Webb sympathizes with Yani's recent struggles

By Randall MellJuly 25, 2014, 3:01 pm

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Karrie Webb probably has more insight into Yani Tseng’s struggles with the expectations that came holding the Rolex world No. 1 ranking than any other player in the game today.

Tseng, who was Thursday’s star at the International Crown, beating the Americans with a closing birdie, has fallen to No. 53 in the world. She reigned as No. 1 for 109 weeks before losing it early last year.

While Webb dominated before the Rolex rankings came out, she found herself in a struggle with Annika Sorenstam for major championships and money titles.

Webb, 39, took the mantle from Sorenstam as the game’s top player back in the late ‘90s, with Sorenstam elevating her game and taking it back.

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“Fortunately, I probably haven't had the highs and the lows like Yani, but I've had some times in my career where I haven't had a lot of self-confidence out there, even when I really should have,” Webb said. “I can sympathize with where Yani is, because I think when she was No. 1 in the world, she didn't really enjoy that position as much. I think she enjoyed the good golf, but there was a lot of pressure that came along with it and a lot of responsibility. She even made the comment that she was relieved last year to not be No. 1.

“I found myself at one point in my career just wanting to be No. 2. I think when you don't set your sights to be as good as you can be, whatever that is, you're holding yourself back. I think that's when you don't play to the best of your ability, and then the self-confidence and the self-doubt starts to occur.”

Webb, a Hall of Famer, has won 41 LPGA titles, including seven major championships. Tseng, 25, had won five majors by 22, becoming the youngest player, male or female, to win that many majors at that age. She has won 15 LPGA titles, none in more than two years. Her last major championship victory was the Ricoh Women’s British Open three years ago.

Asked by GolfChannnel.com earlier this week to compare her game today to where it was when she was dominating, Tseng said: “I think I just keep putting too much pressure on myself. The result, the score, the ranking, I try to forget about that, but it's just really hard. I try to let it go. It’s easy to say, but it's very hard to do.

“Now I play so good on the practice round and practice range, everything. But when I'm out on the course, it's kind of automatic, I got lots of attention on myself. I don't focus the right way. I just think too much. I kind of doubt myself a lot when I play in the tournament. I just need to trust more, because I'm doing so good on the range, doing so good on the practice round, and I just need to really let it go and forget about everything else, forget about who I am, just play like a kid, play like all the kids out there and enjoy every shot I do.”

Tseng seized the spotlight Thursday at the International Crown, making a clutch 13-foot birdie putt at the last hole to beat the No. 1 seeded Americans in a fourballs match and leading Chinese Taipei to the top of the Pool A standings.

“I felt like the Yani of old,” she said.

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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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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.