Davies has 'no room for error' to make HOF induction

By Randall MellJuly 10, 2015, 7:36 pm

LANCASTER, Pa. – Laura Davies is feeling pressure after assuring Friday that she will make the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open.

Yeah, the test Lancaster Country Club offers has something to do with that, but it’s mostly the pressure she’s feeling to get to St. Andrews in Scotland in time for Monday’s World Golf Hall of Fame induction. She’s being inducted in the ceremony that begins at 6 p.m. local time in Scotland.

“If everything goes to plan, I should land in Edinburgh at 1 o'clock, and then I've got to drive to Dundee to the hotel, check in the hotel, have a shower,” Davies said. “That should take me to round about 4 o'clock, at which stage I can have a couple of pints of cider and get on the bus to the Hall of Fame thing. There is no room for error.”

Davies said she has videotaped an acceptance speech just in case the U.S. Women’s Open finish is bumped to Monday or there are flight delays.

The Hall of Fame Induction is planned at the University of St. Andrews, just a few blocks from the Old Course. David Graham, Mark O’Meara and the late A.W. Tillinghast also are being inducted.

Davies is flying British Airways out of Philadelphia Sunday at 10 p.m. ET, direct to London with a connection to Edinburgh. She said she’s feeling pressure even if she makes it to St. Andrews on time. She’s not comfortable giving speeches.

“I'm dyslexic, so I can't read off the [teleprompter],” Davies said. “They were going to make me write a speech, but that would be a fiasco if I tried to read. So that is not happening. I'm just going to write six or seven main points down, and then I'll talk about those main points.”

Davies is thrilled to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. She has been sitting on the doorstep of the points-based LPGA Hall of Fame for more than a decade. Her last LPGA title was the Wegmans Rochester International in 2001. It left her two points shy of qualifying for the LPGA Hall of Fame. She has 25 points. With a major championship worth two points, she could make her trip to Scotland a heck of a party by winning the U.S. Women’s Open. She would be celebrating entry into a pair of Hall of Fames.

Davies has won more than 80 titles worldwide, 45 of them Ladies European Tour events and 20 of them LPGA titles. She has won four major championships, including the 1987 U.S. Women’s Open.

For years Davies insisted she didn’t want to make it into the World Golf Hall of Fame by a vote, or make it into the LPGA Hall of Fame through a Veterans Category nomination. She wanted to earn her way. She said the World Golf Hall of Fame’s adoption of new criteria with minimum standards last year satisfies her. The World Golf Hall of Fame now requires a player to have won at least 15 tour titles or two majors to be eligible for a vote.

“It was like a popularity contest before,” Davies said. “You got voted in. I didn't want that. When they put the two majors and a certain amount of tournaments, then it became a criteria, and I met the criteria. So then I said yes immediately ... I was absolutely delighted. It's one of the highlights of my career without a doubt.”

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Koepka primed for CJ Cup win and world No. 1

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 6:00 am

Brooks Koepka wants a 2-for-1 at the CJ Cup. If he can collect his second non-major PGA Tour victory he can become world No. 1 for the first time in his career.

He’s in great position to accomplish his goal.

Koepka eagled the par-5 18th en route to a 7-under 65 in the second round at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea. At 8 under par, he is one back of 36-hole leader Scott Piercy (65).

Koepka, currently ranked third in the world, began the day three shots off the lead, but rapidly ascended the leaderboard. He birdied four of his first eight holes before finding trouble at the ninth. Koepka hooked his tee shot out of bounds, but the ninth is a par 5 and he was able to salvage bogey.

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That was his only dropped shot of the day.

The reigning Tour Player of the Year birdied the 12th and 14th holes in his bid to keep pace with Piercy. Koepka was two back as he played his final hole, where he knocked his second shot to 10 feet. He deftly converted the eagle effort to tie Piercy and earn a spot in Saturday’s final twosome. Piercy later pulled a shot ahead with a birdie at the ninth, his final hole of the day.

Koepka has officially won four PGA Tour events, but three of those are majors (2017, ’18 U.S. Open; 2018 PGA). His lone non-major win was the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

He can still reach world No. 1 with a solo second place, assuming Justin Thomas, currently world No. 4, doesn’t win this week.

That will take a mighty weekend effort by the defending champ.

Thomas also eagled the 18th hole to go from 1 over to 1 under. He shot 2-under 70 in the second round and is seven shots off the lead.

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'Go in'? Yes, JT wants an ace at the par-4 14th

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 5:11 am

Justin Thomas didn’t hesitate after hitting his tee shot on the 353-yard, par-4 14th in Round 2 of the CJ Cup.

“Go in,” he immediately said.

“Please go in,” he added.

Thomas’ tee shot was on a great line, but it landed just short of the green. Surprisingly, it took three more shots for his ball to "go in." After birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, Thomas parred the 14th.

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Watch: Dufner makes six (!) fist pumps after birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 4:53 am

Jason Dufner makes Ben Stein seem like Jonathan Winters. Dufner often looks mighty miserable for someone who plays golf for a living.

But not on Friday at the CJ Cup!

Dufner made a 20-footer for birdie at the 16th hole and “celebrated” with one-two-three-(pause)-four-five-six fist pumps. There could have been more, but the camera cut away.

That was Dufner’s third birdie on the back nine, which offset a triple bogey at the par-3 seventh, en route to an even-par 72. Good times.

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Watch: Paul C-ace-y makes hole-in-one at CJ Cup

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 2:35 am

Par-par-par-par-par-par. It was a boring second round over the first six holes for Paul Casey at the CJ Cup.

And then he aced the par-3 seventh.

Casey's tee shot from 176 tracked straight towards the hole and rolled in near the final revolution. That got him to 2 under par for the tournament. He was five off the lead, held by Chez Reavie, but bogeyed the ninth and 10th holes to give back those two strokes.

Hey, it's a no-cut event and a guaranteed paycheck. Drinks on Casey!