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Comment from: Fred [Visitor]
Why do you think that she will never be able to challenge the men of the PGA and making it to the top 10? Why is this not possible? Golf is not football or basketball (in other words--a real sport). She's certainly big enough, and she seems to have the potential to develop the skills.
05/05/06 @ 09:57
Comment from: Paul W [Visitor]
Nice to see someone with such a balanced adult perspective. It's like what I told President Kennedy back in the 60s. "Jack," I said, "forget that getting to the moon by the end of the decade stuff. It's too hard and the Russians are too far ahead of us anyway. We don't want to try anything too hard and set ourselves up for a dissapointment." Not sure why he didn't listen to me.

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.

Very wise.
05/05/06 @ 10:18
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
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.
05/05/06 @ 10:19
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Tim,
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.
05/05/06 @ 10:22
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Alex,
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.
05/05/06 @ 10:25
Comment from: Jon [Visitor]
Wisdom of a wise, old man or a ranting of an old fool? History is full of man achieving what was once thought impossible. Fly? No way. only birds can do that. Man walking on the moon, BS. Women voting? They don't have the mental capacity. There is a difference between pointing out physiological differences between man and women, and how those differences affect their respective golf games. But to make a carte blanche statement such as Wie will never win a PGA tournament is in my opinion asinine and without substance. Nobody really knows how Wie will do. What I do know is that Wie will outdrive other old fools hanging on to their PGA cards well past their prime. What a sight that would be.
05/05/06 @ 11:03
Comment from: Bill [Visitor]
Teach her to win on her own level first. Teach her to just win. Stick to playing against the women... Tired of her already......
05/05/06 @ 11:12
Comment from: Tim McDonald [Member] Email
Jon, who said she would never win a PGA Tour tournament? Only a fool puts words into other people's mouths.
05/05/06 @ 11:20
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Words of wisdom by Norman: KJ Choi is one stroke behind Bubbles after two rounds. Sure enough, Norman is correct. What further proof do we need then? Norman has spoken. Bubbles is BETTER than KJ Choi right now!
05/05/06 @ 11:23
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Tim, of course you didn't say Bubbles would never win a PGA event. But to a Wie Warrior like Jon, saying ANYTHING that isn't totally laudatory of Miss Wie is reason enough for getting out the napalm and the flamethrowers. So, at the risk of being hunted down like a mad dog, I WILL say it. Bubbles will NEVER a PGA tour event. She doesn't have what it takes to win on the big tour. She just doesn't have enough game. And there is no way she will ever get it. She is not of the proper gender. No female will ever lead a brigade of rangers in an assault on a garrison of fanatical enemy. It takes a good man to do it. For this same reason, no woman will ever win a PGA tournament, no matter how many feminists and metrosexuals wish it.
05/05/06 @ 11:49
Comment from: David [Visitor]
I agree with Tim; Michelle will never be a top-10 golfer on the PGA Tour.

Michelle keeps harping on about how she thinks she can do this, to which I always reply, 'Michelle, get over yourself, love.'
05/05/06 @ 12:01
Comment from: Tom [Visitor]
Tim,

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.
05/05/06 @ 12:02
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Alex, you made a false claim as usual.

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.
05/05/06 @ 12:06
Comment from: Karen [Visitor]

Alex-

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.
05/05/06 @ 12:09
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Tim,
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.
05/05/06 @ 12:09
Comment from: putt4par [Visitor]
Comment from: Tim McDonald [Member]
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.
05/05/06 @ 12:11
Comment from: Jim Nugent [Visitor]
Wie did far better at ages 14 and 15 in PGA tournaments, than Tiger Woods did at ages 16, 17 and 18. How can you be so sure she will never win a PGA tournament? Are you saying her game has already peaked?
05/05/06 @ 12:13
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
Don't get me wrong, it's great she has such a lofty goal, but she's only setting herself up for disappointment.

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.
05/05/06 @ 13:00
Comment from: hc2 [Visitor]
Meanwhile there is a LPGA event that nobody cares about, and a PGA event without Tiger. This tells you what is driving golf nowadays: Tiger, Michelle and John Daly. That would make a fantastic threesome.
05/05/06 @ 13:38
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
That would make a fantastic threesome... ...in the strictest golfing sense of the word, of course... :-)
05/05/06 @ 14:12
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Karen,"Bubbles" is a term of endearment. If she would just know her place, she would be a lot more tolerable. She will probably grow up to be a fair to middling player on the LPGA tour. As far as being competitive with the MEN on the PGA tour, fuhgetaboutit!
05/05/06 @ 20:47
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
LOL Alex, you really are in denial. She's already a top ten LPGA player and has the results to prove it, despite still being a part-timer. She may never compete for a PGA title, but "fair to middling"? You really are priceless!
05/06/06 @ 01:05
Comment from: Stefan [Visitor]
Alex is so sick of Michelle that he keeps voluntarily posting about her.

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.

05/06/06 @ 01:40
Comment from: Kimo [Visitor]


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.

Kimo
05/06/06 @ 03:49
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]
Let's not be too harsh on Baldie, Alex and the rest. They have been serving well for Wie's publicity and togetherness of Wie supporters.

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.
05/06/06 @ 04:36
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Wie makes the cut! Wie makes the cut! I like it! The chant of the Wie Warriors. An alternate sing-song might be, "We're number 17! We're number 17!" Sorry, make that "We're T17! We're T17!" Since the third round of the major SK Telecom has been rained out, it will be interesting to see some of the rosy speculation that will emanate from the Wie-wie's. An example might be "She was just getting used to the course and she surely would have shot at least a 67 and put herself into position to win on Sunday." Then they might take that projection and run with it. The Wie nuts will blame the rain for her not finishing in the top five. Perhaps the groveling, fawning sycophants at SK Telecom will just award her first prize and her first "victory" as a pro.
05/06/06 @ 08:41
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]
All of Wie hater's like Alex, Baldie and the likes are now so horrified by the thought of Wie winning the tournament, they, under the direction of legal mind of Alex, will issue a class action law suit against SK Telecom claiming that SK Telecom has given Wie unwarranted advantage over other male players by allowing her to play on easy golf course so that Wie could not only make a cut but also terrorize male populations at the hint of Wie winning.
05/06/06 @ 16:13
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]
Correction: haters not hater's
I had to this before Alex, our English teacher scold me for misspelling.
05/06/06 @ 16:16
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]
Check this out: an article by Rishi Narain, a former Asian Games gold medallist.

Wie-ing for equal honours
05/06/06 @ 18:08
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Brian, I'm not your English teacher, but it's obvious that you could use one. You have some corrections to do in your correction.
05/07/06 @ 06:51
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Change that headline from "Wie makes the cut" to "Wie shoots 74, ties for 35th in prestigious SK Telecom!"
05/07/06 @ 09:46
Comment from: Sean Casey [Visitor]
Just wondering where Alex is visiting from, outer space?

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.
05/08/06 @ 09:33
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Sean Casey, What is your opinion of the three Asian amateurs that went lower than Miss Wie?
05/08/06 @ 09:38

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