Sheehan Receives 2002 Patty Berg Award

By Lpga Tour MediaDecember 17, 2002, 5:00 pm
LPGA Tour Hall of Famer Patty Sheehan is the recipient of the 2002 Patty Berg Award in recognition of her many contributions to womens golf. The award, instituted in 1979 by the LPGA board of directors, is named in honor of LPGA Founder and Hall of Famer Patty Berg.
 
Sheehan, a 35-time LPGA champion and LPGA Tour Hall of Famer since 1993, led the U.S. Solheim Cup team to victory in the 2002 Solheim Cup and will also captain the 2003 squad.
 
I just dont know what to say, said Sheehan. Im completely shocked and cant believe it. This is one of the highest honors you can get in golf. Its really been a special year for me, especially for not having played on Tour that much. Patty (Berg) is such a special person and is the epitome of the LPGA and what the LPGA is all about. To win an award in her name, I am so amazed and am just speechless.
 
It has been quite a year for Sheehan. In addition to leading the U.S. Team to a 15 - 12 victory at the Solheim Cup, she was one of 7,200 torchbearers to carry the Olympic flame during the Olympic torch run for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in her home city of Reno, Nev. She also won the 2002 Copps Great Lakes Classic on the Womens Senior Golf Tour (WSGT), the official senior tour of the LPGA.
 
Sheehan has enjoyed an impressive LPGA career, which began in 1980. She was named 1981 Rookie of the Year, Rolex Player of the Year in 1983 and won the 1984 Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average. Six of her 35 career victories came in major championships: LPGA Championship (1983-84, 1993); U.S. Womens Open (1992, 1994) and Nabisco Dinah Shore (1996). She was recognized during the LPGAs 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the LPGA s top 50 players and teachers.
 
Patty is an extremely deserving recipient of this award, said Ty Votaw, commissioner of the LPGA. Just like Patty Berg, Patty Sheehan is a truly special lady, one of the best players in LPGA history and a classy example of success and excellence in the world of golf. Patty is not only a fierce competitor, but is also a loving mother and valued adviser for all of us associated with the LPGA. She embodies everything the Patty Berg Award stands for.
 
Sheehan won at least one tournament every year from 1981-86 and 1988-96, with a career best five wins coming in 1990. In addition to her 35 LPGA victories, she has also won four professional international events. Along with her six major titles, she also finished as runner up in major championships six times throughout her career. Sheehan, who has earned more than $5.5 million during her career, competed as a member of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team in 1990, 1992, 1994 and 1996.
 
Im so happy that Patty has won this award, said Berg. Shes just a great and wonderful lady, and Im honored to have my name and my award associated with her. I was at the Solheim Cup this year to see her lead the U.S. team to victory and am confident that her team will win again in Sweden next year. As a fellow LPGA Tour Hall of Famer, I have known Patty for some time and have a lot of respect for her as a player and person.
 
The 1994 Flo Hyman Award winner, Sheehan was inducted into the Collegiate Golf Hall of Fame in 1990 and received the 1988 Charles Bartlett Award from the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA) for her unselfish contributions to the betterment of society. She was one of eight athletes featured on Sports Illustrateds annual Sportsman of the Year cover in 1987.
 
In 1986, she was honored with the Samaritan Award, and was named Female Player of the Year by the GWAA in 1984 and 1993. As an amateur, Sheehan won the 1980 AIAW National Championship title and was an undefeated member of the 1980 U.S. Curtis Cup Team. She also won the 1977 and 1978 California Womens Amateur championships and won the Nevada State Amateur from 1975 78.
 
A mother of two, Sheehan is also a golf course design consultant for the Greenhorn Creek Golf Course in Angels Camp, Calif., Rancharrah in Reno, Nev., and Gold Mountain in Portola, Calif.
 
A five person selection committee chooses the Patty Berg Award recipient, which is given to an individual who, like Berg, exemplifies diplomacy, sportsmanship, goodwill and contributions to the game of golf. Past recipients of the award are: Marilynn Smith (1979); Betsy Rawls (1980); Ray Volpe (1984); Dinah Shore (1985); David Foster (1986); Kathy Whitworth (1987); John D. Laupheimer (1988); Patty Berg (1990); Karsten Solheim (1991); Judy Dickinson (1992); Kerry Graham (1993); Charles S. Mechem Jr. (1994); Suzanne Jackson (1996); Judy Bell (1997); Judy Rankin (1999); Louise Suggs (2000); and Pat Bradley (2001).
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Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

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."

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Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

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.'"


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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."

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DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

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."

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LPGA lists April date for new LA event

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

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.