By Associated PressJune 24, 2003, 4:00 pm
Michelle Wie left home three weeks ago for an incredible summer of golf.
When she returns to Honolulu on Aug. 25 to start her freshman year at Punahou School, the 13-year-old will have traveled nearly 20,000 miles to play in eight tournaments -- five of them against professionals -- run by four organizations.
This isn't the typical vacation for a teenager, but Wie has no complaints.
'If you grow up normal, you'll only be normal,' Wie said. 'And I don't want to be normal. I want to be something else.'
The only thing missing from her itinerary is a PGA Tour event, although it wasn't from a lack of offers. Her father, B.J. Wie, said she was offered an exemption to a PGA Tour event, although he declined to say which one -- only that they turned it down.
'It's not the right time,' he said. 'It's too much for her.'
After qualifying June 9 for the Women's Open, Wie went to the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links to play 36 holes of stroke play, followed by five 18-hole matches and a 36-hole final, which she won for her first national title.
She is playing this week in the ShopRite Classic near Atlantic City, N.J., on the LPGA Tour, then goes across country for the Women's Open outside Portland.
After a two-week visit with relatives in California, Wie returns to the East Coast on July 21 for the U.S. Girls Junior in Fairfield, Conn., then gets a one-week break before the U.S. Women's Amateur at Philadelphia Country Club.
The next week, she will be in Ohio for the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic on the LPGA Tour, followed by a five-hour drive to Michigan for a Canadian Tour event against the men.
And after she gets back to school? Wie leaves in three weeks to play on the Nationwide Tour in Idaho.
Meanwhile, the PGA Tour remains a strong possibility.
Depending on how she plays this summer, B.J. Wie said his daughter might be considered for an exemption to the Sony Open in Honolulu in January.
At least that one is close to home.
The Buick Classic wasn't a total loss for Tiger Woods. He made the cut for the 105th consecutive time on the PGA Tour, tying him with Jack Nicklaus for the second-longest streak in tour history.
The record is 113 set by Byron Nelson in 1940s.
While there have been a few close calls, such as the Masters this year, Woods might not be closing in on the mark if not for Matt Kuchar.
The cut streak was at 24 going into the 1999 Bay Hill Invitational when Woods opened with a 74 and followed that with a 72. He was at 2-over 146 and in a tie for 71st.
How did he make it to the weekend?
The cut is for the top 70 'professionals' and ties. Kuchar played Bay Hill as an amateur that year and was 2-under 142 after 36 holes -- meaning Woods and everyone else at 146 made the cut on the number.
For winning the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, Michelle Wie received a gold medal, the Robert. F. Dwyer Trophy and $300.
The money came from her parents, courtesy of a wager by the 13-year-old. Wie said she made the bet Friday after she advanced to the quarterfinals.
'My dad was like, 'That's way too much.' He wanted it to be $100,' Wie said. 'But I stared him down, and we made it $300.'
B.J. Wie put a different spin on the bet. He said the $300 was pledged as shopping money while they are on vacation in California after the U.S. Women's Open.
'If she wins the Women's Open, I'll probably have to give her more money,' he said.
Jonathan Kaye has one of the more interesting hobbies among PGA Tour players. He raises jalapeno peppers.
Kaye said gardeners decided to plant the peppers around his house in Phoenix. He liked what he saw, and now takes care of them himself.
'It's not hard to harvest them,' Kaye said. 'You just decide when to pick them. It's how hot you want them. With jalapenos, the more cracks there are, the hotter it is.'
What does he do with them?
'I love Mexican food,' he said.
Shooting a 65 to share the first-round lead at the U.S. Open gave Tom Watson a platform to talk about his caddie, Bruce Edwards, who is dying from Lou Gehrig's disease, and the need for more research money.
Edwards and Jeff Julian have formed 'Driving 4 Life,' an intensive effort to raise money for the ALS Therapy Development Foundation. They even launched an Internet site, www.driving4life.org.
Donations are for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research. Edwards has a separate trust fund to help cover his medical expenses.
John Rollins will be playing in the British Open for the first time, exempt because he won the Canadian Open.
The only time Rollins has played in Europe was the American Express Championship last year at Mount Juliet in Ireland, an American-style course designed by Jack Nicklaus.
'I know I'll have to adjust my game,' Rollins said. 'I'll have to learn how to hit shots short of the green and hit some bump-and-runs.'
He then mentioned that he'll be going over a week early to play in the Scottish Open.
One problem: It's played at Loch Lomond, an American-style course designed by Tom Weiskopf.
Annika Sorenstam has made the list of Forbes magazine's 'Celebrity 100' for the first time. Sorenstam is No. 74 and trails Serena Williams (60), Venus Williams (65) and Anna Kournikova (70) among the five female athletes on the list. The only other golfers were Tiger Woods (3) and Arnold Palmer (64). Celebrities were chosen based on money earned, Web site hits, press clippings and broadcast interviews. ... Kelli Kuehne raised $175,000 in her annual pro-am to raise money for diabetes. She has raised more than $1.5 million since she started the charity even six years ago.
The last three major championships were won with three-putt bogeys on the final hole -- Jim Furyk at the U.S. Open, Mike Weir at the Masters (playoff), Rich Beem at the PGA Championship.
'If it was easy, all of us would be like Tiger.' -- John Rollins, on the difficult of winning on the PGA Tour.
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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

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.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

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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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

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.

Masters victory

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Green jacket tour

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Man of the people

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Growing family

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Departure from TaylorMade

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Squashed beef with Paddy

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Victory at Valderrama

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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

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.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.