SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — After finishing Friday and Saturday in second place at the State Farm Classic, Michelle Wie was one good round away from finally living up to her deep potential.
Then, minutes after tapping in her last putt of the third round, Wie sat red-eyed at a folding table, explaining why she'd been disqualified from the tournament.
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The 18-year-old, playing her best golf of the year, broke one of the game's most basic rules: She failed to sign her scorecard before leaving the scoring area.
”I don't know why or how it happened,“ Wie said.
Wie took no questions before leaving the clubhouse at Panther Creek Country Club. She climbed into an SUV with her parents and drove away.
And with that, Wie was gone from a tournament where either the $255,000 winner's purse or the $155,252 second prize would have put her comfortably within the top 80 money winners for the year — and virtually guaranteed her a place on the LPGA Tour next year.
That left Yani Tseng leading the tournament at 18 under.
Flanagan, Coles in lead
MILWAUKEE — Nick Flanagan and Gavin Coles are tied for the lead at 11 under entering the final round of the U.S. Bank Championship.
Flanagan fired a third-round 69, rebounding from a bogey at the 17th by knocking a hybrid to within 12 feet on the 557-yard, par-5 finishing hole and making a tap-in birdie to reclaim a share of the lead after Coles shot 68.
Kentuckian Kenny Perry shot a third-round 69 to get to 6 under as he looks for his fourth win this season.
Newman wins Links title
AURORA, Colo. — Jack Newman beat John Chin 5 and 3 Saturday in the 36-hole final of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Murphy Creek Golf Course. Newman earned the traditional invitation into the field for next year's Masters.