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.

Parmlid’s reaction?

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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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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.