It's an upside-down leaderboard at the Weetabix Women's British Open
Are we sure the Weetabix Women’s British Open isn’t being played Down Under? Because one look at the leaderboard and you’ll wonder if it accidentally got turned upside-down.
The names we might expect to see near the top?Karrie Webb, for one, defending champion Jeong Jang for another?have sunk to the bottom. Jang’s currently tied for last place, and Webb missed the cut altogether. She finished at +14, helped along by two snowmen, including one today on the par-3 9th.
Se Ri Pak, who won her fifth major at the LPGA Championship earlier this year, withdrew after a first-round 78, citing a neck injury.
Silvia Cavalleri, Candie Kung, Karen Stupples, and Lindsey Wright, on the other hand–not exactly the LPGA’s headliners–are filling the second and third spots.
Veteran Juli Inkster showed her stuff yesterday, firing a six-under 66, but followed it up today with ho-hum even par. She’s still sitting pretty at number one, however.
Michelle Wie has struggled a bit but is hanging in there. She?s in no danger of missing the cut, but isn?t exactly in contention at the moment either, with two rounds of 74.
And Morgan Pressel will have something to cry about after today?s round?her five birdies tied her at sixth place along with Annika and Paula Creamer, right up until the 17th hole, where she gave it all back and then some, with a devastating quadruple-bogey, triple-bogey finish. Yikes–that’ll leave a mark.
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She turned pro thinking she was such a hot shot and would beat up on everybody, especially Michelle.
Michelle is good because even at this tender age she is consistent except for today and part of it is the penalty she got
Don't you agree Jennifer? You are my most favourite person in golf btw, next to Michelle of course
And I will get around to buying your book. I hope all golf fans do
I watched Morgan Pressel playing her round, and did indeed shed tears after it.
She was playing so well, beautiful golf.
On hole 17, her 2nd shot went into the bunker, and it took her 3 shots to get out. She was getting so annoyed. And it took her another 3 to get down from there and that wasn't so far from the green.
So it was an 8 on a par 4 hole.
Then on hole 18, shot 1 was okay, but shot 2 went into a bunker again, but the bunker was a greenside bunker and should have been a straight forward up and down, or at worst a bogey. Guilbis was in the same bunker and parred.
Anyway, Morgan made a complete mess of it and hit it way right. Then she made a mess of her chip and next putt, and had a triple bogey.
She was really annoyed and was bent over with her head in her hands shedding some tears after it. It was very sad really.
She should go to some mental coach person or something, because she just got so pissed off when she didn't get out of the bunker on hole 17 and that caused all the dropped shots after that.
Michelle does need to study the rule book a bit
Most 16 y/o wear silly earrings
Ms Wie has shown consistently over the last year that she is more than capable of competing at this level, your idea of her going back to high school tournaments is foolish.
High School yes
High School Golf..... as my daughter would say:
Puhlease -- get a grip
Yah, take off those earnings. Yah.
And play high school golf. Those girls are really good, they should be able to hit rounds of 100 sometimes even on an lpga course.
So what a good idea. You are indeed a genius Rob, maybe you should be put up as leader of the bashers, although Alex would probably be annoyed with that.
Michelle Weak needs to study a golf rule book, take off those silly earrings and go back to high school level golf tournaments."
Unfortunately Michelle is ineligible for high school inter scholastic sports, unlike yourself Rob.
I wonder if Michelle's "Professional" caddie was picking his nose while she was hitting out of a hazard? He logs scores also. I wonder if he added a stroke for improving her lie on his card?
It is not the caddies job to call penalties that is the player's responsibility. Plus it is a two stroke penalty, not one.
JR is not right. She did admit she touched the ground, but that was part of her backswing, which she thought didn't matter.
If she knew it was breaking the rules she would have called the penalty, but she thought it was okay.
As regards anyone even suggesting that she would try to cheat, that is going very low. Okay some people dislike her for whatever reason. That's just the way it is. There isn't any person that everyone likes. However, when people are looking for something to insult someone about, there are levels which even the most ardent of critics should not steep to.
Accusing her of cheating is lower than low, and just shows the people who do it for what they are.
What I think is likely is that she's a rationalizer. In other words, she might have had a suspicion that what she was doing wasn't kosher, but somehow rationalized that it was probably okay.
The rest of us can take a different view of these things. But it seems pretty clear that she did not attempt to gain any unfair advantage. I haven't seen a clear replay of the infraction--but I doubt that she did get any unfair advantage. If she is guilty of anything it is using her own interpretation of the rules to avoid calling a two shot penalty on herself in a situation where there seems to be no real violation of the spirit of the rule.
It seems that only a stickler for the rules would insist on the two shot penalty here--but if you are going to be a stickler for the rules as far as Michelle Wie is concerned, then you should also be a stickler for the rules as far as you are concerned, and accept the view that cheating is an issue for the rules comittee to decide, and not something for everyone to decide on his or her own.
ABC showed a replay of the infraction in extreme close-up and in slow motion. I'm a Wie fan and always will be, but the call by the officials was correct and unmistakeable on replay.
Michelle held a mistaken view of the rule that I believe would have been correct "through the green", but not in a bunker. She admitted her mistake graciously and with good humor.
Since the Bashers repeat their views ad nauseam, I'll repeat my view that - pro golfers win the majority of their tourneys between the ages of 22 and 35. In six years Michelle will still be 22! Enjoy the journey Wie fans! I feel sorry for the "Green-Eyed/Crackers" bunch.
Q: Michelle, what do you take from this?
MICHELLE WIE: Well, I think strangely enough that I learned more here this week then I did all summer. I played great all summer and played good in this tournament, just a couple of holes and a couple of shots did not go the way I wanted them to. But today, yesterday and the day before, I learned so much.
Q: What did you learn?
MICHELLE WIE: How to play the game really. Playing a links style golf course really forces you to play golf. I learned to try and be patient out here. When things go bad, you just have to play through it and make some putts when you have to. That is what I did today and I am going to move forward.
Q: You have to stay out of bunker too ?
MICHELLE WIE: Oh yeah, definitely. I am going to secretly come out here with a pack of dirt and make nice tee boxes out of all these bunkers. (laughter)
Classy kid, I am one of millions who will be tuning in to LPGA events for decades to watch Wie. She's an All-American girl. Just ordered your book JM - Look forward to reading it.
You guys are good enough to be regulars with Letterman or Leno on their late night TV shows. That would work for me since I am usually in bed by that time to wake up at 4:00 am. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Can Wie-Wee be the 'Star of the Show" at Stanford? I didn't think Pros were allowed to compete at the Amateur level. Is she not a member of the LPGA?
Yes, she is uh, like, AWESOME! One-Putt says that Bubbles also speaks Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. I wonder if she uses that same type of articulate elocution in those other languages."
Alex think back to when you were a teenager if possible and try to remember what it was like. Were you hip and cool or maybe you were the square dude back then man. You could have been one of the guys who used a pocket protector for their pens and wore chinos with plaid shirts 24/7.
Alex although you can't understand Michelle, the teenagers around the world get the message. It is cool to play golf and golf is an awesome game.
That is definately a change from when we were teenagers. Golf was not cool and I didn't advertise the fact I played golf. Hey it was an old Dude's game.
84 Lumber chances slim to none with the emphasis on none. This is just a payback appearance for the Hardy's.
Omega chances very good. These guys are not as good as most Nationwide members. If they were they would be playing for the larger purses here and trying to get a card. Sorry Norman.
So Alex is either being paid minimum wage or so to attack a fine young golfer, or is being led by the nose in his views by a more sophisticated astroturf writer. True to form Alex denies the existance of such astroturf PR campaigins - says it is delusional to think such thoughts (pretty weak stuff, Alex, even for you)
Anyone can go to Google and type in "astroturf" and "blog". The Wall Street Jounal wrote a piece on Public Relations astroturf last week.
Golf Digest's Ron Sirak reports in the past hour that Johnston was released shortly after the Womens British Open.
While Johnston is a top pro looper, there was not a great chemistry between player and caddie. It is never pleasant to fire anyone (or be fired, for that matter), but it is sometimes the only choice remaining. I think this move shows that Wie's management team has the strength to make tough decisions when required.
Thanks for the opportunity to repeat that if you Google "astroturf" and "blog" you get 500,000+ hits.
"Astroturf" is the only logical explanation for an adult to post hundreds of comments about someone he doesn't respect. People avooid things they dislike - unless they have an agenda.
Who are you always pushing? Paula Creamer? Well that narrows it down a little.