Michelle Wie goes for an encore at Royal Birkdale

Associated PressJuly 9, 2014 

Womens British Open Golf

JOHN BAZEMORE/ASSOCIATED PRESSMichelle Wie, who won the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament, hopes to capture the Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale.


SOUTHPORT, England -- Michelle Wie loves that her name is etched on the U.S. Women's Open trophy forever. She's looking forward to an introduction on the first tee as a major champion.

Otherwise, the 24-year-old from Hawaii is ready to put her first major championship behind her. Wie is among the favorites when the Ricoh Women's British Open gets underway Thursday at Royal Birkdale.

Wie says winning at Pinehurst No. 2 doesn't guarantee she will play well in the LPGA Tour's next major. But it's hard to ignore what she has done this year. Wie has been in the top 10 at eight of her last nine tournaments. And she has been in the last group in both majors this year.

Royal Birkdale is where Wie first played the Women's British Open in 2005 when she was a 15-year-old amateur. She tied for third.

John Deere Classic: Jordan Spieth's remarkable rise through the PGA rankings began with a spectacular bunker save at last year's John Deere Classic. Now Spieth has returned to the Quad Cities to defend the title that helped launch his career.

Then just 19, Spieth became the youngest PGA Tour winner in over 80 years when he holed out from a bunker on No. 18 and survived a playoff at TPC Deere Run in 2013.

Spieth says his golf world completely changed for the better after winning the John Deere Classic, which tees off today. Past champions Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson are also among the favorites.

US Senior Open: Colin Montgomerie has been impressed with Bernhard Langer's success.

The 56-year-old has three victories this season and won the most recent event, the Senior Players Championship. He has everyone's attention as he heads into the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National, starting today.

Langer also has three runner-up finishes and 11 top 10s in 12 events. He has 2,362 points in the race for the Charles Schwab Cup; the second-place golfer, Jay Haas, is 882 points behind.

This is the first Senior Open to be held at Oak Tree, but not the first significant event. Jeff Sluman won the 1988 PGA Championship at the course and Haas won the 2006 Senior PGA Championship.

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