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Comment from: Max [Visitor] Email
Very nice round of 69.
Good that she shot in the sixties again.
Shows that some of the hard work she has put in is paying off.

Hopefully she plays well again in the 2nd round.
02/21/08 @ 17:11
Comment from: bud [Visitor] Email
Well this blog site (not yours in particular) definitely needs a Wie playing well and contending. Isn't that how the Wie bashers made their living.
02/21/08 @ 17:19
Comment from: Golf Viewer [Visitor]
Good for her. Looking forward to the next round. If this is truly a comeback, should be an interesting week.
02/21/08 @ 17:26
Comment from: smudge [Visitor]
Not to be pessimistic but don't you think you should wait till sunday to talk about Wie contending? and if she does contend how does she explain her permanently damaged wrist situation?
02/21/08 @ 17:28
Comment from: JR [Visitor] Email
Jennifer, somehow I just knew that if MW shot anything decent, you would blog about it. I'm just curious as to what kind of expectation you have of the adult MW.
02/21/08 @ 17:35
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
In today's round, Bubbles hit six of fourteen fairways and nine of eighteen greens. And yet, she shot a 69, her best round on the LPGA tour in about two years.

Now why do you suppose she pulled this off?

Because she had only 23 putts in her round! And putting is supposed to be her achilles heel.

The number of her putts is surely her all-time low on the LPGA tour.

Incidentally, the last time she had a 23-putt round was in the second round of the 2004 Sony. She missed the cut in that event. Of course, this is a women's event so she has a good chance of making the cut.

What is somewhat surprising is the fact that despite her miraculous putting, she still is not in the lead.

Alex USMC 1969-73
02/21/08 @ 17:51
Comment from: Jim C [Visitor] Email
smudge

Why would anyone want to wait until Sunday before talking about who is contending in an event scheduled to end Saturday?

It is encouraging that Wie improved on her second nine. If she needed time to get her tournament play in gear then we might see better play the next two days.
02/21/08 @ 18:22
Comment from: AFY [Visitor] Email
I am not a fan of Wie's handler's, Nike & the parents, but it is great that she had a good day. It is one of her home courses and I hope she finishes well.

Having said that if for any reason anyone says she should be playing in man's tournaments because of this one day or this one tournament, well, they are dead wrong.
02/21/08 @ 18:28
Comment from: Max [Visitor] Email
Alex,
Stats like 23 putts are often misinterpreted as the player definetely putted great.

Fact is, if a player misses a lot of greens, they often miss them just about, and sometimes it is pretty easy to chip the ball close to the hole and tapping in a one putt.
Furthermore, if they land the ball in the fringe and putt from the fringe, this is not considered a putt for stat purposes.
02/21/08 @ 18:58
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Max,

I'm well aware of your points.

Still, if you look at the stats of the rest of the players who are either tied or ahead of Bubbles, you'll find that no other golfer is within two strokes of her in fewest number of putts.

This is in no way intended to denigrate her score of 69 today. It's not how, it's how many.

It would be interesting to see how often a round is completed on any tour with as few as 23 putts.

Alex USMC 1969-73
02/21/08 @ 19:13
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Guys and Dolls...one interesting stat was her average driving distance of 293+! Let us hope she has a good round tomorrow. Five birdies on the front nine with only one bogey...tomorrow, no bogies only birdies and pars.

Bittersweet post Alex...give her credit!!
02/21/08 @ 19:14
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Joe Cool,

If you read the third paragraph of my post, you'll see that I didn't take a thing away from her score.

Still with that kind of red-hot putting, one would think she would be at least tied for the lead.

Paula shot three shots better than Bubbles with three more putts in her round.

Bubbles must have been spraying her tee shots all over to hit only six fairways and nine greens.

Alex USMC 1969-73
02/21/08 @ 19:29
Comment from: Art [Visitor] Email
I figured once She did start missing the fairways she would fall apart.
I hope she does stay in the Mix. That would make for an interesting Season. She must have missed by just a bit. Thats why she had so few putts. They used to talk about how bad her Short game was. If she can hit fairways she might be in contention. I still think her head will get in the way
02/21/08 @ 22:22
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Jennifer,

Did I denote a little wishful thinking in the lead line of this blog?

Bubbles isn't in fact in the lead in the Fields Open.

She is T16, five shots from the lead after one round, despite scoring better by two shots than her best round of last year.

The leader, Jeong Jang, averaged 40+ yards less of the tee than Bubbles, had three more putts, and yet finished her round FIVE strokes ahead of Bubbles.

Bubbles better hope for more miraculous putting and benign conditions or she might be a spectator on Saturday.

Alex USMC 1969-73
02/22/08 @ 08:07
Comment from: putt4par [Visitor] Email
Alex, I am sure that even you can figure it out.

Jen posted this when the round was still live and before anyone had passed Michelle and before Michelle made her final bogey.
But then you already knew that, right?

Nice to see you are in your regular form, posting all the best golf stats for everyone in your bid to make MW's game appear to be less. It must really gall you to see her play a decent round of golf. Heaven forbid that she just might make the cut too and really screw up your day.

You are such a leader in optimism (or pessemism, depending on your point of view).
02/22/08 @ 09:41
Comment from: JR [Visitor] Email
Given MW's under par round, I was wondering what predictions are out there for her this year. Hopefully, she won't miss any cuts and be in the top 10 (when the tournament ends)a few times. Maybe one day she can fulfill her potential of becoming a pretty good LPGA golfer and win a few here and there.
02/22/08 @ 10:04
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
putt4par,

Glad to see that you've been let out.

I figured rightly that you Wie Warriors would come out of your holes if and when Bubbles shot a halfway decent round. Jim C has seen fit to comment and now you have chimed in. All that's left now are a few words from Norman and Stanley.

I think Ghet Rheel has either died or is in a mental institution.

Getting back to Bubbles, it should be obvious even to a sycophant like you that Bubbles and her diehard fans have lowered their sights considerably. Now, there is no talk of the Masters, the Ryder Cup, or an LPGA grand slam. Now the Wie-wee's will rejoice wildly if she makes an LPGA cut on her home course.

She still isn't there yet although I am guardedly optimistic that she will be around on Saturday. I'm looking forward to some real insanity from the Wiebots.

Incidentally, welcome back. I'm serious.

Alex USMC 1969-73
02/22/08 @ 11:00
Comment from: bud [Visitor] Email
It's a solid start but she still hits those wild hooks and still makes too many bogeys. I don't think she's close to where she was prior to '07. Oh, Creamer didn't do much better in the GIR dept. either.
02/22/08 @ 12:02
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
bud,

Paula hit 14 greens in regulation as well as all 14 fairways.

Bubbles hit 9 greens and 6 fairways.

Quite a difference.

Alex USMC 1969-73
02/22/08 @ 13:00
Comment from: Jim C [Visitor] Email
In 2006 the first round leader Lorena
Ochoa was also -8 with a 64. That year
Wie went 67-70-66 for 13 under one shot back of the two leaders. Will -15 get you an outright win or -14 get you in a playoff this year?

Projections for the year for Wie? If Wie
were to be 2 shots worse every round than in 2006 and everything else were equal she would have a pretty decent year making cuts easily on the LPGA. Let use see how she compares
after round 3.
02/22/08 @ 13:28
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Jim C,

That assumes that Bubbles will complete three rounds.

By the way, Jimbo, where in hell have you been?

Does Bubbles have to be playing for you to post here?
02/22/08 @ 13:36
Comment from: jaypee [Visitor] Email
Too bad all this happens one week after Wie declared that her MAJOR WRISTS INJURIES will affect her for the rest of her career. Good way to prepare a cautious reentry .
02/22/08 @ 13:58
Comment from: John D [Visitor]
Just remember last year. Wie-Wee had good rounds on Thurs/Fri and went to hell in a handcar on Sat/Sun. Will history repeat itself...probably!
02/22/08 @ 15:56
Comment from: smudge [Visitor]
Jim C. so you're now saying that we are measuring Wie against made cuts on the LPGA> At least you're big enough to admit that rather than keeping in the unreality of previous years where she was supposed to be a winner on the PGA, and make it into the Masters.
02/22/08 @ 17:18
Comment from: Oui Oui Oui [Visitor] Email
Didn't realise this blog attracts so many amateur fortune teller who can predict what will happen to Wie.
02/22/08 @ 17:29
Comment from: putt4par [Visitor] Email
Jeez Oui, you'd think that you'd be used to these guys and their penchant for doom and gloom prognostications.

I say just let the girl play golf without all the analysis. If she plays well, great. If she plays poorly?? Well, there is always another day. Big deal.
02/22/08 @ 19:29
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
putt4par,

She's not poor, and she's not a girl

18 is the age of majority in the USA.
02/22/08 @ 21:02
Comment from: putt4par [Visitor] Email
Umm, Alex???? Poor, did I say poor anywhere there?
Poorly did not refer to her wealth just in case you hadn't figured that out.

Don't sweat it, lexy old bud. She can be a woman for you and a girl for me.

I have no axe to grind with the kid like you do.
I don't even mind that she made a lot of money, certainly more than you'll ever see in your lifetime, unless you are a crooked lawyer. Are you?
02/22/08 @ 22:07
Comment from: JR [Visitor] Email
Well folks, it's started again... In MW's 2nd round interview she's stating, (loosely paraphrased) ...well, I don't feel that today's score showed how well I actually played.
02/23/08 @ 05:06
Comment from: John D [Visitor]
Uhhh, What is "the age of majority"?
02/23/08 @ 08:58
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
John D,

The age of majority is that age at which a person can marry without parental consent, enter in contractual agreements, exercise the voting privilege, enter the Armed Forces etc.

The age of majority in all the states in the USA is 18, with the possible exception of the state of Mississippi.




Alex USMC 1969-73
02/23/08 @ 09:43
Comment from: raymond [Visitor] Email
You guys are responding on the blog of the biggest crystal ball gazer of all. Who else writes a book named "The Making of a Champion" for someone who has won nothing. Michelle Wie is so overrated it's unreal.
02/23/08 @ 11:27
Comment from: Art [Visitor] Email
Qui, Qui
It's not hard to predict on somebody's success or failure when you see their mannerism's and expressions and how they verbalize their feelings or actions. When they are in conflict with each other good things generally don't happen, at least not consistently

?You know I played really solid today, even though my Score doesn?t really show it, you know. A few lucky breaks and I would have shot in the 60?s, you know, Again all because I am staying in the positive, you know. It's a fine line between a 69 and a 78. It's a work in progress
She can?t possibly stay in the ?positive" with all her self- deception and delusion. The mind will absolutely not work that way. She has to get rid of all that negativety inside her and positive thinking will not do it, you know. She will continue to live in the Past with self doubt until she gets help.

From 1st to last, The Power of Positive Thinking
02/23/08 @ 20:41
Comment from: coolio [Visitor] Email
Haha!
Finished last!
You know, obviously, it would have been even better if The Teenage Golf Sensation had not made the cut...
02/23/08 @ 22:00
Comment from: mambo [Visitor] Email
In all honesty, Michelle Wie should be given a 3 stroke advantage per round by the LPGA. I mean, they have bent the rules for her before, it's only fair that they do this now since her wrists are never (ever) gonna be 100%.
02/23/08 @ 23:11
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
mambo,

Giving Bubbles three strokes per round would level the playing field somewhat, but it still wouldn't have helped her much at the Fields.

Taking twelve strokes off her score would only put her at T14.

Alex USMC 1969-73
02/24/08 @ 08:32
Comment from: Lance R. [Visitor] Email
Bubbles finishes exactly as I predicted, last in the field after the cut.

I did think that she would make the cut this week as she is not really playing under much pressure. I did not think she would break 70 however. But I am glad that she did, because it brought out many of the wie wees that make these blogs fun.

Anyone know what Bubbles is playing next?

LR
02/24/08 @ 13:26
Comment from: Wendy (UK) [Visitor]
Um, given that some of you would prefer to watch grass grow & paint dry and listen to your own belly rumbles, rather than watch the LPGA, aren't you a little too au fait with the statistics of this tournament?
02/24/08 @ 13:48
Comment from: Rob Durkee [Visitor]
Miss Last Place DID take the lead...among the worst golfers last weekend. Tied for LAST PLACE among those who survived the cut. Our BIASED news media (e.g. USA Today, the AP) got exactly what it deserved. Ever since the day before the Fields Open, 95% of the attention was given to Miss Last Place. And what happened? Miss Last Place finished tied for last place. And is now 0h-for-26 showing in pro tournaments.
02/24/08 @ 21:18
Comment from: John [Visitor] Email
Holy Cow Jennifer - she must have been the "leader in the clubhouse" too - since she teed off in the first group of the day - and the first to finish.
02/24/08 @ 23:27
Comment from: John D [Visitor]
History DOES repeat itself!...Sort of. Wie-Wee finishes LAST of those making the cut, AGAIN. Same thing happened last year. From this point on she will struggle with making the cut, for the next few times out, then she won't even be a factor by mid-season. So, predictable.
02/25/08 @ 05:23
Comment from: Ron Mon [Member] Email
Have any of you read the book? I haven't, so I don't presume to speak on its content. If you don't like the title, fine. She is the champion of only one event (USGAWAPL) that I know of, but it does qualify the title as accurate. Until you read the content, don't pretend to speak on the book or we will not take you as credible witnesses. If Jen wants to send me a review copy of the book, I'll read it and give you my thoughts.
03/08/08 @ 22:16
Comment from: matthew bond [Visitor] Email
Aahh michele Wie. Over rated under skilled and definitely overpaid. I didn't know they allowed weekend hackers to play tournaments, or did she accept an exemption on this on etoo?
03/10/08 @ 21:49

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