Notes Zach Attack Caddy for a Cure

By Associated PressApril 11, 2007, 4:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)Tiger Woods has never lost a major when leading going into the final round of a major (12-for-12), and Sunday at the Masters won't affect that mark because he started Sunday one shot out of the lead.
 
It is an impressive record, although it is not that unusual in this decade.
 
Zach Johnson became the first Masters champion not to come out of the final group since Nick Faldo in 1990.
 
Ben Curtis is the only player this decade to win the British Open without being in the last group to tee off Sunday. The last PGA champion not to play in the final group was Steve Elkington. The last two U.S. Open champions, Geoff Ogilvy and Michael
Campbell, came from behind, but before that you had to go back to 1998 to find a rally from Lee Janzen.
 
The lesson in all this? It's not easy coming from behind in major championships, no matter who is leading.
 
There have been 29 majors held this decade, and 23 of them havebeen won by players who had at least a share of the 54-hole lead.The only players this decade to win majors without starting the final round in the last group were Johnson, Ogilvy, Campbell and
Curtis.
 
NEXT YEAR
Tom Pernice Jr. made a bogey on the final hole of the Masters, and it could prove costly.
 
It dropped him into a tie for 17th, which is significant only because the top 16 from the Masters are eligible for next year. It was only the third time Pernice, 47, had played in the Masters. He got in this year by finishing 25th in the money list. Also
finishing out of the top 16 was Mark Calcavecchia, who took triple bogey on the 13th hole Sunday to ruin an otherwise great round. He shot 73 and tied for 20th.
 
Among those assured of returning were Jerry Kelly (tied for fifth) and Ian Poulter (tied for 13th). Everyone else in the top 16 likely would have made it back through the world ranking or having won majors.
 
CADDY FOR A CURE
For the second straight year, Russ Holden has organized 'Caddy for a Cure,' which allows people to bid on eBay for a chance to caddie for a PGA TOUR player during a practice round. All the money goes to leukemia research and charities designated by the tour and the player.
 
It starts at the Verizon Heritage, and his timing could have been better.
 
Holden, who formerly caddied for Bernhard Langer, arranged for three players to participate at Hilton Head. The auction began March 23 and ended on March 30. The three players were Stewart Cink, Tom Pernice Jr., and Zach Johnson. Who knew Johnson would win the Masters a week later?
 
Other players who have agreed to take part include Mike Weir (Byron Nelson Championship), Ernie Els (Wachovia Championship), Stephen Ames (Colonial) and Retief Goosen (Memphis).
 
PUERTO RICO
The PGA TOUR is going to Puerto Rico, adding a $3.5 million tournament next year that will be played the same week as a World Golf Championship.
 
The Puerto Rico Open will be played at Coco Beach Golf & Country Club on March 20-23, the same week as Tiger Woods defends his title in the CA Championship at Doral.
 
The winner in Puerto Rico will receive $630,000 and a two-year exemption, but he will not be eligible for the Masters.
 
DIVOTS
The World Golf Hall of Fame will have a featured exhibition that starts Friday called 'Gary Player: A Global Journey,' to commemorate the South African playing in his 50th Masters. Among items in the display will be his all-black outfit worn in Thursday's opening round. ... The Evian Masters is increasing to 90 players, an increase of 12 spots. The additional players will be selected from the world rankings on July 16, a week before the $3 million tournament begins in France. ... The last player to win a PGA TOUR event the next week after capturing the Masters was Bernhard Langer in 1985. ... Zach Johnson is the first Nationwide Tour alum to win the Masters.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
Zach Johnson, Geoff Ogilvy and Ben Curtis are the only players born after Tiger Woods to have won a major.
 

FINAL WORD
'No one here has worn a jumpsuit more than me -- just not this color.' -- Eric Larson, who caddied for Mark Calcavecchia at the Masters after spending 11 years in prison.
 
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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.”