Michelle Wie at the John Deere Classic
From an AP story on the John Deere Classic, being played this weekend in Silvis, Ill., comes the following quote from a fan:
“People asked me, `Oh, are you going out to watch that young girl?’ I said, `Nah, she’ll get torn up by the professionals,”’ Corrick said. “(I’ve) changed my whole point of view about her. … I think she’s the next Tiger Woods.'’
Typical American: All or nothing – either she sucks or she’s Tiger. What if she’s simply good enough to make the cut? Isn’t that still pretty cool?
Indeed, Michelle Wie sits at -1 after one round, above the projected cut line and ahead of over half of the men in the field. We’ll see how she does tomorrow, but if her 17th hole is any indication, she’ll do OK.
On the par-5 17th, she hit a 260+ yard approach to about 8 ft of the hole.
Raise your hand if you can do that. OK, just raise your hand if you’d try (with money and reputation on the line).
Should she compete in LPGA events? Yes, if she wants to. Should she compete in amateur events? Yes, if she wants to. Should she compete in PGA events? Yes, if she wants to and if she can get exemptions and/or qualify.
Life is too short, even for a 15-yar-old, to not do something that makes you happy.
What should Michelle do? Seems like she’s doing it already. She looked happy today, even when she was struggling. And I wasn’t the only one who was happy for her.
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Tsk tsk...So how many men have won 100% of time in their events? Have you ever won 100% of anything you have ever attempted? Get realistic. If the person qualifies the person qualifies. Michelle did not take away a spot from another player. She competed with all the other individuals. If we were to apply your standards to amatuers of having the players win 100% of the tournaments they enter, Bobbie Jones would have never made the cut. He only won 62% of the tournaments he entered.
Here are a few more facts from the BobbyJones.com. From 1923 to 1930 Bobby Jones captured an amazing 62 percent of the national championships he entered, winning 13 of 21 tournaments. He won five of eight U.S. Amateur Championships, and finished second in another. He won one of the two British Amateurs he played in. In eleven of the last twelve open championships he entered, he finished no worse than second, winning seven times. In 1926, Jones became the first player ever to capture the "Double," winning the U.S. and British Open Championships in the same year. In 1930, he accomplished the Grand Slam, winning the British Amateur, British Open, U.S. Open, and U.S. Amateur all in the same year.
Keep hitting straight. Keep hitting them long.
As a woman, I feel gratified I don't have to raise issues of patent discrimination coming from an avalanche of comments motivated by negative stereotypes.
And I congratulate the 13-year-old who called attention to the misspelling.
So, what's the next real issue?
You asked what Wie has done this year.
As far as the LPGA is concerned she has been extrordinarily successful.
Remembering that she has only played in Majors considering the Evian as a fifth Major.
Kraft Nabisco 14th
McDonalds LPGA 2nd
US Women's Open 23rd
Evian Masters 2nd
British Weetabix Open 3rd
Three top 3 finishes - not bad.
An average position of 11th. Only Annika has a better average 10.5.
If you don't think this is impressive for a 15 year old partime amateur player then you obviously don't know anything about golf or any other professional sport.
I would bet a lot of money that she would kick John D.'s ass on the golf course and show him who the real loser is.
John D. - don't write in again until you learn how to spell correctly, you jerk.
How many 15 year olds have won a LPGA event?