Hagge Elected to LPGA Hall of Fame

By Golf Channel NewsroomFebruary 26, 2002, 5:00 pm
Marlene Hagge, a 26-time LPGA Tour champion, is the newest member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour Hall of Fame. Hagge is the third LPGA player voted into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame in the Veterans Category, which was created in February 1999. She received the requisite 75 percent of the votes cast by the LPGA Tournament Division.
As the winner of 26 LPGA tournaments, including the 1956 LPGA Championship, Marlene is a most deserving addition to the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame as its 20th member, said Ty M. Votaw, LPGA commissioner. Marlene, as one of the LPGAs founders, established herself during the LPGAs formative years in the 1950s as one our most accomplished and dedicated players. She has stood the test of time, enjoying one of the longest and most successful careers the tour has ever seen. Marlene represents everything that is good about the game of golf, and I am pleased to now call her an LPGA Tour Hall of Famer.
Hagge, who played competitively on the LPGA Tour during each of the LPGAs first five decades, captured her first career win at the 1952 Sarasota Open at age 18 and remains the youngest LPGA player to win an LPGA event.
I am deeply honored and extremely thrilled to become a member of the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame, said Hagge. To become a member of an athletic Hall of Fame is the dream of every professional athlete. Being inducted to the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame is a culmination of all my lifetime achievements.
In 1950, Hagge began her LPGA career as an LPGA founder when she was only 16 years old, and today remains the youngest player ever to have joined the LPGA Tour. She was the 1956 leading money winner with eight victories and is the second-youngest player in LPGA history (behind Nancy Lopez) to win 10 titles (22 years, six months and 10 days old at the 1956 Denver Open). In 1971, Hagge set a nine-hole scoring record of 29 at the Lem Immke Buick Open in Columbus, Ohio ' a record that stood for 13 years before Pat Bradley and Mary Beth Zimmerman recorded 28s in 1984 and Annika Sorenstam in 2001.
As an amateur in 1947 at the age of 13, Hagge became the youngest player to make the cut at the U.S. Womens Open and finished eighth. In 1949 at the age of 15, she became the youngest athlete ever to be named Associated Press Athlete of the Year, Golfer of the Year and Teenager of the Year. In 1950, Hagge turned professional two weeks before her 16th birthday.
For the committee to consider nominating a veteran player for consideration, the Veterans Committee considers the following criteria:
have been an active member of the LPGA Tour for a minimum of 10 years;
have been an inactive or retired member of the LPGA Tour for a minimum of five consecutive years prior to the year of nomination;
have won/been awarded at least one of the following'an LPGA major championship, the Vare Trophy or Rolex Player of the Year honors;
have had an extraordinary career which significantly impacted the growth of the LPGA Tour.
Hagge joins the following members in the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame: Patty Berg (1951), Betty Jameson (1951), Louise Suggs (1951), Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1981), Betsy Rawls (1960), Mickey Wright (1964), Kathy Whitworth (1975), Sandra Haynie (1977), Carol Mann (1977), JoAnne Carner (1982), Nancy Lopez (1987), Pat Bradley (1991), Patty Sheehan (1993), Betsy King (1995), Amy Alcott (1999), Beth Daniel (1999), Juli Inkster (1999), Judy Rankin (2000), Donna Caponi (2001) and honorary member Dinah Shore (1994).
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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.

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Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

"It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."

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Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

"This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."