LPGA releases smaller 2010 schedule

By Randall MellNovember 18, 2009, 9:41 pm

SUGAR LAND, Texas – The LPGA released a 2010 schedule Wednesday with the fewest tour events in nearly 40 years.

The new schedule features 24 events, fewest since 1971.

Given the difficult economic climate and fallout from the forced ouster of commissioner Carolyn Bivens in July, it’s a schedule LPGA officials were more than satisfied to present in a news conference a day before the start of the LPGA Tour Championship.

For acting commissioner Marty Evans, the schedule represents a foundation to build upon after four months of hard salvage work.

When Evans took over in July, there were just nine tournaments under contract.

“This is obviously a resilient organization, and I believe wholeheartedly a resurgent one,” Evans said. “Given the circumstances, I hope people look at the momentum created, where we are poised to go.”

The 2010 schedule is down from 27 events this year and 34 a year ago. There are just 13 events scheduled in the United States and one in Canada. There are five events in the Far East, three in Mexico and two in Europe. There are no events scheduled in Hawaii, Florida, Arizona or Texas.

The 13 domestic events are down from 24 on last year’s schedule and 17 on the current season’s schedule.

The biggest tournament change occurs at the LPGA Championship, where Wegmans steps up from its role as a regular tour stop to become temporary host of a major championship at Locust Hill Country Club outside Rochester, N.Y. Wegmans is expected to resume its role as a regular tour stop in 2011 with the LPGA Championship getting a new sponsor and site that year. 

Events that were played this season but aren’t on the 2010 schedule are: the MasterCard Classic, the Michelob Ultra Open, the Sybase Classic, the Corning Classic, and the Samsung World Championship. Phoenix also lost its event with no title sponsor taking over there. The J Golf Classic was played in Phoenix last year but will move to LaCosta, Calif.

The Hana Bank Kolon Championship wasn’t included on the schedule released Wednesday but Evans said the deal is nearly complete. That would give the LPGA its 24th event next season.

2010 LPGA schedule
Feb. 18-21, Honda PTT LPGA Thailand, Chonburi, Thailand (Purse: $1.3 million).
Feb. 25-28, HSBC Women's Champions, Singapore ($1.3 million).
March 25-28, LPGA Classic presented by J Golf, Carlsbad, Calif. ($1.7 million).
April 1-4, Kraft Nabisco Championship, Rancho Mirage, Calif. ($2 million).
April 29-May 2, Tres Marias Championship, Morelia, Mexico ($1.2 million).
May 13-16, Bell Micro LPGA Classic, Mobile, Ala. ($1.3 million).
June 10-13, State Farm Classic, Springfield, Ill. ($1.7 million).
June 18-20, ShopRite LPGA Classic, Galloway, N.J. ($1.5 million). 
June 24-27, LPGA Championship presented by Wegmans, Pittsford, N.Y. ($2.25 million).
July 1-4, Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, Sylvania, Ohio ($1 million).
July 8-11, U.S. Women's Open, Oakmont, Pa. ($3.25 million).
July 22-25, Evian Masters, Evian-les-Bains, France ($3.25 million).
July 29- Aug. 1, Ricoh Women's British Open, South Port, England ($2.5 million).
Aug. 20-22, Safeway Classic presented by Coca Cola, North Plains, Ore. ($1.5 million).
Aug. 26-29, CN Canadian Women's Open, Winnipeg, Canada (TBD).
Sept. 10-12, P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship, Rogers, Ark. ($2 million).
Sept. 30-Oct. 3, Acapulco LPGA Classic, Acapulco, Mexico ($1.1 million).
Oct. 7-10, Navistar LPGA Classic, Prattville, Ala. ($1.3 million).
Oct. 14-17, CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge, Danville, Ill. ($1.1 million).
Oct. 29-31, LPGA China (TBD).
Nov. 5-7, Mizuno Classic, Shima-shi, Japan ($1.2 million).
Nov. 11-14, Lorena Ochoa Invitational, Guadalajara, Mexico ($1.1 million).
Nov. 18-21, LPGA Tour Championship (site TBA, purse TBA).

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.