Wales Leads World Cup by Two

By Sports NetworkNovember 19, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Algarve World Cup in PortugalVILAMOURA, Portugal -- Wales broke out of the three-way tie atop the leaderboard in Saturday's best ball with an 11-under 61 to grab first at the World Golf Championships - World Cup. Stephen Dodd and Bradley Dredge stand at 27-under-par 189 and are two clear of defending champion England and Sweden.
 
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Luke Donald and partner David Howell of England are just two strokes back heading into the final round.
Luke Donald, who won this title with Paul Casey last year, and David Howell combined for a 9-under 63 in the third round. Sweden's pair of Niclas Fasth and Henrik Stenson birdied five in a row on the back nine to also post a 63. The two countries are knotted at 25-under-par 191.
 
The French tandem of Thomas Levet and Raphael Jacquelin matched Wales for low round of the day honors on Saturday. They paired for an 11-under 61 and are alone in fourth place at minus-22.
 
Saturday offered different weather conditions for the teams. Through the first two rounds, bright skies and low winds greeted the players at the Victoria Clube de Golfe Course at Vilamoura. Saturday saw rain and gloomy skies, but that did not hike scores much in this format.
 
Wales, which began the third round tied for the lead with England and Sweden, birdied four holes in a row from the second to keep pace with the English duo, who also birdied holes 2-5 in the group ahead.
 
England birdied seven and eight, but so too did the Welsh team, leaving the countries knotted at 22 under par. Sweden was only 3 under par in its round through the eight holes and trailed by three.
 
Wales and England continued to trade the lead on the second nine. Donald ran home a 4-footer for birdie at the 12th to pull one ahead, but Dredge holed a 6-foot birdie putt in the next group to tie England.
 
Both England and Wales birdied 14, as both Howell and Dredge drained 10- footers. One hole earlier, Sweden made birdie, but still trailed by three.
 
The short, par-4 15th proved to be a crucial hole. Donald sank a 3-foot birdie putt to move his team to 25 under par. Both Dredge and Dodd reached the fringe short of the green off the tee. Dodd lagged his eagle try to tap-in birdie range, but Dredge curled in his 30-footer for eagle to move one clear of England.
 
Sweden ascended the leaderboard with a birdie at 15, then Stenson knocked it stiff off the tee at 16. He kicked in his birdie putt to get Sweden within two at 24 under par.
 
Both Donald and Howell missed birdie tries inside 4 feet at the par-5 17th that could have tied them with Wales. When Dredge went in the water right of the green at the same hole, Dodd helped his partner. He reached the green in two, then two-putted from 40 feet for a birdie that put his side two clear of England and Sweden, as Fasth rolled in a 4-foot birdie putt at 17.
 
Howell had a decent look at birdie at the last, but missed. Dredge once again found water at 18, but Dodd once again picked him up. Dodd two-putted from 30 feet to preserve their lead, but Fasth had a good chance to cut into it. The Swede hit his approach to 7 feet, but his birdie chance never fell.
 
That meant Wales will have a comfortable lead with one round of foursomes, or alternate shot, to go on Sunday.
 
'Today was obviously a good day for us,' said Dodd, a two-time winner on the European Tour in the 2005 season. 'We played great in patches, which is what you need to do in this format. We're just going to have to play well, whatever the format is.'
 
If Wales can hang on Sunday and hoist the trophy, it will be the second title in the country's history. Former Masters champion Ian Woosnam and David Llewellyn captured the title in 1987.
 
England will try to become the first country to successfully defend its title since Tiger Woods led Mark O'Meara and David Duval to back-to-back wins for the United States in 1999 and 2000.
 
'All in all, it's not disastrous,' said Howell, who admitted his side was bothering him on Saturday. 'Foursomes tomorrow, with the title on the line, is going to make it interesting. We fancy our chances.'
 
Sweden, like Wales, has claimed victory at this event only once - in 1991 when Anders Forsbrand and Per-Ulrik Johansson visited the winner's circle.
 
Denmark shot a 9-under 63 on Saturday and is alone in fifth place at minus-21. The team from the Netherlands posted a 6-under 66 and is tied for sixth place with Argentina, which established a new tournament foursomes record on Friday with a 61. Angel Cabrera, who favored his wrist on Saturday, and Ricardo Gonzalez teamed for a 5-under 67 to join the Netherlands at 20-under-par 196.
 
Germany (64) is in eighth at 19-under-par 197, followed by India (65), which is one stroke further back at minus-18.
 
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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.”