Palmer Player Personify Golfs Ideals

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 20, 2002, 4:00 pm
Perhaps no international team competition has ever been guided by two more distinguished and popular captains than the 2001 UBS Warburg Cup team.

Arnold Palmer brought the game to the masses in the early years of sports television with a unique blend of talent and charisma. He holds a number of U.S. Ryder Cup records, including most singles matches played and most matches won, hes tied for most singles matches won and most foursome matches won.
Gary Player is no stranger to international golf. The South African is widely regarded as the most traveled athlete in the world, closing in on 13 million miles. He has won 163 tournaments in five continents and was the third golfer to win the career Grand Slam. A victim of timing and geography, Player was never eligible for the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup and had his first taste of large-scale international team competition at last years UBS Warburg Cup.
These two legends reprise their roles as captain of their respective teams in November at the second UBS Warburg Cup. Both men have overwhelmingly positive memories of the inaugural event and seem intent on carrying the success of 2001 in to this years edition.

Arnold, youre the most accomplished U.S. team player in history, what are your feelings as you look back over a career playing on and captaining Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and UBS Warburg Cup teams?
Well, my feelings of course are fantastic. Many years ago I had the idea that golf competition internationally or between nations was a way of creating good feelings and good clean competition between the various countries of the world and the people that we involved, and I havent changed that thought at all. So, Im very proud about the fact that Ive been able to participate in the Ryder Cup, The Presidents Cup and the UBS Warburg Cup and of course I think that the initial USB Warburg Cup was one of the friendliest competitions that we have had. It was a fun situation and I think all the players, even though theyre getting a little older, enjoyed themselves very much.
Can you describe the mood of last years UBS Warburg Cup matches?
Well, it was fantastic, David. The fact that the players really got caught up in the magic of the competition. They were very motivated and each and every one of them enjoyed it, and it looked for long time like the U.S. was not going to come out of this competition on the topside. But it worked out very well and I think that made it more exciting and I think more enjoyable even for both teams.
Your playing days were defined by sportsmanship, style and dignity. How did you pass those characteristics to your UBS Warburg Cup team last year?
I dont know that I had a great deal to do with how the players played coming down the line. I know how I felt, playing against Gary, an old friend and certainly one of the most competitive people that Ive ever played with. In that competition, I felt very fortunate. Neither of us was playing exceptionally well and maybe I was just lucky to come out on the topside of that. But whatever, it was fun and of course, it stimulated a lot of people to enjoy that competition.
What do you hope to accomplish at the 2002 UBS Warburg Cup?
I would be very happy if we could accomplish the same things that we accomplished in the first competition. The camaraderie between the teams, the enjoyment that the players held seeing each other and competing against each other, and of course, Id be remiss if I didnt say that the same result would satisfy me very much.

Spirit, civility and sportsmanship were prevalent at the 2001 UBS Warburg Cup, how did you, as captain, help foster that attitude?
I said to our guys before we played, Look, we want to win this match very badly but lets behave properly. I said I dont want to see any guys coming out with crazy statements anything about, I dont like this guy or this or that. I said keep your feelings to yourself and go out and play. I said we are a team now, this is not an individual match, this is a team. I said youre representing the Rest of The World, not just yourself, and lets go out and try and beat them with the golf clubs, not with our mouths.
Your team seemed to take your words to heart, and from a spectators perspective it certainly seemed very refreshing, their opinions and their attitudes and the way they treated each other. From a competitive standpoint, how do you like your team?
Well I think weve got a very good chance. Last year we lost by half a point and that made it such an exciting event. And I think the UBS Warburg Cup playing in Georgia this year it is going to have great crowds. And for Arnold to captain the United States, is a thrill for me to have my team play his team because Arnold and I, as you know, have grown up together and I certainly have a lot of respect for him.
As he does for you. Any special strategies to look for this year?
You know, I get together with my team because there will always be a different team from year to year and I say to them, who do you feel comfortable playing with? I think thats very important, I must say. So theres a lot of discussion that goes on when you have a team.
In the final, from a competitive standpoint and a sportsmanship standpoint, what do you hope to see at Sea Island this year?
Id like the galleries to come out and see that you can be competitive and yet still be a gentleman. The thing is, weve got to remember that there are hundreds of millions of young people that are looking and watching us, and weve got to set the example for the youth. Winston Churchill said the youth of our nation are the trustees of posterity. And so it is up to us to set the example for these young people so that they can follow suit. When they see people waving flags and screaming miss and war on the shore, and I hate this guy; and this and that, that breeds the wrong message to young people. As it is, television injects children with an attitude of crime. Weve got to try and balance that and get a good message across to young people and I think this is a wonderful example of doing it.

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Watch: Tiger throws dart, pours in birdie at 8

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 18, 2018, 7:31 pm

Starting Sunday five off the lead, Tiger Woods teed off his final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a laced 2-iron and a par at No. 1.

Woods hit the green at the par-3 second but left himself a 50-foot birdie putt and a 6-footer to save par, which we walked in.

A two-putt 4 at the par-5 fourth gave Woods his first birdie of the day and moved him to 8 under for the week. Apparently energized, Tiger pulled driver at the short par-4 fifth and unleashed this violent swing.

A pitch from the thick rough hit a sprinkler head and stopped on the apron, leading to this birdie try, which fortunately hit the pin but unfortunately didn't fall.

Looking to pick up another stroke - or two - at the par-5 sixth, Woods took his drive 317 yards over the water and hit this second shot from 227 yards to 13 feet, leading to another two-putt birdie when his eagle try burned the right edge.

Returning to his trusty 2-iron, Tiger found the fairway at par-4 eighth and then threw this dart from 176 yards to 6 feet and rolled in his third birdie putt of the day to move to 10 under.

(More coming...)

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 18, 2018, 5:00 pm

Tiger Woods will start Sunday five off the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. How will he follow up last week's runner-up? We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

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McIlroy: Time for Tour to limit alcohol sales on course

By Ryan LavnerMarch 18, 2018, 1:50 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy suggested Saturday that the PGA Tour might need to consider curbing alcohol sales to stop some of the abusive fan behavior that has become more prevalent at events.

McIlroy said that a fan repeatedly yelled his wife’s name (Erica) during the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

“I was going to go over and have a chat with him,” McIlroy said. “I think it’s gotten a little much, to be honest. I think they need to limit the alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something, because every week it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more.

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“I know that people want to come and enjoy themselves, and I’m all for that, but sometimes when the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy, it can get a little much.”

This isn’t the first time that McIlroy has voiced concerns about fan behavior on Tour. Last month at Riviera, he said the rowdy spectators probably cost Tiger Woods a half-shot a round, and after two days in his featured group he had a splitting headache.

A week later, at the Honda Classic, Justin Thomas had a fan removed late in the final round.

McIlroy believes the issue is part of a larger problem, as more events try to replicate the success of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which has one of the liveliest atmospheres on Tour.

“It’s great for that tournament, it’s great for us, but golf is different than a football game, and there’s etiquette involved and you don’t want people to be put off from bringing their kids when people are shouting stuff out,” he said. “You want people to enjoy themselves, have a good day.”

As for a solution, well, McIlroy isn’t quite sure.

“It used to be you bring beers onto the course or buy beers, but not liquor,” he said. “And now it seems like everyone’s walking around with a cocktail. I don’t know whether (the solution) is to go back to letting people walking around with beers in their hands. That’s fine, but I don’t know.”

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Confident Lincicome lurking after 54 holes at Founders

By Randy SmithMarch 18, 2018, 2:45 am

PHOENIX – Brittany Lincicome is farther back than she wanted to be going into Sunday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she’s in a good place.

She’s keeping the momentum of her season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic victory going this year.

Her confidence is high.

“Last year, I won in the Bahamas, but then I didn't do anything after that,” Lincicome said. “I don't even know if I had a top 10 after my win in the Bahamas. Obviously, this year, I want to be more consistent.”

Lincicome followed up her victory in the Bahamas this year with a tie for seventh in her next start at the Honda LPGA Thailand. And now she’s right back on another leaderboard with the year’s first major championship just two weeks away. She is, by the way, a two-time winner at the ANA Inspiration.

Missy Pederson, Lincicome’s caddie, is helping her player keep that momentum going with more focus on honing in the scoring clubs.

“One of our major goals is being more consistent,” Pederson said. “She’s so talented, a once in a generation talent. I’m just trying to help out in how to best approach every golf course.”

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Pederson has helped Lincicome identify the clubs they’re likely to attack most with on the particular course they are playing that week, to spend more time working with those clubs in practice. It’s building confidence.

“I know the more greens we hit, and the more chances we give ourselves, the more our chances are to be in contention,” Pederson said. “Britt is not big into stats or details, so I have to figure out how to best consolidate that information, to get us exactly where we need to be.”

Lincicome’s growing comfort with clubs she can attack with is helping her confidence through a round.

“I’ve most noticed consistency in her mental game, being able to handle some of the hiccups that happen over the course of a round,” Pederson said. “Whereas before, something might get under her skin, where she might say, `That’s what always happens,’ now, it’s, `All right, I know I’m good enough to get this back.’ I try to get her in positions to hit the clubs we are really hitting well right now.”

That’s leading to a lot more birdies, fewer bogeys and more appearances on leaderboards in the start to this year.