January 15, 2005 |
It's back to school for Michelle Wie. The 15-year-old sophomore never had a chance to make the cut Friday in the Sony Open, taking three putts from eight feet for a triple bogey on the sixth hole and losing more ground from there. She shot a four-over-par 74 to finish 17 shots behind leader Shigeki Maruyama, and seven shots below the cut line. Wie had to settle for a tie with European Ryder Cup player Paul Casey at nine-over 149. She wound up tied for 128th place.
July 14, 2006 |
After yet another errant shot, Michelle Wie groaned and tugged her baseball cap down over her eyes. Nice try. There was no escaping the ugliness on her scorecard, though. Trying for a fifth time to become the first woman since 1945 to make a cut in a PGA Tour event, the 16-year-old instead found trouble virtually everywhere she turned Thursday in the first round of the John Deere Classic. In the sand. In the water. In the weeds. And in the woods -- several times.
May 6, 2006 |
Michelle Wie accomplished something in her ancestral homeland that she had failed to do in seven previous tries elsewhere. She made the cut in a men's professional tournament. The 16-year-old Wie was at five-under-par 139 after two rounds, tied for 17th in the Asian Tour's SK Telecom Open at Incheon, South Korea. She shot a three-under 69 Friday to make the cut by five strokes. Wie shot a 70 in the first round. The SK Telecom Open is the eighth men's professional event for Wie.
August 10, 2004 |
Michelle Wie failed to build on a fast start Monday in the U.S. Women's Amateur golf tournament, playing the back nine in five-over-par en route to a three-over 75 in the first round of stroke-play qualifying. "I'm not even close to satisfied," said the 14-year-old from Hawaii. "It was one of those rounds where you got off to a good start, start making birdies, then I don't know what happened after that."
May 25, 2004 |
Michelle Wie, the 14-year-old from Hawaii who received a special exemption Monday from the USGA into the U.S. Women's Open, also has filed an entry to play against men in qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. Wie, who missed the cut by one shot at the Sony Open on the PGA Tour in January, will try to qualify June 18 for the Public Links at Manada Golf Club in Hershey, Pa.
May 4, 2004 |
At 14, Michelle Wie has already drawn comparisons to Tiger Woods, but she may seem even closer to him this week when Woods' former caddie Mike "Fluff" Cowan carries her bag during an LPGA event in Virginia. Cowan caddies regularly for U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk but is available because a wrist injury has kept Furyk sidelined since January. Cowan was hired Saturday by Wie's father, B.J. Wie, and will work with her when she plays the LPGA's Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsville in Williamsburg, Va.
March 25, 2004 |
She's used to all the attention now, even if she is still only 14 years old, but as we all know, Michelle Wie is not a normal 14-year-old. Or is she? On Wednesday, Wie wore silver cord-like earrings long enough to be some kind of lasso with a bronco at the other end. The longest earrings she has, they hung down to her shoulders. Not only that, Wie said she didn't think she should swing a golf club while wearing them, because they would slap her right across the face. There was more.
October 13, 2006 |
If there are any more days like Thursday for Michelle Wie, one day after her 17th birthday, then she is already discovering new ways to age. Wie bounced balls off cart paths, sent them next to bushes, beneath branches and even whiffed once -- on the same hole -- all the while exploring many more parts of Bighorn Golf Club than she wanted, or possibly could find on a map.
September 16, 2006 |
When Kimberly Kim stepped to the final tee at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club's Witch Hollow course in Oregon last month, Laura Baugh was home in Orlando, Fla., watching intently on TV. Was Baugh cheering Kim on or cringing at each shot? "A little of both, actually," said Baugh, who 35 years ago became the youngest golfer to win the U.S. Women's Amateur tournament. But when Kim sank a five-foot birdie putt to clinch the same title, Baugh's record was history.
April 27, 2005 |
Will Michelle Wie play at St. Andrews? It's a longshot, but the Royal and Ancient Club is moving toward changing its no-female rules for the British Open and said Tuesday that Wie would earn an exemption to play at St. Andrews if she won the next PGA Tour event she has entered, the John Deere Classic at Silvis, Ill. Wie, 15, received a sponsor's exemption to play the John Deere, scheduled July 7-10, the week before the British Open.