Na Yeon Choi Wins Inaugural LPGA Coates

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By Libby Peacock,

OCALA, Fla. Na Yeon Choi overcame Friday’s two shot deficit to win the inaugural Coates Golf Championship presented by R+L Carriers with a 16 under par score this evening in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala, Fla. This is the eighth career victory for the South Korean.

“It wasn't easy to stay calm on the last hole because I was so nervous out there,” said Na Yeon Choi. “I was waiting for this moment [for a long time], but finally [I’m here] and I'm so happy. I'm really looking forward this season.  I can see my game improving so much from the last year.” In its inaugural year, the Coates Golf Championship presented by R+L Carriers saw considerable attendance throughout the week. Tens of thousands of spectators attended the event to watch 120 of the world’s best female golfers compete in the first LPGA tournament of the year. In addition to the players and spectators, over 850 volunteers supported the event in various roles throughout the week.

“This week has been an impressive start to our 2015 season,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “We could not be happier with the response we have received from the communities of Ocala, Marion County and Central Florida. The spectator support here has been among the best on the LPGA Tour.” Choi trailed Lydia Ko by one stroke going into hole #17. She was able to par #17 under pressure as Ko double bogeyed, giving Choi a one shot lead going into the final hole. Ko played aggressive going for the green in two, while Choi laid up and played safe; Ko pared the hole, leaving Choi with a tap-in putt for the victory.

Ko’s second place finish awarded her with the projected #1 in the Rolex World Ranking, making her the youngest male or female golfer to earn #1 in the world.

“Congratulations to Na Yeon Choi—our first Coates Golf Champion,” said Mollie Coates, President of Coates Golf. “We could sense from day one that this would be an exceptional week in golf. Congratulations also to Lydia Ko, the youngest golfer in the history of men's and women's golf to be projected as number one in the world. We can't wait to see what the rest of 2015 holds for women's golf.”

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less drama more birdies

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My tribute to the CharlieHebdo Terrorist attack

On my way to the PGA Show I happen to Stop over to « France ma douce France ». As snow ski is part of my roots I went to Mégève, one of a kind lifestyle Ski resort, when the “Charlie Hebdo” drama happen. Then the #IamCharlie avalanche went down on me and after January 11th 2014 the unity rally Paris world leaders changed modern world forever. Beeing that week under France Media influence was such an introspection as who we are, who we thing we are and why we are who we are. #IamCharlie and you?

#IamCaddiePlayer…. well if you read this blog I guess you might be one and I hope you understand why I have edit the logo below “less drama more birdies” in fact this is my way (sorry, I am not good drawer) of expressing my respond to violence, racism and discrimination.

Think for a second how you feel when you make a birdie > happiness? Delivering birdies is what all golfers aim for… Delivering happiness is what all people should aim for. So let’s try to be happy now, let’s leave the drama in the locker room and FOCUS on what really counts.

Be happy to be Free, Enjoy the moment, the nature, The game, Your friends. You go Out of Bound play another ball, You miss the green play a nice approach, you miss the approach have a good putt, you miss the putt smile to it and at the end of your round do not forget your comments, do not forget your introspect. Be positive, Be patient, Be happy. I wish you lots of birdies now … Until next time

#IamStephane #IamCaddiePlayer  



Players turn to ShotLink stats to improve game

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WINDERMERE, Fla. – Statistics showed Zach Johnson what he needed to improve before he began 2015. You may be surprised to learn which club gave him trouble last season, though. Johnson is known for a sharp short game, but stats from the 2013-14 season revealed that he putted poorly. “It was terrible. It was horrible,” Johnson said at last month’s Hero World Challenge. “I think probably most people would assume I flourish in or I am pretty consistent in and excel in … putting. Last year I actually hit the ball pretty good. … So my putting was suspect at best. It was very average. “Obviously that needs to be part of my emphasis for the next year.”

The holidays are over and the ringing in of the New Year represents, among other things, a return to work. PGA TOUR players are not excluded. Johnson is the defending champion at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, which begins Friday in Maui. The first round at Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course will mark the end of a seven-week break, the longest scheduled pause of the year. Those off weeks are a time when many players reflect on the past year, take a sober assessment of their game and determine how to continue the ceaseless pursuit of improvement.

Stewart Cink, whose six PGA TOUR victories include the 2009 Open Championship, called the process “Whack-a-Mole golf" because a new problem always seems to pop up. “You correct one thing, and something else flares up, and it's just constantly you're searching for where you're going to put the next fire out.” he said. “We're not robots. We're human beings. “It's just the way golf is, and it's part of what makes it such a great game.”

There are many different ways players can attack a weak spot. Perhaps a technical adjustment needs to be made. New equipment might do the trick. Maybe it’s more time practicing that aspect of the game, or creating new drills to re-invigorate their training. Johnson said last season’s poor putting – he ranked 79th in strokes gained-putting, 48 spots worse than the previous season – was caused by a “combination of technical, mental, probably sometimes even emotional” influences. Most players view the process of improvement as a slow, gradual one made by small changes here and there. Large swing overhauls are the exception. Instead, it’s about refinement.

“You just have to understand your game, understand what you do well, and just keep improving on that, and weaknesses, improve little by little, and hopefully it all turns out in the end,” said FedExCup champion Billy Horschel. In two seasons, he went from 143rd in the FedExCup to No. 1.

ShotLink stats give players a deeper look at their game by calculating a ball’s proximity to the hole – instead of simply whether it is on the green – and by dividing the statistics into different intervals, i.e. 125-150 yards. ShotLink also makes more advanced metrics, like the “strokes gained” statistics of Columbia University professor Mark Broadie, possible. The putting stats can be divided into similar intervals to show players how they performed from various distances. Johnson that he continued to putt well from 8 feet and in last season. He was “horrendous,” he said, from 8 feet to 25 feet, though. His coaches will try to pinpoint drills and games that he can perform on the practice green to improve from that range. Players are often surprised by what the statistics reveal. Instructor Sean Foley tells a story of pupil Justin Rose, who believed he was a poor wedge player. Rose actually was No. 1 in strokes gained from 100 yards and in, Foley said.

"What happens to athletes, because they’re always in the thick of it, they start telling themselves stories," Foley said at the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, an annual meeting of the best minds in sports statistics.

Jordan Spieth was eighth in total driving on the PGA TOUR in 2013, but he was “bothered,” in his words, by his driving statistics when he looked at the numbers after last season. A change in equipment and strategy did the trick, and contributed to victories at the Australian Open and Hero World Challenge. “When I looked back I was trying to work it too much both ways off the tee,” said Spieth, who also put a new Titleist 915 driver in his bag.

Players like Johnson, Spieth and Jason Day hold year-end meetings to analyze the past year and map out a plan of improvement for the following one. For the past few seasons, the ShotLink statistics showed Day that his wedge game needed improvement. It’s an area he addressed and it has paid dividends. Day, who won the 2014 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship, finished first in proximity to the hole from the fairway from 125-150 yards (18 feet, 7 inches) in 2013-14 after finishing 166th in that category the previous season. He averaged 25 feet, 3 inches in 2013.

“We knew that we needed to improve. It’s sheer numbers. If you have that amount of wedges in your hand and you don’t capitalize on them, you need to … do something about it,” Day said. “If I can get better at those and sneak out one to three more birdies, that could sneak maybe a top-10 or top-5 or a couple more wins a year.” The statistics also showed him that he still needs to make strides between 50 and 75 yards. He ranked 116th (16 feet, 6 inches) in that category in 2013-14. “You hate working on (weaknesses), but once you start getting a little bit better at it, then it starts to be a lot more fun because you’re starting to get better,” said Day, who finished 10th in last season’s FedExCup. “If you can make slow and little improvements each and every year in the categories you want to get better at, while maintaining your strengths, then you’re improving.”>

As SHOTLINK do it on the PGATOUR, CaddiePlayer will do it on YOU = "Turning Data into Information and Information into Knowledge" 

CaddiePlayer New Year Resolution (Goal) 2015

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Register 10 rounds before June 30th  !

The New Year Eve Party, Holiday and Tralala are behind, it’s now time to go back to work, for most human kind its back to the seating office from 9 to 5, five days a week and for a happy few talented golfers the Golf Course where either: As a Player hitting, as a Caddie watching, or as a Coach commenting thousands of golf balls… this is where you shall be most of 2015.    What about your 2015 resolutions? I am not talking about the typical most wishes: to love more, be nice and quit smoking, I am talking about your New Year Golf resolution? I mean the one about “breaking through to the next level” if this is the one you aim for, you are at one right place: CaddiePlayer.

Why CaddiePlayer wants you to register 10 rounds before June 30th ?

  • Because 10 rounds is a good number to see clearly tendencies.
  • Because 10 rounds will show you the roadmap to your next level.

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  • Without direction it’s difficult to know where you are going.
  • Goal setting means that you push yourself to achieve them.

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