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.
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.
July 13, 2005 |
Michelle Wie shot a two-over-par 72 in the final round of stroke play at the U.S. Amateur Public Links at Lebanon, Ohio, on Tuesday, good enough to secure a spot in the match-play portion of the championship. "Match play is a lot more intense," she said after completing the 36 holes of medal play in eight-over 148. Wie, 15, is playing in the men's Public Links because the winner is traditionally invited to play at the Masters.
June 8, 2007 |
After a tumultuous week of criticism that put Michelle Wie under pressure, the 17-year-old from Hawaii recovered from a sloppy start with three birdies in a four-hole stretch and a couple of key pars late in her round of one-over 73 Thursday, leaving her six shots behind the leaders in the LPGA Championship at Havre De Grace, Md. "I built a lot of confidence over this round," said Wie, whose handlers limited her to five questions.