Karrie Webb Press Conference Transcript
KARRIE WEBB: Yes and no. I am just not really making anything right now. And you know, I have made plenty in the last couple of years and I am just not seeing them go in right now which, you know, if it's meant to be, it's meant to be. And I definitely had my fair share the last couple of years. So I am just going to continue working on it and hopefully they will start dropping.
Q. Talk a little bit about the pressures repeating at a major especially on this tough course?
KARRIE WEBB: I don't know so much about having pressure when you are defending champion. To me, I just think that you -- obviously winning last year, you have the best memories of last year and the best feelings and stuff like that which I think is a positive rather than a negative as pressure. I don't really see it as that. I don't think that it is a problem for me to defend. I have played a lot of tournaments, defended a lot of tournaments and actually won quite a few of the tournaments that I have defended. So I don't see it as a negative at all.
Q. Annika has been very open about saying that what you have done the past two years has motivated her to pick her game and answer the challenge, so to speak. Do you feel any of that now in light of what she has done the past few weeks?
KARRIE WEBB: Sure. I definitely think obviously you know, -- I feel like there is areas in my game for improvement, but -- and I think I need to do that just to maintain the level of golf that I played the last couple of years. And obviously Annika has stepped it up a notch and I am going to have to improve my game to keep up and but no matter what she is doing, I want to improve my game anyway. I want to become a better player myself. She is obviously, you know, making me probably trying to do it a bit quicker or put more effort into it. But I have got 5 weeks off now which I think I need mentally. I need the break from playing tournament-golf and work on my game a little bit as well.
Q. Is there such a thing as a rivalry? Is the rivalry thing born again or is there such a thing about a rivalry in golf?
KARRIE WEBB: Well, I think when two players you know, play consistently well year-in and year-out, I think that -- obviously I have the highest respect for Annika's game and I know that, you know, I have to play good -- if we are coming down the stretch I know I have to play the very best golf. I hung around here at 4-under but not really thinking that I had much of a chance unless something unlikely was to happen. I thought I needed to get to easily 6 at the start of the day, but the way it was panning out I thought if I could at least get to 5 that might put a bit of pressure on, but two shots is always more of a comfort zone rather than 1. I just didn't do enough this week. But as far as the word rivalry goes, obviously if we are going to be in contention as much as we have been the last few years, we are going to come up against one another pretty often and Annika is just as competitive as I am and we both want to win the tournaments and be the best that we can. So obviously sometimes we are going to stands in each other's way of doing that. So I guess you can probably call that a rivalry.
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McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School
One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.
McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.
It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.
McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).
Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).
Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.
Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award
The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.
The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.
Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.
The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.
A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.
Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4
Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.
Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.
South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.
Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.
The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout
It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.
Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.
Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.
"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."
Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.
Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.