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15-Time Winner on LPGA Tour Makes Change

Lexi Thompson discusses the emotional struggles of life on the tour

(Newser) - Lexi Thompson, one of the most popular players on the LPGA Tour, decided Tuesday this will be her last year playing a full schedule. Thompson chose the US Women's Open—the major she first played when she was 12—to announce that she will step away at the end...

She Overcomes 'Nelly Things' on Way to LPGA History

Nelly Korda wins record-tying fifth straight tournament, will go for solo record next week

(Newser) - Nelly Korda couldn't have imagined the incredible run she's put together this season while at home recovering from a blood clot that required surgery in 2022. "Because obviously then I was just more scared for my health," she said. "But I think all of the...

Golfer Will Play US Women's Open 30 Weeks Pregnant

It will be Amy Olson's last golf tournament before giving birth

(Newser) - LPGA golfer Amy Olson will play in the US Women's Open this weekend while seven months pregnant—and it's not even her first time playing in a women's golf major while pregnant. She qualified for the US Women's Open during an event in Minnesota in May...

For 88-Time Champion, 'Winning Never Got Old'
For 88-Time Champion,
'Winning Never Got Old'

For 88-Time Champion, 'Winning Never Got Old'

Kathy Whitworth captured more titles than anyone

(Newser) - Kathy Whitworth set a benchmark in golf no one has ever touched—not Sam Snead, Tiger Woods, Mickey Wright, or Annika Sorenstam. She won 88 times on the LPGA tour, the most by any player on a single professional tour. Whitworth, whose LPGA victories spanned nearly a quarter-century and who...

Lydia Ko's Honesty Leaves Reporter Speechless

She was praised for speaking openly on a topic many would rather avoid

(Newser) - Golf pro Lydia Ko had a pretty good day at the Palos Verdes Championship, finishing one-under 70 for third place. Midway through the final round, however, she was seen receiving treatment from her physical therapist. In a follow-up interview, Golf Channel reporter Jerry Foltz asked whether there was any cause...

She Used to Be an 'Angry' Golfer. Now, a Try at History

Hailey Davidson, who wants to be first trans athlete on LPGA tour, is at qualifying event this weekend in Calif.

(Newser) - Three years after undergoing gender confirmation surgery in 2010, Bobbi Lancaster did what no transgender athlete had done before: At the age of 63, the family physician tried to qualify for the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour. She didn't make it, but she earned international media attention and went...

Golf Greats Called Her the Best — 'Man or Woman'

Mickey Wright helped make the LPGA a success

(Newser) - Mickey Wright, the golf great with a magnificent swing who won 13 majors among her 82 victories and gave the fledgling LPGA a crucial lift, died Monday in Florida of a heart attack. She was 85, the AP reports. The Hall of Famer's 82 wins place her second on...

Golfer Who Didn't Know New Rule Pays Big Price

Lee Ann Walker given 58 penalty strokes in Senior LPGA Championship

(Newser) - A new rule threw a veteran golfer off her game this week, and it cost her big. The Golf Channel reports that Lee Ann Walker competed in the Senior LPGA Championship in French Lick, Ind., and in both the first round on Tuesday and the second round on Wednesday, she...

Tiger Woods' Ex-Coach Offends With 'Lee' Quip About Women

(Newser) - Tiger Woods' former coach has been suspended from his SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio show after Wednesday comments viewed as racist and sexist. On the "Hank Haney Show," Haney laughingly predicted "a Korean" would win this week's US Women's Open, adding "I couldn't name...

Just Before Tournament, Golfer Discovers One Giant Problem

Someone stole Annie Park's clubs, along with her backups

(Newser) - After the first LPGA major of the year teed off on Thursday, Annie Park found herself tied for the lead after six holes of the Ana Inspirational in California. It was especially impressive considering that less than three hours before the tournament began, Park discovered that her golf clubs had...

Eagle-Eyed TV Viewer Costs LPGA Golfer a Tourney

'Is this a joke?' Lexi Thompson asked when informed of penalty—a day later

(Newser) - Lexi Thompson is taking a "very needed" three-week break after what she describes on Instagram as "an emotional day." The professional golfer was taking part Saturday in the ANA Inspiration championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif., when she did something that no one noticed—except for a sharp-eyed...

Insane 75' Eagle Putt Decides LPGA Tourney

Paula Creamer snags first win since '10 on chance shot

(Newser) - Paula Creamer sank a 75-foot eagle putt on the second playoff hole against Azahara Munoz to win the HSBC Women's Champions today for her first LPGA title since the 2010 US Women's Open. Creamer's putt curled across the 18th green and then rolled slowly down the slope...

Golfer Cans Her Caddie Mid-Round

Jessica Korda unceremoniously dumps Jason Gilroyed at US Open

(Newser) - Jessica Korda isn't exactly clinging to the old adage about dancing with the one who brought you: The golfer started yesterday's US Women's Open with caddie Jason Gilroyed, but right after the ninth hole it was boyfriend Johnny DelPreti who was schlepping her clubs, reports Yahoo's...

Lexi Thompson, 16: Youngest LPGA Winner Ever

Beats old record by more than 2 years

(Newser) - At just 16 years old, Lexi Thompson became the youngest person to ever win an LPGA event yesterday, with a 5-stroke victory at the Navistar LPGA Classic, reports USA Today . Thompson, who qualified for the US Women's Open at the tender age of 12 and turned pro at 15,...

Erica Blasberg Death Ruled a Suicide

Golfer died of asphyxia, OD'd on prescription meds

(Newser) - Nevada police have ruled the death of LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg a suicide, but are also charging her doctor with obstruction of justice. Dr. Thomas Hess found Blasberg's dead body in her Las Vegas home on May 9 and allegedly removed items from the crime scene before police arrived, then...

Pro Golfer's Dad: Death 'Very, Very Strange'

Coroner working to determine cause of death

(Newser) - LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg's career was on the skids: She'd placed toward the bottom in the only tournament she'd played this year, and never really realized her potential, People reports in a look behind the scenes of the 25-year-old's death. "At first glance it looks like she might have...

Female Golf Pro, 25, Found Dead

Cops probing death of Erica Blasberg

(Newser) - Police in Nevada are probing the mysterious death of 25-year-old pro golfer Erica Blasberg. She was found dead at her Las Vegas home Sunday, and authorities have declined to say whether there were suspicious circumstances. Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy and toxicology report on Blasberg, a 6-year...

LPGA Backs Off English-Only Policy
LPGA Backs Off English-Only Policy

LPGA Backs Off English-Only Policy

Tour bows to sponsors, civil rights groups on controversial rule

(Newser) - A firestorm of criticism has forced the LPGA to overturn its plans to penalize tour players who failed to pass an oral English evaluation after 2 years, GolfWeek reports. “After hearing the concerns, we believe there are other ways to achieve our shared objective of supporting and enhancing the...

LPGA to Test Players' English
 LPGA to Test Players' English 

LPGA to Test Players' English

Tour worries about sponsor interaction as foreign players increase

(Newser) - The LPGA will begin mandatory oral English tests for its players next year, and those who fail face suspension and required tutoring, Golfweek reports. The tour is stressing the importance of English as players from Asia have come to play a prominent role in the sport. Of the 121 international...

Wie Snubs Women's Major, Opts to Play in Men's Event

Is it payback for being disqualified from a recent tournament?

(Newser) - Michelle Wie seems to be getting some payback on the LPGA after being disqualified from a recent tournament for failing to sign her scorecard, notes Thomas Bonk in the Los Angeles Times. It may be just a coincidence, but when the women's British Open tees off this week, the 18-year-old...

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