Notes First Annika Now Monty Ready to Re-Marry

By Associated PressAugust 28, 2007, 4:00 pm
DeutscheBank Logo 2007NORTON, Mass. -- Colin Montgomerie is about to be a married man again.
 
The tempestuous Scot confirmed Tuesday that he is engaged to Gaynor Knowles. According to the Daily Mail, Montgomerie proposed over the weekend in front of their seven children -- three of his from his 14-year marriage, and four of hers from her marriage to Scottish furniture tycoon George Knowles Jr., who died of a heart attack in 2003.
 
'We are just thrilled and looking forward to the future together,' Montgomerie said in a statement. 'We have not yet made any formal plans, but will be planning with the respective families in the coming weeks.'
 
THE TIES THAT BIND:
Brad Faxon and Brett Quigley have more in common than their New England roots.
 
Faxon is out for the year after having surgery on his right foot to remove bunions. Quigley will have surgery on his right knee to repair torn cartilage as soon as he is eliminated from the FedExCup, which would be early as this week if he finishes lower than second at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
 
And both might be paying close attention to the money list the last two months.
 
Faxon, 46, didn't make a cut until March and his best finish was a tie for 33rd in Hartford. It became difficult to push off on the inside of his right foot, and equally painful was not playing well enough to qualify for any of the majors for the first time in his career.
 
'It was getting worse,' Faxon said. 'The surgeon told me if I didn't do surgery soon, I'd have a more difficult surgery later.'
 
Faxon's two-year exemption from winning in Hartford runs out this year, so he is hopeful of staying in the top 25 on the career money list to use a one-time exemption for 2008.
 
He is No. 24 by about $900,000 over David Duval, who might play in the fall depending on his family situation. Of greater concern are the players right behind Duval -- Jerry Kelly, K.J. Choi and Adam Scott, all of whom are within $2 million of Faxon, with three FedExCup events worth at least $7 million each.
 
If he stays inside the top 25, Faxon will use the one-time exemption. If he falls below that, Faxon said he probably would use his status as a past winner and ask for sponsors' exemptions to get by next year, wanting to save his one-time exemption for top 50 in career money until he is closer to being eligible for the Champions Tour.
 
Quigley's right knee began bothering him in February, and only recently did he discover it was a torn meniscus. He took cortisone shots before The Barclays, but still walked with a noticeable limp. He will miss the rest of the year after surgery.
 
Once the FedExCup is over, the PGA TOUR reverts to the money list and the top 125 keep their cards for 2008. Quigley tied for 25th at Westchester and earned $49,035. That put him at $717,411 for the year.
 
He should be safe.
 
A year ago, Darren Clarke nailed down the 125th spot on the money list at about $660,000, and tour officials still believe $700,000 is a safe number. Then again, no one knows what to expect out of the seven tournaments that make up the Fall Series, especially since the first one at Turning Stone has a $6 million purse.
 
For the most part, the Fall Series could exclusively be for players beyond the top 70, which could mean more starts and more money earned over the final two months of the season. Quigley could help himself with another strong week in Boston.
 
If for some reason he fell out of the top 125, he could apply for a minor medical exemption.
 
'That would be a last resort,' Quigley said. 'I don't even want to go down that road.'
 
SUPER OCHOA:
Before taking a much-deserved vacation, Lorena Ochoa stopped by Palm Desert, Calif., on Tuesday where she was given a key to the city in advance of the Mexican star defending her title in October at the Samsung World Championship.
 
That's where it all started for Ochoa.
 
Her comeback victory in the California desert over Annika Sorenstam essentially wrapped up LPGA player of the year honors, and she's been on a roll ever since. Her victory at the Safeway Classic on Sunday was her third in a row and sixth of the year; no one else on the LPGA Tour has won more than twice.
 
Ochoa broke the LPGA single-season earnings record with $2,891,590, about $28,000 more than Sorenstam won in 2002 when the Swede captured 11 titles in 23 starts. Ochoa has played 19 times this year, and is a lock to become the first $3 million woman in golf, with at least four tournaments left on her schedule.
 
'Last year was a very important year for me, kind of a breakthrough,' Ochoa said. 'I won six tournaments, and I thought it would be hard to hit that mark this year, but that was my goal. Right now, I'm just letting it happen and enjoying it. I know there are too many players behind me, so I need to keep working hard.'
 
Actually, no one is in her league right now.
 
The only one who can catch her for LPGA Tour player of the year is Suzann Pettersen, who would have to win six times and have Ochoa miss every cut to catch her.
 
TIGER TALK:
Tiger Woods and Rory Sabbatini would seem like a fun match in the Sunday singles at the Presidents Cup, but Geoff Ogilvy of Australia believes International captain Gary Player should consider Nick O'Hern or Mike Weir to take on the world's No. 1.
 
'Tiger has done all right against Rory the last few times,' he said.
 
O'Hern is the only player to have beaten Woods twice in professional match play, both times in the Accenture Match Play Championship. Weir is the most popular player in Canada, and to put those two together at Royal Montreal, Ogilvy said, 'You wouldn't find atmosphere like that anywhere in the world.'
 
As for O'Hern?
 
'He's the most annoying guy on our team in match play,' Ogilvy said. 'I think he would frustrate Tiger, which he has done twice.'
 
DIVOTS:
Phil Mickelson and Annika Sorenstam will be among 30 Callaway Golf staff professionals who will carry a commemorative teal bag during September to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. ... The new Fall Series event in Florida now has a new name. The Ginn sur Mer Classic at Tesoro will be played Oct. 25-28 at The Tesoro Club in south Florida. ... Tadd Fujikawa has received an invitation to the Boise Open on the Nationwide Tour next month. The 16-year-old missed the cut at the Reno-Tahoe Open in his professional debut.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK:
For the first time since the end of 2001, four Americans are among the top five in the world ranking.
 
FINAL WORD:
'I got done being amazed by what he can do a long time ago, so who knows? But he's made it more difficult for himself would be my guess.' -- PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem, on Tiger Woods' chances of winning the FedExCup by skipping the first of four playoff events.
 
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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.”