If you haven’t heard about the LPGA Tour’s random new dress code rules, it’s basically telling its players to replace skirts with pants and tank tops with more skin covering shirts. Major champion, Lexi Thomspon had a little fun with this new policy, by sharing a picture from last year, of her wearing old fashioned golf attire.
In the photo, she is completely covered, so this throws a little shade at the LPGA Tour. Keep in mind, it’s just a little joke, as Thompson is widely respected as a class act.
The picture taken was in celebration of golf’s return to the Olympics. The idea was to dress players in golf clothes from back in 1904, since that was previously the last time golf was seen in the games.
What’s head scratching about the dress code is that there was never a player who showed too much skin. What some of the ladies wear looks comfortable and probably helps them play their best golf.
What’s funny is that, in a time where PGA Tour pros are praying to be able to wear shorts, the LPGA Tour is going in a slightly opposite direction. PGA Tour players want what LPGA Tour pros had; a little more comfort in on-course dress.
I absolutely love the LPGA and what they do for golf, as well as the excitement of each tournament. However, I kindly disagree with this code, as do many others.
But, it shouldn’t stop us from enjoying one of the best professional tours in all of golf. Right now though, I must give a golf clap to Lexi for coming up with this innocent and savage Instagram post.
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What’s one of the big reasons why we love sports? To witness greatness, to witness competitive play from some of the most talented human beings (horses if you’re talking horse racing) in the world.
But what fuels the passion? In most cases it’s the teams and the rooting interest in those teams.
That’s what the UL International Crown brought last week as it brought fans from all over the world to watch theor countries duke it out. The event took place at the Merit Club in the Chicago area and the ladies not only had to battle the course and each other, but they also had to battle the heat, as Chicagoland had one of its hottest weeks in history.
The heat was so bad, that team England star Charley Hull had to miss the Friday round due to illness. She came back firing off all cylinders and ended up finishing strong.
I had the chance to cover the Saturday round and taking in the atmosphere, it certainly had a Ryder Cup feel to it. Only difference is that there are eight teams compare to two teams in Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup.
This is what makes the UL International Crown such a great tournament. It’s not limited to two squads to root for, there are eight teams so there is rooting interest for everyone no matter who you are or where you’re from.
Certainly, a fan from China can root for team Europe or team USA in the Solheim Cup as it doesn’t matter who you root for. However, the fact that team China is a squad in the UL International Crown adds to that home team feeling and is closer to your heart as a fan.
The Merit Club, located in the Chicago area was a great host. Chicago is known as one of the best sports towns on the planet with teams like the Bears, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks and Fire representing the city’s deep sports culture.
In the interview room, team USA addressed the media center and I had the chance to ask them what it meant to play in such a big team event in a town that is crazy about their sports. Here’s what Stacy Lewis had to say.
“I think that it’s great that we’re in this city. We’re going to be here in the next couple here the next couple of years with the KPMG tournament, as well.” Lewis said. “So it’s a market that we did well in with the Solheim Cup. I think it’s a great place for us to be playing, and hopefully we can get playing here more consistently, not just big events and majors.”
“Maybe get something a little more consistent.” Lewis said. “We were talking about it in the car ride on the way home, just the number of cities that have multiple sports teams in the same sports, and Chicago is one of not very many in that aspect. It’s a cool city, and we got to take part in it last night”.
Chicago is one of those towns that does make you discuss sports. It’s a city that can compare to other cities with multiple teams as Lewis mentioned.
This is why it would be great for the UL International Crown to continue having tournaments in major sports towns around the world. Teams help fuel a sports fan’s interest and it’s very marketable as well.
Although the individual sport is great and brings out the mental toughness of the best golfers, the team game brings a fire. As we’ve seen, college golf has increasingly gotten popular due to the drama of alternate shot among other formats as well as being live on Golf Channel.
The UL International Crown was also a great test before the Olympics in Rio next month. All eight teams were able to get a taste before the big games as the tournament was dramatic and ended with a team USA victory.
So although the UL International Crown is still a relatively new event, with so many teams reeling in fans from all over, it can blossom into something bigger.
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During the LPGA Kia Classic, Minjee Lee hit the second ever hole-in-one on a par-4. The crazy thing is that the first ever par-4 ace came earlier this year when Ha Na Jang hit one during the Shop Rite Classic.
So, we look at the LPGA record books, we’ll remember that there were only two par-4 aces in the history of the tour. And both were in the same exact year.
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LPGA Tour player Xi Yu Lin hit one of the craziest holes-in-one you’ll ever see, as the ball went 35 feet past the hole, and rolled all the way back.
With the ace, Lin won a shiny new Honda Accord. She’ll probably be polishing off her new ride, but she might need to polish off that golf ball and put it in a case because that shot was crazy.
I guess some golfers have super powers after all.
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We’ve seen some amazing shots in golf but what happened at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic was legendary as Ha Na Jang hit the first Albatross in LPGA Tour history over the weekend.
On a driveable par-4, Jang pulled out a 3-wood and went to work. The ball soared in the air and rolled straight to cup like a heat seeking missle and her celebration was priceless as she kissed the green.
Jang may have hit the first albatross in the history of both the PGA and LPGA Tour. The only other player to do so was Andrew Magee of the PGA Tour, when he holed out on the 17th at TPC Scottsdale.
Problem was that when Magee got his, the ball ricocheted off of Tom Byrum’s putter and rolled in. It still counts but Jang’s was the first ever without any interference.
Although Jang didn’t win (Hyo-Joo Kim won), she hit a shot for the ages.
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In a world where we’ve seen a new generation of talent rise on the PGA Tour, with guys like Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Bubba Watson leading the charge, the Tour has since grown in popularity. However, another Tour that has shined bright is the LPGA Tour thanks to the unbelievable job done by commissioner Mike Whan and the talent that has risen.
Who’s leading the pack on the LPGA Tour? None other than Inbee Park who once again won the Women’s PGA Championship for the third straight year (YES, third straight year). She also won the Women’s British Open at the legendary Turnberry golf course in Scotland, to complete the career grand slam at the young age of 27.
I’m going to come out right now and say “my bad” after I had wrote a piece a while back, stating that Stacy Lewis is the best golfer in the world. Although Stacy is terrific in her own right and got the LPGA’s triple crown in 2014 (She won the Player of the Year, Vare Trophy and was the money leader on Tour. This has never happened before), it’s fair to say that Inbee has been the best player so far.
I think Inbee and Stacy have quietly put together one of the best rivalries in sports, although it’s not considered one, they’re both always towards the top of the leaderboard it seems. It was Stacy who held off Inbee at the 2013 Women’s Open Championship as Inbee was on her way to becoming to first golfer ever to win four majors in a season.
At one point, Yani Tseng was a dominant force in golf and she has five majors to her credit. Even she can’t match what Inbee has done so far and Yani was an absolute monster and is still good.
What’s amazing about Inbee Park is that she doesn’t have a massive amount of skills. She relies simply on a hot putter and igniting at the right time.
In just a five year span from 2010 to 2015, she has won an incredible seven major championships. One of them, the Women’s PGA Championship were won three years in a row by her as mentioned.
She’s a deadly ball striker, ranking fifth in the world in that category. Combine that with her deadeye putting and you have the best golfer on the planet.
She’s better than any player on any tour right now (Again, I said this about Stacy Lewis and again, “my bad”). And with the skill set that she has, makes it that much more impressive.
She’s not going to “wow” you with big drives like Michelle Wie or Lexi Thompson or hit laser straight drives like Lydia Ko. But what she brings to the table is consistency and knowing how to attack a golf course.
Course management may be one of the most important things in the sport. She’ll read greens like books and then drop putts at an alarming rate.
I think for most of her competitors, their hopes is that she doesn’t make all the greens in regulation. If she does, you’re simply screwed.
She’ll likely one putt each time. Only Stacy is a better putter at the moment.
Another thing that stands out is her competition. She has to go out there against players like Lydia, Stacy, Brittany Lincicome (Two-time ANA Inspiration champion, or basically the Ladies Masters), Suzanne Petterson, among others and still dominates.
Not to mention all of the young talent that keeps coming up. We just saw a 21-year old In Gee Chun win the U.S. Women’s Open and we obviously have the aforementioned Lydia Ko who is an accurate driving machine and just won the Canadian Women’s Open for the third time.
Who did Lydia beat? None other than Stacy Lewis.
So please don’t use talent as an excuse for Inbee Park’s terrorizing of the world. She has dangerous competition on her tail each week.
She also won the Women’s British Open at Turnberry, a course that has hosted many Open Championships on the men’s tour including the famous “Duel in the Sun” between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. So the courses she plays on are as tough as the men’s tour.
There’s nothing that tells me that she isn’t the best golfer on the planet right now. Rory is the nearest competitor and he’s not even close to what she’s done.
And it’s a fair comparison:
Rory – Age 26
Inbee – Age 27
Rory – 18 wins globally
Inbee – 24 wins globally
Rory – 11 wins on PGA Tour
Inbee – 16 wins on LPGA Tour
Rory – 4 majors
Inbee – 7 majors
Rory – won 2 majors in a row in 2014
Inbee – won 3 majors in a row in 2013 and was very close to winning 4 in a row.
Rory – All-around talent. Can use any shot in the bag.
Inbee – Simply relies on her ball striking and putting.
I know, I know it may seem like an unfair comparison due to two different tours. But, I think it’s also unfair when the number one player on the PGA Tour is automatically the “best player in the world” when clearly the best player in the world is a woman.
You can definitely make a case for Jordan Spieth who is the current world number one on the PGA Tour. He’s extremely consistent but he’s only 22 so that’s where things may get a little unfair.
It’s kinda hard to compare a 22-year old to a 27-year old with the experience Inbee has. We don’t know where Jordan will be at by the time he turns 27 although it’s easy to take some guesses.
Inbee has led a charging LPGA Tour and I think three of the best five players in the world are ladies (Inbee, Stacy and Lydia). And Inbee is leading that by a mile so think about that.
She’s a quietly electrifying player too. A player who can shut the door on a tournament when that putter is en fuego (If it’s a double door, she’ll shut those too) and I honestly think she’s the best closer in golf, simply the way that she’s put away majors.
No noise. No ice. No pressure. Just pure heat.
And that’s one of the reasons why we love golf.
Sure, I think a girl like Lydia is definitely the future of the LPGA Tour. She already has built an outstanding resume for herself and hits putts in the clutch and almost never misses fairways.
But in the meantime, it’s Queen Bee’s show. She just needs the credit she deserves.
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WOW! Can you say “clutch”? It seems like LPGA Tour never disappoints when it comes to unbelievable finishes and Sunday was no exception.
22-year old S.Y. Kim had one of the toughest challenges of her young career, dueling 5-time major champion Inbee Park for the Lotte championship. Inbee had her moments but it was S.Y. who sealed the deal with two clutch hole outs.
One was a chip in to get the tournament into a playoff. The next was a hole-out eagle from 145 yards out to close out.
This you have to see to believe. Check out the video below!
Two straight hole-outs to win it? That’s just insane.
And against arguably the best golfer on the planet makes it even more impressive.
What are some of YOUR best finishes out on the golf course? Was it a long putt to seal the deal in a tournament? Was it a recovery pitch shot that rolled into the hole to win a match play against your buddy? Leave your comments below!
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Posted in Golf Videos and tagged Golf's Best Shots, Lotte Championship, LPGA Tour, LPGA Tour Highlights, Sei Young Kim by Colin GP Mieczkowski with no comments yet.
Lydia Ko has clearly established herself as one of the best golfers in the world at only the young age of 17. She has six LPGA Tour wins and nine wins total (No, this is not a joke).
Her first win? Well, she got that tatted on her wrist just to let everyone know that it was the first of many to come. The tat says April 27, 2014 which is the date she won the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. The tat is in Roman Numerals however.
She’s one of the rare few golfers to have tattoos anywhere. Bubba Watson has a tiny tat on his ring finger that has his wife Angie’s name on it.
I also saw a picture ad for Callaway of Rocco Mediate rocking several fake tattoos just to show how much of a badass he is. Love you Rocco!
The tattoo artists for Lydia and Bubba must be MVPs at their profession to be able to get tats on wrists and fingers!
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With the new professional golf season starting and the sunset of the 2014 season behind us, it’s time for another exciting of professional golf. The PGA Tour is now in full swing (See what I did there?), Web.com Tour looks to have another great season of rising stars and challenging golf courses and the Champions Tour looks to capitalize on its phenomenal 2014 season.
However, one tour stands out from the rest. The LPGA Tour just absolutely dismantled the odds in 2014 and was by far the best tour of the year.
The majors proved exciting which resulted in wins by Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Michelle Wie, Mo Martin and the 19-year old Kim Hyo-joo. Inbee just added to her already dominate resume, Michelle broke through and got a great win and Mo won the Women’s British Open with an unbelievable shot.
Only the LPGA Tour provided us with these moments. As great as the other tours were, the LPGA conquered professional golf in 2014.
It seemed like in almost every tournament, the top players on the tour were towards the top of the leaderboard whether it was Inbee, Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko, Jessica Korda, Lexi or anyone else, all of the tops were at the top. This while also seeing some fresh faces hanging in there as well and that’s always exciting when you see an unfamiliar player give a star a battle.
Another amazing thing, and this is my opinion, is that 2 of the top 3 players on any tour are on the LPGA Tour. I believe Inbee is the best player in the world right now on any tour and I’ve been guilty of putting Stacy Lewis over her but within the past 2 or 3 years, Inbee is the best player in the world on any tour.
Rory Mcilroy is definitely the second best on any tour but Stacy Lewis is right behind him despite being behind him in majors. If I were to throw a fourth player in there, it would no doubt have to be Bernhard Langer. He’s just made a mockery of the Champions Tour.
But Inbee is the best player to me. She has more majors than Rory, she’s won three straight majors in a year (2013) and they’re both practically the same age. Rory’s only a year younger.
Rory and Henrik Stenson are the top two players in the Official World Golf Rankings. I’d take Inbee and Stacy over them any day of the week. The only thing is, the dudes will likely hit the ball further.
However, they wouldn’t have a prayer in the accuracy category against these ladies. Not just Stacy and Inbee, but a good majority of the women on the LPGA Tour are just dead on accurate off the tee. This is where Rory and Henrik would get destroyed against dangerous players like Inbee and Stacy.
Not saying that the two men aren’t accurate. Henrik alone is arguably the most accurate player on the PGA Tour but the women will practically nail every fairway.
Now if this was 3-on-3 then it would be Rory, Henrik and Adam Scott vs Inbee, Stacy and Lydia Ko. Lydia, the world number one player on the LPGA, is an accuracy machine and would give Adam a run for his dough if she was able to hit it as far as he does.
That’s how good these ladies are and I think golf fans everywhere are starting to notice. What to expect this year on the LPGA Tour?
It’s anybody’s guess but I think it’s going to be a phenomenal season once again and commissioner Mike Whan has just done an unbelievable job with the tour. I’ve personally always been a fan of the LPGA Tour and the class they show and they deserved 2014 and I think they’ll catch 2015 and beyond.
Another awesome thing? Christina Kim looks to be back in the form she was some years ago after her memorable Lorena Ochoa Invitational victory.
I absolutely freakin’ love Christina Kim. One of the fun, cool people in golf and she’s so good for golf it’s not even funny (Well, maybe to her it might be). There’s a lot of great, fun players on all of the tours today and it’s wonderful but Christina was in my opinion one of the first major personalities in golf in the early 2000’s to now.
Before Keegan, Billy Ho, Rickie and others, Christina was that big bundle of energy and was very talented and still is. To this day, she’s still one of the most popular players in the world to fans and is quite a follow on Twitter as well.
So to have Christina back is just the icing on the cake for the LPGA at this point. The fun thing about Christina is that she can be a microwave on the course. When she’s on, she can be hard to beat and she proved that with her Lorena Ochoa Invitational victory.
Her win came after she suffered depression issues so if that isn’t just pure mental skill then I don’t know what is. It wouldn’t shock me if she got another win in 2015.
Overall, the LPGA is looking to have another milestone year. And with the slew of rising talents and some more golf being played on great golf course designs, it’s looking nothing but up for Mike Whan and the LPGA Tour.
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Posted in Golf Opinions and tagged Christina Kim, Inbee Park, LPGA Tour, Lydia Ko, Michelle Wie, Mike Whan, Stacy Lewis by Colin GP Mieczkowski with no comments yet.
The cool thing about today’s world is that we get to check out and wear some cool gear. Well, Natalie Gulbis decided to give Adiddas’ new sports bra a try and apparently, she’s obsessed with it.
She decided to take to Twitter to show off her know fitness wear. Check it out!
— Natalie Gulbis (@natalie_gulbis) January 16, 2015
I think it’s fair to say that Natalie could make anything look good! But this is just a fine example of how important the proper gear is in today’s sports world.
I like Ashworth golf jackets, yeah, those are swagged out cool.
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