Wie Wins U.S. Womens Open; Edwards Wins At Sonoma
Monday Jun 23, 2014 12:00am
Wie wins first Major by taking U.S. Women's Open
(PINEHURST, NC) - The road Michelle Wie took to a U.S. Women's Open title was unlike any other, and suddenly insignificant. Whether this was a long time coming was the least of her cares. The biggest star in women's golf had her name on the biggest trophy, and she never looked happier in her two shot victory over Stacy Lewis to claim her first major. The final three holes at Pinehurst No. 2 were filled with ups and downs that Wie knows as well as anyone in golf. With a three-shot lead on the 16th hole, Wie nearly threw it all away with one poor decision, only keeping the lead by making a nervy 5 foot putt for double bogey. And right when it looked as though this would end badly, the 24 year old from Hawaii responded with the putt of her life that made her a Women's Open champion. Facing a 25-foot birdie putt on 17 that was fast and dangerous, and a par on the 18th gave her an even-par 70 to beat Lewis, the No. 1 player in women's golf who made Wie earn it. Lewis made eight birdies, the most in a final round by a male or female in the U.S.
Open, and closed with a 66.
Edwards wins at Sonoma
(SONOMA, CA) – Carl Edwards has never been known for his road racing skills, to the point team owner Jack Roush had to send him testing in a two-seater so Boris Said could teach him the basics. A decade later, Edwards finally has a win to show for his hard work. And, he beat road racing ace Jeff Gordon to get to Victory Lane on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, where Gordon leads all drivers with five wins. Edwards' win made Roush Fenway Racing the unlikely organization to end Hendrick Motorsports' five-race winning streak. And, the win came a week after Roush was shut out at Michigan, where the organization failed to put a car in the top 10 for the first time since 2000. Edwards took the lead on a restart with 25 laps remaining and seemed to have the win wrapped up until Gordon nearly chased him down on the final lap. Gordon had one good look at Edwards and couldn't pull off the pass. Gordon, the Sprint Cup Series points leader, wound up second. He said he made one mistake in overdriving a turn with about five laps to go that allowed Edwards to build a healthy lead. Dale Earnhardt Jr,. was third after rallying from an incident that wrecked Matt Kenseth, and was apologetic after the race.