Wie Started Strong Finishes with a Whimper

By Associated PressFebruary 23, 2008, 5:00 pm
2007 Fields OpenKAPOLEI, Hawaii -- After two encouraging rounds to start her year, Michelle Wie shot a 6-over 78 on Saturday in the final round of Fields Open to finish 20 strokes behind winner Paula Creamer.
 
Obviously Im a little disappointed with todays round, said Wie, who opened with rounds of 69 and 73.
 
At 4-over 220, she tied for last among the 74 players who made the cut.
 
Felt like I was a little rusty out there, Wie said. I just got to keep on playing.
 
The 18-year-old Wie, who started the round on No. 10 at 2 under, went double bogey-par-triple bogey to fall to 3 over heading into the turn. She rebounded a bit on the final nine, with two birdies and three bogeys, including one on the final hole.
 
She sighed and shook her head as she walked off the ninth green.
 
I kind of hit a couple of shots off-line, found a couple of bad breaks, the putts didnt fall today, Wie said. But I had a lot of positive shots I can bank off of for the next tournament. Obviously, theres a lot of room for improvement. I felt like I did a pretty good job.
 
Wie had troubles off the tee, going way left on several shots.
 
Watch out! one woman screamed as Wies tee shot on the 195-foot 16th hole sailed over her and bounced on the cart path near the recycling bins. Wies flop shot missed the green short and she two-putted from about 10 feet for double bogey.
 
After a solid wedge shot on No. 17, she two-putted from 4 feet for par. Then came the disastrous 18th, a par-4 hole where she had so much success in the past.
 
Her 3-wood off the tee went left and bounced off the trunk of a tree. Her aggressive second shot fell way short of the green, landing in the middle of the pond near some black swans.
 
Oh, come on, said Wie, who played on her home island of Oahu and started the season against the women for the first time in five years.
 
She took a drop and just got over the water. She pitched up and two putted from about 6 feet for a 7.
 
Somehow it got in the hole after seven shots. It was just a bad hole, she said.
 
Wie birdied the 509-yard first to get to 2 over but bogeyed Nos. 2 and 6. Wie failed to go up and down on the par-3 12th for her first bogey of the day. She made up for it on the next hole, sinking a 14-foot birdie putt.
 
The Stanford freshman shot a 69 on Thursday, breaking 70 for the first time since the Evian Ladies Masters in July 2006. She made the cut with two strokes to spare with a second round 73.
 
She last qualified for the weekend for the first time since last years Evian, where she closed with rounds of 84 and 76 to tie for 69th.
 
Wie injured both wrists last year but kept playing and struggling. She made only two cuts in 2007 and finished 19th in a 20-player field at the Samsung World Championship in October, her final event of the year. In eight starts against women, she withdrew twice and only broke par twice in 19 rounds.
 
Wie will leave Hawaii on Sunday to attend classes Monday at Stanford.
 
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    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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    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.