Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, and Frank Deford (in that order)
Once again, the ladies of the LPGA should give Michelle Wie a hand.
Not because of her grinding performance in this weekend?s Evian Masters, at which she started weak, then clawed her way back to second place (her third second-place finish this year) with back-to-back 68s.
No, it?s because once again, the rest of the field gets to benefit from Michelle?s amateur status. Usually the second-place finisher keeps the money. When Michelle plays, there?s a little bit more for everyone else to share.
The gravy train?s going to come to an end before long, though; come August 25, school?s back in session, and Michelle will be worrying about biology, not birdies.
Thumbs up to Paula Creamer, the 18-year-old rookie who blew everyone away, finishing at 15 under and winning her second tourney of the year. Her first-place spot won her $375,000 and the honor of being the youngest (and fastest) rookie to hit the $1 million mark. Solid work for the Pink Panther.
Mainly because Michelle already IS playing with her own kind?the best golfers in the world. And also because his premise, that ?she will only, ultimately and primarily, detract from women’s golf and, really, all of women’s sport,? simply has no basis. Michelle isn?t removing the LPGA?s fan base, she?s adding to it. Ask the folks who ran the John Deere Classic. And the US Women?s Open. People love watching Wie.
Michelle gets attention because she plays with the guys, and holds her own. Make her play only with the girls, and you?ll just be turning her into another Paula Creamer. Then what?ll you have? Another Paula Creamer. Great, but it’s still the same old LPGA. How is that going to help ?women?s golf, and really, all of women?s sport??
After reading Mr. Deford?s piece, I had to cleanse my palate with this one by David Shapiro of the Honolulu Advertiser. Ahh, much better.
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At 15, she has the ability to puke a 75 on the first day of a tournament, sitting 9 strokes off the leader, and come back to finish second overall. And as you mention, her third second place finish. Tiger was no where close to this good at 15. But that's why comparing Michelle against the women versus Tiger against the men is pointless. Her game is so far beyond what any 15 year old female has had in the past - if she doesn't compete against the men she will be failing to maximize herself.
So sit down, Chris Baldwin, Frank Deford, and all the rest of you Wie bashers. Jennifer has had it right all along - and another incredible display by Michelle proves the point once again.
Golf is a game for all and whoever has the most potentials at a young age such as Michelle Wie should be applauded for her goals instead of ridiculing her attempts. The Wie-bashers must have never tried for some high goals in their lives because if they did, they would have understood the words 'persistence' and 'discipline'.
Let Michelle Wie play and enjoy her life.
In case those unenlightened critics don't realize that Annika Sorenstam retains her Swedish citizenship, even though she lives and works here.
The LPGA is not Michelle Wie's kind. She is not allowed to be a member(age). She and other amateurs are treated with contempt by the LPGA. For the 2nd round at the John Deere, when I clicked on Michelle Wie I at least got her picture. I have yet to see her picture on any LPGA site.
Nancy Lopez once said it would be the worst thing for golf if an amateur won the US Women's Open. Then this year she lectured Michelle Wie telling her she shouldn't talk about playing on the PGA until she beat Anaka. Hopefully we won't hear that any more after Anaka's burnout in France. And by the way, at the US Open when Michelle and Anaka tied, why did everybody seem to think it was a terrible performance by Michelle which left her tied with the best woman golfer in the world.
Oh and let us note one amazing fact. Michelle shot two 68s in the last two rounds at the Evian with her father as caddy. Michelle's father may have been a steadying influence, but in terms of golfing expertise, I rather doubt that he was able to help her very much.
Mickelson, Els, Couples, and even Norman publicly praised Michelle Wie's talent and efforts. Other than Laura Davies, I don't hear other female golfers had anything positive to say about Wie's attempts, except for their complaints or non-committal comments in case their sponsors are watching them.
I'd think more among the PGA would be upset, instead it turned out to be the whole LPGA (and insecured males).
No logic, just mindless adherence to a rapidly declining position. Don't let facts stand in your way though, you keep on shouting. Just do it over on the no-facts-needed Baldwin blog. Th discussion here has been trending to a more reasoned discussion - at least the naysayers *try* to back up their position.
At least you have a sense of fairness to recognize Wie's efforts and attempts.
I applaud both Creamer and Wie, though I'll root for Wie more only because she's a kid with big dreams who goes after them, besides her talents.
Over the past few years of her young life, she had already experienced numerous cold-shoulders, meanspirited behaviors from the LPGA members, their caddies and relatives, not to mention when one of them was heard saying, "I'm trying to play the game, while dumb and dumber are in the way." A reporter overheard the comment though Wie and her dad refused to repeat what was said. Now we have people (one of them is your colleagues) who hate her whether from bigotry or sexism or both, and the others are envious or fearful that they might not be up-to-snuff as golfers themselves. She kept on playing, competing, trying, and smiling through it all.
I'm rooting for the tall kid with big dreams to succeed all the way.
This "learn how to win" argument holds no water in golf. This isn't tennis or basketball, where there are two competitors to each match and one wins and one loses - well, except for match play, but that is a rarity in pro golf these days. And as the Publinx showed, she can play that game pretty well too.
How many young players, male or female, are out there finishing top ten in their high school or amateur tournaments, but not finishing first? Are they all doomed because they aren't "learning how to win"? I doubt it.
How good is Michelle Wie? Among all women she has to rank in the top 5 now. Among all American amateurs she is probably in the top 50, and quite likely the best at her age. I believe she can easily be the dominant player on the LPGA. I think she could wind up winning some tournaments on the PGA, although the fact that men mature later than women makes we doubt that she would ever dominate the PGA.
I thought this article discussed Michelle Wie's golf adventure quite well. It's not surprising that most Brits understand and appreciate maverick people more readily.
I think those adults that can't grasp the concept of life's journey are the ones most upset about young Ms. Wie.
If Michelle Wie would make the cut in a tournament on the PGA tour, would that satisfy everyone? Does she have to win on the PGA tour? Even if she were to be rated as the number one woman golfer in the world, she would still be just that. The best woman golfer in the world. She (or any other LPGA memeber) will never be able to hold a number 1 ranking on the PGA tour. So I guess I don't see the point. If finishing in the middle is good enough, then go ahead. I would expect several LPGA members could finish in the money on the PGA tour any given week. So what? You won't make a lot of prize money or endorsement money being number 10 or below on the money list.
You know, in a way I wish she would win. It won't change a thing for the rank and file of female golfers, but at least then everyone will shut up about it.
And as far as playing on the PGA tour, does that mean that men from the PGA can compete on the LPGA? Wouldn't the women love to have men win their tournaments every week. And again, if Michele is able to make the cut on the PGA tour, she is not of an acceptable age. If she's so darn good, won't it last until she means the requirements?
Do you just want to give the others a chance until Michelle is 18.
Stats prove she is No2 in the world and that is without winning a single tournament. (check out her results this year and compare to anyone else)
Michelle doesn't get invited to these events (PGA..etc)..because people like her..she's invited because she is a novel attraction..and she IS QUALIFIED. The ONLY established requirement in professional golf is---does it make someone serious MONEY! Michelle is bankable. If you had 3 T shirt stands at an important women's event...which stand would you like to have the net profits from...Annika..Paula..Michelle?
For those who keep harping on whether men should be able to play on the LPGA Tour...please note the initials...Ladies etc...the PGA Tour says NOTHING about men!
You women really need to suck it up and stop whining...in 10 years 7 or 8 of you will be playing on the PGA Tour...and you'd better support your sisters instead of bad mouthing them!
If Michelle Wie has the talent to play with the men, she she go for it.
Not really the case, JD, based on NGF's research. Fact is, the golf industry got a major boost when Tiger appeared. But it soon leveled out and by 2000 all the big players in the industry were whining (course owners, manufacturers, travel operators, etc.). The industry as a whole is PRAYING for a Wie payoff.
You're just wrong on this, JD. Check the industry statistics.
Talk about your classic Old Boy response. We wouldn't want anyone horning in on Your Grand Game, John. Keep all those women off my course! Especially those blondes, we all know how ditzy they are! Slow, too! (And maybe the Asians too? They're slow, right? Anyone else bother you with their presence on the course?)
Played a round the other day, and the marshal, an old man, rides up to the guys in my group and says "Got a joke for you - you know why only 30% of the people in heaven are women? If there were more, it would be hell!" HAR! What a great joke, and with a player standing five feet away on the red tee, too. Perhaps that was you John? You ever work as a marshal at a course anywhere?
Probably not, but too bad for you John, and that marshal. The train has left the station. Golf has been opened for the hoi poloi. Get used to seeing women in front of you - and likely behind you, waiting impatiently for you to stop looking for your third lost ball and just drop and hit (again) already.
We men all have good golf days, bad golf days..bottomline:
They came, They saw, They kicked my butt, and bought refreshments afterward.
Lets here it for the GIRLS!