LPGA Gamer - Thursday

By Associated PressMay 7, 2009, 4:00 pm
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Now, shes a rookie on the LPGA, and trying to be just one of the girls.
 
This year definitely feels like a fresh start, she said Tuesday at Kingsmill, site of this weekends Michelob Ultra Open. It got me more excited about playing, especially playing every week. I just have a new mindset. It feels like a new opportunity and its a lot of fun.
 
Her goals and demeanor, which once drew criticism, are more measured, too.
 
Just have fun, try my hardest at every moment, not think too much about the future, she said after a practice round Tuesday. Obviously I want to win a couple, but I think the most important thing for me is just to have fun and relax out there and good golf will follow.
 
Wie declined to speculate what impact a breakthrough victory would have ' I dont know what it would cause, but hopefully good things would happen, she said 'but Rankin and others think the boost it could give the womens game in a sagging economy would be sizable.
 
First of all, people are going to be happy to see this phenomenal talent finally begin to reach her potential, Rankin said. Secondly, because of her age, because she is so young, people are going to be happy to see her overcome the difficulties of the last few years.
 
Thirdly, shes just so flat-out talented and good, its going to make the competition on this tour so much keener. And shes been this way since she was about 14. She bears the burden of having the most potential of anybody anyone has ever seen at such a young age.
 
Fellow Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez said fans often approach her with the same questions.
 
They always ask me: `Whats going on with Michelle Wie? Lopez said. I mean, that is the main topic a lot of times when people come up and ask me what Im doing on the tour.
 
Clearly, the years without winning have hardly curtailed fans fascination with the regal 6-footer with the graceful swing, the posing finish and the long, purposeful stride.
 
When she contended in her debut this season in the SBS Open in Hawaii, the tours Web site got the second-most traffic on a weekend in its history, LPGA spokesman David Higdon said.
 
No. 1? The 2006 Evian Masters in France, when a then-16 year old Wie led by two shots with seven holes to play before faltering and losing by one shot to Karrie Webb.
 
This season, Wie is 22nd on the money list with $142,756 through four events.
 
No one would have guessed when she won the U.S. Amateur Publinx title at 13 that Wie would still be chasing her first LPGA victory six years later, but Wie prefers to think of herself as just one of the players on tour these days, and to let her play determine where she fits.
 
I think its great that people think so highly of me that they have expectations, and I have really high expectations for myself, she said. Im trying my hardest to fulfill my own expectations and trying to become the best I can be.
 
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    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

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    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


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    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

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