Rookies Michelle Wie Stacy Lewis in the spotlight

By Associated PressSeptember 11, 2009, 2:44 am

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ROGERS, Ark. – Michelle Wie might not even be the most watched rookie at this week’s LPGA event.

Stacy Lewis, who won the 2007 NCAA championship while at the University of Arkansas, will be on familiar turf for the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship. Lewis was the first-round leader at this event two years ago, when the rest of it was called off because of bad weather.

“It’s become home for me the last couple years, so it’s so nice to be back and sleeping in my own bed this week,” Lewis said. “It’s always fun to play this golf course. It’s one I’ve played since I came here in school.”

Pinnacle Country Club is about a 15-minute drive from where Lewis went to college, and she’s played in this event since it started in 2007. Last year Lewis finished tied for 49th. She said she was exhausted after a week of distractions.

Lewis hasn’t won on tour, but she led the U.S. Women’s Open after three rounds last year before finishing five shots back. That only increased expectations for the Rogers event, and Lewis struggled after a good start.

“It was the week after the U.S. Open, and just the magnitude of that. I wasn’t prepared for it,” Lewis said. “I was looking forward to this year, because I knew what to expect. I knew what was coming, and I knew the week was going to be busy.”

Wie, of course, is also trying for her elusive first win. Like Lewis, she showed potential long before this, her rookie season on the LPGA. Wie finished in the top five of four straight majors in 2005-06, and although she struggled after that, she’s now showing signs of a breakthrough. She’s 17th on the money list this year despite missing the cut last weekend at the Canadian Women’s Open.

“I think it’s, you know, a learning experience for me. I have never done this before. My parents have never done this before,” Wie said. “So I make really good decisions, which I’m proud of, and I make bad decisions, which I learn from.”

Wie has finished in the top 10 six times this year and helped the U.S. win the Solheim Cup last month. She went 3-0-1 in that event, showing some of the form that made her a phenom before she was sidetracked by injuries and other missteps.

“I’ve known her since she was 12 years old, and we’ve become very good friends. She is a great kid. She really is,” said Cristie Kerr, the tour’s leading money winner this year. “And I say ‘kid’ because she’s still 19. I’m 31 now.”

Wie should be a crowd favorite again this week, but she’ll have plenty of company, from hometown hope Lewis to other big names like Kerr, Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis and Christina Kim.

Creamer has been battling the flu and bronchitis recently.

“I’m starting to get my strength back,” she said Wednesday. “I haven’t been able to work out just because my body’s been so weak.”

Seon Hwa Lee is also in the field after winning the event last year.

Lewis said she’s happy with the field, considering the tournament is sandwiched between last weekend’s event in Canada and next weekend’s in California.

“I think this tournament is starting to become a better event every year,” Lewis said. “Good players are talking about it more early in the season and looking forward to it.”

Just imagine how popular the tournament would be if the weather would cooperate. The 2007 event was called off after 18 holes, and rain was a factor last year too. This week, Wednesday’s Pro-Am was shortened because of rain.

“I think it’s going to be a long week again,” Lewis said. “When the LPGA comes to town, the rain comes to town.”

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

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Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.