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September 18, 2011

The record will show that Alexis Thompson on Sunday became the youngest winner of an L.P.G.A. Tour event, closing with a two-under par 70 to complete a five-stroke victory at the Navistar L.P.G.A. Classic.

But if you ask Thompson, who is known as Lexi and is seven months and eight days past her 16th birthday, this victory was long overdue. In her mind, she should have won this tournament two years ago, when she held a share of the lead after the first and second rounds before a third-round 74 sent her tumbling to a 27th-place finish.

If not then, then Thompson fully expected to make history five months ago when she took a share of the lead into the final round of the Avnet L.P.G.A. Classic in Mobile, Ala. A closing 78 on the final day dropped her into a tie for 19th.

On Sunday, Thompson began her round with a five-stroke lead over her closest challenger, Meena Lee, and finished five shots ahead of Tiffany Joh with a 72-hole total of 17-under 271. Thompson sealed her win with birdies at Nos. 16 and 17 after Joh pulled three strokes behind.

Before Thompson’s victory, the youngest player to win on the L.P.G.A. Tour was Marlene Hagge, who was two weeks past her 18th birthday when she captured the 18-hole Sarasota Open in 1952. Paula Creamer was 18 years, 9 months and 17 days when she won the 2005 Sybase Classic to become the youngest winner of a multi-round event.

Because Thompson is under 18, she will not receive the automatic tour membership that is one of the spoils of victory at L.P.G.A. events. Earlier this year, she successfully petitioned the L.P.G.A. for the ability to earn membership through the three-stage L.P.G.A. qualifying tournament. She won the first stage by 10 strokes and will participate in the second stage at the end of this month. Only if she is among the leaders at the end of the third stage will Thompson earn full L.P.G.A. Tour membership.

Thompson’s father, Scott, carried her bag around the Senator course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Capitol Hill, and seemed to have a calming effect on her. Before every shot he said a few words to his daughter and then backed off, giving Thompson plenty of space to execute the shots she has been practicing since she was a young child.

Thompson, who turned pro last year and is home-schooled, has two older brothers who are also top golfers. The older one, Nicholas, divides his time between the Nationwide and PGA tours. The younger, Curtis, is on a golf scholarship at Louisiana State.

Lexi was five years old when she followed her brothers into golf. Nicholas chose golf over baseball at age 11 and shortly thereafter, Scott Thompson and his wife, Judy, who works full time processing insurance claims at a dental office, bought a house along the 12th fairway of the T.P.C. at Eagle Trace near Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Thompson children grew up competing in high-stakes backyard chipping and putting contests: the loser would have to empty the dishwasher, take out the trash or perform some other unwelcome household chore.

from:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/19/sports/lexi-thompson-16-becomes-youngest-to-win-on-lpga-tour.html

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Alexis “Lexi” Thompson was born on February 10th, 1995 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexi_Thompson

February 10th, 1995

February 10th

2 + 10 +2+0+1+1 = 16 = her personal year (from February 10th, 2011 to February 9th, 2012) = Amazing.  Unprecedented.

16 year + 9 (September) = 25 = her personal month (from September 10th, 2011 to October 9th, 2011) = Thrilling.  Rooting for the underdog.

25 month + 18 (18th of the month on Sunday September 18th, 2011) = 43 = her personal day = Congratulations.  Celebrating.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 3:41 pm

As unlikely as it sounds, objects falling from the skies could save your life.

Granted, you may not think that getting clocked upside the head with that tiny dimpled sphere sounds like a good time, and in truth, it’s not. But for Chris Logan of West Chester, Pa., a golf ball to the temple actually may have saved his life.

Logan attended the AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club last July 4, as the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, and was struck by an errant shot by Sean O’Hair.

He was — by most accounts — fine, but an examination to check for a concussion also revealed a lump just below his throat. The doctor urged Logan to have it checked out by a family physician, and remarkably, it wound up being a malignant tumor on his thyroid that needed to be removed within weeks.

Almost a year to the day, Logan is cancer free and got a chance to finally meet O’Hair and thank him for saving his life. Neither man knew quite what to say at first, but both were thankful for the experience, no matter how bizarre the circumstances.

Logan, who has spent time caddying, often gets ribbed by friends for getting struck down by a golf ball after countless hours avoiding them on the job.

But the word “fate” obviously holds a little more power than “fore.”

from:  http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/good-sports/201106/sean-ohair-may-have-saved-life-bad-tee-shot

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Sean O‘Hair

1       6

 

his primary challenge = SO = 16 = Shocks.  Surprises.  Stunned.  Amazing.  Expect the unexpected.  Object falling from the sky.  Life-altering experiences.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Chris Logan

3             5

 

how he obtains his heart’s desire = 35 = Head wound.  Life saving piece of information.  A real life saver.  You saved my life.

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Rory McIlroy

Friday, 17 June 2011 18:37 UK

Rory McIlroy broke a host of records with another Maryland masterclass to surge clear on day two of the US Open.

McIlroy, 22, shot the lowest 36-hole total in US Open history and became the first man to reach 13 under, but double bogeyed 18 for a 66 to end 11 under.

YE Yang had yet to start at three under, while Sergio Garcia (71), Robert Garrigus (70), Brandt Snedeker (70) and Zach Johnson ended two under.

Phil Mickelson bounced back with a 69 to climb to one over at Congressional.

Northern Ireland’s McIlroy led by three shots after a stunning first-round 65 and he continued where he left off on greens softened by overnight rain.

McIlroy birdied the fourth and sixth and then saw his 113-yard pitch to the eighth spin back from the rear of the green and drop for an eagle as playing partner Mickelson applauded.

MCILROY’S US OPEN MILESTONES

  • First man ever to reach -10 in R2
  • First player ever to reach -13
  • Lowest 36-hole total of 131

The shot gave McIlroy a seven-stroke lead and made him the first player in the 111-year history of the US Open to reach 10 under during the second round.

Another birdie followed at the 467-yard 14th and he watched in agony as his eagle putt on 16 stayed out by a hair’s breadth.

The ensuing birdie took him alongside Tiger Woods (2000) and Gil Morgan (1992) as the only man ever to reach 12 under in a US Open, but he took the record on his own at the 17th as another birdie putt disappeared.

But McIlroy caught the left rough with his drive on 18 and his second found the water short of the green en route to a double-bogey six.

A par would have broken Nick Faldo’s record for the lowest halfway total in major history (130 in the 1992 Open at Muirfield). He did, though, break the US Open record for lowest 36-hole total of 132 set in 2009 by American Ricky Barnes.

I know better than anyone else at the minute that things can turn very strange and weird things can happen

Rory McIlroy

The two dropped shots on 18 were the first strokes McIlroy had leaked all tournament. In 36 holes he has hit 32 greens in regulation and 20 of 28 fairways.

“It’s mostly to do with my attitude more than anything else,” said McIlroy. “I did a piece after Augusta where I said I needed to be a little more cocky, a little more arrogant on the golf course, and think a little bit more about myself, which I’ve tried to incorporate a little bit, just on the golf course.

“Par golf now could be good enough but I’ve got to go out there and play the way I have been playing and make very committed swings and play aggressively to the targets that I pick”

The biggest halfway lead in the US Open is the six-stroke advantage held by Woods – absent through injury this year – at Pebble Beach in 2000 en route to a major record 15-shot victory. In all majors it was the nine of Henry Cotton at Sandwich in 1934.

Should he go on to win McIlroy, a few months younger than Jack Nicklaus was when he lifted the first of his 18 majors in 1962, would be the youngest US Open champion since another legend of golf – amateur Bobby Jones – in 1923.

But McIlroy led the Masters for the first three rounds before carding a closing 80 to plummet to 15th in April, while he followed an opening 63 with a second-round 80 at the Open at St Andrews last year.

“I know better than anyone else at the minute that things can turn very strange and weird things can happen,” he said.

“I’ve got to keep focused and keep mentally strong for these next 36 holes.”

England’s Robert Rock added a 71 to his opening 70 for one under despite not arriving in time for a practice round after being delayed in the UK with visa problems.

Mickelson, who had a day to forget with his driver on Thursday, found a touch more control and picked up three birdies on his front nine, before dropping a shot at the 11th.

The 41-year-old, a five-time US Open runner-up, birdied the 14th and shaved the cup for an eagle on the 16th. Mickelson, like McIlroy, caught the pond on 18 and also made double bogey.

The cut is likely to fall at four over which would leave Stephen Gallacher, Hunter Mahan, Martin Laird, Rickie Fowler (all +5), Ian Poulter (+6) and Miguel Angel Jimenez (+8) all with a free weekend.

from:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/golf/13815890.stm

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Rory McIlroy was born on May 4th, 1989 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rory_McIlroy

May 4th, 1989

5 + 4 +1+9+8+9 = 36 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Crushing [the competition].

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May 4th, 1989

May 4th

5 + 4 +2+0+1+1 = 13 = his personal year (from May 4th, 2011 to May 3rd, 2012) = Major changes.

13 year + 6 (June) = 19 = his personal month (from June 4th, 2011 to July 3rd, 2011) = Proud of his hard earned success.

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12:00 PM ET, 06/16/2011

12:38:Back-to-back birdies by Y.E. Yang on holes number 6 and 7 (his 15th and 16th of the day) put Yang at -3, tied with Pamler.

12:26 p.m.: Y.E. Yang and Brandt Jobe have moved into a tie with Johan Edfors and Jeff Overton for second, a stroke behind Ryan Palmer.

The leader in the clubhouse is Chez Reavie, with a 1-under 70.

11:57 a.m.: Chez Reavie, with a bogey on 17, drops to 1-under, leaving Johan Edfors and Jeff Overton tied for second behind Ryan Palmer.

11:36 a.m.: There’s been a shift atop the leaderboard: Ryan Palmer is now alone in the lead with a birdie at 10 to go to 3-under; Chez Reavie, Jeff Overton and Johan Edfors are at 2-under.

from:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/post/2011-us-open-live-blog-teeing-off-at-congressional/2011/06/15/AGxBy7WH_blog.html

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Ryan Palmer was born on September 19th, 1976 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_Palmer

September 19th, 1976

September 19th

9 +19 +2+0+1+0 = 31 = his personal year (from September 19th, 2010 to September 18th, 2011) = Competition.  Contender.  Rising to the challenge.  Striving to be #1.

 

 

 

 

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Johan Edfors.jpg

Jun 16, 2011 9:59 AM CT

Thu Jun 16 14:59:31 GMT 2011<span id=”__mce” data-mce-type=”bookmark”></span><p>Johan Edfors, <a href=”http://topics.bloomberg.com/jeff-overton/”>Jeff Overton</a> and Ryan Palmer are tied for the lead at golf’s U.S. Open, the second major championship of the season.</p><p>Edfors, of Sweden, is 2-under par through nine holes at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Overton and Palmer, both Americans, have played eight holes.</p><p>Defending champion Graeme McDowell, from Northern Ireland, and two-time winner Ernie Els, from <a href=”http://topics.bloomberg.com/south-africa/”>South Africa</a>, are among players at 1-under. Els won the second of his two U.S. Open titles at Congressional in 1997, while McDowell won last year’s tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.</p><p>As the tournament begins about 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of the White House, all four of golf’s major titles are held by non-Americans. A loss this week would mark the first time five straight majors were won by non-U.S. players.</p><p>Englishmen Luke Donald and <a href=”http://topics.bloomberg.com/lee-westwood/”>Lee Westwood</a>, the top two golfers in the Official World Ranking, entered the tournament as co-favorites of Las Vegas oddsmakers with Phil Mickelson at 12-1. Donald and Westwood started in a group with No. 3-ranked<a href=”http://topics.bloomberg.com/martin-kaymer/”>Martin Kaymer</a>, the reigning PGA Championship winner.</p><p>Westwood and Kaymer are 1-over par through nine holes, while Donald is 4-over. Donald has four bogeys and a double bogey over his past six holes after starting his round with back-to-back birdies.</p><p>Mickelson, who turned 41 today, is scheduled to tee off at 1:35 p.m. with Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy. Scattered thunderstorms are forecast later today, according to the National Weather Service.</p><p>Three-time champion Tiger Woods is skipping the tournament because of leg injuries<span id=”__mce” data-mce-type=”bookmark”></span></p>Johan Edfors, Jeff Overton and Ryan Palmer are tied for the lead at golf’s U.S. Open, the second major championship of the season.

Edfors, of Sweden, is 2-under par through nine holes at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Overton and Palmer, both Americans, have played eight holes.

Defending champion Graeme McDowell, from Northern Ireland, and two-time winner Ernie Els, from South Africa, are among players at 1-under. Els won the second of his two U.S. Open titles at Congressional in 1997, while McDowell won last year’s tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.

As the tournament begins about 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of the White House, all four of golf’s major titles are held by non-Americans. A loss this week would mark the first time five straight majors were won by non-U.S. players.

Englishmen Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, the top two golfers in the Official World Ranking, entered the tournament as co-favorites of Las Vegas oddsmakers with Phil Mickelson at 12-1. Donald and Westwood started in a group with No. 3-rankedMartin Kaymer, the reigning PGA Championship winner.

Westwood and Kaymer are 1-over par through nine holes, while Donald is 4-over. Donald has four bogeys and a double bogey over his past six holes after starting his round with back-to-back birdies.

Mickelson, who turned 41 today, is scheduled to tee off at 1:35 p.m. with Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy. Scattered thunderstorms are forecast later today, according to the National Weather Service.

Three-time champion Tiger Woods is skipping the tournament because of leg injuries.

from:  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-16/graeme-mcdowell-ernie-els-trail-johan-edfors-by-one-at-u-s-open-golf.html

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Johan Edfors was born on October 10th, 1975 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johan_Edfors

October 10th, 1975

October 10th

10 + 10 +2+0+1+0 = 23 = his personal year (from October 10th, 2010 to October 9th, 2011) = Athlete.  Sports.  Taking the lead.  Leader of the pack.

23 year + 6 (June) = 29 = his personal month (from June 10th, 2011 to July 9th, 2011) = Self-confidence.

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