Wies Masters Dream Rests on US Publinx

By Associated PressJuly 10, 2005, 4:00 pm
Having come up short in her latest bid against PGA Tour pros, Michelle Wie will now face many of the best amateur players in the country. Wie is seeking a berth in the Masters, which she could earn by winning this week's U.S. Men's Amateur Public Links tournament at Shaker Run Golf Club.
The 15-year-old Hawaiian earned her spot through qualifying into a field that includes 153 men - and her.
'I feel really good about the Public Links,' Wie said Friday after shooting an even-par 71 to miss the cut by two strokes at the John Deere Classic. 'I've done really well and hopefully I can carry on into the APL. After seeing that I shot under par here, it feels that I can really compete there. And if I can get to match play, it's a tossup.'
Other players are already feeling a little extra pressure with Wie in the field.
'I've had people already, just from my home course, saying, 'You'd better beat her,'' Scott Aker said.
Wie and the rest of the APL field will compete in 18 holes of medal play on Monday and again on Tuesday with the 64 lowest scorers advancing to match play. The championship will be decided by a 36-hole match on Saturday.
Two-time defending champ Ryan Moore is ineligible after turning pro, but Dayton Rose of Oklahoma State - who lost in the finals both years to Moore - is back. Among the other top contenders will be first-team All-Americans Ryan Blaum of Duke and Oklahoma's Anthony Kim, along with second-teamer Chan Song (Georgia Tech), the brother of twins Aree and Naree Song on the LPGA Tour.
All eyes will be on Wie, however. The sponsoring U.S. Golf Association will put gallery ropes up around all tees and greens to give Wie some room as she plays.
Wie makes any tournament she enters an event. The USGA's Web site got more than 50 million page views during the U.S. Women's Open three weeks ago when Wie shared the lead heading into the final round.
'Every one of our events she has played in over the last year, the numbers went up dramatically in hits on our Web site,' the USGA's David Shefter said.
Wie is the first female to ever qualify for an adult men's USGA championship, posting a 36-hole score of 145 during qualifying at Cedarbrook Golf Course outside Pittsburgh on June 14 to reserve a spot in the APL field. Wie won the 2003 Women's APL when she was 13, becoming the youngest winner ever of an adult USGA championship.
Despite missing the cut at the John Deere, she was happy with the way she played.
'My game is a lot more consistent,' she said. 'I feel like I'm in the little control room pressing the buttons now. It feels good.'
The early exit from the John Deere will allow Wie to get in practice rounds at Shaker Run, a 6,966-yard, par-70 Arthur Hills design set on hilly farmland miles from the nearest town. The signature holes are the par-4 third and par-3 fifth, where players must hit their approaches over a dramatic drop-off of more than 100 feet.
Wie's father, B.J., said the PGA experience could only help his daughter.
'I think it'll turn out to be good for Michelle,' he said. 'She'll be able to have practice rounds. We're always trying to look at the positive.'
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    Rose (64) peaking just ahead of the U.S. Open

    By Nick MentaMay 25, 2018, 8:40 pm

    A former U.S. Open champion appears to be finding his form just three weeks ahead of the year's second major.

    Justin Rose ascended to the top of the leaderboard Friday at the Fort Worth Invitational, with rounds of 66-64 pushing him to 10 under par for the week.

    Through 36 at Colonial, Rose has marked 12 birdies against just two bogeys.

    "Yeah, I did a lot of good things today," Rose said. "I think, you know, the end of my round got a little scrappy, but until the last three holes it was pretty flawless. I think I hit every fairway pretty much and obviously every green to that point. ...

    "Yeah, the way I played through, I guess through my first 15 holes today, was about as good as I've played in a long time."

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    Rose won in back-to-back weeks last fall, stunning Dustin Johnson at the WGC-HSBC Championship and riding that victory right into another at the Turkish Airlines Open.

    Now the 2013 U.S. Open winner at Merion feels himself once again rounding into form ahead of this year's Open at Shinnecock. A final-round 66 at The Players gave Rose something to focus on in his recent practice sessions with swing coach Sean Foley, as the two work to shore up the timing of Rose's transition into the downswing.

    As for his decision to tee it up at Colonial for the first time since 2010, "It was more the run of form really," Rose explained. "I feel like if I didn't play here it was going to be a little spotty going into the U.S. Open. I felt like I wanted to play enough golf where I would have a good read on my game going into Shinnecock.

    "So rather than the venue it was more the timing, but it's obviously it's just such a bonus to be on a great layout like this."

    For whatever reason, Rose does tend to play his best golf at iconic venues, having won PGA Tour events at Muirfield Village, Aronimink, Cog Hill, Doral, Merion and Congressional.

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    Koepka (63): Two wrist dislocations in two months

    By Nick MentaMay 25, 2018, 8:19 pm

    Brook Koepka's journey back from a wrist injury that kept him out four months hasn't been totally smooth sailing, even if his play has suggested otherwise.

    Koepka on Friday fired a 7-under 63 to move up the leaderboard into a tie for third, three shots behind leader Justin Rose through the end of the morning wave at the Fort Worth Invitational.

    After a slow start Thursday saw him play his first 13 holes 3 over, Koepka is 10 under with 11 birdies in his last 23 holes at Colonial.

    "It doesn't matter to me. I could care less. I'm still going to try as hard as I can," Koepka said. "I don't care how many over or how many under I am. Still going to fight through it."

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    Just like he's been fighting his wrist the last two months or so. Koepka reinjured his wrist the Wednesday of The Players when he was practicing on the range and had to halt mid-swing after a golf cart drove in front of him. He nonetheless managed to finish T-11.

    And that's not the only issue he's had with that wrist during his return.

    "We had a bone pop out of place. I didn't tell anybody, but, yeah, they popped it back in," Koepka admitted Friday. "Luckily enough we kind of popped it back into place right away so it wasn't stiff and I didn't have too, too many problems.

    "Yeah. I mean, I've dislocated my wrist twice in the last two months. You know, different spots, but, I mean, it's fun. I'll be all right."

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    Twitter spat turns into fundraising opportunity

    By Rex HoggardMay 25, 2018, 6:30 pm

    Country music star Jake Owen, along with Brandt Snedeker, has turned a spat on Twitter into a fundraising campaign that will support Snedeker’s foundation.

    On Thursday, Owen was criticized during the opening round of the Web.com Tour’s Nashville Golf Open, which benefits the Snedeker Foundation, for his poor play after opening with an 86.

    In response, Snedeker and country singer Chris Young pledged $5,000 for every birdie that Owen makes on Friday in a campaign called NGO Birdies for Kids

    Although Owen, who is playing the event on a sponsor exemption, doesn’t tee off for Round 2 in Nashville until 2 p.m. (CT), the campaign has already generated interest, with NBC Sports/Golf Channel analyst Peter Jacobsen along with Web.com Tour player Zac Blair both pledging $100 for every birdie Owen makes.

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    Noren so impressed by Rory: 'I'm about to quit golf'

    By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 5:33 pm

    Alex Noren won the BMW PGA Championship last year, one of his nine career European Tour victories.

    He opened his title defense at Wentworth Club in 68-69 and is tied for fourth through two rounds. Unfortunately, he's five back of leader Rory McIlroy. And after playing the first two days alongside McIlroy, Noren, currently ranked 19th in the world, doesn't seem to like his chances of back-to-back wins.

    McIlroy opened in 67 and then shot a bogey-free 65 in second round, which included pars on the pair of par-5 finishing holes. Noren walked away left in awe.

    "That's the best round I've ever seen," Noren said. "I'm about to quit golf, I think."

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