Whats Really in The Bag

By Liz JanangeloMay 21, 2008, 4:00 pm
Editor's note: LPGA Tour rookies will be blogging throughout the 2008 season. Liz Janangelo was one of the country's top amateur and one of the best ever to play at Duke University. She is a two-time winner on the Duramed FUTURES Tour and tied for 14th at Q-school to earn exempt status on tour this year.
 
When the sneezing begins that could mean only one thing, it's officially Spring! Spring is peachy; it's filled with showers and flowers, birds and bees, and the Red Sox. Fortunately, due to a break in the LPGA Tour schedule, I was able to catch up on the most important springtime task, cleaning. I put on the rubber gloves and got down and dirty with my YES! golf bag.
 
After cleaning the easy items out of the bag such as empty sleeves of Pro-V1x and ancient FootJoy gloves, I tackled the more difficult of items. These are the items that seem to nestle in the nooks and crannies of the bag.
 
The belly of the bag (The big pocket with my name on it):
  • One of my dad's FootJoy socks and my FootJoy socks. Who did the laundry!?
  • An empty tin of Wintergreen Skoal. God bless tour caddies.
  • Half eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwich in a baggy.
  • White Golftini sweater with Diet Coke stains, great!
  • A NOW empty can of Diet Coke.
  • Those little oval stickers that are on apples.
     
    In my smaller pocket:
  • LeSportSac Hawaiian Satchel: Holds tees, loose change and girl products.
  • Lucky Redstick Golf Club plastic push ball marker. Yes, I mark my ball with a pushy like a 20 handicap, nifty.
  • Gum wrappers with old gum in them. Stride, Cinnamon Trident, etc. (Note to self: gum will stick to balls, creating a gumball).
  • Empty packets of Crystal Light On-the-Go.
     
    Tiniest pocket above belly:
  • Burts Bees chapstick for those windy days.
  • Kiehls spf 25 sunscreen. Wrinkles, need I say more.
  • Aleve. Keeps my rickety 24-year-old body feeling young and alive.
  • Athletic tape. We are athletes.
     
    Now that the bag is as clean as a whistle the only thing that needed to be taken care of was washing the headcovers. The headcovers of the moment are my West Bay Hippo Driver cover (name is still undecided and suggestions are welcome), Duke 3-wood cover, Newport CC rocket launcher cover (16 hybrid), Masters Grenade launcher cover (19 hybrid) -- note the rocket launcher travels a greater distance than the grenade launcher -- and a black YES! Putter cover. Threw them in the washing machine, round they went, out they came, as good as new!!
     
    Thank God spring cleaning is over. Now it's time to make some birdies!!
     
    Oh and did you know? By closing its ears and nostrils the hippopotamus can stay under water for as long as six minutes!?
     
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    Van Rooyen holes putt after ball-marker ruling

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:50 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Erik van Rooyen was surveying his 10-footer for par, trying to get a feel for the putt, when his putter slipped out of his hand and dropped onto his ball marker.

    The question, then, was whether that accident caused his coin to move.

    The rules official looked at various camera angles but none showed definitively whether his coin moved. The ruling was made to continue from where his coin was now positioned, with no penalty.


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    This was part of the recent rules changes, ensuring there is no penalty if the ball or ball maker is accidently moved by the player. The little-used rule drew attention in 2010, when Ian Poulter accidentally dropped his ball on his marker in Dubai and wound up losing more than $400,000 in bonus and prize money.

    After the delay to sort out his ruling Friday, van Rooyen steadied himself and made the putt for par, capping a day in which he shot even-par 71 and kept himself in the mix at The Open. He was at 4-under 138, just two shots off the clubhouse lead.

    “I wanted to get going and get this 10-footer to save par, but I think having maybe just a couple minutes to calm me down, and then I actually got a different read when I sat down and looked at it again,” he said. “Good putt. Happy to finish that way.”

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    Lyle birdies last hole in likely his final Open start

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – If this was Sandy Lyle’s final Open appearance, he went out in style.

    Playing on the final year of his automatic age exemption, the 60-year-old Scot buried a 30-foot birdie on the last hole. He missed the cut after shooting 9-over 151 over two rounds.

    “I was very light-footed,” he said. “I was on cloud nine walking down the 18th. To make birdie was extra special.”


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    Lyle, who also won the 1988 Masters, has missed the cut in his last eight majors, dating to 2014. He hasn’t been competitive in The Open since 1998, when he tied for 19th.

    To continue playing in The Open, Lyle needed to finish in the top 10 here at Carnoustie. He’d earn a future exemption by winning the Senior British Open.

    “More punishment,” he said.

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    DJ, Thomas miss cut at Open; No. 1 up for grabs

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 3:35 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The top two players in the world both missed the cut at The Open, creating the possibility of a shakeup at the top of the rankings by the end of the weekend.

    Dustin Johnson became the first world No. 1 since Luke Donald in 2011 to miss the cut at the year’s third major.

    Johnson played solidly for all but the closing stretch. Over two rounds, he was 6 over par on the last three holes. He finished at 6-over 148.


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    Thomas added to what’s been a surprisingly poor Open record. Just like last year, when he struggled in the second round in the rain at Royal Birkdale, Thomas slumped to a 77 on Friday at Carnoustie, a round that included three consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 6-8. He finished at 4-over 146.

    It’s Thomas' first missed cut since The Open last year. Indeed, in three Open appearances, he has two missed cuts and a tie for 53rd.  

    With Johnson and Thomas out of the mix, the No. 1 spot in the rankings is up for grabs this weekend.

    Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm all can reach No. 1 with a victory this week.

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    TT Postscript: Woods (71) makes cut, has work to do

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 3:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods shot a second consecutive even-par 71 Friday in the second round. And yes, he made the cut:

    • Tiger said all 71s are not created equal. On Thursday, he made three birdies and three bogeys. On Friday, he made four birdie and four bogeys. Which round was better? The first. His theory is that, despite the rain, conditions were easier in the second round and there were more scoring opportunities. He didn't take advantage.

    • This is the first time since the 2013 Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes that Tiger shot par or better in each of the first two rounds of a major. That’s quite a long time ago.

    • Stat line for the day: 11 of 15 fairways, 13 of 18 greens, 32 total putts. Tiger hit one driver and two 3-woods on Thursday and four drivers on Friday, only one which found the fairway. An errant drive at the second led to him sniping his next shot into the gallery

     


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    • In his own words: “I could have cleaned up the round just a little bit. I got off to not exactly the best start, being 2 over through three, but got it back. The golf course was a little bit softer today, obviously. It rains, and we were able to get the ball down a little bit further, control the ball on the ground a little bit easier today, which was nice.”

    • At some point Tiger is going to have to be more aggressive. He will be quite a few shots off the lead by day’s end and he'll have a lot of ground to make up. Hitting irons off the tee is great for position golf, but it’s often leaving him more than 200 yards into the green. Not exactly a range for easy birdies.

    • Sure, it’s too soon to say Tiger can’t win a fourth claret jug, but with so many big names ahead of him on the leaderboard, it’s unlikely. Keep in mind that a top-six finish would guarantee him a spot in the WGC: Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks. At The Players, he stated that this was a big goal.

    • My Twitter account got suspended momentarily when Tiger was standing over a birdie putt on the 17th green. That was the most panicked I’ve been since Tiger was in contention at the Valspar.