Press Pass US Womens Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 27, 2007, 4:00 pm
Press PassEach week, GOLF CHANNEL experts and analysts offer their thoughts and opinions on hot topics in the world of golf with the Press Pass.
Hot Topic
Do you like the 3-hole cumulative playoff system at this years U.S. Womens Open or the traditional 18-hole playoff like at the mens U.S. Open?
Brian Hewitt Brian Hewitt - Columnist,
Give me the one that ends on Sunday. Monday, unfortunately, becomes too much of an anti-climax. By the way, coming soon to a U.S. Open near you, a Sunday playoff format just like the women now have. It's inevitable.
Steve Sands Steve Sands - Reporter, GOLF CHANNEL:
The traditional 18-hole playoff. I like the fact that all of the major championship playoff formats are different. I'd rather see the USGA stick to it's traditional format.
Steve Duemig Steve Duemig - Panelist, Grey Goose 19th Hole:
I must still be Old School because I continue to like the 18-hole playoff. One bad swing in a shortened playoff dooms you! At least one can recover somewhat in 18 holes.
Mark Rolfing Mark Rolfing - Analyst, GOLF CHANNEL:
I like the three-hole system. It makes it difficult for the players, fans and everybody else involved with staging a tournament to have a Monday finish.
Mercer Baggs Mercer Baggs - Senior Producer,
Definitely the three-hole system. I'd much rather see a tournament, particularly a major championship, end on Sunday -- especially if I'm covering the event.
Hot Topic
Who is your pick and why to win this week's U.S. Women's Open at Pine Needles?
I think Lorena Ochoa will carry her momentum from Wegmans to Pine Needles. I also think her main competition will come from Karrie Webb, who won there in 2001. The best story? Annika winning. She won at Pine Needles in this event in 1996.
Lorena Ochoa. She is too good not to break through with her first major championship victory and is coming in hot off her playoff win Sunday. She's the best woman in the world right now and I'll think she'll hold off Karrie Webb to win at Pine Needles.
Morgan Pressel is my selection for this week's Open. She returns to the place where she first qualified and played as a 12-year-old. Her game seems to be suited best for the tougher courses.
Lorena Ochoa. I think this is the week she breaks through for a major. Pine Needles tests every aspect of a player's game and I think, right now, Lorenas overall game is at the highest level. But dont count out Brittany Lincicome.
Karrie Webb. Webb won the last time the Women's Open was contested at Pine Needles in 2001. Even though she hasn't won on tour this season, she did manage to finish runner-up at the McDonald's LPGA. She should have plenty of confidence this week. I think she beats Morgan Pressel in a three-hole playoff.
Hot Topic
Everyone is wondering how fatherhood will affect Tiger. So, how many majors will Tiger win before Sam Alexis turns 1 year old?
I am going to predict 'only' two, mainly because I don't think Carnoustie and Southern Hills set up particularly well for his game. Augusta National and Torrey Pines South are right in his wheelhouse.
None, which means he'll probably win three. I think we're in one of those runs where Tiger is close; he's been runner-up two consecutive majors, but someone else wins. No reason, really. Just a hunch.
I am not wondering that at all. Is Tiger the first tour player or star to ever have a kid? Didn't think so. But since you are asking, he will win three.
At least one major, maybe two. He didnt play particularly well at Southern Hills (site of this year's PGA Championship) in the U.S. Open in 2001, but he will certainly be the favorite at Augusta next year and to me an overwhelming favorite at Torrey Pines for the U.S. Open.
Tiger has a habit of reeling off wins when something significant happens in his personal life, like getting married or the death of his father. I think, however, that he will only net one major before his daughter turns 1 and that will come at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines,
What's the ONE thing you are most looking forward to this week in the world of golf?
The Women's Open. So many stories to follow: Ochoa, Sorenstam, Wie just to name a few.
Can Lorena Ochoa handle Sunday pressure at a major? She has all the talent in the world but has yet to win her first big one. It's time for Lorena to prove her No. 1 ranking in the world.
How that Wie kid performs.
Can Michelle Wie turn it around at the U.S. Womens Open!
Annika's comeback has been pointing to this title defense. I am very curious to see how she performs in her biggest event of the year.
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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

    After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.

    Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.

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    Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium Course to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time.

    The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine – and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Mickelson misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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    Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

    Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

    The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

    They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

    It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

    “I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

    The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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    LAAC returning to Casa de Campo in 2019

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 8:23 pm

    The Latin America Amateur Championship will return to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in 2019 (Jan. 17-20), event organizers announced Saturday in Chile, where this year’s championship is underway.

    The LAAC champion receives an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club every spring.

    The champion is also exempt into The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which he is eligible to compete. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

    The championship got its start in 2015 with Chile’s Matias Dominguez winning at Pilar Golf in Argentina. In 2016, Casa de Campo hosted, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet winning. At 16, he became the first player from Central America to compete in the Masters. In 2017, Chile’s Toto Gana won the title at  Club de Golf de Panama.