AP LPGA Talk No Resolution Yet

By Associated PressFebruary 23, 2006, 5:00 pm
NEW YORK -- Backed by several other news organizations, The Associated Press made progress Thursday in talks with the LPGA about new restrictions on press credentials, but was unable to resolve the dispute in time to cover the start of the Fields Open tournament in Hawaii.
 
Without an agreement, the AP did not have a reporter or photographer on the course when play began Thursday in Kapolei, Hawaii. The news agency planned to send out a list of scores at the end of the round.
 
Honolulu's two daily newspapers, both sponsors of the tournament, also withdrew from coverage of the event after their reporters and photographers refused to sign the LPGA's coverage agreement.
 
The AP said the proposed rules would limit its use of stories and photos after a tournament ended and give the LPGA broad rights to use the material for its own purposes at no charge.
 
The presidents of the AP Managing Editors, AP Sports Editors and AP Photo Managers associations -- representing the 1,800 newspapers who are members of the AP in the United States and The Canadian Press in Canada -- sent a letter to the LPGA in support of the AP's decision.
 
The National Press Photographers Association also voiced support.
 
'We've had some good discussion with LPGA,' AP assistant general counsel Dave Tomlin said Thursday. 'As a result of those discussions, it looks to us now that their intention was to provide appropriate access and full editorial use by the AP of information and photos obtained at their events.
 
'We're optimistic that further discussions will reflect and address the goals and concerns of both AP and the LPGA,' Tomlin said. 'We appreciate LPGA's willingness to work constructively with us on this, and we expect to be back covering LPGA events soon.'
 
Tomlin has said that the AP had no objections to limits on commercial use of its coverage, which all leagues forbid, but would not consent to editorial limits.
 
In a statement Thursday, the LPGA said it 'intends for its credentials to provide media companies with the same rights to use news and information obtained at LPGA events that are available from other mainstream sports leagues and governing bodies, such as the NBA, PGA Tour, Major League Baseball and NCAA.'
 
On Wednesday, AP reporter Jaymes Song was not allowed on the course during a practice round or in the media room to cover Michelle Wie's news conference after refusing to sign the new credential form. Freelance photographer Ronen Zilberman, on assignment for the AP, also refused to sign the form and was denied a credential.
 
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin ran a story Thursday that explained it did not have any stories or photos from the Fields Open because of the credential dispute.
 
'The LPGA would require us to let them use our photos forever, for free,' Star-Bulletin editor Frank Bridgewater said, 'and we would have to ask its permission if we wanted to use our own photos in the future.
 
'We will not sign a form that places limits on how we can use our own photos or that allow others to have any control over our stories,' he said.
 
In the joint letter from APME, APSE and APPM, the organizations encouraged the LPGA to 'work swiftly to resolve the concerns expressed by the AP and other news organizations so that they can resume coverage of your tour.'
 
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    Watch: Gary Player tires people out with sit-ups

    By Grill Room TeamJune 24, 2018, 11:33 pm

    Well all know Gary Player is a fitness nut, and at 82 years young he is still in phenomenal shape.

    That's why it was incredible to see two mere mortals like us try to keep up with him in a sit-up competition at the BMW International Open.

    Watch the video below.

    The guy in blue makes the smart decision and bows out about halfway through. But give the other guy an "A" for effort, he stuck with Player for about 60 sit-ups, and then the nine-time major champion just starts taunting him.

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    Japan teen Hataoka rolls to NW Ark. win

    By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 11:07 pm

    ROGERS, Ark. - Japanese teenager Nasa Hataoka ran away with the NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday for her first LPGA title

    The 19-year-old Hataoka won by six strokes, closing with an 8-under 63 at Pinnacle Country Club for a tournament-record 21-under 192 total. She broke the mark of 18 under set last year by So Yeon Ryu.

    Hataoka won twice late last year on the Japan LPGA and has finished in the top 10 in five of her last six U.S. LPGA starts, including a playof loss last month in the Kingsmill Championship.

    Hataoka began the round tied with Minjee Lee for the lead.

    Austin Ernst shot a 65 to finish second.

    Lee and third-ranked Lexi Thompson topped the group at 13 under.

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    Tour investigating DeChambeau's use of compass

    By Will GrayJune 24, 2018, 10:09 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Bryson DeChambeau’s reliance on science to craft his play on the course is well known, but he took things to a new level this week at the Travelers Championship when television cameras caught him wielding a compass while looking at his yardage book during the third round.

    According to DeChambeau, it’s old news. He’s been using a compass regularly to aid in his preparation for nearly two years, dating back to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October 2016.

    “I’m figuring out the true pin locations,” DeChambeau said. “The pin locations are just a little bit off every once in a while, and so I’m making sure they’re in the exact right spot. And that’s it.”


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    But social media took notice this weekend, as did PGA Tour officials. DeChambeau explained that he was approached on the range Saturday and informed that the Tour plans to launch an investigation into whether or not the device is allowable in competition, with a decision expected in the next week.

    It’s not the first time the 24-year-old has gone head-to-head with Tour brass, having also had a brief run with side-saddled putting earlier in his career.

    “They said, ‘Hey, we just want to let you know that we’re investigating the device and seeing if it’s allowable,’” DeChambeau said. “I understand. It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened.”

    DeChambeau won earlier this month at the Memorial Tournament, and the Tour’s ruling would not have any retroactive impact on his results earlier this year. Playing alongside tournament winner Bubba Watson in the final round at TPC River Highlands, DeChambeau shot a final-round 68 to finish in a tie for ninth.

    “It’s a compass. It’s been used for a long, long time. Sailors use it,” DeChambeau said. “It’s just funny that people take notice when I start putting and playing well.”

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    Bubba fires 63 to win his third Travelers title

    By Nick MentaJune 24, 2018, 9:52 pm

    Bubba Watson fired a final-round 63 to storm from six back and steal the Travelers Championship. Here’s how Bubba came from behind once again at TPC River Highlands.

    Leaderboard: Bubba Watson (-17), Stewart Cink (-14), Beau Hossler (-14), J.B. Holmes (-14), Paul Casey (-14)

    What it means: This is Watson’s 12th PGA Tour win, his third of the season, and his third Travelers title. Watson picked up his first Tour victory at this event in 2010 – when he also came from six back – and won again in 2015 in a playoff victory over – guess who – Casey. Thinking he might need a round of 60 to scare the leader, Watson made eight birdies, the last of which came on the 72nd hole, giving him the outright lead by one. A short while later, Casey would bogey the 16th and 17th to end the drama and allow Bubba to breathe easy. With the win, Watson becomes the only Tour player to win three times this season. He moves to third in the FedExCup points race, behind two-time winners Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson.

    Round of the day: Cink’s round was a stroke better, but Bubba earns this title for winning the title. The left-hander made the turn in 2-under 33 and then ripped off five birdies on his back nine to take the clubhouse lead, which he wouldn’t relinquish.

    Best of the rest: Cink looked as though he was going to record the second sub-60 round at the Travelers in the last three years. The 2009 champion golfer of the year played his first 10 holes in 7 under par on the par-70 layout. Cink added three more birdies but also added two bogeys to settle for 8-under 62, tying the round of the week. The 45-year-old has finished T-4 and T-2 in his last two starts.

    Biggest disappointment: Casey (2-over 72) began the day up four and couldn’t close. Even par on his round through 15 holes, he missed a 4-footer for par on 16 and found the water off the tee at 17, ending his chances. The Englishman, who ended a nine-year Tour winless drought earlier this season at the Valspar, is now 1 for 4 with a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour.

    Shot of the day: Watson’s wedge from 77 yards at the 72nd hole, setting up his eighth and final birdie of the day.

    Quote of the day: “That’s the best shot you ever hit.” – caddie Ted Scott to Bubba Watson on his approach at 18