Mickelson WDs With Wrist Injury

By Associated PressMay 31, 2007, 4:00 pm
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Phil Mickelson's grin was gone, replaced by a look of concern as he stood behind the ninth tee Thursday with his left hand extended while a massage therapist rubbed and pressed deeply into and around his left wrist.
 
Three holes later, Mickelson shook hands with his playing partners and headed for the clubhouse at Muirfield Village.
 
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Phil Mickelson gets therapy on his left wrist before withdrawing. (WireImage)
The question is whether his momentum going into the U.S. Open went with him.
 
Mickelson, coming off a victory two weeks ago at The Players Championship, withdrew from the Memorial with an injury to his left wrist that he suspects happened while practicing out of the deep rough at Oakmont this week.
 
'I think it happened at Oakmont,' he told rules official Jon Brendle as they rode to the clubhouse in a cart, with Mickelson's wife sitting on his lap, and Shiatsu massage therapist Jim Weathers riding on the back.
 
'I don't think it's anything serious,' Mickelson said. 'I just can't put any pressure ... or grip the club.'
 
The timing could not have been worse.
 
Other than a skiing accident in 1994 when Mickelson slammed into a tree and broke his leg, the three-time major champion has never been seriously injured. He began working with celebrated swing coach Butch Harmon a month ago, then followed two third-place finishes with a victory at The Players against the strongest field in golf.
 
The extent of the injury has not been determined.
 
'I'm not really worried -- yet,' Mickelson said. 'It's never happened before, so I'm not really sure what to think of it.'
 
He plans to see a doctor on Friday.
 
Mickelson said he aggravated his left wrist while chipping out of the rough at Oakmont, where the U.S. Open will be played in two weeks. He took four pain pills Thursday morning and felt fine, and he was particularly pleased with how he hit the ball on the range.
 
Everything changed on the second hole, when Mickelson hit a wedge from 137 yards, and pain shot up his arm.
 
'It got really aggravated,' he said.
 
He played on, rubbing his wrist after almost every shot. It stung again after a 5-iron on the par-3 fourth, and while he was 2 under through six holes, the pain increased.
 
'He was holding his wrist all day,' Ryan Palmer said, who played with Mickelson and J.B. Holmes. 'He was holding a lot of shots.'
 
Woods was not surprised to hear that it might have happened at Oakmont, especially considering how much time Mickelson pours into his practice rounds at major venues.
 
'U.S. Open rough is pretty thick,' Woods said. 'You can do it. You can overdo it, definitely. If you hit a lot of shots out of there ... the wrist is pretty fragile. All he needs to do is just get one little tweak and that's it.'
 
Weathers, a former Green Beret with massive biceps, has PGA Tour credentials as a trainer. His business card describes him as a motivational speaker, flexologist and a master of Shiatsu, a massage therapy similar to acupuncture, using fingers instead of needles. He showed up on the ninth tee and went to work.
 
'I heard him say that the wrist felt jammed,' Palmer said.
 
Mickelson used his teeth to take the glove off his right hand to putt, and he debated pulling out after nine holes. But he played on, even after pulling his tee shot on the 10th.
 
'It's a little better,' he said to Weathers. 'It's bearable.'
 
'What if we have to hit out of the rough?' caddie Jim 'Bones' Mackay said to him.
 
Mickelson shrugged.
 
'We're about to find out,' he said.
 
He hit a 210-yard shot from the rough over the back of the green and saved par. But he was done on the 11th. After a hybrid club off the tee, he laid up on the par 5 into a divot. Mickelson had only 100 yards to the hole, but wound up in the bunker.
 
'The wedge shot on 11 out of the divot jarred it pretty good,' he said. 'And I just didn't feel like I could hit a shot on 12.'
 
Mickelson said he 'half-clubbed it around,' taking easy swings to keep the ball in play. But as much as he wants to join an impressive list of winners at the Memorial, he is more concerned with the U.S. Open, where he is a four-time runner-up.
 
'The U.S. Open is more what we're gearing up for,' he said. 'As much as I'd like to play here and as excited as I was to play here and get back into the swing of it, I couldn't swing.'
 
Mickelson had planned to play next week in Memphis, and said he would still like to get in another tournament before the U.S. Open if his wrist will allow him to play.
 
The only other time Mickelson has withdrawn from a tournament was the 2004 Las Vegas Invitational because of food poisoning.
 
'Bones said he's never been injured and he has a high tolerance for pain,' Palmer said. 'I was looking forward to it because I'd never played with him. It was fun. But he made the right move. You don't want to risk that with the U.S. Open coming up.'
 
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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.”