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The Social: Kids these days

By Jason CrookFebruary 13, 2018, 7:30 pm

An up-and-coming pro deletes his Twitter account after forgetting the first rule of the social media website – don't tweet, Billy Hurley provides us with one of the funniest moments of the year so far – at Jordan Spieth's expense, and the best shot of the week comes from Jim Nantz's backyard – twice.

All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

You may think you know it all in your mid-20s, but you most certainly do not. Almost everyone learns this lesson at some point around that age range. On Sunday, it was Lee McCoy’s turn.

McCoy, the 24-year-old who flashed his potential by finishing fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur in 2016, had a rough ending to the Tour's Club Colombia Championship, falling from inside the top 10 to a T-20 finish after bogeying two of his final three holes.

The University of Georgia product took his frustrations out on Twitter after the round, complaining about the kids in the galleries that were there “only to try and get free stuff from us” and said he taught one kid a “life lesson” by refusing to give him anything as he walked off the 18th green.

He also fired off a tweet comparing President Donald Trump’s United States to countries in South America before deleting his account because of the backlash.

Who knows the real story? Perhaps McCoy is right that the children who showed up to the Club Colombia Championship had no real interest in the golf tournament and were only there for some free souvenirs. Perhaps they were even rude about how they went about asking.

But … waging war on little kids seems like a public relations battle you simply aren’t going to win. Unless they’re the sisters from “The Shining,” you're going to have a hard time getting people on your side, a fact not lost on McCoy’s peers, who didn’t hesitate to let him have it.

On Tuesday, McCoy offered an apology for his words and actions in an interview with Golf Digest. Lets all just agree to chalk this up as a learning experience and move on. After all, he is just a kid, and kids make mistakes.

Jordan Spieth may be one of the most popular players with fans of the PGA Tour, but he’s going to need some help to win the popular vote amongst his peers after the stunt Billy Hurley pulled on Monday.

Spieth and Hurley are running against each other for Player Advisory Council chairman, and from the looks of the campaign ad Hurley dropped on Twitter, the Navy veteran knows how to play politics.

The 2016 Quicken Loans National winner has to be considered the frontrunner for the seat after everyone saw the hilarious video in which he used Spieth’s own words out of context to make the case that he’s a “dictator,” “pathetic” and a “thief.”

But don’t worry, there’s no hard feelings. In fact, Hurley’s ad even flipped the vote of Spieth himself:

As Spieth points out – hard to argue with facts.

In honor of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, here's Swiss professional skier Fabian Bösch winning all of the gold medals.

As the old saying goes, it’s all fun and games at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am until the world No. 3 almost gets his head taken off by a ‘90s sitcom star ... then it makes for a pretty good viral video.

That was the situation that went down over the weekend, when Jordan Spieth was nearly beaned in the head by a skulled shot from Ray Romano as he was about to tee off on the fifth hole:

Sure, some people may tire of the celebrity component at Pebble Beach year after year, but if they all decide to use the top players in the world as target practice going forward, this event may just have found have a new identity.

We follow up one of the worst shots of the week with two of the absolute best.

These from the (replica) seventh hole at Pebble Beach (in Jim Nantz' backyard), holes-in-one by Sir Nick Faldo and Billy Horschel:

Nantz seems like a pretty connected dude. Wouldn't put it past him to have Bugs Bunny and a giant magnet brought in for these big-time weeks to spruce things up a bit.

There's not many people in this world who enjoy life more than Andrew “Beef” Johnston, so when he proclaims a week the best ever, it’s worth taking some time to reminisce.

While he may be cutting down on drinking in his off time, Beef, who was in Australia for the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth, hasn’t cut out modeling on the beach with Lee Westwood, snorkeling, riding Segways or hanging with koalas. And for that, we thank him.

And bonus ... if you've ever secretly wanted to watch someone fall off a Segway, check out Min Woo Lee at the 43 second mark of the second video. After you stop laughing, feel free to check it out again.

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Lincicome grouped with two rookies in Barbasol

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 9:54 pm

Brittany Lincicome will tee it up with a pair of rookies when she makes her first start in a PGA Tour event Thursday at the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.

Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA winner, is scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 9:59 a.m. ET in the first round with Sam Ryder, 28, and Conrad Shindler, 29. They’re off the first tee Friday at 2:59 p.m. ET

Lincicome will become just the sixth woman to play in a PGA Tour event, joining Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie.

“The first three or four holes, I’ll be a nervous wreck, for sure,” Linicome said.



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Lincicome thrilled by reception from male pros

By Randall MellJuly 17, 2018, 8:31 pm

Brittany Lincicome wondered how PGA Tour pros would greet her when she arrived to play the Barbasol Championship this week.

She wondered if there would be resentment.

She also wondered how fans at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky., would receive her, and if a social media mob would take up pitchforks.

“I can’t stop smiling,” Lincicome said Tuesday after her first practice round upon arriving. “Everyone has been coming up to me and wishing me luck. That means a lot.”

PGA Tour pro Martin Piller, husband of LPGA pro Gerina Piller, welcomed her immediately.

Other pros sought her out on the practice putting green.

She said she was also welcomed joining pros at a table in player dining.

Fans have been stopping her for autographs.

“It has been an awesome reception,” said Dewald Gouws, her husband, a former long-drive competitor. “I think it’s put her much more at ease, seeing the reception she is getting. There’s a lot of mutual respect.”

Lincicome, 32, wasn’t sure if she would be playing a practice round alone Tuesday morning, but when she made her way to the first tee, Domenico Geminiani was there, just about to go off.

He waved Lincicome over.

“He said, `Hey, Brittany, do you want to join me?’” Gouws said. “Come to find out, Dom’s a pretty cool guy.”

Geminiani made it into the field as a Monday qualifier.

“The two of us were both trying to figure things out together,” Lincicome said.

Keene Trace will play to 7,328 yards on the scorecard. That’s more than 800 yards longer than Highland Meadows, where Lincicome finished second at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic last weekend. Keene Trace was playing even longer than its listed yardage Tuesday, with recent rains softening it.

Nicknamed “Bam Bam,” Lincicome is one of the longest hitters in the women’s game. Her 269.5 yard average drive is 10th in the LPGA ranks. It would likely be dead last on the PGA Tour, where Brian Stuard (278.2) is the last player on the stats list at No. 201.

“I think if I keep it in the fairway, I’ll be all right,” Lincicome said.

Lincicome is an eight-time LPGA winner, with two major championships among those titles. She is just the sixth woman to compete in a PGA Tour event, the first in a decade, since Michelle Wie played the Reno-Tahoe Open, the last of her eight starts against the men.

Lincicome will join Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Wie in the elite ranks.

Zaharias, by the way, is the only woman to make a 36-hole cut in PGA Tour history, making it at the 1945 L.A. Open before missing a 54-hole cut on the weekend.

What are Lincicome’s expectations?

She would love to make the cut, but . . .

“Just going to roll with it and see what happens,” she said. “This is once in a lifetime, probably a one-and-done opportunity. I’m just going to enjoy it.”

Lincicome grew up playing for the boys’ golf team at Seminole High on the west coast of Florida. She won a couple city championships.

“I always thought it would be cool to compete against the guys on the PGA Tour,” Lincicome said. “I tend to play more with the guys than women at home. I never would have gone out and told my agent, `Let’s go try to play in a PGA Tour event,’ but when Tom Murray called with this opportunity, I was really blown away and excited by it. I never in a million years thought I would have this opportunity.”

Tom Murray, the president of Perio, the parent company of Barbasol and Pure Silk, invited Lincicome to accept one of the tournament’s sponsor exemptions. Lincicome represents Pure Silk.

Lincicome said her desire to play a PGA Tour event is all about satisfying her curiosity, wanting to know how she would stack up at this level. She also wants to see if the experience can help take her to the next level in the women’s game.

As a girl growing up, she played Little League with the boys, instead of softball with the girls. She said playing the boys in golf at Seminole High helped her get where she is today.

“The guys were better, and it pushed me to want to be better,” Lincicome said. “I think playing with the guys [on the PGA Tour], I will learn something to take to LPGA events, and it will help my game, for sure.”

Lincicome has been pleased that her fellow LPGA pros are so supportive. LPGA winner Kris Tamulis is flying into Kentucky as moral support. Other LPGA pros may also be coming in to support her.

The warm fan reception Lincicome is already getting at Keene Trace matters, too.

“She’s already picked up some new fans this week, and hopefully she will pick up some more,” Gouws said. “I don’t think she’s putting too much expectation on herself. I think she really does just want to have fun.”

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Stunner: Inbee Park steps aside for Int. Crown

By Randall MellJuly 17, 2018, 4:00 pm

There was a big surprise this week when the LPGA announced the finalized lineups for the UL International Crown.

Rolex world No. 1 Inbee Park won’t be teeing it up for the host South Koreans Oct. 4-7 in Incheon.

She has withdrawn, saying she wanted another Korean to be able to experience the thrill of representing her country.

It’s a stunner given the importance the LPGA has placed on taking the UL International Crown to South Korea and its golf-crazy allegiance to the women’s game in the Crown’s first staging outside the United States.

Two-time major champion In Gee Chun will replace Park.

"It was my pleasure and honor to participate in the first UL International Crown in 2014 and at the 2016 Olympics, and I cannot describe in one word how amazing the atmosphere was to compete as a representative of my country,” Park said. “There are so many gifted and talented players in Korea, and I thought it would be great if one of the other players was given the chance to experience the 2018 UL International Crown.”

Chun, another immensely popular player in South Korea, was the third alternate, so to speak, with the world rankings used to field teams. Hye Jin Choi and Jin Young Ko were higher ranked than Chun but passed because of commitments made to competing in a Korean LPGA major that week. The other South Koreans who previously qualified are So Yeon Ryu, Sung Hyun Park and I.K. Kim.

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Na: I can admit, 'I went through the yips'

By Rex HoggardJuly 17, 2018, 3:35 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following his victory two weeks ago at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, Kevin Na said his second triumph on the PGA Tour was the most rewarding of his career.

Although he declined to go into details as to why the victory was so gratifying at The Greenbrier, as he completed his practice round on Tuesday at the Open Championship, Na shed some light on how difficult the last few years have been.

“I went through the yips. The whole world saw that. I told people, 'I can’t take the club back,'” Na said on Tuesday at Carnoustie. “People talked about it, 'He’s a slow player. Look at his routine.' I was admitting to the yips. I didn’t use the word ‘yip’ at the time. Nobody wants to use that word, but I’m over it now so I can use it. The whole world saw it.”

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Na, who made headlines for his struggles to begin his backswing when he found himself in the lead at the 2012 Players Championship, said he asked other players who had gone through similar bouts with the game’s most dreaded ailment how they were able to get through it.

“It took time,” he said. “I forced myself a lot. I tried breathing. I tried a trigger. Some guys will have a forward press or the kick of the right knee. That was hard and the crap I got for it was not easy.”

The payoff, however, has steadily arrived this season. Na said he’d been confident with his game this season following a runner-up showing at the Genesis Open and a fourth-place finish at the Fort Worth Invitational, and he felt he was close to a breakthrough. But being able to finish a tournament like he did at The Greenbrier, where he won by five strokes, was particularly rewarding.

“All good now,” he smiled. “I knew I was good enough to win again, but until you do it sometimes you question yourself. It’s just the honest truth.”