June 13, 2015 - 4:45pm
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Brittany Lincicome made seven birdies in the third round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on Saturday -- including five in a row -- to shoot a 4-under 69 to get to 6 under for the week.

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Westchester Country Club is the kind of place where with a few birdies you can make up a lot of ground in a hurry.

Brittany Lincicome happily learned that in Saturday's third round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

Starting on the ninth hole, Lincicome birdied five holes in a row and six out of seven on her way to shooting a 4-under 69.

RELATED: KPMG Women's PGA Championship leaderboard | WPGA headed to Sahalee

That brought Lincicome, winner of the LPGA season's first major -- the ANA Inspiration -- to 6-under-par 213 total.

"This is a golf course that fits my game so well," she said. "There's no reason why I can't shoot in the 60s each day, even though I know it's a major and it's going to play tougher. The pins were definitely harder today. It was a little bit windier, so I didn't know if that was going to be a possibility. Started out, had a couple bogeys early, which are never fun. Finally had the first birdie to get things going and I think I had four or five in a row which was really fun. I missed a couple coming in, which could have been an even better day. I missed like a 5-footer on 17 and then parred 18. But overall, it was really nice."

Lincicome, a six-time winner on the LPGA Tour, is in search of her third major overall and second in succession.

"It was nice to get a good score today," she said. "I always like to be coming from behind. I don't like leading after two or three rounds because it makes me more nervous, I have to do more interviews and there's more attention, so if I'm coming from behind and chasing people, it seems to be more of my comfort zone."

Lincicome uses five straight birdies on way to 4-under 69
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PGA of America CEO, Pete Bevacqua, KPMG CEO-Elect, Lynne Doughtie, Sahalee President, Steve Oaks, Global Chairman of KPMG, John Veihmeyer, and LPGA Commissioner, Mike Whan, pose for a photo during Round 3 of the 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship held at Westchester Country Club on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Harrison, New York.

HARRISON, N.Y. -- The 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship is headed to the Pacific Northwest.

Sahalee Country Club, which among other tournaments, previously played host to the 1998 PGA Championship won by Vijay Singh, is located in Sammamish, Washington -- roughly 20 miles from Seattle.

"I think it's absolutely great for the region, obviously," said Sahalee Country Club President Steve Oaks. "For our club, we couldn't be more thrilled. To have the opportunity to host another major -- and further our partnership with the PGA -- is something we're very excited about. The partnership with KPMG and the PGA is, I think, really innovative with what they're doing with the tournament and combining that with the Women's Leadership Summit. We're very excited and eager."

RELATED: Sahalee Country Club lands 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship

The tournament is scheduled to take place June 9-12, 2016. It will be the second year of the reinvigorated women's major since the PGA of America, LPGA and KPMG decided to join forces to elevate the event. It's not just a tournament, but also a week that focuses on the on the development, advancement and empowerment of women on and off the golf course thanks to the KPMG Women's Leadership Summit.

For that reason, Oaks is delighted to have the tournament out west. He believes it can only increase the awareness what the PGA, LPGA and KPMG are trying to accomplish.

"I think it's going to definitely help with 'buy-in,' obviously, to be spreading it around and not just be centralized in one specific region," Oaks said. "There are a lot of very successful companies on the west coast that have very talented women leaders in senior positions at those companies. I think it's going to be well-received and it's going to spread the word."

Oaks explained that the idea for getting the KPMG Women's PGA Championship out to Sahalee for 2016 had a lot to do with perfect timing.

KPMG had a private event at the course in April of this year that may have planted the seed. A month later, PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua paid the course a visit and that's when the wheels went in motion.

"Pete laid out his vision of what he was trying to accomplish and he's pretty infectious," Oaks said. "It was a great opportunity for us to partner with the PGA and host another major. We just jumped on it. We were very excited."

As for the course itself, Sahalee is most well known for its narrow fairways and the towering Douglas fir and red cedar trees that line them. That, no doubt, will put shot-making at a premium -- just as you'd expect in a major championship.

"I hope the course will show itself to be a great challenge for the lady golfers," Oaks said. "I think that they're going to have to use their whole bag. They're going to have to make shots to do well and score consistently. It's going to require them to know when to go for it and be aggressive and know when to play conservative and not press. It's going to test their whole game. I think the course will be in great shape."

But what about that weather in the Seattle area?

"That's the million dollar question," Oaks said, chuckling. "But if it's anything like what we've been experiencing this year, everybody will be very happy."

The KPMG Women's PGA Championship field of 156 will include the top eight finishers from the previous year's LPGA Teaching & Club Professional National Championship, including PGA of America women members if they rank among the eight positions.

The 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship will mark the first time that this tournament is played in the Pacific Northwest. 

 

Sahalee Country Club president 'thrilled' to host '16 KPMG Women's PGA Championship
June 13, 2015 - 12:30pm
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The PGA of America announced on Saturday, June 13, that the 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship will be played at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash. It's the first time the tournament will be played in the Pacific Northwest.

NEW YORK (June 13, 2015) -- Sahalee Country Club, located in Sammamish, Washington, has been named the site of the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, marking the first time this major championship will be played in the Pacific Northwest. The Championship, contested June 9-12, 2016, is a collaboration between the PGA of America, LPGA and KPMG, and focuses on the development, advancement and empowerment of women on and off the golf course.

Sahalee Country Club, site of the 1998 PGA Championship and the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, becomes the second Washington state site to host a U.S. women’s major, following the inaugural U.S. Women’s Open in 1946, in Spokane.

“The tremendous success of our inaugural effort at Westchester Country Club further builds on KPMG’s commitment to expanding opportunities for women on and off the golf course,” said KPMG Global Chairman John Veihmeyer. “With the PGA of America and LPGA, we are proud to take the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship to Sahalee Country Club—a site that has previously hosted major championships on the men’s tour and that will keep elevating the caliber of courses for the world’s best women golfers. At the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, which will be held on-site the day before the start of the Championship, we will continue our focus on inspiring new generations of women leaders to advance into the C-suite.”

RELATED: Sahalee CC President 'couldn't be more thrilled' to host 2016 KPMG Women's PGA

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, broadcast in partnership with NBC and Golf Channel, brings together a world-class, annual major golf championship with a women’s leadership summit and an ongoing charitable initiative to inspire and develop new generations of female leaders.

“The PGA of America is excited about partnering with KPMG and the LPGA in taking this Championship to some of the finest venues in the country and bringing new audiences into supporting women in golf,” said PGA of America President Derek Sprague. “Sahalee Country Club has a proven record of excellence in hosting major championships and we anticipate that it will be a spectacular setting for spectators as well as millions of viewers worldwide.”

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship field of 156 will include the top eight finishers from the previous year’s LPGA Teaching & Club Professional National Championship, including PGA of America women members if they rank among the eight positions.

“One of the key pieces of our collaboration with KPMG and the PGA of America was the commitment to bringing this Championship to world-class venues, and Sahalee Country Club will provide a great major championship test for our players,” said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. “The Pacific Northwest has always been a strong supporter of the LPGA and we are excited to bring the Tour back to Seattle for the first time since 1999.”

Designed by Ted Robinson in 1969 and renovated by Rees Jones in 1996, Sahalee Country Club takes its name after the Chinook phrase, “High Heavenly Ground.” The par-72 layout was carved out of the tall majestic Cedar and Douglas Fir native to the Pacific Northwest and is consistently ranked among America’s greatest courses. It will play to 6,692 yards in the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

"Sahalee is thrilled with the opportunity to partner with KPMG, the PGA of America and the LPGA to host another PGA Major Championship,” said Sahalee Country Club President Steve Oaks. “Sahalee has a longstanding relationship with the PGA of America and we are honored to be selected from among the finest golf venues to host a Championship, which is consistent with our club's mission. When we learned of the PGA of America's plan to couple this Major Championship with the women's leadership summit, we were eager to be a part of this innovative Championship.”

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship continues the rich tradition of the LPGA Championship, and celebrated its 2015 Championship this week at the Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York. The Championship, offering a purse of $3.5 million, is operated by the PGA of America in close collaboration with the LPGA.

The LPGA Championship began in 1955, five years after the birth of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Past champions include legendary players Mickey Wright, Betsy Rawls, Kathy Whitworth, Nancy Lopez, Juli Inkster, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak and Inbee Park.

 

2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship headed to Sahalee Country Club
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Rickie Fowler, a consistent contender in majors lately, is paired with Tiger Woods, who is looking to regain his major form.
 
The U.S. Golf Association has released the tee times for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open, and, as expected, as put together several powerhouse pairings.
 
Among the most prominent groups:
 
--Tiger Woods is paired with Rickie Fowler and former British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen at 2:28 p.m. on Thursday and 8:28 a.m. on Friday.
 
--Directly in front of them at 2:17 p.m. Thursday and 8:17 a.m. Friday is the trio of Masters champion Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and former U.S. Open winner Justin Rose.
 
--World no. 1 Rory McIlroy is grouped with defending champion Martin Kaymer and reigning U.S. Amateur champion Gunn Yang from south korea.
 
--Phil Mickelson, looking to complete his carer Grand Slam, will go out with Bubba Watson and two-time major winner Angel Cabrera at 7:33 a.m. on Thursday and 1:33 p.m. on Friday.
 
--Also out early Thursday (8:17 a.m.) and late Friday (2:17 p.m.) is the trio of Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia.
 
Here are the tee times for the first two rounds. All tee times are PDT:
 
Thursday (June 18), hole #1 / Friday (June 19), hole #10
7 a.m. / 1 p.m.: Michael Putnam, University Place, Wash.; Marcus Fraser, Australia; TBD
7:11 a.m. / 1:11 p.m.: Garth Mulroy, South Africa; Richard Lee, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Lucas Bjerregaard, Denmark
7:22 a.m. / 1:22 p.m.: Jason Allred, Scottsdale, Ariz.; (a) Kyle Jones, Snowflake, Ariz.; Cody Gribble, Dallas, Texas
7:33 a.m. / 1:33 p.m.: Phil Mickelson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Bubba Watson, Bagdad, Fla.; Angel Cabrera, Argentina
7:44 a.m. / 1:44 p.m.: Wen-Chong Liang, People's Republic of China; David Hearn, Canada; Hiroyuki Fujita, Japan
7:55 a.m. / 1:55 p.m.: Robert Streb, Shawnee, Kan.; (a) Lee McCoy, Athens, Ga.; TBD
8:06 a.m. / 2:06 p.m.: George McNeill, Fort Myers, Fla.; Masahiro Kawamura, Japan; Cameron Tringale, Mission Viejo, Calif.
8:17 a.m. / 2:17 p.m.: Henrik Stenson, Sweden; Francesco Molinari, Italy; Brandt Snedeker, Nashville, Tenn.
8:28 a.m. / 2:28 p.m. – Jim Furyk, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Miguel Angel Jimenez, Spain; Colin Montgomerie, Scotland
8:39 a.m. / 2:39 p.m.: Brooks Koepka, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Russell Henley, Macon, Ga.; Byeong-Hun An, Republic of Korea
8:50 a.m. / 2:50 p.m.: Jason Dufner, Cleveland, Ohio; Marc Warren, Scotland; Matt Every, Jacksonville, Fla.
9:01 a.m. / 3:01 p.m.: Brandon Hagy, Los Angeles, Calif.; (a) Matthew NeSmith, North Augusta, S.C.; Sebastian Cappelen, Denmark
9:12 a.m. / 3:12 p.m.: (a) Nick Hardy, Northbrook, Ill.; Alex Kim, Fullerton, Calif.; Rich Berberian Jr., Derry, N.H.
 
Thursday (June 18), hole #10 / Friday (June 19), hole #1
7 a.m. / 1 p.m.: Troy Kelly, Lakewood, Wash.; Seuk Hyun Baek, Republic of Korea; Cameron Smith, Australia
7:11 a.m. / 1:11 p.m.: John Parry, England; TBD; (a) Jack Maguire, St. Petersburg, Fla.
7:22 a.m. / 1:22 p.m.: Timothy O'Neal, Savannah, Ga.; Stephan Jaeger, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Kurt Barnes, Australia
7:33 a.m. / 1:33 p.m.: Gary Woodland, Topeka, Kan.; Victor Dubuisson, France; John Senden, Australia
7:44 a.m. / 1:44 p.m.: TBD; Morgan Hoffmann, Jupiter, Fla.; Bernd Wiesberger, Austria
7:55 a.m. / 1:55 p.m.: Marcel Siem, Germany; Alexander Levy, France; Brian Harman, St. Simons Island, Ga.
8:06 a.m. / 2:06 p.m.: Hideki Matsuyama, Japan; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland; Matt Kuchar, St. Simons Island, Ga.
8:17 a.m. / 2:17 p.m.: Dustin Johnson, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Adam Scott, Australia; Sergio Garcia, Spain
8:28 a.m. / 2:28 p.m.: Martin Kaymer, Germany; (a) Gunn Yang, Republic of Korea; Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland
8:39 a.m. / 2:39 p.m.: Patrick Reed, Houston, Texas; Chris Kirk, Milton, Ga.; Jamie Donaldson, Wales
8:50 a.m. / 2:50 p.m.: Webb Simpson, Charlotte, N.C.; Keegan Bradley, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Kevin Na, Diamond Bar, Calif.
9:01 a.m. / 3:01 p.m.: (a) Sam Horsfield, England; Shunsuke Sonoda, Japan; Oliver Farr, Wales
9:12 a.m. / 3:12 p.m.: Kevin Lucas, Folsom, Calif.; Pat Wilson, Andover, N.J.; (a) Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas
 
Thursday (June 18), hole #1 / Friday (June 19), hole #10
1 p.m. / 7 a.m.: Jason Palmer, England; Roberto Castro, Atlanta, Ga.; Andres Romero, Argentina
1:11 p.m. / 7:11 a.m.: (a) Denny McCarthy, Rockville, Md.; D.A. Points, Windermere, Fla.; Shiv Kapur, India
1:22 p.m. / 7:22 a.m.: (a) Bryson DeChambeau, Clovis, Calif.; Blayne Barber, Auburn, Ala.; Billy Hurley III, Annapolis, Md.
1:33 p.m. / 7:33 a.m.: Geoff Ogilvy, Australia; Ernie Els, South Africa; Retief Goosen, South Africa
1:44 p.m. / 7:44 a.m.: Bo Van Pelt, Jenks, Okla.; Charlie Beljan, Mesa, Ariz.; Tony Finau, Lehi, Utah
1:55 p.m. / 7:55 a.m.: Lee Janzen, Orlando, Fla.; (a) Oliver Schniederjans, Powder Springs, Ga.; Darren Clarke, Northern Ireland
2:06 p.m. / 8:06 a.m.: Daniel Summerhays, Fruit Heights, Utah; Thomas Aiken, South Africa; Danny Lee, New Zealand
2:17 p.m. / 8:17 a.m.: Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas; Jason Day, Australia; Justin Rose, England
2:28 p.m. / 8:28 a.m.: Tiger Woods, Hobe Sound, Fla.; Rickie Fowler, Murrieta, Calif.; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa
2:39 p.m. / 8:39 a.m.: Jimmy Walker, Boerne, Texas; Zach Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Ian Poulter, England
2:50 p.m. / 8:50 a.m.: Ryan Moore, Las Vegas, Nev.; Anirban Lahiri, India; Erik Compton, Coral Gables, Fla.
3:01 p.m. / 9:01 a.m.: (a) Jake Knapp, Costa Mesa, Calif.; Tyler Duncan, Columbus, Ind.; Matt Mabrey, Little Rock, Ark.
3:12 p.m. / 9:12 a.m.: Michael Davan, Hoopeston, Ill.; (a) Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, Miss.; Andrew Pope, Orlando, Fla.
 
Thursday (June 18), hole #10 / Friday (June 19), hole #1
1 p.m. / 7 a.m.: Tom Hoge, Fort Worth, Texas; Brad Fritsch, Holly Springs, N.C.; Tjaart van der Walt, South Africa
1:11 p.m. / 7:11 a.m.: Brad Elder, Dallas, Texas; (a) Beau Hossler, Mission Viejo, Calif.; Jamie Lovemark, Scottsdale, Ariz.
1:22 p.m. / 7:22 a.m.: Ryo Ishikawa, Japan; Luke Donald, England; J.B. Holmes, Campbellsville, Ky.
1:33 p.m. / 7:33 a.m.: Lucas Glover, Tequesta, Fla.; (a) Bradley Neil, Scotland; Marc Leishman, Australia
1:44 p.m. / 7:44 a.m.: Ryan Palmer, Colleyville, Texas; Joost Luiten, Netherlands; Danny Willett, England
1:55 p.m. / 7:55 a.m.: TBD; George Coetzee, South Africa; Alexander Noren, Sweden
2:06 p.m. / 8:06 a.m.: Brendon Todd, Atlanta, Ga.; Branden Grace, South Africa; Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand
2:17 p.m. / 8:17 a.m.: Billy Horschel, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Paul Casey, England; Lee Westwood, England
2:28 p.m. / 8:28 a.m.: Bill Haas, Greenville, S.C.; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Hunter Mahan, Dallas, Texas
2:39 p.m. / 8:39 a.m.: Shane Lowry, Republic of Ireland; Ben Martin, Greenville, S.C.; Stephen Gallacher, Scotland
2:50 p.m. / 8:50 a.m.: Charley Hoffman, Las Vegas, Nev.; Camilo Villegas, Colombia; Tommy Fleetwood, England
3:01 p.m. / 9:01 a.m.: Mark Silvers, Thunderbolt, Ga.; (a) Brian Campbell, Irvine, Calif.; Cheng-Tsung Pan, Chinese Taipei
3:12 p.m. / 9:12 a.m.: TBD; Jared Becher, Reno, Nev.; Samuel Saunders, Fort Collins, Colo.
 
Tiger Woods paired with Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson with Bubba Watson at U.S. Open
June 12, 2015 - 2:13pm
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Bubba Watson is at Chambers Bay preparing for next week's U.S. Open. By the looks of this putt, Watson at least has the undulated greens at Chambers Bay figured out.

Bubba Watson is out in Seattle already preparing for next week's U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, which looks more like the type of course you'd expect to see an Open Championship played on.

With the shapes and undulations on the Chambers Bay greens, we're guaranteed to see some wild putts during the tournament.

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But, why wait for the tournament to begin next Thursday to witness something fun on the greens?

Check out this putt by Watson with his back to the hole:

 

 

 

I love the end where Watson is waiting at the hole to pick the ball out of the cup as it drops.

Hard to believe that's just the second-best putt we've seen today. No. 1 goes to Jodi Ewart Shadoff at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, which you can see here.

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June 12, 2015 - 2:02pm
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Karrie Webb, a seven-time LPGA major winner, is in a familiar position at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship -- possessing the lead.

HARRISON, N.Y. -- In conditions on Friday at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship that were more demanding than Thursday's first round, seven-time major winner Karrie Webb played like the seasoned veteran she is and carded a 2-under 71.

The 71, along with Webb's 68 on Thursday, gave Webb the early clubhouse lead in the second round at 7-under 139.

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"I just think the greens are firmer," Webb said. "It's just a little more challenging to get the ball close. The wind is out of a slightly different direction so the course -- I think the longer holes yesterday played a lot shorter than they -- a lot longer today than they did yesterday. So I think that's making a little bit more challenging. It's hard to get -- tucked pins and then the greens are getting firm, it's hard to get it in there close."

Though it may have been challenging, Webb made it look easy. Her lone bogey on the day came at the par-3 16th hole, but she recovered from that with a birdie at the final hole.

"Nice to finish with a birdie on the last," Webb said.

Webb's last major victory was nine years ago at the ANA Inspiration. In terms of regular LPGA events, Webb last won in March of 2014 at the JTBC Founders Cup.

At 40 years old, Webb is doing what you'd expect a successful, gritty veteran to do -- she limits mistakes.

"I feel comfortable with where I put myself," Webb said of her 7 under total through two rounds. "Who knows if that will be leading or tied for the lead or one behind tomorrow. I'm just really happy to have played the course really solidly for two days and see what happens on the weekends." 

Webb takes early clubhouse lead at 7 under