Golf Talk Live - Loren Roberts Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 13, 2000, 5:00 pm
JENNIFER MILLS
NOW THIS IS THE POINT IN THE SHOW WHERE WE WANT YOU TO MAKE US PUTT LIKE THAT LOREN.

LOREN ROBERTS
OKAY

JENNIFER MILLS
SO THE PRESSURES ON.

LOREN ROBERTS
OHHH

JENNIFER MILLS
LET'S SEE NOW. WE'VE MOVED OVER TO THE ACADEMY LIVE SET AND I'M SURE THAT ON WEDNESDAYS AND THE PRO-AMS THAT'S PROBABLY THE FIRST QUESTION EVERYBODY ASKS YOU IS TELL ME, GIVE US SOME PUTTING TIPS. WHAT DO WE DO?

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL, YOU KNOW, I DO THINGS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY THEN MOST. FIRST OF ALL, I THINK LINE IS VERY SECONDARY. I THINK PEOPLE WORRY TOO MUCH ABOUT LINE ND YOU KNOW, YOU, YOU PLAY IN PRO-AMS AND, AND YOU WATCH AMATEUR PARTNERS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE, IF YOU'RE IN A SCRAMBLE YOU KNOW, THE FIRST GUY THAT YOU SEND UP THERE IN A SCRAMBLE IS ALWAYS THE SACRIFICIAL LAMB

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)

LOREN ROBERTS
AND, AND HE, YOU KNOW HE'S NEVER GOING TO GET IT CLOSE, AND THEN IF YOU DON'T MAKE IT BY THE SECOND TIME, YOU USUALLY DON'T HAVE A CHANCE BECAUSE EVERYBODY'S WORRYING ABOUT THE LINE, YOU KNOW, THEY THINK IT'S TWO AND A HALF BALLS OUTSIDE OF THE RIGHT EDGE, NO IT'S THREE. LINE IS VERY, IT'S VERY OVER THOUGHT OUT AND I THINK SPEED'S THE WHOLE THING.

JENNIFER MILLS
WHEN YOU STAND UP TO A, WHEN YOU GO UP AND DO, WALK US THROUGH. IF YOU CAN VERBALIZE

LOREN ROBERTS
OKAY

JENNIFER MILLS
WALK US THROUGH YOUR PRE-SHOT. BOTH WHAT'S HAPPENING UP HERE AND THEN PHYSICALLY ALL THE THINGS YOU'RE DOING.

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL, WELL ONE THING, WHEN I'M WALKING UP ON THE GREEN I'M ALREADY LINING UP MY PUTTING BEFORE I GET ANYWHERE NEAR MY BALL. WHEN I PLAY THE SHOT IN THE FAIRWAY UH YOU BEING ABLE TO FIGURE OUT THE LAY OF THE GREEN, IT'S A COMBINATION OF EYE SIGHT AND YOUR FEET. YOU KNOW, YOU TELL HOW THE SLOPES ARE AND THE GREENS BY, BY THE WAY YOU WALK AND WHAT YOU OBSERVE AND AS YOU'RE WALKING UP TO YOUR BALL YOU CAN KIND OF SEE WHAT YOUR PUTT'S ALREADY GOING TO DO BEFORE YOU EVEN GET UP THERE TO LINE IT UP, AND WHAT I TRY TO DO IS THAT I ALWAYS TRY TO LOOK AT THE PUTT FROM BEHIND AND THEN I ALWAYS TRY TO GET ON THE LOW SIDE OF THE PUTT. IN OTHER WORDS, I NEVER WANT TO STAND ON THE UPHILL SIDE OF IT, I ALWAYS WANT TO GET ON THE LOW SIDE OF IT.

JENNIFER MILLS
WHY?

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL YOU, I THINK YOU HAVE A BETTER PERSPECTIVE OF WHAT THE SLOPE OF THE GREEN'S GOING TO BE WHEN YOU'RE ALWAYS ON THE DOWNHILL SIDE OF THE PUTT.

JENNIFER MILLS
MHMM

LOREN ROBERTS
UH, SO ONCE I'VE DECIDED THAT, I'LL COME BACK AROUND AND SOMETIMES MY, MY ROUTINE VARIES, IN FACT, SOMETIMES I'M LIKE A GOLFER THAT I, MY PRE-SHOT ROUTINE, WHEN IT COMES TO PUTTING GET OFF AND I HAVE TO FIX IT, BUT WHAT I'M TRYING TO DO IS, THE IDEA IF I'M GOING TO ROLL THE BALL UP AROUND THE HOLE, AND ONCE I'VE LOOKED AT IT, I'VE GOT DOWN AND DECIDED WHAT I WANT TO DO, I GET UP OVER THE PUTT AND I ALWAYS VISUALIZE, AND I ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT WHEN I TAKE MY PRACTICE STROKES, I MAKE THE SAME PRACTICE STROKE THAT I THINK I'M GOING TO NEED TO HIT THE BALL TO GO THE SAME DISTANCE. YOU KNOW SOMETIMES YOU'LL SEE PLAYERS, THEY'LL TAKE A REAL

JENNIFER MILLS
JESPER PARNEVIK

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH, A REAL AGGRESSIVE STROKE OR SOME TIMES THEY WOULD JUST TAKE, KIND OF TAKE A LITTLE STROKE, I ALWAYS LIKE TO MAKE MY STROKE THE SAME AS WHAT I'M GOING TO HIT THE BALL WITH,

JENNIFER MILLS
LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION ALONG THE WAY

LOREN ROBERTS
MHMM

JENNIFER MILLS
YOU'RE, IS IT A PENDULUM STROKE? ARE YOU GOING BACK AS FAR AS

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
YOU'RE, YOU'RE FINISHING?

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN SAY SPEED IS THE NUMBER ONE THING BUT IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO CONTROL IT PHYSICALLY WITH YOUR STROKE IT DOES YOU NO GOOD

JENNIFER MILLS
MHMM

LOREN ROBERTS
SO WHAT I TRY TO DO, AND THERE'S A FEW BASIC PHYSICAL THINGS THAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO HAVE A GOOD SPEED CONTROL PUTTING STROKE, AND ONE OF THE THINGS IS THAT I ALWAYS TRY TO MAKE THE PUTTER GO THE SAME DISTANCE ON EITHER SIDE OF THE BALL. WHERE AS I THINK, THE ONE THING EVERY GOLF TEACHER WILL AGREE ON, IS THE IDEAL PUTTING STROKE WOULD BE A PURE PENDULUM ACTION, AND SO THAT'S WHAT I TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH MY STROKE, AND IF YOU HAVE A PURE PENDULUM ACTION IT'S GOT TO TRAVEL THE SAME DISTANCE ON EITHER SIDE OF THE BALL, OF THE VERY BOTTOM OF IT.

JENNIFER MILLS
MHMM

LOREN ROBERTS
OF THE PENDULUM ACTION, SO I TRY TO MAKE SURE

JENNIFER MILLS
YOUR GRIP IS

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH, I TRY TO MAKE THE PUTTER GO THE SAME DISTANCE ON EITHER SIDE OF THE BALL AND I TRY TO OPPOSE MY PALMS WITH THE GRIP AS MUCH AS I CAN. IN OTHER WORDS, I, I'M VERY CORY PAVIN DOES THIS UH VERY WELL. THAT'S KIND OF WHERE I PICKED IT UP FROM WAS FROM HIM WAS THAT I TURNED THE LEFT HAND VERY WEAK AND I TURNED THE RIGHT HAND UNDER OPPOSING MY PALMS AND THAT KEEPS MY ELBOWS IN AND I WANT TO KEEP MY FOREARMS ON THE SAME PLANE

JENNIFER MILLS
MHMM

LOREN ROBERTS
COMBINE THAT WITH A LITTLE MORE WEIGHT INTO MY LEFT FOOT SO THAT I CAN LOWER MY SHOULDERS AS MUCH AS I CAN. KEEP THEM AS LEVEL AS I POSSIBLY CAN.

JENNIFER MILLS
IS YOUR WEIGHT BACK, FORWARD IN YOUR STANCE OR ABOUT MIDDLE OF YOUR STANCE BUT LEFT SIDE.

LOREN ROBERTS
I WANT TO KEEP MY EYES RIGHT OVER THE TOP OF THE BALL. IN OTHER WORDS, I DON'T WANT TO GET OUT OVER IT AND I DON'T WANT TO STAND AWAY FROM IT. I WANT MY EYE RIGHT OVER THE TOP OF THAT BALL

JENNIFER MILLS
MHMM

LOREN ROBERTS
BECAUSE I LEAN A LITTLE BIT INTO MY LEFT SIDE. MAYBE PUT 60 - 40 ONTO MY LEFT LEG AND HAVE MY EYES OVER THE BALL. I'M GOING TO POSITION THE BALL A LITTLE FAR (??) OF FORWARD IN MY STANCE. MAYBE JUST INSIDE MY LEFT INSTEP.

JENNIFER MILLS
BUT I JUST WANT TO BE OVER THE BALL. MY FOREARMS ARE ON THE SAME PLANE. STANDING AS TALL AS I CAN, AND JUST TRYING TO MAKE A PURE SHOULDER STROKE. I TRY TO CONTROL THE, THE STROKE WITH THE MUSCLES RIGHT HERE IN MY CHEST AND MY ARM PITS. YOU NEVER LIKE TO SAY, WELL I SQUEEZE HERE, BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO GIVE THE IMPRESSION THAT THERE'S ANY TENSION BUT I LIKE TO FEEL IT AS IF I'M CONTROLLING IT FROM HERE IN MY CHEST AND NOT IN MY HANDS.

JENNIFER MILLS
WHICH KEEPS EVERYTHING IN A

LOREN ROBERTS
RIGHT

JENNIFER MILLS
SORT OF A SINGULAR MOTION.

LOREN ROBERTS
RIGHT.

JENNIFER MILLS
WE HAVE SOME TRICKY BREAKS ON THIS GREEN.

LOREN ROBERTS
(LAUGHS)

JENNIFER MILLS
A VERY ELABORATE GREEN HERE. LET'S (LAUGHS)

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL

JENNIFER MILLS
LET'S LET YOU TRY.

LOREN ROBERTS
ONCE I'VE DECIDED, BASICALLY

JENNIFER MILLS
WHAT DO YOU SEE?

LOREN ROBERTS
HOW I'M GOING TO LOOK AT IT, I, YOU KNOW I LOOK AT IT AND WHY I THINK LINE IS, IS OVER STRESSED BY A LOT OF PLAYERS IS THAT, WHEN YOU STAND BEHIND IT AND YOU'RE LINING IT UP, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW IT'S GOING TO BREAK TO GO IN THE HOLE, YOU'VE ALREADY PUT THAT, THAT THOUGHT IN YOUR MIND, YOU'VE ALREADY VISUALIZED THAT BALL GOING IN THE HOLE. SO THAT'S ALREADY IN THERE.

JENNIFER MILLS
SO GET RID OF THAT AND THINK ABOUT

JENNIFER MILLS
SO, SO ONCE YOU STEP UP TO THE BALL, I JUST FIGURE AIM LEFT OF THE HOLE OR RIGHT OF THE HOLE WITH THAT THOUGHT THAT I HAVE IN MY MIND. THAT VISUALIZATION OF WHAT IT'S GOING TO DO. I'VE ALREADY PUT THAT BREAK IN THERE. I DON'T THINK ABOUT IT. NOW I JUST WANT TO ROLL THE BALL UP AROUND THE HOLE. YOU KNOW IT'S LIKE, LIKE THROWING A BALL OR SHOOTING A THREE THROW OR SOMETHING. VERY RARELY DO YOU EVER SEE SOMEBODY THROW A BALL FROM SOMEBODY 30 FEET AWAY AND HAVE IT GO OFF IN A, IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN. YOU'RE ALWAYS PRETTY MUCH IN THE SAME VICINITY, AND THAT'S ALL YOU'RE TRYING TO DO.

JENNIFER MILLS
UNTIL YOU THINK ABOUT AIMING.

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL, YEAH, IT TAKES ALL, IT TAKES ALL THE PRESSURE. YOU WANT TO TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF YOURSELF FROM AIMING SO THAT ALL YOU HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IS SPEED CONTROL AND YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT HOW MANY TIMES YOU HIT THE BALL ON THE RIGHT LINE

JENNIFER MILLS
MHMM

LOREN ROBERTS
JUST THINKING ABOUT TRYING TO SCROLL UP AROUND THE HOLE SPEED (??).

JENNIFER MILLS
WELL LET'S, LET'S WATCH

LOREN ROBERTS
OKAY. LET ME HIT A COUPLE OF PUTTS HERE, AND

JENNIFER MILLS
A LOT OF PRESSURE

LOREN ROBERTS
GOT MY GRIP

JENNIFER MILLS
GOT TO MAKE THE FIRST ONE.

LOREN ROBERTS
OH BOY

JENNIFER MILLS
THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.

LOREN ROBERTS
OKAY, WELL I (??)

JENNIFER MILLS
REMEMBER, REMEMBER THAT AMATEUR YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT

LOREN ROBERTS
THAT'S RIGHT. OKAY. HERE WE GO.


OH, THAT'S WAY OFF LINE ISN'T IT?

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)

LOREN ROBERTS
BUT THE MAIN THING IS TRYING TO GET THE BALL TO ROLL THE RIGHT SPEED BACK AND THROUGH, AND I NEVER, I NEVER TRY TO HIT THE BALL WHEN I PUTT. I ALWAYS LET THE BALL GET IN THE WAY OF A SWINGING PENDULUM.

JENNIFER MILLS
THAT'S A GOOD THOUGHT.

LOREN ROBERTS
SO THAT I WANT TO TAKE THE HIT OUT OF IT. I WANT IT TO JUST GET IN THE WAY OF THE SWINGING PENDULUM PUTTER.

JENNIFER MILLS
MHMM. MHMM.

LOREN ROBERTS
AND THAT'S, THAT'S MY WHOLE CONCERN, BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO CONTROL THE DISTANCE THAT THIS BALL GOES BY THE LENGTH OF OUR BACKSTROKE, AND SO IT'S GOT TO GO THE SAME DISTANCE ON EITHER SIDE OF THE BALL, AND I'M HAVING TROUBLE WITH THIS PUTT RIGHT NOW.

JENNIFER MILLS
WELL THIS IS A TRICKY GREEN, I TOLD YOU. A GOOD ROUND OF, A GOOD ROUND FOR YOU IS HOW MANY PUTTS?

LOREN ROBERTS
UM

JENNIFER MILLS
(???)

LOREN ROBERTS
I WOULD SAY, I WOULD SAY AN AVERAGE ROUND WOULD BE 28 PUTTS AND A GOOD ROUND IS 23 PUTTS. OBVIOUSLY IF YOU GO AROUND IN 18 HOLES, AND 23 ,24 PUTTS YOU'VE PUTTED EXCEPTIONALLY WELL.

JENNIFER MILLS
WHAT'S YOUR BEST EVER? DO YOU KNOW?

LOREN ROBERTS
YOU KNOW I, I HAVE NO IDEA. I DON'T REALLY GET CAUGHT UP IN THE STATS SO I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT MY BEST PUTTING ROUND IS.

JENNIFER MILLS
WE'VE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS, BUT IN TERMS OF THE BIGGEST MISTAKES YOU SEE AN AMATEUR MAKE

LOREN ROBERTS
MHMM

JENNIFER MILLS
WOULD YOU SAY THAT IT'S LOOKING TOO MUCH AT THE LINE AND TRY TO FIGURE OUT THE LINE, VERSUS THE SPEED?

LOREN ROBERTS
WITHOUT, WITHOUT QUESTION, I MEAN, HOW MANY GOOD ROUNDS HAVE AMATEURS RUINED BY GOING OUT AND THEY START OFF IN THE FIRST THREE OR FOUR HOLES AND THEY HIT THE BALL PRETTY GOOD, BUT THEY'RE, THEY'RE ON THE GREENS AND THEY THREE PUTT, TWO OUT OF THE FIRST FOUR HOLES. NOTHING RUINS A ROUND OF GOLF QUICKER THAN DOING SOMETHING LIKE THAT. YOU KNOW, PLAYING IN PRO-AMS ON A 30 FOOT PUTT, I WILL NEVER SEE AN AMATEUR HIT THE BALL OFF LINE, UNLESS IT'S SOME KIND OF A RIDICULOUS BREAKING PUTT, MORE THAN TWO OR THREE FEET, BUT
FROM 30 FEET, I'VE SEEN THEM LEAVE IT 15 FEET SHORT AND KNOCK IT 15 FEET BY THE HOLE. SPEED CONTROL IS EVERYTHING.

JENNIFER MILLS
MHMM. MHMM, LET'S TAKE A PHONE CALL. WE HAVE STEPHEN ON THE LINE.

LOREN ROBERTS
MHMM

JENNIFER MILLS
HE IS 12 YEARS OLD. STEPHEN'S IN NORTH CAROLINA. HI STEPHEN. GLAD YOU CALLED.

LOREN ROBERTS
HI STEPHEN.

STEPHEN FROM NORTH CAROLINA

HEY UH

LOREN ROBERTS
HOW YOU DOING?

STEPHEN FROM NORTH CAROLINA

PRETTY GOOD. HOW ABOUT YOU?

LOREN ROBERTS
GREAT

JENNIFER MILLS
GOOD. GOT A QUESTION FOR US?

STEPHEN FROM NORTH CAROLINA

YEAH, I WAS JUST, I WAS JUST WONDERING IF YOU HAD ANY TIPS FOR ME TO GET BETTER AT PUTTING.

LOREN ROBERTS
YOU KNOW

JENNIFER MILLS
HE'S 12

LOREN ROBERTS
THE MAIN THING IS TO GO OUT AND PRACTICE, AND WHEN YOU PRACTICE, HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO, YOU NEED TO FIND THE TOUGHEST, LONGEST PUTT ON THE GREEN. ONE WITH TWO OR THREE DIFFERENT BREAKS UP AND DOWN HILL AND WORK ON THAT BECAUSE YOU WANT TO WORK ON TRYING TO LAG THE BALL CLOSE TO THE HOLE, ALSO THAT WORKS ON YOUR IMAGINATION FOR SEEING BREAKS AND SEEING THE LINE AND THEN PRACTICE ALL THE TWO AND THREE FOOTERS. YOU CAN STAND OUT THERE


ALL DAY AND PRACTICE TEN FOOTERS AND NOT, AND, AND NOT REALLY IMPROVE THAT MUCH, BUT IF YOU COULD LAG IT UP CLOSE FROM A LONG WAYS AWAY AND MAKE ALL THE SHORT ONES, YOU'RE GOING TO BE A GREAT PUTTER.

NOW PHYSICALLY PRACTICE, I THINK IT'S A GOOD THING TO GO OUT AND, YOU KNOW, HIT SOME PUTTS WITH JUST YOUR RIGHT HAND. IF YOU'D GO OUT AND IF YOU'RE STRUGGLING WITH YOUR PUTTER AND DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET YOUR STROKE DEVELOPED OR GET THE PUTTER IN THE RIGHT SEQUENCE, HIT SOME PUTTS WITH JUST THE RIGHT HAND AND THAT'LL MAKE YOUR WRISTS BREAK

JENNIFER MILLS
SHOW US

LOREN ROBERTS
IF, IF YOU PUTT WITH JUST YOUR RIGHT HAND AND YOUR LEFT HAND IN YOUR POCKET, IF YOU HIT SOME PUTTS THAT, GENERALLY, YOU'LL MAKE THE PUTTER SWING BACK PROPERLY BECAUSE WITH JUST YOUR RIGHT HAND, YOU HAVE TO PUT SOME SWING IN THE SHAFT AND YOU CAN SEE YOUR RIGHT WRIST IS GOING TO BREAK AND SET THE PUTTER IN THE RIGHT POSITION TO REALLY MAKE A GOOD STRIKE THROUGH THE BALL. SO IT'S A GREAT DRILL TO, TO WORK ON.

JENNIFER MILLS

GOOD, GOOD QUESTION, STEPHEN. GIVE SOME KIDS SOME TIPS OUT THERE. THANK YOU, LOREN. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK. ONE OF THE BEST PUTTING DISPLAYS WE'VE SEEN ALL YEAR WAS FROM YOU AT THE MASTERS, SO AS WE GO TO BREAK, YOU CAN ENJOY

LOREN ROBERTS
OKAY

JENNIFER MILLS
ONE THAT WENT IN. WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE LOREN ROBERTS STORIES AS WE CONTINUE ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

(BREAK)

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By Ryan LavnerJune 19, 2018, 11:00 pm

In a major shakeup in the women’s college golf world, USC coach Andrea Gaston has accepted an offer to become the new head coach at Texas A&M.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gaston, who informed her players of her decision Monday night, has been one of the most successful coaches over the past two decades, leading the Trojans to three NCAA titles and producing five NCAA individual champions during her 22-year reign. They have finished in the top 5 at nationals in an NCAA-record 13 consecutive seasons.

This year was arguably Gaston’s most impressive coaching job. She returned last fall after undergoing treatment for uterine cancer, but a promising season was seemingly derailed after losing two stars to the pro ranks at the halfway point. Instead, she guided a team with four freshmen and a sophomore to the third seed in stroke play and a NCAA semifinals appearance. Of the four years that match play has been used in the women’s game, USC has advanced to the semifinals three times.  

Texas A&M could use a coach with Gaston’s track record.

Last month the Aggies fired coach Trelle McCombs after 11 seasons following a third consecutive NCAA regional exit. A&M had won conference titles as recently as 2010 (Big 10) and 2015 (SEC), but this year the team finished 13th at SECs.

The head-coaching job at Southern Cal is one of the most sought-after in the country and will have no shortage of outside interest. If the Trojans look to promote internally, men’s assistant Justin Silverstein spent four years under Gaston and helped the team win the 2013 NCAA title.  

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CROMWELL, Conn. – It was perhaps the most-replayed shot (and celebration) of the year.

Jordan Spieth’s bunker holeout to win the Travelers Championship last year in a playoff over Daniel Berger nearly broke the Internet, as fans relived that raucous chest bump between Spieth and caddie Michael Greller after Spieth threw his wedge and Greller threw his rake.

Back in Connecticut to defend his title, Spieth admitted that he has watched replays of the scene dozens of times – even if, in the heat of the moment, he wasn’t exactly choreographing every move.


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“Just that celebration in general, I blacked out,” Spieth said. “It drops and you just react. For me, I’ve had a few instances where I’ve been able to celebrate or react on a 72nd, 73rd hole, 74th hole, whatever it may be, and it just shows how much it means to us.”

Spieth and Greller’s celebration was so memorable that tournament officials later shipped the rake to Greller as a keepsake. It’s a memory that still draws a smile from the defending champ, whose split-second decision to go for a chest bump over another form of celebration provided an appropriate cap to a high-energy sequence of events.

“There’s been a lot of pretty bad celebrations on the PGA Tour. There’s been a lot of missed high-fives,” Spieth said. “I’ve been part of plenty of them. Pretty hard to miss when I’m going into Michael for a chest bump.”

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Stacy Lewis will be looking to make the most of her last three starts of 2018 in her annual return to her collegiate roots this week.

Lewis, due to give birth to her first child on Nov. 3, will tee it up in Friday’s start to the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas. She won the NCAA individual women’s national title in 2007 while playing at the University of Arkansas. She is planning to play the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship next week and then the Marathon Classic two weeks after that before taking the rest of the year off to get ready for her baby’s arrival.

Lewis, 33, said she is beginning to feel the effects of being with child.

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“Taking a few more naps and resting a little bit more,” she said. “Other than that, the game's been pretty good.”

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CROMWELL, Conn. – Jordan Spieth has arrived at the Travelers Championship in need of a turnaround. Again.

Spieth’s playoff victory last year over Daniel Berger, complete with a bunker hole-out and raucous celebration, went down as one of the most electrifying moments of 2017. It also propelled Spieth to some more major glory, as he won The Open in his very next start.

So it’s easy to forget the state of Spieth’s game when he first stepped foot on the grounds of TPC River Highlands a year ago. Things were, quite plainly, not going well.

He was struggling on the greens, even going so far as to switch putters at the AT&T Byron Nelson. He then failed to contend at Erin Hills, only netting a T-35 finish thanks to a final-round 69 that came hours before the leaders teed off.

So here we are again, with Spieth in search of a spark after a series of underwhelming performances that included last week’s effort at Shinnecock Hills, where he bogeyed the last two holes of his second round to miss the cut by a shot. Except this time, the climb back to the top may be even steeper than it was a year ago.

“I’m not sure where the state of my game is right now,” Spieth said. “If I strike the ball the way I have been this year, then the results are coming. But the last couple weeks I’ve played Muirfield and then the (U.S.) Open, and I hit the ball really poorly and didn’t give myself that many opportunities to let the putter do the work.”

While many big names play sporadically in the time between the Masters and U.S. Open, Spieth remained as busy as ever thanks to the Tour’s swing through Texas. So even after failing to contend much in the spring outside of a memorable finale in Augusta, and even after struggling for much of his week at TPC Sawgrass, Spieth looked out at his schedule and saw a myriad of possible turning points.

There was the AT&T Byron Nelson, played in his hometown and at a venue on which he was one of only a handful with any experience (T-21). Then a trip across town to Colonial, where he had beaten all but two players in a three-year stretch (T-32).


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Throw in the missed cuts at Muirfield Village and Shinnecock Hills, and Spieth has made it to the last leg of a six-event stretch that has included only one off week and, to date, zero chances to contend come Sunday.

“I think here this week, the key for me is just to get out in the first round and try not to do too much,” Spieth said. “I mean, 90-plus percent of the tournaments the last two years I’ve thrown out my chances to win a golf tournament on Thursday. I’ve had too much to do from here on.”

That was certainly the case last week on Long Island, where Spieth’s hopes for a fourth major title evaporated well before course conditions became a focal point over the weekend. He was 4 over through his first two holes and spent much of the next 34 stuck in a fit of frustration. He gave himself a glimmer of hope with four late birdies Friday followed by a pair of bogeys that snuffed it out with equal speed.

Spieth has continued to preach patience throughout the year, but there’s no getting around some eye-popping stats; he's 188th on Tour this year in strokes gained: putting and 93rd in fairways hit. It can foster a pressure to find a cure-all in any given week, especially given how quickly he got a middling summer back on track last year.

“It’s something that you fight, sure,” Spieth said. “It’s been that way just about every tournament except Muirfield, because then you go to the U.S. Open and think you don’t even have to shoot under par to win this golf tournament. So as much as that kind of comes into your head, it’s not bothering me this time. I’m going to try and have fun, and make progress.”

After this week, Spieth will have some down time with family before making the trip overseas to Carnoustie. He plans to have a few private dinners accompanied by the claret jug, one last toast to last year’s success before turning the trophy back over to the R&A.

But even Spieth admitted that as it pertains to his chances to follow in Brooks Koepka’s footsteps by successfully defending a major title, he’ll be greatly aided by working his way into the mix this weekend. It represents the last chance in this early-summer swing to get his name back on the leaderboard, an opportunity to light fire to a pedestrian campaign like he did a year ago.

No pressure.

“It’s your basic stuff that sometimes gets off, that the harder you try to get them back on sometimes, the worse it gets,” Spieth said. “It can be frustrating, or you can just kind of wait for it to come to you. I think I’m OK with where things are, whether it’s the rest of this year or next year. I feel like there are good scores coming.”