Will Michelle Wie be the next Anna Kournikova?
My fellow bloggers have been talking a lot lately about Michelle Wie and her sponsor exemptions. Should she get them? Should she accept them? Is it nothing more than a publicity stunt? Yada yada yada.
Well maybe it is nothing more than a publicity stunt. But guys, don?t you get it? Women?s golf needs publicity. Really badly.
Annika?s up there breaking every record, winning 59 tournaments and no one?s batting an eyelash.
But put a 15 year old on the PGA tour and suddenly everyone sits up and takes notice.
So maybe Michelle does risk becoming the next Anna Kournikova?a media darling who’s all sizzle and no steak. That?s apparently a risk she?s willing to take. If it doesn?t bother her, why let it bother you? For one thing, the book hasn?t been written on her yet. How did coach Pat Summitt turn the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols into the best women’s college basketball team of all time? By having them practice against guys. Michelle isn’t exactly wasting the best years of her life here, fellas.
As far as the argument goes that another, better female should get the bid first? Well, Michelle is still opening that door. One thing at a time.
Meanwhile, let the girl play. She?s darn fun to watch.
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Michelle can drive the ball exceptionally far, but it's not likely that she will ever win a PGA or LPGA event without the proper experience. Winning at the professional level involves much more than good driving, and the amateur level is a fine place to develop. Michelle's image, to me, is one of a gifted, but bratty, entitled kid who thinks herself too good to compete against other women and amateurs. I can only imagine the contempt that the hardworking LPGA tour pro's feel toward her, and it seems that with each hubristic failure, she is squandering the public's fascination with her talent.
Michelle has been playing with the best guys in the world and holding her own. There is no going back for Michelle, playing against kids her own age just isn't challenging enough. She doesn't care about winning, it's all about competing against the best regardless. She has played several rounds against Ernie Els who obviously enjoyed the challenge and showed a lot of respect and admiration for her game. She simply can't go back from there.
I know that personally I only watch the LPGA when Michelle plays and there are millions just like me. Michelle turning professional is scarey, how good would she become?
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