Wie shoots even still in great shape to earn card

By Associated PressDecember 5, 2008, 5:00 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. ' Michelle Wie offset her mistakes with enough birdies Friday, shooting a par 72 that left her two shots behind and still in good shape at the LPGA Q-School.
 

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Round 3
 
Score: 35-37'72 (10-under 206, T3)
 
Behind the scorecard: Wie faced adversity for the first time in three days after pulling her 3-wood tee shot left of the fairway, off a cart path and into a hazard. After the teen took a penalty drop she compounded her error with a three-putt for a double bogey-7. It was a testament to her improved mental toughness, however, that she rebounded with a birdie-birdie-birdie stretch starting at the fourth hole that helped move her to within two strokes of front-runner Mollie Fankhauser.
 
Quotable: It was a little crazy. Its hard to get used to because basically after you hit your tee shot you have to run to get ahead of the (crowd), said Stacy Lewis, who was paired with Wie on Friday. The crowd was great . . . so its hard to really complain about it.
 
Sights and sounds: Wies birdie attempt at the last hole came up about a foot short and when she settled over her ball for the par attempt a jet rattled the pines surrounding the Legends Courses 18th green and forced her to back off. Before Wie finished, Lewis putted out for her par which tied her with Wie at 10 under. Because Lewis was the first player to finish at 10 under she earned a spot in Saturdays final pairing with Fankhauser and second-place Shiho Oyama, not Wie.
 
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Mollie Fankhauser shot a 66 on the tougher Legends Course, host of all the top players in the third round, and finished at 12-under 204. She has a one-shot lead over Japans Shiho Oyama, who had a 71.
 
Wie was another shot behind at 10-under 206 with Stacy Lewis, who made 12 straight pars until finishing with a birdie for a 71. Lewis won an NCAA title at Arkansas on the Legends course at LPGA International.
 
The 90-hole tournament concludes Sunday with 20 players earning their LPGA cards for 2009. If necessary, a playoff will determine the 20th spot. The field will be reduced to the top 70 and ties after the fourth round Saturday.
 
Wie had made only one bogey the first two rounds, but she drove into the hazard on the par-5 second hole, then three-putted when she finally reached the green for a double bogey. It was her first big mistake at Q-School, the kind of error that often leads to more trouble.
 
This time, however, Wie answered with three straight birdies. She started with a 10-foot putt on the fourth, an approach to inside 2 feet on the fifth and a 25-foot birdie on the sixth that put her back in the lead.
 
After six straight pars, she hooked her tee shot on the 13th into a hazard and made bogey. She got that back with a 12-foot birdie on the 16th but failed to save par from a bunker on the 17th.
 
The biggest move Friday belonged to Curtis Cup player Alison Walshe, who played the first two rounds in Wies group and was in danger of missing the 72-hole cut after rounds of 77-72. On the Champions course, Walshe was 7 under through 10 holes and settled for a 64 that moved her into a tie for 31st.
 
Sarah Kemp had a 65 on the Champions course and was tied for 20th at 3-under 213.
 
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    Woods: New putter should help on slower greens

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:35 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ ice-cold putting showed at least a few signs of heating up earlier this month at The National, where he switched putters and ranked seventh in the field on the greens.

    The mallet-style putter is still in the bag as Woods prepares for The Open, and he’s hoping the heavier model with grooves will prove valuable at Carnoustie.


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    “To be honest with you, I’ve struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career,” Woods said Tuesday. “So for me, it’s going to help on these greens, for sure.”

    To combat the slower greens, Woods usually applied a strip of lead tape to his putter. But this heavier model of putter doesn’t need the extra weight, and the grooves on the putter face allow the ball to get rolling faster and hotter.

    “You don’t necessarily have to do that with the grooves,” he said of the lead tape. “When I putted with the Nike putter, I didn’t have to put lead tape on the putter to get a little more weight to it. I could just leave it just the way it was. This is the same type.”  

    For all of the talk about his putting woes this season, Woods still ranks 56th in strokes gained: putting. More crucial this week: He’s 102nd in approach putt performance, which quantifies how well a player lag putts.

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    Woods: Open best chance for long-term major success

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:26 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods is more than a decade removed from his last major title, but he said Tuesday that The Open is the major that gives him the best chance for long-term success.

    “I would say yes, because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links-style golf course,” Woods said during his pre-tournament news conference. “It certainly can be done.”


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    Woods pointed to the late-career success for both Greg Norman (2008) and Tom Watson (2009), both of whom challenged for the claret jug deep into their 50s.

    “Distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course,” he said.

    That’s certainly not the case, however, at the Masters, where bombers long have thrived, or the U.S. Open, which places a premium on long and straight driving.

    “You get to places like Augusta National, which is just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately,” he said. “But links-style courses, you can roll the ball. I hit a 3-iron that went down there 330. Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.”

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    "Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" set to debut Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 17, 2018, 10:15 am

    Special Hour Complementing the Network’s Week-Long Golf Central Live From The Open News Coverage; Premiere Scheduled to Include Interview with 2014 Open Runner-Up Rickie Fowler On-Site from Carnoustie

    Features Include Tirico and Curtis Strange Re-watching ’99 Open at Carnoustie & Jim “Bones” Mackay Facilitating Exclusive Conversation with Caddies Michael Greller, John Wood Recounting Final Round Pairing at 2017 Open

    To help set the table ahead of The 147TH Open at Carnoustie, Golf Channel will premiere Vantage Point with Mike Tirico on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. An extension of the network’s week-long Golf Central Live From The Open comprehensive news coverage, Vantage Point will revisit landmark moments in The Open’s history, uncover personal stories relevant to the fabric of the week and feature a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year” on golf’s original championship.

    “It’s a thrill to be going back to The Open again this year, which is a fitting setting to launch this new opportunity,” said Tirico, NBC Sports host who this week will celebrate his 22nd consecutive year covering The Open. “I love being a part of the Golf Channel team during golf’s biggest weeks, and anticipate contributing to our commitment to great storytelling with Vantage Point.”

    Kicking off the premiere of Vantage Point will be Tirico’s exclusive interview with 2014 Open runner-up and 2015 PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler on-site from Carnoustie. One of Fowler’s favorite events, he has missed just one cut in eight previous appearances at The Open. Other highlights within the show include:

    • Jim “Bones” Mackay facilitating an exclusive conversation between caddies Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and John Wood (Matt Kuchar) recounting the final round pairing at The Open last July.
    • Tirico hosting a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year”: David Duval, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard.
    • A recollection of one of the most unforgettable collapses in major championship golf, when Jean van de Velde surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole in 1999 at The Open. Tirico and Curtis Strange – both on the live tournament broadcast that year for ABC/ESPN – recently re-watched the telecast together for the first time since calling it live.

     

    “This is harder to watch than I thought it was going to be. I’ve never seen anything like

    that in my life. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again.” – Curtis Strange

     

    “I think I got caught up in the whole deal and felt human for the guy.” – Mike Tirico

     

    Vantage Point with Mike Tirico will complement the network’s Golf Central Live From The Open, which will feature nearly 60 hours of comprehensive news coverage from Carnoustie. In total, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 350 hours to showcasing the third men’s major championship of the year, including nearly 50 live hours of the network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage – annually the most live hours of coverage from any golf event – spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot to Sunday’s final putt.

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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 am

    Tiger Woods is competing in his first Open Championship since 2015. We're tracking him this week at Carnoustie.