Notes Wie Not Likely to Play Womens Am

By Associated PressJune 8, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 McDonaldHAVRE DE GRACE, Md. -- Playing in the Women's British Open might keep Michelle Wie from competing in the U.S. Women's Amateur.
The U.S. Women's Amateur starts Aug. 1 in Atlanta, the day after the final round of the Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale in England.
Wie is having trouble finding a flight that would get her to Atlanta in time for the first of two rounds of stroke play at Ansley Golf Club.
'It's kind of tough, we're trying to look for tickets but we arrive on the day the tournament starts,' Wie said Wednesday after her practice round for the LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock. 'We arrive in the afternoon.
'We're still thinking about it, but the chances are very, very low.'
Wie has until her Monday tee time at the Women's Amateur to withdraw, according to the U.S. Golf Association.
Wie received exemptions into the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open. She also has qualified for the U.S. Women's Open later this month, having tied for 13th last year as a 14-year-old. In the first major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Wie tied for 14th.
The opening round of the LPGA Championship on Thursday will be more important to Karrie Webb than the other 149 players in the field.
The moment Webb's ball hits the bottom of the cup at No. 18 at Bulle Rock, the 30-time winner will be in the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame.
The 30-year-old Webb is competing in her 10th event in her 10th LPGA Tour season, the final requirement for her entry into the hall.
The whole scenario might seem anticlimactic, but Webb is thrilled.
'Obviously, I'm very excited,' Webb said. 'I've known for a few years that all I've got to do was show up 10 times a year to complete the rest of the criteria. It's not like winning a tournament to get in -- but it's official.
'It's made me look back on things and made me appreciate what I've done.'
Webb is the only player to win the 'Super Slam.' She won the Kraft Nabisco (2000), U.S. Open (2000-01), LPGA Championship (2001) and du Maurier Classic (1999). The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier in 2001, and Webb won at Turnberry a year later. She also has won at least once every year on tour.
She has a chance to make a memorable week extra special.
'I want to play well no matter what. It's a major,' Webb said. 'Hopefully, I don't get too caught up in it.
'I want to enjoy myself, but I want to play well, as well.'
Hall of Famer Juli Inkster was on the move Wednesday, forced to leave the condo she was renting after the hot water heater and air conditioner broke.
'The hot water heater exploded last night and the air conditioning stopped,' Inkster said. 'On a winter day, I don't think I'd mind it. But it was cooking last night. So I've got to move.'
Inkster had a nice setup when the LPGA Championship was played at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del. She stayed with friends in nearby Malvern, Pa., along with her family.
Playing at Bulle Rock in Maryland for the first time, Inkster said she misses that comfortable feeling.
'Yeah, it's tough,' she said. 'I miss them. It was kind of like coming into an old shoe -- you just put them on and it fits.'
Inkster is looking for her third LPGA Championship title, after wins in 1999-00. And she enters the second major of the year on the heels of a second-place finish at the ShopRite Classic and five top-10 finishes in eight tournaments.
Michelle Wie can finally drive more than 300 yards at a time.
The 15-year-old Wie has her driver's permit and recently put it to use at an off-course trail in Western Pennsylvania.
'I got my permit, and we're driving back and forth, and I feel really proud,' Wie said. 'After I got my permit, we were in Pittsburgh, and they had a Hummer off-course trail, so I was doing that, going over logs and going into water. That was really cool.'
Wie is out of school for the summer, but admitted she was feeling pressure during final exams.
'I was so stressed out the last week of school,' she said. 'It was like exam, exam, exam, exam, and after the last one I felt so good and relieved.'
Wie found a unique way to work off the pressure of final exams.
After all my exams, I go out on the range and hit tons and tons of balls, like every teacher: Whack! My teachers were great this year, but after those exams, hitting balls was so good,' she said.
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    Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.

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    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

    McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

    But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

    Said Harmon:

    “Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.

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    “He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

    “This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

    McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

    “Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

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    How The Open cut line is determined

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

    Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

    The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:

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    • After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

    • There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

    • There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

    The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.

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    The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 am

    Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

    What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

    What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

    How old is it?

    It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

    Where is it played?

    There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

    Where will it be played this year?

    At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

    Who has won The Open on that course?

    Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

    Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

    Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

    Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

    This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

    Who has won this event the most?

    Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

    What about the Morrises?

    Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

    Have players from any particular country dominated?

    In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

    Who is this year's defending champion?

    That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

    What is the trophy called?

    The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

    Which Opens have been the most memorable?

    Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

    When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

    Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.