Michelle Wie has become carnival act and national embarrassment
Have you ever been to a carnival and seen the guy who sticks pins in his flesh, without apparent pain?
There are people all over the world who are apparently impervious to all sorts of things. Michelle Wie, who once again missed a cut at a PGA Tour tournament, is apparently immune to embarrassment and humiliation.
Wie shot a 78 at the Sony Open Friday and missed the cut by 14 strokes. She hit only one fairway on Thursday. She had 14 bogeys to show for the Sony, two doubles and only four birdies.
“I have a lot of game, it’s just not showing right now,” Wie told the media afterward. “When I get it to come out, I’m going to be fine.”
I could say the same. Millions of bad golfers could say the same, and do. Only we don’t try to make the cut on the PGA Tour.
The number is now seven and counting. That’s how many times she has tried and failed to make a cut with the big fellas.
Sylvester Stallone used to be our national palooka. Wie is now our national carnival sideshow.
I hope she keeps it up. It’s great entertainment. All we need now is a carnival barker at the first tee.
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supposed to be the best golfer ever, even
better than Tiger (if you believe what her
followers kept saying for the longest
sexist "hater" for saying she was done.
For being ahead of the curve, myself, Alex and the Judge were raked over the coals.
It's tough being a sage in a bolshevik
Sorry to say but you are an embarrassment...
PGA's Ogilvie says Wie better than Tiger was at 16
• Heat exhaustion forces Wie to end PGA quest
By Reid Hanley
SILVIS, Ill. — Michelle Wie, who attracted large galleries at the John Deere Classic this week, has done things that even Tiger Woods didn't do at her age.
So says Joe Ogilvie, the second-round leader in the tournament.
"She's extremely good, and she's going to be good for a long time," Ogilvie said. "She's better than Tiger was at 16. I played with Tiger, and Tiger wasn't this good."
The 16-year-old Wie, whose attempt to become the first woman to make a PGA Tour cut since 1945 ended prematurely with her withdrawal because of heat exhaustion yesterday, is one of the top women in the world.
She has finished in the top five in all four women events she's played this season. She won't be old enough to join the LPGA tour full-time for almost two years.
But along with her long drives, crisp irons and a versatile short game has come criticism, especially for playing in men's events. As far as Ogilvie, who leads the tournament at 10-under 65-67—132, is concerned, those critics don't know what they are talking about.
Ogilvie doesn't see anything wrong with giving Wie a sponsor's exemption. Exemptions are spots in the field given out by the sponsor for any number of reasons. The Western Open gave Woods a sponsor's exemption when he was an amateur. If the exempted player can sell tickets, all the better.
"If someone has a problem with Michelle Wie getting a sponsor's exemption, they don't understand what we're about," Ogilvie said. "Our job is to entertain. That's why we're out here. We're playing golf, but at the same time, it's entertainment. Sports is to entertain the public. We're not curing cancer; we're just putting the ball in the hole."
Though Wie wasn't on top of her game this week at Deere Run, Ogilvie has no doubts about her talents. Critics who complain she has yet to win a professional tournament need to have patience, he said. The victories will come soon and in bunches.
"She's going to win on the LPGA Tour," he said. "She's 16. Chill out. Once she gets to winning, you'll get sick of her winning."
tiger would immediately withdraw from any tournament michelle wie showed up at with a sponsors exemption. finchem has let the sponsors ruin a perfectly good tour. no one even wants to watch anymore. did you see that the golf channel's ratings were down 44% from last year. what does that say about the michelle wie draw: "Sports Business Daily reported Friday that the Golf Channel's four-round coverage of the Mercedes-Benz Championship averaged 370,728 households, down 44 percent from last year when the PGA Tour's season-opening event was on ESPN"
i don't think ESPN is afraid to rub a little salt in the wound of the michelle wie hype machine that is the golf channel.
The figures were going to go down from showing any tournament on the golf channel.
The Sony Open was down, as will be the next tournament.
That has nothing to do with Michelle Wie. That is to do with the pga events being on the golf channel.
Why did you pick Michelle Wie to discuss.
She shot 78 76.
How about David Chin 76 84
How about Abe Mariano 83 82
She was 11 shots ahead of last place, so there is surely someone else you could have picked on.
Meanwhile, don't expect anything but more sunshine and excuses to come from the mouth of the perpetual optimist herself.
If you had done a little research, you would have discovered that Mr. Chin and Mr. Mariano are in fact teaching pros from Hawaii who do not participate on any tour.
They were Monday qualifiers for the Sony. Neither of these gentlemen compete regularly in any sort of tournaments.
In fact, Abe Mariano said that qualifying for the Sony was the highlight of his golfing career.
Two excellent journeyman pros, Jonathan Kaye and Alex Cejka, were alternates to the Sony field and did not tee it up in deference to two local Hawaiian teaching pros, Chin and Mariano.
If Kaye and Cejka had been in the field instead of the other two, I can guarantee that Lard would have been dead last.
But leave it to a Wie-wee to try to nitpick a cut missed by 14 strokes into something positive for his sweetheart.
Tim isn't right about everything, and at times I couldn't disagree with him more, but in this case he couldn't be more correct.
They are the real embarrassment. Granted you can compare her appearance in these events as a "carnival act" but just like in those situations it is the people running those shows that should be condemned not the "performers" as they are simply been exploited.
where are all the new eyeballs this phenom is suppose to bring to golf. her sponsors are shitting all over themselves right now. nike does not want to dilute their brand with this crap. they will let her and her contract fade away.
oh and by the way the golf channel is in 90 million homes. granted that is not as many as ESPN but still a 44% decline is huge, and i am sure this not what the golf channel expected or thought they were paying for. who wants to watch a tour that continues to dilute their sport with underacheiving women in the field. hell i might as well watch the LPGA. at least ochoa and sorenstam are good.
What I do find surprising is why Tiger has not told Nike to get out now, before Nike gets embarassed any more.
Please do not include all of us in this. It is she and her sponsors who should be embarrassed. A "Wie" embarrassment is more like it or just another side show freak.
Whoever picked her outfits for this tournament should be embarassed. What is with the hat? It is not even an original look because Se Ri Pak wore that style last year and look a lot better.
I think the argument should be moved beyond Wie and at the Tour's lackluster players who are mostly boring and look the same and make it impossible to watch four hours of golf any weekend besides majors. Maybe this new 16-year old can get some of Wie's exemptions.
on a side note, i loved david duval before he melted down. he was my favorite golfer. if he could melt down that badly why did anyone for one second think this couldn't happen to michelle wie. and remember ty tryon.....
And Michelle... Keep on doing it your way! No one ever accomplished anything listening to coach-potato naysayers.
No one every accomplished anything listening to couch-potato sycophants, either.
By the way, what is a "coach-potato."
Does Mr. Potatohead have a new job now?
Welcome back, Ghet, we missed your rants. How are things at Astroturf Central? Have you filed any lawsuits lately against any critics of Lard?
I think that Tadd's performance may just put the screws to the Golf Channel's hyping of the chubby one. At least we can hope so.
One-Putt seems to have thrown in the towel as a Wie-wee. How about you, Ghet? When are you going to bail out?
I think Ghet is the type who goes down with the ship because he thinks the rising water is just an illusion created by astroturf conspirators.
Hey, I think I'll bestow a new moniker upon old Ghet: "Mr. Potatohead." LOL, it fits.
Stuart Appleby shot a 72 71 and missed the cut by three strokes. Clearly not a good round for him and one he probably is not happy with. But at his bad day, he was still 11 shots over bubbles, who had a decent outing considering that she has been having difficulty breaking 80. Bubbles is certainly an incredible talent and has a wonderful golf swing with power. But she does not belong on the PGA and should not be getting all these unjustified exemptions.
I do hope that she improves somewhat in early 2007; otherwise, we may run out of Wie-Wees to debate.
I do not agree that she is an "embarassment" at this time as she has played some great golf over the past few yew years in men's and women's events and is still only a kid. But if she continues to enter PGA events and miss cut after cut after cut, then the word "embarassment" will likely become more appropriate. Flip side is that she has received $20,000,000 in from her sponsors. Hell, I would make an ass of myself in front of anyone for that kind of money,
I would not expect her to withdraw from men's golf anytime soon though. For $20,000,000, I would become an "embarassment"
He's not supposed to be in the spotlight!
He's not from a rich family!
Like oh my god! He's goes to a public high school (ew!)
He has no multi-million dollar endorsements
Where's his book deal from Jennifer Mario?
Michelle is supposed to be there not him!
For a guy with his own golf blog, at times your lack of understanding of the game is abysmal.
Golf is not a sport that lends itself to histrionics. Basketball has the slam dunk and an occasional riot, Football has exaggerated celebration and high-fiving when a defensive player makes a tackle, and in Soccer, everybody goes bonkers when the game's goal is scored.
Golf is not that kind of game, and never will be. We get an occasional fist-pump after a long putt finds the cup, but that's about it. I have yet to see a PGA golfer do any backflips when he successfully executes a sand shot to save par.
As for your thought that Tadd should get some of Lard's exemptions, don't be silly.
Tadd turned 16 less than a week ago. He is a high school SOPHOMORE. He is an AMATEUR. If he gets any exemption, it should be to next year's Sony Open.
The sport of Golf doesn't need a repeat of the farce carried out with Bubbles, or rather, Lard.
When you equated Appleby's missing the cut at the Sony with that of Lard, you outdid yourself in the category of imbecility.
Stuart has 8 PGA victories, which speak for themselves.
There were also about 30 other players who have won on the PGA tour who missed the cut at the Sony. Four of these golfers have won among them five MAJOR championships.
These 30+ players have about 100 PGA wins among them. To put no-win Double-wide in the same categoty with a slew of proven winners is stupidity beyond the pale, even for a numbskull like you.
This is an embarassment for golf, and quite frankly for all of us too.
We allowed a young golf talent to be exploited by large corporations. We allowed it, and enjoyed watching her crash and burn.
Never mind the fact that there are millions of dollars fueling Michelle's ego.
Why be humble? She's already a millionaire without even winning a tournament.
Shame on you Sony and Nike! Shame on you for blantantly exploiting Michelle for your own financial gain.
Was she actually at the Sony Open or did she have a body double play in her spot while she was out playing a round of mini golf somewehere putting up all of those "good birdies"?
Obviously, Bubbles' conception of a lot of birdies is at great variance with her conception of a lot of hype. Over her two ignominious rounds at the Sony, she made a total of four birdies. Is that a "lot"? Well, perhaps if you're a fifteen handicap, but I don't think there are too many pros who would categorize it in that manner.
Tadd's performance at the Sony Should enlighten, begrudgingly no doubt, all but the most ardent feminists. I refer to those like our MIA Brit pal, Norman, who is certain that there is no difference in the hand speed, wrist strength, and manual dexterity of men and women.
Tadd, a five foot one inch 16 year old high school sophomore, a lad of such diminutive stature that he strongly resembles a miniature version of Craig Parry, accomplished two things that no woman golfer has ever done and most likely never will do.
That assessment includes the greatest female golfer the world has ever seen, Annika Sorenstam, and, of course, the biggest, and I do mean big, fraud ever perpetrated on the golf world, Lard Wie.
Tadd not only made a PGA cut easily with three shots to spare, he battled the tough weekend pin placements and finished T20th.
Will this exhibition by young Tadd silence the feminst PCer's? Maybe for a very short while, but permanently? Not a chance.
Wie-wee's like Ghet, Norman, Jim C, Candace Polski, and Patricia, among others, have far too much invested emotionally in the Rotund One to abandon the HMS Wie now.
These yoyo's will remain on the bridge with stiff upper lips until Double-wide sinks beneath the waves.
Let's hope the USGA continues its great relationship with us.
Question: What did Wie mean when she said in her press conference "I made a lot of good birdies here this week"?
She was just remembering all of the Tee Markers.
Yes, the dyed-in-the-wool Wiemen will die with their boots on. With that kind of perseverence and tenacity, if we could just change their focus and send them to Iraq, we'd have the country pacified inside of a month.
Ghet UnRheel IS a strange phenomenon.
We're off to Aruba in about three hours. See you boys in two weeks.
Ghet Rheel, be sure to take your medication faithfully, or you will end up in a room with rubber wallpaper.
But I fear Nike and Sony are setting up poor Michelle for a reality-check breakdown. But, it well may be the best thing to happen to her. She'll face reality and mature alot.
I've never doubted the fact Michelle has talent, but I have a suspicion she thinks that she is a "natural" and doesn't have to put in the effort needed at the highest level. Unfortunatly. Nike and Sony's money validated her attitude.
Her weight gain is a clear indication of her inability to grasp at the magnitude of the the opportunity life has given her.
But she will :) hopefully soon
You both said that very well.
The bottom line is that Bubbles is able to play PGA events for one reason and one reason only: She wants to. Even the most ardent Wiemen have to realize that she's done nothing of late to demonstrate that she has any more reason to be playing on the men's tour than 15-20 other LPGA players.
I know, I know, they'll say Bubbles is singular in her potential and that this distinguishes her, but that dog don't hunt.
She had her chance, nay, she had her chance and about ten other people's. Quite frankly, I'm at a point where I think I'll just say that anyone still supporting this charade lacks character.
I mean, it could have been any amateur...
from any hometown...
in any tournament...
But someone from Hawaii, who is perhaps the exact opposite or best decribed as the "Anti-Wie"...
on what should have been Michelle's home field advantage..
Funny how life is
:) :) :)
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