Michelle Wie should take a break from men's golf events, Appleby says; PGA Tour players mixed on FedExCup
Stuart Appleby said yesterday that Michelle Wie should stop playing in men’s golf tournaments until her game is more developed. The 17-year-old Wie has missed the cut in 11 of 12 men’s events she’s started …
“She should just let it go for now and come back when she has a more accomplished game,” Appleby said in a media conference call, according to media reports. “She’s just not ready for it. She’s certainly not proving anything except that she can’t play with the men at her level now.”
With the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship in Hawaii only a day away, players have mixed feelings about the new format of the PGA Tour this year. In an attempt to stem the drop in fan interest that usually happens after the final major, the PGA Championship, the tour has created the FedExCup, a season-long points competition that will end in a four-event series carrying a $10 million purse for the overall champion. While some players are excited about the change, others are concerned it diminishes the value of the four majors …
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Stuart... if Michelle and sponsors find it beneficial for her to learn her craft playing PGA tour events, then stay out of it, "Matey". Ask Singh what a brilliant PR move he made in panning Sorenstam to the press. (If its any consolation, I'm sure you and Singh will remain a big hit on the Worldgolf blogs)
Assuming that Dot quoted Stuart correctly, he merely said that Bubbles doesn't have the game to compete against men, especially on the PGA tour.
Appleby does have the game. He's a proven winner and competitor. He has made his bones and certainly has the credentials to express his opinion.
Incidentally, his opinion is shared by the vast majority of PGA touring pros, they just don't for the most part have the nerve to express it.
As far as Bubbles drawing fans to the events in which she receives exemptions, tell me how many she entices to watch her on the weekends.
If Britney Spears or Paris Hilton got an exemption to a PGA event, they would draw as many spectators as Bubbles, and would have the same chance to make the cut.
Maybe you think that would be a good idea, especially if they wore mini-skirts or thongs.
Michelle Wie already has an accomplished golf game but should be focusing her efforts on defeating Ochoa and Sorenstam. Her length off the tee makes par-5's on the LPGA Tour more easily reachable in two.
Here's a great summation of the matter from a recent AP article:
"I'm a very stubborn girl,'' Wie said. "I have to do what I want to do, and what I want is a combination. I'm working on this as a really long-term goal. You're going to have ups and downs in that process.''
She will start 2007 at the Sony Open in Honolulu the second week of January, and while she has not made the cut in six tries on the PGA Tour, not everyone is losing interest in this unusual plan.
"We haven't changed our feelings,'' said Clair Peterson, tournament director of the John Deere Classic, who plans to offer her another exemption. "People lose sight of the fact that ... she's a terrific talent. People are interested in the talent. Tiger was invited as a 16-year-old to play in the Nissan Open, and no one worried about it. He didn't make a cut until he was 19.''
Go for it Michelle!!
Ghet Rheel, it isn't too late for you to get a certain operation.
Or perhaps for some, she should stick with running WOMEN's tournaments.
Thank you for saying it, so I didn't have to.
If she thinks it's an excellent idea to invite Bubbles again after her fainting act last year, and if she thinks comparing Tiger's getting invited to the Nissan in any way parallels no-win Wie's multiple freebies, she probably shouldn't be running anything but a sewing machine in a third world sweatshop.
The head Grinch says:
"The tournament director of the John Deere is, gasp, a woman!"
Really? Since when?
That's the truest utterance you've emitted. Now we just have to ascertain what her level on the men's scale would be. I'm thinking local amateurs wherein one must be a five handicap or better to enter.
"Three years ago, in Wie's initial venture into a PGA tournament, there wasn't much Appleby could have said. In 2004, as a 14-year-old high school freshman, Wie shot the same even-par, two-day, 140 at Waialae Country Club that Appleby did, both of them missing the cut by one stroke. It was the same score as Chad Campbell, Jim Furyk and Jeff Maggert."
Think that "reality check" may have bruised Appleby's fragile ego? Michelle's working on swing changes just as Woods and Nicklaus did periodically. She knows what she's doing.
The same goes for Bill Donnelly, whoever he is. He cherry picks the one men's event in which Bubbles did play fairly well while still missing the cut, and makes that the benchmark for comparison.
Of course, Ghet UnRheel, your credentials as a feminist Wie brown noser and lamebrain in general are well documented.
Have you, good man, ever heard of "sample variance"? Anyone with even a modicum of intelligence understands that one round of golf is not necessarily reflective of a golfer's true ability. Yes, that day Bubbles captured lightning in a bottle but, in truth, she isn't fit to replace Appleby's spikes.
I would also remind you that David Duval once shot a 59, yet, last year he was perilously close to losing his eligibility. And he has the right chromosome configuration for the PGA.
What Ghet SurRheel, Donnelly, and the rest of the Wie-wee's don't realize is that Bubbles shot the best two rounds of her life in the 2004 Sony. And still missed the cut.
When she scored her 68 on that Saturday, she had only TWENTY-THREE putts. She had THIRTEEN one putt greens.
She played those rounds on a familiar course in benign conditions. And she couldn't cut it.
It was without doubt that these two rounds by Bubbles started the Wie Warrior craze . And a craze it is. Several people who should have known better were giddy in their predictions that Bubbles would soon be a regular contender and even a winner on the PGA tour
You need look no further than our friend Ghet Rheel.
I tell you, if a sucker is born every minute, old Ghet should have been twins.
Thanks for mentioning her freak putting performance; I had head about that but forgot to mention it here. Every accomplished golfer has such anomalous putting rounds -- once in a while. The difference is that when a bona fide PGA Tour player does, he may shoot a 63.
I read, or more truthfully tried to read your post and decipher its meaning, but I drew a blank.
So I'd like to ask you a question with more relevancy.
Jon, what do you think about the price of fish in Palestine?
Where did you get the idea that I might have a 12 handicap? Last year mine was 14.
That's my GOLF handicap. Your handicap is probably more educational;
When you have to resort to sucking up to a dim bulb like Jon, you must be grasping at straws.
After reading your last two posts, I have a serious suggestion for you.
Try editing you drivel before you post it.
Either that or don't drink so heavily before you start composing.
We have a new comedy routine which should make it to MTV any day now.
Step aside Alphonse and Gaston, Laurel and Hardy, Rowan and Martin, and Abbott and Costello.
Let's hear it for "Jon and Ghet Rheel."!
By the way Jon, thanks for making the only constructive comment on this string.
You mean to say that you understand Jon's posts?
I didn't go to "slip and fall" school, so I can't decipher them.
At times, even yours are unintelligible.
But keep trying.
Who said anything about your numerous typographical errors? As you say, we all have many of them.
No Ghet, what makes your posts seem like you've been on an all night jag is your incessant butt-kissing of all things connected to Bubbles and her greedy stage parents.
Let's analyze that assertion.
Bubbles never won a US Junior title or a US Amateur title.
She has been a professional for more than a year and has not won a tournament. In her last two events on the LPGA tour, she failed to break par even once.
She has never made a cut on the PGA or European PGA tours despite receiving numerous exemptions to compete. She couldn't even make the cut in a short field at the Casio in Japan, shooting two rounds over 80. She also missed cuts on the Hooter's and Nationwide tours, both secondary circuits.
But if you, as a Wie-wee extraordinaire, want to think of your sweetheart as a "star", it's all right with me.
I can remember not long ago, when a golfer had to win a few tournaments at least to be considered a star. Wie-wee's apparently have much lower standards.
Well, if Bubbles is a star, I guess that I'm one too.
I've never won any golf tournaments, either.
And I've already gotten my bachelor's and master's degrees.
It's just great to be a nobody and a star.
What is your main criterion for stardom? Long earrings? A limited vocabulary? The ability to garner straight "A'S" while missing four weeks of school in a semester? A large bank account so your stage father can quit his job? What?
No, Ghet, nothing drives me crazy. I'm quite satisfied and happy being a happily married husband, father , and grandfather, and also a successful professional in my chosen field, an honorably discharged Marine Corps veteran, and a political conservative.
And I never needed an agent, a lot of hype, or a gang of bootlickers to do it.
How about you?
It looks like you're out of material.
What is your take on the Golf Channel's description of Bubbles' latest exemption?
The GC calls it "Michelle's quest to make the cut."
Even the Wie-wee's like you on this board will have a tough time topping that bit of hyperbole.
TGC is like the promotional arm of all the different golf tours.
I can't wait for the days when The Shopping Channel buys CNN and then expand their lifestyle reporting.
Tune in to the Golf Channel and watch Bubbles' historic quest for mediocrity!
You got to love it.
Take it easy on Ghet Rheel -- his two brain cells don't get along.
A bare minimum for a PGA pro is making the cut in a tournament.
This thread is about that subject, among others.
Annika has not made a cut in a PGA event, and thank goodness she has the sense not to continue trying.
Bubbles' publicity machine has thrown out the bait that she is not 100%. Sore wrist. Sure.
Watch out for another withdrawal.
You had better watch yourself.
Ghet SurRheel has you on his watchlist. He just might report you to the Internet Thought Police. He may believe you are a new member of the
Making a PGA cut is a little like finishing in the top half of the class--at Harvard. For a PGA player it is the minimum to finish in the money, but it is certainly not a BARE minimum. If roughly half of a very competitive filed fail to make the grade, it really is not just a bare minimum achievement.
It is not my intention to split hairs with you or engage in a debate over semantics.
But PGA touring players are PROFESSIONALS, and as such their livelihoods and that of their families rely on their play on the tour.
If a PGA golfer enters a tournament, makes the cut, and finishes at the bottom of those over the cut line, he earns the BARE minimum of those made the cut. He pays his expenses for the week and has a little left for travel and expenses for the next week.
If he misses the cut, he receives nothing at all in the way of compensation; he achieves nothing.
In your opinion what then is a "bare minimum achievement?"
Missing a cut is not a "achievement" at all.
78 in the first round of the Sony.
But hey, she's only 15 shots off the lead.
If she shoots a mere 63 tomorrow, she might make the cut.
To JIM C, that would be a monumental accomplishment.
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