Annika on top of U.S. Women's Open while Michelle Wie lurks: Is a new rivalry ready to start?
There will be a marathon 36-hole finale to decide the U.S. Women’s Open. Annika Sorenstam starts the day on top at 2-under, with Pat Hurst, 19-year-old amateur Jane Park and Korea’s Shi Hyun Ahn one shot back …
Michelle Wie’s dreams of making the U.S. Women’s Open her first professional victory stayed very alive after the teen earned a hard-fought 71 in the second round to stay just two shots off Sorenstam’s lead …
Connecticut native J.J. Henry has his first 54-hole lead and now is trying to shut the door on his first PGA Tour victory at the Buick Championship …
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Bubbles had just pulled a 3-wood into trouble and taken a penalty and was about to hit her third shot on a par four. Well, she hit it so obviously fat that she let go of the club and the commentators groaned about how it might not clear the water. However, the ball just barely did so and trundled onto the green, not too far from the pin. This presented Bubbles with the opportunity to save par, which she did.
Now to Nance. He started lauding Bubbles, saying that like Tiger Woods she had that something "special." And I'm at a loss.
Let me get this straight. The girl is famous for choking putts. Then, a horribly struck shot limps over a water hazard and she gets lucky. Then she sinks one good par putt. And she has exhibited something "special" like Woods? I didn't know that Woods crafted his reputation by mishitting irons and choking away championships.
Joe you are obviously are not a golfer of any merit if you don't appreciate the test developed by the USGA for the ladies this week and in fact mother nature came along and made far worse. Many of the top women golfers in the world were felled by the conditions in Newport. At the very end two of the most experienced golfers in the field ended up on top and it took every bit of their years of experience to get there.
You can be assured Michelle played some outstanding golf on an extremely tough course setup and she should be quite proud.
I could not believe that Michelle had improved her putting so much in such a short time. SHE FINISHED THIRD IN PUTTING!!!
John Daily rcommended a different putter for Michelle with more loft and weight. It appears John was "Right on Target!" again. Thanks John from of us fans of the game.
Wie didn't hit the 3-wood on the par 5, but on a 449 yard par 4. It was on that hole that she had 202 yards left.
Name me one other player besides Michelle Wie who has garnered five top five finishes in their last five Major Tournament appearances. It ain't happened in this century folks until Michelle came along.
Currently 180 players are listed in the LPGA stats and after the US Women's Open only five have more top five finishes this season than Michelle Wie and most players don't have any top five finishes listed.
Believe me there are 170 gals (including Paula and Morgan) who would kill to have Michelle's results on the LPGA tour.
This young lady is well on her way to making a Million Bucks playing part time professional golf this year. Name me another 16 year old that has done that on any tour.
Take just a moment to just imagine what will happen after her game is fully matured. Now you know how the PGA and LPGA players feel. She is still a work in progress folks.
Hell I will go out on a limb and say she will take home paychecks from the Deere, Omega and Casio this season if she putts like she did this week.
There are many golfers on tour who will hold a grudge against John Daly after he got Michelle to switch putters. At least the ones behind her on the leaderboard.
One Putt. I assume you are couting the Evian here as the unofficial 5th Major. Michelle Wie has shown great consistency--never more than 2 strokes out of the lead this year. It will be interesting to see how she doe in this week's match play."
The Evian "is" an European LPGA Tour Major Jim.
Michelle has earned enough money in just four LPGA events ($414,951) to have ended up in 10th place on the ADT money list if her stats counted. Fifteen events have been played so far this season.
Finally we can compare what Michelle accomplished at the 2003 USGA Women's Amateur and last year at the Men's Publix amateur with professional golfers in the field. Match play is the toughest test in golf, yet it is one of the few formats where you know exactly what you need to do to win.
It should be a good tune up for the John Deere.
Morgan Pressel dies a little each time Michelle does well. She wants so badly to beat her and ends up playing badly. Her envy level increases, her jealousy and bitterness. She tries harder next time and ends up beating herself badly. Somebody should try and help the poor girl out.
She is a great example in proving Wie's critics wrong. That winning at the junior level does not translate to winning at the professional level.
Morgan was simply great at beating up the juniors. She's out of her league with the pros.
Michelle can play with anybody, men or women.
I see her one day even taking on Tiger. Why not? She's better now than Tiger ever was at 16!!
In any case, ask Dottie Pepper who will win. She has the crystal ball in LPGA.
To tell you the truth I expected Lorena to be contending in the US Open and was disappointed she wasn't in the mix. She has played some outstanding golf this year, but a tough course took a toll on her in the end.
As for the course at Newport I was there on Friday and Saturday. I can tell you the course was in terrible condition. Most of the bunkers had some water in them along with muddy sand; others were completely filled with water and had drop areas. The fairways had large pools of water and the rough was high grass and muddy surface. When I saw all of this, my first thought was this course borders on unplayable. Add to it all the high winds and tricky greens. I turned to my wife and said par will be a very good score. To say the least I was very disappointed with the USGA for allowing this to happen. If this had been The U.S. Open at Wingfoot, I am sure there would have been crews working all night to get the course playable, water out of the traps and fairways squeegied. But this was the women's open and I guess they just said play on ladies.
For those who think this course was a pushover. I can only tell you by experience. I played this course some 40 years ago. Although not long by most standards, it was made with wind in mind. The Par 5 10th hole is only 480 yards long but the second shot is from a downhill lie to an elevated green. A very high risk if you try to make it in two shots.
All these women who played in this tournament deserve high praise for enduring what was set out before them. None of them whined about the conditions openly, but I am sure many were dissappointed. A U.S. Open is hard enough with all the pressure and course set-up. But these ladies went far above what should have been expected of them. Kudos to all.
As for Wie's third shot after the drop on #7. She did not mishit that shot. Her ball was in mud. She had already hit the ball perfectly before releasing her hand from club. It was a fantastic shot and turned a 7 into a par 4.
I play rounds three to five times a week on two different ocean courses and I can relate to what they were dealing with. Today for example I dealt with 20 with gusts to 30 knot winds and rain, but that didn't stop me from getting eighteen in the books. You adjust by teeing the ball low on drives and hitting knockdown irons. I didn't hit a dive over 20 yards high on every hole with the wind in my face during the round. That said I did appreciate when I had the wind at my back and was pulling out a seven iron for my second on a par 5.
Michelle has all the shots needed to play well, she just needs to fine tune her game.
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