Li had plenty of support at her coming-out party at Pinehurst in the 2014 Women’s Open. Fans adored her and lined up for autographs. All the while, the diminutive junior held her own at the same venue where Michelle Wie made her own splash with her first major-championship victory.
“The people at Pinehurst were so nice, the golf course was really tough and the food was really good,” said Li with her trademark laughter. “That’s what I remember. Oh, and the greens were tough.”
When asked how her experience at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open impacted her game, Li called the week “incredible,” adding what only a teen might put at the top of her highlight list for the week.
“The people at Pinehurst were so nice, the golf course was really tough and the food was really good,” said Li with her trademark laughter. “That’s what I remember. Oh, and the greens were tough, and I met Webb Simpson.”
When pressed on how that week helped her become a better player, Li paused and gave the question some thought.
“I think it helped a lot because I learned I could play under pressure with a lot of people watching me,” she said. “That was the most people I have ever played in front of, for sure.”
Li said she wasn’t intimidated by the crowds that pressed against the ropes to watch her play the challenging Pinehurst No. 2. In fact, she admitted that she didn’t really notice the massive galleries.
“It was really about me and the golf course,” she said. “I didn’t really see all of those people when I played, but when I watched it on TV later, I was like, ‘Wow! There were that many people there?’”
Two years ago today, when Michelle Wie came to the U.S. Women’s Open trophy presentation, she was still wearing the Kinesio tape on her legs. But when she stood with the trophy, it was gone.
What happened to it? We have the answer – and reveal her accomplice – here.
If there was one defining characteristic of Michelle Wie’s wardrobe during her triumph at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst, it was the Kinesio Tape Wie was wearing to help with the constant leg issues she was dealing with that week and the weeks leading up to it.
Wie was often asked about the tape in media sessions, and it certainly was mentioned on social media throughout the championship.
Then, Wie won, and after signing her scorecard, was ushered to the trophy presentation on the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2. But in the photos there and after, the tape is gone.
So, did Wie take the tape off in the locker room? Maybe the scoring area?
It happened at the trophy presentation, and we caught it with our camera. The trophy presentation was not aired live on NBC, but it’s safe here, and it’s here you’ll see what happened to the tape. (PLAY THE VIDEO ABOVE.)
During the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst, Michelle Wie wore Kinesio Tape to help with leg issues she was dealing with. (Photo by the USGA)
OPENING: Setting the stage, let’s identify the key members on the dais. At far left, in her red Team Canada apparel, is sensation Brooke Henderson, who was the low amateur at the championship. Henderson, who recently just won her first major championship, is priceless in this for her reactions to what’s about to happen.
Middle left is Stacy Lewis, who made a tremendous charge on Sunday to put serious pressure on Wie, ultimately finishing as the championship’s runner-up. Finally, there’s Wie and then-USGA President Thomas O’Toole Jr.
On the right side of the dais are more USGA officials as well as Pinehurst officials. More on them in a minute.
After back-to-back U.S. Opens, Pinehurst No. 2 continues as not just a marker of the past, but with an eye toward the future in golf
By LEE PACE
This week the eyes and ears of the golf world have moved from the Sandhills of North Carolina in June 2014 to Pennsylvania. Instead of the whiff of pine in the nostrils of golfers competing in the U.S. Open, they’ll face the harrowing green speeds of Oakmont Country Club.