Consistent Wie Ready for Womens British

By Associated PressAugust 1, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Weetabix WomenLYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- In six LPGA Tour events this year, Michelle Wie has finished no worse than fifth. In three majors, she has finished a combined five shots out of the lead.
 
No wonder the 16-year-old from Hawaii is convinced she is closer than ever to her first professional victory.
 
Coming off a tie for second last week at the Evian Masters in France, Wie's next chance and final major of the year is the Women's British Open, where she tied for third a year ago in her last event as an amateur.
 
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Michelle Wie looks to take the next step this week at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.
'I think a win is coming,' Wie said Tuesday after her first look at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. 'It just depends how lucky you are that week and how good you're playing. I think I'm playing very solidly, but it's a little frustrating that I have not been able to go to the next step. It's not because I'm lacking anything. It's just a shot here, a shot there.
 
'By doing this, I feel I'm learning how to win.'
 
Wie appeared headed for victory last week in France when she had a two-shot lead with seven holes to play. But she bogeyed the 13th, Karrie Webb birdied the 14th, and the Australian Hall of Fame went on to win by one shot. Wie closed with a 68.
 
'Last week I was frustrated -- disappointed is a better word -- thinking, `Oh I wish I could have done that,'' Wie said. 'But, looking back on it, I played really good golf and played solidly until the end.'
 
Wie picked up her largest career paycheck ($255,333), taking her earnings from six LPGA Tour events to just over $700,000. That's a nice supplement to endorsement deals that could figure to top $15 million this year.
 
All she needs now is a trophy.
 
Wie has four runner-up finishes and four third-place finishes in the last 18 months. While frustrated that she still doesn't have a title, she's happy with her consistency.
 
'If you look at the overall year I feel this is the best I've ever played,' Wie said. 'Obviously I wish I could have won a couple of events. But at least I'm not winning one event and then missing the cut in another. I am consistently being up there and I'm consistently playing good golf.'
 
She's not bothered by critics who say she lacks the winning instinct.
 
'It's about my expectations,' Wie said. 'I don't really care what people say about my game. It's not because people expect me to win that I feel frustrated. I expect myself to win. But to get to second and third every week, I think that's pretty good.
 
'But I think I am ready for a win now.'
 
Jeong Jang is the defending champion, having won last year at Royal Birkdale. Annika Sorenstam won the last time the Women's British Open was held at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, beating Se Ri Pak by one shot to complete the career Grand Slam in 2003.
 
Webb, Pak and Sorenstam -- the three best players of their generation -- have won the first three majors of the year, and if either could capture the fourth major, it could go a long way toward helping them win LPGA Tour player of the year.
 
They could be in a for a blustery week, a far cry from last week at the Evian Masters.
 
Coming off temperatures in the 90s and calm, sticky conditions close to the French Alps, Wie found entirely different conditions near the northwest English coast.
 
'It was 30 degrees colder and 10 times windier than last week,' she said. 'It's just hard physically because the wind is so strong and beats you up. It feels like someone's slapping you around. But it's fun out there. I'm used to the wind and it makes the golf course what it is.'
 
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    'Hungover' Pepperell improbably in mix after 67

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 4:20 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eddie Pepperell’s 11:40 a.m. tee time on Sunday at The Open was a tad early, and not just because the Englishman was heading out more than three hours before the leaders.

    Following a third-round 71 that dropped him eight strokes off the lead, Pepperell did what many golfers do after a less-than-stellar round – he drank.

    “Honestly, I was a little hungover. I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night,” said Pepperell, who said he went to bed on Friday at around 11:30 p.m. “I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking.”

    Pepperell was much closer to the former on Sunday, posting a round-of-the-day 67 to move to within one stroke of the lead held by multiple players as the leaders made the turn.


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    Pepperell had just a single bogey on a blustery day at Carnoustie and closed his round with birdies at Nos. 14 and 17. It was one of just four rounds in the 60s on a course that had become increasingly difficult with each gust.

    With six players tied for the lead at 6 under par, including defending champion Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Pepperell planned to wait and see how the afternoon progressed.

    “The only hope I have is that it's Carnoustie, and the last three, four holes, even though they're downwind, still anything can happen with obviously pressure and all that sort of stuff out here,” he said. “So I'll have to hang around.”

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    By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 4:00 pm

    Tiger Woods is stalking his 15th career major championship trophy. Follow the action with our tracker to see if he can get it done at Carnoustie.


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    Pros melting down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 3:42 pm

    Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

    NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

    Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

    7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

    4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.


    Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

    8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

    1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.


    Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

    Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

    1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.