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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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...


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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

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Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.