Monthly Archives: August 2022

McGill Adds a Thrilling Chapter to U.S. Senior Women’s Open Lore


The brief history of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open is already loaded with stories for the ages authored by champions Laura Davies, Helen Alfredsson and Annika Sorenstam. And what took place this year at NCR Country Club was a brilliant addition to the legacy of this championship, as Jill McGill joined the elite group that has won three different USGA events.

The inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open in 2018 at Chicago Golf Club was the story of the dominance of Davies as she powered her way to a 16-under-par performance, winning by 10 strokes.

The championship in 2019 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club celebrated the persistence and passion of Alfredsson as she finally got the USGA championship that had eluded her, grinding out a two-stroke victory.

After a COVID cancellation in 2020, last year’s USSWO at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Conn., saw the stunning return of Sorenstam after 13 years away from USGA championships as she played with the same precision that marked her World Golf Hall of Fame career and won by eight strokes.

This year, the 6-foot McGill, who won the 1993 U.S. Women’s Amateur and the 1994 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links – and pretty much nothing since – stood tall during the final round as the South Course at NCR Country Club claimed victim after victim. McGill’s even-par 73, on a day when no one broke par, will only get better with age.

By winning, McGill joined Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, JoAnne Carner and Carol Semple Thompson as the only players with titles in three different USGA events. Very quickly, the U.S. Senior Women’s Open has established itself as a place where history is made.

Carner’s Decades of Greatness Add Up to a Legendary Lifetime


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About 10 years ago, in a Legends Tour pro-am, one of JoAnne Carner’s playing partners mentioned to her that she, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Carol Semple Thompson are the only players to win three different USGA events. “Yeah,” Carner said with that mischievous glint in her eye, “and if they had a U.S. Senior Women’s Open I’d be the only one with four.”

That’s JoAnne: Relentlessly honest, refreshingly funny and intensely competitive.

By the time the first U.S. Senior Women’s Open was played at Chicago Golf Club in 2018, Carner was 79 years old. But that didn’t stop her from making history. She had the honor of hitting the opening tee shot and then played the final five holes of the first round one under par to shoot her age on the number – 79.

Last year, at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Conn., she matched her age in the opening round – 82 – and shattered it in the second round with a 79. She’s back again this year at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio, and she still has goals.

“I’d like to be able to hit it 50 yards farther,” said Carner at NCR with that same glint in her eye, and then added: “And I’d love to make the cut.”

She is already the oldest to make the cut in an LPGA Tour event – surviving to the weekend in the 2004 Kraft Nabisco Championship, an LPGA major now renamed the Chevron, at the age of 65. The fact that she’s either matched or broken her age in three of the six rounds she’s played in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open has only added to her mystique.

Once the most feared woman in amateur golf, then one of the most dominant professionals on the LPGA Tour, Carner is now one of the most inspirational people in the game.  When a photo of her driving off No. 10 tee in a practice round at NCR was posted on social media, the response was overwhelming.

“The best,” commented Amy Alcott, the winner of the 1973 U.S. Girls’ Junior and the 1980 U.S. Women’s Open.

“God bless her,” wrote 1988 and ’89 U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange. “She loves this game.”

“Big mama truly amazing and not to forget her sister Helen, 93, who walked all 18 holes with her!” said Helen Alfredsson, who won the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

“Love this!” 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Martha Leach said about the photo.

Former LPGA player Anne Marie Palli, who’s competing this week at NCR, summed up the love and respect for Carner: “My idol!! An inspiration. Go Big Mama Go!”

JoAnne Gunderson was born on April 4, 1939, in Kirkland, Wash., and says she developed such great feel on the golf course by playing “moonlight golf” after her shift at the golf course where she worked. “We couldn’t see where the ball went,” she said. “We had to feel it.”

The first of her eight USGA championship titles was the U.S. Girls’ Junior in 1956. She added the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1957, ’60, ’62, ’66 and ’68 and the U.S Women’s Open in 1971 and ’76. The eight USGA championships she has won ties her for second all-time with Jack Nicklaus, behind the nine by Bob Jones and Tiger Woods.

After graduating from Arizona State University, The Great Gundy married Don Carner in 1963 and did not turn pro until she was 30. In fact, she was 31 by the time she won the 1970 LPGA Rookie of the Year award. Despite that late start, Carner racked up 43 LPGA wins, was Player of the Year three times and won the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average five times. In 1981, Carner received the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor of the USGA, and the next year was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

“When you talk about JoAnne you are talking about crossing generations,” said Annika Sorenstam, winner of the U.S. Women’s Open in 1995, ’95 and “06 and the U.S. Senior Women’s Open last year. “Three generations, maybe four. The words that come to mind are ‘legend’ and ‘longevity.’”

While Carner worked relentlessly on her game – she still is one of the last to leave the range at the end of the day – she was far from a physical fitness freak. She still indulges in the occasional cigarette and adult beverage.

“I remember once when I was first on tour, I was in the physical trailer getting my back worked on and JoAnne came in,” recalled Sorenstam. “The therapist asked how he could help and JoAnne said, ‘two Advil’ then walked out.”

In her prime, Carner played with a technical style that awed students of the golf swing, yet also possessed a flair that entertained fans and intimidated her opponents.

“I was always most afraid of JoAnne when she was in the trees,” two-time U.S. Women’s Open champion and three-time U.S. Women’s Amateur winner Juli Inkster said Wednesday. “I knew the ball would fly out of those trees and end up on the green. She was a tremendous troubleshooter. A challenge got her attention.”

On Thursday, at 9:13 a.m., Carner will tee it up on No. 1 at the South Course of NCR alongside former Curtis Cup captain Noreen Mohler and Cathy Patton-Lewis. While winning is not a reasonable goal for JoAnne, she does have objectives in mind – to shoot her age once again, and to make the cut.

Wouldn’t that be simply remarkable: To make it to the weekend in a USGA championship at the age of 83. For eight decades, beginning in the 1950s, Carner has set records. Who’s to say there isn’t one more entry into the history of golf that could bear the name JoAnne Gunderson Carner – truly a legend for golfers of all ages.

Ron Sirak is a Massachusetts-based writer who frequently contributes to USGA websites and publications.

‘Patty Ice’ returns as Cantlay defends BMW Championship

By: PGA tour

WILMINGTON, Del. – Patrick Cantlay stared robotically off into the distance as he left the par-4 10th green of Wilmington Country Club. It was the look of a measured struggle to keep things under control, or perhaps he was just taking stock of his situation.

Cantlay had just carded his second bogey in a three-hole stretch and fell two shots off the pace to put his BMW Championship title defense under severe stress. At that moment a voice pierced out above the others in the throng of people clamoring to get close during the first ever PGA TOUR event in the state of Delaware: “Let’s go, Patty Ice!”

Patty Ice. It was the nickname born amongst the large crowds in the same tournament a year ago at Caves Valley in Maryland, where Cantlay, reveling in a newfound popularity amongst the masses, found a way to victory. That same stoic Cantlay would carry on his form and claim a fourth win of the season at the TOUR Championship a week later, capturing the FedExCup.

It might be hyperbole to suggest the sound of that voice pierced into Cantlay’s consciousness this time around, but it seemed to coincide with a last deep breath and an end to his pensive gaze. Was it time for Patty Ice to return? Had he ever left?

Some might suggest the surgically efficient winner from a year ago had failed to reappear in 2022. Cantlay had a win on his resume leading into the BMW, but it came with the help of teammate Xander Schauffele at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. In individual stroke play events, he’d had to settle for 10 top 10s without a trophy. He’d lost playoffs to Scottie Scheffler at the WM Phoenix Open and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage. Had the ice melted?

No. In fact he’d never left at all. Because it was the ability to accept those fates that allowed Cantlay to immediately bounce back with a birdie on the 11th hole Sunday, add another at the 14th and then throw an epic dart into the 17th to set up a go-ahead birdie.

And when he found himself in a tough fairway bunker lie on the 72nd hole, needing par for victory, Patty Ice produced a slashing shot to the green to secure the first ever defense of a FedExCup Playoff event. Now he heads to the TOUR Championship seeded second and will try to become the first ever repeat FedExCup champion.

FedExCup update: Adam Scott on track to burst bubble again


WILMINGTON, Del. – Adam Scott has seen every version of the FedExCup Playoffs. He knows that, no matter the format, having to burst the bubble two times in one postseason is a tall task.

Returning to the TOUR Championship isn’t his goal this week, though. He’s here to win.

With the Presidents Cup a month away, Scott is looking for his first victory since the 2020 Genesis Invitational. It’s been more than two years since that impressive win at Riviera, which feels even longer ago since it came a month before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the globe.

After a solid Regular Season, one that included just two missed cuts but also was short on the high finishes that rack up the FedExCup points, Scott started this year’s Playoffs at No. 77 in the standings. A T5 finish last week at the FedEx St. Jude Championship, his first top-10 in a stroke-play event since this year’s Genesis in February, got him to Wilmington Country Club. He continued that good form Thursday, opening the BMW Championship with a 6-under 65 on Thursday.

Starting this week at No. 45 in the FedExCup, the 42-year-old Scott is well aware one swallow doesn’t make a summer. To get inside the top 30 and earn a tee time next week at East Lake, where he won the TOUR Championship in 2006 a year before the first FedExCup, he needs to threaten the top of the leaderboard.

He cleared the first-round hurdle given his round was bested only by his playing partner Keegan Bradley’s 64 in the early wave. Scott was projected to jump to 13th in the FedExCup standings when he signed his card.

“Last week I obviously had the same situation. I wasn’t in. But I really focused more on trying to put myself into winning a golf tournament and just play as usual, and that would kind of get it done. It made me only have one focus, and that was on the tournament at hand. That’s how I started today,” Scott said. “I’ve always prided myself on trying to win tournaments and managed to do that throughout my career, and it’s been a while, and I’d love to get back there later this week, but we’ve got a

Scott has come up clutch with his putter this postseason. That club has become an underrated part of his bag. It is now an asset, not a liability. He led the field in Strokes Gained: Putting last week and needed just 27 putts on Thursday, making 111 feet worth of putts. He entered the week ranked 45th in Strokes Gained: Putting for the season, a year after ranking 18th in that same metric.

“More than anything out of Memphis, I got some confidence out of having a result with maybe not my best stuff all four days,” Scott added. “It is a nice feeling walking on to any golf course when the confidence is a bit higher, and I certainly felt a sense of ease with that today.”

Scott has made eight appearances at East Lake in the FedExCup era but it has been three years since he last appeared in Atlanta. If he does make it back to the TOUR Championship, he’ll accomplish something that only one man did last year. Erik van Rooyen was the only player to qualify for the season finale after starting the Playoffs outside the top 70 in the standings.

“One of the beauties of the Playoffs is that there is enough volatility that you can have a couple good weeks and get yourself right in the mix,” Scott said. “No matter where, if I was at East Lake starting 10 back or five back or six back, I’d be there thinking I’ve got a chance to win the whole lot. That’s a fun thing to think about.”

 Scott paused after that line and realized he had actually let his guard down. After a wry smile he added, “In three more days.”

Rose Zhang Recipient of 2022 McCormack Medal


Rose Zhang, of Irvine, Calif., has won the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the leading women’s player in the 2022 World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®). This is Zhang’s third consecutive McCormack Medal, emulating previous three-time medallists Leona Maguire and Lydia Ko. It is her 101st consecutive week at number one, leaving her behind only Maguire at 135 weeks and Ko at 130 in the overall record.

Zhang enjoyed another year of outstanding golf, winning her first three collegiate starts in her Stanford freshman year at the Molly Collegiate Invitational, the Windy City Collegiate Classic and the Stanford Intercollegiate. She became the first Stanford player — male or female — to win her first three collegiate starts and did not finish out of the top ten in her first seven starts.

After securing a T12 finish at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship, Zhang went on to win the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Championship by three shots. On the day of her 19th birthday, she received the ANNIKA Award for best women’s college golfer of the year. She then clinched Stanford’s second NCAA team title by winning the final match.

Zhang played a leading role in the USA team’s victory over Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup Match at Merion, winning two of her four matches.

Zhang also performed well in her major championship appearances, winning the Smyth Salver as the leading amateur at the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield, finishing tied 40th in the U.S. Women’s Open Presented by ProMedica and tied for 65th at the Amundi Evian Championship. Later this month, she will compete for the USA Team at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship.

“My amateur career continues to be incredibly rewarding and humbling,” said Zhang. “To be named the McCormack Medal recipient for the third time is a testament to the work I’ve put in and the support of those around me. This caps an incredible year and motivates me even further for the season ahead.”

The R&A and the USGA jointly award the McCormack Medal annually. It is named after Mark H. McCormack, who founded sports marketing company IMG and was a great supporter of amateur golf.

“Rose continues to do things in the amateur game we haven’t seen in quite some time,” said John Bodenhamer, chief championships officer, USGA. “Her talent on the course is unmatched, but more importantly, the role model she is for the younger generation and the way she represents the game is admirable and inspiring. All of us at the USGA congratulate her on this outstanding achievement and look forward to seeing what’s next for her.”

Professor Steve Otto, Chief Technology Officer at The R&A, said, “Rose has performed to a an extremely high level over the last three years and consistently demonstrated just how talented she is as a golfer. I congratulate Rose on the remarkable achievement of winning the McCormack Medal for the third consecutive year. She has made a substantial contribution to amateur golf around the world and thoroughly deserves this recognition. We look forward to seeing her success continue.”

The World Amateur Golf Ranking, which is supported by Rolex, was established in 2007 when the men’s ranking was launched. The men’s ranking encompasses nearly 3,300 counting events, ranking 4,629 players from 110 countries. The women’s ranking was launched in 2011 and has a calendar of around 2,300 counting events with more than 2,867 ranked players from 88 countries.

How to Watch the Wyndham Championship, Round 2: Featured Groups, live scores, tee times, TV times

By: PGA Tour

The PGA TOUR Regular Season comes to a close with the Wyndham Championship at familiar Sedgefield Country Club. Defending champ Kevin Kisner returns to take on the likes of Will Zalatoris, past FedExCup champs Billy Horschel and Justin Rose as well as former college standouts Chris Gotterup and Cole Hammer.

Round 2 gets underway Friday as John Huh leads after posting a first-round 61.

Here’s everything you need to know to follow the action, including Featured Groups for PGA TOUR LIVE and newly expanded and extended coverage on ESPN+Click here for more details.


Full tee times

HOW TO FOLLOW (All times ET)

Television: Friday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (CBS)

Radio: Friday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m. ET. Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and

For outside of the U.S., click here for GOLFTV powered by the PGA TOUR


Friday Saturday Sunday
Stream 1 Main Feed: 6:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Main Feed: 7:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Main Feed: 7:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Featured Group: 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Featured Group: 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Featured Group: 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Stream 2 Marquee: 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Marquee: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Marquee: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Featured Group: 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Featured Group: 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Featured Group: 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Stream 3 Featured Groups: 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Featured Groups: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Featured Groups: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Featured Hole: 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Featured Hole: 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Featured Hole: 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Stream 4 Featured Holes: 7:15 a.m.-2 p.m. Featured Holes: 8:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Featured Holes: 8:15 a.m.-1 p.m.
Featured Hole: 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Featured Hole: 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Featured Hole: 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

PGA TOUR Live is available exclusively on ESPN+

• Main Feed: primary tournament-coverage featuring the best action from across the course
• Marquee Group: new “marquee group” showcasing every shot from each player in the group
• Featured Groups: traditional PGA TOUR LIVE coverage of two concurrent featured groups
• Featured Holes: a combination of par-3s and iconic or pivotal holes



Marquee Group
Si Woo Kim, Adam Scott (10th tee)

Featured Groups
Stewart Cink, Lucas Glover, Rickie Fowler (10th tee)
Billy Horschel, Shane Lowry, Sepp Straka (10th tee)

Featured Holes: No. 5 (par 3), No. 11 (par 3), No. 15 (par 3), No. 17 (par 5)