US Solheim Cup Team to Meet President Bush

By Lpga News ReleaseJanuary 13, 2006, 5:00 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Just in case the thrill of reclaiming The Solheim Cup last September in one of the most closely contested and exciting golf events in history has worn off over the winter, the U.S. Solheim Cup Team will be treated to another thrill of a lifetime this week'a meeting at the White House with President George W. Bush.
 
U.S. Team Captain Nancy Lopez, Assistant Captain Donna Caponi and 11 members of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team will meet President Bush Friday in the Oval Office for an official photo and will present him with a framed and autographed Solheim Cup pin flag. LPGA Commissioner Carolyn Bivens, Chairwoman of the LPGA Board of Directors Rae Evans, Karsten Manufacturing Corporation Chairman and CEO John Solheim, Karsten Manufacturing Corporation Executive Vice President Allan Solheim and Louise Solheim'who, with her late husband Karsten Solheim, developed the concept and became the title sponsor of The Solheim Cup, professional golfs international match-play competition for women'will join the Team members for the presidential meeting.
 
John Solheim will present President Bush with a commemorative PING Solheim Cup putter. Members of the 2005 U.S. Team include Paula Creamer, Beth Daniel, Natalie Gulbis, Pat Hurst, Juli Inkster, Rosie Jones, Cristie Kerr, Christina Kim, Meg Mallon, Michele Redman and Wendy Ward. Laura Diaz will not attend, as she cannot travel due to the upcoming birth of her first child within the next two weeks.
 
The official White House visit caps off an exciting two days in Washington, D.C., for the Team. Yesterday, players and captains took a tour of the U.S. Senate and then attended a reception hosted in their honor by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. (R-TN) and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) at the United States Capitol.
 
Friday morning, the U.S. Team had breakfast at the U.S. Supreme Court with Justice Sandra Day OConnor, followed by a tour of the Supreme Court. Prior to the official meeting with President Bush in the afternoon, the Team will be treated to lunch in the White House Mess.
 
The Solheim cup is a biennial team match-play competition featuring the best U.S.-born players from the LPGA Tour and the best European-born players from the Ladies European Tour. The 2005 Solheim Cup was held Sept. 9-11 at famed Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.
 
Attempting to keep its untarnished record on home soil intact, the U.S. Solheim Cup Team did not disappoint the record 103,000 fans with a dominant performance in the Sunday singles matches to close out one of the closest Solheim Cups in history. Captained by the legendary Lopez, the U.S. Team won seven of 12 singles matches to take back The Solheim Cup with a three-point victory over Europe, 15-1/2 to 12-1/2. Both teams came into the final day of competition all square at eight points each. The U.S. Team leads the competition, 6-3.
 
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    Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

    By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

    Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

    The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

    Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

    The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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    Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

    It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

    Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

    The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

    The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

    For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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    Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

    By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

    After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

    But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

    Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

    Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

    Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

    The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

    “There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.


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    In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

    “To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

    Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

    “To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.