Wie Manages Up and Down Day

By Associated PressAugust 2, 2007, 4:00 pm
Ricoh WomenST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- For a while, Michelle Wie was back on her game.
The 17-year-old from Hawaii was 3-under through 10 holes Thursday in the first round of the Women's British Open, trailed leader Lorena Ochoa by one shot, and the wrist injury that has plagued her for months seemed a distant memory.
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Michelle Wie had three birdies and three bogeys in Rd. 1. (Getty Images)
Then it all changed over the final eight holes.
It took a 20-foot putt at the 18th to keep Wie from finishing over par. Her par 73 left her six strokes off Ochoa's lead.
'Unfortunately, I was unlucky with a couple of bounces and my second shots left some really tough putts,' Wie said. 'But I'd say it was probably my best since last summer, when I was really playing solidly.
'I feel like I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. My wrist is getting stronger and stronger. I'm just going to be patient with myself and keep my head on, and see where it takes me.'
Wie hit a couple of wild drives with her hybrid club on the front nine but got away with them. At the third, she dragged the shot all the way across the adjacent 16th fairway, close to an out-of-bounds fence.
She had planned to play some shots to the wrong fairway as part of her strategy, but not that time.
'That was a missed shot completely,' Wie said. 'It was not the line where I wanted to hit it.'
She still made par, hitting an approach to 25 feet and making two putts.
Wie's worst shot of the day was at the 523-yard 14th, where she drove to mid-fairway and then took out her driver again for the second shot. She hit it to the right and her ball finished in a clump of deep rough, her only bad lie of the day.
It was an achievement to move the ball forward, but it ended up short of the green. From there, she chipped 12 feet short and two-putted for bogey.
The one positive from the hole was that her third shot from the deep rough did not hurt her left wrist.
'I just kind of pitched out of there but it wasn't too bad,' she said. 'It was a good positive.'
On her steadier front nine, Wie hardly missed a thing, saving par from 90 feet with a chip and a 5-foot putt at the second before making birdies at the fourth and fifth on putts of 10 feet and 7 feet.
Wie wedged her second shot to 4 feet at the 10th and sank that to reach 3-under.
Then she went into reverse. She pulled her tee shot at the short 11th, leaving a swinging 35-foot across a green sloping from back to front. It drifted 5 feet below the hole and she missed the return.
As the wind picked up, Wie parred the next two before the wayward driver from the 14th fairway led to bogey. At the 16th, her approach was 'a really good 6-iron that just kind of bounced right when it should have bounced left,' she said.
She faced a tricky 20-footer that she misread and left 8 feet left of the hole, from where she missed.
'Overall I felt it was a really solid round,' she said. 'Unfortunately I got some bad breaks.'
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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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    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.