Michelle Wie's "injury" withdraw at Ginn makes a mockery of the LPGA Tour
When the news first trickled out about Michelle Wie withdrawing from the Ginn Tribute after going a stupefying 14 over through 16 holes, the natural reaction was to feel sorry for her. Even Wie realists who never bought the marketer’s script couldn’t help but hurt for her. It appeared that she’d been pushed to play before she could, that the pressure of keeping up the illusion of the Michelle Wie hype machine put her in an impossible position.
Only it turns out, this isn’t the case. It turns out that Wie is already talking about playing in the LPGA Championship, which starts a week from today. A mere week after a supposed debilitating wrist injury made it impossible for her to complete two more holes of golf.
Then again, maybe a week is a lot of time if your wrist only hurts when you need it to hurt.
Wie stood perilously close to posting an 88, the number which bars a non-tour member for a year, when she withdrew. The 88 possibility may not be the end-all deal - considering the LPGA probably would have lifted or changed the rule for her anyways. She is Wie after all. Still, by withdrawing rather than completing two more holes, Wie also avoids the embarrassment of seeing any final score and the drudgery of having to play another round Friday where she would have been more out of the running than the Pittsburgh Pirates in September.
It was in Wie’s best interests in so many ways to quit. So she did, citing a “tweaked” wrist. After having talked to her manager Greg Nared, who no doubt holds numerous medical degrees.
If your wrist is so hurt that you cannot play two more holes, do you immediately start talking about playing 72 the very next week?
You can bet the women who actually honor the LPGA Tour with their commitment to competing are wondering too. Wie is making a mockery of the Tour that Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Lopez and many others helped build over the years. And every other player in the Ginn locker room knows it.
If Wie’s hurt, she’s hurt. If she plays in the LPGA Championship, her peers will know with little doubt that Wie suffers most from injuries of convenience.
Is this the kind of Tour the LPGA wants?
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Comment from: Jay [Visitor]
Bubbles will play against the men even when She knows She will not make the cut. It's the money. Make it now cause She knows its not coming in the Future Her Phsyce is way more damaged than her fake wrist injury ever could be. Nike and Sony must have some kind of Protection or clauses in her Contract. Or they took out Insurance against any type of failure. They can't be that dumb. Heads will end up rolling by next years End. Maybe sooner if she gets worse, which She will if she continues on the same path. She cannot help trying to get a little extra on the ball. She looks way out of tempo and rhythem on her T- shots. The Hypnosis She is getting will only work untill her first bad T-shot.
2007-05-23 @ 19:40
Comment from: Art [Visitor]
It is now Mentally impossible for Michelle Wie to win On the LPGA. Her own mind will not let her win. Her Spirit is Broken. I do not dislike her. I just don't agree on the Path she has taken. Her Wie little Brain has been Broken. It's her Parent's Fault. They are supposed to protect her from The Wiebots and others who expect too much from her. The Inferiors who would have gained from her winning are the ones responsible for her Demise.
Permalink 2007-05-03 @ 04:00
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Well, I'm not so sure it's as bad as all that
According to Anthony Urquhart's blog, Bubbles' family have announced that she will not be trying to compete against the men again, at least temporarily.
With that in mind, even a Wie skeptic such as myself should be willing to see how she adjusts to the normalcy of playing among her peers
I agree that a lot of damage may have been done to her psyche, but she isn't even eighteen yet, She's a juvenile, and kids like that heal rapidly.
It might be similar to getting over an ex-boyfriend.
With the pressure off somewhat, her wrist "injury" might miraculously heal and she might regain some of that carefree form she exhibited at the 2004 Sony.
Permalink 2007-05-03 @ 08:28
Comment from: putt4par [Visitor]
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
There is some hilarious stuff on these boards. Here is an example of a post from Art:
It is now Mentally impossible for Michelle Wie to win On the LPGA. Her own mind will not let her win. Her Spirit is Broken. I do not dislike her. I just don't agree on the Path she has taken. Her Wie little Brain has been Broken. It's her Parent's Fault. They are supposed to protect her from The Wiebots and others who expect too much from her.
The quality of the blogger is getting worse. Don't even get started on Halster.
At least Alex used to be good for some banter. What has become of the new breed of anti-Wie gang members?
Permalink 2007-05-03 @ 20:12
Permalink 2007-05-03 @ 08:28 Wie's round included a 10 on the par-5 third hole, when her first drive hit a parked car and rolled down a roadway drain. "It was actually quite funny," she said. "I was going to crawl down the drain to show people it was in play. But I couldn't fit."
"It was a bad hole," she said. "Everybody has a bad hole."
Wie hopes to play in next week's major, the McDonald's LPGA Championship.
"I want to be smart about" the injury, Wie said. "But I definitely want to get back playing, so I'm going to work on it."
Now the trick is how can someone tell her she needs to start over. Nobody in her camp seems to want to tell her the truth.They will get fired if they do. I hope she can see the light. She really is a sweet girl who was told some pretty dumb things because of their selfish needs. Its all about the money. Poor thing!!!
I know I won't play my absolute, absolute best golf, but I'm still going to try my hardest, and if my best golf comes out, then great; if not, I'm just really grateful to be here and I'm still going to try my hardest.
from her interveiw before the Ginn Open She was already talking Negative. You can not win with her thinking
I made the point a while back that teenagers like Michelle are actually extremely vulnerable psychologically. I quoted the example of soccer managers here in Britain who try to protect up-and-coming young stars from the over-burdensome demands of the fans. There's many a fine career been ruined by over-exposure too young, only now when such a talent goes down the tubes so does millions of squidollars in investment on the player as well.
I particularly liked your feigned pretence that you were initially concerned.
If you expect anyone to believe that you would have any concern, you were obviously licking your lips and preparing your article. The 88 rule only helped to serve your purposes.
Like Wie did.
It seems that Stanford has lowered its entrance qualifications since Michelle's ability to express herself is at the 7th grade level. Everyone knows her golf future is bleak except her.
Uhhhh, OK Michelle. I see. I think the biggest joke is not that she tries to play on the PGA tour, but that Stanford accepted her. Just think about all the smart kids who were denied. Michelle makes Michael Vick sound like Winston Churchill.
Yes, I just noticed it. But what has that to do with the scandalous and reprehensible conduct of Bubbles and her machine, especially BJ?
BJ Wie has always been an overbearing stage father. I personally viewed some of his antics at the 2005 Publinx.
But this latest bit is his most egregious yet. According to several news releases, he actually went on the course to give Bubbles advice and was conversing with William Morris representative Greg Nared on cell phones in direct violation of the no-cell phone rule.
Also, Nared himself approached Bubbles ON THE COURSE for a brief conference before deciding to pull the plug on Bubbles. All this was in direct violation of the rules and the spirit of fair play.
Even Bubbles' playing partners were aware of these affronts to the dignity of the game, and chided BJ for them.
Reportedly, Nared has informed LPGA officials that Bubbles will not be at next week's LPGA event at Havre de Grace, MD. That flies in the face of Bubbles' pronouncement that she couldn't wait to tee it up next week.
O-P, didn't you say that Bubbles and Bubbles alone makes all decisions regarding when and where she plays?
It will be interesting to hear if any of the Wie-wee's still think that Bubbles deserves an exemption to the field of twenty players at the Samsung. How about you, O-P? What is your take on Bubbles getting more freebies? And, please, don't tell me that the sponsors can give an exemption to anyone that they may choose. We already know that.
The key words here are EARN and DESERVE.
I'm off the Muirfield now. I'll be interested to see your reply this evening, assuming that you have a reply.
As far as comparing what Wie did to Gulbis withdrawing, at least Gulbis had enough character to post her 80 before doing so.
Shame on you, a few months ago, you fantasized to be Wie's father. And now you are pulling a 'Michael Lohan' on her and insinuated that Wie has no character?
Wonder where P-4-P, Candice, Stanley, Fore, Jon, Jim C and J. Mario are?
Actually, I don't bother reading Baldies babble. His only concern is hits and bashing. No constructive criticism for that boy.
I have commented on other blogs though.
Serioulsy, I am quite certain that Biivens either decided against making any exception for Michelle Wie--or at least she decided against making an exemption without suitable concessions from Michelle Wie. As long as Michelle plays any events against the men, even the fact that Michelle was less than 100% and coming bavck from an injury would not have made Bivens make any exceptions for her--much as she did not make any for her last year so she could play in both Hawaiian events. This situation would have been perfect for Bivens to try to pressure Wie into becoming an LPGA member.
As far as Gulbis is concerned, why did she withdraw--and doesn't she avoid being charged with a missed cut by withdrawing? I think I read that this type of thing would be a missed cut on the PGA but not the LPGA.
MacKenzie probably didn't sign her scorecard, in order to avoid the rule. She has withdrawn instead.
"It will be interesting to contrast the difference of opinions concerning Ms Wie's withdrawel and Mr Mickelson's withdrawel. I hope both recover fully and look forward to watching them golf in the future." I can now add Ms Gulbis and a few others to the list, but only Michelle is telling lies, faking injuries, and going into a mental and physiological breakdown. As I said "very interesting how the same bloggers can so vehemently condemn Ms Wie and give the others a free ride."
Did I read your post correctly? Did you actually say that "the others" were getting a free ride?
Man, you're going to have to quit spinning before you turn into a whirling dervish.
Bubbles got into the tournament ON a FREE RIDE! One free ride to a customer per event is the new rule
In referrence to your defense of Bubbles' tank job by deflecting criticism to the others who also withdrew, maybe you should have done your homework a little better.
Nicole Perrot withdrew for personal reasons after COMPLETING her round, signing her scorecard at 74.
Young Jo withdrew due to illness after only four holes.
Natalie Gulbis was going along in a lackluster five over round when she tripled her last hole. She did however, FINISH her round, sign her scorecard, and then , probably in disgust, withdraw. Not the best way to end one's tournament, but not much to raise more than a few eyebrows.
30+ tournament winner Phil withdrew for the first time in his career with a slightly sprained wrist. His competitive spirit cannot be denied.
Zach Johnson, Masters' champion and winner of the AT&T also this year withdrew with an acute strep throat infection.
Then we have Bubbles. Exactly why she withdrew with two holes to play is uncertain. But since she and her entourage are prone to violate practically every rule and spirit of the game, my guess is that she withdrew to beat the 88 rule, and to avoid having an atrocious round of 86+ in her portfolio.
Wie-wee's, why don't you guys talk a little about Bubbles lousy play, and forget about bringing in the other players into the mix?
What about you, Florida Mike? Do you think that Bubbles still deserves an exemption to the 20-player Samsung?
Alex thinks she withdrew to avoid the 88 rule, and to avoid having an atriocious rouind on her record. Logically she should have withdrawn after her triple--but she remained in there even after it was clear she had no realistic chance to make the cut. I think she would have stuck it out if not for the 88 rule--and you have to wonder why the LPGA would not waive the 88 rule in the case of a player returning from an injury.
Glad to see you're still there.
What is your position on two items.
1)Do you stick by your prediction that Bubbles will definitely win the LPGA championship?
2)Do you think that Bubbles still deserves and should play in the 2007 Samsung?
No long-winded, convoluted spinning is necessary, Jim. Please just your opinions. Thanks, Alex
And now Hawaii's media have given up on her.
Of course the 88 doesn't apply to lpga members, but just say Gulbis could have shot a score that would have her banned from the tour for the rest of the year. Do you think Gulbis would have had the "character" to post that round?
Michelle qualified for the Kraft Nabisco, an event far more prestigious than the Samsung. Michelle didn't play that due to injury, so giving her the Samsung as a replacement is fully deserved.
The only explanation is that she is experiencing a psychological breakdown. Remember, this isn't just poor play; it's part of a pattern and more like of 10 handicap golf.
I'll go so far as to say that Bubbles may actually be afraid to step on the first tee in a tournament at this point, as she just may be deathly afraid of perpetuating the pattern. And the self-denial and phony positive talk won't remedy the situation; someone needs to bring her down to Earth and tell her that she must start confronting reality.
I remember her talking in an interview about playing matches against her father and saying that he "chokes." I think it may run in the family. "The sins of the father will be visited upon the child," anyone?
As I informed you on another thread, MacKinzie Kline did not avoid disqualification for the rest of the year. She has in fact been barred from further play on the LPGA tour for the next calendar year due to the rule of "88".
I agree with your logic that the disqualification should be based on a performance relative to the cut line and not just simply a number, but I do not think this rule comes into play often and certainly not with a "star" player like Wie. Michelle is basically exempt from all rules however, and I agree with Chris that the LPGA would have found a way to waive this ruling had she broken 88. I believe that all this "special" treatment, free passes, millions of dollars without winning a tournament, etc. has destroyed her game. We will see what happens next week, but at worst, she can always take some badly needed time off and attend Stamford (sic).
You are making this sound like she has only had one poor outing that just happened to come subsequent to an injury. Fact of the mattr is, she has been sucking for that past nine months. She has failed to break par at an LPGA event since last summer. And quite frankly, she is getting worse at a rapid pace. But despite all of this, she continues to get special treatment (i.e. coaching during official play, free passes, etc). Your are correct, we do not know what will happen with her game long term. But at this rate, it is not looking good.
If Annika were somehow not to qualify for the Samsung, of course she should be invited.
If she were to shoot 78 in the first round of the lpga championship, would you be so quick to say she is improving at a very fast rate?
I think PGA coverage of Phil is terribly slanted. Commentators are always talking about when he's going implode, no matter how well he's playing that week.
Just because they're not concerned that he may have been faking his wrist injury -- for all the reasons already mentioned -- doesn't mean that he's given a free pass. They'll be back to expecting a meltdown from him again next week, and they'll be trashing him mercilessly at the U.S. Open.
I am not quite sure what you are getting at. If she were to shoot a 78 at the first round of the LPGA championship, that would be somewhat consistent with what she has been doing over the past nine months, which is shooting a score over par. She made the comment that "golf comes and goes in waves." Well, she is on the downside of one hell of a wave. I made my earlier comments based on her performance over the past nine months, not just one round.
I think we would all agree that she is loaded with talent and at one time had the smoothest and one of the most correct golf swing. But one of her primary goals for 2006 was to carry her drives 290 yards so that she would be more competitive on the PGA tour. I think this was a huge mistake. She should have been working on her weakness (short game and putting) and not worring about driving like the men. This poor guidance coupled with special treatment and millions of dollars before even winning an event other than the links event before she turned professional has had a negative impact her game.
i feel sorry for the ture stars of the lpga; annika, lorena et al.
michelle wie is making a mockery of everywhere she goes.
next stop, john deere.
golf has turned into reality tv entertaintment.
i couldn't get past 9th grade from my mainlaind high school with that kind of speech.
You are exactly right. I think Wie-Wee got passing grades in high school because the teachers did not want to be ridiculed for being "the one" who did not give her a passing grade. She probably has received the same exepmtions to enter Stanford. The world is filled with "guttless" people such as teachers and lpga officials like Bivens. They all want the fame & glory but not the "bad press".
I'd ride any of them. Well the later 3 anyway and the other when when she turns 18 or after that.
You attempted to put up a straw man by asking if Natalie Gulbis would withdraw from a tournament if her score was such that she might face a year-long DQ.
Of course, your point is moot since nothing of that sort will ever happen.
But we all KNOW the road that Bubbles would take.
You know, Stan, you really shouldn't judge others by the conduct of Bubbles. Most folks are not avaricious, greedy, and venal like the Wie's.
Many if not most people still possess a fair amount of pride and honor, virtues that have bypassed the Wie's.
A little while back on another thread, you attempted to chide me for saying that Bubbles might not even play in the Ginn Tribute.
It looks like I was correct, as usual.
Come on now, Big Stan, and you too Jim C, quit obfuscating and admit that Smart Alex was right.
Of course it would make no sense for the LPGA to allow non-members to keep getting exemptions regardless of how poorly they performed, but that is exactly what Jim C thinks that Bubbles deserves. He advocates unlimited exemptions for Bubbles.
Stanley states that since Bubbles didn't play the Kraft on an exemption, her premature invitation to the Samsung is more than justified. Taken to its proper conclusion, that sort of thinking would profer that Bubbles should receive exemptions to all succeeding LPGA events regardless of if she ever plays at all.
The Wie-wee's don't seem to be concerned at all with the abysmal level of her performances in the past year.
Bream on, Wiebots!
OK. You have convinced me. A wek late--but I propose that follwing the LPGA Championship Michelle Wie should be banned from the LPGA for one year, along with every player in the championship that she beats this week. Certainly any player even if shej is an LPGA member who is worse than Michelle Wie should also be banned for a year.
Wiebots much remind me of Clinton apologists, like Eleanor Clift, for instance. The object of these people's adulation and sycophancy could be caught on film involved in the scandal of the century, and they would still mount some sort of spirited defense.
Please, Daddy Wie-wee, tell me a story!
Tell me the one about how Momma Bubbles is going to beat out both Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel every time they play in the same event.
Who said anything about banning Bubbles for the rest of this or any other year?
I want her to stay around indefinitely just as the Wie-wee's do.
The entertainment on these threads just wouldn't be the same without Bubbles' spectacular flops.
And what would we skeptics do without the litanies of excuses emanating from the Wie-wee's?
To echo the immortal words of BJ Wie,"GO MICHELLE!"
Since Ms. Bivens doesn't have a pair as physical attributes, she won't be assessing any penalties on Bubbles any time soon.
But the next chapter in the Adventures of Bubbles may soon be written,
She played in the pro-am at Havre de Grace yesterday, and her agent, the ubiquitous Greg Nared said she is day-to-day for the tournament beginning on Thursday.
I'd say that was rather a remarkable recovery. In four months her "injury' didn't heal enough to keep her from withdrawing from the Ginn Tribute, but in less than four days she was able to play again.
Ah, the miracles of modern therapy!
You are WRONG. If Wie got the 2 sroke penalty, it is still a fact that she withdrew from the event and so the 88 rule would not apply.
Why did you say if Bivens had any balls. Of course she doesn't have any balls. She does have boobies though.
It's sad to say She's finished.
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