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Comment from: Paul W [Visitor]
Wie attracts attention, both positive and negative, for 2 reasons:

1. She wants to play in the PGA
2. It is at least arguable that she could succeed.

If the same were true of Pressel, Miyazato, ... they would get a lot of attention too. Look how much press Annika got when she played in the Colonial. It has little or nothing to do with how she looks in shorts.
2006-02-15 @ 11:37
Comment from: Paul W [Visitor]
One slight contradiction to my post above, Wie is very photogenic and that may not increase the level of coverage, but probably increases sponsorship dollars.
2006-02-15 @ 11:44
Comment from: Dylan [Visitor]
Most of Michelle Wie's most ardent supporters on this site seem to be middle-aged men, so if her physical appearence and budding sex appeal are reasons for her success then we have a serious problem. As a young man I personally don't find Michelle all that attractive, I think Christie Kerr, Sophie Sandalo, Paula Creamer and Grace Park are all more attractive, but that's just me. Michelle gets more attention, becaused of her length(which by the way is greatly exagerrated and over emphasized) and her attempts to play with the men(all of which have failed to this point). Michelle has been marketed beautifully up to this point, she has positioned herself as a unique commodity, one with a huge upside, based on her talent and potential. While other teen golfers are winning on tour and around the world, Michelle still gets all the press, because of her ability to one day play with the men(still very much in doubt, by the way). If she didn't have that to fall back on would we really be celebrating her as much as we do for top 5's and no wins. I don't think so. I credit her father and her agents for creating a climate where Michelle does not have to win to be hailed as a superstar. Her looks, her game, and her results lag far behind her marketability and popularity.
2006-02-15 @ 11:47
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor]
The "Big Mouth" of Morgan Pressel will not endear many fans nor sponsors. Let us see what will happen in Hawaii next week when she will be playing against Michelle. I predict that Michelle will dominate the LPGA from when she is 20 to 30 years old.

On the other hand...Michelle is going to have to drop that "I had two days of fun" attitude if she expects to win on the LPGA...the typical 16 year old response. Also, why can't she make arrangements to only accept appearance fees if she makes the cut while playing outside the USA?
2006-02-15 @ 13:43
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]
Many people think women don't belong to PGA tour and it is very understandable given the fact that there is a considerable gap in physical strength between men and women (generally speaking.) But that's exactly what makes Wie unique and special and that’s why people are spending their valuable time to talk about her instead of other golfers.

Wie has shown us the slightest of hint that she might be able to put her name on a PGA leader board one day. Wie is trying to do something no one has ever done and many people are encouraging her to accomplish that. I don’t think Wie and her fans should be blamed for just doing that.
2006-02-15 @ 13:45
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
I guess everyone has various reasons for following Wie. Maybe it is sex appeal for some people but it isn’t that way for me. Here are my reasons:

- As I grew up, I began to get better and better at golf. My play was far superior to those around me. I quickly excelled and started breaking local course records and winning competitions. I was told that I was a fantastic talent and could make it to the very top of the game.
- This led on to a very good amateur career, with plenty of titles.
- I got to play on the Euro Tour as an amateur and learned valuable lessons about what it actually meant to earn a living on tour.
- I next got on to the Challenge Tour (similar to Nationwide Tour). That is where I really learned what it means to earn your money. The purses there are very low and the competition very tough. That tour really brings reality to many players.
- After a few years I managed to break through somewhat to the European Tour with limited success, but injury halted progress.

When I watched Annika at the Colonial I was very interested to know how she would get on. I didn’t particularly watch much womens golf, and I didn’t rate her chances very good. She performed okay but I came to the conclusion, that top women just weren’t cut out for playing golf with the top men.

Next I heard about a young kid named Wie who was competing on the Canadian Tour and a Nationwide Tour event. I was interested in this, because I was thinking of looking into moving to the States and having a go at that tour. Then I heard she missed the cut by a nice bit. I thought to myself that her expectations of playing with men were unrealistic.

When she played the 2004 Sony Open, I watched it and I said to myself, I really hope this young girl doesn’t shoot a round of 100 or so, and embarass herself. This was a pga event after all so how could a young kid, and a girl at that, shooting off mens tees, expect to do any better than about 85, no matter how talented she may be.

After the first round, I was pleasantly surprised that she hit a 72. Although outside of the cut line, it way ahead of what I thought she could shoot.
The next day she shot a 68. I was completely shocked. I knew that I had dedicated years of my life to the sport and yet even when I was 21 I couldn’t have scored anything like that.

So that is where the fascination began, just with my own knowledge of years and dedication to a sport, and then watching a little girl, barely out of nappies come out and make this complicated sport look very easy.

People who don’t recognise that she is special are very ignorant about the game of golf.
The same silly arguemnts get put forward time and time again:
- her lack of wins.
- her non improvement in pga events.
Firstly, she has improved dramatically in the lpga over the last couple of years. Anyone who has experience of golf, knows that it usually takes many near misses before success at any level.
For the pga, she has improved massively. She still has plenty of work to do, if she wants to be able to qualify for that tour, but she is certainly well on the way.
2006-02-15 @ 14:35
Comment from: Sheryl [Visitor]

Michelle Wie is an extremely talented golfer.
People who aren't impressed what she has accomplished at such a young age are being very unfair.

Overrated ?? She was a runner-up at 2 majors before she was 16 ! Even Paula Creamer who I think is awesome has never finished as a runner up at a major.

If Michelle hasn't won in the LPGA by the time she gets to be Creamer's age then I can understand the animosity against her but NOW ?

The fact that she is physically attractive can only help her, but you underestimate her if you think that's what she's all about.
2006-02-15 @ 15:53
Comment from: Sheryl [Visitor]

Morgan Pressel's attitude toward Michelle is strictly jealousy so people should know not to take it too seriously.

The LPGA will be making money off of Michelle for years, the least they can do is be civil to her and stop being so catty.
2006-02-15 @ 15:56
Comment from: Dave [Visitor]
Simple. Michelle Wie is probably an avatar of the volcano goddess, Pele. Or if not, that, then the odd similarities in myth and ethos are just coincidence. Morgan Pressel will probably be like Julie Inkster, in the long run -- in other words, win a few, lose a lot, crack wise and hang around way past her expiration date. I fully expect Wie, whose life is already not only legendary but generous in a larger than life sense (Katrina Relief comes to kind, as well as her ability to hobnob unselfconsciously with the world's class acts), to be one of the great women of the universe -- mentioned in the same breath as Babe Didrickson, Amelia Earhardt and Grace Kelly. Golf is fun, but this kid hasn't unveiled her full magnitude yet.
2006-02-15 @ 16:00
Comment from: John D [Visitor]
You hit the nail on the head...sort of!

Why the unusual level of interest in a girl who has never won an LPGA, or any other kind of tournament above the pee-wee level?

And yet she thinks she can start at the top. You have to "make it" the "old fashion way...you have to earn it."
2006-02-15 @ 16:55
Comment from: Fred [Visitor]
John D
You are obviously 95 years old
2006-02-15 @ 19:35
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
If you have to earn it, and you have to earn it by winning--why do so many golfers earn tons of money without winning anything? And for that matter--why does everyone who makes the cut finish in the money, instead of just the winner?
2006-02-15 @ 19:43
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]
John D, how would you feel if someone tells you “You hit the nail on the head … sort of!” just because you have a different opinion?

I believe you don’t have “any level of interest in a girl who has never won an LPGA, or any other kind of tournament above the pee-wee level.” Just out of curiosity, could you tell us why you seem to leave comments on blogs only related to Wie? Please correct me if I am wrong because I haven’t checked all the blogs on this site.

As regards to why many people are interested in her, many people have already answered your question throughout this blog and other blogs. I think a good debater reads what others said first before he/she give his/her opinion.
2006-02-15 @ 19:48
Comment from: Kyle [Visitor]

No Michelle has not won an LPGA event yet, but its ridiculous to discount her high finishes in LPGA tour events against the BEST golfers in the world. ( And yes she's still a kid!)

Pressel's wins are impressive but she was not playing against LPGA tour vets.
2006-02-15 @ 20:27
Comment from: Boola Boss [Visitor]
You gotta be kidding AL! There are three golfers, Tiger, John Daly AND Michelle Wie, who bring the "BUZZ" with them to every tournament they are in.

She won a pee-wee event? No it was the Women's Amateur Public Links, and she was the youngest ever winner at 13!

Everyone wants to follow her, because she will eventually become the number one women's golfer of all time! And that PGA logo that goes, "These Guys are Good," will have to be changed in about 5 or 6 years to "These Guys and a GIRL are Good!"
2006-02-15 @ 21:24
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]
Kyle, I understand your frustration but remember everyone has a right to think differently than others. My hunch is they discount Wie because they apply different criteria. If they are only looking at the number of wins, disregarding other attributes such as age, sex, level of players Wie competed with, then we have to acknowledge their view as valid. It’s like “half full or half empty glass” analogy.

So what I am trying to say here is that I am not a good sport if I say something like “it’s ridiculous …..” just because someone has different view.
2006-02-15 @ 21:25
Comment from: Holt [Visitor]
"A great woman of the universe" I believe that is the funniest thing I have ever heard in my entire life. Dave, Michelle Wie is a golfer, nothing more. There is nothing remotely exceptional about her, except perhaps her golf game and that is still very much in the formative stages. To call a 16 year-old girl who has yet to win a tournament a legend is truly sad and an insult to the men and women of this country that are really legends and special people. Fireman and women, our troops overseas who fight for our freedom, the countless thousands of real life heros who without the luxury of $10 million contracts give of their time to money to local/national charities. Michelle Wie is not a legend in sport and she is no more an exceptional human being than you or I. Personally I am very comfortable in high-class social settings maybe that makes me one of the great men of the universe.
2006-02-15 @ 23:12
Comment from: david [Visitor]
Wie gets lot of attention because she is the only woman golfer in this world who has a shot of making a cut in the PGA tournament. This generates tremandouse amount of interest to the public. The only reason Creamer or Pressel do not comepete w/ the men is because they will embarass themself. Do you think they can break 80? Think about it, woman winning a PGA tournament will be the greatest achivement in the sport. It is interesting all these women golfer's are critical of Michelle, but they all talk of about getting longer why is that. It is more fun to watch a tournament when Michelle is playing...
2006-02-15 @ 23:25
Comment from: Boola Boss [Visitor]
Dylan, you wrote: "While other teen golfers are winning on tour and around the world, Michelle still gets...."

OTHER teen golferS? Can you name TWO that have won on tour? Don't you mean ONE teen golfer, Paula Creamer?
2006-02-16 @ 02:39
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
There are many LPGA golfers on the tour who are very successful and have only one a single event. They continue to finish high in the order and earn a good living. The same can be said of the PGA tour.

Pauls Creamer had an exceptional start for a rookie on either tour. Now the expectations are high for her to win again.

My expectations are not that high for the new batch of rookies in 2006. I do expect them to finish the year as million dollar plus earners on the tour. That would be a successful start.

If Michelle can improve in 2006 like she has in every previous year, she will join them in the million dollar club. Will she win? Who knows, but I don't think it hurts her chances playing her first event of the year on her home course.
2006-02-16 @ 05:16
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
err: one a single event, should be; won a single event........God it is late.
2006-02-16 @ 05:18
Comment from: Under Par [Visitor]
Yes, Holt, it's absolutely ridiculous to label any sports figure "great" in any sense beyond that which pertains directly to their sport. And the fact that so many would do so is indicative of how askew our priorities are.

George Washington was great; Winston Churchill was great; Albert Einstein was great. Woods and Wie hit a little white ball around. Let's not be silly.
2006-02-16 @ 05:20
Comment from: John D [Visitor]
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]

"..... could you tell us why you seem to leave comments on blogs only related to Wie? Please correct me if I am wrong because I haven’t checked all the blogs on this site."

Response from: John D:

I don't keep track of who's blog I post on, but I also post about Tigger and anti-Nike.

I have also posted on the blog about congress keeping thier nose out of sports and other events. They are politicians and they should stick to politics.

Happy?
2006-02-16 @ 05:33
Comment from: Johnny N. [Visitor]
Holt and Under Par,

Let's not be silly.
Of course no golfer is great in the sense of comparing to people who do more important work.

But what are these blogs about? They are about golf and in that sense when someone is called great it means in the golfing sense.
2006-02-16 @ 09:40
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]
John D, I apologize for accusing you of posting comments on blogs ONLY related to Wie.
2006-02-16 @ 13:38
Comment from: Holt [Visitor]
Johnny I was responding to the guy that said that Michelle Wie would be one of the "great women in the Universe" and that her LIFE is already legendary. Just trying to put things in perspective, that's all.
2006-02-16 @ 14:16
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]
When I read Dave’s comment, I thought it was ... well you know, a little too much even though I was one of Wie Warriors. But am I offended by his comment? Absolutely not!
2006-02-16 @ 15:05
Comment from: Johnny N. [Visitor]
Okay Holt, those comments were a bit over the top.
Wie could well be one of the greatest sports women, but the word sports is important there.
2006-02-16 @ 15:40
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]
Merriam-Webster dictionary said:

Main Entry: leg•end•ary
Pronunciation: 'le-j&n-"der-E
Function: adjective
1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of legend or a legend
2 : WELL-KNOWN, FAMOUS

So I think I may say Wie's LIFE is legendary without being ridiculous. Just look at the number of posts on this blog compared to others. She is well-known and famous whether I like her or not.
2006-02-16 @ 16:06
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
If Wie wins one LPGA event at sixteen this year she will become a "legend", if she can put together two wins, she will become "legendary". If she wins a major event this year along with another event, she will be elected as the youngest Governor of Hawaii.

2006-02-17 @ 13:12
Comment from: Holt [Visitor]
Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton are well known and famous, by your rationale this makes them legends(legendary sluts, maybe), but not legends in any sense of the word. People in today's society are so quick to throw around words like great, dominant, and legend that we have forgoten the true meaning of these words and who we should reserve them for. In the world of golf Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer are legends, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, etc...(and yes the career of Tiger Woods is already legendary)these are the legends of golf. Over on the women's side, Kathy Whitworth, Nancy Lopez, Babe Diedrickson and Annika fit the tag. There are others, but you get my point. If you are in doubt , do the how does it sound in a sentence test, "Golfing legend Michelle Wie wins first golf tournament." Just doesn't sound right does it.
2006-02-17 @ 13:50
Comment from: Under Par [Visitor]
Yes, Holt, but you forgot the word "hero." Everyone is a hero nowadays; people have forgotten what that word is supposed to mean too.
2006-02-17 @ 16:02
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]
Holt, I am not sure if you’re responding to my post or One-Putt’s but let me tell you this.

I think you would have had a valid point only if I or One-Putt had called Wie a legend. I said she is legendary based on the second definition and One-Putt said she will be a legend IF she were to win one LPGA event at sixteen this year.

When someone calls a person “great, dominant, and legend,” it is very subjective. You may think Tiger is a legend based on a certain measurement but I may think he not based on a different measurement. Language is not a math.

There are countless examples that the meaning of a word changes over time. It is just the nature of language whether I like it or not.

One thing I sympathize with you, though, is, in your own word, “people in today's society are so quick to throw around words like great, dominant, and legend that we have forgotten the true meaning of these words and who we should reserve them for.” I think I am one of them :-)
2006-02-17 @ 16:31
Comment from: Under Par [Visitor]
Well, Brian, with respect to myself, I am not a hero or a legend nor am I dominant. I am great, though. :o)
2006-02-17 @ 18:11
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]
I don’t think I made myself clear on my last post. I meant to say that I am one of those who “are so quick to throw around words like great, dominant and legend”
2006-02-17 @ 18:35
Comment from: Patrick [Visitor]
LOL! Look at this quote taken from the AP article:

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Pressel, who caused a stir a couple weeks ago by saying Michelle Wie should have to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open instead of getting an exemption, said she doesn't have anything against the 16-year-old star from Hawaii.

"I didn't mean anything, especially against Michelle," Pressel said. "I just made a statement that everybody else has to qualify and I'm going to stick by that statement. But it will obviously come down to what the USGA says, but it was definitely nothing personal. That's for sure."

Wie is not playing the SBS, despite tying for second last year.

"We get along fine," Pressel said. "We obviously don't see each other that often, but whenever we do, there's never any problems. We sit and chat or say, 'Hi,' when we walk by. But there's certainly nothing there."

**************


YEAH RIGHT MORGAN PRESSEL HAS NO HARD FEELINGS TOWARDS MICHELLE...WHO DOES SHE THINK US PEOPLE ARE? IDIOTS?

someone please help that child!
2006-02-18 @ 04:21
Comment from: Under Par [Visitor]
Patrick,

I agree with the spirit of your post. Personally, I'm sick and tired of the posturing and politician-like answers.
2006-02-18 @ 05:23
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
Patrick

I had similar feelings, but I recall a similar situation with Paula Creamer around the time of the Evian last summer. She made some mild remarks indicating annoyance when asked a question about Michelle Wie--but in her next interview was all positive about Wie as a part of the competition in women's golf. At the time, I assumed someone had gotten to Creamer.
Perhaps someone has gotten to Pressel now. I certainly don't believe Pressel--but perhaps we will now be seeing considerably less annimosity from Pressel directed at Wie. It won't be so bad if Pressel starts acting a little bit more like an adult.
2006-02-19 @ 00:11
Comment from: John [Visitor]
Jim, I think both girl's probably got a rude introduction to the powers of the press. It must have been a bit of shock to both of them to see just how far their remarks went and what a furor they caused.

In Morgan's case I think she was probably a little taken aback at how a sound bite plucked from a much longer interview came across as far more catty and petty than she had intended it to sound.

I doubt she was worried about whether she hurt Michelle's feelings, I just don't think she ( or Paula for that matter ) cared for the image of themselves that came out in the media. Morgan in particular sees herself as out-spoken, but not petty. However petty was how the media made her look. I think she will try not to get in that position again.
2006-02-19 @ 00:28
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Pressel really should tone down her comments on Wie, if she has common sense.

By making the silly comments about Wie, Pressel is putting alot of pressure on herself, because if she is attacking Wie, people will expect her to back it up with her clubs.

Hopefully Pressel won't win anytime soon, because if she does, I think that she would get even more petty and would probably refer more to how she is a proven winner and all that garbage. Also hopefully Pressel's first tournament won't have given her too much of an advantage over Wie.

It is possible that she could feel more comfortable on the first tee, having played the week before, but I still expect Wie to beat her, because Wie is just plain better.
2006-02-19 @ 11:39
Comment from: Gordon [Visitor]
Norman---It's funny how you keep bringing up Pressel's having the advantage of playing in a tournament when it comes to her against Wie. I don't recall hearing a peep out of you about Wie's advantage having played the Sony Open course dozens of times in her life when she was going against the men. I guess all those guys beat her because they are just plain better. For the record Pressel finished in a tie for 5th at the SBS, not a bad result for someone with so much self-imposed pressure on herself. Top 5's seem to be the measuring stick for greatness for Wie, so I'm assuming you will give Pressel the same props.
2006-02-19 @ 14:11
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Gordon,
First of all, yes those guys who beat Wie at the Sony are just plain better than her. In fact nearly all of the pga guys are better than her at the moment. I don't know why you are bringing that up. Do you think differently?

As regards Pressel's 5th place finish in the SBS. Yes indeed it was a very good finish. I think she should be very pleased with it.

However it is Pressel who has claimed that Wie doesn't know how to win, but she herself does. There hasn't been any evidence of this at the top level so far.

As regards top 5's being a yardstick. Yes top 5's are very good.
- However, for both Wie and Pressel, I would think they should be disappointed if either of them didn't win in their first full season on the lpga. That is when they play about 25 events. I simply think that with that many chances that they should be able to achieve at least one win.

For Wie, with just 8 events and most of these against the top fields it is obviously much more difficult to win. I still think she has a good chance because she is a fine player, but winning is far from certain when you have such limited chances.

I will applaud Pressel when she wins, because I think it is just a matter of time, but I won't stand for the nonsense that anti-Wie people spout about how great she would be to win just 1 from 25 events, and how that would make her better than someone who played only 8 events, because it certainly wouldn't.

Anyway, I am more than willing to go with the Jim Coulthard yardstick:
- for the 8 lpga events that Wie and Pressel play together, let the better player be determined by the player who finishes ahead of the other player in more events.

That is fair and I would accept the outcome of that, whichever way it turns out to be.
2006-02-19 @ 18:22
Comment from: Under Par [Visitor]
Bubbles obviously is better than Pressel; you don't have to be a Wieman to understand that.
2006-02-19 @ 18:32
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Fair play, Under Par, common sense prevails.
2006-02-19 @ 19:26
Comment from: arnie [Visitor]
Sex appeal? Michelle Wie? Pressel is way hotter than Wie, and way more interesting to watch play and listen to talk. Yes, Michelle Wie is only 16. And every time she opens her mouth, we're reminded of it.

I'd much rather watch Pressel storm around the course with emotion and guts, than I would watch Wie with her little school girl wave when she makes a putt and Powerpuff girl frown when she doesn't.
2006-02-20 @ 13:51
Comment from: Under Par [Visitor]
Arnie,

I'm not interested in women's sports period. In fact, the tendency to watch them is an interesting social phenomenon.

After all, choosing to watch women's sports is akin to buying inferior products when superior ones are the same price. Why? And, if some folks find sports at that level so fascinating, why don't they watch men's amateur events or the Nationwide Tour as much as the LPGA? After all, they are better than the latter.

The truth is that it's all conditioning, nothing more.
2006-02-20 @ 15:53
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Under Par,
You of all people should know why womens sports are interesting.

Arn't you a tennis pro?
Many people find womens tennis more interesting than mens, and I amn't talking about the attractiveness of the players.

In womens tennis you have more rallies and more excitement. Mens tennis can often be very boring.
I enjoy watching Federer because he pulls out amazing shots from all over the court.
However watching Andy Roddick against Ivo Karlovic is not so entertaining.

On the whole, women's tennis is more entertaining to watch, even though the standard is much lower than the mens game.
2006-02-20 @ 16:14
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Norman, I wholeheartedly concur. I've never been able to understand how otherwise sensible people could possibly prefer a brutal "sport" like boxing when we have sports like tiddlywinks, mah jong, and rhythmic gymnastics. Watching women's tennis is like watching paint dry.
2006-02-20 @ 20:33
Comment from: arnie [Visitor]
Under par, you'll get no argument from me. Women's sports, in almost all it's forms, is hard to spectate. But until Phil Mickelson's chest resembles Morgan Pressel's or Adam Scott shaves his legs and sports a high skirt, I'll tune in once and a while and watch the chicks play. I'd tuen in for a while to watch Maria Sharapova do calculus.
2006-02-20 @ 23:30
Comment from: Kevin Nichols [Visitor]
>>>>>>''But until Phil Mickelson's chest resembles Morgan Pressel's or Adam Scott shaves his legs and sports a high skirt, I'll tune in once and a while and watch the chicks play.''

..........................

Lefty is going to have to spend a little time on the treadmill and in the gym for his breasts to get small enough to look like Morgan Pressel's.
2006-02-21 @ 05:49
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Alex,
If watching hours of men hitting aces and unreturnable serves turns you on, then go for it.

Some of us like to watch a rally develop, like it used to when McEnroe and Bjorg played.
Perhaps you think McEnroe's form of the game was like tiddlywinks?

Improved technology has ruined the mens game. Federer is the only male player worth watching. Watching the number 58 ranked played beat Roddick because his serve is a little off doesn't bring great entertainment.

The women get equal prize money to the men at most slam events, and there is great money in womens tennis. If it was not entertaining the money would not be there.
2006-02-21 @ 09:14
Comment from: Under Par [Visitor]
"Lefty is going to have to spend a little time on the treadmill and in the gym for his breasts to get small enough to look like Morgan Pressel's."

Kevin, honestly, you gave me the best laugh I've had in ages -- a major LOL.

Norman,

To an extent I agree with you; in fact, if I had my druthers, I'd make the men go back to wooden racquets and would increase the weight of the balls they use (although, the men already use heavier balls than the women at the US Open -- a little known fact). Having said that, I suspect that most of the tennis you've watched has been at Wimbledon. If so, this explains your perception. Tennis on grass is far different than on other surfaces.

As for the prize money in majors, that is the result of political-correctness. Since the men and women play in the majors at the SAME sites at essentially the same time (they tend to alternate days), it may be hard to ascertain exactly what percentage of the spectators would attend were it a purely a women's event. However, in this PC world, the hen-pecked little excuses for men couldn't justify paying the kvetching women less money.
2006-02-22 @ 17:37
Comment from: Bo McDowell [Visitor]
You guys are all crazy.

What's the big fuss about her ? I am a femal lawyer so you can't accuse me of being a 'dirty old man' and I am not even interested in golf. So, you might wonder then why I watch Michelle Wie. It's because she looks good out there. It makes a boring sports like golf so much more watchable by people like me. I find her trendy dress sense which is typical to her generation so refreshing in golf which I had associated with nothing but grey men/women and green grass. That was until I found a striking looking girl who could also hit the ball.

After all it all about fun. Loosen up guys !
P.S : I do believe she has that thing known as 'X factor' or 'star quality' though.
2006-02-27 @ 06:14
Comment from: Palmer is King [Visitor]
Michelle is a poser - tell her to win a few tourneys then I will give her props.

Circus side show or winner? "But she ALMOST won a few times." please

Oh yea, Tell her dad to get a life.

2006-06-05 @ 10:14
Comment from: Tony [Visitor]
Michelle Wie is overrated for several reasons:

1) Her top drive is 325 yards while most top drives of PGA players is 375-440. The world record is 515 yards by Mike Austin.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/golf/pga/2005/stats/longestdrive/
http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2004/CrystalCuevas.shtml

2) People are putting a girl on male growth scale when they metnion her age. Women are full grown at 18 while men are full grown at 21.

3) She keeps getting compared to Tiger Woods, but Tiger Woods has won 3 US amateur tournaments as a teenager.

4) She rarely performs under the cut line for more then one round. Her chances at Q-School are a longshot.

5) She could also be using steroids to keep up with the men's longer drives in order to make the cut or she is taking steroids out of desperation to make the cut on a PGA tour.
2006-06-07 @ 13:17
Comment from: brad [Visitor]
Wie is popular not for her golf, but because she is 16 and hot. Like Anna Kornikova and Maria Sharopova of tennis, men like looking at a 16 year old and having fantasies. I know I do. She has a great body and I would love to ram my cock into her.
2006-08-06 @ 12:44
Comment from: eddy B [Visitor]
Overrated...certainly. While she has physical skills, the space between her ears continues to let her down. Everyone talks about her "length" enabling her to challenge PGA Tour players. Give the guys more credit than that! The short game of the average PGA Tour player is far superior to that of the LPGA Tour player. When was the last time you saw anyone on the LPGA Tour, I mean anyone including Anika, shape a shot like Tiger, Phil, ViJay, Ernie, Sergio, Retief, etc? Her odds of just making the cut in a PGA Tour event are extremely slim....and she will NEVER, repeat NEVER, be able to win a PGA Tour event. It just won't happen...even a fluke. As a result, every time she accepts a sponsor's exemption into a PGA Tour tournament (so she can have a fun two days before missing the cut), she prevents one guy who earned his way onto the Tour from competing. She should stop being selfish, keep her mouth shut, and concentrate on winning an LPGA Tour event.
2006-09-08 @ 19:32
Comment from: weedweasel [Visitor] Email
Hmmmm, all this fuss and I can only think of another young phenom...Anna K, the tennis poster-girl who captured the hearts and ummmm, other body parts of people everywhere. Here's how I think it'll play out... Michelle may or may not win a Major, but after a few years of monstrous endorsment contracts and photo ops, she'll lose interest in the game itself and wonder why she needs to win anything. After all she'll be set for life financially and will be courted by the next crop of boy celebs. She will end her career amid candid upskirt shots of her lining up a putt at a pro-am event and will simply fade into obscurity....
2007-05-20 @ 03:17
Comment from: Rafael [Visitor] Email
I agree, michelle wie sells better than other golfers more to the fact the she's a very attractive girl. What's she got that everyone else hasn't? An 18 year old body that's what. She is an icon, perhaps a fitting role model for all the asian girls who want to grow up to be beautiful and famous. Just kournikova, sex sells.
2007-06-06 @ 16:51
Comment from: Art [Visitor] Email
"hypospadias.Michelle Wie is no longer a force in men's or Women's golf. She never ever will be either
2007-07-01 @ 17:57

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