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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Mickelson grouped with Z. Johnson at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 8:28 pm

He's not the highest-ranked player in this week's field, but Phil Mickelson will likely draw the biggest crowd at the CareerBuilder Challenge as he makes his first start of 2018. Here are a few early-round, marquee groupings to watch as players battle the three-course rotation in the Californian desert (all times ET):

12:10 p.m. Thursday, 11:40 a.m. Friday, 1:20 p.m. Saturday: Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson

Mickelson is making his fourth straight trip to Palm Springs, having cracked the top 25 each of the last three times. In addition to their respective amateur partners, he'll play the first three rounds alongside a fellow Masters champ in Johnson, who tied for 14th last week in Hawaii and finished third in this event in 2014.

11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson

At No. 3 in the world, Rahm is the highest-ranked player teeing it up this week and the Spaniard returns to an event where he finished T-34 last year in his tournament debut. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Watson, who is looking to bounce back from a difficult 2016-17 season and failed to crack the top 50 in two starts in the fall.

11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker

Reed made the first big splash of his career at this event in 2014, shooting three straight rounds of 63 en route to his maiden victory. He'll be joined by Snedeker, whose bid for a Masters bid via the top 50 of the world rankings came up short last month and who hasn't played this event since a missed cut in 2015.

1:10 p.m. Thursday, 12:40 p.m. Friday, 12:10 p.m. Saturday: Patton Kizzire, Bill Haas

Kizzire heads east after a whirlwind Sunday ended with his second win of the season in a six-hole playoff over James Hahn in Honolulu. He'll play alongside Haas, who won this event in both 2010 and 2015 to go with a runner-up finish in 2011 and remains the tournament's all-time leading money winner.

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Mackay still a caddie at heart, even with a microphone

By Doug FergusonJanuary 16, 2018, 7:34 pm

HONOLULU – All it took was one week back on the bag to remind Jim ''Bones'' Mackay what he always loved about being a caddie.

It just wasn't enough for this to be the ultimate mic drop.

Mackay traded in his TV microphone at the Sony Open for the 40-pound bag belonging to Justin Thomas.

It was his first time caddying since he split with Phil Mickelson six months ago. Mackay was only a temporary replacement at Waialae for Jimmy Johnson, a good friend and Thomas' regular caddie who has a nasty case of plantar fasciitis that will keep him in a walking boot for the next month.

''The toughest thing about not caddying is missing the competition, not having a dog in the fight,'' Mackay said before the final round. ''There's nothing more rewarding as a caddie, in general terms, when you say, 'I don't like 6-iron, I like 7,' and being right. I miss that part of it.''

The reward now?

''Not stumbling over my words,'' he said. ''And being better than I was the previous week.''

He has done remarkably well since he started his new job at the British Open last summer, except for that time he momentarily forgot his role. Parts of that famous caddie adage – ''Show up, keep up, shut up'' – apparently can apply to golf analysts on the ground.

During the early hours of the telecast, before Johnny Miller came on, Justin Leonard was in the booth.

''It's my job to report on what I see. It's not my job to ask questions,'' Mackay said. ''I forgot that for a minute.''

Leonard was part of a booth discussion on how a comfortable pairing can help players trying to win a major. That prompted Mackay to ask Leonard if he found it helpful at the 1997 British Open when he was trying to win his first major and was paired with Fred Couples in the final round at Royal Troon.

''What I didn't know is we were going to commercial in six seconds,'' Mackay said. ''I would have no way of knowing that, but I completely hung Justin out to dry. He's now got four seconds to answer my long-winded question.''

During the commercial break, the next voice Mackay heard belonged to Tommy Roy, the executive golf producer at NBC.

''Bones, don't ever do that again.''

It was Roy who recognized the value experienced caddies could bring to a telecast. That's why he invited Mackay and John Wood, the caddie for Matt Kuchar, into the control room at the 2015 Houston Open so they could see how it all worked and how uncomfortable it can be to hear directions coming through an earpiece.

Both worked as on-course reporters at Sea Island that fall.

And when Mickelson and Mackay parted ways after 25 years, Roy scooped up the longtime caddie for TV.

It's common for players to move into broadcasting. Far more unusual is for a caddie to be part of the mix. Mackay loves his new job. Mostly, he loves how it has helped elevate his profession after so many years of caddies being looked upon more unfavorably than they are now.

''I want to be a caddie that's doing TV,'' he said. ''That's what I hope to come across as. The guys think this is good for caddies. And if it's good for caddies, that makes me happy. Because I'm a caddie. I'll always be a caddie.''

Not next week at Torrey Pines, where Mickelson won three times. Not a week later in Phoenix, where Mackay lives. Both events belong to CBS.

And not the Masters.

He hasn't missed Augusta since 1994, when Mickelson broke his leg skiing that winter.

''That killed me,'' he said, ''but not nearly as much as it's going to kill me this year. I'll wake up on Thursday of the Masters and I'll be really grumpy. I'll probably avoid television at all costs until the 10th tee Sunday. And I'll watch. But it will be, within reason, the hardest day of my life.''

There are too many memories, dating to when he was in the gallery right of the 11th green in 1987 when Larry Mize chipped in to beat Greg Norman. He caddied for Mize for two years, and then Scott Simpson in 1992, and Mickelson the rest of the way. He was on the bag for Lefty's three green jackets.

Mackay still doesn't talk much about what led them to part ways, except to say that a player-caddie relationship runs its course.

''If you lose that positive dynamic, there's no point in continuing,'' he said. ''It can be gone in six months or a year or five years. In our case, it took 25 years.''

He says a dozen or so players called when they split up, and the phone call most intriguing was from Roy at NBC.

''I thought I'd caddie until I dropped,'' Mackay said.

He never imagined getting yardages and lining up putts for anyone except the golfer whose bag he was carrying. Now it's for an audience that measures in the millions. Mackay doesn't look at it as a second career. And he won't rule out caddying again.

''It will always be tempting,'' he said. ''I'll always consider myself a caddie. Right now, I'm very lucky and grateful to have the job I do.''

Except for that first week in April.

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The Social: The end was nigh, then it wasn't

By Jason CrookJanuary 16, 2018, 7:00 pm

The star power at the Sony Open may have been overshadowed by a missile scare, but there were plenty of other social media stories that kept the golf world on its toes this week, including some insight on Tiger Woods from a round with President Obama and some failed trick shots.

All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

By now you've undoubtedly heard about the false alarm in Hawaii on Saturday, where just about everyone, including most Sony Open participants, woke up to an emergency cell phone alert that there was a ballistic missile heading toward the islands.

Hawaiian emergency management officials eventually admitted the original message was mistakenly sent out, but before they did, people (understandably) freaked out.

As the situation unfolded, some Tour pros took to social media to express their confusion and to let the Twittersphere know how they planned on riding out this threat:

While I would've been in that bathtub under the mattress with John Peterson, his wife, baby and in-laws (wait, how big is this tub?), here's how Justin Thomas reacted to the threat of impending doom:

Yeah, you heard that right.

“I was like ‘there’s nothing I can do,'” Thomas said. ”I sat on my couch and opened up the sliding door and watched TV and listened to music. I was like, if it’s my time, it’s my time.”

Hmmm ... can we just go ahead and award him all the 2018 majors right now? Because if Thomas is staring down death in mid-January, you gotta like the kid's chances on the back nine Sunday at Augusta and beyond.

Before the Hawaiian Missile Crisis of 2018, things were going about as well as they could at Waialae Country Club, starting with the Wednesday pro-am.

Jordan Spieth might have been the third-biggest star in his own group, after getting paired with superstar singer/songwriter/actor Nick Jonas and model/actress Kelly Rohrbach.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more photogenic group out on the course, and the "Baywatch" star has a gorgeous swing as well, which makes sense, considering she was a former collegiate golfer at Georgetown.

As impressive as that group was, they were somehow outshined by an amateur in another group, former NFL coach June Jones.

Jones, who now coaches the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, played his round in bare feet and putted with his 5-iron, a remedy he came up with to battle the yips.

Former NFL and current CFL coach June Jones: A master of 5-iron putting?

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Considering he made back-to-back birdies at one point during the day, it's safe to say he's won that battle.

With Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour about a week away, that sound you hear is the hype train motoring full speed down the tracks.

First, his ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn told Sports Illustrated that she hopes this comeback works out for him.

“I loved him and we’re still friends. Sometimes, I wish he would have listened to me a little more, but he’s very stubborn and he likes to go his own way," the Olympic skiier said. "I hope this latest comeback sticks. I hope he goes back to winning tournaments.”

Vonn also mentioned she thinks Woods is very stubborn and that he didn't listen to her enough. That really shouldn't shock anyone who watched him win the 2008 U.S. Open on one leg. Don't think there were a lot of people in his ear telling him that was a great idea at the time.

We also have this report from Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte, stating that the 14-time major champ recently played a round with former president Barack Obama at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., where he received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.

The Farmers Insurance Open is sure to be must-see TV, but until then, I'm here for all of the rampant speculation and guesses as to how things will go. The more takes the better. Make them extra spicy, please and thanks.

These poor New Orleans Saints fans. Guess the only thing you can do is throw your 65-inch TV off the balcony and get 'em next year.

Here's two more just for good measure.

Farts ... will they ever not be funny?

Perhaps someday, but that day was not early last week, when Tommy Fleetwood let one rip on his European teammates during EurAsia Cup team photos.

Fleetwood went 3-0-0 in the event, helping Europe to a victory over Asia, perhaps by distracting his opponents with the aid of his secret weapon.

Also, how about the diabolical question, "Did you get that?"

Yeah Tommy, we all got that.

Ahhh ... golf trick shot videos. You were fun while you lasted.

But now we’ve officially come to the point in their existence where an unsuccessful attempt is much more entertaining than a properly executed shot, and right on cue, a couple of pros delivered some epic fails.

We start with Sony Open runner-up James Hahn’s preparation for the event, where for some reason he thought he needed to practice a running, jumping, Happy Gilmore-esque shot from the lip of a bunker. It didn’t exactly work out.

Not to be outdone, Ladies European Tour pro Carly Booth attempted the juggling-drive-it-out-of-midair shot made famous by the Bryan Bros, and from the looks of things she might have caught it a little close to the hosel.

PSA to trick-shot artists everywhere: For the sake of the viewing public, if you feel a miss coming on, please make sure the camera is rolling.

Seriously, though, who cares? Definitely not these guys and gals, who took the time to comment, "who cares?" They definitely do not care.

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Spieth selected by peers to run for PAC chairman

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 6:43 pm

Jordan Spieth may still be relatively young, but he has gained the confidence of some of the PGA Tour's most seasoned voices.

Spieth is one of two players selected by the current player directors of the Tour's Policy Board to run for Chairman of the Player Advisory Council (PAC). Spieth will face Billy Hurley III in an election that will end Feb. 13, with the leading vote-getter replacing Davis Love III next year on the Policy Board for a three-year term through 2021.

Last year's PAC chairman, Johnson Wagner, replaces Jason Bohn as a player director on the Policy Board beginning this year and running through 2020. Other existing player directors include Charley Hoffman (2017-19), Kevin Streelman (2017-19) and Love (2016-18).

The 16-member PAC advises and consults with the Policy Board and Tour commissioner Jay Monahan on "issues affecting the Tour."

In addition to Spieth and Hurley, other PAC members for 2018 include Daniel Berger, Paul Casey, Stewart Cink, Chesson Hadley, James Hahn, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Anirban Lahiri, Geoff Ogilvy, Sam Saunders, Chris Stroud, Justin Thomas, Kyle Thompson and Cameron Tringale.