Webb loves "history" of five-year-old JTBC Founders

By Randall MellMarch 18, 2015, 9:51 pm

PHOENIX – Karrie Webb feels the weight of history this week in an LPGA event that’s still actually in its infancy.

Webb is the defending champ at the JTBC Founders Cup and a two-time winner of the five-year-old event.

“I feel like this tournament has more history than years we’ve played it,” Webb said at Marriott’s Wildfire Golf Club.

Webb’s comment goes to the heart of the Founders Cup, a tournament commissioner Mike Whan created to honor the LPGA’s 13 founders and its early pioneers. Judy Rankin, Donna Caponi and Sandra Palmer are this year’s special honorees. The trio combined to win 69 LPGA titles, most of them in the ‘70s.

“I think this is great for the younger players,” Webb said. “I started 20 years ago, and a lot more of the founders were still alive and a lot more active, out on tour a little bit more. So, I got to know them a little better than some of the younger girls.”

The LPGA sets up a stage aside the 18th green here, where the honorees can sit and watch the action. Players make a point of greeting the honorees as they leave the green.

“I think it’s great for the younger girls,” Webb said. “I think it’s great for them to be able to put faces to names and possibly sit down and hear some of the stories.”

The LPGA hosts the Pioneer Awards Dinner Friday at the Marriott hotel on tournament grounds. The special honorees will be joined by some of the game’s greats, including two of the three living founders, Shirley Spork and Marilynn Smith. The other living founder, Louise Suggs, wasn’t well enough to travel.

Webb was the ideal winner of the inaugural event in 2011, with her reverence for LPGA history. She won that first event in dramatic fashion, coming from six shots behind in the final round. She won the same way last year, also coming from six shots back in the final round. It was Webb’s 38th and 41st LPGA titles. She donated $25,000 last year to the Founders Film, a project devoted to telling the story of the LPGA founders.

At No. 9 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, Webb continues to be a large factor in LPGA events. She just turned 40 and reiterated comments this week that she made a month ago in Australia, that she’s highly motivated still, with a desire to compete in the Olympics next year in Rio de Janeiro.

“I think the Olympics is pretty much why I’m still playing full time,” Webb said. “That’s a pretty big driving factor for me, to be working as hard as I am.”

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McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”

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McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.

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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.