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Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
At lpg.com there is a poll for who will finish first in the qualifying.

I voted for Brittany Lang.

Here are current results.
38% Morgan Pressel.
8% Brittany Lang.
0% Everyone else.

Therefore 46% is the total. Great poll!!!!

As regards the pressure, it will be intense. Pressel left it very late at the sectional. Can she afford to do that again?
11/30/05 @ 15:59
Comment from: Paul [Visitor]
The poll looks better if you go back and check it again after you vote. I voted for other.

Looks like Pressel started out ok, she's tied with Miyazato after the first day.
11/30/05 @ 17:57
Comment from: Paul [Visitor]
Looks like there's a huge increase in press interest due to Miyazato's participation http://www.golfweek.com/284831419242568.php

Wonder if it's getting to Pressel.
11/30/05 @ 18:23
Comment from: Jim [Visitor]
Morgan is probably the best of all
as she still has potential to be developed and will be tough for a long time
11/30/05 @ 19:07
Comment from: george [Visitor]
Norman:
** As regards the pressure, it will be intense. Pressel left it very late at the sectional. Can she afford to do that again? **

Umm, Norm. There's really no need to worry your pretty little head about MP.

What you've got to remember is Morgan Pressel knows how to actually win when the pressure is on. More than a few high-profile female golfers don't know how to close a tournament, as you know.

Here's the latest evidence, with a closing reference to the LPGA's lovely and talented rookie of the year 2005:

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Pressel Shares Lead After Day 1
By Associated Press - November 30, 2005

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Morgan Pressel and Ai Miyazato hit their strides at different points in the opening rounds Wednesday, and both wound up with a 6-under 66 to share the lead after the first round of the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament.

[...]

Pressel, who shot 63 in the final round of the second stage to advance, is thinking more about winning than simply earning her card. She wants to keep pace with 19-year-old Paula Creamer, who won Q-school last year and went on to win twice as a rookie on the LPGA Tour.
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-George A.
11/30/05 @ 19:25
Comment from: Kristen [Visitor]
Sadly, those poll numbers probably reflect actual voters, not percentages.
12/01/05 @ 12:24
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
George said:
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Umm, Norm. There's really no need to worry your pretty little head about MP.

What you've got to remember is Morgan Pressel knows how to actually win when the pressure is on. More than a few high-profile female golfers don't know how to close a tournament, as you know.
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I am only worried about MP, because she nearly mucked up the sectional.
Luckily she has a better start here.

As regard's knowing how to close a tournament out, if you honestly believe that MW wouldn't qualify out of a field like this, then there really is no hope for you.
12/01/05 @ 16:20
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
MP struggled on day 2. She had one of the worst scores of the players in the top 50.
Just as well she did so well on day 1.

Ai Miyazato is looking really good.

MP needs a better third round, or she will be struggling.
12/02/05 @ 11:21
Comment from: Paul [Visitor]
MP struggled on day 3 too with another 75 for an even par after 3 rounds.

Miyazato is way out front at -11.
12/02/05 @ 17:03
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
I just checked the results too.
MP is at Even as you say Paul, in joint 11th place.

If she drops 2 shots, she is out of the top 24.

George told us not to worry. Trust him!
If she doesn't pick up her game tomorrow, I will be worried.

Her 75 on day 3 was once again, one of the worst scores of the upper half of the field.

She came to q-school to win, but that's not likely to happen.

By the way Ai Miyazato is playing in a men's event in Japan soon, and wouldn't it be great if she made the cut.
I'm sure all Wie-warriers will be rooting for her, because if she can challenge MW, it will be good for golf.
12/02/05 @ 18:46
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Miyazato has received an invite to play on the Japanese men's tour at the Asia Japan Okinawa Open from Dec. 15.
12/02/05 @ 18:54
Comment from: Paul [Visitor]
It would be fun to see Miyazato make or get close to the cut in the men's event and set up a future battle with Wie. Miyazato is a huge star in Japan.

Hard to believe she has the distance off the tee, she's like a foot shorter than Wie. I don't think she really has a goal to compete with men.
12/02/05 @ 19:12
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
I read that Miyazato was surprised by the invitation, and accepted out of loyalty to her native Okinawa. I'm sure she will do her best, but I don't know that she has the game to compete effectively against male profesionals.
12/02/05 @ 19:55
Comment from: Abe [Visitor]
Hmmmm--
Pressel was tied for the lead and choked it away ???

Miss Morgan Holier than thou Pressel ?

The one who slammed Michelle Wie for choking away her lead at the US Women's Open does the same thing against lesser competition ? What ??

What comes around goes around I guess.

Being catty and jealous always catches up to you...
12/02/05 @ 20:28
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Jim, with you having told us her height, and I just looked it up, 5 foot 2, that indeed is a major problem.

They have said that she has great power for someone so small, consistantly hitting it over 250 yards.

I think we will have to call her a good rival for Michelle on the lpga tour, but unfortunately not likely on the pga.
12/03/05 @ 09:30
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Okay Ai Miyazato is at -17, and second place is at -5.

That is whay I call dominance. This girl surely has a great chance of making the cut on the Japanese MENS tour in a week and a half's time.

Pressel had a better day, than the previous 2, but she is not safe yet.
Should she hit a 75, like she did on days 2 & 3, she will probably finish outside the top 24.

She should do enough to hold on though, but it's not exactly the display she wanted and expected.
12/03/05 @ 20:46
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Brittany Lang is struggling. If she finishes in her current position, she will be in a playoff to make the top 24.

Isn't it strange that the two players who finished in Tied 2nd at the US Women's Open are both struggling.
12/03/05 @ 20:51
Comment from: Paul [Visitor]
I guess Miyazato is getting more comfortable playing in the US. She didn't do all that well in her LPGA events this year. Here's an interesting article after the Kraft Nabisco where she was paired with Wie and Gulbis and she comments on Wie's game:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_31-3-2005_pg2_20
12/03/05 @ 22:55
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Thanks Paul. That was a very interesting article.
Given that it was Miyazato's first lpga event, I don't think 44th was too bad.

I think she has come on alot since then. Anyone have her results since then on the lpga?
I know she's won 5 tournaments or so on the Japanese womens tour.
12/04/05 @ 09:10
Comment from: Paul [Visitor]
These are the LPGA events I cound find for Miyazato:

Kraft Nabisco: T44
US Open: MC
HSBC Match play: lost in 3rd round to Gustafson after beating Diaz and Inkster
Evian: T57
British Open: T11

Pretty mixed for a superstar. I'm not sure what her goals are for the LPGA. I don't think she has stated that she plans to focus on it next year, but maybe her Q school results will motivate her.
12/04/05 @ 12:04
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Well Paul, she wants to be world number 1 so I guess she will have to focus on the lpga sonner or later.

FINAL RESULTS:
1 Ai Miyazato 66-69-70-66-72 343 -17 $6,000
2 Libby Smith 75-70-73-68-69 355 -5 $4,875
2 Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 70-68-74-72-71 355 -5 $4,875
4 Brooke Tull 73-70-72-70-71 356 -4 $4,375
4 Katie Futcher 71-72-69-71-73 356 -4 $4,375
6 Julieta Granada 73-72-71-71-70 357 -3 $3,866
6 Morgan Pressel 66-75-75-71-70 357 -3 $3,866
6 Kate Golden 72-71-71-69-74 357 -3 $3,866
22 # Brittany Lang 70-72-75-73-73 363 +3

Talk about falling over the line Brittany Lang.

Pressel managed to get home quite comfortably in the end and made $3,866 for herself.
Ai Miyazato certainly hammered everyone else though.
12/04/05 @ 17:44
Comment from: Paul [Visitor]
I love the quote from Miyazato "I was trying to go for 20 under, but I guess I was overcome by the pressure." Was she being ironic?

2006 should be interesting. I wonder what year Sorenstam will not be #1 and who will replace her.

Pressel made it comfortably, but didn't live up to her hype. Do you think if it will humble her a bit (please!).
12/04/05 @ 20:16
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
Paul. No, I don't think it will humble Pressel even a bit--but that's Morgan Pressel. And I don't think Miyazato was being ironic.
12/04/05 @ 21:45
Comment from: Jason [Visitor]

I don't think humble and Morgan Pressel belong in the same sentence.

She strikes me as someone more motivated by jealousy, and pettiness rather than a true drive to excel which is why I don't think she will be as successful as everyone thinks.

That's the only reason I think she did well at the US Women's Open- (that was her best showing at an LPGA event )-she had that extra motivation of showing up Michelle Wie for getting all the attention.

She's talented so I'm sure she'll win some tournaments but she's an ulcer waiting to happen. She just needs to chill...
12/04/05 @ 22:44
Comment from: Mark [Visitor]
Michelle Wie's potential is tenfold of Pressel's potential when you just look at the athleticism and the height discrepancy.

I do think Wie will win more tournaments than Pressel, and I don't think Pressel will be able to mentally take it. She takes things WAY too personally when it comes to Michelle Wie.

12/04/05 @ 22:50
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Kyle, I think you are right to a degree.

I certainly find it hard to believe that Baldwin would be able to wait for the Sony Open to have another story about Michelle.

He will be hoping for disaster there, so he can get his kicks, but surely he can't wait that long.
12/05/05 @ 14:27
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
Morgan Pressel is like John MacEnroe. She lets it all hang out. I would like to see her cool it, but I think her feistiness probably helps her game. She will probably be able to convince herself that she is better than Michelle Wie no matter what happens in tournament competition--which is probably not a bad attitude for her to have. In any case, if she is one of the top women pros earning lots of money, it might be easier for her to deal with someone who might be even better.
12/05/05 @ 21:41
Comment from: Paul W [Visitor]
I don't remember MacEnroe bad mouthing Borg in SI. He saved his ire for line judges. Maybe Tanya Harding would be a better comparison.
12/06/05 @ 16:06
Comment from: matt [Visitor]
You can question Morgan Pressel's attitude, but not her game. Finishing 6th at Q-school achieves the same result as finishing first, getting your tour card. The girl has won at every level at boasts a amtauer/junior record that Michelle Wie could only dream of, oh yeah and she was a miracle shot away from winning the US Women's Open. Potential is a funny thing, Ty Tryon had a lot of potential too and look what happened to him. When Michelle starts putting it all together and winning people like myself and Chris Baldwin will be quiet, but until that time Michelle will have to answer the questions about her choice of tours, career path, and ultimately her ability to close the deal and win. Also I love how everybody equates driving distance with potential---My 12 year old son hits the ball 260 I guess I should quit my job and wait for the endorsement and prize money to roll in.
12/07/05 @ 13:45
Comment from: Shane [Visitor]
So what Matt--most amateurs don't do well in the pros anyway -(with the exception of Tiiger of course)

Remember Kelli Kuehne-the most dominant female amateur ever-probably not...

You're making a big deal about Pressel finishing 2nd at an LPGA major --well Michelle Wie already has a 2nd place finish and oh yeah a 3rd place finish at a major as well.

Don't even get me started on Pressel's attitude- what a brat!
12/07/05 @ 14:36
Comment from: Shane [Visitor]
So what Matt--most amateurs don't do well in the pros anyway -(with the exception of Tiiger of course)

Remember Kelli Kuehne-the most dominant female amateur ever-probably not...

You're making a big deal about Pressel finishing 2nd at an LPGA major --well Michelle Wie already has a 2nd place finish and oh yeah a 3rd place finish at a major as well.

Don't even get me started on Pressel's attitude- what a brat!
12/07/05 @ 14:41
Comment from: Paul W [Visitor]
Matt,

How was Pressel a miracle shot away from winning the US Open. She lost by 2 shots and was tied. Even if Kim missed the shot and then 2 putted, Pressel would have to have won a 3 way playoff. The assumption that she would have won is pretty unfair to Kim and Lang.
12/07/05 @ 15:39
Comment from: James COULTHARD [Visitor]
At the time Birdie Kim made her shot, it looked like she would bogey the hole from almost the same position where Michelle Wie was and boegeyed the hole. Meanwhile Pressel was in the fairway, and looked to be in good position for a par. But when Birdie made the shot, Pressel tried to make a nearly impossible birdie herself and wound up with a bogey. At the time she thought she had a good shot to win in regulation or at worst be in a playoff.
12/07/05 @ 18:12
Comment from: Paul W [Visitor]
Thanks for the explanation. I still think it's a big stretch to say Pressel was a shot away from winning the US Open.
12/07/05 @ 20:42
Comment from: matt [Visitor]
Shane actually I do remember Kelli Kuehne--she of the pretty face and huge endorsement deal before she turned pro. While her amataur record looks more like that of Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer her hype and rich contract more closely resembles that of Michelle Wie's. Hope it's not foreshadowing. My point is simply this I will always take the man, women or child who is a proven winner at any level over one who refuses to play claiming it would be too easy---It has always sounded like a cop out to me, that's all.
12/07/05 @ 22:30
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Matt said:
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You can question Morgan Pressel's attitude, but not her game. Finishing 6th at Q-school achieves the same result as finishing first, getting your tour card. The girl has won at every level at boasts a amtauer/junior record that Michelle Wie could only dream of, oh yeah and she was a miracle shot away from winning the US Women's Open.
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Morgan Pressel's game isn't even close to Michelle Wie's game.

It gives me great pleasure to provide you with Michelle Wie and Morgan Pressel's finishes in the lpga in 2005:

MP: 2, 5, 19, 19, 23, 23, 25.
MW: 2, 2, 2, 3, 12, 14, 23.

Hmm, pretty conclusive isn't it?
I think it shows that Michelle Wie is doing right in avoiding these amatuer and junior events.
Pressel a proven winner on the amatuer circuit and the junior circuit, yet isn't near as good as Wie, on the lpga.
12/08/05 @ 14:47
Comment from: matt [Visitor]
norman you really are a wanker! Wie has what amounts to 2 more top 20 finishes and now Pressel isn't even in the same league as Wie. Any rational person would agree that Wie's results this year were slightly better, though Pressel was the one who came the closest in a major, but that same rational individual would not claim that Pressel isn't even close to Wie's game. Brushing aside Pressel's amataur background is all Wie fanatics can do becuase your god doesn't have one. The argument here really isn't who will be the better golfer Pressel or Wie(I personally think Creamer will be better than both) it is what has Wie done to earn the free pass into golf superstardom? The answer you are looking for Norman is precious little.
12/08/05 @ 16:02
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Matt, if you can't grasp from the placings that Wie has done much better, then that is your problem.

You're claiming Pressel came closer in a major so that makes her better? In that case, Wie came closer than Creamer in a major. I'd bet you wouldn't decide to put Wie on a higher footing than Creamer due to this! No? Didn't think so.

Pressel's amatuer achievements are just that. Tiger has tonnes of amatuer achievements. However if he didn't convert that into pga success, nobody would have thought much of him. Success at the top level is what matters.

Hopefully Pressel will have a very good career indeed. I'm pretty sure Creamer will. I'm also pretty sure that Creamer will do better than Wie in the next couple of years on the lpga tour, having a full schedule of events, I think Paula will go from strength to strength. So you really shouldn't be so down. You have plenty to look forward to.
12/08/05 @ 18:46
Comment from: James COULTHARD [Visitor]
Matt. What did Michelle Wie do? Try this. A top 10 finish in an LPGA Major at age 13. She won the WAPL at 13. Missing a PGA cut by a single stroke at 14. A top 5 finish at an LPGA Major at 14. Let us not forget Norman's 7 listed results for MW were achieved at age 15, while Pressel was 16 and 17 for hers.

I am confused by your claim that Pressel has won at every level. She has played 7 LPGA events and has yet to win. Are you trying to say she has won at every level where she has won, and you simply choose to ignore every level at which she has played and not won? And, of course, there are levels at which Wie has played at 14 which Morgan Pressel has not even attempted at 17.
12/08/05 @ 22:19
Comment from: matt [Visitor]
I love Michelle Wie she is tall, cute, hits the ball a long way and is so nice. She will probably eclipse the win totals of Annika Sorestam and Kathy Whitworth in one year. When she's finished doing that she will dominate the men's tour winning multiple majors and the money title probably in her second year(they are men you know). She will retire from golf at age 22 to become the first female President of the United States, where she will broker world peace in her second term(the world is pretty big you know). Or she will become known as the girl who made a few cuts in Men's tournaments, won a few women's titles and ultimately never could reach the expectations of her father, Nike and her millions of rabid fans worldwide, but who cares after all she is rich and famous for being famous.
12/08/05 @ 22:25
Comment from: matt [Visitor]
Jim she has won the Women's PbLinx a minor title at best...Forget it. I give up I'm drinking the Wie Kool-Aid. Go Michelle!
12/08/05 @ 22:29
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Good to have Matt join the Wie-warriers gang.
However you are on probation and being watched very carefully!!!!

Oh yeah, you need to post a cheque on for 200,000 dollars and you received 2 months membership for that.
Half the proceeds go towards getting MW a new putting coach.
12/09/05 @ 16:16

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