Seven birdies are hard to ignore!
The furor has abated for another time, it seems. Michelle Wie has missed yet another PGA Tour cut, this time in Normanesque fashion. Remember those days when Greg would post a high round on Thursday, the battle back on Sunday, to fall a stroke or two short? That’s the only negative I can find in her play. She seems to start slowly, demanding the big finish in order to survive. That, however, may be attributed to youth intersecting with maturity.
Seven birdies are hard to ignore. Obviously, five bogies are pretty obvious, too. When someone birdies almost half the holes on a tour course during a tour tournament (note the critical simultaneity) that dog can hunt. Five or so others have posted seven-birdie (or the equivalent) rounds through the first days, but only Tommy Armour III (or is it IV?) has surpassed the total, dropping eight tweeters today as he signed for minus six.
What is interesting to note is how many three-putts she had on Friday. Assuming none, then she failed to get up and down for par on five of the six greens she missed in regulation figures.
It will be captivating for the statistically-inclined to return to Tiger’s days as a teen on the tour, and determine if he made bunches of birdies to complement bouquets of bogies at Riviera and the other tracks he ran. We know now that, had Miss Wie been able to avoid four of the five bogies, she would have stayed for the weekend. That she did not pack her tent after the first day and go home reveals much of her character and pride.
I remember when Morgan Pressel would get her hat handed to her in US Opens, then go back and heal her wounds in junior competition. Nothing wrong with that approach. Wie has chosen to avoid this passage, instead facing the fury of a spot-lit stage. Almost always written as a character, rather than born a human, this protagonist will provide an interesting denoument as the events and years pass. How or what will unfold could simply not be scripted.
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the stats I have are:
Thursday: 2 three putts
Friday: 2 three putts.
However for one putts:
Thursday: 6 one putts.
Friday: 11 one putts.
Still the biggest part of the equation is that she had makable one putts on Friday. Thursday, she was too far from the hole.
She will hopefully learn to avoid the three putts, as she matures. She was being very aggressive with some of her putting and leaving missable comeback putts.
BTW - pgatour.com has Wie with 27 putts in the second round. If she had 10 1-putts and no chip-ins, that leaves 17 putts for 8 holes. She had to have only one 3-putt.
It was 11 one-putts, not 10.
That leaves 16 putts for 7 holes which is comprised of:
2 three putts.
At the Evian Masters, Paula Creamer had 5 birdies, 7 birdies, 7 birdies and 3 birdies in the 4 rounds.
That is 22 BIRDIES ot Michelle's 8.
Creamer wins again.
Are you aware of the difference between apples and oranges? If so, apply the theory to your argument: Wie, playing a 7060 yard course with better golfers (PGA tour has better golfers from equal tees) versus Creamer playing a 6252 yard course with lesser golfers. Which feat is more impressive? Are they even comparable? Come on, guys. Make a better argument than that!! (one exclamation point for each of you.)
If Tiger lands in short rough, he would probably class that as perfectly accurate.
I think the answer as to why they don't keep those stats is that they can't be bothered. It would mean extra work for them dividing out the categories.
Sometimes you have a great rounds and sometimes you don't. It all depends on how the swing is working that week.
At the Evian she beat the pants off of the rest of the players. Nobody could stick with her.