It's Michelle Wie versus everyone else at the US Amateur Public Links
Chris Baldwin’s latest blog on Michelle Wie describes her as ?flaming out.? Well, he?s partly right?she is on fire.
After beating half the field to make it to the match-play rounds, she went on to beat her first competitor, Will Claxton, of Swainsboro GA, with a birdie on the final hole. Claxton, a 2004 APL quarterfinalist, said before the round, ?I won’t be ashamed to lose to her, and I’m not afraid to play her.? Won?t be ashamed to lose to her? Way to enter a match with a positive attitude!
Baldwin isn?t the only guy out there who thinks she doesn?t belong. Danny Green, the oldest amateur on the field at age 48, with old-school sensibilities to match, complained about Wie?s presence in the field before losing his own match: “I don’t think she should be here,” said Danny. “I think she should play in the women’s tournaments because they don’t let the men play in women’s tournaments.”
Oh, I see. The US Amateur Public Links is open to men only? I thought it was open to the best amateur golfers. Silly me.
Green?s attitude didn?t seem to bother Michelle, though. Her response? “I don’t really care what they think because I actually qualified for this event. So I feel I belong here. I’m not looking for 100 percent support. I know there are going to be people against me. I’m not going to stop just for them.”
Way to be, Michelle. Way to be.
Update: Michelle Wie required all of 13 holes to close out C.D. Hockersmith and make it to the Sweet 16, and 17 holes to close out Jim Renner to make it to the quarterfinals. Keep track of the scores here.
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Can Michelle win this tournament? of course she can if she plays her A game. However, there are a lot of good players at this tournament.
There has been a lot of talk lately about Michelle getting the invites to PGA events. Why don't other females get the same opportunities? Da Da Da The answer is simple.
1. She draws the crowds by the thousands, literally.
2. She has the confidence to play with the big boys, even at 15.
3. She has more game than any other woman on the planet, including Annika.
4. She has the length to compete with the guys. Most of the ladies on the LPGA simply couldn't compete because of the lack of length.
Her only weakness is lack of strength and possibly stamina. Playing out of the rough could be her achilles heel. She is only 15 after all.
"Chairman Hootie Johnson has said the all-male club would welcome Wie or any other female who qualified."
Enjoy your youth, whats the rush? My suggestion is you beat up on all the HS and College gals, then the LPGA, before trying the boys out. Your not even in the top 50 women golfers in the world. Are you a publicity stunt??? No one takes you seriously.
Look at champion fillys. They dont race the boys until they beat the gals. Look at the great golfers of our time. They won as amateurs first, beat their own sex, then went up the ladder. Face it youve been beat by a 159th ranked LPGA wannabee.
I watched her play in the US Womens Open...did she look like the 160th ranked woman?? Someone's been listening to Jim Rome on the radio and taking it too seriously.
As for her or any woman playing in the PGA, I would say no. Sure, there are some female golfers who can beat some male golfers some of the time. But, the LPGA is an exclusive club for a reason. One, the men would win everything, but (and just as important), two, the women WANT to play the game WITHOUT men. So, by the same token, men want to have a men only experience without the women.
Sure, it provides for a novel and interesting spectacle to have an Annika Sorenstam or a Michelle Wei play with the 'big boys.' Heck, I enjoyed watching it, but in the long run, as far as professional sports go, women against women, men against men -- please.