Golf roundup | Tiger misses cut; Mika Liu to finals of WWGA national championship

ASSOCIATED PRESSJune 28, 2014 

Tiger Woods was back. Just not for very long.

Woods missed a 36-hole cut for only the 10th time on the PGA Tour with a game that showed signs of rust from being out of competition for more than three months. Right when he was poised to make a run, Woods made four straight bogeys on the back nine at Congressional to end any hopes of playing the weekend at the Quicken Loans National. He shot a 4-over 75 on Friday and missed the cut by four shots.

It was the first time he missed the cut and saw it as a positive, starting with the fact he could play. He had back surgery March 31 and had hoped to return for the British Open next month. Instead, he played the Quicken Loans National because he felt strong enough, and because it benefits his foundation. Marc Leishman of Australia turned potential bogey into unlikely birdie when he holed out from 127 yards on the par-5 ninth hole on his way to a 5-under 66 and a four-way share of the lead going into the weekend.

Oliver Goss, another Aussie who is making his second pro start, had a bogey-free 66 and joined Leishman at 6-under 136 along with Ricky Barnes (69) and Patrick Reed (68), who already has won twice this year.

Woods was 13 shots behind at 7-over 149

LPGA -- Michelle Wie shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 in her first round since winning the U.S. Women's Open last weekend at Pinehurst, leaving her a stroke behind leader Alena Sharp in the NW Arkansas Championship in Rodgers, Ark.

Wie played the back nine in 4-under 31 at Pinnacle Country Club.

Sharp, the Canadian ranked 234th in the world, had only 27 putts in her opening 65.

Mexico's Alejandra Llaneza matched Wie with a bogey-free 66.

Top-ranked Stacy Lewis, who played at the nearby University of Arkansas, was 2 over after four holes before recovering to finish with a 70. Ten players, including major champions So Yeon Ryu and Shanshan Feng, shot 67

CHAMPIONS TOUR -- Bernhard Langer overpowered vulnerable Fox Chapel for the second straight day, shooting a 6-under 64 to take the lead in the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh.

The 56-year-old Langer, a two-time winner this season on the Champions Tour, was at 11-under 129 after 36 holes as he searches for his first victory at the Senior Players after five top-10 finishes.

Doug Garwood, tied for the first-round lead, and Bill Glasson were two strokes back. Garwood birdied two of the last three holes, and Glasson had a 64. Joe Durant, also tied for the first-round lead, had a 68 to join Michael Allen (64), John Riegger (64) and Mark McNulty (66) at 8 under. Defending champion Kenny Perry moved into contention at 7 under with a 63, the best round of the week

BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN -- Local favorite Martin Kaymer missed the cut in the BMW International Open in his first event since winning the U.S. Open, while England's Danny Willett, Spain's Pablo Larrazabal and Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo share the second-round lead in Cologne, Germany.

Kaymer followed his opening 71 with a 73 to finish at even-par 144 at Gut Larchenhof. Kaymer is from Dusseldorf, about 20 miles from Jack Nicklaus-designed Gut Larchenhof. He's the lone German champion in tournament history, winning in 2008 at Munich Eichenried. Willett, the 2012 winner at Gut Laerchenhof, had a 68 to match Larrazabal (63), Rafa Cabrera-Bello (68) amnd Grillo (66) at 12 under. John Daly was tied for 29th at 7 under after a 67.

WOMEN'S WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION -- IMG Academy alum Mika Liu won two matches to advance to the final of the WWGA 114th National Amateur Championship in Lancaster, Pa.

Liu, 15, was the top seed after match play and has marched through the match-play bracket. On Friday, she defeated ninth-seeded Sirene Blair of South Jordan, Utah, 3 and 2 in the quarterfinals and Kent State University junior Josee Doyon 3 and 2 in the semifinals.

Liu will meet University of Alabama junior Cammie Gray in Saturday's final.

Another IMG product, Hally Leadbetter, won a First Flight semifinal before conceding the final match to Jacqueline Shelly of Fernandina Beach.

Mika Liu's sister, Marika, a senior at Yale, won the Third Flight championship by defeating Taylor Clark of Rochester, Mich. 3 and 2.

Noteworthy

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP -- For the first time in more than 40 years, the PGA Championship is headed to a public golf course.

Multiple reports indicate that Harding Park in San Francisco has been selected to host the PGA Championship in 2020. That would give California majors in three consecutive years, with the U.S. Open going to Pebble Beach in 2019 and Torrey Pines in 2021.

The last PGA Championship on an affordable public course was in 1974 at Tanglewood Golf Course in North Carolina.

Harding Park was also reported to get the Presidents Cup in 2025. It was played at Harding Park in 2007.

The PGA Championship has not been played on the West Coast since 1998 at Sahalee outside Seattle.

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