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Comment from: Randy Hebert [Visitor]
This just goes to prove professional golf is truly a game you never know how it will play out. No one would have expected Karrie , who was playing so well and coming off a big win, to play so badly. It's a week to week thing in golf. Whoever is on top of their game that week. Things can go badly for some you least expect, and for some it can snowball in to terrible rounds. You see the same thing often on the PGA. Only Tiger and Annika rack up the wins like they do. Juli will be tough with a 3 shot lead, but you can bet Annika is eyeing the other names on that board and know they haven't been there and done that yet. Expect a final round matchup between her and Juli. Creamer is lurking, and probably one of the players between Annika and Juli will continue to play well. The pressure of a major will start mounting, greens will firm up, pin locations will get tougher. this one is a long way from over. But you are right about Morgan, that kind of finish does leave a mark. That may haunt her for the rest of this season. To go from one under to six over in two holes is devestating to the confidence, especially to a player who was touted so high and hadn't been doing much anyway. Things will sort out better on the leaderboard tomorrow, they always do.
08/04/06 @ 15:55
Comment from: Wie fan [Visitor]
To be good you have to be consistent and Morgan in my opinion will not be good for a while at least. You can't go from one extreme to the other and be good. She thinks she can just waltze in here the LPGA, and beat up on everybody the way she did at the junior level. Her 2nd showing at last year's Open was the worst thing that could have happened to her.

She turned pro thinking she was such a hot shot and would beat up on everybody, especially Michelle.

Michelle is good because even at this tender age she is consistent except for today and part of it is the penalty she got

Don't you agree Jennifer? You are my most favourite person in golf btw, next to Michelle of course

And I will get around to buying your book. I hope all golf fans do
08/04/06 @ 16:17
Comment from: Johnn N. [Visitor]
Jennifer,
I watched Morgan Pressel playing her round, and did indeed shed tears after it.

She was playing so well, beautiful golf.

On hole 17, her 2nd shot went into the bunker, and it took her 3 shots to get out. She was getting so annoyed. And it took her another 3 to get down from there and that wasn't so far from the green.
So it was an 8 on a par 4 hole.

Then on hole 18, shot 1 was okay, but shot 2 went into a bunker again, but the bunker was a greenside bunker and should have been a straight forward up and down, or at worst a bogey. Guilbis was in the same bunker and parred.

Anyway, Morgan made a complete mess of it and hit it way right. Then she made a mess of her chip and next putt, and had a triple bogey.

She was really annoyed and was bent over with her head in her hands shedding some tears after it. It was very sad really.

She should go to some mental coach person or something, because she just got so pissed off when she didn't get out of the bunker on hole 17 and that caused all the dropped shots after that.
08/04/06 @ 16:39
Comment from: Howard [Visitor]
If you really look at the leaderboard there are 24 Major championships between 7 of the top 13 leaders. That is kind of what you would expect in a Major. Karrie's absence is very hard to explain as well as she has been playing.
08/04/06 @ 16:45
Comment from: Rob Durkee, North Hollywood [Visitor]
Michelle Weak needs to study a golf rule book, take off those silly earrings and go back to high school level golf tournaments.
08/04/06 @ 17:22
Comment from: Florida Mike [Visitor]
Rob,
Michelle does need to study the rule book a bit
Most 16 y/o wear silly earrings
Ms Wie has shown consistently over the last year that she is more than capable of competing at this level, your idea of her going back to high school tournaments is foolish.
High School yes
High School Golf..... as my daughter would say:
Puhlease -- get a grip
08/04/06 @ 17:44
Comment from: maui john [Visitor]
Yeah Rob, why should women golf at all, who's gonna cook my dinner.
08/04/06 @ 19:00
Comment from: Ronnie [Visitor]
Go Rob,

Yah, take off those earnings. Yah.

And play high school golf. Those girls are really good, they should be able to hit rounds of 100 sometimes even on an lpga course.

So what a good idea. You are indeed a genius Rob, maybe you should be put up as leader of the bashers, although Alex would probably be annoyed with that.
08/04/06 @ 19:19
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
"Comment from: Rob Durkee, North Hollywood [Visitor]
Michelle Weak needs to study a golf rule book, take off those silly earrings and go back to high school level golf tournaments."

Unfortunately Michelle is ineligible for high school inter scholastic sports, unlike yourself Rob.

I wonder if Michelle's "Professional" caddie was picking his nose while she was hitting out of a hazard? He logs scores also. I wonder if he added a stroke for improving her lie on his card?
08/05/06 @ 03:23
Comment from: sue [Visitor]
i guess it goes to show that you never know who is going to come out on top in the game of golf. some of the favored players are not even in the position to dominate this weekend.
08/05/06 @ 04:46
Comment from: JR [Visitor]
One-Putt... ragging on the caddie in this blog also... the blame lies soley with MW.
08/05/06 @ 09:02
Comment from: gpro51 [Visitor]
JR is right. She admitted in an interview that she knew she had touched the ground. At this stage of competition, not knowing to call it on yourself and add the strokes is ridiculous.

One Putt

It is not the caddies job to call penalties that is the player's responsibility. Plus it is a two stroke penalty, not one.
08/05/06 @ 11:15
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
gpro51,
JR is not right. She did admit she touched the ground, but that was part of her backswing, which she thought didn't matter.

If she knew it was breaking the rules she would have called the penalty, but she thought it was okay.

As regards anyone even suggesting that she would try to cheat, that is going very low. Okay some people dislike her for whatever reason. That's just the way it is. There isn't any person that everyone likes. However, when people are looking for something to insult someone about, there are levels which even the most ardent of critics should not steep to.

Accusing her of cheating is lower than low, and just shows the people who do it for what they are.
08/05/06 @ 21:09
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor]
As much as I dislike Bubbles, I can't go so far yet as to say that she cheated.

What I think is likely is that she's a rationalizer. In other words, she might have had a suspicion that what she was doing wasn't kosher, but somehow rationalized that it was probably okay.
08/06/06 @ 01:46
Comment from: Jim C [Visitor]
NORMAN is a pro golfer who might be playing in a tournament with Michelle Wie later this year. He is constrained by the ethics of golf to accept the findings of rules hearings with regards to cheating. Wie's strongest critics in the men's game would not call her a cheater if that was not the finding of a rules hearing, and her strongest supporters would not deny that she had been caught cheating if that were the finding. I believe I am correct here.

The rest of us can take a different view of these things. But it seems pretty clear that she did not attempt to gain any unfair advantage. I haven't seen a clear replay of the infraction--but I doubt that she did get any unfair advantage. If she is guilty of anything it is using her own interpretation of the rules to avoid calling a two shot penalty on herself in a situation where there seems to be no real violation of the spirit of the rule.

It seems that only a stickler for the rules would insist on the two shot penalty here--but if you are going to be a stickler for the rules as far as Michelle Wie is concerned, then you should also be a stickler for the rules as far as you are concerned, and accept the view that cheating is an issue for the rules comittee to decide, and not something for everyone to decide on his or her own.
08/06/06 @ 02:06
Comment from: Ghet Rheel [Visitor]
Jim C

ABC showed a replay of the infraction in extreme close-up and in slow motion. I'm a Wie fan and always will be, but the call by the officials was correct and unmistakeable on replay.

Michelle held a mistaken view of the rule that I believe would have been correct "through the green", but not in a bunker. She admitted her mistake graciously and with good humor.

Since the Bashers repeat their views ad nauseam, I'll repeat my view that - pro golfers win the majority of their tourneys between the ages of 22 and 35. In six years Michelle will still be 22! Enjoy the journey Wie fans! I feel sorry for the "Green-Eyed/Crackers" bunch.
08/06/06 @ 10:54
Comment from: Ghet Rheel [Visitor]
From final round press conference:

Q: Michelle, what do you take from this?
MICHELLE WIE: Well, I think strangely enough that I learned more here this week then I did all summer. I played great all summer and played good in this tournament, just a couple of holes and a couple of shots did not go the way I wanted them to. But today, yesterday and the day before, I learned so much.

Q: What did you learn?
MICHELLE WIE: How to play the game really. Playing a links style golf course really forces you to play golf. I learned to try and be patient out here. When things go bad, you just have to play through it and make some putts when you have to. That is what I did today and I am going to move forward.

Q: You have to stay out of bunker too ?
MICHELLE WIE: Oh yeah, definitely. I am going to secretly come out here with a pack of dirt and make nice tee boxes out of all these bunkers. (laughter)

***

Classy kid, I am one of millions who will be tuning in to LPGA events for decades to watch Wie. She's an All-American girl. Just ordered your book JM - Look forward to reading it.
08/06/06 @ 18:43
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Judge Smails, Yesterday one the anouncers suggested that maybe it would be a good idea for Bubbles to get some sponsors' exemptions--what else--on the LET where the competition isn't so tough in order to get her first pro win. The other agreed and said it would probably a good thing for her. It seemed like a far cry from her desire to play on the PGA tour, in the Masters',in the US Open, and even win on these venues. But if Bubbles is going to scale back her quest for glory in order to be the star of the show at Stanford, I have a sincere suggestion for her. She should try to get an exemption to the Outer MOngolian All-Comers and Celebrity Golf tournament and Yak Roast. She would probably be the chalk to win that one.
08/06/06 @ 18:48
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor]
Alex, I think that she should give your advice serious consideration. Besides, if she's not a vegetarian, she may appreciate a yak roast.
08/07/06 @ 01:44
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
Alex and Judge you really should consider a career in comedy. We had Laurel and Hardy, Amos and Andy, Ricky and Lucy, Mutt and Jeff, the Smothers Brothers or Cheech and Chong, why not Alex and Judge or Judge and Alex?

You guys are good enough to be regulars with Letterman or Leno on their late night TV shows. That would work for me since I am usually in bed by that time to wake up at 4:00 am. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
08/07/06 @ 03:59
Comment from: John D [Visitor]
Alex,

Can Wie-Wee be the 'Star of the Show" at Stanford? I didn't think Pros were allowed to compete at the Amateur level. Is she not a member of the LPGA?
08/07/06 @ 05:20
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
John D, Miss Wie is a professional, but she is not an LPGA member as yet due to her age. (If you haven't heard, she is only 16) Most of her fans would prefer her not to join the LPGA. They figure it would cramp her style. You know, competing and winning on the PGA tour, getting a Masters' invitation, playing the US Open, etc. Of course she can't play in college. I was referring to her being a star ACADEMICALLY. One-Putt says she wants to acquire an MBA and a PhD to better manage her vast financial empire. Also, she wants to hone her skills in her alternate field of public speaking. As Ghet Rheel says, Bubbles is, among other things, ARTICULATE. Now THAT'S funny.
08/07/06 @ 09:49
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
One-Putt, Judge Smails and I did in fact consider careers as stand-up comedians at one time. But then we began to read these blogs by you Wie-zeals. You guys put us in our place. We knew we were quite simply out-classed. We realized that we could could never be as entertaining purposely as the Wie Warriors are unintentionally.
08/07/06 @ 10:15
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor]
I mean, Bubbles is like, you know, uh, like, really, kinda, you know, articulate . . ..
08/07/06 @ 13:01
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Yes, she is uh, like, AWESOME! One-Putt says that Bubbles also speaks Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. I wonder if she uses that same type of articulate elocution in those other languages.
08/07/06 @ 13:45
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
"Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Yes, she is uh, like, AWESOME! One-Putt says that Bubbles also speaks Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. I wonder if she uses that same type of articulate elocution in those other languages."

Alex think back to when you were a teenager if possible and try to remember what it was like. Were you hip and cool or maybe you were the square dude back then man. You could have been one of the guys who used a pocket protector for their pens and wore chinos with plaid shirts 24/7.

Alex although you can't understand Michelle, the teenagers around the world get the message. It is cool to play golf and golf is an awesome game.

That is definately a change from when we were teenagers. Golf was not cool and I didn't advertise the fact I played golf. Hey it was an old Dude's game.
08/07/06 @ 15:33
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
One-Putt, Oh, I understand her all right. She does quite well with her twenty-word vocabulary. She seems to have spent too much time in California. She's picked up that LA, Orange county "valley speak." But forget her articulation or lack thereof, what do you Wie-zeals think of her chances of making cuts in the Omega Masters and the 84 Lumber? Please, no equivocation, just will she or won't she. For me, I say she misses in France by three shots, but doesn't come close in PA. In fact at the latter event she might look at the length and the terrain a pull a Deere-like swoon. If she does play two rounds at Mystic Rock she will miss the cut by a minimum of six strokes.
08/07/06 @ 18:17
Comment from: Ghet Rheel [Visitor]
Sounds to me like more child abuse spewing from Alex and his imaginary friend. Must be some kind of uncontrollable reflex impulse, like Turrets Syndrome. Poor lil' fella.
08/07/06 @ 18:46
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Ghet Rheel, What's the matter, Sonny, no more conspiracy theories to put forth? No more half-baked hypotheses concerning Bubbles? About how she may eventually match Paula's accomplishments? Must be a slow day at the funny farm.
08/07/06 @ 19:11
Comment from: Ghet Rheel [Visitor]
Thaaaat's right. Let-It-All-Out... Now have a good cry. No, it IS NOT FAIR that the world loves that tall lovely Hawaiian girl sooooooo much - and they DON'T-EVEN-KNOW-YOU-EXIST! Poor lil' fella - You poor, poor lil' fella - there, there

08/07/06 @ 19:31
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
There goes Ghet Rheel talking about that tall, lovely Hawaiian girl again. Is he a pedophile on the loose? Or just a blithering idiot who has forgotten how to communicate? My guess is that he is a little of the latter and a lot of the former.
08/07/06 @ 21:18
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
Alex I'm very concerned about Michelle playing in the Omega. Her clothes are way too conservative for Europe. How will she ever keep up with that stylish Sergio?

84 Lumber chances slim to none with the emphasis on none. This is just a payback appearance for the Hardy's.

Omega chances very good. These guys are not as good as most Nationwide members. If they were they would be playing for the larger purses here and trying to get a card. Sorry Norman.
08/08/06 @ 04:19
Comment from: Ghet Rheel [Visitor]
A possible explanation for a half dozen or so adults spending untold hours discussing someone they say they have very little regard for - Astroturf. Astroturf is the industry term for Public Relations campaigns that try to appear to be "grassroots" movements. Alex (and his imaginary friends) show all the earmarks of astroturf blog writers.

So Alex is either being paid minimum wage or so to attack a fine young golfer, or is being led by the nose in his views by a more sophisticated astroturf writer. True to form Alex denies the existance of such astroturf PR campaigins - says it is delusional to think such thoughts (pretty weak stuff, Alex, even for you)

Anyone can go to Google and type in "astroturf" and "blog". The Wall Street Jounal wrote a piece on Public Relations astroturf last week.


08/08/06 @ 12:12
Comment from: Ghet Rheel [Visitor]
I just typed in "astroturf" and "blog" on Google - got over 500,000 hits
08/08/06 @ 12:15
Comment from: Ghet Rheel [Visitor]
Wie's caddie Greg Johnston fired

Golf Digest's Ron Sirak reports in the past hour that Johnston was released shortly after the Womens British Open.

While Johnston is a top pro looper, there was not a great chemistry between player and caddie. It is never pleasant to fire anyone (or be fired, for that matter), but it is sometimes the only choice remaining. I think this move shows that Wie's management team has the strength to make tough decisions when required.


08/08/06 @ 17:17
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Ghet Rheel, Oliver Stone might be interested in your kook conspiracy theory. Why don't you give him a call?
08/08/06 @ 18:37
Comment from: Ghet Rheel [Visitor]
AstroAlex

Thanks for the opportunity to repeat that if you Google "astroturf" and "blog" you get 500,000+ hits.

"Astroturf" is the only logical explanation for an adult to post hundreds of comments about someone he doesn't respect. People avooid things they dislike - unless they have an agenda.

Who are you always pushing? Paula Creamer? Well that narrows it down a little.
08/08/06 @ 18:48
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Ghet Rheel, Get out while you can! Mr. Krickstein has given the order that all Wie Warriors are to be dealt with harshly and with extreme prejudice. You are on the watch list. Special Ops are aware of your every move.
08/08/06 @ 18:56
Comment from: Ghet Rheel [Visitor]
Special Ops?, Oliver Stone?, Uncle Herbie? Get a hold of yourself lil' fella. You're only a hack spewing PR drivel.
08/08/06 @ 19:35

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