Highs and Lows

By Randall MellNovember 20, 2009, 6:26 am

LPGA Tour _newRICHMOND, Texas – This cursed LPGA season couldn’t end without one more painful episode.

And a little mystery.

Michelle Wie, who pumped as much hope as she did excitement into this difficult year with her breakthrough victory at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational last week, withdrew Thursday from the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship after the first round with a left ankle injury.

Wie put up a terrific fight despite a pronounced limp right from the first tee. She was 2 under par before hobbling out of her stance after a wayward shot at the 17th sailed into a pond and led to double bogey.

She seemed so intent on getting into contention again, it was difficult to tell what hurt worse there. Her left ankle? Or right ankle? Or her competitive spirit?

Wie slapped her right thigh and cursed menacingly as her ball sailed wildly to the right. After signing for an even-par 72, six shots behind the leader (Ochoa), Wie left to have the ankle treated. About 45 minutes later, the tour announced she was withdrawing.

“This tournament, and the support shown from the fans in Houston, meant a lot to me and I wanted to do everything I could to fight through the injury,” Wie said in a statement. “It bothered me last week in Mexico , but I was able to play through the pain. I realized today that I wouldn’t be able to continue to play through it. I want to make sure that I’m being smart with it, so I will return home to have it looked at by my doctors and follow their advice for treatment.”

There’s some mystery surrounding Wie’s injury, exactly how it occurred and what made it worse.

She was asked after the round if she could clear up the mystery, but she wasn't interested in going into much detail.

“Just stepped in a couple holes here and there,” Wie said.

Christina Kim, who played with Wie, said her friend first injured her left ankle at the Solheim Cup.

“She twisted her ankle at Solheim Cup [in August] and didn’t notice how bad it was until the week after it happened because she was so pumped up and full of adrenaline,' Kim said. 'She re-twisted it in Alabama .”

Golf fans first saw Wie limping on the left ankle at the Navistar Classic in Alabama last month. Wie said at the time that she stepped into a hole there.

David Leadbetter, Wie’s swing coach, said Wie also developed trouble with her right ankle while winning the Lorena Ochoa Invitational last week.

“It was from compensating for the left ankle, putting more weight on the right ankle,” Leadbetter said.

Cristie Kerr, who also played with Wie on Friday, said she believed Wie was hurt again sometime during Wednesday’s pro-am day after a fan bumped Wie and she stepped into another hole. Kerr thought Wie hurt the right ankle doing that.

“I kept asking her if she was all right today,” Kerr said. “She was definitely hurting.”

Kim was impressed that Wie was in contention until that wayward shot at the 17th.

“She was able to handle the pain,” Kim said. “She’s a fighter. She missed a couple shots but overall was still very impressive considering how injured she was.”

Wie fans will be holding their breath until she makes her next appearance in three weeks. She’s scheduled to play in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. They also will be holding their breath that she won’t be running onto any football fields after another big Stanford victory. She’s a junior there. Wie said she joined the celebratory swarm when the student section poured onto the field after Stanford knocked off Oregon two weeks ago.

“I was standing up in front, like I almost died in the stampede there,” she said. “I kind of went with the crowd. It was fun.”

It looks like Wie will get to see Stanford-Cal play the Big Game on Saturday. Her legion of fans will be praying she has a good seat in front of her television with her ankle up. They remember what happened to Wie’s swing when she came back too quickly from those wrist injuries three seasons ago. It almost ruined her swing and sent her spiraling into a slump.

The LPGA can’t afford its curse to carry into the 2010 season.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

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.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

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.

Playing with the pros

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

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Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

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Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

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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.