Stacy Lewis knows a thing or two about beating the odds and achieving the improbable. Nearly a decade ago, the 28-year-old who played her college golf at University of Arkansas had spine surgery to correct a severe curvature from scoliosis. And now, after battling from a four-shot deficit to start the final round, Lewis captured not only the trophy at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, but also ascended to the top of the world rankings. (continue reading…)
U.S. Solheim Cup captain Meg Mallon announced that she had appointed Laura Diaz, two-time LPGA winner and four-time Solheim participant, as one of her vice-captains for this summer’s 2013 biennial matches. Why is this significant?
Well, six years ago, Dottie Pepper, who was a commentator for Golf Channel’s coverage of the 2007 Solheim Cup, thought she was off-air and muttered, “Chokin’ freakin’ dogs,” referring to the U.S. team. (continue reading…)
Natalie Gulbis withdrew from the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, the LPGA’s first domestic event of the season, as she recuperates from malaria. Gulbis originally became ill in Singapore and pulled out of the HSBC Women’s Champions due to flu-like symptoms, which later were identified as malaria. (continue reading…)
Fresh off her victory at last week’s Ladies’ European Tour event in New Zealand, 15-year-old amateur Lydia Ko is gunning for back-to-back wins on the pro circuit. Ko, who captured the LPGA’s Canadian Women’s Open in 2012, and Jiyai Shin share the third-round lead, six shots clear of the rest of the field.
And we will actually get to watch. Get this: Golf Channel adjusted its programming schedule to air the final round of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open LIVE tonight beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET.
The LPGA has created a new event that appears to be its own version of the Presidents Cup on the men’s tour. The ladies have the Solheim Cup (biennial matches between the U.S and. Europe, like the Ryder Cup), but the game, especially on the LPGA tour, is an international affair.
Last week the LPGA announced the International Crown, “a first-of-its-kind, biennial, global match play competition commencing in 2014 that will feature teams from eight countries battling for the right to be ‘Crowned’ the world’s best golf nation,” according to the press release. (continue reading…)
Longtime and beloved LPGA rules official Doug Brecht passed away last Friday after a three-month battle with the West Nile Virus. Brecht was 62.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Doug, but from what I’ve gleaned from the numerous tweets from LPGA players and others in the golf world, we lost a very special person. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement: (continue reading…)
During a week filled with miserable — and almost comical — weather and poor management decisions, Jiyai Shin shined on her way to a record nine-shot win at Royal Liverpool Club in Hoylake, England, to capture her second Women’s British Open title. I’m not sure what’s most mind-blowing and inspiring — the margin of victory; winning the LPGA tourney in a nine-hole playoff against Paula Creamer on the other side of the Atlantic less than a week before; missing two months this summer after enduring hand surgery.
Um, all of the above? (continue reading…)
If you tuned in to watch the never-ending LPGA playoff on Sunday night, then you probably shared my frustration for several reasons, along with my appreciation for the fine play and duel between Jiyai Shin and Paula Creamer at Kingsmill. (continue reading…)
First of all, apologies for making anyone worry about my absence the last few days. I had to deal with some more health issues and I’m still not 100%, but it’s nothing too serious and I’ll be fine. Thanks for the emails and tweets and I’m sorry I wasn’t able to attend the final round of The Barclays at Bethpage Black (one of my favorite venues bar none).
Well, I heard the Tour watered the greens on Saturday, so the course was “playable,” yet the Black is still one hell of a test. Congrats to Nick Watney on his victory at The Barclays, the first leg of the FedExCup playoffs. Watney, who previously had somewhat of a forgettable season for a player of his caliber, shot a two-under 69 to overcome a two-stroke deficit going into the final round and win by a three-shot margin over Brandt Snedeker.
In an effort to rediscover her most potent form, women’s world No1 Yani Tseng has parted ways with Melbourne native Jason Hamilton, her caddie of two years. (continue reading…)