Time Off a Welcome Reprieve

By Martha BrendleNovember 22, 2001, 5:00 pm
The unprecedented two-and-a-half-month break between seasons is a welcomed relief for LGPA Tour players who, just last week, wrapped up a grueling year. This is a rare opportunity to sleep in their own beds, eat home cooked meals and enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation. For some, two and a half months represents much-needed time to prepare themselves both mentally and physically for the coming season.
If anyone deserves time off, its Annika Sorenstam. After the incredible year she had - winning eight events and breaking countless records throughout the season ' its time to hang up the clubs for a while. Im going to have a long break,' she said. 'Im just going to be home, spend time with my husband, relax, and have fun.
Im not going to touch a club for a while, said Sorenstam after revealing plans to do a little skiing in January. I think that would be important, just to relax. I want to work out and enjoy life a little bit. You know, go out with friends and do the things that you cant do as much when youre on the road. I dont want to think too much ahead.
Lorie Kane, Marisa Baena and Meg Mallon are all looking forward to spending time with family and friends. All three have plans to relax in their homelands. In fact, most players are just looking forward to being home for a while.
We never live at home anyway, so it will be nice to stay in one place for more than a week, Janice Moodie said.
Im going home to P.E.I. (Prince Edward Island), Canada, to spend time with my family, Kane commented. In January Ill return to Titusville (Fla.), start hitting balls and doing some strength training and stretching.
Sorenstam, among others, will have to muddle through the month of December before enjoying the much-awaited break. She has commitments that will keep her busy until Christmas.
Annika, Emilee Klein and myself are doing a junior clinic in Orlando Dec. 9th, Janice Moodie said. Were going to stay active with stuff like that.
Annika has undoubtedly raised the bar on physical fitness this year. She's aware that her competition has taken notice and knows they will follow suit.
I know Karrie and the other players are going to go home and practice this winter,' she said. 'Theyre not going to give it (next season) to me, so I have to continue on this level and keep working hard and try to get better. Mallon and Kane are two such players. Both are both focusing on strength training during the off-season. Baena, the perky player whom you cant help but like, is planning on returning home to Colombia and working out so she can be competitive with Sorenstam next year.
Dorothy Delasin has also made overtones that she will be more fit in the 2002 season. Delasin is already eyeing a spot on the 2002 Solheim Cup team and has plans to win a major. Plans like these indicate that she will be doing more practicing than relaxing.
Not everyone enjoys working out and Sophie Gustafson falls into this category. Its a necessary evil for her, not something she relishes in the least. Gustafson will return to her homeland to relax and be with friends and begrudgingly workout.
I wont be playing golf, the delightful Swede said of her plans. Perhaps a ski trip ... but thats about it. Gustafson will return to competition in February to defend the title she captured in Australia.
With eight tournaments to defend next year, Sorenstams strict workout schedule will remain a major part of the determined Swedes life. There are no plans to change the routine she implemented last winter, which includes three-mile runs, countless crunches, stretching and weightlifting, since it produced the desired results this year.
Karrie Webb isnt planning to change much in her routine for next year either. Pleased with her performance this year, she has no plans to revamp herself physically this winter, a la Annika, but workouts will still be a part of her routine. Im going to stick to it ' as far as working out. Ive been doing it for a couple of years,' she said.
Webb, winner of two majors and the season-ending Tyco/ADT Championship, has no immediate plans to rest. Shes scheduled to play in an event in December before calling it quits this year, and then its off to her homeland. I am going home to Australia for Christmas, which I do normally every year,' she said. 'Ill probably work with my coach down there, just because Ive had a few weeks off now.

Two-and-a-half months off gives Webb ample time to return to her home in south Florida and enjoy a couple of relaxing weeks before returning to competition in Australia. Ill have a few weeks over here practicing, then, Ill head back to Australia again, work with my coach for a week or so, play the Australian tournaments in February,' she said.
Sorenstam, winner of this seasons money title, the Vare Trophy and Player of the Year, admitted she met every goal she set for herself in 2001 - leaving us to ponder what she has in store for next season.
Sorenstam was giving no clues.
Im not setting any goals right now. I just want to let my mind be free, enjoy what happened this year.
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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.”