After Further Review: Open win could be just the start for Wie

By Jason Sobel, Randall Mell, Rex HoggardJune 23, 2014, 10:18 pm

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in Michelle Wie's major breakthough and the successful experiment by the USGA to hold back-to-back Opens at Pinehurst No. 2.

Michelle Wie was the biggest star in the women's game before she won on Sunday, but you wouldn’t have called her the best player in the game, not by a long shot. With her U.S. Women's Open victory, Wie isn’t overtaking Rolex No. 1 Stacy Lewis as the best player in the game, but she’s in that conversation now, too. She’s knocking on the door. Wie’s ball-striking is as good as anyone’s in the women's game, and with her putter holding up so well under pressure at Pinehurst No. 2, she has a chance to make a run at Lewis. If Wie’s confidence in her unorthodox “table-top” putting stroke keeps growing, she isn’t done winning majors. Remarkably, she entered this week fourth in putts per greens in regulation in the LPGA ranks. She won at Pinehurst without a three putt. – Randall Mell

Of all the stats and facts and numbers that have surfaced in the wake of Michelle Wie’s first major championship win, this is by far my favorite: Wie is exactly one month younger than Annika Sorenstam was when she won her first major. That’s right – the same Wie who was written off years ago, who has been labeled a bust more times than she was called a phenom, won one before the 10-time major champion. There’s some delicious irony in that, not to mention a few lessons. Just as some have been quick to criticize Jordan Spieth for not closing in either of the year’s first two men’s majors, patience was rewarded with Wie’s triumph, too. It’s just another reminder that sometimes fulfilling potential can take a while. – Jason Sobel

The U.S. Golf Association’s decision to hold back-to-back Opens at Pinehurst No. 2 was not only doable but it was an inspired choice. Martin Kaymer’s eight-stroke masterpiece was testament enough to the Donald Ross layout, proving again the No. 2 course is one of America’s best at identifying the best player. But this week’s U.S. Women’s Open – which many, including your scribe, thought would be marred by less-than-stellar conditions following last week’s championship – was a telling encore. Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis dueled late Sunday in another stellar finish. Back-to-back Opens may not be the best idea at many venues, but at Pinehurst it seems to have been a perfect one. - Rex Hoggard

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.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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