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Kingsmill Championship: The never-ending playoff hole

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By Vince Robitaille

GolfWRX Staff Writer

The understatement of the season could have been that the Kingsmill Championship’s fate was sealed on the 18th hole.

Sadly for Paula Creamer, of the nine highly redundant holes that started on the 72nd hole and stopped once they trooped onto the 16th tee, only the former mattered; i.e. the one that she three-putted on No. 17, thus missing out on the opportunity to close out the tournament in regulation. To compound the issue, as soon as the Pink Panther and her foe, Jiyai Shin, finally switched settings, a second putting blunder by the American handed the South Korean her eight LPGA victory.

To be quite frank, after seeing the demise on Creamer’s face as her par attempt on the 16th green lipped out, I don’t quite know where to start. Jiyai Shin’s record-shattering opening round, Danielle Kang’s breakthrough professional performance or even Creamer’s two rounds atop the leaderboard simply fail in comparison. Everything was there on that 81st hole – one should point out that the sudden-death playoff represented the longest in LPGA history – a stress-level magnified by the overnight halt that enabled both players to go over every potential scenario instead of sleeping, a dreadful silence glooming as both players teed up and a heart-splitting ending.

What I could say, however, is that such an occurrence won’t manifest itself again as quick complaints by both players and medias, regarding the continuous replay of the 18th hole, should force Tour officials to examine their playoff structure wih quite the diligent eye. Of course, managing crowd movement and satisfaction will still weigh heavily in the decision, but with the high frequency of necessary extra holes in recent memory, an effective way to determinate the proper victor shall override this concern.

Predictions for the Ricoh Women’s British Open

What does the Kingsmill turmoil mean heading into next week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open? In Shin’s case, the South Korean’s first triumph since her heyday two seasons ago will more than make up for the lost day of preparation; a mix of momentum, experience and confidence ultimately overshadowing the plausible issue. Expecting as much out of Creamer, however, could prove disappointing as the Pink Panther, despite what you could take away from her perfect post-round pitch. She really seemed like she got the wind knocked out of her, and for good reason.

I’ll be keeping an eye out for Catriona Matthew next week, the 2009 Women’s Golfer of the Year who is always dangerous on links courses (she  finished 5th last weekend in Virginia). Also, watch out for my long-standing pick, when the ladies march onto Royal Liverpool.

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10 interesting photos from Wednesday at the Valero Texas Open

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Welcome to 10 Interesting Photos (10IP? No? OK). It’s the final day of tune up ahead of the Valero Texas Open, which is, fun fact, the third longest-running (non major) tournament on the PGA Tour.

We got an in-hand look at The Tank, K.J. Choi’s weaponry, as well a four general galleries and some of the coolest custom stamped wedges you’ll see, c/o JT Poston.

Let’s take a look at the photos!

First up, some more love-em-or-hate-em Jordans from Keegan Bradley

Amid a pretty standard bag, an impressive Pingman putter cover

JT Poston, AKA, The Postman’s, 60 degree, ladies and gentlemen

Vintage X Hot sighting!

Kevin Chappell with the coveted Miura and Fourteen combo

K.J. Choi’s putter shaft! (AMI Stability?)

Scott Piercy remains the king of lead tape on Tour

K>J. Choi is gaming Ping G400 irons

And look at the face on (one of) his Ping putter(s)

Keith Mitchell’s Mizuno “MIZ” pom-pom headcover, though

 

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 Valero Texas Open

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course), which plays as a par-72 measuring 7,435 yards for the event.

Sergio Garcia acted as a consultant to Greg Norman for the course’s 2010 design, and he’ll play in the event for the first time in seven years. Joining Garcia in the field are a number of the game’s top players, including Wesley Bryan, Keegan Bradley, Kevin Chappell, Luke Donald, Harris English, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen, J.B. Holmes, Billy Horschel, Charley Hoffman, Beau Hossler, Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Matt Kuchar, Pat Perez, Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, Jimmy Walker and more.

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Last year, Chappell holed an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th to win by one stroke over Brooks Koepka to capture his first ever PGA Tour victory.

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Valero Texas Open

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In yesterday’s edition of “Interesting Photos” from the Valero Texas Open, we brought you giant cowboy boots. Unfortunately, we don’t have any further gargantuan footwear for your perusal today.

We do, however, have some singular sightings and cool in-hand shots as the gents prepare to take on the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio. Check ’em out below.

Gotta love Chris Stroud’s “Houston Strong” stamping

New Bettinardi putter-covering devices

Fourteen’s new woods feature some seriously shallow faces

Better put that club on ice!

Watch where you’re putting that thing! Probably not a good time to mention this looks like a drill to avoid rocking toward the ball (aka humping it) during the swing…

Some pretty sweet Circle T bag tags. Is the bag for tour use only, or just the tag? Hmm.

Trying the old backwards shot, it looks like

Geoff Ogilvy’s drool-worthy early run Scotty Cameron Napa

Fine-looking Piretti sole

And finally, “Flow Goals: Kevin Na Edition”

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