Mission possible

By Randall MellJuly 6, 2011, 10:00 pm

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Paula Creamer knows what it’s like to win the U.S. Women’s Open.

Yani Tseng appears to know what it’s like to win everything except the U.S. Women’s Open.

Creamer tees it up Thursday at The Broadmoor East Course looking to become the first American to win back-to-back U.S. Women’s Opens since Betsy King in 1989 and ’90.

Tseng’s tees it up there looking to complete the career grand slam.

There’s lots of desire, confidence and motivation in these two players and the fun of it is that they will be playing the first two rounds together at the U.S. Women’s Open. The duo is matched with U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Danielle Kang in a marquee grouping off Thursday at 3:36 p.m. ET.

“I love these types of pairings,” said Annika Sorenstam, who won the U.S. Women’s Open at The Broadmoor in 1995 and is the chairperson of this year’s championship. “It’s just a great pairing. I’m sure they’re going to be feeding off each other a little bit. They’re both very competitive, with totally different games.

“It’s kind of the next generation. With Yani, you see the international flavor [Taiwan], and you see the American star.”

Creamer, 24, may be the defending U.S. Women’s Open champion, but Tseng, 22, is the player to beat.

While Creamer is seeking to claim her first victory since last year’s U.S. Women’s Open, Tseng is looking to win her third consecutive LPGA start and seventh worldwide title this year. With Tseng’s reign at No. 1 in the Rolex World Rankings reaching its 21st consecutive week, she’s beginning to separate herself as the new dominant force in the women’s game.

“I think we're going to see more of her,” Sorenstam told assembled media Wednesday. “This is just a beginning. I think she's good for the face of the LPGA. Hopefully, the other players will keep up her pace, because it's going to be quite the competitive race the next few years.”

Juli Inkster, winner of two U.S. Women’s Opens, says she can see Tseng making history’s great players her rivals.

“You never think there’s going to be another Mickey Wright or another Annika Sorenstam or Lorena Ochoa, and all of a sudden, Yani comes around,” Inkster said. “Yani has Lorena’s power. I mean, she can bomb the ball. She’s got a lot of passion for the game. She wants to be the best. So, she could be here for awhile.

“If she stays healthy, she could break a lot of Annika’s records.”

There’s special motivation in that regard for Tseng, who idolizes Sorenstam and even bought Sorenstam’s former home in Orlando. The Broadmoor was home to Sorenstam’s first LPGA title, the U.S. Women’s Open in 1995.

All of this casts Creamer in an underdog role despite her defending champion status.

“You can't dwell too much about what's going on out there,” Creamer said of the Tseng pairing. “That's going to be the big key, just taking care of my own business. I've prepared a lot for this event, and I feel very good. I just have to get in my own world out there.”

Tseng and Creamer offer a classic contrast in styles.

Tseng’s a power player who can dominate when her putter’s hot.

Creamer seems designed to win U.S. Opens. She’s a straight driver with a strong iron game who hits a lot of greens in regulation.

Yes, Tseng’s still so young, but she has struggled in her four U.S. Women’s Open appearances. It’s the major that’s given her the most fits. In four starts in the championship, she’s missed the cut twice. Her tie for 10th, however, at Oakmont last year is a sign she’s figuring out how to play the toughest test in women’s golf.

“I always feel so much pressure on a U.S. Open course, it’s such a tough, tough course,” Tseng said. “I feel less pressure this week.”

Creamer knows how to dial in to U.S. Women’s Open mode. She hasn’t finished worse than a tie for sixth in her last three starts in the championship.

Who has the edge this week?

Sorenstam gives power players the edge. The Broadmoor, a big course, is playing as the longest U.S. Women’s Open in history at 7,047 yards. Even with the altitude, it plays long.

“It's more about the length and being able to hit shorter irons, higher irons into the greens to stop it,” Sorenstam said. “I think that's going to be the key.”

Creamer believes The Broadmoor – with its confounding greens, its difficult yardage calculations due to altitude and elevation changes – will create an exhausting mental challenge.

“If you lose your mind on one shot, it’s going to cost you big time,” Creamer said.

The fun of Thursday and Friday will be watching Tseng and Creamer match wits and skill to see who best positions themselves to win on the weekend.

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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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