Words Can Miss a Cut

By Rex HoggardFebruary 6, 2009, 5:00 pm
SAN DIEGO ' If Tour pros needed a reminder the warm-and-fuzzy season was coming to an end, all they needed to do was glance at the Buick Invitational leaderboard. It took a 2-over 146 total to make the weekend at Torrey Pines. So long Bob Hope, hello no hope.
Here at Cut Line, we to had to step up our game.
  • Paul Goydos: He scaled the interview podium following his second-round 66 at the Buick Invitational and offered another Goydos gem, Im tall.
    Of all the reasons to root for Goydos ' his everyman appeal, his ties to Southern California, his refreshingly self-deprecating style ' the most compelling reason to applaud the 44-year-olds Torrey timecard was one thing he didnt want to talk about.
    On his way home from the Sony Open Goydos learned that his ex-wife had died. Goydos, who missed much of the 2004 season to stay at home with his two daughters, took the last few weeks off to be with his family. Asked if golf provided him with a release, the always insightful Goydos kept it simple: Its golf, its what I do.
    At 5-foot-9, its good to see Goydos back on Tour and standing tall.
  • Tony Perez: The energetic father of PGA Tour player Pat Perez has served as an announcer at the Buick Invitational for years, but on Thursday he was pressed to complete his duties.
    Ladies and gentlemen, from Las Vegas, the champion of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, my son, Pat Perez, the emotional elder Perez said.
    During last years U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Tony Perez became choked up when he recalled Pats long history at Torrey Pines. When Pat was a teen he worked the Buick Invitational practice range, and Tony remembers the two trading a knowing glance the first time Pat played the event as a pro.
    For Pat, Thursdays intro was another Hallmark moment.
    Its just very special, more this year because I had more to say with Pat just winning, Tony Perez told the San Diego Times-Union. I got it all out, but I just kept telling myself to talk slow, like my backswing.

  • Tadd Fujikawa: It was a good move by the Puerto Rico Open folks to dish a sponsor exemption to the teen phenom and word on the Torrey Pines practice range earlier this week was Fujikawa might also get an invite into the Honda Classic the week before Puerto Rico.
    As Fujikawa proved last month in Hawaii, he can work a room with his play and playful style. But we cut to the top 60 and ties on the developmental front. Fujikawa needs confidence and reps right now, not potentially ego-bruising brushes with the big stage.
    At the risk of offering unsolicited advice, we have two words for Fujikawa ' Mini Tours.
  • West Coast Swing: Chances are the Left Coast will go without a Tiger Woods sighting for the first time since his first full season (1997) as a pro, and the economic cloud seemed to blot out even the ever-present Southern California sun.
    Car manufacturers (Buick and Chrysler) and financial institutions (FBR) dialed back tournament-week festivities and another season-opener without Tiger and Phil Mickelson sent a shiver down the spines of Mercedes-Benz Championship officials.
    The rub here is that, after the majors, the West Coast may have the best golf course lineup on Tour. The rota starts this week at Torrey Pines, followed by The Crosby at Pebble Beach and the Northern Trust Open at Riviera.
    Its not Pine Valley, Augusta and Winged Foot, but its not too bad.

  • PGA Tour: The word is Tour officials are devising a policy to control the increase in facial hair on the circuit.
    While Cut Line appreciates well-groomed pros as much as anyone in Ponte Vedra Beach, the Tour is OB on this one. There is nothing countercultural about Steve Marinos perpetual 5 oclock shadow, and Mike Weirs playoff beard was one of the best looks of the year.
    We do, however, have to draw the line at Bart Bryants circa 1970s mustache. There has to be standards.
  • Anna Rawson: The glam gal, catwalk regular and LPGA Tour player firmly inserted foot in mouth this week during a radio interview back home in Australia.
    The disparaging remark lobbed at the previous generation of LPGA players created a storm for Rawson and her mea culpa had the feel of a non-apology.
    Among other things, Rawson said in the interview the perception was that womens golf was filled with unattractive women. In the wake of the comment, Rawson said she may have to undergo media training.
    Seems no one has ever run those well-worn golf axioms past Rawson: there are no pictures on scorecards and sometimes the games not pretty.
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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.”