Jacobs Hangs On for Senior Tour Win

By Sports NetworkFebruary 3, 2002, 5:00 pm
John Jacobs overcame difficulties at the final two holes to post a 6-under 66 Sunday and capture the Royal Caribbean Classic. His 11-under-par 133 gave him a one-shot win over Tom Watson (66), Isao Aoki (64) and Bruce Fleisher (68), who nearly pulled off a remarkable shot to force a playoff.
 
Jacobs appeared to be in command with a beautiful chip that lead to a three-foot birdie at the par-5 14th. He reached 12-under-par with the birdie and had a two-shot advantage over Aoki and Watson, who were in the clubhouse at 10-under.
 
Jacobs missed a pair of 20-footers for birdie at Nos. 15 and 16 but ran into trouble at the par-3 17th. His tee shot went right, almost going right of the greenside bunker but he found the sand. He blasted out to six feet and missed the par save but he did drain his tricky three-footer to maintain the lead, which was trimmed to one shot.
 
At the par-5 18th, Jacobs' drive went left into a hazard, forcing him to take a penalty. He roped his 3-wood from 255 yards short of the green but recovered nicely with a pitch that left him in tap-in range for his par and the clubhouse lead at 11-under-par.
 
In the group behind Jacobs, Fleisher reached 9-under-par but capitalized at No. 17. His 5-iron rolled within three feet to set up birdie and give the reigning U.S. Senior Open champion a chance to sneak in and win the tournament at the closing hole.
 
Fleisher also found trouble off the tee at Crandon Park Golf Club but his was right and the ball landed deep in a group of trees. He could not even reach the green with his third shot but he knocked it very close from 97 yards for his fourth.
 
Fleisher needed to hole his wedge shot to make birdie and force a playoff and he threw his approach over the hole. The backspin brought the ball close to the cup, but not close enough, stopping a foot from the hole and giving Jacobs his fourth career Senior Tour victory and his first since 2000.
'I didn't know whether to hit an iron, a 3-wood or a driver, but I know all my friends that I play with back home, if I hit an iron, they'd be laughing their rear ends off,' said Jacobs, who pocketed $217,500 for the victory. 'I thought, 'Man I got to go with a driver.' And I choked like a dog.
 
'I hit probably the best 3-wood I ever hit in my life. When I dropped it, I didn't drop it in a very good lie and I thought I better go for the green.'
 
'John just bogeyed 17, he knocked it in the water on 18 and I kind of wished I hadn't heard that,' said Fleisher, the two-time champion of this event in 1999 and 2000. 'I had an opportunity. I was there. I put myself in position and I couldn't handle it.'
 
Jacobs was solid from the beginning of his final round. He birdied three in a row, starting at four and added an 18-foot birdie at No. 8. Jacobs parred the ninth but birdied the 10th and tapped in for birdie at No. 11 to reach 11-under-par.
 
Watson shared the lead, but dropped a shot at No. 15 to fall down by one. He missed makeable birdie putts the rest of the way in until a birdie at the closing 18th.
 
'I had a lot of opportunities,' said Watson, who holed a 7-iron for eagle at No. 5. 'When it gets down to the short putts, that's where I've been having problems. I let it slip away.'
 
Tom Kite shared fifth with overnight leader Jay Overton at 9-under-par. Kite posted a 68 Sunday while Overton, a Monday qualifier, shot a 70.
 
Tom Purtzer, playing in his first Senior Tour event, carded a 3-under 69 and finished tied for seventh with Walter Hall, Sammy Rachels, Ted Goin and Bob Gilder. The group finished at 8-under-par.
 
Fuzzy Zoeller, also in his first official event on the elder circuit, tied for 51st at 1-under par.
 
Due to heavy storms on Friday, the first round was canceled and the tournament was reduced to 36 holes.
 
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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.”