Michelle Wie's dog and pony show no longer enough at John Deere
Truth is Michelle Wie absolutely needs to make the cut today at the John Deere Classic, which she was one the wrong side of after the first round even if Jennifer Mario and Kiel Christianson, aka Nutty, were too busy to notice as they jumped up and down in glee.
Wie needs a moment – a win, a dramatic comeback, making the cut in a men’s event – to stop herself from becoming a novelty that’s worn off. Because that’s what she is approaching right now. People are only still interested in her because she brings a circus act. Step right up and see the 15-year-old girl who can play!
This fascination isn’t going to last if she doesn’t actually do something to warrant it soon. And in a few years, just making the cut at a few men’s events is not going to be enough either. No, Michelle Wie is going to have to contend with the men in her early 20s. Not every week. But in a few tournaments she’s going have to be up there on the leaderboard.
Otherwise, she just becomes another forgotten story on the forgotten LPGA Tour.
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Michelle Wie has done well on the LPGA tour this year, and has qualified for the what is essentially the MENS Public Links tournament. A novelty? Hardly. A 15 year old that can play? For sure.
Sponsor exemptions are just that. You wanna fault Wie for playing, fine, but she's playing by the rules.
As for Baldwin's basically "put up or shut up" comment about Wie, do you know just how laughable you sound?
She's selling tickets, getting press for the event, and generally garnering more attention for the Deere than usual. But yeah, it's all her fault, not the tourney's or the sponsors.
Give your head a shake. Fault the system if you want, but don't put the onus on the kid, she's just playing through.
hear, hear, Brian and Joe.
I can hear the whine of jealousy through Baldwin's entire drivel-dripping screed.
But I do think it would be nice to see her win something (anything, anywhere), or at least finish high.
She had 3 good rounds at the Womens Open a few weeks ago, I think that was more exciting than seeing her beat the bottom 20 men and missing the cut.
Nothing wrong with taking some sponsors exemptions, but eventually she needs to make the cut or the novelty will wear off.
If her goal is to play against the men all the time, why not go to Q school?
Tiger was about as good as her at that age, and he played on a few sponsors exemptions, but he also beat the heck out of his peers, something Michelle hasnt done yet.
Learn how to spell Amateur first and then put Michelle Wie in the Junior Amateur ranks where she belongs.
Every one of these road shows where she has no chance just continues to demoralize her confidance more and more.
Hit the junior ranks and show us a WIN over somebody. PLEASE Michelle, You are on the verge of being extinct and a circus act.
And another thing, lets have all the men on tour that disagree with this, and I mean disagree with and not being politicaly correct stand up and say something, lets have them start to boycout these tourneys, then we will see how many free passes the ladies get.
But on the other hand, if they have to qualify like every body else has too, then that is a little different, then they are showing that the can compete fairly. There are tons of guys that do this for a living, and they could sure use an excemption to maybe earn an extra thousand or two. I am a scratch golfer myself, and I can tell you I would sure love to be able to golf with the big boys for two rounds of golf and be 95% positive that I wouldn't make the cut. Enough already, Chris Baldwin speaks the truth, and maybe if more people who had a pen in their hands wrote the truth and if more men on the PGA spoke out like Vijay all of this nonsense would finally come to a stop.
Also...I'd be willing to put 10K on Babe taking Tiger in a no holds barred street fight. Or either one of you..take your choice.
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