Annika Sorenstam's injury no big Wie blow to the LPGA, Tiger parallel ludicrous
Trying to equate Annika Sorenstam being out for at least a month with a back injury to the prospect of Tiger Woods going out with an injury on the PGA Tour is like comparing a computer glitch at the local 7-11’s cash register to a complete system-wide failure at IBM.
Annika Sorenstam is a Hall of Fame golfer. She’s even become more interesting now that she’s talking about course design. But she’s no Tiger.
And in terms of impact on their respective tours, it’s not close.
The PGA Tour is completely dependent on its transcendent star. The LPGA Tour is not going to suffer (at least any more than it usually suffers in TV ratings or attendance) with Annika down. No matter what some of its own members think.
“‘Obviously it’s not good for anybody if Annika is not playing,” longtime LPGA player Laura Davies told the Associated Press. “It’s the same as if Tiger [Woods] had a month-long injury and a bad back.”
No, it’s not. Not even close. Davies and others in the old guard may not realize it but Sorenstam hasn’t been the No. 1 draw in women’s golf for several years now. The LPGA’s youth brigade - some who have done a lot (Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel) already, and some who done nothing (see Wie, Michelle) - are this tour’s drawing cards.
Truth is Wie’s mysterious “wrist injury” is more damaging to the LPGA Tour than Sorenstam’s balky back. Women’s golf isn’t as much a legit sport as a sideshow these days.
There’s nothing Tiger to this tale. Sorry Annika.
|« Badlands a great Las Vegas course for high-stakes golf bets||Presidential contender Rudy Giuliani doesn't know grocery prices, but he sure knows hot Vegas hotels »|
Creamer has tanked more often than a submarine and Pressel couldn't capitilize on her flukey win at the Kraft. And Pressel was the YOUNGEST winner in the LPGA at almost 19 years old.
You and the rat patrol will of course bitch about Wie and her non wins like a bunch of virgin old maids disgussing sex. You don't have any experience yourselves but you still know everything, like those old maids.
Now if I had my wish, I'd rather see Nicole Castrale, Stacy P or Reilly Rankin wining just because they have more grit and determination than your princesses have in spite of all the media love-ins
How can you describe Wie as doing nothing, when she was the youngest player to qualify for an lpga event, and was leading amateur at 6 majors.
As for Creamer she showed yet again at the Kraft Nabisco that she is not a major contender. I had tried to explain this to regular commenter Alex, but he didn't understand, so hopefully what happened at the Kraft thought Alex something. By the way, if it were an isolated bad last round from Creamer it wouldn't be a big deal, but it is a pattern of what she does at majors.
As putt4par said, Morgan Pressel followed up her back door major win by missing a cut. Some people say that was bound to happen after winning her first major, but that begs the question why is Zach Johnson doing so well.
At least in your summary you acknowledged that Wie is a bigger drawing card. However as Pressel and Creamer have shown by both winning early in 2007, that didn't give the lpga any great marketing boast, so perhaps they are not the drawing cards you think they are.
+5 for the last 2 by Laura.
+6 for the last 6 by Lorena.
What kindness and generosity they showed towards their less wealthy playing partner Brittany Lincicome.
They even let a bogey on the last by Brittany be enough to take her over the line. Such nice people they are.
Well done to Brittany for cleaning up the spills, she could have screwed it up as well, but she stuck in there.
Congratualations to Brittany Lincicome.
Pressel went all the way from 1st place to missed cut.
You might say what does Michelle know about winning, but what does she know about lpga missed cuts either.
When Michelle was 26th at the British Open they were calling it some sort of disaster. 26th is a long way from a missed cut, and proves how badly Pressel stunk it up at the Ginn Open.
I think if you asked for a show of hands and asked any regular player on either tour if they would like to have a record after 5 tournaments played on tour of two top fives, a 13th, a win at the only major of the year, and a MISSED CUT, you would see a sea of hands.
Comments are closed for this post.