Wie at Stanford Not a Celebrity
Asked if any feature stories were planned on Wie, Jack Salisbury, the sports editor of the Stanford Daily, said, Maybe. And maybe not.
Asked if Wie was viewed as a celebrity on Stanfords campus, Salisbury said matter-of-factly, Not really. Were all pretty busy here.
This anonymity, if you will, could be one of the best things to happen to the beleaguered Wie since her golf game began deteriorating earlier this year. But there are still questions.
More than one observer close to the situation has insisted Wie needs to be away from the protective shield of her parents. But, at least for now, thats not happening. Sources say B.J. and BO Wie have obtained a house Menlo Park, Ca., which is adjacent to the Stanford campus. They have been spotted regularly accompanying their daughter to daily two-hour practice sessions at the Stanford driving range.
The Stanford Golf Course, apart from the schools intercollegiate golf programs, allows Wie to practice in the varsity area of the range but only when team members are not present. If Wie wants to play the golf course, she must pay $25, same as any other undergraduate.
NCAA rules are strict when it comes to Wie mixing with members of the mens or womens teams. Womens coach Caroline OConnor said Wie, neither an amateur nor a team member, is not allowed to have any contact with Stanford players during formal practice sessions on the range or on the golf course.
Perhaps the best news for Wie is that, for now, she is living in a dormitory and mixing with the general student population. We are all happy to have her on campus, OConnor said. And I hope she is able to grow here as a student.
Next up on Wies golf schedule is the Samsung World Championship in Palm Desert, Calif., Oct. 11-14.
The people paid to manage Woody Austins career are becoming increasingly swamped. Pun intended.
When last seen at the Presidents Cup the colorful Austin was rattling off three straight birdies Friday at Royal Montreal after tumbling face first into a water hazard on the 14th hole. Phil Mickelson, Austins playing partner, quickly dubbed Austin Aquaman. Austin responded by donning a pair of scuba goggles, at the suggestion of Barbara Nicklaus, when he arrived at the 15th holes the next day.
Hes hot right now, said Kevin Canning, who handles of Goal Marketing, the New York-based that handles requests for Austins time.
And the phone is starting to ring. Canning said the Presidents Cup aqua hijinks could lead to more than one endorsement deal with water-related companies.
One thing Austin wont do, Canning said, is take the money and run to every corporate outing willing to write him a fat check for a one-day hit-and-giggle. He enjoys being with his family too much, Canning said.
But Austin will be in the field for the Merrill Lynch Shootout in early December near Naples, Fl., not far from where he grew up in Tampa. Austin also asked Canning to find out if there was any room left in the field the following week for Tiger Woods Target World Challenge presented by Countrywide.
Turns out the 16-man field for Target is already set. But a discreet inquiry from Canning to Target officials revealed that Austin is on a short list of alternates.
Yes, his name is on the list, Canning was told. And, no, we are not saying exactly where on that list he is.
Austins powers, after all, arent as great as Tigers
Actually Austins rapid rise to prominence this season began in early June when he fashioned a final round 62 that was good enough to win the Stanford St. Jude Championship in Memphis.
Austin then forced the hand of eventual winner Woods at the PGA Championship in August. Woods responded by pulling away but Austin picked up a solo second place check worth $756,000.
Tim Moraghan, who left his post as the USGAs director of championships agronomy earlier this year, has announced the formation of Aspire Golf Consulting.
Moraghans experience includes 30 years in the golf business as, among other things, a course superintendent. He is highly-regarded inside the industry and is, in his rare spare time, a diehard NHL fan.
Aspire will aspire to provide its services to public, private and resort courses in the areas of tournament preparation, golf course master planning, staff evaluation and conditioning and turf grass management.
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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.”