honda LPGA Thailand; Chonburi, Thailand; Purse: $1.6 million

March 1-4: HSBC Women's World Championship; Singapore; Purse: $1.5 million

March 15-18: Bank of Hope Founders Cup; Phoenix, Arizona; Purse: $1.5 million

March 22-25: Kia Classic; Carlsbad, California; Purse: $1.8 million

March 29 - April 1: ANA Inspiration; Rancho Mirage, California; Purse: $2.8 million

April 11-14: LOTTE Championship; Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii; Purse: $2 million

April 19-22: HUGEL-JTBC Championship; Greater Los Angeles, California; Purse: $1.5 million

April 26-29: Name to be Announced; San Francisco, California; Purse: $1.5 million

May 3-6: Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic; The Colony, Texas; Purse: $1.3 million

May 17-20: Kingsmill Championship; Williamsburg, Virginia; Purse: $1.3 million

May 24-27: LPGA Volvik Championship; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Purse: $1.3 million

May 31 - June 3: U.S. Women's Open Championship; Shoal Creek, Alabama; Purse: $5 million

June 8-10: ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer; Galloway, New Jersey; Purse: $1.75 million

June 14-17: Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Purse: $2 million

June 22-24: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G; Rogers, Arkansas; Purse: $2 million

June 28 - July 1: KPMG Women's PGA Championship; Kildeer, Illinois; Purse: $3.65 million

July 5-8: Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic; Oneida, Wisconsin; Purse: $2 million

July 12-15: Marathon Classic presented by Owens-Corning and O-I; Sylvania, Ohio; Purse: $1.6 million

July 26-29: Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open; East Lothian, Scotland; Purse: $1.5 million

Aug. 2-5: Ricoh Women's British Open; Lancashire, England; Purse: $3.25 million

Aug. 16-19: Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim; Indianapolis, Indiana; Purse: $2 million

Aug. 23-26: CP Women's Open; Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Purse: $2.25 million

Aug. 30 - Sept. 2: Cambia Portland Classic; Portland, Oregon; Purse: $1.3 million

Sept. 13-16: The Evian Championship; Evian-les-Bains, France; Purse: $3.85 million

Sept. 27-30: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Purse: $1.8 million

Oct. 4-7: UL International Crown; Incheon, Korea; Purse: $1.6 million

Oct. 11-14: LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship; Incheon, Korea; Purse: $2 million

Oct. 18-21: Name to be Announced; Shanghai, China; Purse: $2.1 million

Oct. 25-28: Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship; New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei; Purse: $2.2 million

Nov. 2-4: TOTO Japan Classic; Shiga, Japan; Purse: $1.5 million

Nov. 7-10: Blue Bay LPGA; Hainan Island, China; Purse: $2.1 million

Nov. 15-18: CME Group Tour Championship; Naples, Florida; Purse: $2.5 million

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 4, Jordan Spieth

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 13, 2017, 1:00 pm

Dismissed because he’s supposedly too short off the tee, or not accurate enough with his irons, or just a streaky putter, Jordan Spieth is almost never the answer to the question of which top player, when he’s at his best, would win in a head-to-head match.

And yet here he is, at the age of 24, with 11 career wins and three majors, on a pace that compares favorably with the giants of the game. He might not possess the firepower of Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, but since he burst onto the PGA Tour in 2013 he has all that matters – a better résumé.

Spieth took the next step in his development this year by becoming the Tour’s best iron player – and its most mentally tough.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Just a great putter? Oh, puhleeze: He won three times despite putting statistics (42nd) that were his worst since his rookie year. Instead, he led the Tour in strokes gained-approach the green and this summer showed the discipline, golf IQ and bounce-back ability that makes him such a unique talent. 

Even with his putter misbehaving, Spieth closed out the Travelers Championship by holing a bunker shot in the playoff, then, in perhaps an even bigger surprise, perfectly executed the player-caddie celebration, chest-bumping caddie Michael Greller. A few weeks later, sublime iron play carried him into the lead at Royal Birkdale, his first in a major since his epic collapse at the 2016 Masters.

Once again his trusty putter betrayed him, and by the time he arrived on the 13th tee, he was tied with Matt Kuchar. What happened next was the stuff of legend – a lengthy ruling, gutsy up-and-down, stuffed tee shot and go-get-that putt – that lifted Spieth to his third major title.

Though he couldn’t complete the career Grand Slam at the PGA, he’ll likely have, oh, another two decades to join golf’s most exclusive club.

In the barroom debate of best vs. best, you can take the guys with the flair, with the booming tee shots and the sky-high irons. Spieth will just take the trophies.


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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 13, 2017, 12:30 pm