Thursday, January 18, 2018
Golf

Bee gets Wie, back gets Park in LPGA's opener

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Michelle Wie was stung by a bee Thursday in the season-opening Bahamas Classic, and second-ranked Inbee Park withdrew because of back pain after the second-worst round of her LPGA Tour career.

Wie was stung on the palm of her right hand on the 16th hole, her seventh of the day. She finished 3-over 76 to fall eight strokes behind first-round leaders Paula Creamer, Charley Hull, Alison Lee, Ashlan Ramsey, Catriona Matthew, Mika Miyazato and Haru Nomura.

"I was waiting to hit my tee shot and I felt something sting, and it hurt really, really bad, and I knew it was a bee," Wie said.

She bogeyed three of the first five holes on her back nine.

"It just kind of felt so swollen it was kind of hard to grip the club," she said. "I was hitting the ball so well on the front nine and just definitely had a couple loose ones coming in making the turn. You can kind of feel the venom kind of spread. But the last couple holes, it's feeling better."

Park shot 80, playing her final four holes in 5 over with double bogey on the par-5 15th and three bogeys. She will sit out the Coates Golf Championship next week in Ocala and hopes to return late next month in the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Miyazato had only 10 putts in a first-nine 6-under 31 en route to her 68 and a seven-way tie for first. The Japanese player had an interesting answer when asked if she did anything exciting in the offseason.

"Too much drink," she said.

Her drink of choice?

"Whiskey. Only in the offseason."

PGA: Scott Brown birdied his last hole for 30 on the front nine, a 6-under 66 and a share of the first-round lead in the Farmers Insurance Open at San Diego. Brown played on the tough South Course at Torrey Pines, 2½ strokes harder than the North Course where Andrew Loupe shot 66 in the opening round. Phil Mickelson salvaged a rough start when he made double bogey on the second hole, the second-easiest par 4 on the South. But he stayed patient, made six birdies and wound up with 69. Jason Day, who missed the pro-am with the flu, had 72 on the North Course. Rickie Fowler, who won last week in Abu Dhabi, had 73 on the North Course.

Spieth RECOVERS: Jordan Spieth showed no signs of fatigue on the latest leg of his globe-trotting tour, taking a share of third place at the Singapore Open despite having his agent caddie for him. The world's top-ranked player shot bogey-free 4-under 67 and was one stroke behind the clubhouse leader, South Africa's Keith Horne, and Berry Henson of the United States, who had one hole to finish when play was suspended because of a thunderstorm in the co-sanctioned Asian and Japan Tour event. Spieth, who has played his past five tournaments in five different countries, had his manager, Jay Danzi, carry his bag after his longtime regular caddie Michael Greller injured an ankle at Abu Dhabi last week and skipped the trip.

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