Lang Leads Wie Disappointed at Publinx
The 14-year-old was 3 under before a 50-minute stoppage and 2 over after it, undermined again by one miserable hole as stroke-play qualifying concluded in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
Wie, the defending champion, had a three-putt triple-bogey with a penalty stroke Wednesday, following a four-putt double-bogey in the first round. Her 1-under 71 and two-day total of 141 was good enough to tie her for sixth with three others.
Disappointed, she pledged to do better in match play which starts Thursday.
'Match play tomorrow is a whole different kind of story,' she said, 'and I feel like I'm really ready for that.'
The top 64 players advanced to the first round of match play, which continues until a 36-hole championship match on Sunday.
Brittany Lang, a teammate of Wie's on the U.S. team that won the Curtis Cup this month, bolted to the lead at 9-under 135 after a 65 that featured eight birdies on the 6,158-yard Green Course at Golden Horseshoe.
Lang missed only two greens and rolled in birdie putts of 30 and 25 feet as well as making six others from within 8 feet.
'I hit a lot of shots at the flag,' the McKinney, Texas, native said.
Taking some time off to rest after the Curtis Cup, which pitted the U.S. team against Britain and Ireland and ended June 13, was crucial, Lang said.
'I was wearing myself out with golf and working out,' she said.
Lang wasn't the only one who got hot on Wednesday.
Jenna Pearson of Wheaton, Ill., was two back after a 66, and Courtney Mahon of Topeka, Kan., was third at 138 after a 68. The top five also included 14-year-old Stephanie Kono (70), who attends the same school as Wie in Honolulu, at 139, and Ya-Ni Tseng (70) of Chinese Taipei at 140.
Pearson's round was set up by an unspectacular first round.
'Yesterday I had 17 pars and one birdie and I really didn't make any mistakes so I just felt really good coming into today,' she said.
'It'll help me (Thursday) to know there are birdies out there.'
Kono, six weeks younger than Wie and a rising ninth grader, isn't a long hitter like her schoolmate and some of the others playing here. Still, she said match play can change a lot of things and give everyone an equal chance.
'If they have a good putting day, that's all it takes,' she said.
36-hole Stroke-Play Qualifying Results
Brittany Lang, McKinney, Texas, 70-65--135
Jenna Pearson, Wheaton, Ill., 71-66--137
Courtney Mahon, Topeka, Kan., 70-68--138
Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii, 69-70--139
Ya-Ni Tseng, Chinese Taipei, 70-70--140
Angela Park, Torrance, Calif., 74-67--141
Carling Cho, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 69-72--141
In-Bee Park, Eustis, Fla., 71-70--141
Michelle Wie, Honolulu, Hawaii, 70-71--141
Jane Park, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 70-72--142
Ashley Grier, Hagerstown, Md., 71-72--143
Gabby Wedding, Wilmington, Ohio, 71-72--143
Katie Quinney, Jacksonville Beach, Fla., 74-69--143
Ko-Chen Yeh, Chinese Taipei, 74-69--143
Kwan-Chih Lu, Chinese Taipei, 73-70--143
Karyn Stordahl, Prior Lake, Minn., 71-73--144
Kuan-Pei Chen, Chinese Taipei, 74-70--144
Shannon Ogg, Charlotte, N.C., 74-70--144
Taylor Barrett, York, S.C., 73-71--144
Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif., 72-72--144
Hoi Ning Eva Yoe, Ppls Rep of China, 70-75--145
Hwanhee Lee, Los Angeles, Calif., 70-75--145
Jooyoung Yang, Korea, 70-75--145
Kristen Campos, Mesa, Ariz., 73-72--145
Melissa Martin, Altadena, Calif., 75-70--145
Sung Lee, Tacoma, Wash., 71-74--145
Ashley Leonard, Rocky Mount, N.C., 71-75--146
Christine Yum, Bradenton, Fla., 72-74--146
Jenny Suh, Fairfax, Va., 73-73--146
Mayumi Motoyama, Littleton, Colo., 72-74--146
Selanee Henderson, Apple Valley, Calif., 76-70--146
Shannon Johnson, Sioux Falls, S.D., 71-75--146
Hannah Jun, San Diego, Calif., 73-74--147
Kelly Jacques, Longmont, Colo., 77-70--147
Laura Crawford, Lancaster, S.C., 72-75--147
Lauren Hunt, Little River, S.C., 76-71--147
Leigh Klasse, St Anthony, Minn., 75-72--147
Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif., 74-73--147
Nara Shin, Chula Vista, Calif., 71-76--147
Aimee Cho, Korea, 77-71--148
Elena Kurokawa, Redondo Beach, Calif., 75-73--148
Janet Dyer, Starkville, Miss., 74-74--148
Karla Kalian, Brush Prairie, Wash., 72-76--148
Kasi Lee, Paramus, N.J., 77-71--148
Lauren Doughtie, Suffolk, Va., 72-76--148
Lehua Wise, Lihue, Hawaii, 73-75--148
Lisa Meshke, Blooming Prairie, Minn., 74-74--148
Maria Gallegos, Argentina, 72-76--148
Noriko Nakazaki, Hanover Park, Ill., 74-74--148
Sara Brown, Tucson, Ariz., 75-73--148
Tiffany Chudy, Miramar, Fla., 75-73--148
Violeta Retamoza, Mexico, 73-75--148
Wendra Liang, San Francisco, Calif., 74-74--148
Amber Jean Kuss, Koontz Lake, Ind., 76-73--149
Brianna Broderick, Richmond, Mo., 73-76--149
Brooke Goodwin, Fuquay-Varina, N.C., 78-71--149
Erica Battle, Columbia, S.C., 77-72--149
Hsiao-Ching Lu, Chinese Taipei, 74-75--149
Kansas Gooden, Harrisonburg, Va., 75-74--149
Mackinzie Kline, Encinitas, Calif., 76-73--149
Megan Godfrey, Homewood, Ill., 76-73--149
Nicole Hage, Coral Springs, Fla., 74-75--149
Stephanie Godare, Houston, Texas, 74-75--149
Tiffany Tavee, Gilbert, Ariz., 75-74--149
Match Play Pairings -- Upper Half
8:30 am Brittany Lang, McKinney, Texas vs. Amber Jean Kuss, Koontz Lake, Ind.
8:38 am Jenny Suh, Fairfax, Va. vs. Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif.
8:46 am Taylor Barrett, York, S.C. vs. Janet Dyer, Starkville, Miss.
8:54 am Karyn Stordahl, Prior Lake, Minn. vs. Lauren Doughtie, Suffolk, Va.
9:02 am Carling Cho, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. vs. Erica Battle, Columbia, S.C.
9:10 am Hwanhee Lee, Los Angeles, Calif. vs. Maria Gallegos, Argentina
9:18 am In-Bee Park, Eustis, Fla. vs. Tiffany Tavee, Gilbert, Ariz.
9:26 am Hoi Ning Eva Yoe, Ppls Rep of China vs. Lehua Wise, Lihue, Hawaii
9:34 am Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii vs. Stephanie Godare, Houston, Texas
9:42 am Mayumi Motoyama, Littleton, Colo. vs. Hannah Jun, San Diego, Calif.
9:50 am Ko-Chen Yeh, Chinese Taipei vs. Violeta Retamoza, Mexico
9:58 am Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. vs. Karla Kalian, Brush Prairie, Wash.
10:06 am Ya-Ni Tseng, Chinese Taipei vs. Megan Godfrey, Homewood, Ill.
10:14 am Ashley Leonard, Rocky Mount, N.C. vs. Kelly Jacques, Longmont, Colo.
10:22 am Ashley Grier, Hagerstown, Md. vs. Wendra Liang, San Francisco, Calif.
10:30 am Jooyoung Yang, Korea vs. Sara Brown, Tucson, Ariz.
10:38 am Jenna Pearson, Wheaton, Ill. vs. Kansas Gooden, Harrisonburg, Va.
10:46 am Shannon Johnson, Sioux Falls, S.D. vs. Laura Crawford, Lancaster, S.C.
10:54 am Kwan-Chih Lu, Chinese Taipei vs. Noriko Nakazaki, Hanover Park, Ill.
11:02 am Kuan-Pei Chen, Chinese Taipei vs. Elena Kurokawa, Redondo Beach, Calif.
11:10 am Michelle Wie, Honolulu, Hawaii vs. Brooke Goodwin, Fuquay-Varina, N.C.
11:18 am Melissa Martin, Altadena, Calif. vs. Leigh Klasse, St Anthony, Minn.
11:26 am Jane Park, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. vs. Hsiao-Ching Lu, Chinese Taipei
11:34 am Kristen Campos, Mesa, Ariz. vs. Kasi Lee, Paramus, N.J.
11:42 am Courtney Mahon, Topeka, Kan. vs. Brianna Broderick, Richmond, Mo.
11:50 am Christine Yum, Bradenton, Fla. vs. Nara Shin, Chula Vista, Calif.
11:58 am Katie Quinney, Jacksonville Beach, Fla. vs. Tiffany Chudy, Miramar, Fla.
12:06 pm Shannon Ogg, Charlotte, N.C. vs. Aimee Cho, Korea
12:14 pm Angela Park, Torrance, Calif. vs. Nicole Hage, Coral Springs, Fla.
12:22 pm Selanee Henderson, Apple Valley, Calif. vs. Lauren Hunt, Little River, S.C.
12:30 pm Gabby Wedding, Wilmington, Ohio vs. Mackinzie Kline, Encinitas, Calif.
12:38 pm Sung Lee, Tacoma, Wash. vs. Lisa Meshke, Blooming Prairie, Minn.
Failed To Qualify
Amanda Costner, Claremore, Okla., 77-73--150
Amanda Wilson, Hilo, Hawaii, 78-72--150
Ashley Sholer, Canada, 74-76--150
Beth Allen, San Diego, Calif., 78-72--150
Brittany Lincicome, Seminole, Fla., 74-76--150
Christine Hentzner, Las Vegas, Nev., 75-75--150
Hagen Weintraub, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 75-75--150
Megan Stoddart, Sacramento, Calif., 76-74--150
Tarah Mc Naughton, Bradenton, Fla., 74-76--150
Amanda Mathis, Picayune, Miss., 75-76--151
Jenna Cox, Lima, Ohio, 78-73--151
Mary Calderon, Mexico, 80-71--151
Allison Stewart, Vermillion, S.D., 77-75--152
Angela Daykin, Canada, 79-73--152
Annie Schlosser, Las Vegas, Nev., 73-79--152
Casey Cain, Lumberton, Texas, 79-73--152
Julia Best, Bulverde, Texas, 75-77--152
Kelly Schaub, Greeley, Colo., 75-77--152
Leanne Owens, Creston, Iowa, 76-76--152
Whitney Ueno, Hilo, Hawaii, 75-77--152
Kali Quick, Nampa, Idaho, 76-77--153
Kathryn Detlefsen, Eagan, Minn., 74-79--153
Lacey Jones, Idabel, Okla., 78-75--153
Laura Mengelkamp, Dover, Pa., 78-75--153
Miki Ueoka, Lihue, Hawaii, 80-73--153
Allyson Hatcher, Wheeling, W.Va., 77-77--154
Caroline Kim, Canada, 78-76--154
Courtney Sullivan, Gresham, Ore., 78-76--154
Jeannine Mondesando, Mahwah, N.J., 77-77--154
Julia Huh, Pasadena, Md., 78-76--154
Kelly Husted, Stanford, Calif., 81-73--154
Kristen Kennedy, Silver City, N.M., 80-74--154
Kylene Pulley, Kokomo, Ind., 76-78--154
Morgan O'Banion, Carmel, Ind., 76-78--154
Stefanie Coleman, Lakewood, Wash., 77-77--154
Cheryl Jones, Phoenix, Ariz., 79-76--155
Elizabeth Schweihs, Lockport, Ill., 80-75--155
Lesley Stracks, Washington, D.C., 78-77--155
Katie Myos, Faribault, Minn., 75-81--156
Kristin Emmons, Alamosa, Colo., 79-77--156
Lynsey Myers, Ogden, Utah, 81-75--156
Meggie Fagundes, Atwater, Calif., 77-79--156
Sarah Tiller, Nampa, Idaho, 80-76--156
Yvonne Choe, Temple City, Calif., 78-78--156
Emily Hendricks, Pewaukee, Wis., 73-84--157
Jordyn Wells, Bethel Park, Pa., 77-80--157
Maggie Leef, Brookfield, Wis., 73-84--157
Heidi Lowe, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., 77-82--159
Ashley Anast, Littleton, Colo., 81-79--160
Crystal Elliers, Chalmette, La., 77-83--160
Daria Cummings, Monroe, Conn., 76-84--160
Stacey Linduska, Woodbury, Minn., 77-83--160
Jessica Smith, Louisville, Ky., 82-79--161
Kelly Boogaard, Grand Rapids, Mich., 80-81--161
Maggie Ward, Rochester, N.Y., 78-83--161
Devon Newell, Helena, Mont., 83-80--163
Jennifer Ackerson, Allen, Texas, 80-83--163
Josey Edwards, Weiser, Idaho, 87-76--163
Nancy Kromar, Austin, Texas, 82-81--163
Heidi Kim, Sandy, Utah, 85-79--164
Kelli Nakano, Pukalani, Hawaii, 83-81--164
Lisa Kraxner, Prairie Village, Kan., 80-84--164
Sandy Young, Owings, Md., 78-86--164
Shannon Warner, Livonia, Mich., 80-84--164
Whitney Wolejko, Hatfield, Mass., 82-82--164
Cynthia Bowser, Stewartstown, Pa., 82-83--165
Hana Young, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 84-81--165
Stephanie Aston, Saugar, Calif., 89-77--166
Britney Hayes, Bozeman, Mont., 86-81--167
Rachel Thomas, Livonia, Mich., 81-87--168
Allison Mayborg, Monroe, Ohio, 85-84--169
Arlene Zamora, Havre De Grace, Md., 83-88--171
Kathryn Walker, Blackshear, Ga., 83-88--171
Rose Pagan, Kula, Hawaii, 85-87--172
Rachel Strauss, Seattle, Wash., 87-87--174
Lydia Kim, Edison, N.J., 85-92--177
Mary Anne Levins, Rutland, Vt., 91-87--178
Lisa Chalmers, Farmington Hills, Mich., 92-87--179
Kristan Bennett, Trenton, Mich., 89-92--181
Nicolina Kulhamer, Bethlehem, Pa., 90-91--181
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Bhatia loses U.S. Am match after caddie-cart incident
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – One of the hottest players in amateur golf had his U.S. Amateur run end Wednesday under unusual circumstances.
Akshay Bhatia, the 16-year-old left-hander who has been dominating the junior golf circuit over the past year, squandered a late lead in his eventual 19-hole loss to Bradford Tilley in the Round of 64.
Bhatia was all square against Tilley as they played Pebble Beach’s par-5 14th hole. After knocking his second shot onto the green, Bhatia and his caddie, Chris Darnell, stopped to use the restroom. Bhatia walked up to the green afterward, but Darnell asked what he thought was a USGA official for a ride up to the green.
“The gentleman was wearing a USGA pullover,” Darnell explained afterward. “I asked if I could get a ride to the green to keep up pace, and he said yes. So I hopped on the back, got up to the green, hopped off and thought nothing of it.”
Conditions of the competition prohibit players and caddies from riding on any form of transportation during a stipulated round unless authorized.
It turns out that the cart that Darnell rode on was not driven by a USGA official. Rather, it was just a volunteer wearing USGA apparel. A rules official who was in the area spotted the infraction and assessed Bhatia an adjustment penalty, so instead of winning the hole with a birdie-4 to move 1 up, the match remained all square.
Even more interesting was what Darnell said happened earlier in the match.
“I had already seen the other caddie in our group do it on the ninth hole,” Darnell said. “Same thing – USGA pullover, drove him from the bathroom up to the fairway – so I assumed it was fine. I didn’t point it out at the time because everything seemed kosher. He had the USGA stuff on, and I didn’t think anything of it.”
Bhatia won the 15th hole to go 1 up, but lost the 17th and 19th holes with bogeys to lose the match. He didn’t blame the outcome on the cart incident.
“What can you do? I’ll have plenty of opportunities to play in this tournament, so I’m not too upset about it,” he said. “It’s just frustrating because I deserved to win that match. That wasn’t the outcome I wanted, but I can’t do anything about it.”
Bhatia, of Wake Forest, N.C., has been a dominant force in the junior ranks, going back-to-back at the Junior PGA (including this dramatic hole-out), capturing the AJGA Polo, taking the Sage Valley Invitational and reaching the finals of the U.S. Junior.
1, 2, 3 out: Thornberry, Suh, Morikawa lose at U.S. Am
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – The top three players in the world had a tough afternoon Wednesday at Pebble Beach.
Braden Thornberry, Justin Suh and Collin Morikawa – Nos. 1-3, respectively, in the World Amateur Golf Ranking – all lost their Round of 64 matches at the U.S. Amateur.
Thornberry lost, 2 and 1, to Jesus Montenegro of Argentina. As the No. 1 amateur in the world, the Ole Miss senior was in line to receive the McCormack Medal, which would exempt him into both summer Opens in 2019, provided he remains amateur. But now he’ll need to wait and see how the rankings shake out.
Suh and Morikawa could have played each other in the Round of 32, but instead they were both heading home early.
Suh, a junior at USC, never led in his 1-up loss to Harrison Ott, while Cal's Morikawa lost to another Vanderbilt player, John Augenstein, in 19 holes.
Englishman Matthew Jordan is the fourth-ranked player in the world, but he didn’t make the 36-hole stroke-play cut.
The highest-ranked player remaining is Oklahoma State junior Viktor Hovland, who is ranked fifth. With his college coach, Alan Bratton, on the bag, Hovland beat his Cowboys teammate, Hayden Wood, 3 and 2, to reach the Round of 32.
Fiery Augenstein outduels Morikawa at U.S. Amateur
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Around the Vanderbilt golf team John Augenstein’s nickname is “Flash,” and it’s easy to see why.
The swing loaded with speed.
The on-course charisma.
The big shot in the big moment.
The Commodores junior added another highlight to his growing collection Wednesday, when he defeated world No. 3 Collin Morikawa in 19 holes during a Round of 64 match at the U.S. Amateur.
Out of sorts early at Pebble Beach, Augenstein was 2 down to Morikawa after butchering the short seventh and then misplaying a shot around the green on 8.
Standing on the ninth tee, he turned to Vanderbilt assistant coach/caddie Gator Todd: "I need to play the best 10 holes of my life to beat Collin."
And did he?
“I don’t know,” he said later, smirking, “but I did enough.”
Augenstein won the ninth hole after Morikawa dumped his approach shot into the hazard, drained a 30-footer on 10 to square the match and then took his first lead when he rolled in a 10-footer on 14.
One down with three holes to go, Morikawa stuffed his approach into 16 while Augenstein, trying to play a perfect shot, misjudged the wind and left himself in a difficult position, short and right of the green. Augenstein appeared visibly frustrated once he found his ball, buried in the thick ryegrass short of the green. He told Todd that he didn’t think he’d be able to get inside of Morikawa’s shot about 6 feet away, but he dumped his pitch shot onto the front edge, rode the slope and trickled it into the cup for an unlikely birdie.
“Come on!” he yelled, high-fiving Todd and tossing his wedge at his bag.
“It was beautiful,” Todd said. “I’m not sure how he did that, but pretty cool that it went in.”
Morikawa answered by making birdie, then won the 17th with a par before both players halved the home hole with birdies.
On the first extra hole, Augenstein hit his approach to 15 feet while Morikawa left it short. Morikawa raced his first putt by 6 feet and then missed the comebacker to lose the match.
It may not have been the best 10-hole stretch of Augenstein’s career, but after that pep talk on 9 tee, he went 4 under to the house.
“He’s a fiery little dude,” Morikawa said of his 5-foot-8-inch opponent. “You don’t want to get him on the wrong side because you never know what’s going to happen. He’s not going to give shots away.”
The first-round match was a rematch of the Western Amateur quarterfinals two weeks ago, where Augenstein also won, that time by a 4-and-2 margin.
“It’s the most fun format and where I can be my true self – emotional and aggressive and beat people,” Augenstein said.
That’s what he did at the 2017 SECs, where he won the deciding points in both the semifinals and the finals. He starred again a few weeks later at the NCAA Championship, last season went 3-0 in SEC match play, and now has earned a reputation among his teammates as a primetime player.
“I’ve hit a lot of big shots and putts in my career,” said Augenstein, ranked 26th in the world after recently winning the Players Amateur. “I get locked in and focused, and there’s not a shot that I don’t think I can pull off. I’m not scared to fail.”
The comeback victory against Morikawa – a three-time winner last season at Cal and one of the best amateurs in the world – didn’t surprise Todd. He’s seen firsthand how explosive Augenstein can be on the course.
“He’s just fiery,” Todd said. “He does things under pressure that you’re not supposed to do. He’s just a special kid.”
Fowler (oblique) withdraws from playoff opener
The injury that slowed Rickie Fowler at last week's PGA Championship will keep him out of the first event of the PGA Tour's postseason.
Fowler was reportedly hampered by an oblique injury at Bellerive Country Club, where he started the third round two shots off the lead but faded to a tie for 12th. He confirmed the injury Tuesday in an Instagram post, adding that an MRI revealed a partial tear to his right oblique muscle.
According to Fowler, the injury also affected him at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he tied for 17th. After receiving the test results, he opted to withdraw from The Northern Trust next week at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey.
"My team and I feel like it's best not to play next week in the Northern Trust," Fowler wrote. "I will be back healthy and competitive ASAP for the FedEx Cup and more than ready for the Ryder Cup!!!"
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News got out last week that I was dealing with an oblique injury the past two tournaments...it was confirmed yesterday, via MRI, that I have a partial tear in my right oblique...my team and I feel like it’s best not to play next week in the Northern Trust...I will be back healthy and competitive ASAP for the FedEx Cup and more than ready for the Ryder Cup!!
Fowler is one of eight players who earned automatic spots on the U.S. Ryder Cup team when the qualifying window closed last week. His next opportunity to tee it up would be at the 100-man Dell Technologies Championship, where Fowler won in 2015.
Fowler has 12 top-25 finishes in 18 starts, highlighted by runner-up finishes at both the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in the fall and at the Masters. He is currently 17th in the season-long points race, meaning that he's assured of starts in each of the first three playoff events regardless of performance and in good position to qualify for the 30-man Tour Championship for the fourth time in the last five years.