Wie 'getting close' after best major finish at Kraft

By Randall MellApril 7, 2014, 3:37 am

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Michelle Wie didn’t win her first major Sunday at the Kraft Nabisco, but she didn’t lose it, either.

Lexi Thompson won with a bogey-free 68, the best round of the day. Wie closed with a 71, one of just 10 players to break par in the final round.

“Lexi played amazing today,” Wie said. “She played probably the best I’ve ever seen her play. She hit the ball so well, and she made everything. She played really well, and I thought I played OK, too.”

Thompson won launching her driver at just about every turn Sunday at Mission Hills. Wie played a different game. She didn’t try to match Thompson’s power, instead, working to dissect the course with a lot of 3-woods and hybrids.

Over the first 10 holes, Thompson had hit six drivers with Wie having hit driver just once.

Wie was asked if she would have hit more drivers in hindsight.

“I stuck with my game plan,” she said. “I think it was the right play. Who knows? In hindsight, you would do something here or there. That’s the way golf is.”

Really, it wasn't Wie's ball-striking that was wanting in the final round. She just didn't make enough putts, including a 5-foot birdie attempt at the 13th that she left short.

Wie, 24, didn’t win, but her second-place finish is her third top 10 in six starts this year. It’s her best finish in a major. Her play this week was confirmation she’s heading in the right direction.

“It was a lot of fun playing in contention, being in the final group,” Wie said. “I think it’s a sign. I’m getting close. I think I can get a lot of confidence from this week. I’m really proud of myself.”

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 21, 2018, 8:02 pm

Tiger Woods is looking to close his season with a win at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him this week at East Lake Golf Club.

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Web.com pro shoots under par despite a 10

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 21, 2018, 7:34 pm

We've all been there. We make a big number early in a round, and mentally we pack it in for the day, believing our shot to break 100/90/80 is gone before we've even worked up a sweat.

The next time this happens to you, remember the case of Max Rottluff, who made a 10 - a 10! - on a par 4 early in the first round of the Web.com Tour Finals and found himself 6 over par after only two holes. And he had to hole out from the fringe to keep it to a 10!

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Rottluff, a native of Germany who played collegiately at Arizona State, bore down after that, never dropping another stroke. Not only that, but he made seven birdies - two on the front nine and five on the back - to shoot a 1-under-par 70.

Rottluff started the Web.com Tour Finals in 82nd place, so he has a long way to go to reach the top 25 and earn a PGA Tour card. (He did follow his 70 with a 66 in the second round, so he's headed in the right direction.) He finished 64th on the Web.com Tour's regular-season money list, which guarantees him a full exemption on that tour next year.

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Tiger gets rapper Big Boi's support during opening 65

By Grill Room TeamSeptember 21, 2018, 6:00 pm

Tiger Woods fans everywhere were buzzing during his opening 65 at the Tour Championship, and that includes Atlanta hip-hop legend Big Boi, who was supporting the 14-time major champ from the East Lake gallery.

Perhaps best known as one half of the rap duo "Outkast" along with André 3000, Big Boi played the part of Woods superfan on Thursday, following Tiger around the course and posting videos on Twitter, before eventually stopping for a chat and a few pictures after the round.

Big Boi, who kicked off the Tour Championship with a performance at the event’s opening ceremonies, is hardly the first hip-hop superstar to buddy up to Woods - who could forget these incredible pictures with Snoop Dogg?

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After Web.com Tour Finals, Peterson retires ... again

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 21, 2018, 5:50 pm

OK, now it’s official: John Peterson is done with professional golf.  

With one last chance to secure his PGA Tour card for next season, Peterson missed the cut in the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship. After failing to keep conditional status on Tour – in the most excruciating of circumstances – Peterson is now out of options to play the big tour in 2019, so he’s stepping away from professional golf, at age 29.

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It’s been one of the most unusual storylines of the year. The former NCAA individual champion from LSU announced at the beginning of the year that he was done if he didn’t keep his card on his major medical extension. He’d grown tired of the nomadic existence on Tour, and as a new father and husband, he’d already lined up his next career, in real estate and business development in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.

In July, Peterson said that the Web.com Tour Finals would be his final opportunity. If he earned a full PGA Tour card through the four-event series, then he’d continue to play in 2018-19 because he’d be able to pick and choose his schedule. But he never threatened full status, missing three cuts and tying for 56th in the other start.

And so on Friday afternoon, Peterson tapped out this tweet, saying goodbye to the Tour: