Short Game Key for Amiée at Corning

By Mercer BaggsMay 25, 2005, 4:00 pm
Editors Note: Dont miss 'Danielles Big Break! A Week on Tour.' This new 30-minute special, which will air Monday, May 30, as part of 'Your Game Night,' will follow The Big Break winner all week at the LPGA Corning Classic, getting exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at her preparations and performance.
 
04 LPGA Corning ClassicCORNING, N.Y. -- Annika Sorenstam walked off the practice range Wednesday afternoon at Corning Country Club. There was no hustle, no bustle. Even without a veil of security, fans didnt immediately flock to the game's No. 1 female player, asking for a snapshot or a signature.
 
Then Danielle Amie made her exit. Fans ' mostly guys ' asked for her autograph, asked her to pose for pictures. You would have thought she was the primary attraction this week at the LPGA Corning Classic.
 
And for some, she probably is.
 
Amie, winner of The Golf Channels Big Break III - Ladies Only! is using her second of two LPGA exemptions this week in New York. The 29-year-old Californian will be trying to improve upon her performance in her tour debut at the Michelob Ultra Open, where she shot 79-77 to miss the cut.
 
I think a great goal (this week) is to make the cut, she said. Coming out shooting Even, Even would be a great number. But that depends on how my putters rolling this week.
 
This best putter wins this week. These greens have a tremendous amount of break.
 
Amie has been working diligently on her short game since her last start three weeks ago. She knows that in addition to making putts she has to improve her wedge game in order to get past the first two rounds this time around.
 
Ive been practicing on my short game all week, she said. (Instructor) Dean Reinmuth has been working with me (on shots) 40 yards and in. The best part about the 40 yards and in, is that was my weakest spot. I would never lay up to that point and now Im praying I can get to that point. Im feeling really confident in my yardage and I hope to compete.
 
Amie said that she learned a lot in her maiden appearance on tour ' and more than just how to manage her game inside the ropes.
 
I have more of an understanding as to whats going to happen. I can set more of routine as to how I want my day to go, she said. The reaction of the fans, the supportiveness of the fans, the welcoming of the girls here ' its been great. This week I can go out, I can focus more on shot-for-shot rather than getting so many nerves involved.
 
The Corning course is a stark contrast to the par-71, 6,853-yard Kingsmill River Course. This par-72 layout snakes its way to only 6,062 yards.
 
Normally my game, Im used to long courses where I can really rip driver on every hole. This course is very short, tight, precise, she said.
 
Amie will also have to battle a lack of familiarity. The 'Big Break III' was contested at Kingsmill, so she had some local knowledge prior to teeing it up in that tournament.
 
This week, however, she was only able to get in one practice round at Corning, doing so Tuesday. Due to the tournament pro-am on Wednesday, she decided to go out to the Donald Ross-designed Mark Twain public course nearby and play 18 holes this morning, before clocking in a little time on the range and practice putting green on the host course in the afternoon.
 
I feel fairly comfortable right now,' she said, before adding, 'My swings a little tight. My timings not with me right now, but thats not to say it wont be there tomorrow. Im just trying to work things out.
 
Amie, who will be wearing a microphone to give fans an 'inside the ropes' experience, goes off on the 10th tee Thursday at 1:40 p.m. ET. Shell be playing alongside Laurel Kean and Janell Howland. Her second round will start on the first tee Friday morning at 8:20 a.m.
 
After two days of chilly, wet weather, Thursday's forecast calls for mostly sunny conditions with temperatures in the upper-60s; however, scattered thunderstorms are in the forecast for Friday.
 
As for her final preparations, she said: Have a quiet night tonight and be ready for tomorrow.
 
The Golf Channel will air coverage of the LPGA Corning Classic beginning Thursday at 4 p.m. ET and continuing through Sunday. Each round also will replay in prime time from 9:30 ' 11:30 p.m. ET.
 
Related Notes:
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    Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 12:34 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood looked like an Open rookie when he set out on Friday under gray skies and a cold, steady rain.

    Because the Englishman doesn’t have an equipment sponsor he made a quick turn through the merchandise tent for an umbrella – but at least he didn’t have to pay for it.

    “We stole it,” he laughed when asked about his Open-brand umbrella. “We got one given for free, actually. We didn't steal it. We don't always carry an umbrella. So it just so happens this week that we've got a nice Open Championship [umbrella]. It looked quite nice, the yellow and the course.”


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    It was Fleetwood’s only rookie move on Day 2 at Carnoustie, posting a flawless 65 to move into an early tie for second place at 5 under par.

    Fleetwood holds the competitive course record at Carnoustie, a 9-under 63 he shot last fall during the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, but given Friday’s conditions and the difficulty of this course during The Open, his 65 on Friday might have been better.

    “It's not a course record, but it's pretty good,” said Fleetwood, who was stroke behind leader Zach Johnson. “If you went out, you wouldn't really fancy being 6 under out there. So I think that's a good indication of how good it was.”

    It was a dramatic turnaround for Fleetwood on Friday. He said he struggled with his ball-striking, specifically his tee shots, on Day 1, but he was able to turn things around with an hour-long session on the range following his opening round.

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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

    Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.


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    McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

    McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

    But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

    Said Harmon:

    “Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.


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    “He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

    “This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

    McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

    “Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

    McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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    How The Open cut line is determined

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

    Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

    The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:


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    • After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

    • There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

    • There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

    The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.