Wie Headlines But Sorenstam Leads

By Sports NetworkOctober 13, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Samsung World ChampionshipPALM DESERT, Calif. -- The No. 1 player in the world was not ready to cede the golf stage to the much-heralded rookie on Thursday.
 
Despite 16-year-old Michelle Wie's debut as a professional, Annika Sorenstam fired an 8-under-par 64 to take the opening-round lead of the Samsung World Championship at Bighorn Golf Club.
 
Wie, who turned professional eight days ago, bogeyed two of her final five holes to post a 2-under 70. She is tied for 12th place in this limited-field event, but the teenager was satisfied with her debut.
 
'It was so exciting and it was a whole new experience,' said Wie. 'After a while, it's the same old thing. You have to focus or you won't play the way you want to. It was fun.'
 
Wie's first drive as a professional was down the fairway, but she managed par. Her first birdie came one hole later as her approach stopped inches from the hole.
 
Wie got to 2 under par with a 5-foot birdie putt at seven, then moved up the leaderboard with strong play at the start of the second nine. She rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt at 10 and two-putted from the back of the green for a birdie at the par-5 12th.
 
She was now at 4 under par, but a missed fairway led to a bogey at 14. At the closing hole, Wie hit an errant drive into the left fairway bunker. Her second landed short in a greenside trap and she blasted out to 10 feet. Wie missed the par save, thus dropping her to minus-2.
 
'I was okay with the fact that I shot under par today,' said Wie. 'I could have shot a little bit better, but I still feel pretty good about it.'
 
If Wie is to visit the winner's circle in her professional debut, she will have a lot of ground to cover as some of the LPGA Tour's best are ahead of her.
 
Cristie Kerr, who played with Wie on Thursday, and Gloria Park are tied for second at 7-under-par 65. Lorie Kane and two-time winner and RookYear Paula
 
But don't forget about Sorenstam.
 
The defending champion and four-time winner of this event birdied her first hole, then added another at the third when her 7-footer ran around the hole, but ultimately fell.
 
Sorenstam kicked in a short birdie putt at the sixth and made it back-to-back birdies at seven. She sank a 20-footer for birdie at the eighth to make the turn at 5-under 31.
 
The Swede looked like she would take it lower at 11, but she pulled her 4-footer for birdie. She made up for it at the par-5 12th. Sorenstam's second landed in a bunker, but she played out to 3 feet and converted the birdie try.
 
At the 14th, Sorenstam tied Park at 7 under par when her 6-footer rolled in the cup. She took sole possession of first with a birdie at 15, then made routine pars at 16 and 17.
 
Sorenstam hammered her drive down the 18th fairway and left herself with a sand-wedge into the green. Her second stopped 4 feet from the hole, but the putt lipped out.
 
Although she missed some short putts, Sorenstam is already in prime position to achieve a feat that has thus far eluded the Hall of Famer. Sorenstam has never won the same event five times, but is a quarter of the way there this week.
 
Natalie Gulbis and Grace Park share sixth place after opening with rounds of 5-under-par 67. Rosie Jones and Marisa Baena are tied for eighth one stroke behind.
 
Reigning Women's British Open champion Jeong Jang and Meena Lee are tied for 10th place at minus-3.
 
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    Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

    By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

    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.

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    Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

    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.


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    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

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    Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

    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.


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    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.”

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    Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

    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.”


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    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.”