Wie in Contention Annika Six Back

By Sports NetworkJune 24, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 U.S. WomenCHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. -- Nicole Perrot, a little-known player from Chile, took the lead at the U.S. Women's Open, but the bigger story is one woman's fading chances for history and a girl's chance at making it.
Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie has made six birdies and six bogeys through two rounds.
Annika Sorenstam's quest for the single-season Grand Slam took a blow on Friday as she bogeyed her last three holes. She shot a second-round, 4-over 75 and is tied for 22nd place at plus-4.
'I thought I played pretty good until the last three holes,' said Sorenstam, a two-time winner of this event. 'Obviously I am disappointed with the finish, but I tried the best I could, and the only thing you can do is keep on trying.'
The other story of women's golf is in excellent position heading to the weekend. Fifteen-year-old amateur Michelle Wie carded a 2-over 73 in the second round and is tied for second place with Lorena Ochoa (68) at even-par 142.
'It was a little tough out there, the second round today,' said Wie, who finished second to Sorenstam two weeks ago at the LPGA Championship. 'I had very close birdie putts and I didn't make any. If I had made those it would have been a different story, but I am still happy with the way I finished.'
What did Sorenstam in on Friday was the putter. Several times she grazed the hole, but in the end, the tour's top player amassed 35 putts in her second round.
She was even through her round after eight holes, but dropped a shot at the ninth when her 15-footer failed to fall into the cup. Sorenstam parred her next six holes on the back nine, but ran into trouble late.
Sorenstam played consistently on the back nine, but could not make anything. She bogeyed her final three holes to fall six back, but the winner of this year's Nabisco Championship and LPGA Championship does not think her Grand Slam hopes are squashed.
'Anything can happen,' said Sorenstam. 'There are birdies out there because I haven't made them so I am going to go out there and find them tomorrow.'
Meanwhile, Wie woke up early to complete her weather-delayed opening round. She got off to a rocky start with a bogey at her first hole, No. 10. Wie drove into the right rough and fell short of the putting surface with her second. The 15-year-old chipped to 9 feet and missed the putt.
Wie gave herself great looks at birdie from the 11th through 13th, she did not make any of them, but parred those and the remaining holes on her opening nine.
She still had not broken into red figures and the round continued to go backward. At the second, Wie missed a 12-footer for par. The wind got her at eight and her 6-iron came up short of the green. Wie chipped 20 feet short and two-putted for another bogey.
But Wie recovered at the ninth. She hit a 7-iron inside 2 feet and tapped in for the lone birdie of her round.
Wie will play with Perrot in the final round Saturday. Can this 15-year-old amateur, with only one USGA victory to her name, break through in the biggest event in women's golf?
'I think so,' replied Wie. 'I feel like I am ready. I feel like I am playing well enough and as long as I make a couple more putts, play a little bit more consistently, if I play under par, I think I have a good chance.'
But these superstars will be chasing Perrot, a two-time winner last year on the Futures Tour.
She bogeyed the par-5 fifth hole for the second time in as many rounds, but Perrot climbed atop the leaderboard with back-to-back birdies at 10 and 11.
Then severe weather hit the area and delayed play for 43 minutes.
That hurt Perrot as she landed in a right bunker and made bogey at the 12th. She appeared to be in trouble at the 14th, but holed a clutch 12-footer to save par and stay atop the leaderboard.
She parred her remaining holes, now the runner-up at the 2001 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship finds herself atop the leaderboard through two rounds of the U.S. Women's Open.
Will it change her strategy?
'The golf course is playing really tough,' said Perrot. 'There are two more very tough days. I'm focused on playing shot-by-shot and my routine. I'm not focused about score.'
Ochoa moved up thanks to some long putts on the back nine. She holed birdie putts from 10 feet at the 11th, 35 feet at the 15th and 40 feet one hole later.
Unfortunately last week's Wegmans Rochester LPGA winner also mixed three bogeys into her back nine, including a dropped shot at the last.
'I am extremely happy with my round today. It was tough out there,' said Ochoa.
Paula Creamer rolled in a 4-foot birdie putt at the 13th and was 8 under through nine holes. The weather delay really cost her because she went 3 over the rest of the way.
Creamer shot a 1-under 69 and shares fourth place with Rachel Hetherington (69) and Angela Stanford (74) at 1-over-par 143.
Amateur Morgan Pressel (73) and Karine Icher (75) are knotted in seventh at plus-2.
There is a huge group tied for ninth at 3 over par. Among them are: defending champion Meg Mallon, Natalie Gulbis, Cristie Kerr, Se Ri Pak, Liselotte Neumann and Rosie Jones.
The 36-hole cut fell at 8-over-par 150 and Carin Koch, Stacy Prammanasudh, Pat Hurst, Beth Daniel and Laura Davies all missed out on the weekend.
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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.