Wie Annika Share 54-Hole Lead

By Associated PressJuly 2, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 U.S. Womens OpenNEWPORT, R.I. -- Michelle Wie's 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole hung on the edge of the cup and kept her from the outright lead Sunday in the U.S. Women's Open. Instead, she will be in a three-way tie going into the final round for the second straight year, this time under tougher circumstances.
She was tied with Annika Sorenstam, the No. 1 player in women's golf, and big-hitting Brittany Lincicome.
And the leaders had no more than 25 minutes to grab lunch before heading out for another 18 holes at Newport Country Club, where they were dealing with wind gusts up to 20 mph and the pressure of trying to capture the biggest prize in women's golf.
Lincicome, the first-round leader at The Orchards two years ago, had the best score of the third round at 2-under 69, one of only three players who broke par.
Wie, the 16-year-old from Hawaii with another chance to become the youngest major champion in golf history, traded two birdies with two bogeys, but kept her round together with key par saves along the way and shot 71.
A year ago, Wie was tied for the lead with Morgan Pressel and Karen Stupples until getting stuck in the rough and missing short putts, collapsing to an 82. In the first two majors this year, she finished one shot out of a playoff at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and two shots out of the playoff at the LPGA Championship.
Sorenstam also was poised to capture the U.S. Women's Open for the third time, ending a 10-year drought in the major. She got up-and-down for birdie on the par-5 first hole, but that was her only birdie. She dropped three more shots along the way, and threw her head back in disbelief when a 25-foot birdie on the 18th turned away.
They were at even-par 213, and at this rate, the winning score looked as though it would be over par for the second straight year.
It was the first 36-hole final at the U.S. Women's Open since 1990, brought on by fog that wiped out play Thursday.
The loudest cheers on a warm, sunny morning along the Atlantic were for Juli Inkster, the 46-year-old matriarch of this championship. Inkster won in 1999 and 2002, the latter memorable for her taking down Sorenstam in the final round at Prairie Dunes.
Inkster was among five players who had at least a share of the lead at one point in the third round, getting through the front nine in even par before hitting her stride. She holed a 15-foot birdie putt at No. 10, missed from 5 feet on the 12th, then joined the leaders with a chip-in for birdie from about 25 feet behind the 15th green.
But her tee shot on the par-3 17th skidded off a mound and into a bunker, and she missed a 6-foot par putt. Then she missed the fairway on the 18th, had to lay up, missed the green and had to hole a 6-foot putt to escape with bogey. Despite the back-to-back bogeys to end her round at 71, Inkster was one shot behind at 214, along with Stacy Prammanasudh, who birdied the 18th for a 71.
Pat Hurst was tied with Sorenstam to start the third round and among the five players atop the leaderboard until a bogey-bogey finish dropped her to a 75. She was still two shots behind at 215.
Sophie Gustafson, who got married two weeks ago to former LPGA Tour commissioner Ty Votaw, shot 71 as she continued her strong affection for Newport. It is a links-styled golf course, and the tall Swede, one of the longest hitters in the women's game, has had great success on the links of the Women's British Open.
Among those still in the hunt were LPGA Championship winner Se Ri Pak. She struggled to a 74, but with 18 holes remaining, was only four shots behind. Pak kept it together on the back nine with an unlikely par save from deep rough and the bunker at No. 12, then recovering from bogeys with birdies, including a 10-footer on the last hole.
Wie holed birdie putts from 6 feet on the second hole and from 10 feet on the eighth, while three-putting from 20 feet at the par-3 fourth and failing to save par from the bunker right of the par-3 13th green. But she stayed near or in the lead by getting up-and-down from in front of the ninth green, and hitting a short-sided bunker shot at No. 12 that barely climbed out of the trap, skidded through the rough and onto the green to 3 feet.
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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.

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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.