Notes Lincicomes Bounty Ochoas Motivation

By Associated PressJuly 9, 2006, 4:00 pm
GLADSTONE, N.J. -- Brittany Lincicome isn't going to give her caddie a cut of the $500,000 top prize for winning the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship on Sunday.
That's one of the good things about having her father, Tom, as her caddie.

'I'll get him a steak or maybe I'll take him to McDonald's,' Lincicome joked after winning her first LPGA Tour title.
Normally, caddies get 10 percent of the winner's share.
Lincicome said she was a little worried about her father, who carried her bag for six rounds over four days on the hilly Hamilton Farm layout, including two rounds each the last two days.
'I didn't think he would make it for a while,' she said. 'But we gave him a banana and he was fine.'
Besides earning $500,000, Brittany Lincicome also was given a solid white gold orchid necklace.
The design, which includes a cut diamond pendant, represents the national flower of Colombia, the home of last year's winner, Marisa Baena.
A sterling silver replica of the necklace with a ruby was to be given to the 64 players in the field.
Next year's design will probably be an orange blossom, the state flower of Florida, Lincicome's home. She was born in St. Petersburg and lives in Seminole.
A 7-year-old junior golfer from Matawan won a $5,000 college scholarship and the right to walk with Juli Inkster and Brittany Lincicome during the final round for winning an essay contest on 'Why They Love Golf.'
In her 99-word essay, Samantha Kelly wrote she loved golf because it forced her learn a lot of shots, allowed her to be outside with nature, could be played by men and women, was fun to play and was a quiet game that made her concentrate.
'When I grow up I hope to be a good golfer,' Kelly wrote.
Had it not been for a three-putt bogey from 65 feet on the 17th hole in the semifinal, Lorena Ochoa might have been playing in the final against Juli Inkster instead of eventual winner Brittany Lincicome.
Ochoa was 1-up when she left her birdie attempt 10 feet short. She missed the par putt, squaring the match.
Lincicome eventually won with a 20-foot birdie on the 19th hole.
'It's always better losing against the champion,' said Ochoa, who beat Paula Creamer 3 and 2 for third place.
'I had plenty of motivation,' Ochoa said of the consolation match that had an effect on the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings. 'I didn't want to be beaten by Paula. We're so close together and we have a good rivalry.'
Creamer has been battling a wrist injury and seemed satisfied with her performance this week.
'To get to the semis is pretty good for me right now,' she said.
Juli Inkster was 6 under in beating Paula Creamer 5 and 4 in the semifinal. She was 2 over in losing to Brittany Lincicome in the championship match. Lincicome was 1 under in the last match. ... Lincicome jumped from 22nd on the LPGA money earnings list to No. 6 with her win. Her $500,000 check gave her $764,806 in 14 events. Lorena Ochoa, who got a third-place check for $200,000, remains on top with $1,446,641.

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    Phil rubs fan's Donald Duck hat seven times, signs it

    By Nick MentaJune 18, 2018, 3:09 pm

    There is a case to be made that what Phil Mickelson did on Saturday made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.

    There is also a case to be made that the USGA's setup of Shinnecock Hills made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.

    Whatever you think about what Mickelson did on Saturday - and how he attempted to justify it after the fact without even a hint of remorse - watch this video.

    The next time you hear someone say, "If anybody else had putted a moving ball on purpose and not apologized for it, it would get a different reaction," you can point to this video and say, "Yeah, here's why."

    Here's what happened once a still-strident Mickelson was done rubbing Donald Duck hats on Sunday, per Ryan Lavner:

    If you’re wondering whether Mickelson would be defiant or contrite on Sunday, we don’t know the answer. He declined to stop and speak with the media, deciding instead to sign autographs for more than a half hour and then offering a few short answers before ducking into player hospitality.

    “The real question is, ‘What am I going to do next?’” he said. “I don’t know.”

    The 2024 Ryder Cup at Bethpage is going to be a three-ring circus, and Mickelson, a likely choice to captain the U.S. team, will be the ringmaster.

    Separately, shoutout to 2017 Latin Am champ Toto Gana, who does a terrific Donald Duck (skip to end).

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    Ryder Cup race: Mickelson out, Simpson in

    By Will GrayJune 18, 2018, 2:34 pm

    There's a new man at the top of the U.S. Ryder Cup race following the U.S. Open, and there's also a familiar name now on the outside looking in.

    Brooks Koepka's successful title defense vaulted him to the top of the American points race, up four spots and ensuring he'll be on the team Jim Furyk takes to Paris in September. Dustin Johnson's third-place finish moved him past Patrick Reed at No. 2, while Webb Simpson entered the top eight after a a tie for 10th.

    While Bryson DeChambeau remained at No. 9, Phil Mickelson dropped two spots to No. 10. Tony Finau, who finished alone in fifth, went from 16th to 13th, while Tiger Woods fell two spots to No. 37.

    Here's a look at the latest U.S. standings, with the top eight after the PGA Championship qualifying automatically:

    1. Brooks Koepka

    2. Dustin Johnson

    3. Patrick Reed

    4. Justin Thomas

    5. Jordan Spieth

    6. Rickie Fowler

    7. Bubba Watson

    8. Webb Simpson


    9. Bryson DeChambeau

    10. Phil Mickelson

    11. Matt Kuchar

    12. Brian Harman

    On the European side, England's Tommy Fleetwood took a big stride toward securing his first Ryder Cup appearance with a runner-up finish that included a Sunday 63 while countryman Matthew Fitzpatrick snuck into a qualifying spot after tying for 12th.

    Here's a look at the updated Euro standings, with the top four from both points lists joining four picks from captain Thomas Bjorn at Le Golf National:

    European Points

    1. Tyrrell Hatton

    2. Justin Rose

    3. Tommy Fleetwood

    4. Francesco Molinari


    5. Thorbjorn Olesen

    6. Ross Fisher

    World Points

    1. Jon Rahm

    2. Rory McIlroy

    3. Alex Noren

    4. Matthew Fitzpatrick


    5. Ian Poulter

    6. Rafael Cabrera-Bello

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    Koepka autographs local kids' 'Go Brooks' sign after win

    By Grill Room TeamJune 18, 2018, 2:30 pm

    Brooks Koepka is a two-time U.S. Open winner, but that doesn't mean he's now too big to go sign a couple pieces of cardboard in somebody's front yard in the middle of the night.

    Koepka's girlfriend, Jena Sims, posted two pictures to her Instagram story on Sunday of "Go Brooks" signs she says were put up by some local kids in the area where Koepka was staying for the week.

    The first is dated prior to Koepka's final-round tee time.

    The second is from Sunday night.

    And here, separately, for no reason in particular (other than the fact that she posted it) is a video of Sims running over a parking cone at last year's U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

    Speaking of kids, just feels those two are gonna make it.

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    Koepka moves to No. 4 in world with U.S. Open win

    By Will GrayJune 18, 2018, 2:05 pm

    After successfully defending his U.S. Open title, Brooks Koepka reached a new career high in the Official World Golf Ranking.

    Koepka held off Tommy Fleetwood to win by a shot Sunday at Shinnecock Hills, becoming the first player to go back-to-back in nearly 30 years. As a result, he jumped five spots in the latest rankings to No. 4, six spots higher than he reached with last year's U.S. Open victory at Erin Hills.

    Fleetwood finished alone in second place and moved up two spots to No. 10, tying his career-best placement. Patrick Reed moved up two spots to No. 11 by finishing fourth, while fifth-place Tony Finau went from No. 37 to No. 31.

    Updated Official World Golf Ranking

    It was a largely quiet week in the rankings despite the fact that a major championship was contested. Outside of Koepka and Finau, the only other player inside the top 50 to move up or down more than three spots was Jason Dufner, who went from 53rd to 48th with a T-25 finish.

    Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1 for the second consecutive week, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Koepka and Jordan Spieth. Jon Rahm dropped one spot to No. 6, with Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Fleetwood rounding out the top 10. Hideki Matsuyama fell two spots to No. 12, dropping out of the top 10 for the first time since October 2016.

    Despite a missed cut at Shinnecock, Tiger Woods actually moved up one spot to No. 79 in the latest rankings. He plans to play the Quicken Loans National and The Open in the coming weeks, which will be his final two chances to move into the top 50 in time to qualify for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The event is being held for the final time this summer at Firestone Country Club, where Woods has won eight times.