Wie makes the cut! Wie makes the cut!
Did you hear that huge, collective sigh of relief early this morning? It seemed to be coming in the general direction of South Korea.
Michelle Wie made her first cut at at a men’s tournament, after eight tries. Granted, it wasn’t exactly the Masters, but this is a big, big first step on her inexorable march to the Hall of Fame, which Nike and Wie lovers everywhere assure us is only a matter of time.
Wie is the second woman to make the cut at a men’s tournament in South Korea, Se Ri Pak doing it in a less prestigious tournament in 2003. No woman has made the cut on a PGA Tour men’s event since Babe Zaharias in 1945.
This, of course, will set off further heated arguments between the pro- and anti-Wie camps. “She can play with the men, you dolts!” the Wie Warriors will scream. “She still hasn’t won anything, you idiots,” her critics will yell.
What does it all mean? Who can put it in perspective?
Let me try: Wie is an extraordinarily talented young golfer, who may very well be headed for dominance on the LPGA. But, her goal of challenging the men on the PGA Tour and making it into the top-10 will never happen.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s great she has such a lofty goal, but she’s only setting herself up for disappointment. Her goal should be to be as good, or better, than Annika Sorenstam, probably the best female golfer ever. Even that goal is iffy, but at least it’s attainable.
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And all those olympic athletes are nuts, how could they dream they could ever be the best in the world. They should stick to regional championships and not risk the possibility of not making it.
Some of Earl Woods old interviews were replayed on the golf channel.
If you have watched it, you will know that he always taught Tiger that anything is possible.
Your very words in your article show that you are limited in your beliefs as to what is possible. That is your opinion, and you are entitled to it, but I'm glad that people like Tiger Woods's dad didn't share your limiting beliefs or we could have all missed out on the greatest golfer achieving his potential.
The fact is that it is possible that Michelle Wie could do absolutely anything in golf. She should not put too much pressure on herself or expect things to happen for her, but if someone wants to be truly great, the very first thing they need to do is to get rid of limiting beliefs completely.
Ty was near the back of the field, just like he would have been on the pga tour, so his presence proves absolutely nothing about it's quality.
As regards your mention of KJ Choi's quality, he is one stroke behind Michelle after 2 rounds.
Michelle keeps harping on about how she thinks she can do this, to which I always reply, 'Michelle, get over yourself, love.'
Sage advice, made even more practical since it comes from someone who clearly has accepted his own limited potential. Was it hard to swallow at first, the realization that you just weren't cut out from any level of real journalistic or literary excellence? Such a goal would certainly have just set you up for disappointment. Better to write a two-bit blog instead.
Remember, it's okay to be mediocre. You just need to accept it.
When did I say that Michelle Wie is better than KJ Choi?
She is not better than KJ Choi.
The context I stated that she was a shot ahead of KJ Choi, is when you were dismissing the quality of the field.
If it was such an easy field Choi would be well clear, instead of
battling it out in the top 30.
As regards the rest of your rants Alex, I think you could be doing quite a bit of squirming as her career develops.
You claim to be an old married man who is well-traveled in the other blogs--you even claim to be a corporate lawyer. Yet you call Michelle names like "Bubbles" and for the most part sound very uneducated and immature.
Either you have a really wild imagination or you are just a garden variety pathological liar.
Its pathetic and sad anyway you slice it.
I think the the confusion comes in, is that maybe someone though you meant she would not finish top 10 in a pga event, whereas you meant top 10 on the money list.
Jon, who said she would never win a PGA Tour tournament? Only a fool puts words into other people's mouths.
Tim McDonald said: "But, her goal of challenging the men on the PGA Tour and making it into the top-10 will never happen."
That to me says you believe she will never win a PGA Tournament.
Cut the cheese anyway you like Tim, but you are stating that she will never make it to the top 10 . If that is truly your belief, then that would also include you beleiving she cannot win.
Jon was wrong that you said she would never win but he was not wrong in that you implied it.
And Alex s following along in his usual puppy dog fashion, not an original thought in his head, as usual.
Wipe up your drool Alex.
Tim, if that's true then so have about 90% of all golfers who have ever played on the PGA tour. Since when do young golf-pros make it their greatest ambition to make the cut on the Nationwide Tour? Wie is no different from any other talented sixteen-year-old who dreams that one day they will be the best.
I don't know if her dreams will become a reality. Frankly, it's a long shot. But then the same is true for all other sixteen year-old golfers who's name wasn't Tiger Woods.
BTW: Anyone know how many sixteen-year-olds have made the cut on the Asian Tour? That's probably a better way to judge Wie's achievement since so few women have tried to do it.
He's also certain that only the raw power of a John Daly or *cough* Corey Pavin can win on the PGA tour.
There is no rational basis for his sexist claims. Most women and some men do lack the physical prowess to compete but 'most' is not 'all'. Put Sorenstam in Wie's body and you've got a contender.
It's unlikely that Michelle will ever win on PGA but a top 10 in a smaller event wouldn't shock me. OTOH one of the thousands of girls she's inspiring around the world might put together the necessary package of skills, physique and mental toughness needed to breakthrough and compete regularly and win in the big league.
OK, so MW is more than very talented and maybe will dominate in the LPGA.
Yes, and maybe not--good waffling.
MW won't challenge men in the PGA and she won't make top-10 in the PGA. Now thaat's not waffling but a bit too absolute.
TM, you should keep the "back door" open just in case. "Back door" might be "by what year" to see who eats the hard words, TM or MW fans like me.
They need to have their allies such as george and John D back in order to fight back the onslaught from Wie supporters because they are loosing their grounds as Wie improves on her golf and gets closer to her goal.
I think it is high time we showed our mercy on them as the battle is tipping toward our favor.
I had to this before Alex, our English teacher scold me for misspelling.
Wie-ing for equal honours
What a jaundiced, not to mention totally false, impression you have of Asian golf.
You commented: "Tim, How could any tournament be less prestigious that the SK Telecom? The Korean players were mostly part time pros or amateurs with virtually no credentials. The rest, with the exception of KJ Choi, the defending champion, were large nobodies; nice guys but nobodies just the same. Of course, the field did include the immortal Ty Tryon. With Ty in there, that really deepened the field. Sure."
This was an Asian Tour event and although some of the leading players - Thongchai Jaidee, Shiv Kapur, Thaworn Wiratchant - were missing the field certainly was not full of nobodies.
Jeev Milkha Singh, who finished joint second, recently won a European Tour co-sanctioned event - beating Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey etc in the process - and winner Prom Meesawat, just 21, is a two time junior world champion with great potential who will be coming your way soon.
Australian Andrew Buckle, a regular on the Asian Tour but not yet a winner, was absent...oh yes, he was in America winning first time up on the Nationwide Tour. Not bad for a 'nobody' who played the SK Telecom Open last year.
Also, there is a vibrant Korean circuit with prize money, in some cases, betterting that on offer on the Asian, Japan and Nationwide Tours.
The majority of Korean male golfers, unlike their sisters who are cleaning up on the LPGA Tour, are not good travellers and feel comfortable plying their trade at home. That should not be used as a guide to their talent and just because they are not known to an American audience does not make them 'nobodies'.
As for Michelle Wie, her ambition is slightly loftier than writing anonymous blogs. She puts her talent to the test and, last week at least, she passed pretty handsomely and made a lot of Koreans very proud and the sponsors very happy (news of her making the cut led international sports broadcasts.
More power to her drives.
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