Irate Lincicome: 'I should be able to do what I want!'

By Randall MellMarch 1, 2017, 7:11 pm

The new Rules of Golf proposal to prohibit caddies from moving behind their players to line up shots was met Wednesday with mixed reactions in the women’s game.

Hall of Famer Karrie Webb immediately gave her nod of approval.

“Should be able to do it yourself as a professional!” Webb tweeted from the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.

Paula Creamer, who has used caddies to align her in the past, apparently doesn’t have a problem with the change, either.

“The USGA has gotten the rules changes right,” Creamer tweeted from Singapore. “This is a great start to modernizing the rules for both pace of play and simplicity!!”

Brittany Lincicome, however, didn’t seem pleased.

“I disagree!” Lincicome tweeted. “Lining up players has nothing to do with pace of play. I get 40 [seconds], I should be able to do what I want!”

Lincicome tweeted a pair of angry emojis after her comment.

The proposed alignment rule change would appear to have a greater effect on the women’s game than the men’s game.

Jerry Foltz, an on-course reporter for Golf Channel, estimates about 50 percent of the LPGA pros he follows in a telecast use their caddies to line up their shots. He said he sees substantially fewer men doing so when he works PGA Tour broadcasts.

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Rolex world No. 1 Lydia Ko routinely has her caddie line her up as part of her pre-shot routine. No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn does, but not all the time.

Ko told through her agent Wednesday morning that she wasn’t prepared to comment on the proposal.

Why do women rely on caddies for alignment more than men?

Karen Stupples, the 2004 Women’s British Open winner, has her theories. Stupples used to alternate between having her caddie line her up and doing it herself.

“I think women in general are more likely to delegate stuff to other people,” Stupples said. “I think it’s about reassurance more than anything else. I think that’s just conditioning. When you have someone behind you saying, `You’re good,’ that’s just confirmation.”

Stupples was asked if there is, perhaps, a macho element to the men using caddies less to align them.

“I think a guy is more likely to say, `I don’t want anyone else having any kind of influence over my game,’” Stupples said. “I think women are quite happy to have the reassurance someone’s confirming their alignment.”

Both Foltz and Stupples welcome the rule change and believe it will speed up play.

“I applaud the rule more than any of the other proposed changes by a long shot, because it does seem to me to be an integral part of the game,” Foltz said. “I would say 99.9 percent of the time, the caddie lining up the player just says `OK.’ The player doesn’t need it. It’s a crutch. I think there was just one time in my entire life where I saw a caddie on a full shot tell a player, `No, you are lined up wrong.’

“It’s an idiosyncrasy. It’s part of their pre-shot routine. It’s one more little thing they don’t have to worry about.

“Now, lining up the putter blade on the greens, occasionally you see a caddie call the player off and start over, but rarely.”

Foltz said players accustomed to caddies lining them up shouldn’t have a problem adapting, but they may feel the impact in their pre-shot routine.

“It’s just changing their pre-shot routine, which for a professional golfer isn’t all that easy,” Foltz said.

Stupples agrees it will change the “timing” a player has created getting into their shot, but she is eager to see the rule change put into effect.

“My gut reaction is that it took them too long to do this,” Stupples said. “I really think it’s long overdue. I really feel like it’s an integral part of the game, being able to line yourself up.”

(In an earlier version of this story, Stacy Lewis was listed among players who use their caddies to line them up. Lewis does not use her caddie to line her up.)

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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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Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.