Wie Manages Up and Down Day

By Associated PressAugust 2, 2007, 4:00 pm
Ricoh WomenST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- For a while, Michelle Wie was back on her game.
The 17-year-old from Hawaii was 3-under through 10 holes Thursday in the first round of the Women's British Open, trailed leader Lorena Ochoa by one shot, and the wrist injury that has plagued her for months seemed a distant memory.
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Michelle Wie had three birdies and three bogeys in Rd. 1. (Getty Images)
Then it all changed over the final eight holes.
It took a 20-foot putt at the 18th to keep Wie from finishing over par. Her par 73 left her six strokes off Ochoa's lead.
'Unfortunately, I was unlucky with a couple of bounces and my second shots left some really tough putts,' Wie said. 'But I'd say it was probably my best since last summer, when I was really playing solidly.
'I feel like I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. My wrist is getting stronger and stronger. I'm just going to be patient with myself and keep my head on, and see where it takes me.'
Wie hit a couple of wild drives with her hybrid club on the front nine but got away with them. At the third, she dragged the shot all the way across the adjacent 16th fairway, close to an out-of-bounds fence.
She had planned to play some shots to the wrong fairway as part of her strategy, but not that time.
'That was a missed shot completely,' Wie said. 'It was not the line where I wanted to hit it.'
She still made par, hitting an approach to 25 feet and making two putts.
Wie's worst shot of the day was at the 523-yard 14th, where she drove to mid-fairway and then took out her driver again for the second shot. She hit it to the right and her ball finished in a clump of deep rough, her only bad lie of the day.
It was an achievement to move the ball forward, but it ended up short of the green. From there, she chipped 12 feet short and two-putted for bogey.
The one positive from the hole was that her third shot from the deep rough did not hurt her left wrist.
'I just kind of pitched out of there but it wasn't too bad,' she said. 'It was a good positive.'
On her steadier front nine, Wie hardly missed a thing, saving par from 90 feet with a chip and a 5-foot putt at the second before making birdies at the fourth and fifth on putts of 10 feet and 7 feet.
Wie wedged her second shot to 4 feet at the 10th and sank that to reach 3-under.
Then she went into reverse. She pulled her tee shot at the short 11th, leaving a swinging 35-foot across a green sloping from back to front. It drifted 5 feet below the hole and she missed the return.
As the wind picked up, Wie parred the next two before the wayward driver from the 14th fairway led to bogey. At the 16th, her approach was 'a really good 6-iron that just kind of bounced right when it should have bounced left,' she said.
She faced a tricky 20-footer that she misread and left 8 feet left of the hole, from where she missed.
'Overall I felt it was a really solid round,' she said. 'Unfortunately I got some bad breaks.'
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    Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

    By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

    Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

    The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

    Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

    The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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    Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

    It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

    Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

    The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

    The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

    For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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    Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

    By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

    After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

    But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

    Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

    Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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    Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

    Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

    The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

    “There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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    In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

    “To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

    Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

    “To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.