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Comment from: frank [Visitor]
hey loser baldwin, stop makin fun on urself, seriously
2005-08-06 @ 01:29
Comment from: John D [Visitor]
Hey, Chris, You have just dumped another big bomb!...What are You going to do now?... Flush and wash your hands??
2005-08-06 @ 01:44
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
Can't stay away, can ya? I guess from the sorry lack of comments on any of your non-Wie entries, you have to stick with dissing Wie. Oh, wait, it's worse than that - dissing the only people bothered to put comments on your blog... lol. If you keep doing that, you're not going to have any readers left by next week.

Impugning the IQs of your readers won't lead to a very long blogging career, that's for sure. I think you owe some people an apology (not that I'm holding my breath).

Anyway, I see that you are backing off your previous position. It is possible that Creamer will always be a better golfer than Wie (though I personally doubt it) so I will not begrudge you your favouring her. But do you now agree that your previous statement that "Wie will never learn how to win" was simply perjorative. You cannot know that, and there is no evidence to back up that statement.

You have no idea how many tournaments Wie has won in her career (starting from all those local tournaments she entered as a young kid). For all you know, she got bored with beating up on the field at these events and finds no satisfaction in winning junior events any more. (Of course, that would mean you would actually have to do some work before you spouted off).
2005-08-06 @ 02:56
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
Oh, and a comment about Pressel's comments.

First failing to make the cut (at the JD Classic) is not failing to win. Even you must believe that Wie knows how to make the cut, she was batting 1.000 on the LPGA tour this year - so that's irrelevent.

Second, there was plenty of coverage about Wie's poor performance in the final round of the US Open. Most of the headlines and/or first paragraphs of those stories mentioned it - they just didn't make a big deal of it.

Then again, how much did Goosen's meltdown in his Open dominate the coverage? Hardly at all. Why? Because once he dropped out of the running, the big story was about Campbell and Tiger. Goosen hasn't won yet this year - does that make him a loser? Has he forgotten how to win? Hmmm.

It might just be--shock, horror--that Wie and Goosen had a bad day at the office - big deal.

I can't blame Pressel for making a comment like that, since she has made it clear she's sick of fielding questions about Wie. (What's your excuse, Chris) What Pressel did in the US Open was remarkable and this week she is proving that she doesn't belong playing women's amateur events either. I look forward to seeing both of them thrashing it out with Creamer and Sorenstam next year.

The next few years could be a Golden Age for women's golf (or at least a big moneyspinner). Creamer, Wie, and Pressel will all be a part of that, and no one, not even Chris, knows what's going to happen.
2005-08-06 @ 03:22
Comment from: June [Visitor]
Morgan has a lot of talents, that is fir sure. What she doesn't and didn't have was abd has been the manners. And know when to shut up. She was jealous of Michelle when she was 15 and she is jealous of Michelle even now. She will be for a long time.
2005-08-06 @ 04:58
Comment from: Young Yoo [Visitor]
You want facts?

Creamer has beaten Wie only twice during the seven or eight times they've played in the same events on the LPGA Tour.

Pressel has beaten Wie only once in the three or four times they've played in the same events on the LPGA Tour.

Wie is the only girl in the threesome to have won a USGA adult title, and she did it at age 13. In fact, Wie is the only girl in the threesome to have won a USGA title, period.

Creamer has never won a women's amateur event of any significance. All of her national amateur titles were in junior events.

Pressel has one 2nd place finish on the LPGA Tour. Wie has three 2nds and a 3rd.

Wie has the manners and the good sense not to make disparaging remarks about the play of her competitors. Pressel apparently does not.

A writer's fan base tends to reflect the intellectual level of the writer. So your average fan has an IQ of 61? Glad I'm not a fan of yours.




2005-08-06 @ 06:18
Comment from: Michelle K. [Visitor]

CHRIS
YOU ARE SO PREDICTABLE !!

I FIGURED YOU'D GO BACK TO THE BASHING THE 15 YEAR OLD ONCE YOUR OTHER SORRY ARTICLES ONLY GARNERED TWO COMMENTS!

You must be on your period or something...
2005-08-06 @ 08:03
Comment from: Cheryl [Visitor]


First of all -- anyone who read your article knows you have a sick DIRTY OLD MAN crush on Paula Creamer--
you were talking about her looks and her smile for half the article and not her golf--- !!!

Second of all- as someone who actually went to college--your writing is strictly junior high if that. You are the last person to critique anyone's intelligence since you obviously have a very very low IQ.

Third of all- insulting the people who frequent this board reflects very badly on this website and you should be fired.

Everyone here pretty much predicted you would bash Michelle again when your last article bombed.
2005-08-06 @ 08:10
Comment from: Jane [Visitor]

BORING! How predictable...

You and Morgan Pressel need to get together for a
JEALOUSY GAB FEST...

It sucks that a 40 year old guy like you is cattier than a barely 17 year old girl....
2005-08-06 @ 08:37
Comment from: Jane [Visitor]
FROM A REAL JOURNALIST WITH SKILLS

--BOB MATTHEWS


"In seven LPGA events this year, Wie has finished second three times (including the LPGA Championship) and third once (the British Open). If she were a pro, she'd be ninth on the money list with earnings of $663,363. Her earnings per tournament ($97,766) would rank second behind only Annika Sorenstam ($143,288).

Wie begins her junior year of high school Aug. 24. If she isn't voted most likely to succeed in her senior class yearbook it would be a monumental upset — unless she is disqualified for already succeeding."

Just a note---Morgan Pressel lost last month in the 3rd round of a Junior Girls tournament---she can barely beat 14 year old girls --how is she going to consistently beat Michelle....
2005-08-06 @ 10:34
Comment from: Jake [Visitor]
Michelle likes to seek out the tough competition and challenge herself...

Morgan Pressel seeks out the weak competition so she can dominate...
2005-08-06 @ 10:56
Comment from: Jeremy [Visitor]
You had 3 comments on your last article--

2 was telling you how pathetic you are as a writer and the other one was a question that you never answered....

Shoot--if the only way I could get attention was to bash a popular person than I might do it too--

Then again I have a life so I probably won't...

LOSER!
2005-08-06 @ 11:07
Comment from: Wie Fan [Visitor]
Didn't she win a USGA golf turnament this year Isn't that winning?

Face it it is amazing to watch a 15 year old girl compete with grown men. Yes it is worth it simply to see if she can make the cut.
2005-08-06 @ 11:12
Comment from: Arkie [Visitor]
Wow, got a lot of issues you've got to work out! How many times has your beloved Morgan Pressel outperformed Michelle Wie head to head? Twice? USWO this year and in US Women's Jr. Amateur in Conn. a couple years ago. How many times has it been the other way around? EVERY OTHER TIME.

How much did Morgan know about beating Michelle all those other times? Not so much. I think Morgan is a helluva competitor, witness her performance to date in the US Women's Am. Paula Creamer as well -- Paula, like Morgan, having managed to outplay Michelle a grand total of twice to date head to head, of the many times they've played opposite one another.

Such a shame Michelle will have to get by without your support. I sm sure she is traumatized.
2005-08-06 @ 11:20
Comment from: SYS [Visitor]
And what is your IQ? No golfer has yet to score the number, I bet.

At least you're smart enough to figure out that, judging by your previous commentary regarding MW and the number of "ratings" you've achieved, albeit predominantly negative, you got your job secured ala filthy scums that run TV programs that you see nowadays. How pathetic to sell your soul, self-esteem and self-respect for a job security... Keep it coming, we'll save your job for ya!!
2005-08-06 @ 12:08
Comment from: Jeremy [Visitor]
While some lament Wie's lost childhood and believe she should stick to women's amateur events, the public clearly demurs. Her galleries dwarf others', and her presence on the leaderboard Sunday helped NBC's telecast of the U.S. Open top last year's ratings by 86 percent.
-- Newport News Daily Press
2005-08-06 @ 12:37
Comment from: fred [Visitor]
I finally have found something I can agree with you. At 5'5" Pressel will not be competitive on the LPGA's next level, of more longer golf courses. This move will be made to slow the influx of the under 18 year old and the smaller Asian golfers. And your little darling Cramer will have to increase her driving distance (250yds)
to 270yds, to, in your words, dominate the tour. This is why Michelle Wie will be the next big star of Women golf.
I didn't see Cramer try to qualify for the PGA like you feel, Michelle should. I don't think they, Pressel and Cramer would accept an sponsor's exemption to play. They don't hit it far enough.
2005-08-06 @ 14:09
Comment from: alan [Visitor]
Well Well Chris.
You did it again.
When I read the article I was going to comment but having read everyone elses theres no need.
The facts tell the story.
Oh yeh, Wie should play in the Solheim Cup.
Next week can you tell us why she shouldn't. That should be good for a laugh.
Alan
2005-08-06 @ 14:46
Comment from: Adam [Visitor]
It should be "If I WERE Michelle Wie".
2005-08-06 @ 17:07
Comment from: John D [Visitor]
1st of all - Chris, Post No. 2 is from the imposter! 2nd - The press and other "Wie-neeWie-ners" just cant own up to the fact tha Wie has not WON on the tours. They only sensationalize when she is doing well AND keep thier traps shut when she chokes!
2005-08-06 @ 17:28
Comment from: John D [Visitor]
Hey Chris ,

I'm free tonight--Wanna go out for a date?

We can watch footage of Michelle Wie in slow motion and touch our "secret place"....
2005-08-06 @ 17:37
Comment from: Karen [Visitor]

ROTF LMAO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2005-08-06 @ 17:47
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
Your comments are spot on. People have been drinking the Wie "Kool Aid"
(read NIKE, Leadbetter etc) and can't see the forest for the trees. Keep up the good work.
2005-08-06 @ 18:43
Comment from: cigsrok [Visitor]
The only reason this racist is writing these pieces of s**t is first to be number one on the list when one searches for "Michelle Wie" on Google. Second, he knows that there are zillions of Michelle fans out there who will be responding to his diatribes and therefore a zillion hits on his blog. Just take a look at his other blogs where "Michelle Wie" does not appear. He's got 3 comments and two of them are Michelle fans still angry with him.

So if I were a fan of Michelle, I would respond to this racist on Jen Mario's blog.
2005-08-07 @ 02:20
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Your semi-bald head and blemish face with a goofy smile somehow make my eye sore. It's not write for a man to make disgusting comments on women. What a disgrace to men's society. Is that how you live you life?
2005-08-07 @ 04:03
Comment from: wayne b. [Visitor]
oh-oh, careful morgan and michelle supporters, Chris is going to plan B. His Paula Creamer plan backfired so he's going with operation Morgan Pressel. Chris is really not a Morgan supporter so he's starting a morgan vs michelle campaign so their respective fans can argue with each other. This is because he could not take the Paula Creamer bashing and also needed more slo-mo footage for extended exploration of the so called secret place(s)...........
2005-08-07 @ 06:39
Comment from: Shelly [Visitor]

GUYS--this Pressel vs. Wie conversation is being continued on Jennifer Mario's blog--please don't give this jerk any more comments on his blog....
2005-08-07 @ 07:32
Comment from: roy brown [Visitor]
I think its interesting, and says alot about Pressel when she claimed (before losing in the semi's) that winning the USGA Junior Girls was her biggest goal in golf. Michelle Wie, on the other hand, wants to play in the Masters. She even entered the USGA Public Links and played against MEN to do so. She even made it to the round of 8 against some very talented and long hitting college boys.

For my money, I'll take the golfer with the loftier goals anyday of the week.
2005-08-07 @ 12:59
Comment from: roy brown [Visitor]
I read that Baldwin piece where he constantly is drooling over Paula Creamers legs! It was so juvenile. What a sexist clown.
2005-08-07 @ 13:02
Comment from: dl [Visitor]
Whether if Michelle Wie would have help the U.S. to win if she were in the Solheim team, I think Wie's
records speak for themselves. As to
why Nancy Lopez didn't invite Wie,
that's a more complex question. Lopez
had been complaining that Wie wasn't doing enough for the LPGA Tour, this in spite of Wie playing in as many LPGA events as her current amateur status allows. Yet, when Wie had a chance to help the LPGA by participating in the U.S. Solheim team, Lopez rejected Wie for not being a LPGA member.

It seems that Ms. Lopez is trying to have it both ways.

Morgan Pressel. Racism is a serious charge. However, when Pressel accused the press of not criticizing Wie of her shortcomings because of "political correctness", Pressel left little room for interpreting her comment otherwise. What was published in SI was unfortunate. But I don't think we can blame SI for publishing, what were, ultimately, Pressel's own words. I don't think SI made up the article - their lawyers are too savvy to allow that. That said, which of us when we were a 17-year old did not misspeak? I for one would not want what I said as a 17-year old to come back to haunt me when I am a matured professional. We grown-ups are not more noble than the 17-year olds. We are just more sophisticated in sugarcoating those of our less than noble sentiments.

Pressel is an excellent golfer of exceptional talent; and so I do understand her resentment toward Wie. It's human nature. Pressel’s feeling might even be justified. She might well be as deserving of the press, attention, and potential endorsements that Wie’s is getting. But for Pressel to earn these, she needs to learn how to handle the press in a mature manner. Wie, two years of Pressel's junior, has already learned that.
2005-08-07 @ 22:55
Comment from: A Question [Visitor]
Morgan Pressel and Michele Wie....play golf. What makes anything they say of any importance? I'd rather have one more emergency room doctor per city hospital than any professional athlete.
2005-08-08 @ 06:59
Comment from: JOHANNA [Visitor]
MICHELLE WIE IS A MUCH BETTER GOLFER THAN MORGAN, BUT MORGAN JUST CANNOT FACE THE FACTS THAT SHE IS SECOND BEST. I AM SORRY MORGAN, BUT YOU ARE SO OVER OBSESSED WITH THIS 15 YEAR OLD. SO WHAT!!, THE GIRL IS BETTER THAN YOU AND SHE GETS MORE MEDIA ATTENTION, GROW UP AND PROVE YOURSELF ON TOUR. YOU NEED TO WORK ON YOUR PUBLIC SPEAKING AND QUIT BASHING BETTER TALENT. YOUR DAY MIGHT COME, BUT PLEASE WORK ON ISSUES THAT ARE DEALING WITH YOU AND NOT YOUR PLAYING PARTNERS. LIFE GOES ON !!!!
2005-08-08 @ 11:22
Comment from: JOHANNA [Visitor]
LIFE GOES ON MORGAN, STOP WORRING ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE. I AM SORRY THAT WIE IS THAT MUCH BETTER, BUT WORK ON YOUR GAME AND MAYBE YOU CAN BE THAT GOOD SOME DAY.
2005-08-08 @ 11:26
Comment from: BW [Visitor]
Morgan, you need Michelle. She puts butts in the gallery and that purse you are fighting for is just a bit bigger....Stop fooling yourself. Try and do it without her, then grumble.
2005-08-08 @ 13:45
Comment from: Christine [Visitor]

Its so hilarious that Morgan Pressel hates Michelle Wie because the only reason she gets any press is because of her!

Pressel finally gets on ESPN for an interview, and what was the topic--MICHELLE WIE!!

2005-08-08 @ 14:01
Comment from: Kevin [Visitor]

That "politically correct" comment smacks of the same sentiment that Rush Limbaugh used when describing Donovan Mcnabb--(that McNabb was only being hyped because he was black)

It doesn't surprise me much that comment came from Morgan-- the Pressel family are notorious conservative right wingers here in the state of Florida, they're extremely active in politics here.

Relax Pat--no one's bashing their family--that is straight up truth and they will be proud to admit it.

2005-08-08 @ 14:18
Comment from: brad [Visitor]
Sound's like Morgan is a little jealous of Michelle.
2005-08-08 @ 18:02
Comment from: Roman [Visitor]
Morgan Pressel is very jealous of Michelle Wie now, will always be very jealous of Wie.

Michelle has the Big Driver.
Michelle has the Drive to move outside of the LPGA Tee Box.
This is why She gets the Pics, the Clicks and the Excemption Ticks.

The one with the Biggest Endorsment Contracts WINS!!!

Deal with it.
2005-08-08 @ 18:58
Comment from: Eugene [Visitor]
well i happen to be a huge fan of michelle wie's and i wouldnt mind going out with her since we're the same age and i have an iq of 128. i highly doubt that the average iq of one of her fans is lower than a 61 even if you meant it sarcastically and i believe you are jealous because you will never reach such a level that she is already at at the age of 15.
2005-08-09 @ 01:52
Comment from: chip simmons [Visitor]
Morgan Pressel has learned how to play
golf very well. It's really a pity that
her instructors never taught her any golf
etiquette or sportsmanship.
2005-08-09 @ 14:40
Comment from: Jen [Visitor]

HILARIOUS---

CHRIS BALDWIN'S NEW NON-MICHELLE ARTICLE HAS BEEN UP FOR AWHILE AND SO FAR

ZERO COMMENTS !!!

ROTF LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2005-08-09 @ 20:17
Comment from: brad [Visitor]
Chris, Chris, Chris! I'm guessing that everyone who reads this article has a higher IQ then yourself. I am a senior in high-school at age 15. Yeah, pretty sure my IQ isn't below a 61. How about you try, 141! By looking at your grammar and spelling skills, 141 is obviously higher than yours! PS DUR DUR, haha
2005-08-10 @ 01:56
Comment from: Surprised [Visitor]
Objectively, I am not a Michelle Wie fan per-se but I am impressed. I am a golf fan. I support those who play well and those who treat the sport and their colleagues with respect. Personally I've read enough of Chris Baldwin's constant bashing of the 15 year old. I'd won't bother reading anything else by him from today onwards. By the way, I'd like to see the writer put his money where his mouth is and bet that Michelle Wie would never make the PGA Tour.. hmmm... my guess is, he'd hide behind some other "facts" he would pull up from obscure journals & make any excuse to thumb Wie down again or when that fails perhaps look for some fresh meat to target. The problem is, this writer doesnt understanding anything about writing. A good writer just like a good analyst is expected to be held accountable for what he says and his opinions. Otherwise they are best kept to him/herself. If and when you are eventually proven wrong, its not as simple as saying, I was wrong. Your whole "professional" (*LAUGH*) writing career would be over (if it isnt already). Especially since it wasnt a one off article but multiple articles dissing Michelle Wie. This writer obviously understands the importance of publicity and sensationalism, just like Pressel who will say anything just to get her name out there. I think both Pressel and this "grown up" writer need to go back to school to learn some manners. Pressel can be excused for displaying her envy to such an extent seeing she's only 18 with a lack of proper upbringing. But this writer is a sorry excuse. Back to the writer ... get a life & write useful blogs otherwise no one's going to read your crap anymore.
2005-08-10 @ 02:35
Comment from: Boola Boss [Visitor]
Chris wrote:
But there's no doubt Pressel knows more about winning than Wie. And she has the guts to speak her mind knowing it's not the popular point of view. That's a sports figure to cheer.
______________________________________

Chris, you forgot to mention how Morgan LOST in the 3rd round of the Junior Girls! Does that help her know more about winning than Michelle does? OR does she know more ABOUT LOSING?
2005-08-10 @ 02:45
Comment from: Don [Visitor]
First time visitor to this site and a Wie fan (148 IQ by the way).

I watched a mature, poised, confident young lady on the Letterman show the other night - In contrast, last week I was embarrased for Ms. Pressel as I watched her throw a temper-tantrum on television after having lost a match.

Michelle has already beaten the best (finished higher than Annika at the British Open). I'm a pretty good poker player who knows that you can predict the future. "I'm all in" that Wie will become one of the best athletes in women's sports and, unless Morgan can get Michelle Wie out her head, we won't even remember Pressel's name in 5 years.
2005-08-13 @ 04:35
Comment from: Dez [Visitor]
Im thinking all of you supporting Wie also follow Tiger because its "cool" to like her it like when little kids try to smoke to look cool..the fact is..how many USGA tournaments has Wie won....hmmm Im thinkin abuout a small round number..she's good yes is she gonna take over the LPGA..not hardly..anyways Imjust sick of hearing her name shes not a golf goddess and her parents if anything are going to ruin her career by exploiting her this way..thats bout all I gotsts say for now
2005-08-13 @ 09:13
Comment from: Dez [Visitor]
sorry my bad she has one like 4 I think...anyways good golfer for her age yes...best female golfer..far from, bitch at me if you want, could care less, justwait at 18, bet ya double her earnings she gonna try to pose for playboy...and so you all can kiss her ass
2005-08-13 @ 21:17
Comment from: Dez [Visitor]
just read up further...god you all are pathetic I dont give a damn what your IQ and Morgan has at least won something worth mentioning that compares her future to be promonant by winning the same tournaments other great LPGA and PGA golfers have won Michelle hasnt dont s**t but been spoiled and promoted by her parents, yes Michelle was atop Annika at the Brittish but Morgan was on top of Annika and Michelle at the open...Im not promoting Morgan either, they are both too young to even worry about, so shut up already, dont respond cause I stumbled upon this site and after reading all your B.S fighting about KIDS they are KIDS you ddumbs**s, Wie will be knocked up by the time she graduates anyway and will flush her career away by ego, and at this rate so will Morgan just let them be kids so they can enjoy they're youth while they have it...Done, and I dont care what you have to say about this..and no Im not Imature kid I am a 28yr old success full business man who is sick of people trying to make million of kids without letting them grow up the way they probably want to..cause of you freaks these kids cant go out and have any fun without being stared at and judged on how "great or failure" they MIGHT be..and only reason you judge them is you are stuckup, embarressed of your of lives kiss my rear, sue, threaten me at TitleistEaglz@aol.com ..I dont care...and if either or any young athlete promising or not have fun while you can. .....goodnight
2005-08-13 @ 21:36
Comment from: James [Visitor]


YOU ARE A JINX BALDWIN!!

PRESSEL LOST HER FINAL TODAY !!

MAN --PAULA CREAMER WAS YOUR FIRST VICTIM, THEN TIGER THEN MORGAN PRESSEL!

PLEASE DON'T EVER ROOT FOR MICHELLE-YOU ARE ONE UNLUCKY MOFO !!
2005-08-14 @ 21:25
Comment from: John [Visitor]
I am sick of Wie and glad to hear Pressel say what many of us have been thinking. It like the press is determined to make Wie the object of our affections. I think their are many new faces better than Wie. Pressell and Creamer Ochoa and others who are either on the tour or sharepneing their game in college or on in the junior and amatuer events. I saw plenty of people in the US Women's Amatuer who looked capable of beating Wie. I watched Tiger come up thru the junior and amatuer ranks and believe me Michelle is not that type of talent-long yes but so are others.
Michelle has one big problem that a 15 year old "phenom" should not have-
She can't putt.
2005-08-14 @ 22:48
Comment from: James [Visitor]

Yeah John--Ochoa is so great she didn't even make the cut at the Women's British Open and

Pressel just choked another final...
2005-08-15 @ 07:11
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
I have no idea how much Wie's been bashed in this forum but I appreciate hearing Pressel's point of view as a player who has a better career in competition yet got few exemptions to display her game on the LPGA stage. If I (or my daughter) beat Wie and got less media coverage I'd be upset for not getting the same opportunities afforded Wie mainly because she hits the ball longer than most her age. Coery Pavin won a US Open with 250 yard drives and too many clueless golf "fans" think because Michelle Wie hits it 300 yards that she must be ready to compete on the PGA tour. Mr. & Mrs. Wie have hrut Michelle's growth as a player in my opinion. There are thousands of amateurs (including a few 15 year old girls) that could make a cut at a PGA event with a couple of great rounds. But none have proven they can compete week in and week out with the best players in the world. In my opinion Wie should have played JR and amateur events over the past two years and a few LPGA events on exemption. Learn to compete and manage the golf course. If Annika, the best player on the LPGA tour for years can't make a cut on her hand picked PGA course and then admits her place is on the LPGA tour I see no reason for a PGA pro missing a spot so Wie can sell tickets for two days. Kudos to Morgan Pressel and her grandparents for raising her right and teaching her to speak her mind. I hope she has a great LPGA career to go with an awesome JR and amateur career. To the yahoo who mention Pressel losing last week, that's part of competing, and you learn from that. Pull up their amateur careers and place them next to each other. Look at the results when they played the same LPGA events. Look at the facts, not what the media says about Wie. Then you'll see why Pressel says what she says about Wie and the media and better understand her view.
2005-08-16 @ 17:26
Comment from: James COULTHARD [Visitor]
As of September 4 Wie and Pressel are even in LPGA Tournaments played for the year at 7--all but the US women's Open are on exemptions.
2005-09-04 @ 21:17
Comment from: Chris [Visitor]
Well it looks like Michelle Wie will turn pro next week and earn about $10 Million in endorsements for the first year.

Do you think she would have got this deal if she didn't play reasonably well in Men's events, missing the cut by 1 and 2 shots, etc.?

The Wies played this one perfectly, striking the deal when she was hot.
The worst case scenario is that she never wins on any major tour and goes off to college with $10M. Personally, I think she and her family have a strong enough foundation to withstand any craziness that may occur from success or failure.

She will have to get tough to deal with all the attention, but she can drop out of the spotlight at any time if she quits golf. The only difference is that she and her family will be set for life financially and able to pay for her Stanford education.

As for the poster that stated that 'thousands of amatuers can make a PGA tour cut with 2 good rounds', well, are any of them a 14-15 year old girl? A 14-15 year old boy? Can any of them almost do it twice in 3 tries? Maybe, but none of them are 15 year old girls that is for sure.

Pressel is not 14 or 15, and has no chance in hell of making a PGA tour cut, that is why Wie is the story. I don't care how many women's events Pressel wins.. she's 17 and she damn good, but so was Nancy Lopez, and so is Paula Creamer at 18. They are NOT as unique and therefore are not as intriguing a story.

Hell, Annika Sorenstam, who is almost as long as Wie, missed the cut by over 5 shots. Wie missed cuts by 1, 2, and I think 6 or 7 shots in 3 tries. That in and of itself is a pretty telling stat. Its not that Wie can hit it long...its the fact that for a 15 year old girl, she is showing signs of scoring well on a PGA tour level. She needs to learn how to finish, and I think that will only come when she is playing EVERY week on the LPGA or elsewhere. This may not happen for a long time, but that is when you will she her full potential.

Notoriety is not based purely on performance and of course her looks, her height, her length, have a lot to do with it, but she also is performing at a very high level. As for not winning..... SHE'S 15 YEAR OLD! Jeez. Instead of comparing her to Pressel and Creamer, why not compare her to other 15 year old girls... are any of them winning anything? What, a US girl Jr. event? Please.

Whatever detriment there is to not playing jr events and 'learning how to win' is made up for by playing against the men on the PGA tour and learning from them (lag putting tip from Ernie Els in 04 comes to mind, you know the tournament where she made two 40+ ft bombs en route to a -2 68). Even Annika admits learning a lot from the men whenever she plays with them. To me, this is great experience and is just as valuable to beating a bunch of 15 year old girls.

I will be watching, as we all will be, to see what this girl can really do, but either way I'm sure she will have no regrets and neither will her parents.

As for Morgan Pressel, quit your belly-aching! One glaring story I read about her is how she pointed out how there was no media coverage about Wie's terrible Sunday round at the US Womens open... What did she want, a human interest story about it? Laurena Ochoa shanked one in the water on 18 with a chance to win and there was minimal coverage over that one as well. They never cover women's golf failures too much. What is the point.

Some advice to Morgan: There are sports figures all over the world that get more attention and money then other players who are better. It may not be fair, but bitching about it all the time will not help your cause. Show some class as its not Michelle's fault that she is getting all the attention.
2005-10-01 @ 02:12
Comment from: bruce erikson [Visitor]
Pressels would have a tough time breaking 80 in a PGA event...'nuff said!
2005-10-05 @ 08:38
Comment from: Chris [Visitor]
Here is a quote that sums it up:

"She's going to make something like $10 million? For what? For winning one tournament?" 17-year-old Morgan Pressel in the latest issue of Fortune magazine that features Wie on its cover.

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No Morgan, she is going to make 10M because she is the only woman golfer in recent history, or perhaps ever, that has any chance to play on the Men's PGA tour. This is the only reason she is getting the attention, and making all this money. Sure, she's be a pretty big story by playing well at age 13-16 against the ladies, but others have done this in the past, at least to some degree. If she drove the ball 250 and still did very well in LPGA tournaments, she would be as intriguing as, well, Morgan Pressel.

If Annika was 6'1" tall, she would probably average about 285-290 off the tee (she averages 265 right now) and she could make a run at the men.

Unfortunately, she is 5'6" and is pretty much maxed out as far as distance is concerned.

If Michelle Wie hits the weights anywhere near what Annika has done in the past 5 years, Michelle could average 295-300 off the tee (she probably averages 275-280 right now), which would gave her a better chance of getting a Men's PGA tour card than any other woman golfer.

Morgan Pressel, Paula Creamer, and
Annika do not have this potential primarily due to the fact of their height/size.

Morgan should take notes from Creamer, who has been classy all the way as Wie is taking some of her thunder, and Creamer deserves much more attention with 2 wins and an awesome rookie season.

Again, Morgan continues to wear the black hat and maybe it fuels her performance on the course, but it sure is not helping her off it.

2005-10-16 @ 02:00
Comment from: reader [Visitor]
hey el-stupido - these same kids with low IQ are children of america your kids will be dealing with when they grow up. of course, your kids are smart. i make a 100K and was C student. what a country!!! it is not the IQ that makes someone succeed (assuming success is money). it is MOTIVATION!!! you want it bad enough i dont give a shit if you are stupid. you will get it.
2005-10-17 @ 11:53
Comment from: Larry Jones [Visitor]
I've never once heard Michelle Wie dish on other golfers...she only says positive things unlike you know who...the elite guys on the PGA like Michelle...because she is humble and nice...lol...the big Wiesy...kinda nice of Ernie to take her under his wing...and great comments from Tiger too...anyone who matters think Michelle is a nice person...that's all that matters in this world of ours...right?
2006-02-16 @ 10:46

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