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Comment from: June [Visitor]
Yucky, yucky,...and yuck.
2005-11-20 @ 14:17
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
HA HA HA HA.
Creamer knows about winning. Creamer stood up to Sorenstam????

Then why did Creamer end up finishing 6 shots behind Sorenstam, whereas Soresnstam won.

The reality is that, "standing up to Sorrenstam" didn't really do Creamer alot of good as far as the end result goes. Annika is still the best and proved once again that she is still the best.

You are saying that Michelle wouldn't have stood up to Annika:
- if Michelle had stood up to Annika would it have done her any good?
It didn't do Paula any good, that's for sure. She just took a 6 shot defeat! What is the good in that exactly?
2005-11-20 @ 15:07
Comment from: Vernon W [Visitor]
So, Swami Baldwin, now you can predict exactly how someone will react to a situation that has not occured yet? What's wrong? Nobody reading your column unless you blast Wie?
2005-11-20 @ 18:11
Comment from: Denver Player [Visitor]
Chris,

You sound like a schoolgirl writing this stuff.

You have resorted to creating a story here. You don't base this on any fact whatsoever. You are judging her based on your own deranged perception.

For crying out loud, she is 16!! For her age, she is more mature than you are. Get a grip and write something worthwhile for a change you hack.

2005-11-20 @ 19:30
Comment from: Paul [Visitor]
Ignore him, maybe he'll go away
2005-11-20 @ 19:34
Comment from: Cheryl [Visitor]
What exactly does this whole situation have to with Michelle Wie ??

I guess Baldwin got sick of his series of NO REPLY articles and had to drop Michelle's name gain

The majority of people praised Michelle Wie for the class she showed in dealing with what most thought was an unfair disqualification. She defiinitely took the high road in that situation and she deserved all the compliments she got for that. She had every right to complain about the raw deal she got but had the class to say that it was "a lesson learned"

I find it extremely pathetic that if this situation with Annika had occurred with Michelle Wie--Baldwin would have written a diatribe about what a rude person Michelle was and what a total brat she was. In addition he would have ridiculed her for finishing six shots behind Annika as Creamer just did.

But because it happened to Creamer-- she is being
" street tough " and "knows about winning."

The real truth is Creamer has a lot to learn from Michelle Wie about class and carrying yourself in a dignified manner.



2005-11-20 @ 20:59
Comment from: James Coulthard [Visitor]
Paula Creamer is tough--but she is certainly not street tough. She proved that a few weeks ago when she DQed herself. In fact, Paula Creamer is a golfing idealist who believes the rules should be followed letter and spirit, and not bent the way Annika likes to bend them. If anyone is street tough it is Annika(and Morgan Pressel). Please Cheryl don't blame Paula Creamer for the fact that Chris Baldwin likes her. Paula Creamer has a lot more class than Cris Baldwin.
2005-11-20 @ 21:37
Comment from: j [Visitor]
bald whatever, are you sick something?
you do not have any clue about what you are writing!
at least there is Wie for you to write. sadly you are abusing her name for your profit.
you need a help. really..
i bet you will do anything for money.
baldwin, you are a nasty money digger who does not know how to dig.
you should ask your creamer to share hers. silly fake writer! how can you say you are an American. you are worse than asia's avian flu.
2005-11-20 @ 21:47
Comment from: Shanks [Visitor]
Creamer absolutely did the right thing by making a big deal out of the situation. It is her obligation to protect the field by challenging a drop that she believed would be a rules violation. Baldwin is right that it takes toughness to stand up to Annika that way. Not too many others, if any, would've done that. (Think back to Grace Park and the Wie incident - she barely even paid attention. Had Park gotten involved, maybe none of the ensuing drama would've happened.) Clearly, Creamer is not intimidated by Annika. That could pay big dividends down the road.
2005-11-21 @ 12:28
Comment from: Joe [Visitor]
Very good article and I hope we see more of this in the future. Everyone should respect the letter and spirit of the Rules of Golf or they don't belong in the sport. Paula and the other young guns on the LPGA will motivate Annika to stay at the top of her game or even raise the level if possible.

As for Michelle Wie, I would hope her competitive spirit would override any marketing concerns. There will certainly be situations thet will require her to act and it will be interesting to see how she handles it.
2005-11-21 @ 13:24
Comment from: Bob Woodward [Visitor]
Sweet this is just Judith Miller style journalism. He probably got this Wie bashing scoop from Morgan Pressel.
2005-11-21 @ 13:27
Comment from: Jack Lord [Visitor]
Michelle Wie has enough problems with the rules to be worried about others. Anyway I agree that Paula Creamer's forceful enforcement of the rules was not inappropriate, people should look at her actions as protecting the field - a noble cause indeed. Sorenstam has on occasion tried to stretch the rules to her benefit. Remember the ridiculous argument over the scorebaoard? Depsite the ruling, she still wanted more. Would she have fought for her playing partner?
2005-11-21 @ 14:51
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Cheryl said:
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I find it extremely pathetic that if this situation with Annika had occurred with Michelle Wie--Baldwin would have written a diatribe about what a rude person Michelle was and what a total brat she was. In addition he would have ridiculed her for finishing six shots behind Annika as Creamer just did.

But because it happened to Creamer-- she is being
" street tough " and "knows about winning."
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You've hit the nail on the head. Baldwin would indeed have called Michelle a spoilt brat if she acted the way Paula did.
2005-11-21 @ 16:27
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Shanks said:
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Clearly, Creamer is not intimidated by Annika. That could pay big dividends down the road.
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It certainly didn't help Creamer this time. I think if Annika felt like Creamer was a close rival, it could maybe rattle her a bit. But at this time I think Annika knows she is much better, so if Paula annoys Annika, it is just likely to make Annika concentrate even more, to teach the kid a lesson ie. don't mess with Annika.
2005-11-21 @ 16:31
Comment from: Denver Player [Visitor]
Only time will tell whether Paula has the stuff to battle Annika.

Paula has announced her arrival, so to speak. We'll see how Annika handles it in the next couple of years.
2005-11-21 @ 20:06
Comment from: Paul [Visitor]
Paula seems to have adopted a kind of smug look lately (or maybe it was always there and I didn't notice it). She seems to be crossing over the line between confident and cocky. Hopefully she'll grow out of it. It's getting hard to root for her.
2005-11-21 @ 21:01
Comment from: lori [Visitor]
Mr Baldwin, may I suggest you look back to your dictionary and look up the words cocky and arrogant. Then look up quiet and breathtaking. The first words would describe your "street tough" Creamer, and the later would be Ms Wie. And as far as your description of Anaka, I'm wondering if you would have the same descriptions for Tiger, or VJ. See, she is just simply the best female golfer in the world, and continues to prove that even when the spotlight is on all the new unproven talent. I believe at 16 Wie has a "Breathtaking" golf swing and a game that will in the next few years probably surpass all of the women in golf, and yes to your chagrin even some of the men. At least while she will be wininning, and yes even losing she will probably be gracious, which is more than most can say about Paula Creamer. Maybe you don't have to be a street fighter to show the world what you can do. You get to sit home and write your blog on a computer. Not very physically demanding. Maybe you should walk in a certain 16 year's old shoes before you make assertions about her steelness in life or competition.
2005-11-22 @ 00:00
Comment from: Kyle [Visitor]

That was gutsy by Paula , I'll give her that---

Too bad she couldn't back it up.
2005-11-22 @ 09:51
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
That's exactly the point Kyle.
Had Paula gone on to beat Annika, it would have seemed as if she stood up to her, toppled her and won the mental side of it.

However, when she didn't back her up, it ended up doing her more harm than good.

I think the real point here is though, that Paula was willing to stand up and pretty much call Annika a liar. Paula said "I'll leave it for her consience". Paula also said that she is sure of her facts, ie as to a rule was broken.
2005-11-22 @ 12:12
Comment from: alan [Visitor]
Well Chris,
Up to your old tricks again. I’ve been away for several weeks but your articles haven’t changed. Still Wie bashing! The rest of the bloggers have already put you in your place but I have something to add.
You suggest Wie is a wimp. I would suggest that playing against the men and setting goals like playing in the Masters takes a lot more balls than simply questioning where a ball should be dropped.

Alan M
2005-11-22 @ 18:24
Comment from: Tim McDonald [Member] Email
Wie is taller than Annika, and would have added strength punching down on her, but Annika has bigger biceps and would hurt her working from inside.
2005-11-23 @ 12:54
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Tim, since this seems to be a discussion on fighting techniques, how would Paula get on with her fists against Annika?
2005-11-23 @ 14:03
Comment from: Ken [Visitor]
Would love to see Michelle get her mits on against Morgan. A certain Florida 17-year old would be a lot quieter after...
2005-11-23 @ 15:43
Comment from: Ken [Visitor]
Would love to see Michelle get her mits on against Chris Baldwin. A certain golf blogger would be a lot quieter after...(not)
2005-11-23 @ 17:24
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
Baldwin would be hiding behind his mommy...
2005-11-23 @ 21:06
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
Perhaps if you learned to write better, people would start respecting your opinion.

It's "figuratively" not "literally" - idiot.

2005-11-24 @ 03:26
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Wie is on course to make the cut in Japan.

But it's too close for comfort. Great finish to her 1st round, showing lots of bottle.
2005-11-24 @ 07:39
Comment from: Makin [Visitor]
Bald won. The whole purpose he drag Michelle in was to draw attention and he got it.
2005-11-24 @ 09:11
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Baldwin is hoping she misses the cut. I wonder if he has the story written yet for the event, if she misses the cut.

What will he say if she makes it. Will he keep quiet, or will he say she's useless because she should be winning the tournament if she was any good.
2005-11-24 @ 11:05
Comment from: George [Visitor]

You on your period today Baldwin ??
2005-11-24 @ 18:08
Comment from: gbh [Visitor]
When all of you non-attendees state your opinion re the Annika ruling, listen-up to one who was there. The ball was plugged and Anika and her lying caddie said that the ball bounced once and then plugged. Annika even once admitted that her ball was over water, but her caddie corrected her- saying that she hit a 15 yard slice short of the trap and bounced in and plugged. Paula was right. Annika has to live with her conscience. You can't set records if you cheat. When have you seen Annika hit a 15 yard slice against the wind?
2005-11-24 @ 18:40
Comment from: j [Visitor]
bald..
whatever creamer does, everything is so good and so right? but not wie?
it sounds like nazi to me.
2005-11-24 @ 21:08
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
Michelle Wie put in a good effort at the Casio. She is obviously working to improve her game. It may be that she is not going to be able to just barely make a men's cut--but if she can improve her game, she might be able to put herself in a position where making the cut does not come down to last few holes. I hope she can look at the bright side--this gives her the chance to make her first men's cut and earn her first pro check in Hawaii at the Sony in January. Coming back from frustation when things go wrong shows more toughness than succeeding when things go well. However much the Wie haters enjoyed her missing the cut the way she did--I think it bugs them even more when her fans continue to support her anyway.
2005-11-25 @ 16:09
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Jim, I agree with you on a very important point.
Michelle's game at the moment stands at a point of being borderline cut.

As she improves to being a better player, where she actually has a few shots to spare, she will make the cut much easier.

Having a one shot cushion at the John Deere and the Casio Open, was just not enough to carry her through. There are very few players who could make their first cut in these circumstances. It took Tiger 9 attempts. Let's hope at the Sony, she has a bigger cushion, or better still comes from behind like when she was 14.

Everyone seems to be forgetting one IMPORTANT THING.
At the Sony Open in 2004, when she finished the tournament with lots of birdies, she thought she had made the cut. She actually believed she had done it. This shows that she has the mental side to do it, because she made the shots despite thinking, this will get her into the weekend.
2005-11-26 @ 08:31
Comment from: Mark C [Visitor]
This is whats so wrong with the media....but I dont need to go into it as all the comments Ive read speak it clearly. Chris Baldwin, you should be ashamed for writing such trash!
2005-11-26 @ 10:29
Comment from: Tim McDonald [Member] Email
Norman, styles make fights, and Creamer vs. Sorenstam would indeed be a good one. I think Paula would work from outside, peppering Annika at will with stiff left jabs. I don't think she'd want to get dirty from working in close, trying to protect her face.

Sorenstam has superior strength and stamina and would land some solid combinations, scoring well to the body. She could easily muscle Creamer around the ring. I see it going into the late rounds, Sorenstam winning by TKO or majority decision.
2005-11-27 @ 08:42
Comment from: Greg Pinelli [Visitor]
Tim....Creamer is "street tough..." ??? You are joking..please say it's so. Watched the rerun twice...Paula was nearly in tears...Annika shoved her face in it and Paula walked 15 yards away. Pleasanton girls who wear pink are not hard women.
You know that's where Paula is from..right? Right??
Do you know anything about golf or are you the pretender you appear to be?
Michelle is going to be a great star....she sticks her neck out in events she knows she has no chance of winning. When Wie is 20 Annika will be a television commentator and people will wonder how they ever thought Paula was better.
2005-11-27 @ 21:01
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Greg, you make a good point, about Paula's pink colour.

Such a girlie colour, hardly makes her appear threatening to her opponents.
Annika can act girlie enough herself, like at the skins game, but I think Annika would KO the ice creamer in 4 rounds.
2005-11-28 @ 19:25
Comment from: alan [Visitor]
Is it just me or does Paula look like she is going to cry every time she misses a shot.
Alan M
2005-11-29 @ 11:32
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
She certainly pulls strange expressions.
2005-11-29 @ 15:05
Comment from: John [Visitor]
You people are doing the same to Paula Creamer that you accuse Baldwin of doing to Michelle Wie. Such trite nastiness - tsk tsk tsk.

Maybe you are big MW fans and can't stand the fact that Paula has surpassed her - you know, Rookie of the Year, Solheim Cup (3-1-1) in 6 months, 2 LPGA wins, 2 more international wins, 2nd on the money list. Oh yeah - and she was right, and did exactly the right thing with Annika.

As it is, they are friends, they respect each other and their abilities, and everyone on Tour concedes that Paula is one tough competitor.

I don't much care for Baldwin's obsession with Michelle, but he's basically right - she ain't got it done yet. But he is entitled to his opinion and to make a fool out of himself in his daily blog. Just as some of you have the right to dislike Paula, or just like Michelle more, and clearly exercise your right to look just as petty and foolish as he does.
2006-01-17 @ 19:08
Comment from: Steven Reed [Visitor]
Michele Wie is GRACE personified in GOLF and most likely in life!!!
2006-03-31 @ 18:50
Comment from: bindi [Visitor]
What kind of crap is that- michelle wie sticks her neck into tournaments
into ones she knonws she can't win- what the heck are you smokin?-she entered into a Korean's men's even and the best player is ranked 452 in the world please! Michelle Wie needs tp get a life and win somw crap and the media needs to focus on winners like Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer
2006-05-10 @ 20:03
Comment from: bindi [Visitor]
YOU SUCK MICHELLE WIE!

GO PAULA CREAMER! YOU are one hundred percent right JOhn!
2006-05-10 @ 20:05
Comment from: Robert Robson [Visitor] Email
Why don't you self professed experts ask Annika who she would rather face in a playoff. Im betting she wants nothing to do with Creamer. Hey in this day and age; yes You gotta be tough to wear pink. I don't hold anything against Micheelle but until she actually wins something besides media attention I'll take proven and yes tough PINK PAULA anyday.
2007-06-08 @ 01:46

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