Wie In a Wonderful World All Her Own
'She's an amazing player. There's no doubt about it,' winner Jennifer Rosales said. 'She's going to give us a lot of challenges and make us work harder.'
Wie, a 15-year-old sophomore, finished two strokes behind Rosales in the season-opening SBS Open on Saturday. In difficult conditions on her home island of Oahu, Wie was the only player to shoot under par for three rounds. She also was the lone amateur in the field.
Wie was trying to supplant Marlene Hagge as the youngest LPGA Tour winner. Hagge was 18 when she won the 1952 Sarasota Open.
Wie, who shared second place with Cristie Kerr, would have earned $78,787 were she not an amateur. When told what she might have earned, she said, 'that's not too much,' an assessment that should send chills down the spine of any future prom date.
'Well, I don't really feel like, 'Oh, I should've turned pro, darn it,' I'm just happy with my second-place finish,' she said. 'I like having a pretty carefree life right now, not having to think about if I don't make the cut that means I make no money.'
Wie has yet to win on the tour, but in 2004 she would have earned more than $250,000 in seven LPGA events, putting her in the top 50 on the money list. She had six top-20 finishes in seven LPGA events last year, including fifth at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the tour's first major of the year. This was her best finish in 18 LPGA starts.
'She is a veteran at 15, if she can be called that,' Kerr said. 'She has an amazing game and is a real sweet girl.'
With companies like Nike and Adidas watching, Wie already is one of the world's most marketable golfers. She commands large galleries and has international appeal: young, talented, photogenic and bilingual. Wie is fluent is Korean and is taking Japanese classes.
'We have to be patient. We can't get too ahead of ourselves,' LPGA Commissioner Ty Votaw said. 'I think what we have to look 25 years from now and look back on what she's accomplished, and not after any one week.
'She's still 15 years old and she's trying to do things that no other 15-year-old has done,' he added. 'That's certainly empowering all the young girls out there to say there's no limitations.'
Wie started the final round five strokes behind Rosales, then shot her third straight 2-under 70 to finish at 6-under 210. She didn't notice she was in contention until seeing her name on the leaderboard late in the day.
'I thought, 'Wow, that feels pretty good,'' she said.
Wie will play seven more LPGA events this year, including all four majors.
'I think my game got a lot more consistent,' she said. 'I shot what I wanted to, consistently under par. I just have to work on eliminating those stupid mistakes and making a lot more birdies.'
Wie began drawing national attention in 2002. A seventh-grader with braces, she became the youngest player to qualify for an LPGA event at age 12.
'I've grown a lot as a person and a golfer and I'm really proud of that,' she said.
She's still waiting to make the weekend field at a PGA Tour event. Wie missed the cut at the Sony Open last month. The previous year, Wie beat 47 men at the Sony but fell one shot short of qualifying for the last two rounds.
By not playing golfers her own age, Wie does not win often. Tiger Woods took notice of that, saying there is an 'art form to winning, and learning how to win different ways.'
'What she's doing might hurt her,' Woods said this year in Hawaii. 'But in the end, she might be so talented she might just win everything. And it might be a new way of doing it.'
Wie eventually plans to attend Stanford, where Woods spent a couple of years, and turn pro when she's ready. Her father, B.J. Wie, says money is not the issue. If that were the case, he said, she could have done so a year ago.
Votaw, who is leaving his job after the season, urges common sense in the tour's approach to Wie.
'My advice to whoever my successor is: You can't build on any one player,' he said. 'It's a kaleidoscope. It's a tapestry of colors. For the weight to any one person to be the savior, I think is a short shelf-life policy.'
Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.
Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.
The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.
Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.
Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.
Third-round tee times for the 147th Open
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.
Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.
Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.
Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.
4:15AM ET: Gavin Green
4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed
4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose
4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton
4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley
5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner
5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson
5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)
5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood
5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello
6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford
6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma
6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele
6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood
6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na
6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin
7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim
7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira
7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters
7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li
7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker
7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink
8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook
8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris
8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim
8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari
8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson
8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell
9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka
9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott
9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren
9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone
9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett
10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler
10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell
10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau
10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen
10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele
10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood
11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson
Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.
He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.
“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.
At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.
Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.
“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”
Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?
Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.
Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.
“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”
Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.
Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.
“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.
More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.
“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”