LATEST GOLF NEWS - MARCH APRIL
4/30/02 - British Open Announces Record Purse
4/29/02 - Mediate Climbs in Latest World Golf Rankings
4/29/02 - Senior Tour and Liberty Mutual Sign Four-Year Extension
4/29/02 - USGA Receives Record Number of U.S. Open Entries
4/26/02 - Nicklaus, Player Upset at Masters Decision
4/26/02 - Royal Birkdale Gets 2005 British Amateur
4/26/02 - USGA Increases Money For 2002 Open Championships
4/26/02 - Australasian Tour Announces New CEO
4/25/02 - Masters Makes Changes Affecting Past Champions
4/25/02 - Kang Ends Ochoa's Streak
4/24/02 - Tonsillitis, Mononucleosis Sideline Tryon
4/24/02 - Clarke Out with Knee Injury
4/24/02 - Tommy Bolt Elected to Hall of Fame
4/24/02 - Ted Kroll Dies at 82
4/24/02 - Man Convicted of Selling Fake Masters Badges
4/24/02 - Gary Player Wins Lawsuit
4/23/02 - Record Purse for 2002 Women's Open
4/22/02 - Lopez Receives Special Exemption Into Women's Open
4/22/02 - Leonard Vaults Up 17 spots in World Golf Rankings
4/19/02 - Penn State Pro Sets 12-Hour Playing Record
4/18/02 - Daly Withdraws from WorldCom Due to Wrist Injury
4/17/02 - Faldo Hopes for U.S. Open Invite
4/17/02 - Compaq Classic Raises Security
4/16/02 - Bad Foot Knocks Singh Out of Action
4/16/02 - Father of Nancy Lopez Dies
4/16/02 - U.S. Amateur Champ Dickerson Turns Pro
4/16/02 - Top Five in World Rankings Enjoy Masters Success
4/15/02 - Woods' Win Boosts Masters Ratings
4/15/02 - British Am Champ Hoey Turns Pro
4/11/02 - Southern Hills Trying to Land 2007 PGA Championship
4/11/02 - Colonial May Finish on Memorial Day in 2003
4/9/02 - Goosen Cracks Top-Five in World Golf Rankings
4/9/02 - Points Changes Made for 2003 U.S. Solheim Cup Team
4/8/02 - Daly to Play in Canadian Skins
4/8/02 - The Orchards Selected To Host 2004 U.S. Women's Open
4/8/02 - Ochoa Wins Seventh Straight
4/6/02 - Road Work Stops for Masters Week
4/5/02 - Canadian Tour Revises Rules on Amateur Status
4/5/02 - 12-Year-Old Receives LPGA Sponsor's Invite
4/5/02 - NAACP to Protest Day Before WorldCom Classic
4/4/02 - Charlotte May Get PGA Tour Event
4/4/02 - Don't Alter Teams, Says Torrance
4/3/02 - Crenshaw, Jacklin Elected to Hall of Fame
4/3/02 - PGA of America Creates Golf Management Scholarship
4/3/02 - Money an Issue for Security at U.S. Women's Open
4/2/02 - Joe Jemsek, Pioneer of Public Golf, Dies at 89
4/2/02 - Nikclaus Backs out of the Masters
4/2/02 - Hazeltine to Host 2016 Ryder Cup
4/2/02 - Daly and Lehman Pull Out of Bellsouth
4/2/02 - Johnny Miller to Stay with NBC
4/2/02 - Singh Climbs to Sixth in World Golf Rankings
4/1/02 - Tampa Bay event will precede Tour Championship in '03
3/31/02 - Chrysler to Sponsor Tucson Open
3/30/02 - Ro Takes Overtime Victory in Florida
3/29/02 - LPGA Players to Compete in Every Event
3/29/02 - Laubach Receives USGA Piper And Oakley Award
3/27/02 - Callaway Golf Settles Infringement Suit
3/27/02 - The Golf Channel Adds Star Power to On-Air Team
3/27/02 - R&A Creates New Global Agency
3/27/02 - Players Still Waiting for Zimbabwe Open Payout
3/25/02 - North Korea May Open Only 18-hole Course to Public
3/25/02 - Top Three at Players Championship Move up in Rankings
3/25/02 - Ginter-Brooker Wins '02 Futures Tour Opener
3/25/02 - Final Picks Made for Seve Trophy Teams
3/25/02 - Howard Twitty's Son Found Drowned in Pool
3/24/02 - NEC to Return to Firestone
3/24/02 - Paddison Gets Three-Shot Win in Dunedin
3/20/02 - Ballesteros Angered Over Garcia Demand
3/20/02 - One-Armed Pro's Artifical Limb Stolen
3/18/02 - Campbell Cracks Top-20 in World Golf Ranking
3/18/02 - Parry, O'Malley Earn U.S. Open Exemptions
3/17/02 - Former PGA Champion Runyan Dies
3/17/02 - Ogle, 37, Announces Retirement
3/16/02 - Hal Sutton Foundation to Build Children's Hospital
3/15/02 - LPGA's First Winner Passes Away
3/14/02 - Investigation of Payne Stewart Airline Accident Ends
3/14/02 - Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic Changes Date
3/12/02 - Els Inches Closer to No. 2 Ranking
3/11/02 - Daly, Kuchar Among Those to Qualify for Masters Field
3/8/02 - Sterne in Contention in Stanbic Zambia Open
3/7/02 - Murless Grabs First-Round Lead in Zambia
3/7/02 - Votaw, Players Meet to Discuss LPGA's Future
3/7/02 - Rose and Olazabal Win European Tour Awards
3/6/02 - Equipment May Be Next Target for Augusta National
3/6/02 - Future Solheim Cups Rescheduled
3/6/02 - Sea Island Is Site for UBS Warburg Cup
3/5/02 - Montgomerie Turns Back On Bay Hill
3/5/02 - USGA, LPGA Expand National Girls Golf Initiative
3/5/02 - Valderrama to Host Volvo Masters Andalucia
3/5/02 - Woods Bettered by 7-Year-Old, in Computer Golf
3/4/02 - Els Climbs Into Top-Three in World Golf Rankings
3/4/02 - Monty Says He Shall Return
3/2/02 - UGA Coach Tabbed for Palmer Cup
3/1/02 - Michelob Event to Switch From PGA to LPGA
3/1/02 - Security to be Heightened for Masters
3/1/02 - LAST MONTH'S NEWS
Junior golfer's amazing run: ace, albatross, birdie
While most of the golf world had its attention focused on Scotland and The Open Championship at Carnoustie on Thursday, the REALLY remarkable performance of the day was taking place in Halifax, Mass.
There, in an American Junior Golf Association tournament, a 16-year-old Thai player made a hole-in-one and an albatross on consecutive holes.
According to the AJGA, Conor Kelly holed a 5-iron shot on the 198-yard, par-3 eighth hole. It was his first hole-in-one. He then holed a 4-iron second shot from 220 yards on the 480-yard ninth holer for the albatross. (We're gonna go out on a limb and say it was his first albatross.)
Certainly a nice way to make the turn - but Kelly wasn't finished. He birdied the par-4 10th for a 1-2-3 sequence on his scorecard. For the day, he shot a 5-under 67 in the AJGA Junior Golf Hub Championship at the Country Club of Halifax.
McIlroy, Rahm betting co-favorites after Open Round 1
They're both three shots off the lead, but after starting The Open with rounds in the 60s Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm are now betting co-favorites to lift the claret jug at Carnoustie.
McIlroy is four years removed from his Open triumph at Royal Liverpool, while Rahm remains in search of his first major title. Both carded rounds of 2-under 69 in Scotland to sit three shots off the lead of Kevin Kisner. While McIlroy started the tournament at 16/1 and Rahm at 20/1, they're now dead even at 10/1 in updated odds at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.
Kisner started the week at 200/1, but after an opening-round 66 he's quickly been trimmed to 25/1. Tony Finau sits one shot behind Kisner and is now listed behind only McIlroy and Rahm at 12/1 after starting the tournament at 60/1.
On the other side of the coin, consensus pre-tournament betting favorite Dustin Johnson fell from 12/1 to 100/1 following an opening 76 while Masters champ Patrick Reed shot a 4-over 75 to plummet from 30/1 to 200/1. Trailing by five shots following an opening-round 71, Tiger Woods' odds remained unchanged at 25/1 as he seeks a 15th career major title.
Here's a look at the revised betting odds heading into the second round at Carnoustie:
10/1: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm
12/1: Tony Finau
14/1: Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler
20/1: Francesco Molinari
25/1: Tiger Woods, Alex Noren, Henrik Stenson, Kevin Kisner
30/1: Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka
40/1: Ryan Moore, Jason Day
50/1: Erik Van Rooyen, Brandon Stone, Matt Kuchar
60/1: Danny Willett, Thomas Pieters, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen, Russell Henley, Matthew Southgate
80/1: Webb Simpson, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Brendan Steele, Kevin Na
100/1: Dustin Johnson, Zander Lombard, Sung Kang, Paul Casey, Louis Oosthuizen, Xander Schauffele, Chris Wood, Pat Perez, Luke List, Charley Hoffman
Despite 78, Lincicome savors PGA Tour experience
Two bad holes derailed Brittany Lincicome in her historic start Thursday at the Barbasol Championship, but they couldn’t wipe the smile off her face afterward.
It might have been the most fun she ever had shooting a 78.
Lincicome joined Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie as the only women to tee it up in a PGA Tour event when she striped her opening tee shot down the middle Thursday at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.
A double bogey at her ninth hole and a triple at her 16th might have spoiled her chances at joining Zaharias as the only women to make a 36-hole cut in a PGA Tour event, but it didn’t spoil her experience.
“I did what I wanted to do, with having fun,” Lincicome said. “I think I nailed that part pretty well.
“I love playing with the guys. It's so much fun, being inside the ropes with them. Hopefully, I can get a good one tomorrow.”
Lincicome, 32, held her own for 16 holes, playing them in 1 over par, but those two big numbers left her tied for last place when she signed her scorecard, though other players remained on the course.
At 6 over, Lincicome is 13 shots behind the leader, probably seven or eight shots off the projected cut line, but she savored the experience. She arrived wanting to inspire young girls to dream big, and to bring some extra attention to a title sponsor who means so much to her. She represents Pure Silk, part of the Barbasol family.
Sam Ryder, who joined Conrad Shindler playing alongside Lincicome, was impressed with the way Lincicome carried herself.
“I would play with her every day if she wanted to,” said Ryder, who opened with a 68. “She's just a great person.
“Even though I know she's probably a little disappointed with her final score, she had a smile on her face all day.”
Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA winner, made her first birdie at her 12th hole, dropping a 30-foot putt, but she wasn’t happy with her putter much of the day. She missed three other good birdie chances, a 4-footer at her eighth hole, an 8-footer at her 10th and a 12-footer at the last.
“Pretty happy with my game overall,” Lincicome said. “I had two bad holes, but I drove it well. I did all the things I said I needed to do, but my putter let me down today.”
After piping her first drive, Lincicome opened with three consecutive pars.
“I was actually calmer than I thought I was going to be,” she said. “I thought I was going to be a nervous wreck. After the first tee shot, I was pretty happy that I found the fairway.”
Lincicome said Ryder and Shindler made her feel welcome. So did the crowds.
“It was great,” she said. “I could feel the energy of the crowd support me. Every time I hit a good driver or good shot, they would cheer for me, which was great.
“Conrad and Sam were so nice. I couldn't have asked for a better pairing. They were very welcoming, and we were interacting, they were asking me questions, and it was great.”
On Tuesday, Lincicome said a key to her play would be hitting fairways. She did that, hitting 10 of 14, but she was taking in longer clubs than she does in LPGA events, with Keene Trace set up at 7,168 yards. That’s 600 yards longer than she played last week at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic, where she finished second. She hit just 8 greens in regulation in this PGA Tour start.
Lincicome is nicknamed “Bam Bam.” She is one of the LPGA’s longest drivers, but she was typically 30 to 40 yards behind Ryder and Shindler after hitting her driver. She averaged 259 yards per drive, Ryder 289 yards.
“She had a couple birdie putts that she could have made,” Ryder said. “If she made a couple of those, might've been a little bit different, just to get a little bit of momentum. Who knows?”
Lincicome’s biggest challenges were the par 3s.
At the 18th, playing 195 yards, she mis-hit her tee shot, knocking it in the water, short of the green. She took a penalty, moved up to a forward tee, dropped and hit into a right greenside bunker. She got up and down from there for a 5.
At the seventh, playing 198 yards, she missed wild right and deep. From a tough spot in the rough, she left her pitch short of the green. She chipped her third past the hole and to the fringe, where she took three putts from 20 feet.
Afterward, Lincicome wasn’t dwelling on the bad shots. She was focused on going to sign autographs for all the fans waiting for her, including all the little girls who came out to see her.
“I need to go back over there and sign,” she said. “Any time I can influence a child, especially a girl, obviously I want to get them involved with the LPGA, as much as possible.”
Her overall assessment of her day?
“It was a great experience,” she said.
Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage
NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:
Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)
Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.
1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.