Though Lucy Li – an 11-year old golf star who became the youngest to ever qualify for the US Open – remained in the spotlight for most of the tournament, it was former child-star Michelle Wie who ended a champion.
Wie won her first major title at the US Open on Sunday, accomplishing a dream 14 years in the making.
This week, the best women’s golfers in the LPGA are competing in the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst Restort in North Carolina — and that includes 11-year-old Lucy Li. The sixth grader because the youngest player ever to qualify for the tournament when she won her sectional qualifier at Half Moon Bay in May.
Lucy played her first round at the Open today. She shot a 78, and after turning in her scorecard went straight for some ice cream. ''It was a lot of fun,” Lucy said. “I kind of struggled today, but it was great. I mean, it's 8 over. It's not bad.''
Lucy hits the links for the second round of the Open tomorrow. While we wait to see how she responds to her play today, here are a few things to know about the history-making tween.
Heads up, Mario Bros. fans! Or should we say, Fore! It's release day for Nintendo's Mario Golf: World Tour, available for the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems. The game is packed with your favorite Mario Bros. characters and wacky golf gameplay. And to learn more about it, we talked with Noah Munck, Nintendo's celebrity spokesman for Mario Golf: World Tour.
You might know Noah from his days on the Nickelodeon show iCarly. The California native appeared in 61 episodes of the show as Gibby, one of Carly's close pals. After the show ended in 2012, he found roles on a couple other TV shows and TV movies. He's also branched out to big-screen films, including a new adaptation of Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn, which will be released later this year.
Noah told SI Kids that he's a huge sports fan and he loves playing video games. He might not be the best real-life golfer, but he plays a mean round of Mario Golf. Check out our interview for more, including Noah's his secret for Mario Golf domination!
The Masters wrapped up over the weekend, with Bubba Watson claiming his second green jacket. The annual tournament, held at Augusta National in Georgia, is one of the biggest events on the PGA calendar — and lots of people look forward to it. But it could do with an added dose of excitement. In the form of mini-golf hazards.
Check out this awesome clip in which a genius added castles, bridges, and Super Mario Bros. pipes onto the perfectly manicured Augusta greens to make the Masters the tournament we all wish it was:
The new documentary The Short Game follows eight talented young golfers from around the globe as they compete in one of the toughest youth tournaments in the world: the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in Pinehurst, NC. One of those kids is Zamokuhle Nxasana (pronounced Zam-oh-coo-lay Nox-ah-sana, or Zama for short), a 9-year-old from South Africa who dreams of becoming a professional golfer. When we meet him in the movie, it’s the year 2012 and he’s preparing for his second trip to the tournament. His goal for the tournament is a simple one: Be better than last year.
With his upbeat personality and great attitude toward the game and tournament, Zama is one of the standout kids in The Short Game. In October, he talked with Sports Illustrated Kids from his home in South Africa about golf and the experience of being in the movie.
For a lefty, everything went right for Phil Mickelson on Sunday when he hoisted the claret jug as British Open Champion, inching himself one step closer to the ultimate prize: the Grand Slam.
Mickelson hadn’t made much of a mark on this tournament until his big win Sunday – not even cracking a top-10 finish in all his years of playing. Yet, the golf gods were on his side Sunday as he wedged himself among the leaders and finished with four birdies on his final six shots to claim his first British Open victory.
With the British Open now under his belt, along with his 2004 Masters win and 2005 PGA Championship win, the only major tournament he’s still missing is the U.S. Open. Seventh time’s got to be the charm for Mickelson as he’s found himself runner-up a whopping six times (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013). If he’s able to claim a U.S. Open victory, he’ll make his name among only five other golfers who have been able to complete a career Grand Slam.
Here’s look at the Grand Slam winners through the ages:
Jordan Spieth has been playing golf as long as he can remember. When he was 2 years old, he picked up his first set of plastic clubs. At ten, he began to play tournaments. When Spieth was 13, he decided to try to take his game to another level and began playing golf every day. Since then, his career has skyrocketed upward. More »