Beth Daniel blasts Michelle Wie's pompous coach David Leadbetter
Beth Daniel has grown into the voice of reason on the LPGA Tour. And the Hall of Famer with 32 career wins more than Michelle Wie rightly blasted another ridiculous comment from the Winless Wonder’s Pompous Camp.
Wie’s coach David Leadbetter said on Wednesday that Wie is the only LPGA player he’s worked with that could handle wind. This the day before the Marketing Machine Marvel shot that nifty nine-over 79 in the Hawaii breeze (and Michelle Wie’s wondering why most LPGA players probably got a good laugh out of that Sony Open performance?)
Daniel fired back at Coach “I’m Better than You” with her usual fearlessness.
“That just got my blood pressure up,” Daniel told USA Today. “You couldn’t tell me that Mickey Wright couldn’t hit it right and left and high and low, and Karrie Webb couldn’t do that. All of us who have played on our tour are capable of hitting those golf shots.
“For him to make a comment like that and people are reading that and thinking, ‘Wow, she’s the only woman who can do that.’ That’s the perception that’s given up.”
It’s probably only natural that Leadbetter, a vastly overrated coach, would hook up with Wie, the most overrated figure in sports history. You can see where Leadbetter couldn’t resist but try to pump up the smoke and mirrors legend. He no doubt realized the Wie interest was waning even before she blasted out of one bunker, over the green and into the another bunker in that classic Sony round.
But really, this is the kind of help $10 million buys you these days? First, Wie’s caddy doesn’t tell her that she’s cheating at Bighorn. Now, Leadbetter opens up his mouth of hot air and gives his stumbling meal ticket another dose of resentment to deal with.
Wie’s shown she doesn’t need any help losing. But these bozos on her vaunted team aren’t exactly boosting her.
Who ever said moving on up gets you better help? If you read TravelGolf.com writer Jennifer Mario’s compelling Q & A with Michelle Wie’s first coach, you could reasonably assume it’s been all downhill in guidance for the lost marketing creation.
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I would say she demonstrated those skills today as she pulled herself together and carded a better round than 120 other "Professional" golfers in the field today.
I gon't think you or Ms. Daniel would have showed up for the next round if this happened to you or her at sixteen Mr. Baldwin, in front of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. You and Ms. Daniel both would have stayed home and cried in your pillows.
This girl has the courage of Admiral Yi and the heart of a Siberian Tiger that roams the mountains of Korea in her blood.
Today she "earned" my respect and convinced me she will change the world of golf forever.
Of course you or Ms. Daniel would have carded a 68 sprinkled with seven birdies, under the same conditions on this PGA course today. No sweat at all for a Neophyte Journalist or a Professional Golfer in her waning years.
If you watched the round, no doubt you would know that she produced a series of amazing shots. The 4 birdies in 5 holes was particular satisfying.
Don't worry, I hope to be back with full analysis later today, but you can rest assured, the Sony was a great learning experience.
Was it a very good round or not?
I think he was referring to a knockdown shot into the what little breeze there was.
Please, give me a break! Statements ( actually bold faced lies) like that are perfect examples of media attempts to fuel the MW marketing frenzy.
I'm not going to respond since I've answered that question, in so many words, in more than one post.
I'm starting to see why Alex uses your name as the gold standard.
As I predicted yesterday on another thread MW would play better on Friday. She always plays better when nothing is on the line or in this case she has nothing to lose.
Of course, she didn't turn it on until she had eliminated any realistic chance of making the cut.
Some of what Wie critics is saying is actually making sense but ultimately this kind of refusal to give her credit where the credit is due is what tick me the wrong way with Wie-hater crowd.
So she scored 79, and those crowd went "I told you".
And she scored 68 and they went "so what"?
The funny thing is that Wie shot the equivalent of what she did in a round two years ago, and you folks are talking as if she broke new ground.
Under Par, she did break new ground. Her 68 last year, although a great score was full of 200 foot putts, slight exageration.
This time, it was through great driving and great iron play, that set up makable birdies. Her putting was decent, but she made some makable putts.
Two years ago at the Sony, when she made the cut, she was making putts which were so long, that some luck had to be involved.
I think recent comments suggested that the 68 a couple of years ago was a fluke because of a couple of long putts. So what is the excuse this time.
There was no pressure of course. Silly me.
I actually believe there was more pressure yesterday than Thursday.
Reason. She was still trying to make the cut and was coming of a disastrous round and had to prove it was a bad day and nothing else.
No pressure, you have to be kidding.
For me she was under different kin dof pressure yesterday. Not to further embarass herself and justify the hype in any way or fahion with Friday performance. I for one think that she succedd on both counts.
Sure she missed the cut and displayed horrendous putting skill as usual. But she also teased us with glimpse of greatness (At least in terms of potential)with yesterday's play. Great driving (ave. 300) and some ridiculous iron shots.
After disastrous Thursday, I think she redeem herslef fairly well. Good job, Michelle and onto the next event.
"The funny thing is that Wie shot the equivalent of what she did in a round two years ago, and you folks are talking as if she broke new ground."
I know this is hard for you to admit u_p, but think back to when you were sixteen. Could you have showed up to any event after giving the worst performance of your life in a similiar situation?
Two years ago there was absolutely no pressure for her. Today the eyes of the world and critics everywhere watch her every move.
Mr. Baldwin, Ms. Daniel and yourself should respect the round she had after the 79 and give the kid some props.
Save your collected venom for the 120 PGA male golfers in the field that could not put together a round to equal the one she had yesterday.
Everyone played under the same conditions and you can't see the difference u_p?
I think her performance will give her great encouragement for the lpga events.
Had she shot a bad 2nd round and finished last, that would have been very difficult for her to take.
Instead she performed so well that I think she can take confidence out of the whole experience. I think, she will certainly challenge for more lpg titles this season.
I am actually even willing to say that I think it is likely that she will win on the lpga this season coming.
Firstly it wasn't a windy day. By the end of the round the flags weren't flying at all and according to weather.com the wind was 12mph.
Secondly a 68 is an excellent round. What I wrote was MW plays better when there's nothing at stake.
Certainly you can see that as a pattern.
I am puzzled why there are still people who doubt the ability of this young girl.
A 16 year old school girl playing golf part time, hasn’t played a tournament for 2 months and still has the confidence to play against seasoned professionals on the toughest tour in the world.
People keep saying she can’t handle the pressure, so what is the excuse of the men that she is matching or beating. Guys like Mike Wier, Jason Gore, Sean O’hair, Craig Stadler, 5 shots ahead of Todd Hamilton. Some of these guys are Major winners. These guys have no pressure. They aren’t been hounded by the press, followed around the course by thousands of people, having their game dissected to see why they have failed.
If MW was playing every week she would be making cuts on a regular basis on the PGA.
Her driving average in round 2 was 300 yards. Approx 10 yards more than Jim Furyk and 10 yards less than Chad Campbell who are the current leaders of the competition.
If she doesn’t belong on the PGA she is certainly not alone.
I believe people don’t want admit she belongs because they think it shows a lack of depth on the PGA.
Hey, you moron Chris. Did you check Ron Mon's blog suggesting you to get to some Englixh class together with Beth Daniel? **
Hey, June. HOW did you spell the word "English?"
And YOU are the one to suggest people take "Englixh" -- as you would put it -- classes?
As your silly posts pile higher, you really should keep your promise -- or threat -- of a week ago and just say good bye. Except mean it this time.
I wish I had your money. I'm so poor I would consider the 10 million she is making a year from SONY and NIKE to be dough.
You've made up your minds about Michelle Wie, and no one will ever be able to change them.
Let me see:
If she plays well, so what? "Any blind pig can find an acorn." or "Anyone can play well when the pressure's off."
Well, not really. Most sports psychologists will tell you that pressure is what brings out the best in a lot of athletes - everyone is different.
For example, my husband and I are national champion athletes (in skydiving, by the way, and he is also a 4-time world champion). We both perform better when everyone is watching, when the pressure is on. We both are complete hackers on the golf course, but hey, it's all good....
If she plays poorly (but still, let me remind you, not at the very bottom of the scoreboard), that just shows she's out of her league.
Basically, she can't win with you guys. It's a circular argument, that will put you in the same place you started.
People who are able to learn are so much more interesting than those who keep reiterating the same old crap.
So, I am no longer reading Tim's or Chris's blogs. And have Under Par's comments blocked.
If all this is a publicity stunt to drive traffic, you have failed in at least this instance...
What you're not considering are her last minute meltdowns in the John Deere, the Women's US Open, and the Japan Casio tourney.
As an athlete you should recognize when another sportsman/woman doesn't perform their best in crunch time. In MW's case she's actually played her worst when the pressure is on.
I'm no world class athlete or sports psychologist, but it's clear she has a problem closing the deal.
What was last minute about Michelle Wie at the US Womens Open?
She played badly from the 1st hole of the final round.
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