Michelle Wie misses another men's cut, comes out with yet another excuse
Michelle Wie may break the modern-era record for excuses.
Another bogey, another excuse. Another double-bogey, another excuse. Another missed cut against the men, another excuse.
This time, it’s homework, of all things. After carving a 78 at the Omega European Masters on Thursday, Wie said she was “stressed” because of the homework she was assigned for her first week in school.
She’s obviously going to miss the cut, and will surely come up with another excuse. Maybe she’ll be upset because of the wrong color fingernail polish. Who knows?
Wie should follow the advice of those people who gave her $10 million:
“Just do it.”
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Five years from now, it would be a different story when she can focus firmly on being the best player on the LPGA and her golf game can only get better and she may be ready for the PGA legitimately. She's had a good run on the LPGA Tour as a part time player, so wouldn't that alone, have been a good way to spend her summer breaks? Now that's "cool and fun" by any teenager's stretch of the imagination. School's started.
I'd like to see the adults in her life help her make the best decisions which will serve Michelle Wie's best interest.
Possibly if she had stayed as a 16 year old, playing for her high school team, learning the rules, and then experiencing life in college and college golf, maybe she would adjust to the personal embarassment she is experiencing now.
Don't feel for her at all, quit now and swim in her millions...
Enough about Wie, she is a joke...
what freaking difference does it make if she goes to school and does her homework or not. she's already got a profession and i'm sure has made 1000 times more money than you ever will with your undergrad and post grad degree. that's just a lame freaking exuse. she could find a patsy school and buy her diploma tomorrow. no more excuses for her. enough is enough. think about what your posting before you post.
don't shove michelle wie down our throats and we won't make any comments about her ever again. i totally resent her sponsors and parents for this circus act. i play 10-12 rounds a year and could beat 78-79 this week at omega. i'm not getting any sponsor exemptions. waaaaaa i want' a sponsor exemption too...
"It makes me want to come back and show that I'm a better player than this," she said. "My view is that to get better on the men's tour and to be a better player, I have to keep playing men's events.
"If I just play women's events, I only get better at women's events. I feel I have a good balance now."
But European Tour executive director George O'Grady said he could veto Wie's participation in future events after an evaluation of this week's tournament.
"I think we'll just evaluate this one first before we make further decisions in that respect." O'Grady said. O'Grady said he would have been surprised had Wie made the cut
Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell said he didn't think Wie should have played.
"This is not a golf course I would have said she could play," he said. "She had no chance round here. And I just don't think women can compete against the men."
What a mess; and we have the 84 Lumber to look forward to???
It's too much! Stop the imbecility, get her through high school and then onto a college where she can play NCAA golf. She is obviously not so dominating on either tour that the NCAA-level competition would not challenge her...and god, she might learn more about playing the game, at least get smarter on the rules. Even if it’s a two years degree program playing at the collegiate level, she can learn much before re-entering the pro ranks as a more rounded, polished competitor on the LPGA.
There was a book, a sales book written in the 30’s or 40s I believe. In it, the author suggests a person needs three things to succeed: 1) Motivation to succeed, 2) Activity Knowledge, and 3) Experience. Motivation, no doubt she’s got that. Activity knowledge...sure, but she’s still learning (do we ever completely master the game?) Finally experience...Yep, but the wrong kind.
BJ, Bo...this is your mess to clean up...do a mia culpa...live off the millions you’ve got now and get her through school. Get her to Stanford, or the college of your choice and correct this Titanic crash course now...unless you want her to carry this circus act stigma the rest of her life.
Deaf ears, I fear.
If you want to blame anyone about shoving Michelle down anyone's throat, look to the media and people like Tim (here). This didn't start last year when she turned pro, it started with the media when she was 13 with her 1st and only big win. But all of you want to point all your jabs at her personally. I've never seen so much adult criticism of a teenage sport athlete in any sport than I have seen about Michelle. I know there are some references to her parents and the other adults around her in the comments that are made here in these blogs, but most are made directly at her and I just don't see it as anything but jealousy in the money she is making, and as to that I see a lot more many paid to pros in other sports that don't deserve it than what she is getting. I see so many people here (especially Alex) acting so holy than thou about the money, but him being a lawyer and was put in the same position, would be just as greedy for the money. I don't think it is some much the way Michelle is wanting to compete in golf as it is the way every move she makes is in the media. I personally think she had no choice but to turn pro because of the pressure that was being put on her to do so but the media. Maybe not winning will help her as there may be less media coverage of every move she makes.
i don't care how much money she makes. i'm secure in my finances. that's not what its about. she's got the women on the lpga more pissed at her than any of the men. that speaks volumes as far as i'm concerned. bottom line is that she is disgracing the game. a game i have played for over thirty years. she should have gone to school, made some friends and then turned pro. the poor girl is going to live the rest of her life with no friends and the media which loves to build people up will turn against her too and that's a shame.
Let's face it, she was getting the same abuse when she was an amatuer, so why not get paid for it and also let it pay the expenses. As to being the greatest female golfer right away, I would say that is more of the media's doing then hers. Most of the comments I've heard from her in interviews, has been she is still learning in every event she played. It's the media and other people that are making a big issue on her not winning. So if people want to criticize then put it on the parents or the sponsers where it belongs, stop putting it on her personally. I wish her luck in what ever she does, if what she is doing is what she really wants for herself and not just doing it to please her parents. If she is doing it just to please her parents, then she should just stop playing all together and do something she really enjoys, but I don't think that is the case.
Why is golf some much more holy than any other sport? Just because more people can play it even if it doesn't take much athletic ability or just because you think it's so much better. I'd also appreciate it if you would provide me some links as to LPGA women that are so pissed at her so I can see who is saying it, I haven't seen but a comment every now and then, nothing like you are indicating with you statement.
I do agree it's mostly the parents fault. In fact, I think MW wanting to be the best, wanting to win right away is natural and it's typical of young people to be very ambitious. But it's becomes a problem when her parents don't hold her back until her game matches her expectations. I guess what i'm trying to say is that both her and her parents being impatient have caused her some trouble. Everyone knows Tiger's dad would not let him play until he felt he was ready to compete with the pros. Tiger's dad did the right thing by stepping in and not letting him turn pro too early.
I still think there would have been less media attention and less pressure if she had played the amatuer events.
the reason golf is different is that it is self policing. you have to have integrity to play at a high level because you and your playing partners regulate yourselves. she is not doing a very good job policing herself personally or professionally on the course. i'll provide some examples of lpga pro's comments later.
here are a few lpga'ers comments to whet your appetite. now you can get off my back for making rational well though out posts:
After Brittany Lincicome dumped Wie 4 and 3 in the quarterfinals of the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship last week, Lincicome, who led the LPGA Tour in driving distance in 2005, was asked if she had any ambition to play against the men. Wie might want to take note.
"If you can't beat Annika [Sorenstam], you don't need to go play on another tour," Lincicome said of herself. "If you're not No. 1 on this tour, you don't need to go on to another tour."
Michelle Wie gets "Late Night With David Letterman," "Good Morning America," the whole mainstream crossover tour and when she turns pro probably her own special line of Nike. Creamer remains rooted in the traditional golf avenues, Golf Digest and the like.
"It gets old," Creamer told reporters. "You look everywhere and there (Wie) is. I play against the best juniors in the world and she's just another junior. I don't place her on a higher plateau."
Pressel, who tied for second at Cherry Hills, said she doesn't think Wie will get an exemption this time.
"I'd be very surprised, just because of what happened last time," Pressel said. "I don't think she needs an exemption. I've been through qualifying.
"Everybody who doesn't make it on the money list, other amateurs, other professionals that aren't members of the tour, they all have to go through qualifying, too.
"I don't see why she shouldn't, or why she should be afraid, or expect an exemption."
believe me they are all pissed at her.
Those statemants look like old news to me yeras ago or last year. As far as Creamer, I think she has shown she is a contender on the LPGA circuit. As for as Pressel, she may have been good as an amatuer, but so far she hasn't shown me much as a Pro and she hasn't done to well against Michelle in the same tourments. As to Lincicome, she did good and won one tourment as a Pro, but other than that one time she hasn't done real well.
BTW, why should I take your word that they are all pissed at her. Who are you to have such inside knowledge. From what you indicated, you just know what is printed in the media.
The same goes for most men as to women competing with them in the same fields. So you just proved my point as to why you male chauvinist come on these blogs and criticize Michelle. You don't like a woman, much less a GIRL competing and even beating some men at a game that is suppose to be a GENTLEMAN's game. Just like women aren't allowed at Augusta at all. Men golfers have such fragile egos.
I knew it wouldn't be long until the next Wie-moment.
Life is good :)
Where's my buddy Gheet Reel?
By the way, for those who care about actual golf tournament winners, Sorenstam leads by three after the first round.
Creamer made those comments when she was 16. She was not an LPGA-er at the time.
Here's the full context of the comments from Creamer about Wie, pretty much the last time Paula has talked extensively about Wie. Note that the comments you posted were made in 2003, and the story that contained them was in 2004.
Creamer, 17, downplays rivalry, plays up her game
By Jim McCabe, Globe Staff | June 30, 2004
SOUTH HADLEY -- The stage was all hers yesterday afternoon, for she was there first. Then, almost on cue, she was asked to move aside. Michelle Wie was ready. No worries, so far as Paula Creamer was concerned. After all, it was merely a day for media interviews and practice rounds leading up to the 59th US Women's Open at The Orchards Golf Club. And besides, it's not as if the 17-year-old Creamer hasn't seen this act before. She's been living it for a few years now, her brilliant junior career tossed to the back burner while the golf world gushes over the 14-year-old Wie.
Resentment? Oh, yeah, it was there.
"She asked me once, `Does [Wie] get questions about me?' and I said, `If not, then she should,' " said Paul Creamer, Paula's father. "But then again, you take care of what you can control. People in the golf world know what is going on. Put their resumes together and people come to their own interpretations."
It was at last summer's US Women's Open, staged at Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains, Ore., that Paula Creamer could feel the heat of a scorching spotlight that was trained on Wie. They were both teenagers, yet Creamer barely existed, so far as anyone in the media was concerned.
"I play with tons of junior golfers and she's just another junior golfer," said Creamer last year about Wie. "I don't really see her as someone beyond my [reach]. I've played her twice and I've beaten her both times."
That was then, this is now, and again they are in the field at the US Women's Open, which begins tomorrow. Only now, they will tell you that a blanket of good will has been thrown upon the situation and any feelings of jealousy have been extinguished. They will tell you that they are teenage pals, their friendship cemented when they bonded for a common cause early last month -- a victory for their US team over Great Britain & Ireland in the Curtis Cup matches. They will tell you they sat next to each other on the plane and drew up fashion designs on the back of napkins and they know each other well and are not competing with, or against, one another.
"It's kind of tough to point one person out," said Creamer.
"I don't really like to measure myself against anyone," said Wie.
Perhaps if this is all true, it is because Creamer has added to her impressive list of accomplishments. From her Curtis Cup performance (2-0 in singles, matching Wie), Creamer went to the ShopRite LPGA Classic and nearly became the first amateur in 35 years to win an LPGA Tour event. She finished second, one shot behind, then she followed it up with a 13th at last week's Wegmans Rochester LPGA stop in New York. What's more, in between she took on the challenge of a 36-hole qualifier for this US Women's Open and made it through.
Did it bother her that Wie got a controversial special exemption into this national championship, while she had to go through the sectional qualifier?
"I feel I earned my spot," said Creamer. "I mean, I have nothing [against] giving her an exemption. I feel I deserve to be here and I have such a good feeling for myself."
Stories circulated late last year that there was resentment between the two because the David Leadbetter Academy in Bradenton, Fla. -- where Creamer has been a student for four years -- seemed to be extending special treatment to Wie, who was considered a "student" even though she continued to live in Hawaii. Leadbetter, the famed instructor, is working closely with Wie these days and is with her here, something he never has done for Creamer.
Not that it has seemed to slow down the native of Pleasanton, Calif. All she has done in a relatively short period of time is pile up a seemingly endless list of victories in the American Junior Golf Association, earn that circuit's girls' Player of the Year honor, and reach the semifinals of both the US Women's Amateur and US Girls' Junior Amateur in the same summer. Throw in the LPGA Tour success of late and the Curtis Cup effort, and you have good reason for being a media darling.
Yet what did the golf magazine headline read? "Wie Rocks The Curtis Cup?"
What's that all about?
Creamer threw back her head and laughed. She knew where reporters were going but smiled and said, "I'm not going to give you what you want."
But all this attention for a 14-year-old with indisputable potential but only one significant win, the 2003 US Women's Amateur Public Links Championship? Doesn't that bug Creamer, even just a little?
"Michelle Wie? Her name has been around more. Definitely, it's been the talk of the town and that's the way it is," Creamer finally relented, and yes, it got her just a little. "Oh, of course it does. Any press that anyone gets would drive anyone to work harder."
Creamer said she would not "skip her senior year of high school" at the Leadbetter Academy and that she would play in a few more LPGA Tour events this year. Beyond that? Neither Creamer nor her father, a commercial airline pilot, would say anything definitive.
"We'll know next month," said Paul Creamer. "Stay tuned. Paula has options."
Indeed, she does. She also seems to have a rivalry with Wie, even if she doesn't care to throw fuel onto the fire anymore, because, she insists there is no fire.
"Who wants to talk about one of your friends?" she said. "I'm sure we will be on-course rivals for the rest of our lives, but that's just the way it's going to be.
Paula's a class act and a winner, not a whiner about Wie.
oops, sorry 'bout that evil laugh :P
the end is near for the Wie hype machine. Just like the Tulips speculation in Europe, and the dot.com frenzy, Wie's dreams and media infatuation peaked the past two years, but now is in a tailspin. We we are back to reality, and the dominant forces of the LPGA will be those young koreans in the futures tour (not named Wie), and the old ladies (Annika, Webb, Pak, Inkster), plus Ochoa. Sorry Nike, MW is NOT the female version of Tigah.
Tired of Wie...
- Forgot what sport
- Woke up on the wrong side of the bed
- Playing too many women's events
- Bad caddy
- Boring rule book
- Too hot
Help me out folks, what am I missing? :)
Ironically, while Bubbles is once again garnering great attention for having a fashionable chromosome configuration, a young man of sixteen named Gipper Finau became the youngest individual to ever make a Nationwide Tour cut, a feat the illustrious Bubbles failed to accomplish.
Now, let's see, fifteen-year-old Tadd Fujikawa qualified for the Open, Bubbles didn't. The lad mentioned above passed muster in a Nationwide event, Bubbles never did. And the youngest player to ever make a PGA Tour cut was a fifteen-year-old boy, so that record is beyond her grasp as well. Okay, so remind me because my memory may be a bit fuzzy: why is Bubbles so special, again?
As everyone here knows that is up to the sponsors. Some people get upset that she is taking food off the table of some guy. Well if she wasn't playing, that guy would take food off the table of another guy. Someone is not going to get food every week.
And then there is this. Did you know Lee Janzen missed 13 cuts this year? Even shot an 80 at the Honda. You probably didn't. But I wonder if he should go play with the women until he wins and then come back. Now that would probably take one or two tournaments, maybe. Will that help him? Will he then be ready to come back to the PGA Tour? Or should he keep grinding it out on the "big" Tour?
No one is calling for this with Janzen. Granted he was a big winner in the past but what has he done for me lately.
My point is this caterwauling every time MW does something as if she is the only person to have done these things on the tour gets old. She want to play on the men's tour. So what? She gets exemptions to do so. So what? She plays OK to badly. So what? She desecrates the game no more than any other man that doesn't make cuts.
As Larry King once said "What do ya care?"
PS. you gotta look up Steven Bowditch. Last on the $ list.
Jan. 14, 2005 12:00 AM
HONOLULU - After scrambling to salvage a 5-over 75, Michelle Wie plopped down in a chair and playfully stuck out her bottom lip as if she had just been scolded.
The 15-year-old quickly found one positive note from a tough time Thursday in the Sony Open.
"At least I'm not in last place," Wie said.
That statement RIGHT THERE is the indictment on why she shouldnt have turned...wait for it...a PROFESSIONAL. This is what pro sports can be about, taking your lumps. A 16 year old missing school, thinking about the Home work she has waiting & wearing chipped Black nail polish shouldnt be flying around the world trying to win golf tournaments. Im sorry, but because she's 16 doesnt mean she wont get criticized like a pro would.
The only correct thing you said is that you "don't understand." Yes, you seem to be sorely lacking in understanding.
What JR said is absolutely correct: Janzen earned his stripes and should he fail to meet the requirements for a tour card, will be off the tour. And, should this fate befall Mr. Janzen, he won't get one tenth the attention Bubbles garners.
Moreover, another factor is that women have their own tour, and men who are cooling their heels because some interloping broad has taken a spot that would have been theirs have no recourse to play the LPGA Tour that week and cash a check.
Lastly, inviting women to play on the PGA Tour DOES damage the credibility and integrity of the game because it makes it seem more like a sideshow, a professional wrestling-like form of entertainment, and less like a serious athletic realm.
I may have been wrong in my assessment of Bubbles' prospects for PGA Tour success. If she outscored Sandro Tan-Piaget, who knows what else she can accomplish? Why, she one day may even best Gipper Finau.
Annika doesn't accept exemptions anymore but she likely still gets offers on ocassion. Her appearance a few years ago was a one-time thing. So long as she remains on top of the LPGA, I'm sure there's some sponsors out there who would love to have her compete, and I'd welcome that, because she does it tastefully, deserves the opportunity, and knows when enough's enough -- unlike Michelle.
Isn't it also funny how B.J. Wie has seemingly left his own daugher out to dry? Check out this quote, what a spineless man:
"As a parent, it is tough to watch Michelle play like she did today. I felt so sorry for her." Asked whether, as a parent, he had a responsibility to protect his young daughter from such public humiliations, he said: "That's a tough question, but what would be the reason for quitting? This is what she wants to do. She is a stubborn girl. Even if I told her not to play [in men's events] I don't think she would listen to me."
So now it's all on Michelle wanting to play in men's tourneys, has nothing to do with his own ego. Right. The whole Wie camp is self destructing. Is a Michelle meltdown where she divorces her parents (Dominique Moceanu-style) inevitable?
And I agree, Michelle will have a difficult period separating herself from her parents as she grows up.
btw, I just looooove the she's only sixteen excuse.
Lets get some 10 year olds to play in the PGA too.
Then when they suck, we'll just say, "Hey! They're only 10!"
MW plays men's events because she doesn't have any other LPGA events to play in. Plus, the bashers always say she should go back and win against women before coming to the men's tour. How will that make her any better? Please explain this to me. To me, that is apples and oranges. Maybe she might want to try the Hooters tour or something like that. But, there are plenty of people that win at lower levels. It doesn't necessarily translate to the next level. At least not right away. Again look at Steven Bowditch.
As far as the credibility of "The Game", golf itself doesn't have a problem. Maybe the PGA Tour might, but the game of golf itself doesn't suffer when people attempt to play and don't do well. It happens to half the field every week.
And I believe every PGA Tour player will tell you that the Tour is also part entertainment. That is part of their job. To bring people out to see them or to watch on television. It has always been that way and always will. That is the point of the exemptions. For the sponsors to get people they think will increase their revenue. MW seems to do that for now. If she doesn't improve, that will end and she will have to qualify. And I am sure when she gets out of school and makes her decision to try both Women's and Men's tours, she will have to start qualifying. In the meantime, try not to take it so seriously.
BTW Smails, sorry you feel the need to personally attack me to make your point. Every thing I wrote was correct. I used Janzen because he was well known and that may have been a mistake. A person is allowed 8 sponsors exemptions this year. MW is playing by the same rules as everyone else. But I am sure there are sponsors exemptions that don't perform well. What I don't understand is why there isn't the same clamor for those exemptions that the bashers have for MW? Why do you enjoy this so much with her?
I have been watching these blogs about MW most of this year. Could someone point out where "Wie Warriors" have been saying that MW is the best ever. But I do see what I believe are grown men bashing her for trying to do what anyone would do given the chance. I don't know if I qualify as a "Wie Warrior" (your labels don't mean much anyway), but I do enjoy watching her try to achieve her lofty goals.
And, I'll tell ya, this board is something. I never saw dead people type before.
1. Quit watching her
2. Quit reading about her
3. Quit blogging about her
Above all quit your bitching and get a life !!!
As far as the credibility of the game is concerned, Michelle Wie had a 157 total for 2 rounds. Earlier this year in her one LPGA appearance, Nancy Lopez had a 2 round total of 158 at the Jamie Farr Classic. You can talk about all the wins Nancy had in the past--but she is not very good now. If she gets exemptions it is because people want to see her play, which is the same reason Michelle gets exemptions.
I only saw parts of post round interviews and really didn't notice that. Did I enjoy what I saw? No. Did I empathize? Yes. Who said we had to enjoy every moment of our lives. We face disappointment and hopefully learn from it.
I have seen 16 year old girls, heck, 35 year old women cry over the smaller things than that. I watched Adam Morrison cry after his last college game. I have seen pro athletes of all sorts cry. These are emotional outlets. Some people when dissappointed with outcomes cry. So I am not sure what her possibility of crying has to do with anything. It is part of the drama of sport that is the reason we watch.
The only place I know of where crying is not allowed was baseball during the war ;>).
I watched the Wie interview also. Saw no bloodshot eyes, heard no quavering voice. Maybe Alex's senses were distorted by all those crocodile tears he was shedding.
You are a bit obtuse. There was no rancor over the bestowing of exemptions upon Woods for a few of reasons. Firstly, he had already proven himself in the MALE realm, as he was a force in amateur golf. Secondly, being a guy, the men's tour was the only professional avenue available to him. Lastly, sane people had every reason to believe that he was destined to become a force on the PGA; the same folks have every reason to believe that Bubbles can never be.
You have a problem grasping these profound distinctions because PCness has blinded you to the profound distinctions that should separate the treatment of the sexes.
Next, you really need to pay attention more. Your assertion that Bubbles only plays men's events because she doesn't have "any other LPGA events to play in" is a non-starter. Bubbles herself has said on numerous occasions that her greatest ambitions lie with the PGA; she has said that she'd like to win the Masters and has implied that the LPGA is less enticing because it's an inferior realm. Don't you follow golf?
Then you ask how she can get better if she only plays with the women. Well, I suppose in the same way in which Sorenstam, Lopez, Webb, Creamer, Woods, Nicklaus, Trevino and every other professional under the sun has gotten better. You should bear in mind that in golf you don't directly play against others. In fact, you are confronted with the best possible competition every time you tee it up: the course.
Lastly, yes, when I mentioned credibility, the PGA was exactly that to which I was referring. And the difference between Bubbles and others who receive exemptions is that the latter receive little or no attention and cease getting them if they don't deliver. Thus, insofar as these exemptions go, the general public isn't left with an impression that the PGA is giving the unqualified a leg up simply to make money. But the Bubbles situation is very different, as it's becoming painfully obvious to more and more fans that the PGA is willing to allow a dog and pony show as long as greenbacks are forthcoming.
And remember that while sport is entertainment, its credibility rests on the perpetuation of a crucial standard. To wit: it must ensure that participants succeed or fail based on their own merits. People want watch those who emerged from the cauldron of competition, not pretenders who have been plucked from the cesspool of sensationalism.
Michelle has a passion for golf. BJ and Bo are wise to let her follow her dreams. Prifessional golf is light-years better than the "sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll" devastation that millions of teenagers get sucked into at her age. Hats off to ya BJ and Bo... Keep on Truckin' Michelle!
You guys are seriously out of your depth if you think her sponsor's exemptions aren't worth far more to the sponsors than they are to Wie.
How does winning Junior Tournaments prove worth on the PGA(notice I don't attack the writer, just the words)? Could the main reason be that the media covering him at the time was different?
You wrote: "Next, you really need to pay attention more. Your assertion that Bubbles only plays men's events because she doesn't have "any other LPGA events to play in" is a non-starter. Bubbles herself has said on numerous occasions that her greatest ambitions lie with the PGA; she has said that she'd like to win the Masters and has implied that the LPGA is less enticing because it's an inferior realm. Don't you follow golf?"
First of all I did not say it is the only reason. My point was that she can't play any other LPGA events. So to keep saying that she should play more of them makes no sense. Look, I think it would have been better to remain an amateur, but she didn't. So lets live with it already. I know she has PGA Tour aspirations and am not sure where you got the idea that I didn't.
You actually make my point about getting better. If she plays Women's courses, she will not get better. The more Men's courses she plays, the better she can get.
And remember, they are sponsor's exemptions, not PGA exemptions. The PGA allows them but the sponsors choose them as they wish.
As far as I know nearly every exemption given is by request. If you know otherwise, please let me know.
Can't argue the fact that Michelle benefits greatly every time she has the opportunity to play on the PGA tour or any other tour with the top players of the day. Hard to measure that value.
But as to monetary value, it is no contest... the promoters/sponsors get the lion's share of the dollar value she generates.
As to how exemptions are typically granted, "by request" is standard. Michelle's case is anything but typical. Any promoter who waits around for MW to "request" an exemption, without taking the step of extending an invitation, is asleep at the wheel.
This year Nancy Lopez did not play in her own event on the LPGA, but she did play in the Jamie Farr Classic, which just happened to be up against the John Deere. I am sure the Jamie Farr wanted Nancy Lopez a lot more than Nancy Lopez wanted to play in an LPGA event for which she was ill prepared to do well.
A key point she made was winning is based on "The will to win, not the wish to win."
Michelle Wie and her family must have missed that lesson when they were making their "wish list".
Ms. Hubris says she wants to compete against "the best".
It's not a bad thing, she's only 16.
But perhaps as she grows older, she will realize that there's a lot of history in this game she loves.
History and wisdom that she can tap into.
-the following passage is taken directly out of the article at the link above. It seems to be a site for Korean culture enthusists- bad joke :)
'Only thing American about Michelle Wie is her passport'
You’ll be relieved to know that according to her dad, Michelle Wie is completely Korean:
Michelle Wie’s father Wie Byung-wook, a professor of transportation at the University of Hawaii, agreed to a telephone interview with the Chosun Ilbo on Thursday.
"I’m well aware there that some say, since Michelle Wie is an American why is she making such a fuss. But you know what, the only thing about her that’s American is her passport, she is "definitely" Korean." The golfer’s favorite dish is "rice with pork Kimchi soup with extra tofu and toasted seaweed on the side." Her mouth waters when she hears about Bossam (boiled pork) or steamed codfish, and Soondae (Korean sausage) and Deokbokki (broiled rice pasta with Korean chilli paste sauce). She may have been born in America but her first words were Korean, and she did not start learning English until after she was attending school.
---end of passage---
Did BJ really say this to a Korean news agency? I gotta admit it seems suspicious. Anyone hear of this?
Oh, I should mention that my favorite dish just might be Thai peanut chicken curry. I suppose this makes me Thai. Funny, though, I speaka the good English and am white enough for two people.
did you read some of those message posts on that webpage?
... Talk about culture shock (for ME!)
what's a gyopo?
posts #27,28 & 29 are interesting...
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Gyopo or Kyopo, depending on the Korean romanization scheme used (written 교포 in Hangul), is a term originating from Korea, describing persons of Korean ethnic descent who have lived the majority of their lives outside Korea.
It can also mean simply any Korean who lives outside Korea.
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Whould that then make Michelle "Ms. Hubris Gyopo"?
lol j/k :)
Alex.... YUCKY~!! >P
And also make "Eye of the Tiger" Michelle's theme song and play it everywhere she goes.
She's geting millions on endorsement but she has not delivered. Wie's team must be laughing all their way too the bank.
She has been offered exemptions into individual LPGA events. However, there is a limit to how many she can participate in every year, and she will not be allowed to become a member of the LPGA until she is "only eighteen."
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