Webb sympathizes with Yani's recent struggles

By Randall MellJuly 25, 2014, 3:01 pm

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Karrie Webb probably has more insight into Yani Tseng’s struggles with the expectations that came holding the Rolex world No. 1 ranking than any other player in the game today.

Tseng, who was Thursday’s star at the International Crown, beating the Americans with a closing birdie, has fallen to No. 53 in the world. She reigned as No. 1 for 109 weeks before losing it early last year.

While Webb dominated before the Rolex rankings came out, she found herself in a struggle with Annika Sorenstam for major championships and money titles.

Webb, 39, took the mantle from Sorenstam as the game’s top player back in the late ‘90s, with Sorenstam elevating her game and taking it back.

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“Fortunately, I probably haven't had the highs and the lows like Yani, but I've had some times in my career where I haven't had a lot of self-confidence out there, even when I really should have,” Webb said. “I can sympathize with where Yani is, because I think when she was No. 1 in the world, she didn't really enjoy that position as much. I think she enjoyed the good golf, but there was a lot of pressure that came along with it and a lot of responsibility. She even made the comment that she was relieved last year to not be No. 1.

“I found myself at one point in my career just wanting to be No. 2. I think when you don't set your sights to be as good as you can be, whatever that is, you're holding yourself back. I think that's when you don't play to the best of your ability, and then the self-confidence and the self-doubt starts to occur.”

Webb, a Hall of Famer, has won 41 LPGA titles, including seven major championships. Tseng, 25, had won five majors by 22, becoming the youngest player, male or female, to win that many majors at that age. She has won 15 LPGA titles, none in more than two years. Her last major championship victory was the Ricoh Women’s British Open three years ago.

Asked by GolfChannnel.com earlier this week to compare her game today to where it was when she was dominating, Tseng said: “I think I just keep putting too much pressure on myself. The result, the score, the ranking, I try to forget about that, but it's just really hard. I try to let it go. It’s easy to say, but it's very hard to do.

“Now I play so good on the practice round and practice range, everything. But when I'm out on the course, it's kind of automatic, I got lots of attention on myself. I don't focus the right way. I just think too much. I kind of doubt myself a lot when I play in the tournament. I just need to trust more, because I'm doing so good on the range, doing so good on the practice round, and I just need to really let it go and forget about everything else, forget about who I am, just play like a kid, play like all the kids out there and enjoy every shot I do.”

Tseng seized the spotlight Thursday at the International Crown, making a clutch 13-foot birdie putt at the last hole to beat the No. 1 seeded Americans in a fourballs match and leading Chinese Taipei to the top of the Pool A standings.

“I felt like the Yani of old,” she said.

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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.