'Paula was upset': Inkster on snubbing Solheim vets

By Randall MellAugust 6, 2017, 9:48 pm

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Juli Inkster made bold moves in a new direction Sunday making her two U.S. Solheim Cup captain’s picks.

Inkster passed on team stalwarts Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel and Angela Stanford, a trio that has helped make up the nucleus of American teams for a dozen years.

The trio has combined to win 17 LPGA titles, including two majors, and to win 33 points in Solheim Cup matches.

Inkster announced Angel Yin and Austin Ernst as her picks.

Yin is an 18-year-old LPGA rookie, Ernst, 25, a five-year veteran. They have combined for zero Solheim Cup appearances and one LPGA victory, Ernst’s Portland Classic title three years ago.

But Inkster likes what they offer.

“I'm bringing two rookies, but you know what, they have got to play sometime,” Inkster said. “I've got a lot of confidence in them.”

Inkster was specifically asked what it was like informing Creamer she would not be on a U.S. Solheim Cup team for the first time in her pro career. Creamer is 14-8-5 in her six Solheim Cup appearances. Her 17.5 points are more than any other American player in Solheim Cup history except Inkster and Kerr.

Solheim Cup standings entering Ricoh Women’s British Open

“Paula was upset,” Inkster said. “I'd be upset, too, but I explained to her why I picked these two. She understood. She didn't play well enough the last year and a half, two years. She left it in my hands. But I've got a lot of respect for Paula, her and her game, and believe me, she'll be on many more Solheims to come.”

Yin made a bold run at qualifying for the team via the world rankings list on Sunday at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, coming up about a birdie short of earning her way on the team.

Apparently, Yin was a popular choice within the American team ranks.

“I just like the way she plays,” Inkster said. “She plays aggressive. She does hit the ball a long way.

“She’s kind of been on my radar all year. I watched her play over in Mexico City in the match play event, and I just liked her demeanor. And my team just loves, loves her. So I just thought it was a win/win”

Ernst nearly qualified for the U.S. team that won in Germany two years ago. She was the secret alternate Inkster had in an envelope if an American came up sick or injured.

Ernst got off to a hot start this year, with three top-10 finishes, but none in the last four months.

“Austin is consistent,” Inkster said. “She's a really good ball-striker. Hits a lot of greens. I just felt last time, she was just on the outside looking in and I had to tell her no. This year, she was the same kind of outside looking in. I just felt she deserved a chance to see what she can do.”

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

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.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

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.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm