The Day Belongs to Michelob

By Lpga Tour MediaApril 28, 2003, 4:00 pm
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The last time the LPGA staged an event in Virginia the total purse was $425,000 and Jennifer Wyatt became a Rolex First-Time Winner. That was 1992 and this is now. More than 10 years later, the LPGA returns to The Old Dominion State to play for $1.6 million, one of the largest purses on Tour, for the inaugural Michelob Light Open at Kingsmill held May 1-4.
A field of 144 professionals will embark on the venerable grounds of Williamsburg, Va., for the 72-hole event at the Kingsmill Resort & Spa's River Course. All the big names in women's golf are here as 49 of the top 50 and 95 of the top 100 players from the ADT Official Money List are scheduled to compete, including all five 2003 winners Wendy Doolan, Candie Kung, Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, Se Ri Pak and Annika Sorenstam.
And although the LPGA has not been to Virginia in more than a decade, several past Virginia champions are playing the Michelob Light Open at Kingsmill this week. LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Famers Amy Alcott and reigning U.S. Women's Open champion Juli Inkster are teeing it up. Alcott won the 1979 and the 1984 United Virginia Bank Classic while Inkster won the Crestar Classic in 1988 and 1989. Dottie Pepper and Jan Stephenson, two more winners of Virginia-based events, are also in the field. Stephenson won the 1981 United Virginia Bank Classic and Pepper took the grand prize at the 1990 Crestar Classic.
Also in the field is LPGA Teaching and Club Professional member Suzy Whaley. Whaley, the winner of the 2002 GOLF FOR WOMEN LPGA T&CP National Championship, is competing this week via a sponsors exemption.
This year is shaping up to be one of the most competitive the LPGA has seen in recent history. Yes, Sorenstam is still winning, but so are many others. In six events this season, fans have enjoyed seeing five different winners. In only four events Sorenstam has already won more than $500,000 and has not finished worse than a tie for third, but twice this season she has been tracked down during the final round to have a championship taken away from her.
Pak was the culprit at the Safeway PING Presented by Yoplait as she clawed back from a final-round, three-shot deficit to win the tournament as Sorenstam finished in a tie for third. Earlier this year Sorenstam was vying for an unprecedented third-straight Kraft Nabisco Championship and was leading with less than nine holes to play, but France's Meunier-Lebouc bettered Sorenstam shot-for-shot coming down the stretch to win her first major championship by one stroke.
The competition has been competitive and story lines have been entertaining week-in and week-out in 2003, and this week's Michelob Light Open at Kingsmill is primed to deliver yet another week of excitement from tee to green.

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Watch: Tiger throws dart, pours in birdie at 8

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 18, 2018, 7:31 pm

Starting Sunday five off the lead, Tiger Woods teed off his final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a laced 2-iron and a par at No. 1.

Woods hit the green at the par-3 second but left himself a 50-foot birdie putt and a 6-footer to save par, which we walked in.

A two-putt 4 at the par-5 fourth gave Woods his first birdie of the day and moved him to 8 under for the week. Apparently energized, Tiger pulled driver at the short par-4 fifth and unleashed this violent swing.

A pitch from the thick rough hit a sprinkler head and stopped on the apron, leading to this birdie try, which fortunately hit the pin but unfortunately didn't fall.

Looking to pick up another stroke - or two - at the par-5 sixth, Woods took his drive 317 yards over the water and hit this second shot from 227 yards to 13 feet, leading to another two-putt birdie when his eagle try burned the right edge.

Returning to his trusty 2-iron, Tiger found the fairway at par-4 eighth and then threw this dart from 176 yards to 6 feet and rolled in his third birdie putt of the day to move to 10 under.

(More coming...)

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 18, 2018, 5:00 pm

Tiger Woods will start Sunday five off the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. How will he follow up last week's runner-up? We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

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McIlroy: Time for Tour to limit alcohol sales on course

By Ryan LavnerMarch 18, 2018, 1:50 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy suggested Saturday that the PGA Tour might need to consider curbing alcohol sales to stop some of the abusive fan behavior that has become more prevalent at events.

McIlroy said that a fan repeatedly yelled his wife’s name (Erica) during the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

“I was going to go over and have a chat with him,” McIlroy said. “I think it’s gotten a little much, to be honest. I think they need to limit the alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something, because every week it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more.

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“I know that people want to come and enjoy themselves, and I’m all for that, but sometimes when the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy, it can get a little much.”

This isn’t the first time that McIlroy has voiced concerns about fan behavior on Tour. Last month at Riviera, he said the rowdy spectators probably cost Tiger Woods a half-shot a round, and after two days in his featured group he had a splitting headache.

A week later, at the Honda Classic, Justin Thomas had a fan removed late in the final round.

McIlroy believes the issue is part of a larger problem, as more events try to replicate the success of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which has one of the liveliest atmospheres on Tour.

“It’s great for that tournament, it’s great for us, but golf is different than a football game, and there’s etiquette involved and you don’t want people to be put off from bringing their kids when people are shouting stuff out,” he said. “You want people to enjoy themselves, have a good day.”

As for a solution, well, McIlroy isn’t quite sure.

“It used to be you bring beers onto the course or buy beers, but not liquor,” he said. “And now it seems like everyone’s walking around with a cocktail. I don’t know whether (the solution) is to go back to letting people walking around with beers in their hands. That’s fine, but I don’t know.”

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Confident Lincicome lurking after 54 holes at Founders

By Randy SmithMarch 18, 2018, 2:45 am

PHOENIX – Brittany Lincicome is farther back than she wanted to be going into Sunday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she’s in a good place.

She’s keeping the momentum of her season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic victory going this year.

Her confidence is high.

“Last year, I won in the Bahamas, but then I didn't do anything after that,” Lincicome said. “I don't even know if I had a top 10 after my win in the Bahamas. Obviously, this year, I want to be more consistent.”

Lincicome followed up her victory in the Bahamas this year with a tie for seventh in her next start at the Honda LPGA Thailand. And now she’s right back on another leaderboard with the year’s first major championship just two weeks away. She is, by the way, a two-time winner at the ANA Inspiration.

Missy Pederson, Lincicome’s caddie, is helping her player keep that momentum going with more focus on honing in the scoring clubs.

“One of our major goals is being more consistent,” Pederson said. “She’s so talented, a once in a generation talent. I’m just trying to help out in how to best approach every golf course.”

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Pederson has helped Lincicome identify the clubs they’re likely to attack most with on the particular course they are playing that week, to spend more time working with those clubs in practice. It’s building confidence.

“I know the more greens we hit, and the more chances we give ourselves, the more our chances are to be in contention,” Pederson said. “Britt is not big into stats or details, so I have to figure out how to best consolidate that information, to get us exactly where we need to be.”

Lincicome’s growing comfort with clubs she can attack with is helping her confidence through a round.

“I’ve most noticed consistency in her mental game, being able to handle some of the hiccups that happen over the course of a round,” Pederson said. “Whereas before, something might get under her skin, where she might say, `That’s what always happens,’ now, it’s, `All right, I know I’m good enough to get this back.’ I try to get her in positions to hit the clubs we are really hitting well right now.”

That’s leading to a lot more birdies, fewer bogeys and more appearances on leaderboards in the start to this year.