Amiee Debuts with 79 in Kingsmill

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 5, 2005, 4:00 pm
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Danielle Amiees driver was pro quality. But the combination of a case of nerves as the day started, plus a tendency to miss short on her approaches, were a problem. So were her chips.
It amounted to a 79 for the Big Break III winner in the opening round of the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill Thursday. (Hole-By-Hole Account of Danielle's 1st Round.)
The nerves were incredible, but what a rush! she told The Golf Channel. When I got to the first tee I had so many supporters. They werent looking for my score they were just looking to motivate me. My drive I just ripped it down the center.
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Danielle Amiee hit all seven fairways on the front nine Thursday at Kingsmill.
Amiees opening tee shot was perfect, splitting the middle of the fairway. But her approach shot was indicative of the perils which plagued her throughout the front nine ' it was short. And her chip was short. Two putts later, she had made bogey on the first hole.
It was a gusty, damp day in Kingsmill, Va., with wind speeds of 20 miles per hour and wet fairways which afforded no roll. And with a large gallery following her and still hampered by nerves, she made double bogey at the second, a par-3. Her tee shot slid into a bunker, and her sand shot out of the deep hazard hung on top of the high lip.
Amiee wound up the front nine in 43 strokes, making two more bogeys and again taking a double on the other front-side par-3. A three-putt after another poor chip was the culprit on that hole ' the fifth.
However, she hit all seven of her fairways on the front side. Taking four extra strokes on the two short holes were very damaging.
She settled down on the back nine and played very good golf, shooting a 1-over-par with birdie at the par-3 13th. On that one she hit a superb iron shot on the 143-yard hole to 12 feet, then stroked in the putt. And she got up-and-down twice for pars.
I knew I was going to be okay before I even started today because this is such an experience and I knew it was going to be overwhelming emotionally, she said. I kept calm all day and I never got too upset or too down.
She only hit five of her first 15 greens, even though she had hit eight of 12 fairways to that point. But the rally coming in was very nice, turning what could have been a disaster into an acceptable day. Her short game was the killer.
The comeback on the back nine wasnt really a comeback, said Amiee. It was just me getting comfortable in my routine. I didnt feel like I came back, I just played my game.
Final stats: fairways hit, 10 of 14; greens hit, eight of 18; total putts, 35.
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    By Ryan LavnerSeptember 26, 2018, 8:14 am

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    After failing to qualify for the PGA Tour’s FedExCup playoffs, Garcia told European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn that he’d add the European Tour event in Portugal if he were selected to the team as a wildcard pick.

    Garcia made good on his promise, and last week he tied for seventh – his best worldwide finish since March.

    “I was very pleased the way I played,” he said. “I think I played very, very nicely throughout the whole week, which was nice. It felt like it was a very positive week.”

    There hadn’t been many positive weeks throughout the year for Garcia, who has slipped from 10th to 28th in the world rankings. The 2017 Masters champion missed the cut in all four majors and struggled with inconsistency.

    Still, Garcia was selected to the European team, and Bjorn often cited Garcia’s intangibles – his familiarity with foursomes, his presence in the team room – in justifying his pick.

    Even Garcia conceded Wednesday that his selection had more to do with experience than form.

    “That’s probably, to be totally honest, one of the reasons why the vice captains and the captain decided to have me on the team,” he said, “not only for what I can bring on the golf course, but what I can bring outside.”

    Garcia may have found the spark that his game desperately needed. Six of his past eight rounds have been in the 60s, and he has shot a combined 27 under par during those two starts.

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    By Ryan LavnerSeptember 26, 2018, 7:59 am

    SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – Tiger Woods might be the biggest star in golf, but Rory McIlroy views him as just one of 12 this week at the Ryder Cup.

    “We’re not looking at any individuals,” he said Wednesday. “We’re just trying to beat the U.S. team. It’s great what he did on Sunday. But to focus on one player is silly, especially when I might not even see him this week at any point this week because I mightn’t be on the course with him or play against him. …

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    U.S. captures Junior Ryder Cup

    By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 26, 2018, 12:29 am

    The U.S. defeated Europe, 12 ½ to 11 ½, in the Junior Ryder Cup at Golf Disneyland at Disneyland Paris.

    Rachel Heck, 16, of Memphis, Tenn., clinched the winning half-point on the 18th hole with a 12-foot birdie putt that halved her match with Annabell Fuller, 16, of England.

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    Singles results

    Match 1 - Lucy Li (USA) def. Amanda Linner (EUR), 4 and 3

    Match 2 — Rasmus Hojgaard (EUR) def. William Moll (USA), 1 up

    Match 3 —  Ingrid Lindblad (EUR) halved Rose Zhang (USA)

    Match 4 – Nicolai Hojgaard (USA) def. Canon Claycomb (USA), 4 and 2

    Match 5 — Yealimi Noh (USA) def. Emma Spitz (EUR), 3 and 2

    Match 6 —  Ricky Castillo (USA) def. Eduard Rousaud Sabate (EUR), 3 and 1

    Match 7 – Emilie Alba-Paltrinieri (EUR) def. Erica Shepherd (USA), 2 up

    Match 8 — Michael Thorbjornsen (USA) def. David Puig (EUR), 2 up

    Match 9 – Alessia Nobilio (EUR) def. Alexa Pano (USA), 2 and 1

    Match 10 —  Robin Tiger Williams (EUR) def. Cole Ponich (USA), 2 and 1

    Match 11 – Annabell Fuller (EUR) halved Rachel Heck (USA)

    Match 12 — Conor Gough (EUR) def. Akshay Bhatia (USA), 1 up


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    By Golf Channel Public RelationsSeptember 25, 2018, 6:48 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla., (Sept. 25, 2018) – NBC Sports Group’s final round coverage of the TOUR Championship on Sunday (3:00-6:19 p.m. ET) garnered a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 7.8 million average viewers, as Tiger Woods claimed his 80th career victory, and his first in five years. The telecast’s TAD was up 212% vs. 2017 (2.5m). Television viewership posted 7.18 million average viewers, up 192% YOY (2.46m) and a 4.45 U.S. household rating, up 178% vs. 2017 (1.60). It also becomes the most-watched telecast in the history of the FedExCup Playoffs (2007-2018) and the most-watched PGA TOUR telecast in 2018 (excludes majors).

    Coverage peaked from 5:45-6 p.m. ET with 10.84 million average viewers as Woods finished his TOUR Championship-winning round and Justin Rose sealed his season-long victory as the FedExCup champion. The peak viewership number trails only the Masters (16.84m) and PGA Championship (12.39m) in 2018. The extended coverage window (1:30-6:19 p.m. ET) drew 5.89 million average viewers and a 3.69 U.S. household rating to become the most-watched and highest-rated TOUR Championship telecast on record (1991-2018).

    Sunday’s final round saw 18.4 million minutes streamed across NBC Sports Digital platforms (+561% year-over-year), and becomes NBC Sports’ most-streamed Sunday round (excluding majors) on record (2013-’18).

    Sunday’s lead-in coverage on Golf Channel (11:54 a.m.-1:25 p.m. ET) also garnered a Total Audience Delivery of 829K average viewers and posted a .56 U.S. household rating, becoming the most-watched and highest rated lead-in telecast of the TOUR Championship ever (2007-2018). Golf Channel was the No. 2 Sports Network during this window and No. 7 out of all Nielsen-rated cable networks during that span.

     This week, NBC Sports Group will offer weeklong coverage of the biennial Ryder Cup from Le Golf National outside of Paris. Live From the Ryder Cup continues all week on Golf Channel, surrounding nearly 30 hours of NBC Sports’ Emmy-nominated live event coverage, spanning from Friday morning’s opening tee shot just after 2 a.m. ET through the clinching point on Sunday. The United States will look to retain the Ryder Cup after defeating Europe in 2016 (17-11), and aim to win for the first time on European soil in 25 years, since 1993.


    -NBC Sports Group-