LPGA Tour Championship goes on without sponsor

By Randall MellMay 26, 2009, 4:00 pm
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LPGA Tour _newThe LPGA Tour Championship will be played as this years season-ending event with or without a title sponsor in its new home just outside Houston, LPGA and IMG officials announced Tuesday.
The event is scheduled to be played Nov. 19-22 at The Houstonian Golf & Country Club in Richmond, Texas.
The Golf Channel will televise all four rounds.
IMG owns the event.
Originally designated the Stanford Financial Tour Championship, IMG is searching with the LPGA for a new title sponsor. Stanford Financial was lost as title sponsor after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission raided the offices of R. Allen Stanford in February. The SEC froze the assets of three companies Stanford controls as part of a fraud investigation.
LPGA Commissioner Carolyn Bivens and IMG Senior Vice President Mark Steinberg spoke to local media Tuesday at The Houstonian Golf & Country Club to address concerns the event might not come off with the tour facing multiple sponsorship issues in a sagging economy.
The Samsung Invitational was played in Houston in 2003, but the metropolitan area hasnt been host to a regular LPGA event since 1986.
Houston is a premier sports city that will embrace a season finale featuring the games greatest stars, Bivens said. LPGA players have been eager to return to the great state of Texas, and theyre thrilled that theyll do so on such a spectacular course.
While IMG spokesman Dave Haggith said theres a multi-year commitment to Houston as host of the event, contract specifics will ultimately depend on a deal with a new title sponsor.
Four LPGA events in the United States are without title sponsors this year and the contracts with seven other title sponsors are expiring this season.
There was so much speculation out there, we decided to come out and say were definitely going forward with this event, with or without a title sponsor, said David Higdon, the LPGAs chief of communications.
The loss of Stanford Financial will impact the LPGA Tour Championship purse with the original plan for a $2 million payout reduced to $1.5 million.
The LPGA Tour Championship will replace the ADT Championship as the season-ending event. The ADT Championship featured the largest first-place check in womens golf ($1 million) as the finale to the season-long LPGA Playoffs. LPGA officials said they continue to seek a new title sponsor to replace ADT while continuing plans to move the event to the front portion of the 2010 schedule.
The LPGAs original Tour Championship evolved into the ADT Championship. The new Tour Championship evolved out of an upstart IMG event, the Stanford International Pro-Am, which was played for the first time last year in Miami Beach.
The Tour Championship format will feature a 120-player field with a cut to the low 70 players and ties after 36 holes and another cut to the low 30 and ties after 54 holes.
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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

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Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.