LPGA's dominant players 'home' for Asian swing

By Randall MellOctober 9, 2012, 1:09 pm

The LPGA heads down the home stretch this week with the start of its fall Asian swing.

There’s a lot to celebrate overseas with the tour’s next four events to be played in Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

With all they’ve accomplished this year, Asian players ought to be treated like conquering heroes in their return.

It’s a month to appreciate just how successful South Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Taiwanese players have become.

The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament begins Thursday in Kua Lumpur with the top 10 players in the world competing.

While Asians have made their mark in the women’s game for more than a decade now, they’ve never dominated the tour the way they are this year.

For the first time in LPGA history, Asians swept all four major championships.

In fact, they’ve won the last seven majors.

Asians won eight straight LPGA events this summer, the most consecutive wins the Far East has ever claimed on the American-based tour.

World No. 1 Yani Tseng is from Taiwan with 10 of the top 12 players in the Rolex world rankings hailing from the Far East.

South Korea’s Inbee Park leads the LPGA money list with Asians accounting for eight of the top 10 money leaders.

South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu is a lock to win the Rolex Rookie of the Year honor.

Players from the Far East have claimed 14 of the 21 LPGA events played so far this year. If they stay on that pace, they will claim 18 by season’s end, surpassing the record 17 titles Asians claimed in 2010.

Notably, just about the only prestigious prize the Asians don’t have a firm grip on this year is the Rolex Player of the Year award.

Stacy Lewis leads the POY race with 184 points. She’s bidding to become the first American to win the honor since Beth Daniel in ’94. Lewis, however, has a rear-view mirror full of Asian players poised to challenge her with the next four events overseas. Jiyai Shin is second in points with 128 and Tseng is third with 120. A victory is worth 30 points.

If an Asian does overtake Lewis to win Player of the Year, it will pretty much mark a clean sweep of all the most meaningful prizes in the women’s game.

Americans haven’t fared particularly well in the Far East. When Angela Stanford won the HSBC Women’s Championship in February, it marked the first time an American-born player won an LPGA event staged in Asia since Juli Inkster won the Samsung World Championship in South Korea in 1997. Americans were 0 for 36 until Stanford broke through.

There are six events left in the 2012 season to be played over the next six weeks. The CME Group Titleholders concludes the year in Naples Nov. 15-18. That’s where the LPGA will present all its awards for the season.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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