Congrats are in order for first-time LPGA winner Michelle Wie at Ochoa Invitational
The scrutiny can stop, if just for this week at least. Michelle Wie is an LPGA winner, winning the Ochoa Invitational in Mexico Sunday by two shots over Paula Creamer. Wie closed in style, going up-and-down from a bunker for birdie on the 18th hole.
Wie showed at the Solheim Cup that she’s easily the most talented European or American golfer and it was only a matter of time before she shed the mighty winner’s goose egg. That happened this weekend at Guadalajara Country Club. No, it’s not a major or an event that carries a lot of cache, but the field was strong (as is any LPGA field considering they have so few tournaments) and Wie had to shoot a final round 69 to achieve the win.
The majority of the sports media, myself most certainly included, have been pretty tough on Wie and her entourage over the last few years, and I’m willing to bet it will continue until she’s won about 20 major championships and the LPGA is out of the red and on network TV 40 weekends a year.
But this week, it’s time to say “congrats” Michelle, it’s been a good year with her Solheim Cup domination, a few close calls and many top tens. After her win Sunday, Morgan Pressel and Creamer doused her with celebratory cervezas,
I’ll toast my evening nightcap to you as well for all the golfers here in Texas, Michelle. Well done!
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Wie did not play that well in her fourth round. She missed quite a few fairways and was lucky on the 18th hole. It's very well likely that when Wie was near the top of the leaderboard of a tournament all the other gals near the top would throw the match so that Wie would win so the LPGA would benefit. If you watched her play Sunday she really was not playing that well and her counterparts that usually play well down the stretch faltered. It really makes sense to me that this was planned by all the girls so they would get more exposure. The LPGA needed this outcome desperately.
Timing wise is a bit off.
Who? Bu88les, aka Winless Princess, of course!
As soon as Bu88les has not everything handed to her on a silver plate, she quits, citing a fake injury.