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May 16, 2017 - 7:24am
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Condoleezza Rice, Ginni Rometty and other top leaders paying it forward to next-generation women leaders aspiring to C-Suite positions at 2017 KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit.

NEW YORK -- More than half of all management, professional and related occupations are held by women, yet women account for only five percent of the CEOs of S&P 500 companies today.

The KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit is forging paths for the next generation of women leaders to move into the C-suite through high-impact leadership development content, networking, and access to today’s top leaders. KPMG today announced the 66th U.S.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty will share their career experiences as women leaders at this year’s Summiton June 28th.

In its third year, the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit convenes highly accomplished leaders in the worlds of business, politics, sports, and the media to share strategies, insights and lessons learned from their personal journeys with the next generation of women leaders nominated by their CEOs to attend, which includes representation from more than 50 Fortune 1000 companies.

“KPMG is deeply committed to increasing the number of women leaders within our organization and the broader marketplace through initiatives like the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit,” said KPMG U.S. Chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie. “Having more women in leadership roles enhances business performance across nearly every metric.”

Hosted on-site during the week of the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit will feature distinguished speakers and panelists including:

Keynote speakers:

Lynne Doughtie – KPMG U.S. Chairman and CEO
Condoleezza Rice – 66th U.S. Secretary of State
Ginni Rometty – IBM Chairman, President and CEO

Olympian panelists:

Michelle Kwan – Five-time World Champion Two-time Olympic Medalist
Angela Ruggiero – U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Gold Medalist
Lindsey Vonn – World Champion and U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist

Business speakers:

Peggy Johnson – Microsoft EVP of Business Development
Whitney Johnson – Critically acclaimed author of “Disrupt Yourself”
David Nelms – Discover Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Paula Polito – UBS Group Managing Director & Client Strategy Officer
Marni Walden – Verizon EVP and President of Media and Telematics
Kathy Wengel – Johnson & Johnson Worldwide VP & Chief Supply Chain Officer

NBC's Sunday Night Football Sideline Reporter Michele Tafoya will serve as the master of ceremonies. Sessions will be moderated by NBC on-air talent including CNBC Technology Reporter Deirdre Bosa and Host of NBC Sports’ golf coverage as well as play-by-play announcer for Notre Dame Football on NBC and for NBC Olympics Dan Hicks.

The KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit will be live streamed at:

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, a collaboration between KPMG, PGA of America and LPGA, combines a world-class, annual major golf championship with the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and KPMG Future Leaders Program -- all focused on the development, advancement, and empowerment of women on and off the golf course. The events will take place June 26-July 2, 2017 at historic Olympia Fields Country Club. The Championship offers a $3.5 million purse, among the highest in women’s golf, and will be broadcast on NBC and Golf Channel.

Net proceeds from the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit fund the KPMG Future Leaders Program, a charitable initiative that affords top female high school seniors across the country the opportunity to enhance their personal growth through college scholarships, a leadership development retreat at Stanford University, a mentoring relationship with a woman business leader, and an introduction to golf. Condoleezza Rice serves as the program’s ambassador.

An advisory council comprised of exemplary leaders from across business, sports, and the mediais helping to guide the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit. Founding sponsors of the 2017 Summit are Constellation, an Exelon Company;National Car Rental; and Zurich Insurance with additional support provided by The Boeing Company and Microsoft. For more information about the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, visit:   

May 15, 2017 - 8:01am
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There are few holes in golf as intimidating as the par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass. But with the right training and mindset, you can make holes like that play a lot easier than they look.

South Korea's Si Woo Kim, 21, became the youngest winner in Players Championship history on Sunday.

As with any Players Championship week, much of the talk is centered around one specific hole at TPC Sawgrass -- the iconic, par-3 17th.

The hole measures no more than 130 yards when it's playing its longest -- a pitching wedge for most guys.

But, when you factor in the wind and the fact that you're hitting the ball to a small, island green, that's where it can get extra intimidating.

RELATED: Phil Mickelson hits 'rip draw' on 17 to near perfection | Players Championship results

Designer Pete Dye is known for that kind of thing. He's an evil genius. He designs his courses so that even the best players in the world are never comfortable.

So how do you conquer a hole as intimidating as 17 at Sawgrass so not to ruin an otherwise great round?

PGA Professional Rob Labritz, Director of Golf at GlenArbor in Bedford Hills, N.Y., and recent winner of his third consecutive Westchester PGA Championship earlier this month, has the answer.

"When you look at a hole like No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass, the average golfer sees the trouble," Labritz said. "The pro is focused on where he or she wants to land the ball. It's a mindset and all about how you train yourself. As you get more control over the ball, you can pinpoint it like a sniper. On a hole like that, you want to be thinking 'aim small, miss small.'"

Being able to apply that philosophy is a trained skill, Labritz said.

"It's not as easy as just going out there and doing it," he told "It's about reps and training your mind to trick your brain. It's about commitment -- standing up to the shot, picking a target, having done your due diligence on the yardage and outside factors like wind, and then forgetting about everything else and hitting your target."

Thankfully for most of us, playing a tee shot from the 17th tee at TPC Sawgrass isn't going to be the same as it is in the final round of a Players Championship with the pressure of contending and all the crowds.

And that's a good thing, Labritz said, because it's much easier to train yourself when there isn't a ton of pressure to start out.

If you're like a lot of golfers, an intimidating hole on a golf course you're playing might be something you start thinking about before even arriving at the course.

For stronger players, Labritz said, you don't think about what's going on in the future -- just the task at hand, the one in the present.

"Don't let your brain drift there," he said. "Stay with the hole you're on and the shot you're on. Totally stay in the present. It's a skill you've got to learn. You can't all of the sudden say, 'I'm only going to focus on the shot I'm on.' You have to trick your brain. It takes time and effort, just like learning how to hit a high draw."

As is the case with anything in life, confidence goes a long way.

"If you're thinking about water, you're probably going to hit it there," Labritz said. "If you're thinking solely about a spot on the green you want to hit it to, chances are you're going to hit it there. Have a 'sniper mentality.' Aim small, miss small." 

May 14, 2017 - 4:53pm
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Rafa Cabrera Bello's "2" on the par-5 16th hole at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday was the first on that hole in Players Championship history.

Rafa Cabrello Bello hit a golf shot he'll never forget on Sunday.

Playing the par-5 16th hole at TPC Sawgrass in the final round of the Players Championship, the Spaniard holes his second shot from 181 yards for an albatross.

It was the first "2" on the 16th hole in tournament history. It was the third albatross in tournament history. Hunter Mahan (hole 11) and Peter Lonard (hole 2) each made one in 2007.

Here's a look at the thing of beauty:

That shot immediately moved Cabrera Bello from 2 under to 5 under.

What a shot.

Also awesome?

Cabrera Bello's celebration where he accidentally threw his club in the water:


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The tee shot that Yuta Ikeda hit on the par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday needs to be seen to be believed.

Just when you think you've see it all on the par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass, along comes Yuta Ikeda.

Playing just 129 yards on Sunday, Ikeda hit a beauty. However, it took a big bounce on the firm green and looked doomed for the drink.

Incredibly, the ball hit the railroad tie on the back side of the green and somehow -- instead of bouncing into the water -- bounced back onto the green.

Check it out here:

With that tremendous good fortune, Ikeda was left with a 21-footer for birdie.

He would two-putt for par and probably laughed all the way to the 18th tee.