International Flavor Adds Strength to LPGA Rookie Class

By Martha BrendleDecember 10, 2002, 5:00 pm
The LPGA will welcome in the New Year with a rookie class 25 strong. The 2003 class boasts 18 international players giving it the strong international flavor to which the LPGA Tour is becoming accustomed.
Among those international players are some of the Evian Ladies European Tours (LET) strongest contenders: Raquel Carriedo (Zaragoza, Spain), Karin Icher (Chateauroux, France), Paula Marti (Barcelona, Spain), Nicole Perrot (Vina del Mar, Chile), Suzann Pettersen (Oslo, Norway) and Iben Tinning (Copenhagen, Denmark).
Europes top young stars have successfully jumped ship and will play on the LPGA Tour as members in 2003. Its a huge loss for the LET but a tremendous gain for LPGA Tour Commissioner Ty Votaw and the strength of the LPGA Tour.
Tinning, a member of the 2002 Solheim Cup European Team who won twice on the LET in 2002, is excited about playing on the LPGA Tour. The thing is, if you want to improve your game, I am sorry to say, you need to play more tournaments, and at the moment we (LET) have only got 14. Her back-to-back wins this season at the Ladies Irish Open and the La Perla Italian Open increased her popularity in Europe.
If we had 25 tournaments, I would never go over here and play, but we dont have that. Even though Tinning knows what she had to do for her profession, its not in line with her heart. I think if you are born in Europe, you want to stay in Europe.
Tinning earned non-exempt status after recording scores of 72-73-70-73-288 to finish at even par at the LPGA International-Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. during the final Qualifying School in October.
Carriedo won the Tenerife Ladies Open and recorded three other top-10s during the season while Icher won the Caja Duero Open de Espana.
Other 2003 European rookies include Nikki Campbell of Ontario, Canada, Candy Hannemann (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Linda Ishii (Chiba, Japan), Jimin Kang (Seoul, Korea), Soo Young Kim
A grand total of 23 players have exempt status in 2003, 11 of which are rookies. Young Kim (Kangwondo, Korea), Young-A Yang (Seoul, Korea), Angela Jerman (Denver, Co.), Georgina Simpson (Dewsbury, England), Carriedo (Spain), Pettersen (Norway), Soo Young Kim (Chung-Nam, Korea), Young-A Yang (Korea) and Carrie Roberts ' formerly Summerhays - (Herber City, Utah) all earned exempt status through Q-School.
Raquel Carriedo and Suzann Pettersen, who will be sorely missed on the LET, are destined to make a big splash on the LPGA Tour. Both were members of the 2002 Solheim Cup European Squad, making notable contributions to the team.
The nine players mentioned above are joined by 20-year-old Lorena Ochoa of Guadalajara, Mexico and Christina Kim of San Jose, Calif. Both earned their status for the coming year by finishing in the top two positions on the 2002 Futures Tour money list.
'I cant wait to start to play on LPGA Tour,' Ochoa said.
This has been my dream since I have been playing golf as well as a dream of my family and of all of Mexico. And I finally did it.
Ochoa was the No. 1 ranked college player from the University of Arizona in 2001. She won three times and was runner-up in four tournaments on the Futures Tour this year.
The first professional event Ochoa competed in, as an amateur, was the 2000 U.S. Womens Open where she recorded scores of 75-78-153 to miss the cut. She went on to receive a sponsor exemption at the 2001 Welchs/Circle K Championship in Tucson, where she finished tied for seventh place, and two weeks later was invited to play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Her success as an amateur prompted her to leave school early and turn pro.
Having no home on the LPGA Tour, Ochoa played her first year as a pro on the Futures Tour.
'The Futures Tour allowed me to achieve this goal and I think the Tour is the best way to get to the LPGA and at the same time gain much needed experience, she said. The competition out here is really fierce and week to week the players are gunning for the top spot.'
A total of 48 players will compete under non-exempt conditional status in 2003. Among them are 15 members of the 2003 rookie class including Europes Tinning, Marti, Perrot, and Icher.
Australian Nikke Campbell, Candy Hannemann (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Linda Ishii (Chiba, Japan), Jimin Kang (Seoul, Korea), Ji-Yeon (Jinnie)Lee (Seoul, Korea), Soo Young Moon (Keumsan, Korea), Ashley Palmer Winn (Monroe, LA.), Hyun Soon Park (Gong-Ju, Korea), Stacy Prammanasudh (Enid, OK), and Lisa Strom (Aberdeen, S.D.) make up the rest of the 15 rookies chomping at the bit to make their mark on the LPGA Tour.
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Woods: New putter should help on slower greens

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:35 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ ice-cold putting showed at least a few signs of heating up earlier this month at The National, where he switched putters and ranked seventh in the field on the greens.

The mallet-style putter is still in the bag as Woods prepares for The Open, and he’s hoping the heavier model with grooves will prove valuable at Carnoustie.

Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

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“To be honest with you, I’ve struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career,” Woods said Tuesday. “So for me, it’s going to help on these greens, for sure.”

To combat the slower greens, Woods usually applied a strip of lead tape to his putter. But this heavier model of putter doesn’t need the extra weight, and the grooves on the putter face allow the ball to get rolling faster and hotter.

“You don’t necessarily have to do that with the grooves,” he said of the lead tape. “When I putted with the Nike putter, I didn’t have to put lead tape on the putter to get a little more weight to it. I could just leave it just the way it was. This is the same type.”  

For all of the talk about his putting woes this season, Woods still ranks 56th in strokes gained: putting. More crucial this week: He’s 102nd in approach putt performance, which quantifies how well a player lag putts.

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Woods: Open best chance for long-term major success

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:26 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods is more than a decade removed from his last major title, but he said Tuesday that The Open is the major that gives him the best chance for long-term success.

“I would say yes, because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links-style golf course,” Woods said during his pre-tournament news conference. “It certainly can be done.”

Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Woods pointed to the late-career success for both Greg Norman (2008) and Tom Watson (2009), both of whom challenged for the claret jug deep into their 50s.

“Distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course,” he said.

That’s certainly not the case, however, at the Masters, where bombers long have thrived, or the U.S. Open, which places a premium on long and straight driving.

“You get to places like Augusta National, which is just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately,” he said. “But links-style courses, you can roll the ball. I hit a 3-iron that went down there 330. Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.”

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"Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" set to debut Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 17, 2018, 10:15 am

Special Hour Complementing the Network’s Week-Long Golf Central Live From The Open News Coverage; Premiere Scheduled to Include Interview with 2014 Open Runner-Up Rickie Fowler On-Site from Carnoustie

Features Include Tirico and Curtis Strange Re-watching ’99 Open at Carnoustie & Jim “Bones” Mackay Facilitating Exclusive Conversation with Caddies Michael Greller, John Wood Recounting Final Round Pairing at 2017 Open

To help set the table ahead of The 147TH Open at Carnoustie, Golf Channel will premiere Vantage Point with Mike Tirico on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. An extension of the network’s week-long Golf Central Live From The Open comprehensive news coverage, Vantage Point will revisit landmark moments in The Open’s history, uncover personal stories relevant to the fabric of the week and feature a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year” on golf’s original championship.

“It’s a thrill to be going back to The Open again this year, which is a fitting setting to launch this new opportunity,” said Tirico, NBC Sports host who this week will celebrate his 22nd consecutive year covering The Open. “I love being a part of the Golf Channel team during golf’s biggest weeks, and anticipate contributing to our commitment to great storytelling with Vantage Point.”

Kicking off the premiere of Vantage Point will be Tirico’s exclusive interview with 2014 Open runner-up and 2015 PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler on-site from Carnoustie. One of Fowler’s favorite events, he has missed just one cut in eight previous appearances at The Open. Other highlights within the show include:

  • Jim “Bones” Mackay facilitating an exclusive conversation between caddies Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and John Wood (Matt Kuchar) recounting the final round pairing at The Open last July.
  • Tirico hosting a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year”: David Duval, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard.
  • A recollection of one of the most unforgettable collapses in major championship golf, when Jean van de Velde surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole in 1999 at The Open. Tirico and Curtis Strange – both on the live tournament broadcast that year for ABC/ESPN – recently re-watched the telecast together for the first time since calling it live.


“This is harder to watch than I thought it was going to be. I’ve never seen anything like

that in my life. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again.” – Curtis Strange


“I think I got caught up in the whole deal and felt human for the guy.” – Mike Tirico


Vantage Point with Mike Tirico will complement the network’s Golf Central Live From The Open, which will feature nearly 60 hours of comprehensive news coverage from Carnoustie. In total, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 350 hours to showcasing the third men’s major championship of the year, including nearly 50 live hours of the network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage – annually the most live hours of coverage from any golf event – spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot to Sunday’s final putt.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (