Ian Poulter slams remodeled course at Wentworth

By Associated PressMay 27, 2011, 6:35 pm

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP)—Ian Poulter is unsure if he will return to playin the BMW PGA Championship in future, describing the Wentworth course as unfairand leaving him “absolutely fuming” at the halfway mark of the tournament.

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The West Course was remodeled by Ernie Els in 2007, and Poulter skipped thetournament the following two years due to a dislike of the greens. Furthercriticism from players in 2010 forced additional changes to be made this year.

Poulter double-bogeyed the last in a 3-over 74 to finish at level par onFriday, six shots off the pace.

“I don’t like this golf course, period. End of story,” Poulter said. “Weare trying to land it on a dining room table from 230 yards out. You miss yourtarget, yeah, I think it’s a little unfair. I’ve walked off the golf course andI’m absolutely headless, absolutely fuming.

“It’s now turning into a very, very difficult golf course and I’ve got tosay, it’s not fun golf.”

Asked if he would play in the event next year, Poulter said: “Who knows? Idon’t know what I’m going to do. I’ve got no idea. I’ll speak freely—manyothers may not.”

Els defended the course as a major championship-style layout.

“Wentworth is now a fair and honest test of golf,” he said. “I canunderstand people saying things in the heat of the moment. A guy comes off the18th when he’s just made double and he’s going to be hot.

“I believe you will not find better surfaces to putt on anywhere in theworld at the moment, but unfortunately you only hear the negative comments andvery little positive. This course is by no means unfair. It was last year, butit is not this. It is a true test of the game.”

Poulter’s criticisms were shared by playing partner Paul Casey of England,who shot a 71 to be 1 over.

“I think (owner) Richard Caring, from what I’ve heard, was perhaps wantingsomething like level par to win. Well he might get that but does that make itentertaining?” Casey said.

“One of the beautiful things about Wentworth is always the great finish andthe fact that guys could finish with maybe four threes (two birdies, two eagles)and shoot up that leaderboard. It’s very, very difficult now.”

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UCLA junior Vu named WGCA Player of the Year

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 3:23 pm

UCLA junior Lilia Vu was named Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

Vu recorded the lowest full-season scoring average (70.37) in UCLA history. Her four tournament wins tied the school record for most victories in a single season.

Vu was also named to the WGCA All-America first team. Here's a look at the other players who joined her on the prestigious list:

WGCA First Team All-Americans

  • Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
  • Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
  • Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
  • Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
  • Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
  • Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
  • Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
  • Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
  • Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
  • Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
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Stroud's caddie wins annual PGA Tour caddie tournament

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2018, 3:15 pm

Casey Clendenon, who caddies for Chris Stroud, won the gross division of the annual PGA Tour caddie tournament on Monday, shooting a 5-under 66 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.

Scott Tway (65), who caddies for Brian Harman, won the net division by two strokes over Wayne Birch, Troy Merritt’s caddie.

Kyle Bradley, Jonathan Byrd’s caddie, took second place with a 71 in the gross division.

The tournament was organized by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, and proceeds from the event went to two charities. The APTC donated $20,000 to Greg Chalmers’ charity, MAXimumChances.org, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

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Bjorn adds four Ryder Cup veterans as vice captains

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 1:05 pm

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has added a quartet of vice captains for the biennial matches this fall in Paris.

Bjorn had already named Robert Karlsson as his first assistant, and he announced Tuesday at the BMW PGA Championship that his group of advisors will also include major champions Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, and former world No. 1s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

Westwood is among Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup players, and his addition in this role signals he likely won't participate as a player in the matches for the first time since 1995. The Englishman has spoken openly about his desire to captain the European squad at Whistling Straits in 2020, but he's been quiet on the course in recent months, with a missed secondary cut at the Houston Open his only start since mid-February.

Harrington is seen as another possible captain for the 2020 matches, and he'll don an earpiece for the third straight Ryder Cup, having represented Europe as a player on six straight teams from 1999-2010.

Donald played on four Ryder Cup teams from 2004-12, with the Europeans winning each time he was on the roster. This will mark his first stint as a vice captain, as Donald announced last month that he would be sidelined indefinitely while recovering from a back injury.

At age 38, McDowell will be the youngest vice captain in the room, having holed the winning putt eight years ago at Celtic Manor. He won the French Open in both 2013 and 2014 at Le Golf National, site of this year's matches, and will also be making his debut as a vice captain.

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Bidder pays $50,000 to caddie for Woods

By Grill Room TeamMay 22, 2018, 12:28 pm

Someone has paid $50,000 to caddie for Tiger Woods at this year’s Hero World Challenge.

An unnamed bidder paid for the opportunity at an auction Saturday night at Tiger Jam, where monies are raised to support the Tiger Woods Foundation.



The Hero World Challenge will be contested Nov. 29-Dec. in Albany, Bahamas. The pro-am is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28.