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Comment from: John Neal [Visitor]
In the end, leaders are not measured by what they themselves do, but by what they inspire others to accomplish.

I hope Florida has some "Go Morgan" buttons, and California has "Creamer Forever" buttons. That a lot of little girls decide to be the best at what they chose to do...and that a lot of little boys get tired of being beaten by the little girls and dig down to find out what they are really capable of too.

Otherwise this is all just ripping holes in an otherwise perfect lawn.
02/24/06 @ 00:22
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
Lorena O'Choka in the lead! Who knew?
02/24/06 @ 02:34
Comment from: Kyle [Visitor]
I was wondering why there's not much press about this event-but then I just read on ESPN that the AP is boycotting this event to protest some LPGA rules concerning access to the players.

Hopefully, they can work it out.

I'm glad Michelle played well enough to be in the Top 5.

She usually does really bad in the first round then rallies the next day. I'm glad she actually got a great first round.

Creamer had a bad day- no big deal but she probably won't win unless everyone makes mistakes in the Top 10 and she has an ungodly round today. She's in 63rd place.

By the way Jennifer--I've also noticed that a lot of little girls really look up to Michelle. There was a great article about all the young girls following her around when she was at the Women's British Open last year.
02/24/06 @ 07:39
Comment from: Jack [Visitor]
Jennifer, this is not Michelle's pro debut. Her pro debut was at the 2005 Samsung World Championships. I know you would all like to forget that unfortunate event, because it doesn't fit nicely into the inevitable "Legend" the Michelle Wie Story movie, but the fact remains She was disqualified in her pro debut, lets not rewrite history.
02/24/06 @ 08:08
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Jack,
This is Michelle Wie's first full field lpga pro debut. That's probably what Jennifer meant to say.
The Samsung is an exclusive event with only 17 players or so.

The important thing here is that Wie is in good contention after the first round.
If she had done what Paula Creamer did, I think Chris Baldwin would have written a blog about it at this stage.
02/24/06 @ 09:23
Comment from: Ronnie [Visitor]
Over on Shanks blogs there was some people questioning Paula Creamer's performance at The Fields Open.
People are wondering why she is at level par.

Well, on this website, before the lpga season begun, I had informed you of how Paula was working on lengthening her driving.

For all those people who were snivelling and mocking, perhaps you would like to know that Paula Creamer averaged 292 yards in her first round.

There was plenty of activity on these blogs when Wie averaged 286 yards at the Sony.

So Paula has lengthened her driving. Of course it will take some time for her game to adjust, but Paula won't be unduly worried, because she knows that when Annika starts playing, that is when she wants to be playing at her best.

This development also should start some of you to recognise that Paula Creamer will probably dominate the pga tour in about 10 years time, just like she can dominate the lpga tour in 2 years or so.
02/24/06 @ 12:02
Comment from: Jennifer Mario [Member] Email
Actually, I meant 2006 debut. Correction made!
02/24/06 @ 12:02
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
Paula Creamer will play plenty of tournaments on the LPGA this year. Michelle Wie will play only a few. No one would place a lot of emphasis on this one tournament for Paula Creamer for her own sake--but if people want to compare Creamer and Wie it becomes natural to place more of a focus on a tournament where both compete.

I noticed the 292 yards for Paula Creamer, but I also noticed 322 yards for Brittany Lang--and, of course, the LPGA does not believe in providing the numbers for Michelle Wie.
02/24/06 @ 12:54
Comment from: Jennifer Mario [Member] Email
I didn't get out my measuring stick, but by my estimates, it looked like Michelle was averaging around 275 or 280 on her drives. I noticed that she drove more often with her three-wood than her driver, though.

I was a little surprised that her drives mostly matched those of her playing partners, Yokomine and Blomqvist. There wasn't a huge discrepancy between the three ladies' drives yesterday. I think Michelle is playing somewhat conservatively for now.

When she pulled her driver out on the range, the ball actually flew right past the end line and into the trees. It was an impressive sight.
02/24/06 @ 12:59
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
Jennifer that was most likely a seven wood she pulled from the bag to drive with. This is LPGA course length after all (LOL just kidding).

It looks like on most of her par four holes she pulled out a Pitching Wedge or a 52 degree wedge for her second shots. I guess that she placed her first shot between the 100 and 150 yard markers on most holes for placement. That would confirm your driving estimate Jennifer.

On the par 5 holes it looked like she used a Sand Wedge for a third shot on some of them, so she didn't make all of them in two, yet she had a two birdies and an eagle on three of them.

Now that she has shaken off the rust and had a very rare solid first round, I expect Michelle will let loose today with the driver and hopefully go real low. The is after all the course she has carded the most rounds on in her short life.

Hey it is good to see Tarik (Ronnie) is back to defend Paula's honor and promote her golf skills.
02/24/06 @ 13:57
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Actually One-Putt, your par 5 stats are a bit off:
She had 2 birdies, 1 par and 1 bogey. She had no eagles in her round.

That is just -1 for the 4 par 5s and I certainly expect that to improve. Like you I think she should do very well on the par 5s in particular.
02/24/06 @ 14:30
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Sorry Jen, when I posted my last comment yours wasn't there even though it was posted 17 minutes earlier than mine.
02/24/06 @ 14:40
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
Damn the Golf Channel score card. They listed her bogey as an Eagle.

02/24/06 @ 19:15
Comment from: Cheryl [Visitor]
I just noticed the Fields Open ends tomorrow...

Is this tournament only 3 rounds or will they be having Rounds 3 and 4 back to back tomorrow?

02/24/06 @ 21:02
Comment from: Cheryl [Visitor]

Never mind--I just heard on the Golf Channel its a 54 hole tournament..
02/24/06 @ 21:11
Comment from: jon [Visitor]
I think Michelle needs to get into a groove. Until she starts playing several events in a row, I don't think she will be comfortable enough on the field to score consistently. I have also suspected that Michelle's game is better suited for LPGA Majors. Looking forward, her game would fit nicely in Asian tournaments, if she continues to improve. Pga, however, is a long way off. Nonetheless, I still think she needs to keep striving to make it in PGA, for her to really improve. If someone asks "why?", it is because "she can."
02/25/06 @ 00:30
Comment from: John Neal [Visitor]
I think Michelle's familiarity with the Ko Olina course is working against her.

Sure she plays this course weekly, but not THIS course. 51 weeks out of the year Ko Olina is a resort with the holes all nicely placed to make the Haoles (Hawai'ian for tourist) feel comfortable.

Suddenly this week they have the holes cut everywhere except in the side of the bunkers. The approach angles are all different, the "sweet spots" on the fairways move to compensate and suddenly its like seeing your sweet matronly aunt come out wearing spike heels, leather and brass knuckles. You know its her, but you don't know how to react to what you're seeing.

Michelle seems to be playing tentatively especially on the par 5's. Laying up when she needs to be blasting, or else blasting into exactly the wrong lie.

Any of the pro's out there (of which I am not one) care to comment? Have you experienced the difference in a tournament set up vs. the "regular" layout? Is there anything to this line of reasoning? Or am I all wet?

02/25/06 @ 01:33
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
I think Michelle just needs to play the best she can and feel good about her effort. If she gives her best that is all any fan can ask.

Some days you have it and some days you don't, that is the game of golf.
02/25/06 @ 05:29
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
MORGAN PRESSEL AND MICHELLE WIE HAVE BEEN PAIRED TOGETHER FOR THE 3RD ROUND.

It is very much a coincidence, given all the publicity between these two girls.
Both hit 67, then 70.

Who will react better?
Who will get a better score and take a lead in the Jim Coulthard Pressel/Wie head to head competition?

A win looks unlikely, but maybe the company of Pressel will inspire Wie to play some great golf and go low. It should be interesting.
02/25/06 @ 09:50
Comment from: jon [Visitor]
None of the three touted by LPGA, Creamer, Pressel and Miyazato, looks likely to win. Same with Michelle. I don't trust a 16 year old to play an inspired round of golf a la Tiger creaming Ames. It takes a lot out of you --- Tiger losing on the next round. I do take issue with Michelle's overemphasis on "learning." A typical professorial view. Nike's commercial got it right: "Just Do It.' LOL What do you get for following the rounds of a 16 year old school girl. A part-time player at that. LOL
02/25/06 @ 11:41
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
Norman did you see the way Michelle was swinging with her driver?

I think Ledbetter messed her swing up, she doesn't look nearly as fluid as last season. It looks like she developed a hitch on her downswing and she is forcing the clubhead back to square at impact.

Before her head would drift slightly back behind the ball with a great shoulder turn ala Tiger. Now her head is still and her shoulder turn is less.

She seems to avoid pulling the driver out much now and uses her three or five wood almost exclusively.
02/25/06 @ 13:04
Comment from: John Neal [Visitor]
One-putt, I'm not Norman, but I too have noticed something different about her long driving this week. She just looks different on her swing.

The thing is that she looks different than she did at the Sony Open, and I doubt Leadbetter could screw things up that much in just a month. Could be something physical like a stubbed toe or a blister, but it really looks to me like a confidence factor. She doesn't look like she believes in the swing, as if she just isn't sure where exactly where she wants the ball to go...and that will pretty much hose up a players game everytime.

Today will tell a lot. Bad swing habits won't go away during a tournament. Even minor physical factors probably won't change much overnight, but mental things can disappear (or re-appear) from one hole to the next.
02/25/06 @ 13:43
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
One-putt, I didn't really get to watch alot of the tournament, but to be completely honest, when i watch Michelle Wie playing I usually turn into more of a fan, and objectivity in assessing swings goes out of the window. I actually watched Morgan Pressel a little closer and I liked much of her game. She approaches short putts in a similar way to me so I'm just drawn to that given that it is one of the strongest parts of my game.

If you want any kind of an analysis of Michelle from me, it is just that I think she lost some confidence in her putting, and especially in reading the speed and I think this loss of confidence just fed through to the rest of her game. I think if anything her swing is a little more compact than last year and should bring more benefit to her in time. She is also alledgedly working quite hard on physical training. I can tell you from experience that, as you work out more, and get stronger in various muscles, it does put your swing out a bit and needs some readjustments.
02/25/06 @ 14:55
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
By the way, even though I mentioned the things above, as possible reasons for Michelle's driver going off a bit, I actually think it is just one of those days.
Morgan Pressel had a similar one. Paula Creamer had a much worse day yesterday. These things happen, and maybe we are all reading too much into Wie's swing.
02/25/06 @ 14:57
Comment from: John Neal [Visitor]
For what it may be worth, I think the player to watch today is going to be Julieta Granada...Sitting 3rd, three strokes off the lead, with ZERO bogies for the tournament. Sign of a golfer who is on her game and staying within her game. One more day of that and she could walk away with heavy metal and serious money.
02/25/06 @ 15:13
Comment from: jon [Visitor]
Hey, I will let you in in a secret. I watched the Fields Open briefly and got to see both Wie and Pressel. I think Wie was bit stiff, She wasn't following through in her swing and fading her drives. Pressel's swing is nothing like Wie, but she had a stocky but dependable swing. Pressel won't be hitting long but she will be hitting straight. Pressel wasn't bad, lol. The results may be similar to SBS Open.
02/25/06 @ 15:24
Comment from: Wayne [Visitor]
Wie's coach is trying to make her swing more compact -- less backswing to have more control on the clubhead's speed and trajectory. Wie's trainer, on the other hand, has her looking like a lean mean driving machine! He's got her on a spartan diet -- no sugars and dairy products.
02/25/06 @ 22:57

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