Wie Finishes Hawaiian Mens Event Under Par

By Associated PressFebruary 8, 2004, 5:00 pm
AIEA, Hawaii -- Michelle Wie keeps playing better at the Hawaii Pearl Open. Wie closed with a 72 in the final round on Sunday to finish at 2-under 214. Playing in her second men's tournament of the year, Wie was the only female in the field of 192, and the youngest overall for the third straight year.
Last year, Wie finished with an 8-over 224 and tied for 43rd. In 2002, she missed the cut by three strokes in her first tournament against men.
'I improved from last year,' Wie said. 'I hope I can just reach another level next year.'
She's certainly has proved she belongs.
Two years ago at the tournament, Wie played against the men with little fanfare. This year, as a seasoned 14-year-old, she was mobbed by autograph seekers and played in front of the tournament's only gallery.
I guess it's a little different because all the guys, they know I was going to play out here,' she said. 'When I was 12, they didn't really know. It was like, 'What are you doing out here?''
'I don't really remember when I was 12. A lot has happened since then.'
The ninth-grader from Honolulu began the day at 2-under 142, tied for 35th along with five others at the $80,000 event, one of the top men's golf tournaments in the state.
The field included 62 U.S. pros and 70 pros from the Japanese tour. Two-time champion Kiyoshi Murota, 10th last year on the Japanese tour money list, was the early leader.
'My goal this tournament was to win it, but after the first day, I didn't really have that much of a chance so I just went for top 10 or low amateur,' Wie said.
She dazzled the crowd Sunday with her booming drives, but struggled with her short game. Her roller-coaster round included four birdies and four bogeys.
Conditions at the 6,787-yard Pearl Country Club were calm and balmy.
Her first shot of the day was a 320-yard drive on the 559-yard No. 1 that helped set up her 8-foot birdie putt, which she holed. She just missed a 15-foot eagle putt and ended with another birdie on the par-4 fifth.
Like her birdies, her bogeys were scattered throughout the round. She bogeyed the uphill 194-yard No. 13 three days in a row.
Wie said she needs to concentrate on her accuracy and short game.
'This week my short game was a little shaky,' she said. 'I think if I get those two things more consistent, I'll be able to play better.'
The Hawaii Pearl Open is the second tournament of the year for Wie. Last month, she became the youngest player on the PGA Tour at the Sony Open, where she shot 68 in the second round and missed the cut by one shot.
Her performance led to invitations to play in seven other PGA Tour events. Wie said she's still undecided whether she'll accept any of them.
'I don't think we're playing in them,' she said. 'I'm not sure.'
Wie played seven times on the LPGA Tour last year, missing the cut just once. She missed the cut on the men's Canadian and Nationwide tours, and her only victory in any event came at the Women's Public Links, where she became the youngest winner of a USGA event for adults.
She will return to competing against the women next month at the Safeway International, one of the strongest fields on the LPGA Tour, followed by the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first LPGA major of the year.
Wie said she's looking forward to the change.
'The courses are shorter, obviously, but the rough is slightly less long,' she said. 'But it's both the same. A tournament is a tournament. It doesn't matter who you play against. You're playing against the course.'
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Watch that time Tiger throttled Ames, 9 and 8

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 20, 2018, 4:54 pm

Nine and eight. Three words that live in golf lore. Just say them and any golf fan can tell you what they mean.

In the 2006 WGC-Match Play, Tiger Woods faced Stephen Ames in the opening round. Ames, when asked prior to the event about his chance of winning, infamously said, "Anything can happen, especially where he's hitting it."

What happened on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at La Coasta Resort & Spa, was the most lopsided result in tournament history: 9 and 8 Check out the highlights below:

After his win, Woods was asked if Ames' comment had motivated him. Woods replied, "9 and 8."

Woods eventually lost, 1 up, to Chad Campbell in the third round. He then won his next start at Doral and went on to finish the season with six consecutive Tour wins, including The Open and PGA. He also won his first start in 2007 to make it seven consecutive Tour titles.

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Schedule change, caddie change for Casey at Match Play

By Rex HoggardMarch 20, 2018, 4:12 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Paul Casey originally planned to skip the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, opting for two weeks off before the Masters.

Those plans changed when he removed the Arnold Palmer Invitational from his schedule and returned home to England last week to attend the funeral of a family friend. That adjustment also prompted a caddie change this week, with Scott Vail stepping in for the Englishman’s normal caddie, John McLaren.

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“We looked at tickets and it just didn't make sense for Johnny to fly back. We try and base our schedule around playing the best golf possible, but also having quality family time,” Casey said on Tuesday at Austin Country Club. “For Johnny to break up a nice three-week break with his family, there was no point to ruining that.”

This isn’t the first time Casey, who won the Valspar Championship two weeks ago, has needed a replacement caddie. At last year’s Travelers Championship, McLaren took a similar break and was replaced on the bag by Shannon Wallace. Although it’s not uncommon for caddies to take a week off, McLaren does have one stipulation.

“The only rule we have is that if Johnny is not going to work, he picks my caddie. So he picked the caddie,” said Casey, who is 20-12-1 in 12 starts at the Match Play and has advanced to the championship match twice.

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Westchester selected to host 2021 U.S. Women's Am

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 20, 2018, 3:20 pm

The USGA announced Tuesday that Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., has been selected to host the 2021 U.S. Women's Amateur. The tournament will be held Aug. 2-8, 2021.

The club's West Course first hosted the event in 1923, and it boasts a storied history of professional tournaments as well. The PGA Tour hosted the Westchester Classic, later known as the Buick Classic and eventually The Barclays, at Westchester from 1967-2007, including the first-ever FedExCup playoff event, won by Steve Stricker in 2007.

The course was also the site of the 2011 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, won by Fred Couples, and the 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, won by Inbee Park.

"The USGA is thrilled to bring the U.S. Women's Amateur to Westchester Country Club for the second time," Stuart Francis, USGA championship committee chairman, said in a release. "One of the USGA's three oldest championships, the Women's Amateur consistently identifies the world's top female players, and we are confident Westchester will provide the ultimate test for the championship's 121st playing."

First held in 1895, the Women's Amateur is open to players with a USGA handicap index not exceeding 5.4. Sophia Schubert won last year's event at San Diego Country Club, while this year's tournament will be held at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs.

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Stock Watch: Park rises again, under the radar

By Ryan LavnerMarch 20, 2018, 12:48 pm

Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


Rory (+10%): The massive drives, the fist pumps, the unmistakable strut – McIlroy finally found the spark that he needed to play confident, aggressive golf. Bring on Augusta and his shot at history.

Tiger (+7%): It was another forgettable end to a final round, but let’s not lose sight of the big picture: Five events into his comeback, Woods has now carded 10 consecutive rounds of par or better – all on tough tracks – and can be viewed as a legitimate threat at the Masters. Remarkable, really.

Inbee Park (+5%): Fighting injuries and questioning whether she should retire, the Queen ‘Bee routed a top field in just her second start back. Stud.

Bryson (+3%): When The Machine operates properly, he’s one of the best ball-strikers in the world. Yes, he’s still painfully slow, but there’s no denying his talent – his runner-up against a star-studded field should help him tremendously.

Laura Davies (+2%): Fifty-four years old and nursing an Achilles injury, she turned back the clock with one of the coolest performances of the young season, on any tour. She’s still got tons of game.


Henrik Stenson (-1%): Maybe he’s just destined to go winless at Bay Hill. In the past four years, he’s had three excellent chances to win there and came away empty-handed each time.

Rickie (-2%): Hanging near the lead, Fowler closed his third round bogey-double, then shot 74 in the final round to drop out of the top 10. Sigh.  

P-Reed (-3%): His whiny protest to a rules official about a free drop – “I guess my name needs to be Jordan Spieth” – got even juicier when the Ryder Cup partners were drawn in the same group at the Match Play. Get your popcorn ready.

Ted Potter Jr. (-5%): His impressive victory at Pebble Beach over DJ, Phil and J-Day is looking more and more like a fluke each week. He’s now missed four consecutive cuts.

Fan behavior (-7%): Another week, another player complaining about increasingly hostile spectators. The Tour has (frustratingly) remained quiet on the issue, but the tipping point will come when one of these dopes affects the outcome on the 72nd hole.