Evian Masters will always welcome Wie

By Associated PressJuly 26, 2008, 4:00 pm
2006 Evian MastersEVIAN-LES-BAINS, France ' As Michelle Wies playing options narrow in the United States, there is a place in Europe where she will always be welcome.
 
Organizers of the Evian Masters say they will keep inviting the 18-year-old, who nearly recorded her first LPGA victory at Europes richest womens tournament.
 
We do believe that Michelle Wie belongs to the family of the Evian Masters, tournament director Jacques Bungert said. I have a great relationship with Michelle and her family because we have been talking about her future even before she became so famous.
 
Without a tour card and relying on sponsors invitations to play, Wie choose not to use an exemption to come to France and missed the tournament for the first time in five years.
 
This year B.J. (Wies father) called me. Obviously he didnt want to ask for an exemption, Bungert said. I guess to him the pride was for Michelle to qualify directly to the Evian Masters. She asked for tournaments that could help her get back on track as well. Evian is not an easy course or tournament.
 
Wie first played at the event in 2004 as an invited 14-year-old amateur. She tied for second the following year, though eight strokes behind winner Paula Creamer.
 
In 2006, Wie came close to earning her first victory, leading by two strokes with seven holes to play. But she made a bogey at 13, allowing Australias Karrie Webb to edge her with a pair of birdies for a one-stroke win.
 
At that time she was definitely very happy, very focused, very easy, Bungert said. Michelle, to me, is always someone who is mentally strong and physically strong.
 
Wie needs that resolve after her disqualification from the State Farm Classic in Illinois last Saturday.
 
After completing her third round in second place, organizers discovered she had failed to sign her second-round card before leaving the scoring area.
 
A win or high finish would have all but guaranteed her enough money to finish in the top 80 LPGA players this year, the cutoff for automatic inclusion in next years tour.
 
That was really sad for her, Bungert said. She deserved to win and she would be here today if she had won.
 
Instead of looking out from Evians hillside fairways across Lake Geneva to Montreux, Switzerland, Wie is spending this weekend preparing to play at the Montreux Golf & Country Club in Nevada. She has accepted an invitation to play against the men at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open starting Thursday.
 
She will be playing her seventh and final LPGA event of this year at the CN Canadian Womens Open in August. Barring a high finish there, she will have to go through qualifying to earn LPGA status for next year.
 
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  • Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

    By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

    Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

    Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

    What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


    Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

    Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

    Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

    Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

    Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

    The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

    Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

    Lexi Thompson:

    Baking time!!

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    David Feherty:

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    Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

    By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

    Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.