Michelle Wie dominated at Public Links, Tiger Woods dominate at British Open - All's right in golf world
On the same day that Tiger Woods turned the British Open into one of his runaway major wins, the kind that all those clueless critics said he didn’t have in him anymore, Michelle Wie was completely overpowered at the U.S. Amateur Public Links.
And all’s right in the golf world.
For Woods is the greatest of all time and Wie still cannot even prove she’s the greatest young female player of her time. All my blog message board critics are missing my point on Wie. I don’t think she shouldn’t play in men’s events because she is a woman or because she needed to land sponsor exemptions to get into some of them. Her playing is fine.
The problem is the way Wie and her handlers have tried to cast herself as this great player when she’s simply another talented 15-year-old trying to find her way. Is Wie better than Paula Creamer was at this age? That’s very much in doubt.
Wie is all hype, no results. That’s what galls. Wie is no guaranteed future legend, a la the young Tiger who actually dominated his level of competition as a teenager. She’s simply a cute teen with endless marketing muscle behind her.
Clay Ogden showed that when he blew away Wie at the Public Links. Clay who? No, not the dork from American Idol. That’s right, some guy you’ve never heard of somehow dispatched “the legend.”
Did Wie have a nice run getting to the quarterfinals? Sure, but not nice enough to warrant all the fawning. She still barely made it into match play in the first place. She still hasn’t shown the slightest clue about winning big tournaments.
Meanwhile Tiger destroyed the best players in the world. It’s about time everyone recognized who’s a true great and who’s forever destined to be a heaping of hype.
The young Tiger Woods never looked like this young, shaky Michelle Wie.
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It's not about who "almost" makes the cut better. It's about winning. Which is something anyone who defends Michelle Wie has to forget.
Tiger always won.
So easy to be armchair golfers isn't it? It's never YOUR ass on the line.
Does she belong on the men's tour? Sure she does, if she qualifies. And if she doesn't ever win anything? Tell that to the other several hundred journeymen who have no trophies but keep at it.
Does she delegitimize the women's tour by playing on the men's? What garbage. That's sourgraping if I ever heard it. No one is stopping any woman from attempting to make the cut. Are they afraid the LPGA will get less sponsor commitment if they are short one marketable personality, or if the crowds follow Michelle to the men's tournaments? Tough banana.
For God's sake, shut up and let the girl play.
Oh, and shut up Chris.
I'd like to see the facts on what you base this statement.
"It's about time everyone recognized who's a true great and who's forever destined to be a heaping of hype."
How wonderful! Sterling commentary and delphic pronouncements all on one page.
People that have accomplished great things always recognize a good thing while all the critics in the world are too busy criticizing. Remember, they have never made a statue for a critic, only for people that inspires and touching lives!
As far as the Woods/Wie comparison, Woods didn't make a PGA cut until he was 19, on his ~9th try. Woods himself has characterized Wie as better than he was at the same age.
She's 15 years old. Can you name one woman that could do any better playing on the PGA tour than Michelle Wie? I doubt it. She's 15 years old.
Can you name one other woman amateur that could make it to the final 8 in the APL? I doubt it. Michelle Wie is 15 years old.
Get a grip!! If Michelle Wie was your daughter, you would be supporting her 100%. So, what is the real issue here...sexism, racism? Probably not! But, surely male-dominate stupidity. This young lady is tremendously talented, and only 15 years old. Try acknowledging her skills in the spirit of our game...like real gentlemen!!!
For cying out loud, she couldn't even win the amatuer event this week! She lost to a guy who wasn't even good enough to make BYU's team last year! Why is she such a big deal in the pros?
"But... but... she's 15! And a girl! And Asian! Did I mention she's 15?!?"
Nobody's calling for Clay Ogden to go pro. Must be a white male. And a whopping 3 years older.
And if she's going to make Vijay look foolish, she'll have to play a lot better than she did versus Ogden or in the John Deere.
When people brag about a athlete based not on that person's accomplishments, but because of their age, sex or race - you've got to wonder who exactly is the one with the head injury, Greg.
Good luck to Wie. If she can make a cut and place in the top 10, I'll be the first to applaud her. I seriously doubt it will take her until her 24th birthday to do so - but I'm not throwing her a parade until then.
If Wie had beaten Kim or Park in the US Junior Girls, instead of Kim beating Park, should we have been more impressed than a 2nd at the Evian, behind only Paula Creamer, tied with Lorena Ochoa, and ahead of Anaka and 74 other top women golfers from around the world.
And while we are at it, what do Wie, Park, and Kim have in common? Is it not possible that the success of young Koreans in ladies golf has engendered some ethnic envy that makes some people want to promote golfers such as Creamer and Pressel instead.
Michelle Wie is improving. She now has three 2nds on the LPGA this year. But she is not allowed to compete very often on the LPGA. If you look at Paula Creamer, you can see how much a golfer can improve playing with the pros every week. Expect a dramatic improvement once Michelle Wie takes up golf full time. But three 2nds in six events suggests that Michelle could be ready to win at any time.
Come on man...Tiger played in events against people his own age, thats where he dominated. When he played against the pros he didnt do so well...missed the cuts by a lot more than one. You're just mad that you cant get a date with girls that are as cute as Wie...
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