Holmes hits a tree and couldnt recover at PGA

By Associated PressAugust 10, 2008, 4:00 pm
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2008 US Open 81x90BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. ' J.B. Holmes flopped in the final round of the PGA Championship, collapsing from second to 29th.
 
It all started under a tree.
 
Holmes' first tee shot Sunday afternoon went near the base of a fir tree. He attempted to punch the ball back to the fairway with his 3-wood, but it barely moved and stayed within the boughs of the low-hanging evergreen.
 
After taking a one-shot penalty, he chipped out to the fairway and ended up two-putting for a triple-bogey 7.
 
Holmes didnt regret not taking the penalty right away.
 
It wouldnt have gotten me out of the tree, he said. I could have taken the line of the shot, but that would have put me in the stands. Or, I could have gone back to the tee. I had to go in there and try to hit something. I tried to hit a 3-wood and I didnt get it out.
 
The long-hitting 26-year-old Kentuckian, dreaming of a spot on Ryder Cup team, couldnt get it back together.
 
Everything that could go wrong did go wrong, he said. It was my first time in the last group in a major and I dont think it will be my last time.
 
Holmes was 6 over through five holes and finished the forgettable round with nine bogeys, a double and the triple in an 11-over 81 to finish at 290, 13 shots behind winner Padraig Harrington.
 
But U.S. Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger said Holmes shouldnt give up hope for playing next month at home against Europe.
 
Im disappointed for J.B. Holmes, but hes still on my radar, Azinger said.
 
LEFTYS DAY
 
Phil Mickelson said he had an OK year that would have become a great one if he won the PGA Championship.
 
Put an OK year in the books for one of the best players on the planet.
 
Mickelson made a minor climb early in Sundays final round, but never really scared the leaders, shooting an even-par 70 that left him at 4-over 284 and tied for seventh at Oakland Hills.
 
I would have liked to obviously play better, but I had a good week, he said. I had my ups and downs, had a little go of it early in the round and tried to make a move.
 
Starting the round six shots out of the lead, Mickelson birdied the second, third and fourth holes to get to 1 over, cutting his deficit to four strokes. But he never got closer.
 
A bogey at No. 8 stopped his momentum. He had two more bogeys to offset that earlier string of birdies.
 
Rather than bemoan the fact that he hasnt really come close to winning a major in 2008 ' he was tied for fifth at the Masters, tied for 18th at the U.S. Open and tied for 19th at the British Open ' he preferred to look ahead to the Ryder Cup matches in September.
 
I dont think anybody expects us to do that well, he said. However, Im optimistic that our team is going to play well.
 
SEE YOU IN AUGUSTA
 
Camilo Villegas, known as Spiderman because of his contortionist way of looking at putting lines, may now be known as a legitimate threat in major championships.
 
After barely making the cut, he ended up tied for fourth to earn an invitation to next years Masters.
 
Most of the field at the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills looked at a 36-hole finish on Sunday as a marathon. Villegas looked at it as an opportunity.
 
Under extreme conditions, on a treacherous golf course that surrendered just three sub-par scores for the tournament, the Colombian with the long hair and athletic moves put together rounds of 67 and 68. He finished up the 67 early in the morning before posting the 68.
 
Im proud of myself, he said. It was tough weather and it hurt to miss those par putts, but Im just proud of myself the way I hung tight.
 
HOW SWEDE IT IS
 
Fredrik Jacobson didnt make much of an impact on the tournament, finishing 12 shots behind Padraig Harrington in a tie for 24th.
 
But the Swede did earn his way onto Sundays highlight reel, acing the 193-yard 13th by dropping a tee shot just short of the hole and watching it roll into the cup.
 
The wind was really starting to blow, so I tried to hit a low 4-iron ' that was the strongest iron I had in the bag, he said. It started off perfect, and I said `Be as good as you look, then when it landed, I called out `Go in the hole!' '
 
Jacobsons playing partners were amused by his mimicry of the traditional gallery yell, especially when it worked.
 
The guys just cracked up when it went in, especially since I called it, he said. I just needed something good to happen.
 
Jacobson said it was his fifth ace in competitive play and it was the first in a PGA Championship since Olin Browne in 2006.
 
DIVOTS
 
There were 13 sub-par scores total in the first two rounds, 10 in the third and nine in the fourth. Curtis had three bogeys the first 40 holes of the tournament, then had three in a four-hole span to come back to the pack. The final round of the PGA Championship a year ago at Southern Hills in Tulsa had temperatures over 100 degrees. The high never hit 70 Sunday at Oakland Hills. International players won three majors this year as Harrington took the British Open and PGA and Trevor Immelman of South Africa won the Masters. It was the first time they won more than two since 1994 when South African Nick Price won two (PGA and British) and Spains Jose Maria Olazabal (Masters) and South Africas Ernie Els (U.S. Open) each won one. Foreign players won the two previous PGAs at Oakland Hills: South Africas Gary Player in 1972 and Australias David Graham seven years later. Steve Flesch made the only final-round birdie at 18, hitting an approach from 112 yards into the cup at the par 4. Just like the 1996 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills, only three players finished under par.
 
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    Lincicome grouped with two rookies in Barbasol

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 9:54 pm

    Brittany Lincicome will tee it up with a pair of rookies when she makes her first start in a PGA Tour event Thursday at the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.

    Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA winner, is scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 9:59 a.m. ET in the first round with Sam Ryder, 28, and Conrad Shindler, 29. They’re off the first tee Friday at 2:59 p.m. ET

    Lincicome will become just the sixth woman to play in a PGA Tour event, joining Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie.

    “The first three or four holes, I’ll be a nervous wreck, for sure,” Linicome said.

     

     

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    Lincicome thrilled by reception from male pros

    By Randall MellJuly 17, 2018, 8:31 pm

    Brittany Lincicome wondered how PGA Tour pros would greet her when she arrived to play the Barbasol Championship this week.

    She wondered if there would be resentment.

    She also wondered how fans at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky., would receive her, and if a social media mob would take up pitchforks.

    “I can’t stop smiling,” Lincicome said Tuesday after her first practice round upon arriving. “Everyone has been coming up to me and wishing me luck. That means a lot.”

    PGA Tour pro Martin Piller, husband of LPGA pro Gerina Piller, welcomed her immediately.

    Other pros sought her out on the practice putting green.

    She said she was also welcomed joining pros at a table in player dining.

    Fans have been stopping her for autographs.

    “It has been an awesome reception,” said Dewald Gouws, her husband, a former long-drive competitor. “I think it’s put her much more at ease, seeing the reception she is getting. There’s a lot of mutual respect.”

    Lincicome, 32, wasn’t sure if she would be playing a practice round alone Tuesday morning, but when she made her way to the first tee, Domenico Geminiani was there, just about to go off.

    He waved Lincicome over.

    “He said, `Hey, Brittany, do you want to join me?’” Gouws said. “Come to find out, Dom’s a pretty cool guy.”

    Geminiani made it into the field as a Monday qualifier.

    “The two of us were both trying to figure things out together,” Lincicome said.

    Keene Trace will play to 7,328 yards on the scorecard. That’s more than 800 yards longer than Highland Meadows, where Lincicome finished second at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic last weekend. Keene Trace was playing even longer than its listed yardage Tuesday, with recent rains softening it.

    Nicknamed “Bam Bam,” Lincicome is one of the longest hitters in the women’s game. Her 269.5 yard average drive is 10th in the LPGA ranks. It would likely be dead last on the PGA Tour, where Brian Stuard (278.2) is the last player on the stats list at No. 201.

    “I think if I keep it in the fairway, I’ll be all right,” Lincicome said.

    Lincicome is an eight-time LPGA winner, with two major championships among those titles. She is just the sixth woman to compete in a PGA Tour event, the first in a decade, since Michelle Wie played the Reno-Tahoe Open, the last of her eight starts against the men.

    Lincicome will join Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Wie in the elite ranks.

    Zaharias, by the way, is the only woman to make a 36-hole cut in PGA Tour history, making it at the 1945 L.A. Open before missing a 54-hole cut on the weekend.

    What are Lincicome’s expectations?

    She would love to make the cut, but . . .

    “Just going to roll with it and see what happens,” she said. “This is once in a lifetime, probably a one-and-done opportunity. I’m just going to enjoy it.”

    Lincicome grew up playing for the boys’ golf team at Seminole High on the west coast of Florida. She won a couple city championships.

    “I always thought it would be cool to compete against the guys on the PGA Tour,” Lincicome said. “I tend to play more with the guys than women at home. I never would have gone out and told my agent, `Let’s go try to play in a PGA Tour event,’ but when Tom Murray called with this opportunity, I was really blown away and excited by it. I never in a million years thought I would have this opportunity.”

    Tom Murray, the president of Perio, the parent company of Barbasol and Pure Silk, invited Lincicome to accept one of the tournament’s sponsor exemptions. Lincicome represents Pure Silk.

    Lincicome said her desire to play a PGA Tour event is all about satisfying her curiosity, wanting to know how she would stack up at this level. She also wants to see if the experience can help take her to the next level in the women’s game.

    As a girl growing up, she played Little League with the boys, instead of softball with the girls. She said playing the boys in golf at Seminole High helped her get where she is today.

    “The guys were better, and it pushed me to want to be better,” Lincicome said. “I think playing with the guys [on the PGA Tour], I will learn something to take to LPGA events, and it will help my game, for sure.”

    Lincicome has been pleased that her fellow LPGA pros are so supportive. LPGA winner Kris Tamulis is flying into Kentucky as moral support. Other LPGA pros may also be coming in to support her.

    The warm fan reception Lincicome is already getting at Keene Trace matters, too.

    “She’s already picked up some new fans this week, and hopefully she will pick up some more,” Gouws said. “I don’t think she’s putting too much expectation on herself. I think she really does just want to have fun.”

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    Stunner: Inbee Park steps aside for Int. Crown

    By Randall MellJuly 17, 2018, 4:00 pm

    There was a big surprise this week when the LPGA announced the finalized lineups for the UL International Crown.

    Rolex world No. 1 Inbee Park won’t be teeing it up for the host South Koreans Oct. 4-7 in Incheon.

    She has withdrawn, saying she wanted another Korean to be able to experience the thrill of representing her country.

    It’s a stunner given the importance the LPGA has placed on taking the UL International Crown to South Korea and its golf-crazy allegiance to the women’s game in the Crown’s first staging outside the United States.

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    Na: I can admit, 'I went through the yips'

    By Rex HoggardJuly 17, 2018, 3:35 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following his victory two weeks ago at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, Kevin Na said his second triumph on the PGA Tour was the most rewarding of his career.

    Although he declined to go into details as to why the victory was so gratifying at The Greenbrier, as he completed his practice round on Tuesday at the Open Championship, Na shed some light on how difficult the last few years have been.

    “I went through the yips. The whole world saw that. I told people, 'I can’t take the club back,'” Na said on Tuesday at Carnoustie. “People talked about it, 'He’s a slow player. Look at his routine.' I was admitting to the yips. I didn’t use the word ‘yip’ at the time. Nobody wants to use that word, but I’m over it now so I can use it. The whole world saw it.”


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    Na, who made headlines for his struggles to begin his backswing when he found himself in the lead at the 2012 Players Championship, said he asked other players who had gone through similar bouts with the game’s most dreaded ailment how they were able to get through it.

    “It took time,” he said. “I forced myself a lot. I tried breathing. I tried a trigger. Some guys will have a forward press or the kick of the right knee. That was hard and the crap I got for it was not easy.”

    The payoff, however, has steadily arrived this season. Na said he’d been confident with his game this season following a runner-up showing at the Genesis Open and a fourth-place finish at the Fort Worth Invitational, and he felt he was close to a breakthrough. But being able to finish a tournament like he did at The Greenbrier, where he won by five strokes, was particularly rewarding.

    “All good now,” he smiled. “I knew I was good enough to win again, but until you do it sometimes you question yourself. It’s just the honest truth.”