DAlessio Leads LPGA Q-School

By Lpga Tour MediaOctober 21, 2003, 4:00 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 21, 2003 ' Powered by a new putter in her bag, 29-year-old Diana DAlessio carded an opening round 66 (-6) to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament at LPGA Internationals Legends Course. The Huntersville, N.C., resident carded seven birdies against a lone bogey and stands one shot ahead of Swedens Mikaela Parmlid and three-year Tour member Jenna Daniels heading into the second round.

Play was suspended due to darkness at 7:10 p.m., with one threesome out on the golf course. That group will return to finish its final hole Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. while the remainder of the field begins their second rounds. There will be no changes to the starting times for the second round, as play will begin at 7:45 a.m. ET.

It was just a fun day today, said DAlessio, who is a four-year LPGA Tour member. I hit it pretty good today and capitalized on all of my short birdie opportunities. I just made a lot of putts today. I hit 15 greens and 11 fairways today, so I feel pretty good.

DAlessio made the turn at four-under-par after birdies on holes two, six, seven and nine, then dove to seven-under-par with birdies on 12, 14 and 15 before a bogey on the par-4 17th dropped her back to six-under-par.

Parmlid, who teed off from the 10th tee, had a bogey-free round that included four-straight birdies on holes one through four, her 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th holes of the day. She began with a birdie on the 13th hole, her fourth, to card the 67. Daniels also began her day on the back-nine and also carded a bogey-free round, notching birdies on holes 17, one, two, four and eight to finish one stroke off DAlessios lead.

Canadas Isabelle Beisiegel and Denmarks Iben Tinning, a member of the victorious 2003 European Solheim Cup Team, posted four-under-par 68s and are two strokes back. Seventeen-year-old Aree Song, who is setting a precedent by attempting to secure a spot on the LPGA Tour before her 18th birthday, shot a one-under-par 71 and is five strokes back.

The 72-hole tournament continues with the second round Wednesday, and the 132-player field will be cut to the low 70 players and ties after the third round. A total of 28 exempt spots on the 2004 LPGA Tour are up for grabs this year, and a sudden-death playoff will be held to determine the 28th spot if needed. The next 35 finishers and ties will earn non-exempt status for 2004.

Round 1

1 Diana D'Alessio 32-34 66 -6
2 Mikaela Parmlid 32-35 67 -5
2 Jenna Daniels 32-35 67 -5
4 Isabelle Beisiegel 33-35 68 -4
4 Iben Tinning 35-33 68 -4
6 Cherie Byrnes 36-33 69 -3
6 Maggie Will 35-34 69 -3
6 Catherine Cartwright 34-35 69 -3
6 Ashley Winn 35-34 69 -3
6 Carri Wood 33-36 69 -3
11 Chiharu Yamaguchi 34-36 70 -2
11 Michele Vinieratos 35-35 70 -2
11 Patricia Baxter-Johnson 34-36 70 -2
11 Pamela Kerrigan 34-36 70 -2
11 Lisa Hall 33-37 70 -2
11 Karen Pearce 37-33 70 -2
11 Jean-Marie Busuttil 33-37 70 -2
11 Laurie Rinker 36-34 70 -2
11 Stacy Snider 34-36 70 -2
11 Smriti Mehra 35-35 70 -2
11 Celeste Troche 34-36 70 -2
11 Jinny Lee 32-38 70 -2
11 Jen Hanna 34-36 70 -2
24 Jimin Kang 36-35 71 -1
24 Kelly Lagedrost 37-34 71 -1
24 Aree Song 32-39 71 -1
24 Juli Hilton 35-36 71 -1
24 Angie Rizzo 36-35 71 -1
24 Susie Parry 35-36 71 -1
24 Emily Bastel 35-36 71 -1
24 Laura Myerscough 35-36 71 -1
24 Joellyn Erdmann-Crooks 33-38 71 -1
24 Hong Mei Yang 35-36 71 -1
24 Jessica Reese 32-39 71 -1
35 Nadina Taylor 36-36 72 E
35 Michelle Murphy 36-36 72 E
35 Marlene Hedblom 37-35 72 E
35 Russamee Gulyanamitta 38-34 72 E
35 Katherine Hull 37-35 72 E
35 Silvia Cavalleri 34-38 72 E
35 Seol-An Jeon 37-35 72 E
35 Diane Irvin 36-36 72 E
35 Kellee Booth 36-36 72 E
35 Lisa DePaulo 36-36 72 E
35 Stephanie George 35-37 72 E
35 Karen Davies 36-36 72 E
35 Carmen Hajjar 35-37 72 E
35 Lindsey Wright 35-37 72 E
35 Siew-Ai Lim 36-36 72 E
50 Mardi Lunn 35-38 73 +1
50 Susan Ginter-Brooker 36-37 73 +1
50 Dina Ammaccapane 37-36 73 +1
50 Jeanne Cho 36-37 73 +1
50 Clarissa Childs 36-37 73 +1
50 Amy Hung 36-37 73 +1
50 Katie Bakken 37-36 73 +1
50 Brandi Jackson 35-38 73 +1
50 Sarah Johnston 34-39 73 +1
50 Sunny Lee 37-36 73 +1
50 Jennifer Huber 36-37 73 +1
50 Stefania Croce 36-37 73 +1
50 Luciana Bemvenuti 39-34 73 +1
50 Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 35-38 73 +1
50 Cathy Johnston-Forbes 34-39 73 +1
50 Shiho Katano 38-35 73 +1
50 Riko Higashio 37-36 73 +1
50 Connie Ross 36-37 73 +1
50 Meredith Duncan 38-35 73 +1
69 Nicole Materne 36-38 74 +2
69 Leigh Ann Mills 37-37 74 +2
69 Angela Buzminski 37-37 74 +2
69 Marcy Hart 36-38 74 +2
69 Nicole Dalkas 36-38 74 +2
69 Liz Earley 37-37 74 +2
69 Georgina Simpson 36-38 74 +2
69 Michelle Bell 37-37 74 +2
69 Kelly Cap 36-38 74 +2
69 Il Mi Chung 37-37 74 +2
69 Collette Matthes 37-37 74 +2
69 Kristen Bloomer 36-38 74 +2
69 Annette DeLuca 38-36 74 +2
69 Heather Lee 37-37 74 +2
69 Michelle Simpson 39-35 74 +2
69 Michelle Estill 37-37 74 +2
69 Caroline Goasguen 34-40 74 +2
69 Kristy McPherson 38-36 74 +2
87 Vikki Laing 37-38 75 +3
87 Lisa Strom 36-39 75 +3
87 Krista Bartlett 36-39 75 +3
87 Karine Icher 39-36 75 +3
87 Hyun Soon Park 37-38 75 +3
87 Lori Atsedes 37-38 75 +3
87 Yvonne Cox 38-37 75 +3
87 Allie Blomquist 38-37 75 +3
87 Namika Omata 37-38 75 +3
87 Kylie Pratt 38-37 75 +3
87 Danielle Masters 38-37 75 +3
87 Dale Eggeling 38-37 75 +3
87 Lesley Henderson 37-38 75 +3
87 Charlotta Sorenstam 37-38 75 +3
87 Vicky Uwland 35-40 75 +3
102 Michele Fuller 37-39 76 +4
102 Carrie Roberts 38-38 76 +4
102 Kris Lindstrom 37-39 76 +4
102 Penny Hammel 38-38 76 +4
102 Kimberly Freeman 38-38 76 +4
102 Mayumi Nakajima 37-39 76 +4
102 Kim Augusta 37-39 76 +4
102 Alena Sharp 35-41 76 +4
102 Kathryn Cusick 41-35 76 +4
102 Leslie Spalding 38-38 76 +4
102 Nicole Jeray 41-35 76 +4
102 J.Y. Cho 39-37 76 +4
102 Danielle Amiee 38-38 76 +4
115 Nuria Clau 36-41 77 +5
115 Minny Yeo 38-39 77 +5
115 Pam Wright 38-39 77 +5
115 Kirsty Taylor 39-38 77 +5
119 Lisa P. Jensen 39-39 78 +6
119 Mary Kay Marino 41-37 78 +6
119 Tamie Durdin 41-37 78 +6
119 Mitzi Edge 39-39 78 +6
119 Ara Koh 37-41 78 +6
119 Wendy Martin 37-41 78 +6
125 Misia Lemanski 41-38 79 +7
125 Nicole Perrot 39-40 79 +7
125 Krissie Register 41-38 79 +7
128 Becky Lucidi 41-39 80 +8
128 Hye Jung Choi 39-41 80 +8
128 Laura Baugh 41-39 80 +8
DNF Marianne Morris DNF
DNF Donna Wilkins DNF
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The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros

By Phil BlackmarJanuary 20, 2018, 1:24 am

Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.

Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be missing out when others are making decisions for them, that is not the topic.

I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.

One of the things that separates great players from the rest of the pack – other than talent – is the great player’s ability to routinely stay comfortable and play with focus and clarity in all situations. Though innate to many, this skill is trainable and can be learned. Don’t get too excited, the details of such a plan are too long and more suited for a book than the short confines of this article.

So, if that aspect of the game is so important, where is the representative on the player’s team who has stood on the 18th tee with everything on the line? Where is the representative on the team who has experienced, over and over, what the player will be experiencing? In other words, where is the successful former tour player on the team?

You look to tennis and many players have such a person on their team. These teacher/mentors include the likes of Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert. Why is it not the norm in golf?

Sure, a few players have sought out the advice of Jack Nicklaus, but he’s not part of a team. The teaching ranks also include some former players like Butch Harmon and a few others. But how many teams include a player who has contended in a major, let alone won one or more?

I’m not here to argue the value and knowledge of all the other coaches who make up a player’s team. But how can the value of a successful tour professional be overlooked? If I’m going to ask someone what I should do in various situations on the course, I would prefer to include the experienced knowledge of players who have been there themselves.

This leads me to the second part of today’s message. Is there a need for the professional players to mix with professional teachers to deliver the best and most comprehensive teaching philosophy to average players? I feel there is.

Most lessons are concerned with changing the student’s swing. Often, this is done with little regard for how it feels to the student because the teacher believes the information is correct and more important than the “feels” of the student. “Stick with it until it’s comfortable” is often the message. This directive methodology was put on Twitter for public consumption a short time back:

On the other hand, the professional player is an expert at making a score and understands the intangible side of the game. The intangible side says: “Mechanics cannot stand alone in making a good player.” The intangible side understands “people feel things differently”; ask Jim Furyk to swing like Dustin Johnson, or vice versa. This means something that looks good to us may not feel right to someone else.

The intangible side lets us know that mechanics and feels must walk together in order for the player to succeed. From Ben Hogan’s book:

“What I have learned I have learned by laborious trial and error, watching a good player do something that looked right to me, stumbling across something that felt right to me, experimenting with that something to see if it helped or hindered, adopting it if it helped, refining it sometimes, discarding it if it didn’t help, sometimes discarding it later if it proved undependable in competition, experimenting continually with new ideas and old ideas and all manner of variations until I arrived at a set of fundamentals that appeared to me to be right because they accomplished a very definite purpose, a set of fundamentals which proved to me they were right because they stood up and produced under all kinds of pressure.”

Hogan beautifully described the learning process that could develop the swings of great players like DJ, Furyk, Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nicklaus, etc.

Bob Toski is still teaching. Steve Elkington is helping to bring us the insight of Jackie Burke. Hal Sutton has a beautiful teaching facility outside of Houston. And so on. Just like mechanics and feels, it’s not either-or – the best message comes from both teachers and players.

Lately, it seems the scale has swung more to one side; let us not forget the value of insights brought to us by the players who have best mastered the game.

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Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

“I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”

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After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.

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Landry stays hot, leads desert shootout at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 12:35 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Andrew Landry topped the crowded CareerBuilder Challenge leaderboard after another low-scoring day in the sunny Coachella Valley.

Landry shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course to reach 16 under. He opened with a 63 on Thursday at La Quinta Country Club.

''Wind was down again,'' Landry said. ''It's like a dome out here.''

Jon Rahm, the first-round leader after a 62 at La Quinta, was a stroke back. He had two early bogeys in a 67 on the Nicklaus layout.

''It's tough to come back because I feel like I expected myself to go to the range and keep just flushing everything like I did yesterday,'' Rahm said. ''Everything was just a little bit off.''

Jason Kokrak was 14 under after a 67 at Nicklaus. Two-time major champion Zach Johnson was 13 under along with Michael Kim and Martin Piller. Johnson had a 64 at Nicklaus.

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Landry, Rahm, Kokrak and Johnson will finish the rotation Saturday at PGA West's Stadium Course, also the site of the final round.

''You need to hit it a lot more accurate off the tee because being in the fairway is a lot more important,'' Rahm said about the Pete Dye-designed Stadium Course, a layout the former Arizona State player likened to the Dye-designed Karsten course on the school's campus. ''With the small greens, you have water in play. You need to be more precise. Clearly the hardest golf course.''

Landry pointed to the Saturday forecast.

''I think the wind's supposed to be up like 10 to 20 mph or something, so I know that golf course can get a little mean,'' Landry said. ''Especially, those last three or four holes.''

The 30-year-old former Arkansas player had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine. After winning his second Web.com Tour title last year, he had two top-10 finishes in October and November at the start the PGA Tour season.

''We're in a good spot right now,'' Landry said. ''I played two good rounds of golf, bogey-free both times, and it's just nice to be able to hit a lot of good quality shots and get rewarded when you're making good putts.''

Rahm had four birdies and the two bogeys on his first six holes. He short-sided himself in the left bunker on the par-3 12th for his first bogey of the week and three-putted the par-4 14th – pulling a 3-footer and loudly asking ''What?'' – to drop another stroke.

''A couple of those bad swings cost me,'' Rahm said.

The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3 in the world, Rahm made his first par of the day on the par-4 16th and followed with five more before birdieing the par-5 fourth. The 23-year-old Spaniard also birdied the par-5 seventh and par-3 eighth.

''I had close birdie putts over the last four holes and made two of them, so I think that kind of clicked,'' said Rahm, set to defend his title next week at Torrey Pines.

He has played the par 5s in 9 under with an eagle and seven birdies.

Johnson has taken a relaxed approach to the week, cutting his practice to two nine-hole rounds on the Stadium Course.

''I'm not saying that's why I'm playing well, but I took it really chill and the golf courses haven't changed,'' Johnson said. ''La Quinta's still really pure, right out in front of you, as is the Nicklaus.''

Playing partner Phil Mickelson followed his opening 70 at La Quinta with a 68 at Nicklaus to get to 6 under. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer is playing his first tournament of since late October.

''The scores obviously aren't what I want, but it's pretty close and I feel good about my game,'' Mickelson said. ''I feel like this is a great place to start the year and build a foundation for my game. It's easy to identify the strengths and weaknesses. My iron play has been poor relative to the standards that I have. My driving has been above average.''

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on a sponsor exemption, had a 70 at Nicklaus to match Mickelson at 6 under. The Southern California recruit is playing his first PGA Tour event. He tied for 65th in the Australian Open in November in his first start in a professional tournament.