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Comment from: Ron Mon [Member] Email
I take umbrage with the "point that is often missed in comments on past blogs by our own writers" Michelle Wie won a lot of tournaments as a sub-junior, when she towered over the competition and when her advanced physical golf maturity was at its peak. She won the PubLinks at age 13, if I am not mistaken, and has won nothing since then. At exactly the ages when, oh, let's say Tiger's mental fortitude was being cemented (13-17), Wie's was being extolled, praised, massaged and softened by her misguided parents. I can't blame them entirely, however. I'm sure that a lot of fairy godmothers whispered sweet somethings in their ears.
08/01/09 @ 09:23
Comment from: Kiel Christianson [Member] Email
Ron--Why would you take umbrage? A lot of people who comment on our various blogs about Wie have stated in the past that she's "never won anything," and they are wrong about that. You're absolutely right about what you say above, but that has nothing to do with what many usually anonymous commenters post here.
08/01/09 @ 10:09
Comment from: Adam [Visitor] Email
The book really only repeats the information that you can read anywhere. It has no new info at all.
08/01/09 @ 10:31
Comment from: Kiel Christianson [Member] Email
Perhaps a fair criticism, but that info is all in one place, and organized in a way that allows the reader to see the patterns unfolding.
08/01/09 @ 10:39
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Bubbles won a number of tournaments in the juniors, when, as Ron Mon said, she towered over rivals. At this juncture, however, this is essentially meaningless. Remember that there have been other athletes who, owing to great physical maturity at a young age, dominated their peers in the junior ranks. Billy Martin (not the baseball figure) in tennis comes to mind. Oh, you never heard of him?

Exactly.
08/01/09 @ 11:18
Comment from: JR [Visitor] Email
kiel...

I'm pretty sure it was always been she hasn't won anyhing since she was 13. That would also translate into, she hasn't won anything as a pro.
08/02/09 @ 07:11
Comment from: Joe R [Visitor] Email
Wie never competed against the best Juniors in the country. I think she has won the ONE Publinks tournament when she was 13. Zero wins for the last 6 years. Her family dodged the best Juniors so her record would not hurt the chance of the big payday. They achieved that no matter the impact on her mental side. She can only win by losing when in contention on Sunday afternoon and learnig how to deal with pressure. She has done better this year but by no means like all the media hoopla over the years. Still no wins but she has played better lately and I have no issue with her on the Solheim team. I would never buy this book.
08/02/09 @ 16:14
Comment from: Ray [Visitor] Email
Michelle won tournaments against players from Hawaii and one public links. Anytime she played junior girls on a national stage she got beat. That should of been everyones first hint that you weren't looking at the female version of Tiger Woods.
08/02/09 @ 21:20
Comment from: Kiel Christianson [Member] Email
Agreed--she's had a very lackluster record since she was 13, and shown precious little of that promise she had as a tween.
08/03/09 @ 08:44
Comment from: Quentin Joyner [Visitor] Email
Why do so many people seem to think there is only one way to do things?! The constant comparison of Ms. Wie's path with that of Mr. Woods is at best lazy and at worst small-minded and silly! Wie has made it clear from the beginning that one of her major goals is to compete on a professional level against men. She would be blazing a new trail which Woods, who doesn't have the challenge of being a woman and trying to compete against men, can never undertake.

However, if people wish to continue the comparison why not use comparable measures. For instance, how many PGA tournaments did Woods compete in before he won? Compare that with the number of LPGA events in which Wie has competed. Another interesting area is the number of PGA events it took before Woods made a cut compared with the number of PGA events Wie has currently played (I believe she hasn't reached his number just yet).

One final point is that Wie's experiences ("struggles"?) to this point in her career may serve as the metal against which she develops the champion resolve so many believe she needs. It's got to be mentally taxing to hear so much negativity towards your parents and you and the fact that she has persevered and continued to move her career in a positive direction speaks to a certain level of mental toughness, wouldn't you say?
08/06/09 @ 16:06
Comment from: JimC [Visitor] Email
At 16 Wie did win a US Open first round qualifier--Tadd Fujikawa finished second.
08/07/09 @ 13:44

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