Langers Repeat in FatherSon

By Associated PressDecember 3, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 Del Web Father Son ChampionshipORLANDO, Fla. -- Bernhard and Stefan Langer started fast and finished faster Sunday to win their second consecutive Del Webb Father/Son Challenge title.
 
In a scene reminiscent of their victory last year, Stefan helped deliver the winning birdie on the final hole as the Langers held off last-ditch rallies, this time by Bob and Kevin Tway and Vijay and Qass Singh.
 
Bernhard and Stefan Langer
Bernhard and Stefan Langer share a hug after their repeat victory.
Just as they did in 2005, the Langers closed with an 11-under 61 at ChampionsGate Golf Club and finished at 24 under for a one-stroke victory, answering every challenge thrown at them down the stretch.
 
The Langers began the day with a share of the lead and opened with four birdies in a row, but in a scramble format, birdies get tossed around at a furious clip. With the Tways (60) and Singhs (61) already in the clubhouse, the Langers needed a birdie on the par-5 18th to avoid a three-way playoff.
 
From the right rough, two-time Masters champions Bernhard knocked his second shot on the green, some 80 feet from the cup. After a lag putt to within 6 feet, 16-year-old Stefan putted first and coolly rolled in the tournament winner.
 
He ought to be used to it. Last year, the Langers needed a birdie on the same hole and Stefan laced his 3-wood approach shot onto the green to set up an easy clinching birdie. At the time, Stefan was the youngest son on a winning team by a whopping six years.
 
'It definitely was less nerve-wracking because we've been there before and knew how fun it was to win,' said Stefan, a high school sophomore in Boca Raton.
 
The Tways made a couple of runs, finally moving into a tie with the Langers after birdies on the three closing holes, but missed a crucial eagle putt from 15 feet on the 18th. But the Tways probably lost the tournament when they made pars on Nos. 13-15.
 
'Those three holes just killed us,' Bob said.
 
Bernhard Langer became the second father to win consecutive titles in the event. Alternating between his two boys, Ray Floyd won consecutive titles with both Robert (1995-97) and Ray Jr. (2000-01). Though the money was unofficial, the $200,000 first prize marked Langer's best payday of the year after finishing 138th in earnings on the PGA Tour.
 
'If everything goes well, we should be in contention for years,' said Bernhard, a two-time Masters champion. 'He's going to get better, and hopefully, I won't get a whole lot worse.'
 
Seemingly well out of the late mix, Vijay and Qass Singh nearly pulled a miracle when the latter, 16, rolled in an eagle putt at No. 16 to pull within a stroke of the lead. Vijay added an eagle on the 18th with a clutch putt from 10 feet, but they came up one shot shy.
 
'It's a big advantage to be in the last group,' Bernhard said, 'Because you always know what you need to do.'
 
Like many other fathers before him, Bob Tway wasn't too wrung out over who won or lost, since playing alongside his 18-year-old son for the first time in tournament play was a blast in itself. Tway said he now knows why dozens of dads with the requisite major-tournament victory annually lobby the tournament, the most popular of the Silly Season schedule among the players, for an invitation.
 
'Oh, yeah, it's just a wonderful week,' he said. 'Hopefully, we'll have a chance to do it again.'
 
Final Results:
Bernhard Langer and Stefan Langer, $200,000 59-61-120
Bob Tway and Kevin Tway, $92,500 61-60-121
Vijay Singh and Qass Singh, $92,500 60-61-121
Davis Love and Dru Love, $65,000 59-64-123
Hale Irwin and Steve Irwin, $56,000 65-59-124
Tom Kite and David Kite, $50,166.67 62-63-125
Greg Norman and Gregory Norman, $50,166.67 62-63-125
Jack Nicklaus and Jackie Nicklaus, $50,166.67 62-63-125
Larry Nelson and Drew Nelson, $44,833.33 64-62-126
Johnny Miller and Scott Miller, $44,833.33 62-64-126
Bob Charles and David Charles, $44,833.33 61-65-126
Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, $43,250 65-62-127
Curtis Strange and Tom Strange, $43,250 64-63-127
Ray Floyd and Ray Floyd Jr., $42,500 65-64-129
Arnold Palmer and Sam Saunders, $42,000 64-68-132
Craig Stadler and Chris Stadler, $41,500 66-67-133
Billy Casper and Bob Casper, $41,000 68-68-136
Lee Trevino and Daniel Trevino, $40,500 70-73-143
 
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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.

    Two-time major champion In Gee Chun will replace Park.

    "It was my pleasure and honor to participate in the first UL International Crown in 2014 and at the 2016 Olympics, and I cannot describe in one word how amazing the atmosphere was to compete as a representative of my country,” Park said. “There are so many gifted and talented players in Korea, and I thought it would be great if one of the other players was given the chance to experience the 2018 UL International Crown.”

    Chun, another immensely popular player in South Korea, was the third alternate, so to speak, with the world rankings used to field teams. Hye Jin Choi and Jin Young Ko were higher ranked than Chun but passed because of commitments made to competing in a Korean LPGA major that week. The other South Koreans who previously qualified are So Yeon Ryu, Sung Hyun Park and I.K. Kim.

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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.”