Wies Plans Dont Include LPGA Q-School

By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2005, 5:00 pm
SAN DIEGO -- Michelle Wie headed back to the 10th grade amid growing speculation about her future.
She has said she wants to go to college, even if she is only there as a student. Wie turns 16 in October, and there are some signs'starting with the swoosh she wore on her shirt at the Sony Open'that she will petition the LPGA Tour to waive its policy that members be at least 18.
But that would be conventional thinking, and the Wie camp already has shown that it operates differently.
At this point, turning professional is a complex issue, said her father, B.J.
Aree Song was 17 when she joined the LPGA Tour, meeting criteria for the waiver that includes proven performance, strong support and the maturity to cope with being a professional.
What gets overlooked is whether Wie even wants to join the LPGA.
She did not express any interest in filing an early petition for Q-school, her father said. We dont want to file a petition, because she can turn professional any time. She does not have to be a full-time member.
That alone provides some insight into what might be in store for the teenage prodigy.
If she were to turn pro at the end of the year, Wie could play at least seven times on the LPGA Tour, which is ample for a junior in high school. She also could add a PGA Tour event (or two), along with broadening her appeal in Asia by playing in Japan and Korea'mens and womens events.
Such a plan might not lead to a bulging trophy case, but Wie already showed her mind is not on the record books.
I never really wanted to be known as winning 50-some-odd tournaments, Wie said last week. I always wanted to be known for doing stuff that no one ever thought of. I just want to push myself to the limit. I want to be known as (someone) that changed the world and changed how people think.
There might be one disadvantage to turning pro.
From the time she was 12, Wie has talked about her dream of becoming the first woman to play in the Masters. The most likely scenario is to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links or reach the finals of the U.S. Amateur.
If she were to turn pro, Wies only hope would be to finish in the top 40 on the PGA Tour money list, the top 50 in the world ranking (points would be available at every mens event she played), or to finish in the top eight in the U.S. Open or top four in the British Open.
Its a long, long, long shot, her father said. She has a better chance as an amateur.
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Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.



Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."

Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout

Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.

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Wie takes shot at LPGA dress code in crop top

By Grill Room TeamDecember 10, 2017, 5:33 pm

The new LPGA dress code got mixed reviews when it was announced in July, and Michelle Wie is taking full advantage of her offseason with no restrictions.

The 28-year-old former U.S. Women's Open champion is keeping her game sharp while back in her home state of Hawaii, but couldn't help taking a shot at the rules while doing it, posting a photo to Instagram of her playing golf in a crop top with the caption, "Offseason = No dress code fine."

Offseason = No dress code fines #croptopdroptop

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Wie isn't the first to voice her displeasure with the rules. Lexi Thompson posted a similar photo and caption to Instagram shortly after the policy was announced.