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.

Japan

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

Thailand

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.

England

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.

China

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.

Australia

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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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


Masters victory


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Green jacket tour

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Man of the people


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Growing family

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Departure from TaylorMade


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Squashed beef with Paddy

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Victory at Valderrama


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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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