Stacy Lewis - November 6, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamNovember 6, 2012, 1:21 pm

Stacy Lewis earned her fourth win of the 2012 LPGA Tour season on Sunday in the Mizuno Classic in Japan. She began the final round seven strokes off the lead but she felt that her game was coming around at just the right time. While she had expected to play well in the final round, she could not have predicted that she would birdie each of the last three holes to win.

Lewis has virtually wrapped up becoming the 2012 LPGA Tour Player of the Year and would be the first American to win the award since Beth Daniel in 1994. She was getting tired of hearing the questions about how Americans were not playing well as the international players and she wanted to change the conversation. She has felt that her game has improved consistently over the past couple of years to the point where she truly believed that she was capable of having a Player of the Year type season.

She has been travelling a lot lately but the state of the LPGA Tour requires travelling to Asia and Europe to play in golf tournaments. It is unfortunate, but she is actually getting used to taking 12 hour flights and not knowing which time zone she is in from day to day. But Lewis added that she enjoys travelling to and playing in Asia especially when she is succeeding.

Lewis said that she would not be in the position that she is in today if she did not win the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship over Yani Tseng. Winning a Major Championship showed her that she belonged on the LPGA Tour alongside the best players in the world and it was at that Major that she began a friendship with Yani Tseng and she has been able to learn a great deal from the World #1.

She would give herself an A for this season although it would be an A+ if she won a Major. She finished in the top 10 in three Majors this year so she cannot be too disappointed. Lewis said that she would love to win another Major but anytime you can win four times in one season, you have had a great year.

Lewis feels that a points system is the best way to determine the LPGA Tour Player of the Year because it is a straight forward way to determine who wins and it is truly based on performance over opinion. Another reason that she supports a points system over a player vote is that the points system gives players something to root for and an understandable way to know who the best players on the LPGA Tour are.

She admits that she was hoping to come to the Lorena Ochoa Invitational with the Player of the Year award wrapped up. She spoke with Beth Daniel recently about the pressure that she was putting on herself to win the award and Daniel said that she put so much pressure on herself to win the award in 1994 that she was unable to enjoy the last two months of the season. Daniel told Lewis that she did not want to see her repeat the same mistake and thanks to her performance in Asia, she will be able to enjoy the last two weeks of the season.

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Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 12:34 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood looked like an Open rookie when he set out on Friday under gray skies and a cold, steady rain.

Because the Englishman doesn’t have an equipment sponsor he made a quick turn through the merchandise tent for an umbrella – but at least he didn’t have to pay for it.

“We stole it,” he laughed when asked about his Open-brand umbrella. “We got one given for free, actually. We didn't steal it. We don't always carry an umbrella. So it just so happens this week that we've got a nice Open Championship [umbrella]. It looked quite nice, the yellow and the course.”

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It was Fleetwood’s only rookie move on Day 2 at Carnoustie, posting a flawless 65 to move into an early tie for second place at 5 under par.

Fleetwood holds the competitive course record at Carnoustie, a 9-under 63 he shot last fall during the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, but given Friday’s conditions and the difficulty of this course during The Open, his 65 on Friday might have been better.

“It's not a course record, but it's pretty good,” said Fleetwood, who was stroke behind leader Zach Johnson. “If you went out, you wouldn't really fancy being 6 under out there. So I think that's a good indication of how good it was.”

It was a dramatic turnaround for Fleetwood on Friday. He said he struggled with his ball-striking, specifically his tee shots, on Day 1, but he was able to turn things around with an hour-long session on the range following his opening round.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.

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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.

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“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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How The Open cut line is determined

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:

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• After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

• There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

• There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.