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Michelle Wie Previews the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst

One to always move the needle, golf star Michelle Wie appeared on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive on Thursday, and spent a good portion of an expansive interview chatting with hosts Gary Williams and Charlie Rhymer about the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Here are a few of Wie’s comments about the Open at Pinehurst, which will be played the week following the men’s U.S. Open on No. 2 – the first such occurrence in U.S. Open history.

Michelle Wie

It’s an experiment Wie seems very much excited to be a part of – similar to some of the other big names on the LPGA Tour:

“I’ve thought a lot about (the back-to-back Opens). I think it’s very interesting…I think it will be great.”

“Pinehurst No. 2 has a lot of great history…and if all else fails, I hear there’s a lot of other Pinehurst (courses) to play.”*

*Yes indeed, Michelle. We know of AT LEAST SEVEN other ones you might want to try. Let us know. We’ll take care of it.

When asked whether she had concerns about No. 2 being able to handle a second Open just days after the men complete their championship:

“Pinehurst No. 2 has a lot of great history…and if all else fails, I hear there’s a lot of other Pinehurst (courses) to play.” -Michelle Wie

“I have a little bit of concerns here and there, but at the same time I know the USGA will do a great job. They’re smart, they know what they’re doing, and I’m sure when we tee off on Thursday it will be in tip-top condition and we won’t even know that the men were even there.”

Wie, also, thinking about the health of women’s golf and how the back-to-back Opens experience may help:

“Hopefully all the fans will stay after watching the first U.S. Open because I think it will be great for fans. It’s like a one-stop and two tournaments. I think we’ll have a lot bigger gallery for our  event, which is a definite plus for us.”

Will she take notes from the men the week before?

“I definitely will watch how they play, where to avoid and where to go. I’ll definitely be watching golf that weekend – which is a change for me.” (Laughs.)

Worried about driving zones since Wie is a bomber off the tee? Might there be divots in her landing zones from the week before?

“I’m not really too worried about it. I feel like if I’m worried about it now, I’ll never hit a fairway there. If it’s in the fairway, you won’t be in any divot.” (Laughs.)

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It’s 2014…The Opens Are Coming!

2014 has arrived.

And Pinehurst is ready.

(Featuring Curtis Strange, Sir Nick Faldo, Jason Day and Annika Sorenstam.)

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Ally McDonald Captures 111th North & South Women’s Amateur Championship

 

ALLY MCDONALD CAPTURES 111TH NORTH & SOUTH WOMEN’S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Mississippi State All-American defeats junior star Yueer “Cindy” Feng 3 & 2

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

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MATCH PLAY BRACKET

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Ally McDonald didn’t hear the tournament official.

After pulling her drive left of her target on the 438-yard 16th hole on Pinehurst No. 2, McDonald marched off the tee, head down, eyes fierce and narrowed. An official asked if she wanted some water. After all, the heat index had soared above 100 degrees. … Continue Reading

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Ally McDonald Rallies Twice, Avenges NCAA Loss To Annie Park To Advance To North & South Semifinals

MIssissippi State All-American defeated NCAA Champion Annie Park in the quarterfinals of the 111th North & South Women's Amateur at Pinehurst Resort.

Mississippi State All-American defeated NCAA Champion Annie Park in the quarterfinals of the 111th North & South Women’s Amateur at Pinehurst Resort.

ALLY MCDONALD RALLIES TWICE, AVENGES NCAA LOSS TO ANNIE PARK TO ADVANCE TO NORTH & SOUTH SEMIFINALS

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Two months ago, with the NCAA Championship on the line, Ally McDonald had a chance to chase down Southern Cal star Annie Park.

She shot 81.

Yet now, in match play on famed Pinehurst No. 2 at the 111th North & South Women’s Amateur, a potential second chance was looming.

One problem:

In the round of 16 Friday morning, McDonald was 3 down through nine holes, and a potential quarterfinal meeting with Park seemed very far away.

“I was just giving strokes away,” McDonald said. “I was basically just handing it over.”

But that’s just not the Mississippi State All-American’s style. No way could she allow herself to go out like this.

“If I need to win a hole making a birdie, or making a really big up and down, I’m going to find a way to do that, whether it’s skill, whether it’s just willpower, I’m going to try my best to pull off the shot I need to pull off.”

She’s not kidding.

And so McDonald rallied against Cyna Rodriguez in her morning round, winning five of the last seven holes to set up the supermatch with Park, who cruised into the quarterfinals with a 3 & 2 win over Monifa Sealy.

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Advancing Easily, Mississippi State’s Ally McDonald Looks Forward To North & South Match Play

Ally McDonald, of Mississippi State, is in contention at the 111th North & South Amateur.

Ally McDonald, of Mississippi State, is in contention at the 111th North & South Amateur.

ADVANCING EASILY, MISSISSIPPI STATE’S ALLY MCDONALD LOOKS FORWARD TO NORTH & SOUTH MATCH PLAY

BY ALEX PODLOGAR

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – It could be something as simple as walking to the car.

You wouldn’t notice it right away. But walk with Mississippi State’s Ally McDonald to the car enough, and soon you will realize something.

She always gets to it first.

“I’m very competitive,” says McDonald, who finished 10th in the NCAA Championship this year. “Ask girls on my team, ask anyone who knows me, I am super competitive. I always, always want to win, no matter what it is.”

Now she’s in position to win the 111th North & South Women’s Amateur at Pinehurst Resort. And perhaps as an added bonus for McDonald, now the tournament shifts not only to famed Pinehurst No. 2, host of the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, it goes from stroke play to match play.

Perfect.

“I’ve always enjoyed match play,” McDonald said. “It’s just the different competitiveness of it. In stroke play, you’re really just playing against the golf course. Now you’re going to be battling against the other person. Match play’s always been good for me because I can be more aggressive.”

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