Pregnant and retired, Parmlid makes Swedish team

By Randall MellJuly 23, 2014, 10:08 pm

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Mikaela Parmlid came out of retirement so she could play the International Crown this week.

She’s almost six months pregnant.

It’s safe to say nobody else teeing it up in the inaugural international team event has a story quite like Parmlid’s, one of four Swedes looking to take “The Crown” home with them.

“I’m just here to have fun, win some matches and do my best and see where it leads,” Parmlid told GolfChannel.com after visiting the LPGA’s physio trailer Wednesday at Caves Valley Golf Club.

Parmlid, 33, won the NCAA individual championship while at USC in 2003 and played the LPGA circuit for six years before returning home to Sweden to play the Ladies European Tour, where her frustration over failing to make the European Solheim Cup last year led her to decide to retire. She put her clubs away after the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters in December and went to work gaining certification as a psychologist/coach, never expecting golf to claim her again.

Back in April, however, Parmlid got a call from the LPGA informing her that she was going to make the Swedish team for the International Crown.

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Parmlid insists she didn’t know she was within the qualifying standard to make the Swedish team before the LPGA called her.

“I had no clue,” Parmlid said. “I had no clue what this tournament was about, because I had really distanced myself from golf. It had been my life forever, and when I made up my mind to retire, I just said, `I’m going to do something different.’ But when I got off the phone that day, it just changed the way I looked at golf, just like that.”

Parmlid said making the European Solheim Cup team was her dream, and failing yet again to do so frustrated her last year. She said the idea of playing for Sweden in an international team event of the caliber of the International Crown reignited something within her.

“I thought it was amazing,” Parmlid said.

Parmlid, however, said she did not know she was pregnant when she got the call from the LPGA back in April. She said she didn’t learn she was pregnant until three weeks after she qualified for the team.

“I calculated it out right away, that I would be 5½ months pregnant,” Parmlid said. “I knew I’d be fine.”

Parmlid said she knew because she played while pregnant with her first child, Emmy, who is now 3 years old.

“I’ve been playing full time since April,” Parmlid said. “It’s come quickly. I’m playing fine. It’s a little different, but different isn’t always bad. I’m just enjoying this. It’s a unique thing, and it’s motivating. That’s something that was missing for me, motivation.”

Parmlid has played three Ladies European Tour events since learning she made the Swedish team. She has made two cuts, with a tie for 22nd her best finish.

Given her condition, and that she’s coming back from retirement, there have been obvious questions about whether she’s in the best shape to help her team. There have been questions about whether she should have bowed out to give another player a chance. She was asked if her teammates expressed concerns over her readiness.

“I don’t think they’ve been very concerned,” Parmlid said. “I think I’ve been playing some amazing golf.”

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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.


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