Li, Wie excited about ANA pairing

By Randall MellMarch 30, 2017, 1:13 am

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Lucy Li didn’t know Michelle Wie’s kind gesture at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst three years ago would mean so much.

Li made some history back then, qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open as an 11-year-old, the youngest ever to do so.

She was on the practice putting green at Pinehurst that week when Wie approached her to introduce herself and chat.

“She came up to me, and she was so nice,” Li said.

That made Li feel better about seeing the ANA Inspiration pairings when they came out Tuesday. Li will be playing the first two rounds with Wie. Li earned her spot in the field winning the ANA Junior Inspiration.

Wie, 27, went on to win the U.S. Women’s Open the year Li qualified.

“I’m really excited about playing with her,” Wie said. “It brings back memories of when I first played here as a 13-year-old.”

Li was just 1 when Wie played in her first ANA Inspiration (then the Kraft Nabisco), but Li has followed Wie’s career.

“She’s super famous,” Li said.

Wie made international news tying for ninth playing her first Kraft Nabisco. She tied for fourth as a 14-year-old and tied for third as a 16-year-old.

Wie knows both sides of a phenom/veteran pairing. She was also paired with Lydia Ko when Ko made her Kraft Nabisco debut as a 15-year-old.

While most major champs might not like being paired with an unproven young teen, Wie’s empathetic. That’s why Wie said she sought out Li at Pinehurst.

“I remembered what that was like,” Wie said. “I didn’t want her to feel like a fish out of water.”

Li may be 14, but she’s already a junior in high school. She ought to be a freshman, but she has raced two years ahead in her home-schooling program.

With some big choices about her future already looming, Li was asked if she’s thinking about a pro career or heading to college.

“I really haven’t even thought about that yet,” Li said. “It will depend on how good I am. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves.”

After her U.S. Women’s Open appearance, Li didn’t rush into a lot of national events. She has been focused on mostly Northern California junior events, but she has ventured out. She won the Junior PGA Championship and made the round of 32 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

“I’m going to play USGA events this summer and more AJGA events,” Li said.

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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