Pressel opens up on match-play controversies

By Randall MellMay 22, 2012, 1:02 am

Morgan Pressel didn’t sleep much Sunday night.

The controversial slow-play penalty that may have cost her the Sybase Match Play Championship title stayed with her long after the last putts dropped at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, N.J.

Even a day later, Pressel struggled with the notion she deserved to lose a hole for slow play in that situation.

“Pace of play is an issue, but in that situation, I’m not sure it should have been called,” Pressel told “I’m a little upset, and I think I have a right to be. It was an unfortunate situation that could have changed the whole outcome of the tournament.”

Video: Anatomy of a slow-play penalty

Discussion: Penalty fair or bogus?

After winning the 12th hole Sunday to apparently go 3 up in a semifinal match against Azahara Munoz, Pressel was penalized for slow play. She was assessed a loss-of-hole penalty for being over her allotted time on the 12th hole, meaning she was just 1 up.

Pressel said she knew the pace-of-play rule and how the timing worked. She even checked with the rules official to make sure it was the same policy applied in stroke play. 

Though Pressel believes slow play is a significant problem on the tour that needs to be addressed, she questions the subjective nature of the application of the LPGA’s pace-of-play rule. She questions it being enforced the way it was in her semifinal match.

“There were people over the time-par all week that weren't put on the clock,” Pressel said. “It's such a subjective thing, and I don't really understand it. I'm not sure I should have been called for it. For a subjective decision to come into play like that and dampen a tournament that was quite exciting, I don't think that helps the tour at all.”

Pressel, in the afternoon consolation match, couldn’t help noticing that Munoz and Candie Kung were out of position behind her in the finals match, but no penalties were called.

“We teed off eight minutes ahead of them, and we finished maybe three or four holes ahead of them, and they were never put on the clock,” Pressel said.

Pressel said she hasn’t discussed her frustration with LPGA officials yet, but she will.

“I don’t know that I’m ready to have that discussion yet,” Pressel said. “Maybe I need to have a couple days. Nothing is going to change what happened (Sunday). I’m sure I’ll have that discussion at some point soon.”

A frustrating element for Pressel is that Munoz acknowledged her slow play got them on the clock, but it was Pressel who paid the price when swirling winds and a delicate pitch at the 12th caused her to take more time than she customarily does. Pressel said she has been on the clock in the past, but this is the first time in seven years on tour she has received a bad time.

Pressel called the news a tough blow in the middle of a match.

“Of all the things I couldn’t control in terms of the ruling, what I could control is how I responded,” Pressel said. “It definitely shook me up, and I wish I could have been a little stronger. I was still ahead in the match. It gave her a little bit of a boost, and it made me press a little bit harder, even though I was ahead. I still could have won the match. I was definitely playing well. It was a very unfortunate series of event.”

The emotional nature of the match was further heightened when Pressel questioned whether Munoz violated the Rules of Golf grounding her putter in the line of a putt at the 15th hole. Pressel and Munoz are friends, and the tumultuous nature of the match has created questions about how their relationship will be affected.

“Aza and I will be fine,” Pressel said. “She has been playing great. It was only a matter of time before she won. I was very happy she won the afternoon match. She is a friend. She didn’t do anything malicious. It is just golf, just what happened.

“We were good friends before, and we’ll always be good friends. It’s nothing personal. It’s golf.”

After a sluggish start to the year, Pressel is pleased with the way her game is coming around going into the summer. She contended at the Salonpas Cup on the Japan LPGA Tour earlier this month. She is hoping to build on her strong play at Hamilton Farm.

“To know my game has finally come around, when I feel like I’ve been struggling with it for the better part of six months to a year, is good,” Pressel said. “All I can take from this is I’m finally playing better, and I feel like I can contend again.”

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.