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Comment from: Jennifer Mario [Member] Email
It's pretty simple, actually. As long as Wie brings increased ticket sales and viewership to tournaments, tournament directors will keep inviting her.

So the question isn't why do they keep inviting her, it's why is she still a draw?
07/22/08 @ 17:03
Comment from: Max [Visitor] Email
Michelle Wie hasn't been playing enough tournaments.
At least the Reno is a tournament.
I'd prefer she played on a women's tour, but at least she will be playing umm 2 rounds of competitive golf.
07/22/08 @ 19:03
Comment from: Tim McDonald [Member] Email
Good point. WE are to blame.
07/22/08 @ 19:17
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Having heard nothing from the Ladies' Golf Union about a wild card, Wie accepted an invitation to play instead in the Reno-Tahoe Open on the men's PGA Tour in Nevada.

On hearing the news, the LGU said they had been considering a last-minute invitation. "We planned to monitor her performance in this week's Evian tournament in France," Susan Simpson, the LGU's tournament director, said. "If she did well, we were going to get in touch, but now that she's agreed to play with the men that's presumably the end of it."

How could they monitor her performance when she was never scheduled to play in the Evian Tournament? So, watch how she performs and then at the last minute offer her an invite to the Ricoh?! Duh, whos on first...I am confused.
07/22/08 @ 19:34
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
The Reno tournament course is 7,461 yards, that is nearly 1,000 yards longer than she played last week. There are two par fives over 600 yards. I realize that altitude is involved, but I don't see her getting on these par fives in two or many of the men. Some of the media types have really been downplaying the quality of players that will be in the tournament. Evidently, they have no clue how difficult it is to get a PGA card. Most of the players were top college players when in school.
07/22/08 @ 19:41
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Michelle Wie may very well be suffering from multiple personality disorders – she’s definitely suffering delusions of grandeur

Tim, I didn't realize that you were a licensed shrink and a blogger...wow, a double major in college!
07/22/08 @ 19:48
Comment from: George [Visitor]
Wie Warriors, your time has run out, it appears. One week from today, Michelle Wie will become completely irrelevant, even if she were to win an LPGA event at some point.

By July 31, Michelle will be older than Paula Creamer was when Paula made history: Creamer is the youngest golfer to win a multi-round LPGA event.

Michelle apparently is not at Evian, which would have been her last chance at erasing Paula's record.

When Michelle failed to win this recent tournament, her shot at that piece of golf history fizzled.

It's ironic that Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel are LPGA record holders.

Paula is the youngest to win an LPGA event (18 years, nine months, 11 days)

Morgan is the youngest to win an LPGA major, at 18 years and 313 days. The Women's British Open is the last major this year that Wie could win.

Even better, Paula and Morgan are probably the two golfers who annoy the Wie Warriors the most.

07/22/08 @ 20:23
Comment from: MaiTaiSoo [Visitor] Email
Jen posed, "So the question isn't why do they keep inviting her, it's why is she still a draw?"

Tim, that's a rhetorical but since you answered correctly, you may go to the head of the class. lol

Capitalism is our system and feeding delusions of grandeur is its forte. What channel did you say the LRTO was on? And where is that d@mn popcorn?
07/22/08 @ 22:43
Comment from: Jay [Visitor] Email
Cheap shot at David Duval. He at least was once a good enough player to be ranked #1 in the world. What has Wie done to be compared to him?
07/23/08 @ 02:56
Comment from: Oui Oui Oui [Visitor] Email
Seriously, people here still talking about Michelle Wie?

The people on both sides of the fence are more alike than they realize - they are obsessed with her, albeit with polar opposite reasons.

Find something else to worry about...Puhleeze!
07/23/08 @ 06:26
Comment from: Wendy (UK) [Visitor] Email
Oui Oui,

"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark" when in the last week there have been some 9 blogs and around 120 posts on MW and her DQ and only 10 blogs and around 25 posts on a superb Open - even those mainly castigating Norman. What gives? That's what I'm worried about.
07/23/08 @ 11:39
Comment from: Tim McDonald [Member] Email
You're right. Something is wrong with the world. Very wrong.
07/23/08 @ 12:03
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Oops, I did it again!
07/23/08 @ 13:36
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email

Michael Stearns has been a wheeler and dealer with IMG for almost twenty years. He was appointed to the position of tournament director of the Reno-Tahoe Legends about five months ago.

Attendance at golf events near gambling meccas has never set the world on fire, even in Las Vegas. There are simply too many other things to entertain the casual golf fan while in Vegas or Reno. Slots, table games, shows and getting drunk come readily to mind.

So, since Stearns' main concern is the bottom line, he likely figures that if Bubbles can attract even a thousand additional spectators at $15 admission each for the two days she will be playing, plus about that much in concession sales, the take will be $50K more than it would be otherwise.

He said last evening on the Golf Channel that he firmly believes that Bubbles would be around for the weekend. If he said that with a straight face is not known, but if he is serious, he's the only one who is.

Finally, no one should be surprised that his first official act as director was to issue an exemption to Bubbles. He was also the tournament director of the Samsung who gave Bubbles her undeserved freebie to that event last year.

Alex USMC 1969-73
07/23/08 @ 13:40
Comment from: szechwan [Visitor] Email
Well, she definitely POSSESSES millions, BUT I wouldn't exactly say she's EARNED these millions at this point - considering on the LPGA leader board, all she can do is PLACE. -- While other just as legitimate teenage talents (Creamer, Pressel, Feng Tseng; etc.) are actually FINISHING and WINNING multiple events.

No one in their right mind believes she hasn't the talent. But she is a MAJOR MAJOR head case if she thinks that even if she WERE to win the lottery and MAKE a PGA cut, it would actually do ANYTHING but further DEMEAN the women's game.

I want to know what happened to the Wie-Heads that supported her contention that she could someday COMPETE and WIN on the PGA tour and the MASTERS!?

Listen, she'll perform a MIRACLE at Reno if she's able to keep it UNDER 80 for either of the first two rounds - even WITH the atmospheric advantage. Let's all try to live in the real world here people.
07/24/08 @ 01:18
Comment from: Pacrim [Visitor] Email
Golfers are always looking for a challenge and that is why we play different courses. Michelle gets the chance to play a few free rounds at a beautiful golf course with views to die for. It is a challenging test of ones game with an elevation that rises 7,500 feet into the Sierras. To become a member at Montreux would set you back 100k with monthly fees of $750, did I mention she would be playing there for free with all expenses paid by the sponsor?

So Michelle here is my advice, enjoy yourself! Take a little paid vacation in the Sierras with luxurious accommodations, just relax and take it easy while playing a few rounds of golf. Meet some really interesting people during your stay and take advantage of the wonderful PGA Tour perks available at the event. Legendary buffets I hear.

After you are well rested from your stay in the mountains with a beautiful setting, travel up to Canada and kick some serious LPGA booty. Yep, after Montreux go hang out with the LPGA Tour gals at the Comfort Inn, where at least they offer a free breakfast bar in the lobby.

Did I mention donating my right arm for an opportunity like this? You folks can't be serious?

PS: I will need my right arm for playing golf, I wonder if my first born child would count?
07/24/08 @ 05:48
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
It's not every day that a woman is given the opportunity to play on the greatest tour in the world," Wie said in a statement. "This is a tremendous opportunity for me to learn from these great players and take those lessons into the future to becoming the best player I can be on any tour. This is another step in the process of making me a better player."

Tim, I didn't realize that Wie has a speech writer also.
07/24/08 @ 10:29
Comment from: Tim McDonald [Member] Email
Sounds like that came straight from her agent's mouth...
07/24/08 @ 12:07
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Yeah, that was my first thought as well: it was obviously a prepared statement. It's better than the arrogance, but, really, Bubbles would do herself a big favor if she would just speak some goodness from her heart. These boilerplate jock comments make her sound as bad as a politician.
07/25/08 @ 12:24
Comment from: Jim C [Visitor] Email
Michelle Wie's quote sounds a lot like what Annika said.

Wie doesn't sound like she is planning to try to become a PGA member. Her game looks like it might be back to where she was when she was 15 or 16. If so, she should be able to put up some reasonable numbers nex week. She would have preferred to play in the Womens British, but that did not seem a likely possibility, so she accepted the Reno invitation.

There is no pressure on her to make the cut, and she is not putting any on herself. At this point, a score withing 10 of the cut line would not be a bad result. I predict that she will do better against the men next week than she did against the women in some of her events last year.
07/25/08 @ 15:43
Comment from: david [Visitor] Email
During the yesterday's press confrence, someone ask how she felt about taking a spot away from deserving male player. The tournament director's response was, just play better and you will not have any difficulty finding a place to played. The whole point of the sponsor's exampation is it is given to a player who does not qualified based on merit. What is a big deal giving a sponsor's examption to whoever they chose.
07/26/08 @ 16:18
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Anyone looking for a great deal at the Montreux Golf and Country Club, (Jack Nicklaus design)just give them a call. Lots start at $375,000 and homes start at $1,000,000. Wasn't it Jack Nicklaus that said..."well, let them eat cake."
07/26/08 @ 23:06
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Jim C,

I see that you're back from your re-hab. As usual, your post makes little sense.

In one breath you state that if Bubbles only misses the cut by ten strokes at the Renoe-Tahoe, you would consider that as an acceptable performance.

However, in the next breath you say that you confidently predict that Buubles will do better against the men than she did against the women earlier in the year.

Huh? Although Bubbles did have two MC's and a DQ to add to resume of alphabet
soup, she never missed a cut by ten strokes.

Alex USMC 1969-73
07/27/08 @ 14:09

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