Last chance at International Crown comes at KPMG

By Randall MellJune 7, 2016, 11:36 pm

SAMMAMISH, Wash. – Will In Gee Chun and Ha Na Jang hold on to the final roster spots on the Republic of Korean team that has qualified for the UL International Crown?

Can Paula Creamer win her second major championship this week and make the American team headed to the international team event outside Chicago next month?

This week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship marks the last week players can qualify to make the eight teams that have already secured places in the UL International Crown July 22-24 at the Merit Club.

The Korean Republic, the United States, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, England, China and Australia all qualified back in April at the conclusion of the ANA Inspiration. The competition for roster spots among those nations continues through this week. The top four players from each nation in next week’s release of the Rolex Women’s World Rankings will secure spots on their teams.

The most compelling races involve the top two nations, with roster spots still being intensely competed for on the Korean and American teams.

Rolex world No. 2 Inbee Park has clinched a position on the Korean team and No. 5 Sei Young Kim appears safe, but No. 6 Chun and No. 8 Jang aren’t mathematically secure. Rolex world No. 9 Amy Yang, No. 11 So Yeon Ryu and No. 14 Hyo Joo Kim are all very much in the mix. In fact, two of the three could still move on to the team together. It’s that close in the intense Korean competition.

On the American team, Rolex No. 3 Lexi Thompson and No. 7 Stacy Lewis are locked in with No. 16 Gerina Piller and No. 20 Cristie Kerr not mathematically secure as No. 23 Jessica Korda, No. 25 Brittany Lincicome, No. 29 Alison Lee, No. 32 Morgan Pressel and No. 39 Brittany Lang are all still within qualifying reach.

At No. 50, Creamer also has a shot to make the American team but would need a victory to have a chance.

Here’s a look at how the International Crown teams are shaping up:

The Korean Republic

The top four: No. 2 Inbee Park, No. 5 Sei Young Kim, No. 6 In Gee Chun, No. 8 Ha Na Jang.

The next best: No. 9 Amy Yang, No. 11 So Yeon Ryu, No. 14 Hyo Joo Kim, No. 17 Bo Mee Lee.

The United States

The top four: No. 4 Lexi Thompson, No.  7 Stacy Lewis, No. 16 Gerina Piller, No. 20 Cristie Kerr.

The next best: No. 23 Jessica Korda, No. 25 Brittany Lincicome, No. 29 Alison Lee, No. 32 Morgan Pressel, No. 50 Paula Creamer.


The top four: No. 22 Haru Nomura, No. 40 Mika Miyazato, No. 41 Shiho Oyama, No. 43 Ayaka Watanabe.

The next best: No. 59 Ai Suzuki, No. 64 Momoko Ueda, No. 66 Erika Kikuchi, No. 78 Sakura Yokomine, No. 83 Ai Miyazato.

Chinese Taipei

The top four: No. 24 Teresa Lu, No. 36 Candie Kung, No. 65 Yani Tseng, No. 123 Ssu-Chia Cheng.

The next best: No. 136 Wei-Ling Hsu, No. 168 Min Lee, No. 192 Hsuan-Yu Yao


The top four: No. 10 Ariya Jutanugarn, No. 30 Pornanong Phatlum, No. 95 Moriya Jutanugarn, No. 161 Nontaya Srisawang.

The next best: No. 163 Porani Chutichai, No. 184 Thidapa Suwannapura, No. 232 P.K. Kongkraphan.


The top four: No. 28 Charley Hull, No. 96 Holly Clyburn, No. 105 Melissa Reid, No. 148 Jodi Ewart-Shadoff.

The next best: No. 164 Florentyna Parker, No. 165 Georgia Hall.


The top four: No. 12 Shanshan Feng, No. 55 Xiyu Lin, No. 109 Jing Yan, No. 204 Yuting Shi.

The next best: No. 231 Simin Feng, No. 244 Haruka Morita-WanyaoLu, No. 266 Yan-Hong Pan.


The top four: No. 13 Minjee Lee, No. 51 Karrie Webb, No. 62 Su-Hyun Oh, No. 154 Rebecca Artis.

The next best: No. 199 Sarah Jane Smith, No. 246 Katherine Kirk, No. 250 Sarah Kemp.

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Watch that time Tiger throttled Ames, 9 and 8

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 20, 2018, 4:54 pm

Nine and eight. Three words that live in golf lore. Just say them and any golf fan can tell you what they mean.

In the 2006 WGC-Match Play, Tiger Woods faced Stephen Ames in the opening round. Ames, when asked prior to the event about his chance of winning, infamously said, "Anything can happen, especially where he's hitting it."

What happened on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at La Coasta Resort & Spa, was the most lopsided result in tournament history: 9 and 8 Check out the highlights below:

After his win, Woods was asked if Ames' comment had motivated him. Woods replied, "9 and 8."

Woods eventually lost, 1 up, to Chad Campbell in the third round. He then won his next start at Doral and went on to finish the season with six consecutive Tour wins, including The Open and PGA. He also won his first start in 2007 to make it seven consecutive Tour titles.

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Schedule change, caddie change for Casey at Match Play

By Rex HoggardMarch 20, 2018, 4:12 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Paul Casey originally planned to skip the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, opting for two weeks off before the Masters.

Those plans changed when he removed the Arnold Palmer Invitational from his schedule and returned home to England last week to attend the funeral of a family friend. That adjustment also prompted a caddie change this week, with Scott Vail stepping in for the Englishman’s normal caddie, John McLaren.

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“We looked at tickets and it just didn't make sense for Johnny to fly back. We try and base our schedule around playing the best golf possible, but also having quality family time,” Casey said on Tuesday at Austin Country Club. “For Johnny to break up a nice three-week break with his family, there was no point to ruining that.”

This isn’t the first time Casey, who won the Valspar Championship two weeks ago, has needed a replacement caddie. At last year’s Travelers Championship, McLaren took a similar break and was replaced on the bag by Shannon Wallace. Although it’s not uncommon for caddies to take a week off, McLaren does have one stipulation.

“The only rule we have is that if Johnny is not going to work, he picks my caddie. So he picked the caddie,” said Casey, who is 20-12-1 in 12 starts at the Match Play and has advanced to the championship match twice.

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Westchester selected to host 2021 U.S. Women's Am

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 20, 2018, 3:20 pm

The USGA announced Tuesday that Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., has been selected to host the 2021 U.S. Women's Amateur. The tournament will be held Aug. 2-8, 2021.

The club's West Course first hosted the event in 1923, and it boasts a storied history of professional tournaments as well. The PGA Tour hosted the Westchester Classic, later known as the Buick Classic and eventually The Barclays, at Westchester from 1967-2007, including the first-ever FedExCup playoff event, won by Steve Stricker in 2007.

The course was also the site of the 2011 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, won by Fred Couples, and the 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, won by Inbee Park.

"The USGA is thrilled to bring the U.S. Women's Amateur to Westchester Country Club for the second time," Stuart Francis, USGA championship committee chairman, said in a release. "One of the USGA's three oldest championships, the Women's Amateur consistently identifies the world's top female players, and we are confident Westchester will provide the ultimate test for the championship's 121st playing."

First held in 1895, the Women's Amateur is open to players with a USGA handicap index not exceeding 5.4. Sophia Schubert won last year's event at San Diego Country Club, while this year's tournament will be held at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs.

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Stock Watch: Park rises again, under the radar

By Ryan LavnerMarch 20, 2018, 12:48 pm

Each week on, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


Rory (+10%): The massive drives, the fist pumps, the unmistakable strut – McIlroy finally found the spark that he needed to play confident, aggressive golf. Bring on Augusta and his shot at history.

Tiger (+7%): It was another forgettable end to a final round, but let’s not lose sight of the big picture: Five events into his comeback, Woods has now carded 10 consecutive rounds of par or better – all on tough tracks – and can be viewed as a legitimate threat at the Masters. Remarkable, really.

Inbee Park (+5%): Fighting injuries and questioning whether she should retire, the Queen ‘Bee routed a top field in just her second start back. Stud.

Bryson (+3%): When The Machine operates properly, he’s one of the best ball-strikers in the world. Yes, he’s still painfully slow, but there’s no denying his talent – his runner-up against a star-studded field should help him tremendously.

Laura Davies (+2%): Fifty-four years old and nursing an Achilles injury, she turned back the clock with one of the coolest performances of the young season, on any tour. She’s still got tons of game.


Henrik Stenson (-1%): Maybe he’s just destined to go winless at Bay Hill. In the past four years, he’s had three excellent chances to win there and came away empty-handed each time.

Rickie (-2%): Hanging near the lead, Fowler closed his third round bogey-double, then shot 74 in the final round to drop out of the top 10. Sigh.  

P-Reed (-3%): His whiny protest to a rules official about a free drop – “I guess my name needs to be Jordan Spieth” – got even juicier when the Ryder Cup partners were drawn in the same group at the Match Play. Get your popcorn ready.

Ted Potter Jr. (-5%): His impressive victory at Pebble Beach over DJ, Phil and J-Day is looking more and more like a fluke each week. He’s now missed four consecutive cuts.

Fan behavior (-7%): Another week, another player complaining about increasingly hostile spectators. The Tour has (frustratingly) remained quiet on the issue, but the tipping point will come when one of these dopes affects the outcome on the 72nd hole.