Wie Annika in Contention at Cherry Hills

By Associated PressJune 24, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 U.S. WomenCHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. -- Michelle Wie birdied the 17th hole Friday morning, wrapping up her first round with a share of the lead at the U.S. Open.
 
The 15-year-old amateur woke up at 4:15 a.m. to be at Cherry Hills in time to complete the rain-delayed first round. She shot 2-under-par 69 to finish tied with Angela Stanford and Brittany Lang and move two strokes ahead of Annika Sorenstam.
 
Wie had a good chance to take the lead by herself after hitting a 6-iron to 6 feet on No. 18. She just missed the putt, though, and the first round closed without one player making birdie on the difficult, 459-yard par-4. The hole played at an average of 0.741 strokes above par.
 
``I was shooting for consistent, under-par rounds and now I have one,'' said Wie, stopping briefly before heading back out to start her second round. ``But there's still a long way to go.''
 
Laura Davies, the 1987 champion, also completed her opening round Friday with much different results. She closed with a triple bogey, double bogey and bogey to shoot 84, the worst of her 66 rounds at the U.S. Open.
 
This marked the second straight year an amateur was leading the Women's Open after the first round -- and it wasn't just one teenager, but two.
 
Lang, a 19-year-old amateur from Duke, also shot 69 Thursday afternoon before storms suspended play, taking bogey on the last hole when her approach hit the grandstand.

A year ago, Brittany Lincicome opened with a 5-under 66 at Orchards Golf Club in western Massachusetts.
 
Two strokes behind, and well in contention to win the third leg of the Grand Slam, was Sorenstam, who overcame a nervous start to finish at par.
 
``I put a lot of pressure on myself,'' she said. ``I really want to do well here. When you stand on the tee, you know you have to hit the fairways. That's double pressure right there. So I am just happy I found the rhythm in the middle.''
 
Sorenstam had an afternoon tee time Friday.
 
One shot off the lead were Nicole Perrot, Liselotte Neumann, Young-A Yang and Natalie Gulbis.
 
At 71 with Sorenstam were Sophie Gustafson, defending champion Meg Mallon and Morgan Pressel, who had the roller-coaster round of the day.
 
After making five birdies over her first eight holes, Pressel closed her round with a double bogey and bogey to fall back to even par. On the way to her fractured finish, she slammed her driver to the ground, buried her head in her hands and, at the bitter end, trudged to the side of the ninth green, sat down cross-legged and pouted while her partners putted out.
 
When she emerged from the scorer's tent, she had been crying.
 
``I came here to play the best I could, and I did,'' she said. ``And then I played the worst I could.''
 
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    Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

    Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

    The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...


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    And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

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    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

    He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

    Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

    Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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    In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

    Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

    Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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    Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

    By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

    The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

    They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

    Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

    Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

    Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

    ''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

    The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

    In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

    Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.