Wie Chooses Teacher and Driver

By Brian HewittAugust 4, 2004, 4:00 pm
Michelle Wies Excellent Adventure is over for now and its time to get back to the business of amateur golf. Monday ushers in qualifying for the U.S. Womens Amateur at the Kahkwa Club in Erie, Pa.
Wie will be favored to win this championship. And to that end David Leadbetter will spend time with Wie at Kahkwa this weekend to make sure shes comfortable with the kinds of shots she will need to play the course.
The news here is that Wie will no longer be working with Gary Gilchrist. B.J. Wie, Michelles father, confirmed this switch to The Golf Channel on Tuesday.
Actually it wasnt a switch so much as it was an adjustment. Gilchrist and Leadbetter both have been working with Michelle Wie for some time now in what B.J. Wie called a two-tiered system.
But when Gilchrist recently left Leadbetters Academy in Orlando to work for the International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C., B.J. Wie realized the current system would no longer work.
David, B.J. Wie said, is now one hundred percent in charge.
Gary Gilchrist, he added, remains a friend of the family.
There had been public speculation that Gilchrists defection was going to spark a bidding war for Wies attention between Nike, which has strong ties to the IJGA, and Titleist, which is more closely affiliated with Leadbetters Academy.
B.J. Wie dismissed this speculation as grist for a tabloid story mill. But, he added, Nike has assigned Greg Nared to spend time with the Wie family and develop a relationship.
We get along very well, B.J. Wie said. But we dont talk about business. If Michelle needs a club, Greg can provide the product.
Late last month in France, Wie used a Nike Ignite driver with a 7.5 degree loft. She still uses Titleist irons and wedges.
Nike, it appears, is simply trying to position itself for that moment in the future when Michelle Wie turns professional. This sort of thing happens all the time. Its interesting to note that Nike assigned Nared to accompany Tiger Woods in Woods early days with Nike.
Meanwhile back to Michelles Excellent Adventure. The Wie Family just returned from having spent a week in Paris away from golf. Michelle and her parents shopped. They sampled the French food (escargot, fresh oysters and goose liver) and they toured the museums.
When they got to the Louvre, they paid requisite homage to the Mona Lisa. Michelle, B.J. Wie said, couldnt figure out why that painting is so famous.
Somewhere, Leonardo Da Vinci is spinning wildly in his grave.
But its nice to see Michelle Wie having fun with something other than golf. And its nice to see her parents understand that. She is still, after all, only 14 years old.
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Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.