Swede Sweeps Up in Texas

By Marty HenwoodFebruary 16, 2003, 5:00 pm
AUSTIN, Texas -- Rookie Anders Hultman of Sweden put on as spectacular a half-hour display as you will see in golf Sunday to win the $150,00 TravelTex.com Canadian Tour Classic.
The 23-year-old, who joined the Canadian Tour just nine days ago after a 10-stroke win at winter qualifying school, carded a final-round 1-under 69. That gave him a 72-hole total of 8-under 272, two shots better than Americans Michael Harris, Craig Kanada, Joe Ogilvie and Roger Tambellini. Jason Bohn and James Driscoll finished at 5-under, while Adam Short of Vineland, Ontario, was the top Canadian, coming in at 4-under 276, good enough for sole possession of eighth place.
Hultman began the day thee shots behind Ogilvie and one back of Tambellini.
Mother Nature flexed her muscles Sunday, with near-freezing temperatures and gusting winds swirling throughout the 6,523-yard Crenshaw Cliffside course at Barton Creek. Just eight of the 71 golfers managed to break par in the final round, among them Jon Mills of Oshawa, Ontario, whose 3-under 67 moved him from 42nd spot into a tie for 11th. The scoring average for the field on Sunday was 73.5, nearly two shots higher than Saturday.
Ogilvie carried a two-shot lead into the final round, but a 4-over 38 on the front side from the former PGA Tour player handed Tambellini a two-shot edge at the turn. Trailing Tambellini by three shots standing on the 11th tee, Hultman, a three-time All-American at Oklahoma State, birdied the hole before eagling the par-5 12th to pull even.
But the best was yet to come. Hultman stepped up to the 175-yard, par-3 13th and used a 9-iron to ace the hole, putting the finishing touches on a 5-under stretch over three holes and building a two-stroke cushion. A resilient Tambellini got back to within one with a birdie on 14, but followed that up with a bogey on the next hole, which essentially ended the drama.
There are parts of this game that never cease to amaze me, admitted Hultman. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could ever do something like that over three holes.
Last season, Hank Kuehne, Jeff Quinney and Jimmy Walker, graduates from the 2002 winter Q-school, became champions in the tours second, third and fourth official events of the year, respectively. Steve Scott of Florida won the 2001 TELUS Vancouver Open, his second start after joining the tour at spring qualifying in 2001.
There were a lot of great players here this week, and I was just going to take this tournament as it came, he said. I try not to focus on the other players, I need to pay attention to my own game. But to start my Canadian Tour career with a win here is amazing.
Even with a two-shot cushion, Hultman caught a big break on the par-3 17th when his tee shot sailed right and came to rest in a hazard. He got a favorable lie, saving himself from having to take a drop, and scooped his second shot to within 20 feet before two-putting for bogey.
I just wanted to hit the green, and when I missed I knew I was in a lot of trouble, he said. I told me caddie to wait in the (ball) drop area, so I was very fortunate there. I thought I was taking a stroke.
Tambellini, who holds conditional status on the Nationwide Tour this year, had his third career runner-up showing Sunday. He couldnt help but ponder if this was the one that got away, but tipped his hat to Hultman with the birdie-eagle-ace run that put the Swede in control.
Have you ever seen anything like that? wondered Tambellini, shaking his head. That was something. But I had a big lead, and I let it get away. Mentally, I wasnt as sharp as I have been and it cost me.
Like Hultman, Harris went into the final round three shots off the lead and stayed well within striking distance all day despite not draining a birdie until the 17th hole. The tours Most Improved International Player in 2002 said he didnt put the pressure on when he needed to and couldnt make a charge until it was too late.
That just isnt going to cut it when you are trying to come from behind to win a golf tournament, reasoned the 25-year-old Michigan native. I feel my game is coming around, but you have to stay consistent the entire round. You cant slap the ball around out there and expect to beat great competition.
The Canadian Tour stays at Barton Creek this week for the TravelTex.com Canadian Tour Challenge, which gets under way Thursday at the neighboring Fazio Foothills layout.

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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.”