May 16, 2017 - 8:24am
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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:   

Condoleezza Rice, others paying it forward at KPMG Women's PGA Championship
May 14, 2017 - 5:53pm
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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:


VIDEO: Rafa Cabrera Bello makes albatross at par-5 16th hole
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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. 

VIDEO: Yuta Ikeda hits railroad tie behind 17th green, ball bounces backwards onto green
May 14, 2017 - 5:12pm
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Louis Oosthuizen drained a long eagle putt at the par-5 11th hole Sunday to get back near the top of the leaderboard in the final round of the Players Championship.

Just when it looked as if 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen was beginning to slip away in the final round of the Players Championship on Sunday, he went ahead and nailed a long eagle putt at the par-5 11th to soar back into contention:

Oosthuizen's putt measured 34 feet, 5 inches. It got him back to even par for the day, 8 under for the tournament and two back of leader Si Woo Kim.

Watch: Louis Oosthuizen back in the mix after holing long eagle putt
May 14, 2017 - 4:36pm
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It hasn't been the best week on the course at TPC Sawgrass for Rory McIlroy -- back pain included -- but he made a brilliant par at the par-4 14th on Sunday.

In his first start as a married man, Rory McIlroy has shown signs of rust -- and has admitted to playing through an ailing back -- at the Players Championship.

The former world No. 1, who will undergo a MRI on Monday back in Belfast, made the cut at TPC Sawgrass and was battling to salvage something on Sunday.

That included this sweet chip-in for par at the par-4 14th hole:

That was from just shy of 27 feet. 

Rory McIlroy chips in for dazzling par on 14th hole at TPC Sawgrass
Ian Poulter
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Facing a difficult par putt on the ninth hole at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday, Ian Poulter somehow knocked it in to extend his bogey-free streak at the Players Championship to 37 holes.

When Ian Poulter reached the par-5 ninth hole at TPC Sawgrass in the final round of the Players Championship on Sunday, he had gone 36 consecutive holes without a bogey... an incredible feat on the difficult Peter Dye course.

Typically with Tour pros, you'd think they'd escape with a par on a par 5 at worst.

But Poulter's third shot wasn't ideal from 109 yards out and his 35-foot putt for birdie only made it about halfway to the hole.

He was left with this tricky 17 1/2-footer for par:

What a save. Make that 37 straight holes without a bogey. At 8 under, Poulter was just one shot off the lead at the turn.

His putter right now is looking like the one Americans are used to seeing in the Ryder Cup. 

Ian Poulter stays near top of Players leaderboard with fantastic par save on No. 9