Leadbetter says Wie needs to 're-prove herself'

By Randall MellApril 24, 2012, 4:10 pm

Michelle Wie is at a crossroads.

Even her swing coach, David Leadbetter, sees it, and he tells her that. He sees it’s time to plot her path anew.

“Michelle has really got to re-prove herself,” Leadbetter said in the wake of Wie’s third consecutive missed cut in an LPGA event. “It’s time for her to make a plan, to really get structured now. If she’s going to fulfill her vast potential, she’s really got to get structured. It’s going to be interesting to see how she accepts the challenge. We’re trying to get a schedule going.”

Leadbetter believes Wie’s divided attention as she pursued a degree at Stanford the last four years has caught up with her. He believes something else, too. He believes there’s a transition she needs to make in her return to full time golf after graduating from Stanford last month.

“Certainly, Michelle hasn’t started the year very well, but everyone has to give her a little time, cut her a little slack,” Leadbetter said. “Yes, she does need to start performing, and we know she can, but golf is a funny sport. You get on a confidence run and anything’s possible. You lose your confidence and . . .”

Leadbetter believes Wie’s loss of confidence in her putting has generated frustration that has seeped into her long game. She is 128th in putting this season, but she also has slumped to 115th in greens in regulation, 44th in driving distance and 137th in driving accuracy.

“She’s very frustrated with the way she’s putting,” Leadbetter said. “I watched her shoot a 73 in the first round of Kraft Nabisco without making a putt longer than 2 feet. That puts pressure on your long game, where you start trying too hard, where you’re trying to hit the ball too close. It can be a bit of a vicious cycle.”

Leadbetter said Wie, 22, also has been going through a swing adjustment in trying to create a “stock shot” to rely upon, a left-to-right fade. He said she has fought a steep hook and straight-right miss in her work on it.

“It’s not quite natural yet,” Leadbetter said.

Leadbetter’s work with Wie has been limited by school with a lot of their work through video on the Internet. They haven’t had any long sessions to prepare for the start of a year in the last two seasons. Wie is still in Hawaii and isn’t playing the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic this week. Leadbetter said they’re planning a session together in Orlando in two weeks.

“With her focus more on finishing school, it’s been like, `Hey, I’ve got a tournament coming up, it’s time to cram,’” Leadbetter said. “Nicklaus used to get together with Jack Grout to prepare at the beginning of the year. We’ve done that in the past, but we really haven’t done that in the last year-and-a-half. I think that’s made a difference. She really needs the time.

“I am still very confident Michelle will have a good career. If she has the hunger and puts the time in, we all know what she is capable of.”

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker withdraws

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.