LPGA Green Lights Senior Tour

By Sports NetworkDecember 11, 2001, 5:00 pm
The Ladies Professional Golf Association and the Women's Senior Golf Association have come to terms on a multi-year licensing agreement that specifies the Women's Senior Golf Tour as the official senior tour of the LPGA.
'Having an official senior tour for the LPGA is the perfect complement to the LPGA Tour and the SBC Futures Tour, the LPGA's official developmental tour,' Ty M. Votaw, commissioner of the LPGA, said. 'We now have a complete cycle for women professional golfers. The SBC Futures Tour provides them the opportunity to hone their skills to advance to the LPGA Tour, and the Women's Senior Golf Tour will provide additional opportunities for members of the LPGA Tour and the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Division who are at least 44 years old to continue to play competitive golf at a very high level.'
'The LPGA and the WSGT have worked together to develop a structure that maximizes opportunities for qualified players yet minimizes the impact on the LPGA Tour and its sponsors. This is a win-win for everyone and gives women's golf fans additional ways to enjoy high quality women's professional golf,' said Votaw.
According to Jane Blalock, president of the Jane Blalock Company, which operates the WSGT, this tour has been the dream of many former and current LPGA players and has been five years in the making. The LPGA Tour also creates a viable stage to showcase the skills and talents of LPGA members who are 44 years old and older.
'The support we have received from the fans and sponsors over the past two years has been extraordinary,' Blalock said. 'The players, who have collectively amassed more than 500 LPGA victories, will have the opportunity to perpetuate their careers while providing excitement and entertainment to the many fans and sponsors of women's golf around the globe. We applaud the LPGA on their foresight in recognizing the impact these LPGA legends will have on the growth of the game.' WSGT events may be scheduled during off weeks of the LPGA Tour, as well as the same time as limited field events, including the Evian Masters and the Weetabix Women's British Open. If an LPGA tournament agrees, WSGT events could also be scheduled during that tournament's competition week.
Participation in 2002 WSGT events is open to players who have or have had an LPGA Tour card and who will be 44 years of age or older on December 31, 2002. For 2003 and beyond, the age moves to 45 years of age or older as of December 31, 2003.
The WSGT expects to host four events in 2002. The tour held two events in 2001 and one in 2000. Purses are expected to range from $350,000 to $500,000.
'I believe this alliance will benefit everyone, especially our fans, and many of our members will have a viable avenue to continue their careers in a very competitive environment,' Votaw said.
Effective January 1, 2002, this is the first time the LPGA has had an official senior tour. The WSGT is a non-profit association of current and former women professional golfers, formed for the purpose of developing and administering golf tournaments for female professional golfers who are at least 44 years of age by December 31, 2002.
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Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.