Whats Really in The Bag

By Liz JanangeloMay 21, 2008, 4:00 pm
Editor's note: LPGA Tour rookies will be blogging throughout the 2008 season. Liz Janangelo was one of the country's top amateur and one of the best ever to play at Duke University. She is a two-time winner on the Duramed FUTURES Tour and tied for 14th at Q-school to earn exempt status on tour this year.
When the sneezing begins that could mean only one thing, it's officially Spring! Spring is peachy; it's filled with showers and flowers, birds and bees, and the Red Sox. Fortunately, due to a break in the LPGA Tour schedule, I was able to catch up on the most important springtime task, cleaning. I put on the rubber gloves and got down and dirty with my YES! golf bag.
After cleaning the easy items out of the bag such as empty sleeves of Pro-V1x and ancient FootJoy gloves, I tackled the more difficult of items. These are the items that seem to nestle in the nooks and crannies of the bag.
The belly of the bag (The big pocket with my name on it):
  • One of my dad's FootJoy socks and my FootJoy socks. Who did the laundry!?
  • An empty tin of Wintergreen Skoal. God bless tour caddies.
  • Half eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwich in a baggy.
  • White Golftini sweater with Diet Coke stains, great!
  • A NOW empty can of Diet Coke.
  • Those little oval stickers that are on apples.
    In my smaller pocket:
  • LeSportSac Hawaiian Satchel: Holds tees, loose change and girl products.
  • Lucky Redstick Golf Club plastic push ball marker. Yes, I mark my ball with a pushy like a 20 handicap, nifty.
  • Gum wrappers with old gum in them. Stride, Cinnamon Trident, etc. (Note to self: gum will stick to balls, creating a gumball).
  • Empty packets of Crystal Light On-the-Go.
    Tiniest pocket above belly:
  • Burts Bees chapstick for those windy days.
  • Kiehls spf 25 sunscreen. Wrinkles, need I say more.
  • Aleve. Keeps my rickety 24-year-old body feeling young and alive.
  • Athletic tape. We are athletes.
    Now that the bag is as clean as a whistle the only thing that needed to be taken care of was washing the headcovers. The headcovers of the moment are my West Bay Hippo Driver cover (name is still undecided and suggestions are welcome), Duke 3-wood cover, Newport CC rocket launcher cover (16 hybrid), Masters Grenade launcher cover (19 hybrid) -- note the rocket launcher travels a greater distance than the grenade launcher -- and a black YES! Putter cover. Threw them in the washing machine, round they went, out they came, as good as new!!
    Thank God spring cleaning is over. Now it's time to make some birdies!!
    Oh and did you know? By closing its ears and nostrils the hippopotamus can stay under water for as long as six minutes!?
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    Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 

    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.

    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.