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Live U.S. Women's Open Blog: The Tiger Effect On Women’s Golf

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 June 2014 10:57 Saturday, 21 June 2014 09:58

by Alfie Lau
 

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I’m certainly no apologist for women’s golf, but on a day when the three top American female golfers get ready to contest the U.S. Women’s Open, the big story in golf is, once again, Tiger Woods.
 
Woods, who announced via Facebook that he’s returning from back surgery next week at his own tournament, the Quicken Loans National at Congressional, was the lead news story on ESPN, which is carrying the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst.
 
And ESPN didn’t even bother leading with the leaders, Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson and Stacy Lewis. Instead, they led with the no doubt captivating story of 11-year-old Lucy Li, who shot 78-78 to miss the cut by 7 strokes.

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Live Blog From 2014 U.S. Women's Open: Michelle Wie Leads U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst, Henderson And Sue Kim T14

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 June 2014 10:57 Saturday, 21 June 2014 00:36

by Alfie Lau
 

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It’s not exactly Martin Kaymer going into the weekend of the U.S. Open with a 6-stroke lead but for Michelle Wie and her three-stroke lead, it might be the start of a dream weekend.
 
As hyped a golf superstar as we can remember since she turned pro in 2005, Wie is still looking for that first Major victory, a point she could not have missed at the Kraft Nabisco earlier this year when she was outgunned by younger gun Lexi Thompson, who won her first Major at age 19.
 
After two consecutive under-par rounds of (-2) 68, Wie, now at (-4) 136, is allowing herself to think about what could be her reality in 48 hours.

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Live U.S. Women's Open Blog: Amateur Hour At The U.S. Women’s Open

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 June 2014 10:57 Friday, 20 June 2014 22:24

by Alfie Lau
 
altCould this be the year an amateur wins the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst?
 
Aussie Minjee Lee is at even par 140 after two rounds, following her opening round 69 with a (+1) round of 71 on Friday morning.
 
Sure, Lee is four strokes behind Michelle Wie, who shot her second straight round of (-2) 68, but Lee isn’t scared of anybody.
 
“(I’ll) just try and chase (Wie),” said Lee. “I’m going to stick to what I’ve been doing all week. So nothing is going to change. . . . I think I have the ability to contend and I think in the future, I’ll be able to win some tournaments.”

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Two Contestants Run The Table in Picking The Majors Contest

Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2014 08:07 Friday, 20 June 2014 02:01

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Jeff Sutherland (Inside Golf)

DUNCAN, British Columbia — The 2014 US Open Picking The Majors contest may have had a surprise winner in Martin Kaymer but Laurie Woodland of Victoria, BC and Toni Perreault of Smithers, BC both beat some big odds themselves in making every possible right pick for the US Open instalment.

The "PTM" contest concept is very simple. Just pick one player from each of ten pairs who you think is more likely to do better at the tournament… and you are done. Points are awarded on where they finish.

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Live U.S. Women's Open Blog: No Canadians Under Par After Day 1 Of 2014 U.S. Women’s Open

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 17:47 Thursday, 19 June 2014 17:10

by Alfie Lau
 

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After paying caddies $550 to collect as much data during last week’s U.S. Men's Open, it appears the USGA has found the right formula to make the U.S. Women’s Open comparable.
 
On a Pinehurst #2 that played more than 1,000 yards shorter, at 6,296 yards, for the women as compared to more than 7,300 yards each of the 4 days of the Men’s Open, par was a great number for any golfer to card.
 
The USGA was hoping to have the women play the same type of approach shots into the Donald Ross-designed turtleback greens and while the scores seem to indicate that was accomplished, my first-hand viewing of many of the holes saw way more hybrid and long-iron (heck, even fairway metal) approaches in by the women this week than the men last week.

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