Wie to take on the men again at 2007 Sony Open; PGA wins Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge
Michelle Wie will again try to make the cut in a PGA Tour event at the 2007 Sony Open. Organizers of the event gave Wie, who has yet to win on the LPGA Tour and has missed the cut in six PGA tournaments, an exemption yesterday. It will be her fourth consecutive Sony Open …
The PGA Tour came out on top at the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge yesterday, with U.S. Ryder Cup teammates Scott Verplank, Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson winning the $500,000 prize for the PGA. They finished with a 14-under-par 202 at Reflection Bay Golf Club in Las Vegas. The Champions Tour came in second, followed by the LPGA Tour …
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For the 17-year-old Wie, who is entering her second year as a professional, this will be her fourth straight Sony Open in Hawaii. She has failed to make the cut in six tries so far on the PGA TOUR."
is this chick for real. that really says alot.
Next time you make your argument choose a player who has actually accomplished something. Michelle has admitted that she has never bothered to look at the rules of golf and now she shows her true colors when she likes getting something for nothing. Michelle is like so many young athletes of today whose sense of entitlement outshine their sense of accomplishment.
Somebody needs to tell Ms. Wie that she will still need to make the cut before she can collect that easy $100.
You tell me how many 17 year olds or younger have won on the LPGA, NONE. You can have high accomplishments w/ out winning, say like finishing consistantly in the top five in the toughest women's events. If you don't think that's an accomplishment knock down morgan and Natalie two other players who haven't won yet whenever they're mentioned constantly receive prasie on this board while Michelle gets jeered.
True colors yeah I guess she's shown them that she's not a moron and knows its easier to get an exemption than qualify into an event and that she thouroughly appreciates being given them. Hello that's obvious to all but you.
Oh and the point that she doesn't plan on rereading the entire rules of golf book b/c she was mistaken on one of the rules makes sense too. I'm absolutely positive that every person that has gotten a penalty has not gone back and read the entire book, please you have got to be kidding. You really think that Annika when she cut off half of a clump of dirt by her ball went back and read the entire book again, no way she just marked it down in her mind not to do it again. Like Michelle did w/ the moss issue she said she would make sure to take her practice swings a good distance away from the ball. Lesson learned.
Oh and she does realize she has to make the cut before she can collect the $100 for she got even more when she made the cut in the SK Telecom Open after tying for 35th.
She undoubtedly has talent but should now focus on carving out a career on the women's tour before the media grow tired and the exemptions dry up.
Jim Rutledge who finished 15 on the Nationwide tour will be the oldest rookie ever on the PGA tour next year at 47. He certain is glad that he was not surrounded by the nay-sayers like a lot of the people who post here.
Why do grown-ups turn into a frenzy when it comes to Wie? Do we go around telling other 17 years old they are not good at what they do, and that they should just give up>
Jim Rutledge has absolutely nothing in common with Michelle Wie--He is a guy with marginal talent that worked for everything he ever got and now at age 47 has EARNED his place on tour. I know that word earned is foriegn to Michelle and most of her fans, so I will define: It means to work for and then recieve, something Michelle knows nothing about at this stage of her career.
Until they walk in the player's spikes it is impossible for them to judge anyone's individual perfomance with any real accuracy.
For arguments sake lets call Michelle Wie, Player X and forget about the press generated hoopla.
For the 2006 LPGA season PLayer X put together a record as a sixteen and seventeen year old of five consecutive top five finishes while making the ladie's cut in every event, Her lowest finish for the season was a 23rd place and she was limited to only eight appearances as a Women's Tour Pro.
For the last three seasons (starting at age 14) Player X would have earned a LPGA "Exempt" card based on her earnings if a member and for 2006 finished in the top fifteen in earnings and in tenth place on the World Rolex Women's Rankings.
Player X put together an LPGA season that has never been equaled by someone her age. Based on her performance Player X is easily ranked in the top one percent of women professional golfers worldwide while playing in only eight events.
So what do you think of Player X's performance or are you still expecting more?
Engage your brain folks.
If you are satisfied with the "second coming" racking up top 5's against the ladies more power to you. You're probably the kind of guy who just likes to cuddle with the ladies, a pure product of our new PC world. Me, I like to see people who are paid superstar salaries and talk a big game about golf domination deliver the goods, not excuses. Michelle is your classic style over substance new age "star" who skates by on exemptions and short skirts.
I am going to terminate this discussion with you listen up--I am afraid of being prosecuted for cruelty to the mentally challenged. My 3 year-old son has better conversational skills .
The event Sponsors must all be insane to put Michelle Wie in the field over all others. What does Michelle bring to an event that a Ty Tyrone wouldn't?
To better understand why a Sponsor might "waste" an exemption on a teenager we need to look behind the curtain of event setup.
The second biggest draw in golf is Michelle Wie and when Tiger Woods (number one) is skipping your event inviting Michelle will pick up your gate your by 30 to 35 percent. This adds up to thousands more food, beverage and gift buyers showing up for the event. This translates into more revenue for the Sponsor to defray costs and ultimately more money for the charity thay are playing for.
The LPGA pays networks to carry their golf tournaments in order to gain exposure for the tour. When Michelle enters their events the networks pay to gain the overseas rights to broadcast to her fans around the world. Michelle might not be the most accomplished player in the field, but she brings her star power to an event. When Michelle plays in the field the numbers are at least 25 percent higher. Higher numbers equals higher advertisement revenue from commercials and more promotion for other network programming.
The media was responsible for turning Michelle Wie into the draw she is today. When she finished ninth at the 2003 Kraft Nabisco Championship as a 13 year old her destiny was set and the Sponsor's exemptions flowed.
Hey maybe the Sponsor's are not so insane after all?
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