Michelle Wie stumbles to a first-round 78 against the men at Omega European Masters
The first round is in the books at the Omega European Masters, and Michelle Wie will have her work cut out for her to make the cut at the event in Switzerland. Wie opened up with a 7-over-par 78 to leave her 12 shots behind leaders Anthony Wall, David Carter and Robert Coles. Defending champion Sergio Garcia kept himself in the hunt after shooting a 3-under 68 …
Jim Furyk showed his game is in form with the Ryder Cup coming up, as he shot an opening-round 63 to take the lead into the clubhouse at the Canadian Open. Defending champion Mark Calcavecchia kept himself near the top of the leaderboard with a first-round score of 66.
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-Hit 3 of 13 fairways. That's the worst I've ever heard of in a tounament. EVER.
-Somehow managed to hit 9 greens in regulation. Still terrible.
-31 putts. Yikes!
-A lackluster 254 off the tee. I thought the "Chosen One" has mad wicked power that could keep up with the men.....Incidentally, the three guys tied for the lead averaged 303.83 off the tee. And none of those 3 made the Ryder Cup squad. But she's talking about it........
Nice effort. She's CLEARLY prepared to play at this level.
Wie is about five years from being a mature young pro golfer. Wie is about two stroke per round from making PGA cuts regularly. She needs an extra 20 yards on her drives, and some additional course management savvy, etc... all aspects of her game will improve over the next five years, and her game will improve by a couple of strokes if not more. She'll likely make some PGA cuts and get some LPGA wins in the next five years as well. The main thing she'll be gaining during the next five years is a depth of knowledge of the pro game, unrivaled by any other golfer, male or female, at the age of 22.
Yeah, she's richer than most small countries, but is that gonna be worth it when she's a quivering mass of nerves? Well..., probably, but that isn't the point. She may never reach her full potential because of this premature push towards competing with men. And that IS a shame.
She is in so far over her head it is pathetic; people will soon tire of watching her miss cuts, putts, etc.
Tiger: When I enter a tournament I enter it to win.
Lamb: When I enter a tournament I just wanna have fun.
Tiger: When crunch time comes, I am the one that does the crunching.
Lamb: When crunch time comes I wanna be crunched.
Tiger: When I play poorly, I admit it.
Lamb: When I play poorly, I make excuses.
Yep, like they say, the Lamb is the new Tiger...gulp!
Five years from now, it would be a different story when she can focus firmly on being the best player on the LPGA and her golf game can only get better and she may be ready for the PGA legitimately. She's had a good run on the LPGA Tour as a part time player, so wouldn't that alone, have been a good way to spend her summer breaks? Now that's "cool and fun" by any teenager's stretch of the imagination. School's started.
I'd like to see the adults in her life help her make the best decisions which will serve Michelle Wie's best interest.
Ghet Rheel, you should heed you name.......There is no way to spin the fact that she's 16 just like there's no way to spin the fact that she completely overwhelmed and gets worse each time she plays men's events, is there.
She has enourmous Star-Power and charisma. If she didn't, you clowns would be doing something productive with your time, instead of blogging about her ad nauseam.
Your statement proves that what MW's doing is not spectacular in Men's tournamnets. If what your are saying is that her game at 16 equals to yours at 16 then she is average, NOT special. Look, when an athlete turns pro, no matter what age, they are going to garner criticism when they fail and praise when they win or are close to winning. But MW hasn't won YET and so some the praise she's getting is HYPE. Some of the praise is deserved, she did finish in the top 5 on the womens tour many times. As for her being 16, female athletes in all sports tend to be younger anyway so it's not that surprising that she is 16.
My problem with MW is that she skipped junior&college events and then she just expects to do well in pro turnaments. Why didn't she play the U.S. Amatuers? If she wants to play with the male pros at age 16 that's fine, but she has to prove that she can compete at age 16. So far she hasn't.
You're a silly little grinch, aren't you BV.
"tasha" is right too, the child needs to be in school going through a somewhat normal growth process in relation to her golf aspirations. Not half way around the globe wearing short skorts that seem awkward to bend over & make birdies in.
Here's the thing with MW- I think in 5 years she will CRINGE when she recalls all the things she's said & done on the world stage. So why do they continually encourage her in this? why not develop at a more normal pace?
Ghet Reel said "The main thing she'll be gaining during the next five years is a depth of knowledge of the pro game, unrivaled by any other golfer, male or female, at the age of 22." But what is she sacrificing in that hope? Because if she loses the mental aspect so quicjkly (when Im not sure she's ever really had time to fully develop it anyway), all the talent in the world will not bring her game together.
Note to MW:
Remember Michelle, even the Wie-Grinchies faithfully follow every round of competitive golf you play. When your detractors choose to spend their valuable time reading and writing about you, then you've arrived... you're a major sports personality - Bigtime!
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