Wie has a costly miscue

Wie has a costly miscue

first_imgPALM DESERT — Michelle Wie’s pro debut made her look like an amateur Sunday when she was disqualified for taking an improper drop from the bushes in the Samsung World Championship. Annika Sorenstam first blew away the field to win by eight shots, even with a double bogey on the last hole. The 16-year-old Wie no sooner had signed for a 74 to finish fourth — $53,126 — that LPGA Tour officials took her out to the seventh hole to discuss a drop she took the day before. Almost two hours later, she was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. Because Wie dropped the ball closer to the hole — by three inches according to her, by about a foot according to rules officials –she should have added two strokes to her third-round 71. Short, who joined the tour last year as a 40-year-old rookie, raised both arms after the ball dropped into the cup. He forced the playoff by rolling in a 9-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation. Furyk, trying for his fourth Las Vegas victory, three-putted No. 18 for a bogey in regulation and gave Short a chance to catch him. Both parred the first extra hole, then Furyk, who has won only one of six playoffs in his tour career, pulled his tee shot into the water on the par-3 17th. Administaff Small Business Classic SPRING, Texas — Mark McNulty won his second Champions Tour title of the year, closing with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Gil Morgan. McNulty, the long-time European tour player from Zimbabwe, finished at 16-under 200 on the Augusta Pines course. He birdied two of the last three holes and also had two eagles in the final round. Morgan birdied the final hole for his third consecutive 67. Madrid Open MADRID, Spain — France’s Raphael Jacquelin won his first European tour title by closing with a 2-under 69 for a three-shot victory over 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie. Jacquelin came in at 23-under on the Club de Campo course. He opened with three consecutive 64s to take a seven-stroke lead into the final round. Lawrie shot a 64. Permian Basin Charity Classic MIDLAND, Texas — Thirty-one-year-old Kris Cox won his first Nationwide Tour title Sunday by birdieing the final two holes for his second consecutive 4-under 68 and a two-stroke victory over three players. He earned $85,500 to jump from 25th to seventh on the money list with $249,474 with two events left. The final top 21 will earn 2006 PGA Tour cards. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I learned a great lesson,” Wie said as her voice choked with emotion. “From now on, I’ll call a rules official no matter where it is, whether its three inches or 100 yards. I respect that.” Wie hit a 5 wood into a bush Saturday and barely found it. She told her playing partner, Grace Park, she was taking an unplayable lie, dropped away from the bush, chipped to 15 feet and made the par. It was a critical par save, and Wie steadied herself to get within five shots of the lead. “I don’t feel like I cheated,” Wie said Sunday. “I was honest out there. I did what I thought was right. I was pretty confident. If I did it again, I’d still do that. It looked right to me.” Michelin Championship LAS VEGAS — Wes Short Jr. hit his bunker shot within a foot of the pin, then tapped in for a par on the second hole of a playoff with Jim Furyk to win his first PGA Tour title. last_img

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