this one took the most protracted and
lengthy period of discussion because
we just wanted to make sure that this
was really thought out. [But] if you’re
going to govern with conviction, you
have to make hard decisions, and this
was one.” —Ryan Herrington
Whan wants Match Play
back on 2014 schedule
�� Missing when the LPGA released its
2013 schedule last month was the
Sybase Match Play Championship,
contested the last three years at
Hamilton Farm GC in Bedminster, N.J.
Reading between the lines, the tour
was probably not all that pleased that
the sponsor waited until so late in the
game to make decisions about this
“When Sybase was purchased by
SAP, we believed they would pick up
the sponsorship extension that was
available to them,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan told Golf World.
“Unfortunately, we were informed in
late 2012 that SAP would not title
sponsor the event, at which point it was
simply too late to find a new sponsor for
the 2013 tournament. There is huge
interest in bringing the Match Play
back to our schedule beginning in 2014.”
While the Match Play was a success
with Hamilton Farm proving to be a
worthy venue, the purchase of Sybase
by German software firm SAP meant a
change in philosophy about how to
spend those marketing dollars.
“Hamilton Farm, the LPGA and
[tournament management company]
Octagon are working on putting
together another event, and we are
looking for sponsorship,” Erin Walsh,
membership and marketing director
of Hamilton Farm, told NJ.com.
Tournament director Harry Hardy
of Octagon said his company would
also work to find a new sponsor for an
event in the New York/New Jersey
area. Whether the Match Play comes
back is a more dubious call. The
original version of this event, the
HSBC Women’s World Match Play
Championship, was played at Hamilton Farm in 2005-06 and at Wykagyl
CC in New Rochelle, N. Y., in 2007.
That year, Annika Sorenstam, Paula
Creamer, Lorena Ochoa, Se Ri Pak and
Suzann Pettersen were all defeated on
Friday, leaving the event short of big
names going into the weekend. The
Sunday final was won by Seon Hwa
Lee over Ai Miyazato and drew scant
attention. At that point HSBC moved
its LPGA stop to Singapore and made
it a stroke-play event, the HSBC
Women’s Champions played Feb. 28-
March 3 as the third stop on this year’s
The Sybase Match Play was won by
Sun Young Yoo, 3 and 1, over Angela
Stanford in 2010; Suzann Pettersen,
1-up, over Cristie Kerr in 2011; and
Azahara Munoz, 2 and 1, over Candie
Kung last year after a controversial
slow-play penalty was called on
Morgan Pressel in her semifinal match
against Munoz (left). —Ron Sirak
01En route to an 18th-hole 8 at Pebble Beach in round three, Phil
Mickelson takes a nasty slide on the rocks.
Another opportunity for Lefty to complain
about California being a pain in his backside.
02 WGC-Accenture Match Play’s 64-man field is set.
Until someone tweaks his back and sends
the brackets kablooey.
03 USGA to pull the plug on men’s and women’s Amateur
Public Links after 2014.
Lots of long faces, but not at Augusta
04 Brandt Snedeker joins early Masters favorites with his
Pebble Beach win.
Billy Payne buys members Rosetta Stone
Fast Talk for Southerners.
05 Fifteen-year-old Lydia Ko captures the ISPS Handa New
Zealand Women’s Open.
Truth is, she’s not the future of women’s golf.
She’s the present.
06 Rocco Mediate wins title at the Allianz Championship in his
Champions Tour debut.
No surprise, he’s been practicing swinging
like an old man for the last two decades.
07 James (Gangnam Style) Hahn shares 54-hole lead at Pebble
Beach, finishes T- 3.
PSY’s the early favorite for next year’s
08 Vijay Singh ( T- 50) meets with PGA Tour boss Tim Finchem
before AT& T play begins.
Let’s hope, for his sake, he led with the
“What a stupid I am” line.
: Andy Peterson, Omaha
09 Bill Murray heads a starry gather- ing of pros, celebs and CEOs at
Pebble Beach—and misses the Pro-Am cut.
He remains the perennial fan favorite, so he’s
got that going for him, which is nice.