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Comment from: Asia_Guy [Visitor]
Mr. Baldwin,

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.



2006-01-14 @ 04:27
Comment from: John D [Visitor]
Boycott NIKE...If they go bankrupt, they will not be able to afford to pay for the exemptions!
2006-01-14 @ 08:25
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
I find it difficult to believe you came up with this story after she shot an amazing 68.

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.
2006-01-14 @ 08:26
Comment from: Steven [Visitor]
gosh, youve been right all this time! I mean look if wie came out and beat a former British open champion,Pga Campion and tour campion, we would have all thought youre a complete idiot for saying half the stuff you have.

2006-01-14 @ 10:44
Comment from: Under Par [Visitor]
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.
2006-01-14 @ 10:49
Comment from: alan [Visitor]
UNDER PAR
Was it a very good round or not?
Alan M
2006-01-14 @ 11:22
Comment from: June [Visitor]
Hey, you moron Chris. Did you check Ron Mon's blog suggesting you to get to some Englixh class together with Beth Daniel?
2006-01-14 @ 11:22
Comment from: Blazer [Visitor]
Yesterday on the par 3 17th Wie hit a good shot to within 15 feet of the hole. The announcer, can't remeber which one, said something to the effect "only about half the players on the PGA tour can hit that shot".

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.
2006-01-14 @ 11:25
Comment from: Under Par [Visitor]
Alan,

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.
2006-01-14 @ 11:26
Comment from: Blazer [Visitor]
Norman,

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.
2006-01-14 @ 11:28
Comment from: June [Visitor]
So Blazer, are you saying that scoring 68 on PGA tour event on windy day even under no pressure is no big deal? Did I say 16 years old part?

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"?
2006-01-14 @ 11:50
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Under Par said:
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.
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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.

2006-01-14 @ 12:20
Comment from: alan [Visitor]
Norman
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.
Alan M
2006-01-14 @ 12:31
Comment from: June [Visitor]
So to you, Alan, Michelle did played well under pressure, right? 68 on PGA would be good score on any day of the week, right? No?

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.
2006-01-14 @ 12:44
Comment from: Chuck [Visitor]
Just want to say that I think Wie had a very impressive round on Friday and I for one think she's a great asset for the LPGA tour.
2006-01-14 @ 12:56
Comment from: Asia_Guy [Visitor]
Comment from: Under Par [Visitor]

"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?



2006-01-14 @ 13:15
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
If you ask me, Michelle Wie proved she belonged yesterday. She shot a 68 after 3 straight bogeys put her two over. She did not have a lot of impossibly long putts for her birdies. She could shoot a 68 on a day when everything wasn't working out. I think it helped her not too have any SPECIFIC GOAL pressure and simply be in a position where she needed to try to do her best. She now knows that she could make a PGA cut without playing the best she possibly can. That will be important.
2006-01-14 @ 14:11
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Yes Jim, she made mistakes in her round, yet still shot a very good score.

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.
2006-01-14 @ 15:03
Comment from: Blazer [Visitor]
June,

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.
2006-01-14 @ 15:10
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
Michelle Wie had a lot at stake on Friday--but there was not a Magic Number like the cut line or what she would need to win. I think it did help her that she did not have any Magic Number pressure, but merely the need to do as well as she could. I also think it will help her confidence a lot that she was able to do so well on a day when everything did not go right. Now I think she knows her A game is good enough, and she does not need her A+ game. I have seen an improved game for Michelle, and I expect to see more impressive accomplishments for her this year.
2006-01-14 @ 15:59
Comment from: Stop! [Visitor]
Why are you guys wasting yout time on a person who missed the cut?! Your time can be better spent on the other 70+ players who have made the cut!
2006-01-14 @ 16:11
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
We are talking about Wie, because 3 people are mentioned by Baldwin: Daniel, Wie, and Leadbetter. Of the 3, Wie is the only one who even played this week.
2006-01-14 @ 16:40
Comment from: June [Visitor]
One word to you, Baldy.

PATHETIC.
2006-01-14 @ 17:40
Comment from: alan [Visitor]
We all witnessed another amazing showing by MW.
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.
Alan M
2006-01-14 @ 17:45
Comment from: george [Visitor]
** Comment from: June [Visitor]
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.

-George
2006-01-14 @ 22:40
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor]
"You drive for show and you putt for dough." Again, Michelle's downfall was her failure to make those three foot putts for par. Evidently, the many practise rounds dealt with greens that were around 9 on the stipmeter...then she was competing with 11 to 12 stipmeter speed. I do not know why she has never ask her caddies for assistance in reading the greens. There were several times that she completely misread the break.
2006-01-14 @ 22:45
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
Joe Cool

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.
2006-01-14 @ 23:00
Comment from: Mary [Visitor]
Tim, Chris, Under Par:
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...
Seeya....


2006-01-15 @ 09:55
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor]
Jim...you completely missed the point!!
2006-01-15 @ 12:47
Comment from: Blazer [Visitor]
Mary,

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.

2006-01-18 @ 01:30
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Blazer,
What was last minute about Michelle Wie at the US Womens Open?
She played badly from the 1st hole of the final round.
2006-01-18 @ 12:37

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