Li, 11, leaves her mark on Women's Open

By Randall MellJune 20, 2014, 11:14 pm

PINEHURST, N.C. – Lucy Li didn’t make the cut, but she made her mark on this historic U.S. Women’s Open.

The 11-year-old delighted the galleries at Pinehurst No. 2 Friday with her attitude and demeanor as much as she did displaying some precocious skills.

With another 8-over-par 78, what Li showed most this week was a resilience and poise beyond her years. She showed it in her news conference and in her play as the youngest qualifier ever to tee it up in the championship.

“I'm really happy with how I bounced back from the big numbers,” Li said after Friday's round. “I got birdies after I got, like, doubles and triples, so that's what I'm really happy about.”

After making a double bogey at the opening hole for the second consecutive day, Li birdied the third hole. After making a triple bogey at No. 13, Li birdied the 14th.

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When Li met the media Tuesday, she said she didn’t care about the outcome, she just wanted to have fun and learn. She meant it.

What did she learn?

“Just be patient, and not care about what happened, just go to the next shot and hit it like nothing, like it's the first shot,” Li said.

Sports psychologists make good money in golf teaching that.

At the 13th, Li pushed her drive into a thick patch of wiregrass. She tried to chop out and couldn’t budge the ball. She took an unplayable lie and made triple bogey. Her reaction to all of that might have been more impressive than her reaction to any of her four birdies over two days.

She was asked if she's old enough to curse.

“No,” she said giggling.

Li's final tally of 156 was better than 30 other players.

“It was never about score,” said Bryan Bush, her caddie. “She didn't even know what she made on 13, when we walked off the green. She was like, `What did I make?’ It was fun. We had a great time.”

Li said she plans to stick around with her family and watch the weekend play at the U.S. Women’s Open. They’re heading back to their Redwood Shores, Calif., home on Monday, but not before she appears on NBC's Today Show at 8 a.m. Saturday morning from Pinehurst.

Her next big event will be the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash., July 14-19. She became the youngest player to advance to match play in that event last year when she was 10. She’s going back to the championship after making it through a sectional qualifier earlier this year.

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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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