Notes Acker-Macosko Sets LPGA Record
Acker-Macosko shot 69-70-72-60=271 (-13) and tied for fifth, tying her career-best finish. She posted nines of 31-29 to break the previous par-71 course record by one shot. Se Ri Pak set the previous mark of 61 at the 1998 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic. Her 11-birdie round ties five other players who trail Annika Sorenstams 13-birdie round of 59 by two shots.
CRUSH Magazine Debuts This Month
The premiere issue of CRUSH, the official magazine of the official magazine of CRUSH the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), is now available to golf fans across the country. CRUSH is distributed nationwide at select newsstands, premiere golf resorts, on-site at various LPGA Tour events, through LPGA.com and at other locations.
A glossy magazine on high-quality paper, CRUSH is published in two sizes: a full-sized luxury version and a more compact version for LPGA Tour events. The 216-page magazine features Annika Sorenstam on the cover and articles about LPGA players throughout. The issue also includes features on fashion, finance, golf accessories, beauty, food and travel.
The CRUSH luxury edition retails luxury edition retails at $8.99 and is available at Books-a-Million, Albertsons, Kroger, Walden Books, Borders, Barnes and Noble, Hudson News, Dillon News Group and Hastings. The compact edition retails at $7.99 and can be purchased through LPGA.com with exclusive LPGA.com member promotions.
CRUSH is published by TMC USA LLC of West Palm Beach, Fla., and TMC USA will be donating a percentage of the retail cover price to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the offi cial national charity of the LPGA. Plans for 2005 include two issues of CRUSH for spring and fall.
Dibos Becomes U.S. Citizen
Alicia Dibos, a native of Peru who joined the LPGA Tour in 1993, earned U.S. citizenship on Sept. 17 at a courthouse in Bridgeport, Conn. Dibos said, The LPGA gave me the opportunity to make a wonderful career in this country, and thanks to the LPGA, I am so proud to become a U.S. citizen.
Dibos recorded 14 top-10 finishes in her LPGA career, including a tie for second after a sudden-death playoff at the 1994 Childrens Medical Center Classic. Dibos, who is a member of the LPGA T&CP earned more than $960,000 as an LPGA player before leaving the Tour full-time in 2003 to take a position as assistant pro at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
New Title Sponsor for LPGAs Mobile Stop
Mobile, Ala.-based Mitchell Company has reached a title sponsorship agreement with Raycom Sports, owner and operator of the Mobile LPGA Tour event, securing the events future in the city of Mobile. The multiyear agreement renames the event the Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions.
The Mitchell Company is recognized as one of the largest and most diverse real estate companies in the Southeastern United States and is recognized as one of the top-100 home builders in the U.S.
The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions is an $800,000, limited-field event featuring players who have won an LPGA tournament in 2001-04, as well as active LPGA Tour and World Golf Hall of Fame members. The 2004 Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions will take place of Nov. 11-14 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trails Magnolia Grove Golf Club on the Crossings course and will be televised by The Golf Channel.
Kim Becomes Sixth Rolex First-Time Winner
Christina Kim became the sixth Rolex First-Time Winner of the season with her win at the Longs Drugs Challenge. She joins Karen Stupples, Jennifer Rosales, Lorena Ochoa, Kim Saiki and Moira Dunn as prestigious first-time winners.
Baena, Lim Record First Career Aces
Marisa Baena, a fifth-year LPGA player, recorded her first-career hole-in-one during the first round of the Longs Drugs Challenge. Baena aced the 14th hole from 184 yards with a 5-iron. Siew-Ai Lim aced the 12th hole during the second round from 162 yards with a 6-iron, which was also her first-career hole-in-one.
Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59
Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.
While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.
He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.
"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."
Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.
"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."
Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot
When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.
Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.
"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"
The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.
Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.
"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."
DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.
Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.
"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."
Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.
Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.
"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."
Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.
"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."
LPGA lists April date for new LA event
The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.
When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.
The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.
The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.