Golfers and skin cancer

By Golf Fitness MagazineMarch 10, 2009, 4:00 pm
By Mitra Sorrells
 
Mark Wilson knows that the hat he wears every day is not particularly attractive. Big and floppy is how he describes it. Some of the members at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif., where Wilson is director of golf, even make fun of his hat. But Wilson has a comeback for that. I tell them as soon as you have a piece of your head removed, you are going to think differently, he says. Thats because Wilson went through just such a procedure about 10 years ago to have a skin cancer removed.
 
I was driving in the car one day with my wife and she noticed a dark and oddly shaped freckle behind my right earlobe, says Wilson. She suggested that I have it checked out immediately. Less than one week later, I learned that it was cancerous and had to have it surgically removed. From that moment on, Wilson started wearing his big, floppy hat.
 
The members at my club know me pretty well. If I go outside now, without a hat on, I have two or three of them yell at me, he laughs.
 
Wilson admits that as a child growing up in California he was very dedicated to outside activities ' surfing, golf, etc, ' but not particularly dedicated to using sunscreen.
 
I used zero protection as a kid, he admits. By the time I was in my twenties and thirties, I wasnt in the sun as much, but I think the damage was done.
 
Hes exactly right, according to Dr. Andrew Kaufman, Wilsons dermatologic surgeon and a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS).
 
All sun damage is cumulative, he explains. What youve done in the past, you really cant do anything about now. The damage you get today can turn up as pre-cancer or cancer 10-20 years from now.
 
Protection from the sun is particularly important ' and challenging ' for golfers such as Wilson, who spend hours outside at often the most intense time of ultraviolet exposure. To help golfers prevent skin cancer and sun damage, Dr. Kaufman and the ASDS offer the following tips:
 
*Stay Protected ' Because a round of golf can last anywhere between four to six hours, it is critical that golfers reapply sunscreen every two to three hours. Sunscreen should be applied before the first tee and reapplied at the turn between the ninth green and 10th tee. Try to schedule early morning and late afternoon tee times for extra protection from the suns strongest UV rays.
 
*Choose a Proper Sunscreen ' Look for sunscreens that block both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays and that have a sun-protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Since golfers tend to sweat a lot, waterproof or water-resistant sunscreens will last longer than regular sunscreens. Sun tan lotions and creams tend to have a higher SPF than gel or alcohol-based sunscreens, which need to be reapplied more often.
 
*Cover Everything ' Apply sunscreen to every area of the body that may be exposed to the sun, including the top of the head, ears (front and back), face, lips, neck, hands, arms and legs. For additional protection, wear sun-protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
 
*Perform Monthly Self Examinations ' Ask a derma surgeon what to look for during monthly self-examinations. Yearly checkups with a dermatologist are advised.
 
One in five Americans & one in three Caucasians will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
More than 90 percent of all skin cancers are caused by sun exposure.
Fewer than 33 percent of adults, adolescents, and children routinely use sun protection.
A persons risk for skin cancer doubles if they have had five or more sunburns.
 
THE A-B-C-D OF MELANOMA
Self examination is key in detecting skin cancer. To help sort out the difference between cancerous and non-cancerous spots, physicians often use the ABCD method. The following characteristics would suggest the spot needs a biopsy:
A- asymmetrical (uneven) shape and/or size
B- borders that are irregular, jagged or blurred
C- any of the colors red, white, blue or black or a mix of colors
D- diameter larger than a pencil eraser
 
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S.Y. Kim leads Kang, A. Jutanugarn in Shanghai

By Associated PressOctober 19, 2018, 10:24 am

SHANGHAI  -- Sei Young Kim led the LPGA Shanghai by one stroke at the halfway point after shooting a 5-under-par 67 in the second round on Friday.

Kim made six birdies, including four straight from the sixth hole, to move to a 10-under 134 total. Her only setback was a bogey on the par-4 15th.

Kim struggled in the first half of the year, but is finishing it strong. She won her seventh career title in July at the Thornberry Creek Classic, was tied for fourth at the Women's British Open, and last month was runner-up at the Evian Championship.

''I made huge big par putts on 10, 11, 12,'' Kim said on Friday. ''I'm very happy with today's play.''

Danielle Kang (68) and overnight leader Ariya Jutanugarn (69) were one shot back.


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''I like attention. I like being in the final group. I like having crowds,'' Kang said. ''It's fun. You work hard to be in the final groups and work hard to be in the hunt and be the leader and chasing the leaders. That's why we play.''

She led into the last round at the Hana Bank Championship last week and finished tied for third.

Brittany Altomare had six birdies in a bogey-free round of 66, and was tied for fourth with Bronte Law (68) and Brittany Lincicome (68).

Angel Lin eagled the par-5 17th and finished with the day's lowest score of 65, which also included six birdies and a lone bogey.

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'Caveman golf' puts Koepka one back at CJ Cup

By Associated PressOctober 19, 2018, 10:12 am

JEJU ISLAND, South Korea – Brooks Koepka, recently named the PGA Tour Player of the Year, gave himself the perfect opportunity to become the No. 1 player in the world when he shot a 7-under par 65 to move to within one shot of the lead in the CJ Cup on Friday.

At the Nine Bridges course, the three-time major champion made an eagle on his closing hole to finish on 8-under par 136 after two rounds, just one stroke behind Scott Piercy, who was bogey-free in matching Koepka's 65.

With the wind subsiding and the course playing much easier than on the opening day when the scoring average was 73.26, 44 players – more than half the field of 78 – had under-par rounds.

Overnight leader Chez Reavie added a 70 to his opening-round 68 to sit in third place at 138, three behind Piercy. Sweden's Alex Noren was the other player in with a 65, which moved him into a tie for fourth place alongside Ian Poulter (69), four out of the lead.

The best round of the day was a 64 by Brian Harman, who was tied for sixth and five behind Piercy.


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The 28-year-old Koepka will move to the top of the world rankings when they are announced on Monday if he wins the tournament.

Thomas, playing alongside Koepka, matched Koepka's eagle on the last, but that was only for a 70 and he is tied for 22nd place at 1 under.

Koepka's only bogey was on the par-5 ninth hole, where he hit a wayward tee shot. But he was otherwise pleased with the state of his ''caveman golf.''

''I feel like my game is in a good spot. I feel like the way I played today, if I can carry that momentum into Saturday and Sunday, it will be fun,'' Koepka, winner of the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship, said.

''My game is pretty simple. I guess you can call it like caveman golf – you see the ball, hit the ball and go find it again. You're not going to see any emotion just because I'm so focused, but I'm enjoying it.''

Piercy, who has fallen to No. 252 in the world ranking despite winning the Zurich Classic earlier this year with Billy Horschel – there are no world ranking points for a team event – was rarely out of position in a round in which he found 13 of 14 fairways off the tee and reached 16 greens in regulation.

''Obviously, the wind was down a little bit and from a little bit different direction, so 10 miles an hour wind versus 20s is quite a big difference,'' said Piercy, who is looking for his first individual PGA Tour win since the Barbasol Championship in July 2015.

''It was a good day. Hit a couple close and then my putter showed up and made some putts of some pretty good length.''

Australia's Marc Leishman, winner last week at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, shot a 71 and was seven behind. Paul Casey's 73 included a hole-in-one on the par-3 seventh hole and the Englishman is nine behind Piercy.

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Koepka primed for CJ Cup win and world No. 1

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 6:00 am

Brooks Koepka wants a 2-for-1 at the CJ Cup. If he can collect his second non-major PGA Tour victory he can become world No. 1 for the first time in his career.

He’s in great position to accomplish his goal.

Koepka eagled the par-5 18th en route to a 7-under 65 in the second round at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea. At 8 under par, he is one back of 36-hole leader Scott Piercy (65).

"Obviously the wind didn't blow. It was a different golf course than it was yesterday, you were able to take advantage of these par 5s," said Koepka, who opened in 71 on Day 1. "Felt like it was a lot more gettable. I putted so well, great ball-striking day, great putting day and very pleased with it."

Koepka, currently ranked third in the world, began the day three shots off the lead, but rapidly ascended the leaderboard. He birdied four of his first eight holes before finding trouble at the ninth. Koepka hooked his tee shot out of bounds, but the ninth is a par 5 and he was able to salvage bogey.


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That was his only dropped shot of the day.

The reigning Tour Player of the Year birdied the 12th and 14th holes in his bid to keep pace with Piercy. Koepka was two back as he played his final hole, where he knocked his second shot to 10 feet. He deftly converted the eagle effort to tie Piercy and earn a spot in Saturday’s final twosome. Piercy later pulled a shot ahead with a birdie at the ninth, his final hole of the day.

Koepka has officially won four PGA Tour events, but three of those are majors (2017, ’18 U.S. Open; 2018 PGA). His lone non-major win was the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

"Just keep doing what I'm doing," Koepka said of his plan for the final two rounds. "I'm hitting it well and making putts. I felt like I probably could have shot about 7, 8 under on the front side there, missed a couple. You know, doing everything right and that's what you've got to do and hopefully this wind stays away."

He can still reach world No. 1 with a solo second place, assuming Justin Thomas, currently world No. 4, doesn’t win this week.

That will take a mighty weekend effort by the defending champ.

Thomas also eagled the 18th hole to go from 1 over to 1 under. He shot 2-under 70 in the second round and is seven shots off the lead.

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'Go in'? Yes, JT wants an ace at the par-4 14th

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 5:11 am

Justin Thomas didn’t hesitate after hitting his tee shot on the 353-yard, par-4 14th in Round 2 of the CJ Cup.

“Go in,” he immediately said.

“Please go in,” he added.



Thomas’ tee shot was on a great line, but it landed just short of the green. Surprisingly, it took three more shots for his ball to "go in." After birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, Thomas parred the 14th.