Here’s a montage of my week at Hoylake covering the Open for Fox Sports Asia. It’s got a few bits that are quite comical!
Mo Martin hit the shot of her life on the 72nd hole at Royal Birkdale in the RICOH Women’s British Open. Heading into the 18th hole, she trailed the leader at the time, ShanShan Feng, by two shots, but then, Martin placed her drive down the left side of the fairway and struck a perfect 3-wood that rolled up and nearly rolled in for a rare albatross. Instead, the ball ricocheted off the pin to about six feet for eagle. She drained what turned out to be the winning putt for her first major victory (and first win on the LPGA), celebrating with an emphatic fist pump.
I caught up with third-round leader Inbee Park after she fired a four-under 68 in the third round of the RICOH Women’s British Open. It happened to be her birthday! — what a great way to celebrate with a superb round.
Park is vying for the career Grand Slam. She captured the first three majors of the season in 2013 and also won the U.S. Women’s Open in 2008.
Check out my feature that aired on Fox Sports Asia, previewing the Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale and the American resurgence this season, not to mention interviews with world no. 1 Stacy Lewis and reigning U.S. Women’s Open champion Michelle Wie, who reveals a fun fact.
Rory McIlroy piped his drive on the 436-yard par-4 13th at Royal Aberdeen in the first round of the Scottish Open, reaching the green and accidentally hitting into the group in front of him while they were still putting.
You could say he gripped it and ripped it!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth! — and it included playing golf. I was going to be a good girl and stay home for the weekend and pack for the British Opens, while all my friends fled to different vacation spots in the Tri-State area.
Some of you have asked where you could watch my TV work. Well, the answer to that is Fox Sports International in 30 countries across Asia! But, obviously, most of you guys are not from that area and can’t access that channel.
I’ve picked just a few features and several of my favorite interviews with the men and women from the U.S. Opens at Pinehurst to post on my YouTube page. Enjoy!
First, here’s a preview piece to the first week on the challenges the players would face on unique Donald Ross course that was restored by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
It’s been a good week for Harding Park and Bay Area golf fans. First, it was announced that the 2020 PGA Championship will be held at the esteemed public track. Now, just several days later, it’s being reported that the sponsor-less Match Play Championship event will also be coming to Harding Park next May, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Ron Kroichick:
For world no. 1 Stacy Lewis, there are six majors in women’s golf — along with the five Grand Slam events, there’s also the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. With the event at Pinnacle Golf Club being only a twenty-minute drive from the University of Arkansas, where she spent five years playing an esteemed college career, Lewis felt added pressure competing in her adopted state.