North of the border: Wie ready for title defense in Canada

By Associated PressAugust 24, 2011, 12:42 am

MIRABEL, Que. – When she was pounding the ball off the tee as a 15-year-old, it was thought that Michelle Wie would be well into a dominating golf career by the time she was 21.

It still could happen, although it’s taken longer than anticipated for the Honolulu native who opted to split her time between golf and studies at Stanford University before she puts her full focus on the LPGA.

She has won two tournaments in her professional career, one of which was the 2010 Canadian Women’s Open at the St. Charles club in Winnipeg.

Wie will defend that title against the world’s best beginning Thursday at Hillsdale Golf Club.

“I know I need to be better and to work harder at my game,” Wie said after a practice round Tuesday at the tree-lined club north of Montreal. “I want to be at a higher level and that obviously requires a lot of work.”

This season, she has made 11 of 13 cuts and is 20th on the money list with $355,865. Her best showing was second place in Thailand in February.

Wie’s decision to study communications at Stanford has been questioned by some who feel the struggling LPGA Tour needs its stars playing and winning regularly.

Retired great Annika Sorenstam said last month that Wie was “distracted” by school and wondered if she was mentally strong enough to be a winner.

“I’m not going to miss a lot of tournaments with school and everything, but it has been a little difficult,” said Wie, who expects to graduate in March. “It obviously hasn’t made my life any easier, but I will always say education is very important.

“I don’t regret that decision at all.”

When Wie emerged as a teenager, her distance off the tee led many to believe she could be good enough to play on the men’s tour.

She was given entry into a PGA event in 2006 in Honolulu, and three more after that over the next two years, but never made a cut. Wie got her LPGA card in 2009, although she had entered several tournaments before then.

Wie posted her first win at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico in 2009, then won in Winnipeg last year.

“It definitely feels good coming here and seeing my picture with the trophy,” she said. “It brings back a lot of memories and hopefully I can do it again.”

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.