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Comment from: Brandon Tucker [Visitor] Email
Wow, no Gulbis for the US Open, why even watch??
06/16/09 @ 13:36
Comment from: coolio [Visitor]

The Teenage Golf Sensation did not qualify!

Although, I fear that the powers that be will find a way to still get her mug in, somehow.

Looking forward to a hopefully Wie-free Women’s US Open!!


06/16/09 @ 15:17
Comment from: Rich James [Visitor]
The US Open without Michelle Wie is not worth watching or going to.

The USGA has screwed up big time by changing that rule!
06/16/09 @ 16:24
Comment from: coolio [Visitor] Email
"The US Open without Michelle Wie is not worth watching or going to."

Some golf fan you are, Wienuts!

06/16/09 @ 18:26
Comment from: JimC [Visitor] Email
No one should ever qualify for a USGA event based upon any money list. But why keep last year's number at 40 while cutting this year's list to 10 the year the biggest draw is an LPGA rookie who can only benefit from this year's list?
06/16/09 @ 21:44
Comment from: Barry [Visitor] Email
I agree with Rich, I'll be one of the millions of golf fans who won't be tuning into the U.S. Open without Wie or Gulbis. How idiotic is the LPGA? It's supposed to be entertaining fans, yet, it would rather have a bunch of no-names who have no chance to win play based on getting hot in a 36-hole qualifier, rather than the top money winners. I'll bet the idiots at the LPGA change that qualifying rule next year based on this.
06/16/09 @ 22:26
Comment from: Shanks [Member] Email
JimC, I couldn't disagree with you more. That money list is directly proportional to the quality of play IN COMPETITION against the best players in the world. Not only do those players have to make the 36 hole cut to get anything, they have to finish pretty high in the tournament to get anything substantial. I can see the 36 hole qualifiers for fringe players, but the top 30 are the elite in the game at present.
06/17/09 @ 07:32
Comment from: GirlGolfer [Visitor]
First of all (Barry), the USGA makes the rules for exemptions into its championships, not the PGA Tour,not the LPGA Tour...so blast the USGA not those bodies for rules pertaining to exemptions in USGA Championships. Having said that, it is very apparent tht the USGA seeks to include as many amateurs as professionals in its championships...that is why they limit exemptions for the pros. If you look at the final qualifying sites for the Women's Open, there is one event where all professionals qualified. At other sites, tehre were only 4 or 5 pro TOTAL that qualified. What happens is that the field is top heavy....with highly ranked professionals but is by no means the strongest field possible for a major championship. That, to me, is the travesty of it all...it is a major with a minotr field.
06/17/09 @ 09:36
Comment from: Shanks [Member] Email
Well said, GirlGolfer.
06/17/09 @ 09:43
Comment from: JimC [Visitor] Email

The LPGA money list discriminates against amateurs or non-LPGA pros who prove themselves in LPGA events but are excluded from the list. The USGA should use measures that fairly assess the performance of both LPGA and Non=LPGA players.

I think the USGA really wanted to reduce the 40 number from the previous year, but LPGA people wouldn't budge, so the USGA slashed the current year number from 30 to 10. There also may have been people who wanted to see Wie go through Open qualifying one more time as payback for her past special exemptions--Gulbis was an added benefit.

06/17/09 @ 12:50
Comment from: Shanks [Member] Email
The field for the US Open will be 156 participants. We're talking about between 1 to 20 LPGA players not otherwise qualified. As this is the pre-eminant group of golfers IN THE WORLD, I would prefer qualifying over 12 full field events to a one day 36 hole event. Furthermore, those golfer who participated at Bulle Rock during the previous 4 days were at a distinct disadvantage to the "weaker" qualifiers who rested and prepared just for that single day.

In my opinion, this change is horrible.
06/17/09 @ 12:58
Comment from: JimC [Visitor] Email
Why didn't LPGA players pick a qualuifier where they were not at such a disadvantage coming off a Major.
06/17/09 @ 14:56
Comment from: Shanks [Member] Email
I'm guessing here, but it likely has to do with scheduling.
06/17/09 @ 15:02
Comment from: coolio [Visitor] Email

The solution for Wie is simple -- play better!

Others, who played on Sunday, made it through the qualifier.

For a woman who is 'destined' to dominate the LPGA and play in the PGA, this should have been a cakewalk.


06/17/09 @ 15:11
Comment from: Shanks [Member] Email
Coolio, you are 100% correct about Wie needing to play better last Monday. (The "dominate"" comment has nothing to do with my complaint however.

What I am saying is that the event is what suffers when one of the obvious best players currently playing does not automatically qualify for the most important tournament in the world. The USGA wants the best possible field and the change in automatic qualifying requirements has resulted in that not being the case. It was a stupid move on their part.
06/17/09 @ 15:18
Comment from: JimC [Visitor] Email
Wie did not need to play better on Monday. She needed to not qualify so she wouldn't have to play on a USGA Open course designed to tear a game like hers to shreds. She is better off taking a week off and focussing on the Evian which has a course where she could do well. Unless she can do so well she gets one of the last qualifying LPGA spots, she is better off not playing.
06/18/09 @ 09:54
Comment from: Shanks [Member] Email
That's an unusual take on the situation there JimC. Can't say I agree. If anything playing under those conditions would help her stand out. From what I've seen so far this year, it's her putting that is holding her back, not her ball striking. Now, I'm no David Leadbetter, but her putting stroke seems to be ultra mechanical.
06/18/09 @ 11:16
Comment from: JimC [Visitor] Email
LPGA Stats show Wie is Tie 22 in putting average, Tie 7 in putts per GIR, and 143 in driving average.
06/18/09 @ 14:04
Comment from: JimC [Visitor] Email
I meant 143 in driving accuracy.
06/18/09 @ 14:25
Comment from: Shanks [Member] Email
I see your point about the driving. That would be tough to overcome if the rough is up. But Tiger Woods, for example, was hitting it all over the lot last year but still won the Open. So that's no reason to miss playing in the event. Besides, your season average doesn't really mean much if you're having a good week.

To be honest, I've only seen Wie sparingly on the weekend telecasts, and in those instances, her putting has looked woeful. But obviously, by her ranking 16th on the money list, she's been making some serious birdies in the early rounds.
06/18/09 @ 14:38
Comment from: JimC [Visitor] Email
I think it is unfair that Wie should be put at a competitive disadvantage by having mom and pop with her instead of a legitimate coach. By all means ban her parents and let her have a real coach to help her prepare.
06/24/09 @ 22:01
Comment from: Shanks [Visitor] Email
I don't know what to say about that, other than I presume the LPGA is aware of the situation - other players & caddies would report infractions - and, if there was a rule broken, acted accordingly.

Fines/reprimands are kept from public consumption on every tour. For instance, Tiger Woods is annually the most-fined player on the PGA Tour, usually for foul language.
07/06/09 @ 08:25
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12/03/10 @ 06:28
Comment from: Borsa [Visitor]
i was looking for this whole day much thanks
01/01/11 @ 12:59

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