Notes Solheim Trash Talking Lineup Intrigued

By Associated PressSeptember 13, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 Solheim CupHALMSTAD, Sweden -- The verdict on whether it will go down as trash talk may not be rendered until after the Solheim Cup has been won.
 
For now, simply consider the comments offered Thursday by Britain's Laura Davies a breath of fresh air.
 
'We're all good friends now,' Davies said, when asked if it's easy to get fired up to compete against Americans. 'Except for maybe that one -- I consider all of them my friends.'
 
And who would 'that one' be? 'I would never tell you,' she said.
 
Unafraid of cracking a joke or straying off the straight and narrow, Davies was her usual entertaining self on the eve of the Solheim Cup, the women's match-play event that has been known over the years for its share of disagreements, fiery moments and uncomfortable situations.
 
Davies is the only player who has participated in every one of these since they began in 1990.
 
'I think it just makes me the oldest. It's as simple as that,' she said.
 
She makes no apologies for her physique (not like Natalie Gulbis) or her age (43), and when asked if this could be her last hurrah at the Solheim Cup, her answer is simple: 'God, no.'
 
'I'm playing as well now as I've ever played, and age is nothing,' Davies said. 'Golf -- everyone goes on about all this fitness -- but golf is walking and swinging a club.'
 
WISE CHANGE IN DATE
The LPGA Tour has scheduled the 2009 Solheim Cup for late August, a date that should keep it from going head-to-head against the PGA TOUR Championship.
 
It's an issue, especially now that the PGA TOUR is in the first year of its FedEx Cup playoff, which culminates Sunday in Atlanta, a few hours after the Solheim Cup wraps up in Sweden. The winner of the PGA TOUR playoff earns a $10 million annuity.
 
'This year's event was set long before the TOUR Championship was set,' LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens said Thursday, the eve of the women's match-play event between the United States and Europe.
 
The past four Solheim Cups have started in September and have fallen on the same week as the Canadian Open (2005), John Deere Classic (2003), Tampa Bay Classic (2002) and Michelob Championship (2000) -- none considered top events on the PGA Tour schedule.
 
Bivens said the LPGA and the Ladies European Tour are happy with their Solheim Cup TV arrangements. In the United States, the GOLF CHANNEL will air the entire Solheim Cup live, beginning at 2 a.m. EDT on Friday, then again on replay in the evening. The event received extensive coverage on NBC through 2002, but the GOLF CHANNEL took over exclusive coverage in the United States in 2003. NBC is televising the TOUR Championship this year.
 
Still, the GOLF CHANNEL has advanced in recent years thanks to its deal to cover the first two days of pretty much every PGA TOUR event starting this year.
 
'The wall-to-wall coverage is good because it's an event where there are only 24 women playing and it gives TV the resources to really tell about who each of these women are, their stories, how they got here,' Bivens said.
 
Bivens also defended the LPGA's decision to schedule a new tournament last week in Rogers, Ark., where rain caused the event to be shortened from 54 to 18 holes.
 
Ten Solheim Cup players were entered in that tournament, which concluded Sunday with no gallery because the grounds were too soaked to allow fans to enter. The players all arrived in Sweden on schedule to start practice for the Solheim Cup.
 
'These women are professionals, most of them want more tournaments, not fewer,' Bivens said. 'It was just bad luck, just an act of God that it went the way it did. But it wouldn't cause us to change what we did.'
 

LINEUP INTRIGUE
Laura Davies has always liked going out first in Solheim Cups. But European captain Helen Alfredsson wanted to pair her with rookie Becky Brewerton and thought Brewerton might want some time to get used to the scene before teeing off. So Davies is going third.
 
'I talked with Laura and we discussed it,' Alfredsson said. 'I think she's OK with it. I know she's OK with it.'
 
The Americans have often put Juli Inkster out first, which means she ends up paired against Davies. But American captain Betsy King also pulled a switch and put Inkster in the third pairing, with Paul Creamer.
 
So, it will be Inkster pitted against Davies in a matchup of the two players with the most Cup experience.
 
DIVOTS
The weather was almost perfect for practice rounds Thursday, in the mid-60s and sunny. It is forecast to deteriorate over the weekend, bringing rain and heavy wind on Saturday. 'The way I look at it is it's the same for everybody,' American captain Betsy King said. 'In Europe, they think they get more bad weather than we do in America, but we've all played in our share. I've had a couple players tell me they want to go out and play in the bad weather. So, we're ready.' ... Besides Inkster, with 13.5 Solheim Cup points in her career, nobody else has cracked double figures on the American team. Pat Hurst is close with nine. ... PING announced it has extended its sponsorship of the Solheim Cup through 2015. Without the arrangement, the event would need a new name. It is named after Karsten Solheim, the founder of PING, and his family.
 
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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

    Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

    The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

    Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

    Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

    Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


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    Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

    Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

    Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

    4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

    4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

    4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

    4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

    4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

    5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

    5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

    5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

    5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

    5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

    6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

    6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

    6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

    6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

    6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

    6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

    7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

    7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

    7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

    7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

    7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

    7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

    8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

    8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

    8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

    8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

    8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

    8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

    9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

    9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

    9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

    9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

    9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

    10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

    10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

    10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

    10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

    10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

    10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

    11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

    He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

    “There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


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    At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

    Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

    “I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

    Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

    Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

    “I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


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    Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

    Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

    “It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

    More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

    “I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”