WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Michelle Wie was raring to go. She sat out the morning foursomes Friday at the Solheim Cup but was paired with good friend Danielle Kang in afternoon fourballs with the U.S. trailing by a point. Wie couldn’t wait. Kang had won her match, and both were chomping at the bit to lead the red, white and blue in the first match of the session. Kang was on fire. She made everything she looked at. Wie played well, too, and made four birdies. But something was off and Wie never realized it; not until well after she and Kang dispatched of Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Madelene Sagstrom, 3 and 1. Wie was wearing the wrong uniform. She was wearing the uniform designated for the morning matches,
Rory McIlroy has decided his health is good enough for him to start the FedEx Cup playoffs next week in New York. McIlroy had said after the PGA Championship that he could feel a back muscle spasm in recent weeks as he practiced more to get ready for the final major of the year. He said when he left Quail Hollow that he could return in a few weeks or not until next year. His manager says McIlroy plans to play The Northern Trust next week at Glen Oaks on Long Island. Harry Diamond, his close friend in Northern Ireland, will remain as his caddie at least through the playoffs. McIlroy won the Tour Championship last year to capture the FedEx Cup. That was his last victory.
Henrik Stenson's prior appearances at the Wyndham Championship set the bar pretty low. He missed the cut in 2010 and 2011, followed by a flu-induced withdrawal in 2012. But Stenson is a far different player these days, and that disparity was on full display Thursday when he shot a bogey-free 62 to sit alone in second place, one shot behind Matt Every. "I guess my game is in slightly better shape than it has been some of the other times when I've shown up here," Stenson told reporters. "Couple of the times where I've been here I haven't been playing well at all. Certainly I felt like I would have a better chance this year to do myself justice on here, and I certainly got off to a good start."