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2014 U.S. Women’s Open-Tournament Wrap-Up

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Michelle Wie, 2014 U.S. Women's Open Champion! (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)
Michelle Wie, 2014 U.S. Women’s Open Champion! (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)

Michelle Wie wins 2014 U.S. Women’s Open!

TOURNAMENT WRAP-UP

Congratulations to 2014 U.S. Women’s Open Champion, Michelle Wie, on her historic victory at Pinehurst No. 2.  The victory caps off a great week for Wie, and provides her the satisfaction of winning her first Major Championship.

As in all great majors, the final round drama of the U.S. Women’s Open didn’t disappoint.  Just as you thought it was all in hand, Wie hit a stinger off the tee on the 16th hole, running it through the fairway, and into a fairway bunker.  From there, Wie played a very aggressive shot and paid the price for her decision.  Wie dropped two shots to the field with an eventual double bogey, and turned her three shot lead, over world #1, Stacy Lewis, into just one, with two holes to play.

Michelle Wie makes eagle on the par 5, 10th hole, in the final round of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)
Michelle Wie, final round action, 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.
(Copyright USGA/John Mummert)

However, winners always seem to bounce back, and Wie did just that, by draining a HUGE birdie putt on the par 3, 17th to vault her lead to two shots with one hole to play.  Michelle Wie played the par 4, 18th hole like the Major Champion she now is, enjoying the walk, smiling, and waving to the crowd on the way to the green.  There were even a few Hawaiian Shaka signs from Wie to the crowd, which brought cheers.  Wie finished the round with an easy two-putt par, an even par round of 70, and all under the heat of Pinehurst No 2, capturing her first Major title, the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.

WIE’S FINAL ROUND SCORECARD

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FINAL ROUND CHASERS

Stacy Lewis punches out of a native area on the first hole during Sunday's final round. (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Stacy Lewis
(Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)

The final round of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open was exciting all day, with players leaving everything they had on the course.  Aggressive play resulted in low scoring from the field, and two scores of -4 under, 66, shot by Scotland’s Catriona Matthew and American Stacy Lewis.  The final round 66s, by Matthew and Lewis, tied Julie Inkster’s third round 66, for the lowest rounds of the championship.

Lewis, day 1’s overnight leader, certainly pushed the envelope on aggressive play, and as a result, carded her 66 with an 8-birdie, 4-bogey performance.  Lewis’ strong play in the final round moved her from a T12 position after three rounds, into a solo 2nd place finish in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open.

Notables on the final leaderboard include, of course, Michelle Wie, but also Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow, finishing solo 3rd in her first professional major, and Canadian Amateur (a) Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, who finishes as the low amateur for the tournament.

 

FINAL TOURNAMENT LEADERBOARD

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AMAZING TWO WEEKS AT PINEHURST

Michelle Wie, capturing her first major championship, perfectly closes an amazing two weeks at Pinehurst.  When the idea of hosting two major championships (back-to-back) was first introduced, there were plenty of doubters, tons of questions, and weighted expectations.  The USGA proved all the doubters wrong, answered all the questions, and I believe, exceeded even the highest of expectations (maybe even higher than their own). Congratulations to the USGA on their masterful hosting of the 2014 U.S. Open and the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

What a great two weeks of golf!

Editor’s Note:  What were your impressions of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open and Michelle Wie capturing her first major championship? Please share a comment in the comments section. We would love to hear from you. 

BIO: Keith Cook is a contributing editor for localgolfer.com. His career highlights include rounds in nearly every US state and numerous countries throughout the world. He is a retired 29-year US Military Veteran and Ashford University Alumni living in Michigan. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter @_KeithCook and  @LocalGolfer.

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2014 U.S. Women’s Open-Round 3 Wrap-Up

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Michelle Wie (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Michelle Wie (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)

Wie “steadies the ship” to hold on to share of overnight lead in U.S. Women’s Open

ROUND 3 WRAP-UP

The day started with promise . . . and maybe even a little destiny for overnight leader Michelle Wie. Starting with bogey on the par 4, 1st hole, Wie quickly turned it around and put it in cruise control, running away from the field at one point, posting a -6 under total for the tournament after 10 holes.  However, as we know, Pinehurst No. 2 is a tough course, and big numbers lie in wait for all competitors. Wie found one of those big numbers, posting a double bogey, 6, on the par 4, 11th, to drop from -6 under to -4.  It took a few holes for Wie to “steady the ship,” also dropping shots on holes 12 and 14, to fall to -2 under and out of the lead for the first time all day.  Wie finished the day with a +2 over par score of 72, for a three-day total of -2 under par.

MOVERS & SHAKERS – HERE WE COME

Amy Yang (Copyright USGA)
Amy Yang (Copyright USGA)

Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 5.49.11 PMWith Wie coming back to the field, a number of golfers took advantage.  South Korean Amy Yang, played the third round with an aggressive strategy, which led to a final score of -2 under, 68, but also with a round comprised of 6-birdies, 4-bogeys, and just 9-pars.  Yang now shares the overnight lead with Wie in the clubhouse, with a total score of -2 under par for the tournament.

AGELESS

Serving notice to the field, the round of the day – and the tournament (so far) – was turned in by two-time U.S. Women’s Open champion, Juli Inkster, the oldest player in the field at 53-years of age. In Saturday’s third round, Inkster shot a magnificent round of -4 under, 66 to move into a four-way tie for 3rd, with Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow, South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi, and Australian Amateur Minjee Lee, who continues to impress.

Juli Inkster (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)
Juli Inkster (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll)

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Inkster, asked after the round, about the possibility of winning her third U.S. Women’s Open, said, “You can dream all you want, but the bottom line is you’ve got to come out and make the shots . . . so, tomorrow, I’ve got to come out and make the shots.  And if I’m tied for the lead coming up 18, then maybe I’ll think about it.”

 

CURRENT LEADERBOARD

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FINAL ROUND

With only Michelle Wie and Amy Yang under par for the tournament, the 2014 U.S. Open just got a little more exciting. Juli Inkster’s round of 66, showed the field that low numbers are still out there at Pinehurst.  Over par rounds by the leaders on the final day, and under par rounds by those chasing, could easily flip flop the leaderboard and surprise all of us.  The final round of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open should be a great one!

Will Michelle Wie win her first major at Pinehurst No. 2? That’s the question left to answer.  Michelle Wie and Amy Yang tee of on #1 tomorrow at 1:35pm.  TV coverage of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open begins at 3pm EDT on NBC.  The full listing of Final Round Tee Times is below.

TOMORROW’S PAIRINGS / TEE TIMES *courtesy www.uswomensopen.com

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Editor’s Note:  What were your impressions of Round 3at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open? Please share a comment in the comments section. We would love to hear from you. 

BIO: Keith Cook is a contributing editor for localgolfer.com. His career highlights include rounds in nearly every US state and numerous countries throughout the world. He is a retired 29-year US Military Veteran and Ashford University Alumni living in Michigan. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter @_KeithCook and  @LocalGolfer.

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U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2-Round 1 Wrap-Up

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ROUND 1 WRAP UP

The 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 began with opening tee shots at 6:45am this morning off of #1 and #10.  Off the tee on #10 at 8:02am, the World’s #1 ranked player, Stacy Lewis, hit the ground running and fired an impressive bogey-free round of 67 to set the pace.  After the round, Lewis was able to relax in the afternoon and watch fellow headliners; Michelle Wie, Cristie Kerr, Lydia Ko, and others, fight the afternoon heat at Pinehurst, with temperatures and heat indexes settling into the low-to-mid 90s.

As we saw last week at the U.S. Open, morning conditions were a bit kinder to the field, but tomorrow the tee times are reversed giving the same early morning scoring opportunities to today’s afternoon side of the draw.

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With hopes, expectations, and discussions abounding, there is little doubt 11-year Lucy Li was someone people came to watch at Pinehurst. Li’s participation in the event has drawn accolades, but mostly respectful concerns of someone so young participating in an event of this magnitude.  Opinions do vary – and there could be changes to the age minimums in the future – but this week, Lucy Li is playing golf.  Li finished Round 1 with a +8 over par score of 78, but handled questions like a pro after the round, while all at the same time, enjoying a watermelon ice cream bar.  Something tells me, this particular 11-year old is going to be ok.

Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 6.19.36 PMOne of the top tournament favorites, Michelle Wie, appeared to be out of the mix with a +1 score of 36 on the front 9, but turned things around quickly with a great -3 under on the back nine.  Wie closed the round off with a tap-in birdie on the par 4, 18th hole, posting a -2 under 68, just one behind the overnight leader Stacy Lewis.

A grouping of three others; South Korea’s, So Yeon Ryu and Australians Katherine Kirk and (A) Amateur Minjee Lee, finished their rounds shooting -1 under, 69 to sit just 2-strokes off the lead.  Bringing energy to the crowd, the dynamic Paula Creamer finished with a disappointing bogey, but still posted a solid, even par round of 70 to finish just 3-strokes off the lead after day 1.

**ROUND 1 suspended at 7:12pm due to inclement weather**

CURRENT LEADERBOARD

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With the draw switched, it will be exciting to see how players like Michelle Wie will take on the course with the somewhat softer scoring conditions that the morning tee times can provide.  World’s #1, Stacy Lewis tees off at 1:47pm off of #1 in hopes to continue her solid play.  The full listing of Round 2 Tee Times is below.

**ROUND 1 suspended at 7:12pm due to inclement weather**

 

 

 

 

TOMORROW’S PAIRINGS / TEE TIMES *courtesy www.uswomensopen.com

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Editor’s Note:  What were your impressions of Round 1 at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open? Please share a comment in the comments section. We would love to hear from you. 

BIO: Keith Cook is a contributing editor for localgolfer.com. His career highlights include rounds in nearly every US state and numerous countries throughout the world. He is a retired 29-year US Military Veteran and Ashford University Alumni living in Michigan. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter @_KeithCook and  @LocalGolfer.

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