While Wie is sidelined, can we get Natalie Gulbis some PGA Tour event exemptions please?
Just because Michelle Wie is out with a wrist injury it doesn’t mean the summer months on the PGA Tour should be void of women mixing it up a little in some events.
I was just researching Natalie Gulbis on Google images and it hit me: why isn’t she getting exemptions into high-profile PGA Tour events? I’d much rather watch this cutie shoot an 82 than Corporate Robot Michelle Wie. Would you rather watch a sulking youth duff it up - or a smiling, cute and legal one instead?
Getting women to compete in PGA Events isn’t about “trail-blazing” or “equal rights” yet. It’s about TV ratings and entertainment. Gulbis - more than anyone else - fits that bill, and tightly. Whenever Gulbis is on TV it’s good TV. Her reality show is great - just on mute.
Also, since Gulbis is such a looker, it’d be funny to see her paired up with some other single twenty-somethings and see if they hit on her or get distracted. Put her with Sergio Garcia and see if he’s the Mack Daddy those Michelob commercials make him out to be (just don’t spit on her, Sergio).
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I think the commercials are surprisingly unfunny, given the talent present.
So far this year, the tour is a bore, except for the Masters of course. PGA Tour is loosing it. I guess the ratings show it. But then, money and the Fedex cup are so...o..oo fascinating.
I'd much rather watch this cutie shoot an 82 than Corporate Robot Michelle Wie. Would you rather watch a sulking youth duff it up - or a smiling, cute and legal one instead?
Firstly, Natalie probably would shoot something closer to 92. She would also have trouble even reaching many of the par 4 holes in 2 shots. Given that she would very seldom hit a par 4 in regulation, her short game would be called into action and that would likely perform terribly on pga courses.
It is very silly how you equated Wie and Gulbis as if they would shoot similar scores on pga setups. For the record, you mentioned 82, Wie's highest score on a pga course was 81, and that was at the Lumber Classic, a course of over 7,500 yards which was very wet and so playing longer. A score closer to 100 might be on for Natalie at that course.
Another thing is you described Wie as a sulking youth on the course. Whatever you say about her she smiles plenty on pga courses.
- Honolulu, HI and sick and tired of hearing about this alleged phenom.
I don't want a date with MW.
That doesn't take away from the fact that she is a very fine golfer.
I see that the Wie loonies are as adamant as ever.
Johnny N., since your idol was "injured" so very seriously by stumbling and falling that she remains out of action for an indefinite period, what do you suppose will be her convalescent period if anything major should befall her?
Johnny N,. which one did you pick, the Titanic or the iceberg?
Wie's summer 2007 is quite hectic Alex so don't worry there will soon be new things to discuss.
Most of the LPGA ladies would wet their pants if they had to play a PGA course. Most of the courses are 800 to 1000 yards longer than what the gals are playing. How many LPGA pros can hit a 3 iron 230 yards? Right, I didn't think so. All of the Wie haters should channel that hate toward the insurgents in Bagdad instead of toward MW. Alex...are you there?
Even if you are correct, Gulbis is much finer to watch in the process.
The point is that MW doesn't belong, and she has consistently shown it.
If we are basing PGA exemptions on the premise of a gate draw, I think Gulbis is a better move. Just as long as the PGA doesn't make her wear pants...
Yes, I'm here. There is no hate coming from me, so direct your advice to those who might need it
As far as the insurgents in Baghdad are concerned, I'm past 60 so I wouldn't be much use there.
I was USMC '69-'73, mostly with the grunts and did some recon work around Hue and Da Nang.
How about you?
Natalie simply wouldn't draw the galleries Wie would at pga events, and sorry but her Natalie wearing long pants would be a very good option.
I don't know why anyone would want to look at her chicken legs anyway.
Thanks for the reply. I am impressed that you did recon in Nam. I am over 60 myself and I brought supplies into Saigon via merchant ships from 69-71.
I was a Wie Warrior in the beginning, however, I question her parents ideas about MW career. The accident at Palo Alto was really stupid. I feel that her academic abilities will certainly be tested at Stanford. I lived in the bay area for 25 years and know Stanford fairly well. I guess we will have to wait and see what will transpire in the future.
I just returned two days ago from a West Coast sojourn.
We spent a week in the Reno-Tahoe area, and three days in the Bay area.
We made a short tour of the Stanford campus. Quite a place. It seems like the powers that be are making a concerted effort to clean up the downtown of San Francisco. Even the Tenderloin seems a little more hospitable.
We have been in San Antonio for 16 years and I retired in 2001 after 35 years in the Merchant Marines. It is good to hear that they are trying to clean up the bay area. I think San Francisco started a downward spiral when hard drugs started in the Haight Ashbury in 1969. I know you remember the "flower children" during that time. Has it really been that long ago?
What is the latest news about Ms. Wie? It seems that no one is talking about her anymore.
It seems that there is no news as concerns Bubbles
I think you are wrong. The public has grown tired of watching Wie struggle. It's old news everywhere except in her home state of HI. So I would vehemently disagree with you.
And your comments regarding her physical presentation run against the grain of public opinion. So I must obviously question your taste.
Alex - Semper Fi. 93-97.
I guess you are right, there are plenty of people who fancy Natalie Gulbis, even though many really don't think she is good looking at all. It's the same in Wie's case, there are actually a fair few who don't like her either, even though the majority do.
But really it's not all about looks. They would want to watch a player hit the odd spectacular shot at least, and Wie can hit some spectacular shots, that Natalie probably isn't capable of.
One must question your definition of "plenty" when staing that "plenty" or "many" people don't think Ms. Gulbis is attractive.
That nothwithstanding, I agree with the premise that its not all about looks. It's about talent. And Ms. Wie has consistently shown she lacks the talent to compete on the PGA Tour. Some would argue she has regressed. So why is she still invited to compete at a level which exceeds her talent? It's all about hype. And for my money, Ms. Gulbis' looks exceed Ms. Wie's talents at the current moment.
If you want the definition of plenty who don't fancy Gulbis, check out the golf channel discussion boards. There are as many there who don't as there are who do fancy her.
But as regards talent on the pga tour, that is required by those who qualify, not by those who get sponsors exemptions. For sponsors exemptions, making the sponsor happy is what it is all about.
Sure Gulbis would bring in the crowds especially on her debut, but her scores would probably be so high that looks would not retain the interest of the public.
Whether you like it or not Wie playing on the pga tour does have the interest of the public, and while that is the case, the sponsors will continue to invite her to pga events. The fact that Wie performed very well in some of her pga events has helped retain the interest of the public. It would be doubtful that Gulbis would perform well at any pga event.
Did you write that Bubbles "performed well" in some of her PGA events?
She MISSED THE CUT in ALL of her PGA attempts!Also, she MISSED THE CUT by fifteen strokes at the Omega and withdrew because of "heat stroke" in 87F "heat" at the Deere.
Your definition of "playing well" is considerably different than that of most speakers of English.
Bubbles missed the cut at the Sony in 2004 by one stroke as a 14 year old, and the John Deere in 2005 as a 15 year old. That is performing well.
As I said, missing cuts may be "playing very well" according to a Wie Warrior. To a realistic person it is not. Whatever floats your boat.
When Michelle Wie got so close to making the cut at 15, and Phil Mickelson said that she was way better than he was at that age and he was astounded by her talent, I believed him.
When Greg Norman praised her after that John Deere performance I believe he was sincere.
There is an old axiom that says if your looking for good information on a thoroughbred horse race, absolutely NEVER ask the opinion of any jockey. Perhaps the same holds true with golfers cowed by the PC police.
But since you put such undying credence in the rosy predictions of Greg and Phil, maybe you should now put your beliefs in the pronouncements of Appleby, Faxon, Singh, and Verplank, all multiple PGA tour winners who say that Bubbles has no place in a PGA event.
Her best performances in PGA events were years ago. I would say her sponsor exemptions, and the public fascination of Ms. Wie, have worn out their welcome.
Look Johnny, its not personal. I am sure she is a fine human being. I just am damn tired of seeing her. Its a circus sideshow. And if we are going down that path, I'd at least like to see something (or, in Ms. Gulbis' case, something"s")worth watching. The source of Ms. Wie's entertainment has been to see just how badly she fails in her attempt. It's like watching a car accident now. That's not fair to her, or to me, as a consumer.
And let's not be so hasty to denigrate Ms. Gulbis' game. She hasn't yet received the oppt'y to play. And they both have the same number of wins on tour - 0.
Perhaps the most inane piece of prose that Johnny N. uses in his undying praise of Bubbles is that she "performed very well" in some PGA events.
He obviously is referring to her first Sony where she missed the cut by a shot and her first Deere where she missed by two.
In this year's Sony, seventeen players missed the cut by a single stroke and fourteen others missed by two. I'm willing to wager the farm that NONE of these golfers nor anybody with the brains that God gave a goose thinks that he
"performed very well" while missing the cut.
These Wiebots have been brainwashed by the all this PC hype. Feminist propaganda has turned their brains to sawdust. And feminism is what it's all about.
Tadd Fujikawa has qualified and played in the US Open. He has won a low-level men's event in Hawaii. He has finished T20 in a PGA tournament. And he has done all this at a much younger age than Bubbles. Yet, because he isn't of the correct PC sex, there is no grandiose hype about this young man, nor should there be
Contrast this treatment to the incessant hype about "no win ", and now "no play" Bubbles.
The same principle can apply to the cut line. For Morgan Pressel missing the Ginn Open cut by a stroke was a bad result--but I am sure that Nancy Lopez would have been very much encouraged if she had done well enough to miss the cut by just one stroke. Indeed, I would imagine that Nancy Lopez was rather encouraged by her one over play on the front nine for the two days, even though overall she was 19 over and missed the cut by 17.
As far as femminism is concerned, it is the anti-PC Morgan Pressel who is the recipient of PC support, not Michelle Wie. Check the Wiklipdia. Nothing but praise for Morgan Prressel in her enrty, but extensive criticism of Michelle Wie in the entry devoted to her. Does anyone really believe that Wikkipedia is anti-PC?
You seem like a pretty nice fellow, but I've got to tell you that your post makes no sense at all.
What do Nancy Lopez, Suzann Petersom, and Morgan Pressel have to do with Bubbles missing the cut in all her attempts on the PGA tour?
I would say nothing. But you are certainly entitled to your opinion, whatever that may be.
Alex, you are wrong. The golf channel followed him around his school on golf central, and have done several reports on him.
He has also received further sponsors exemptions, at least 1 to another pga event, the Reno, and has been offered other pga exemptions. He has also been offered exemptions on the Japanese Tour, and indeed he is playing the Crowns in Japan which started 26th April. He is +6 after 1 round, in case you were wondering.
He still has a good chance of making the cut, as he is just one shot outside of the cut line after the 1st round, it is a small field.
His name is "Tadd Fujikawa", but you were close enough.
Hype is the unwarranted and undeserving publicity given to a certain "prodigy."
I live in a metropolitan area of close to ten million in population in the US. Nary a word has been written in the newspapers or broadcast on television about Master Tadd in the last three months.
Bubbles, on the other hand, still has an occasional article about her even though she hasn't played a competitive round since her tank job at the Sony in early January.
Incidentally, Tadd finished T20 in that Sony where Bubbles missed the cut by 14 strokes.
Nobody gives Michelle Wie more hype than you do. It is people like you showing interest which spurs the blogs writers on, to write more blogs about her.
Then the article writers notice all the fuss in the blogs and they write articles for there papers about her.
Then the tv channels notice all the articles about her and do features and reports about her.
So basically Alex, the hype is all thanks to you, and well done you are doing a great job.
Perhaps you could join the William Morris agency and you could get paid for what you do!!
Don't ever take that type of logic into a courtroom.
That is as illogical as the rest of the hype concerning Bubbles.
And I believe you are referring to Michelle Wie when you mention "Bubbles"? So why try and correct Stanly when he refers to Tadd Fujiware, Tadpole Fuggewaka ..erm, I mean of course Tad Fujikawa.
What I find totally illogical is your year long rant about Michelle Wie on these blogs. As you once pointed out, Alex, you bring no new arguments or information to the discussions rehashing the same silly and insulting comments.
Your prejudiced little war is no longer amusing Alex. You and Baldwin and Smuts and Ford and all the rest of the bashers should at least go after the people who are really behind MW. A 60+ year old "man?" bashing and sniping a 16 turned 17 year old girl is really pretty sad.
Just to let you know, your pin up boy Tadd missed the cut on the Japanese Tour, in an event which offers less prize money than the Casio Masters.
Of course when Miss Wie played on the Japanese Tour, you probably would have insulted it as a third rate tour.
Is that the best you can do after your prolnged absence from these blogs?
You had better hope that Bubbles does betterat the next Ginn after her prolonged convalescence from her life-threatening "injury."
Actually, p4p, it has been more than two years since I started rattling the cages of the Wie Warriors.
I never meant my dissertations on Bubbles, the faux prodigy to be funny. I only intended my exposure of the fraud that is Bubbles to be informational and educational.
If you insist on being blindly faithful to "no-win, no-play" Bubbles, by all means, have at it.
There you go again, making an erroneous assumption, and then arriving at erroneous conclusions base on that assumption.
Tadd is not even ranked in the top twenty amateurs in the US, so although he has shown considerable grit and determination, his diminutive physical size seems to be a deterrent to making it to the big time on a permanent basis. So no, he is not my poster boy. He's just another aspiring amateur who has done some good playing at times.
And the Japan tour is a second-rate tour, even when Bubbles competes on it.
2 years? And you are still carrying on with the same tired little snipes and bashing?
As I said in my post, you bring nothing new to these blogs. Same old tired dogma.
Speaking of dogma, how have the pseudo-religious tenets of the Wie-wie's adjusted to to Bubbles' numerous and abject failures of late?
What do you Wiebots bring to these blogs that is new? Nothing but the same old, same old from the Wie sycophants.
Bubbles doesn't need another stage father, she's already been born.
Don't disown Tadd so soon!
He is doing his best. By the way, in his interview after, what do you think he said?
Whatever 16 year old Tadd said in an interview or at any other time is of no significance to me and neither should it be significant to you.
But just for the sake of a few laughs, I'll guess that Master Tadd said something to the effect that he hopes to be as good as Bubbles someday.
Thank you for sharing with me that marvelous revelation.
Weren't you complaining when the wind was mentioned about Michelle's 2005 Sony Open?
No I was not. The only people that were complaining about the wind were Bubbles, her entourage, and the Wie-wee's.
You are laboring under the false impression that I give credence to the mouthings of teenagers still in school, when in fact I couldn't care less about the infantile speechifying of children regardless of sex
She already has one nincompoop on her "daddy team" with BJ, she surely doesn't need you on her ass as well.
Take a break, old sock
When I need your advice, I'll ask for it.
Meanwhile, what other grandiose predictions do you have for the LANKY ONE?
I'm sure that the "Wie team" feels the same way about your steady advice that sounds more like a braying jacka$$.
Actually, I have no predictions for her.
I just watch your steady posting of verbal nonsense and rattle your cage periodically.
You are so predictable.
What? No glowing predictions for Bubbles?
Your charter membership in the Wie brownnoser's association os hereby revoked!
Since you love predictions so much.
I predict that when Michelle turns 24 she will have won more majors than Nancy Lopez has.
Now just skip on over to the newest blog from Unca Bwucy (from Golf Gear News) where he comments on the Wie team. There you can go postal to your hearts content.
Looking forward to more of your inane chatter. Catch you later, Lexy.
I had something in mind more like in 2007 or maybe 2008.
None of us know what might happen in seven years.
He has flatly predicted that Bubbles will WIN the LPGA championship. No top five or top ten for Big Jim.
That takes a lot of nerve (or blind faith?) since Bubbles hasn't played a round of competitive golf for four months and won't play again for another month.
But Jimbo only shoots for the stars. Good for him.
Some predictions for 2007 and 2008 as requested:
- by end of 2007 she will be a champion of a womens professional event.
- by the end of 2008, she will have made a cut in a mens professional event on at least one of the 3 premier tours. That's pga, european and japanese tours. So making another cut on the 4th best tour, the Asian tour doesn't count for this.