LPGA releases 2013 schedule

By Randall MellJanuary 15, 2013, 10:30 am

The LPGA remains on the rebound and in growth mode with Tuesday’s release of the tour’s 2013 schedule.

Three new events trump the loss of two from last year’s schedule with LPGA commissioner Mike Whan hopeful a fourth new event might still be added.

The LPGA will feature 28 official events this season, possibly 29, if that new event in the works comes together in time. That’s up from 27 events last year and 23 in 2011.

“The bottom line is we are continuing the momentum,” Whan said. “It’s the right direction. There is one more event we would like to talk about, but that’s going to take a little time to finalize the details.”

LPGA pros will be playing for at least $8.5 million more this season than they did just two seasons ago with Whan adding six more check-cashing opportunities over what the tour offered in 2011.

Total purses are up to $48.8 million this year.

The new season will once again open at the ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open Feb. 14-17 and then swing into Asia for the Honda LPGA Thailand Feb. 21-24 and the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore Feb. 28-March 3. The LPGA will make its domestic start at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix March 14-17 and conclude its season with the CME Group Titleholders in Naples Nov. 21-24.

Some featured items from the 2013 schedule:

• Three new events were added: The North Texas LPGA Shootout (April 25-28), the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic (May 23-26) and the Reignwood Pine Valley LPGA Classic in China (Oct. 3-6).

• The Evian will become the LPGA’s fifth major championship. Formerly the Evian Masters, the event moves to fall on the tour calendar. The LPGA’s final major of the year will be played Sept. 12-15 in France. Typically, the event was played in July.

• The Ricoh Women’s British Open will take LPGA pros to one of golf’s historic sites, the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland (Aug. 1-4). Lorena Ochoa won the event the first time it was played on the Old Course in 2007.

• The Solheim Cup isn’t counted as an official event, but the biennial competition between the United States and Europe is one of the LPGA’s premier events. It will be played Aug. 16-18 at the Colorado Golf Club outside Denver.

• The LPGA lost two events from last year: The Navistar LPGA Classic and the Sybase Match Play Championship. Navistar’s loss wasn’t unexpected, but even LPGA officials believed the Sybase Match Play Championship would be part of the 2013 schedule until late last year. With SAP previously acquiring Sybase, the company informed the LPGA a little more than a month ago that it would no longer sponsor the event.

• The season-ending CME Group Titleholders is increasing its purse to $2 million, up from $1.5 million last year. The winner will take home $700,000, the richest first-place check in women’s golf. CME Group has signed an extension to sponsor the event through 2016.

• The Kingsmill Championship, played in September last year, will move to May 2-5.

• Riddled with two- and three-week gaps between events two seasons ago, the schedule is better configured in 2013, with just one gap of more than a week between any events. There’s a two-week gap between The Evian and the start of the Asian swing in late September.

2013 schedule

Feb. 14-17, ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

Feb. 21-24, Honda LPGA Thailand 

Feb. 28-March 3, HSBC Women’s Champions 

March 14-17, RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup 

March 21-24, Kia Classic 

April 4-7, Kraft Nabisco

April 17-20, Lotte Championship

April 25-28, North Texas LPGA Shootout

May 2-5, Kingsmill Championship

May 16-19, Mobile Bay LPGA Classic

May 23-26, Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic

May 31-June 2, ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer

June 6-9, Wegmans LPGA Championship

June 21-23, Walmart NW Championship presented by P&G

June 27-30, U.S. Women’s Open

July 11-14, Manulife Financial LPGA Classic

July 18-21, Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I

Aug. 1-4, Ricoh Women’s British Open

Aug. 16-18, The Solheim Cup

Aug. 22-25, CN Canadian Women’s Open

Aug. 30-Sept. 1, Portland Classic presented by Safeway

Sept. 12-15, The Evian

Oct. 3-6, Reignwood Pine Valley LPGA Classic

Oct. 10-13, Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

Oct. 17-20, KEB Hana Bank Championship

Oct. 24-27, Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship

Nov. 7-10, Mizuno Classic

Nov. 14-17, Lorena Ochoa Invitational

Nov. 21-24, CME Group Titleholders

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Phil rubs fan's Donald Duck hat seven times, signs it

By Nick MentaJune 18, 2018, 3:09 pm

There is a case to be made that what Phil Mickelson did on Saturday made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.

There is also a case to be made that the USGA's setup of Shinnecock Hills made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.

Whatever you think about what Mickelson did on Saturday - and how he attempted to justify it after the fact without even a hint of remorse - watch this video.

The next time you hear someone say, "If anybody else had putted a moving ball on purpose and not apologized for it, it would get a different reaction," you can point to this video and say, "Yeah, here's why."

Here's what happened once a still-strident Mickelson was done rubbing Donald Duck hats on Sunday, per Ryan Lavner:

If you’re wondering whether Mickelson would be defiant or contrite on Sunday, we don’t know the answer. He declined to stop and speak with the media, deciding instead to sign autographs for more than a half hour and then offering a few short answers before ducking into player hospitality.

“The real question is, ‘What am I going to do next?’” he said. “I don’t know.”

The 2024 Ryder Cup at Bethpage is going to be a three-ring circus, and Mickelson, a likely choice to captain the U.S. team, will be the ringmaster.

Separately, shoutout to 2017 Latin Am champ Toto Gana, who does a terrific Donald Duck (skip to end).

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Ryder Cup race: Mickelson out, Simpson in

By Will GrayJune 18, 2018, 2:34 pm

There's a new man at the top of the U.S. Ryder Cup race following the U.S. Open, and there's also a familiar name now on the outside looking in.

Brooks Koepka's successful title defense vaulted him to the top of the American points race, up four spots and ensuring he'll be on the team Jim Furyk takes to Paris in September. Dustin Johnson's third-place finish moved him past Patrick Reed at No. 2, while Webb Simpson entered the top eight after a a tie for 10th.

While Bryson DeChambeau remained at No. 9, Phil Mickelson dropped two spots to No. 10. Tony Finau, who finished alone in fifth, went from 16th to 13th, while Tiger Woods fell two spots to No. 37.

Here's a look at the latest U.S. standings, with the top eight after the PGA Championship qualifying automatically:

1. Brooks Koepka

2. Dustin Johnson

3. Patrick Reed

4. Justin Thomas

5. Jordan Spieth

6. Rickie Fowler

7. Bubba Watson

8. Webb Simpson


9. Bryson DeChambeau

10. Phil Mickelson

11. Matt Kuchar

12. Brian Harman

On the European side, England's Tommy Fleetwood took a big stride toward securing his first Ryder Cup appearance with a runner-up finish that included a Sunday 63 while countryman Matthew Fitzpatrick snuck into a qualifying spot after tying for 12th.

Here's a look at the updated Euro standings, with the top four from both points lists joining four picks from captain Thomas Bjorn at Le Golf National:

European Points

1. Tyrrell Hatton

2. Justin Rose

3. Tommy Fleetwood

4. Francesco Molinari


5. Thorbjorn Olesen

6. Ross Fisher

World Points

1. Jon Rahm

2. Rory McIlroy

3. Alex Noren

4. Matthew Fitzpatrick


5. Ian Poulter

6. Rafael Cabrera-Bello

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Koepka autographs local kids' 'Go Brooks' sign after win

By Grill Room TeamJune 18, 2018, 2:30 pm

Brooks Koepka is a two-time U.S. Open winner, but that doesn't mean he's now too big to go sign a couple pieces of cardboard in somebody's front yard in the middle of the night.

Koepka's girlfriend, Jena Sims, posted two pictures to her Instagram story on Sunday of "Go Brooks" signs she says were put up by some local kids in the area where Koepka was staying for the week.

The first is dated prior to Koepka's final-round tee time.

The second is from Sunday night.

And here, separately, for no reason in particular (other than the fact that she posted it) is a video of Sims running over a parking cone at last year's U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

Speaking of kids, just feels those two are gonna make it.

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Koepka moves to No. 4 in world with U.S. Open win

By Will GrayJune 18, 2018, 2:05 pm

After successfully defending his U.S. Open title, Brooks Koepka reached a new career high in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Koepka held off Tommy Fleetwood to win by a shot Sunday at Shinnecock Hills, becoming the first player to go back-to-back in nearly 30 years. As a result, he jumped five spots in the latest rankings to No. 4, six spots higher than he reached with last year's U.S. Open victory at Erin Hills.

Fleetwood finished alone in second place and moved up two spots to No. 10, tying his career-best placement. Patrick Reed moved up two spots to No. 11 by finishing fourth, while fifth-place Tony Finau went from No. 37 to No. 31.

Updated Official World Golf Ranking

It was a largely quiet week in the rankings despite the fact that a major championship was contested. Outside of Koepka and Finau, the only other player inside the top 50 to move up or down more than three spots was Jason Dufner, who went from 53rd to 48th with a T-25 finish.

Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1 for the second consecutive week, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Koepka and Jordan Spieth. Jon Rahm dropped one spot to No. 6, with Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Fleetwood rounding out the top 10. Hideki Matsuyama fell two spots to No. 12, dropping out of the top 10 for the first time since October 2016.

Despite a missed cut at Shinnecock, Tiger Woods actually moved up one spot to No. 79 in the latest rankings. He plans to play the Quicken Loans National and The Open in the coming weeks, which will be his final two chances to move into the top 50 in time to qualify for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The event is being held for the final time this summer at Firestone Country Club, where Woods has won eight times.