LPGA releases 25-tournament 2011 schedule

By Randall MellJanuary 7, 2011, 2:10 am
LPGA Tour _newThe LPGA will play 25 official money events in 2011, one more than in 2010, according to the schedule released Thursday.

There’s a catch, however.

Though there will be one more “official money” tournament, the new RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup is planned as a special charity event with a unique purse concept. Players won’t actually collect any money from the purse. Instead, all “money winnings” will be passed along to the LPGA Foundation to help fund the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program.

The Founders Cup is designed to honor the pioneering players who started the LPGA. It’s also designed to benefit the LPGA Foundation. Any “money” won by LPGA players will count as “official” in player stats. They’ll also collect Rolex world rankings and Hall of Fame points.

The LPGA Founders Cup is scheduled March 18-20 in Phoenix as the opening event of the U.S. start to the tour schedule. It’s planned as a 54-hole event with a 132-player field at the Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort.

“I always tell players on tour you have to leave golf better than you found it, and now we’ve created a tournament to do just that,” Whan told Golf Channel when releasing the new schedule. “I went to the players at Springfield (Ill.) at the State Farm Classic and said 'I have a challenge for you. I always tell you we’ve got to leave the game better than we found it. How about one week a year we really play like founders and play for the love of the game? We televise it on the Golf Channel, we have a title sponsor, and everything counts. Rolex rankings count. There’s a mock purse. Every award we have at the end of the season is going on. The only thing different is no one’s getting paid. The only ones getting paid are young girls through the LPGA-USGA Girls’ Golf program.''

Whan said listening to Louise Suggs and other LPGA founders inspired the idea.

“In 2011, it will double the size of this foundation,' Whan said. 'In ’12 and ’13, it will triple and quadruple. Now we have a tournament that does more just celebrate the best players in the world. It creates the future for the next generation.”

If you’re counting official money events that pay LPGA players, it’s a 24-tournament schedule, same as last season.

The 2011 schedule will feature 13 events in the United States, counting the LPGA Founders Cup. That’s one less domestic event than the LPGA played in 2010. As expected, the CVS/pharmacy is gone from the schedule, as is the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, which is taking a one-year’s hiatus. Also, as expected, there are two new international events, the LPGA Imperial Springs event in China and the LPGA Taiwan Championship.

Notably, the schedule also features a new ending, the inaugural Titleholders on Nov. 17-20, replacing the LPGA Tour Championship. The site of the new event was not on the schedule but Whan told Golf Channel that it will be at Grand Cypress in Orlando. The tournament will feature a field filled through a season-long qualifying format. Three qualifiers from every LPGA event will advance to the Titleholders.

Feb. 17-20: Honda LPGA Thailand $1,500,000 Chonburi, Thailand, Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course

Feb. 24-27
: HSBC Women’s Champions $1,400,000 Singapore, Tanah Merah Country Club, Garden Course

March 18-20: RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup Phoenix, Ariz., Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

March 24-27: Kia Classic $1,700,000 City of Industry, Calif., Pacific Palms Resort

March 31-April 3: Kraft Nabisco Championship $2,000,000 Rancho Mirage, Calif., Mission Hills Country Club, Dinah Shore Tournament Course

April 21-24: Tres Marias Championship $1,300,000 Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, Tres Marias Golf Club

April 28-May 1: Avnet LPGA Classic $1,300,000 Mobile, Ala., RTJ Golf Trail, Magnolia Grove, The Crossings

May 19-22: Sybase Match Play Championship $1,500,000 Gladstone, N.J., Hamilton Farm Golf Club

May 28-29: HSBC Brazil Cup $720,000* Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Itanhanga Golf Club

June 3-5: ShopRite LPGA Classic $1,500,000 Galloway, N.J., A Dolce Resort, Bay Course

June 9-12: LPGA State Farm Classic $1,700,000 Springfield, Ill., Panther Creek Country Club

June 23-26: Wegmans LPGA Championship $2,500,000 Pittsford, N.Y., Locust Hill Country Club

July 7-10: U.S. Women’s Open $3,250,000 Colorado Springs, Colo., The Broadmoor, East Course

July 21-24: Evian Masters Presented by Société Générale $3,250,000 Evian-les-Bains, France, Evian Masters Golf Club

July 28-31: Ricoh Women’s British Open $2,500,000 Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland Carnoustie Golf Links

Aug. 4-7: Imperial Springs LPGA $2,000,000 Guangzhou, Guangdong, China Imperial Springs Golf Club

Aug. 19-21: Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola $1,500,000 North Plains, Ore., Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Ghost Creek Golf Course

Aug. 25-28: CN Canadian Women’s Open $2,250,000 Mirabel, Quebec, Canada Hillsdale Golf and Country Club

Sept. 9-11: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G $2,000,000 Rogers, Ark., Pinnacle Country Club

Sept. 15-18: Navistar LPGA Classic $1,300,000 Prattville, Ala., RTJ Golf Trail, Capitol Hill, The Senator

Sept. 23-25: The Solheim Cup Dunsany, Ireland Killeen Castle

Oct. 6-9: LPGA Hana Bank Championship $1,800,000 Incheon, South Korea SKY 72 Golf Club, Ocean Course

Oct. 14-16: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia $1,800,000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club

Oct. 20-23: LPGA Taiwan Championship $2,000,000 Yang Mei, Taoyuan, Taiwan Sunrise Golf & Country Club

Nov. 4-6: Mizuno Classic $1,200,000 Shima-shi, Mie, Japan Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club

Nov. 10-13: Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex and Corona Light $1,100,000 Guadalajara, Mexico Guadalajara Country Club

Nov. 17-20: Titleholders $1,500,000 Orlando, Fla., Grand Cypress Golf Club

Dec. 9:   Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge $1,000,000* Henderson, Nev., Rio Secco Golf Club

*Unofficial money
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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”