Pregnant and retired, Parmlid makes Swedish team

By Randall MellJuly 23, 2014, 10:08 pm

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Mikaela Parmlid came out of retirement so she could play the International Crown this week.

She’s almost six months pregnant.

It’s safe to say nobody else teeing it up in the inaugural international team event has a story quite like Parmlid’s, one of four Swedes looking to take “The Crown” home with them.

“I’m just here to have fun, win some matches and do my best and see where it leads,” Parmlid told GolfChannel.com after visiting the LPGA’s physio trailer Wednesday at Caves Valley Golf Club.

Parmlid, 33, won the NCAA individual championship while at USC in 2003 and played the LPGA circuit for six years before returning home to Sweden to play the Ladies European Tour, where her frustration over failing to make the European Solheim Cup last year led her to decide to retire. She put her clubs away after the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters in December and went to work gaining certification as a psychologist/coach, never expecting golf to claim her again.

Back in April, however, Parmlid got a call from the LPGA informing her that she was going to make the Swedish team for the International Crown.

Parmlid’s reaction?

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Parmlid insists she didn’t know she was within the qualifying standard to make the Swedish team before the LPGA called her.

“I had no clue,” Parmlid said. “I had no clue what this tournament was about, because I had really distanced myself from golf. It had been my life forever, and when I made up my mind to retire, I just said, `I’m going to do something different.’ But when I got off the phone that day, it just changed the way I looked at golf, just like that.”

Parmlid said making the European Solheim Cup team was her dream, and failing yet again to do so frustrated her last year. She said the idea of playing for Sweden in an international team event of the caliber of the International Crown reignited something within her.

“I thought it was amazing,” Parmlid said.

Parmlid, however, said she did not know she was pregnant when she got the call from the LPGA back in April. She said she didn’t learn she was pregnant until three weeks after she qualified for the team.

“I calculated it out right away, that I would be 5½ months pregnant,” Parmlid said. “I knew I’d be fine.”

Parmlid said she knew because she played while pregnant with her first child, Emmy, who is now 3 years old.

“I’ve been playing full time since April,” Parmlid said. “It’s come quickly. I’m playing fine. It’s a little different, but different isn’t always bad. I’m just enjoying this. It’s a unique thing, and it’s motivating. That’s something that was missing for me, motivation.”

Parmlid has played three Ladies European Tour events since learning she made the Swedish team. She has made two cuts, with a tie for 22nd her best finish.

Given her condition, and that she’s coming back from retirement, there have been obvious questions about whether she’s in the best shape to help her team. There have been questions about whether she should have bowed out to give another player a chance. She was asked if her teammates expressed concerns over her readiness.

“I don’t think they’ve been very concerned,” Parmlid said. “I think I’ve been playing some amazing golf.”

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Tiger putts way into contention at The Open

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 5:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – When Tiger Woods benched his trusty Scotty Cameron blade putter last month at the Quicken Loans National for a new TaylorMade mallet-headed version some saw it as a sign of desperation, but if his performance on Carnoustie’s greens on Saturday were any indication it could end up being a calculated success.

Woods stormed into contention on Day 3 with a 5-under 66 to move to within shouting distance of the lead at The Open, thanks in large part to his vastly improved putting.

“I hit so many good putts out there today, and this week from distance, I've had really good feels,” said Woods, whose 29 putts on Saturday belies his performance on Carnoustie’s greens. “Even as this golf course was changing and evolving, I've maintained my feels with the putter. I've made a couple of putts from about 40 to 60 feet, which is nice. I just feel like I've been able to roll the ball.”


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The highlight of Woods’ round came at the par-4 ninth hole when he charged in a 40-footer for birdie from the front edge of the green to begin a run of three consecutive birdies. Perhaps more impressive, he didn’t have a three-putt, and has only had two all week, which is always a bonus on links courses.

Woods temporarily took a share of the lead with a lengthy birdie putt at the 14th hole and scrambled for a par save at the last after his drive nearly found the Barry Burn.

“I hit a few putts that I think should have gone in from 20, 30 feet today," he said. "So that's always a good sign.”

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TT postscript: A 66, he's in contention - awesome

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 4:58 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods went berserk Saturday and shot 5-under 66 to vault up the leaderboard at The Open at Carnoustie:

• THAT WAS AWESOME!

At 4:13PM here in Scotland, when Tiger two-putted for birdie on the par-5 14th hole, he held a share of the lead in a major championship. It was once unthinkable, but it happened. I saw it with my own eyes.

• Tiger’s last two weekend rounds in the 60s in The Open both happened at Carnoustie and both happened on July 21. In 2007, Woods shot 69 here. On Saturday, that score was clipped by three shots. Tiger shot 65 in the second round of The Open at Royal Liverpool in 2006. He won his third claret jug that week. Tiger last shoot 66 in a major during the second round of the 2011 Masters.

• This is the sixth time that Tiger has recorded three consecutive rounds of par of better to start The Open. He went on to win three of the previous five times.

• One bad swing, the only bad swing of the day according to Tiger, produced the luckiest of breaks. Standing on the 18th tee with an iron in hand, Tiger pulled his tee shot that hit on the top of the Barry Burn and very easily could’ve ended in a watery grave. Instead it ended in thick rough, some 250 yards from the pin. Tiger punted it up the fairway, but got up and down from 83 yards to save par and shoot 66. “I hit my number,” he quipped about hitting wedge to 2 feet.

• On the other hand, the lone bogey came from one poor putt. On the par-3 16th hole, with half of Scotland screaming his name, Tiger missed a 7-footer for par. It was deflating at the time because the last three holes are so difficult. Pars on the last two holes were stellar.


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• Final stats: 12 of 15 fairways, 14 of 18 greens and 29 total putts. Tiger hit six drivers and one 3-wood, proving that he was way more aggressive. He hit four drivers on Friday and only one on Thursday.

• One of the aforementioned drivers that he hit on the ninth hole was well left and in some thick round, 170 yards from the hole. A safe approach to 40 feet set him up for and easy two-putt par. But he slammed the putt home and made an improbable birdie. “I hit so many good putts out there today, and this week from distance, I’ve had really good feels,” he said.

• In his own words about his chances of winning: “It certainly is possible. I’ve shown that I’ve been there close enough with a chance to win this year. Given what happened the last few years, I didn’t know if that would ever happen again, but here I am with a chance coming Sunday in a major championship. It’s going to fun.”

Yes, yes it is.

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Watch: Guy sleeps next to many beers at Open

By Grill Room TeamJuly 21, 2018, 4:55 pm

It's Moving Day at The Open Championship for all but one sedentary fan.

Cameras caught this potentially browned-out man having himself a Saturday snooze on the browned-out grasses of Carnoustie:

Browned out. That's a great term. Glad it's in the public domain. We've been using it all weekend. I imagine we'll continue to use it. A lot.

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Watch: Tiger makes 6 birdies, 1 amazing par in Rd. 3

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 4:10 pm

Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.

Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.

No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.


No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.


No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.


No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.


No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.


And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.


Woods bogeyed the par-3 16th to drop out of the lead and almost dropped - at least - one more shot at the par-4 18th. But his tee shot got a lucky bounce and he turned his good fortune into a par.


Woods shot 5-under 66 and finished the day at 5 under par.