Americans going for sweep of 2014 LPGA majors

By Randall MellAugust 13, 2014, 7:24 pm

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The Americans are planting their flag all over the women’s game again.

With Lexi Thompson winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Michelle Wie the U.S. Women’s Open and Mo Martin the Ricoh Women’s British Open, the Americans are making a run at their first sweep of the major championships since 1992.

The Wegmans LPGA Championship begins Thursday with the Americans looking to keep the run going.

“That would be huge,” Thompson said. “That would be great for women’s golf.”

The Americans aren’t the only ones who think that.

“I think we can have the best of both worlds now,” Australian Hall of Famer Karrie Webb said. “We can have a solid international schedule and really grow the game back here and have a much more solid schedule back here. We needed to have Americans play well so American companies want to sponsor the LPGA.”


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With Stacy Lewis winning LPGA Player of the Year two seasons ago, becoming the first American in 18 years to do so, and with Lewis now reigning atop the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, Webb’s assertions are backed up by what’s happening to the LPGA’s schedule.

Lewis has endorsement deals with KPMG, Marathon Oil and Pure Silk. After inking deals with Lewis, all three of those companies stepped up their interest in women’s golf by taking on title sponsorship of LPGA events.

When Wie won in Hawaii earlier this year and then followed up winning the U.S. Women’s Open, England’s Laura Davies knew the upside possible for every LPGA pro around the world.

“Michelle winning was a massive boost for the women’s game,” Davies said. “She’s box office. She’s our Tiger, basically.

“I’m not saying we want another American to win this week, but it’s great for the LPGA. We need good young Americans to win.”

The growth of the international game has helped the LPGA build a solid international base of events, but Webb and Davies both saw how an American swoon could dampen American corporate interest.

Back in 2009, Americans won just five LPGA titles. In ’10, they won just four titles, and in ’11 just four titles again. It was probably no coincidence that in 2011 the LPGA schedule sagged to 23 tournaments, just 13 of them domestic events. The LPGA will feature at least 33 events next year, 17 of them in the United States.

“It’s a great thing for the tour for Americans to be playing well, for your stars to be playing well,” Lewis said. “It’s something we haven’t done in quite a few years.”

The Americans have won 11 LPGA titles already this year. That’s more than they’ve won in any single year since the turn of the century.

“I think it’s really fun for America to watch,” Martin said. “I’m very proud to be American.”

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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