Kim wins AT&T National; Wie granted Canadian Women's Open sponsor's exemption
Anthony Kim shot a 5-under-par 65 Sunday to win the AT&T National by two strokes, becoming the first American under 25 since Tiger Woods to win at least twice in the same year on the PGA Tour. Kim got a congratulatory call from Woods, the tournament host …
“He told me to just keep working hard and keep it up, and the sky’s the limit, and there’s no reason to stop now,” Kim told reporters
Meanwhile, organizers of the Canadian Women’s Open have given a sponsor’s exemption to Michelle Wie …
“Michelle’s global notoriety will no doubt attract a following at Ottawa Hunt (the host club), and I’m sure golf fans will offer her a tremendous welcome as she challenges the world’s best players,” Tournament Director Sean Van Kesteren said in a statement.”
At TravelGolf.com, Tim McDonald says Branson, Mo., could well be considered the min-Las Vegas of the Midwest.
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Bubbles said that she couldn't go to "Q" school last year because she didn't want to miss freshman orientation at Stanford, an ordeal that most freshmen are happy to miss. Then, a few weeks later she missed an entire week of classes to stumble aroung the course at the Samsung, where she should have never been in the first place.
On some of the far out Wie kook sites, they are absolutely ecstatic that Bubbles made the cut on the number in Toledo. That's how far they have lowered their expectations.
In what has to be one of the weakest LPGA fields this year, with no Annika, Lorena, Suzann, Morgan, or In-Bee in the field, and only a few ranked in the top twenty present, Bubbles could only sneak in under the wire 17 strokes behind Paula.
The course at Sylvania is very short and relatively flat. The girls were playing lift, clean, and place. It was playing so easy that 71 rounds under 70 were posted in the first two days. Bubbles, incidentally, didn't get one.
On the up side, she did make the cut, albeit by a whisker. This is the best her fans can now expect from their darling, who they predicted would be a multiple majors winner by this time, along with being a force to be reckoned with on the PGA tour.
Alex USMC 1969-73
Is there any particular reason for my recent posting on this site to be deleted?
Alex USMC 1969-73
Alex, this is Michelle after the third round...sound familiar? Actually, she has hit 50% of the fairways and 63% of GIR, I wouldn't call that "golf phenom" material. The hype goes on.
As for Q School this year, MW states that it will interfere with her studies at Stanford and she really isn't interested in attending that boring Q School.
There have now been 98 rounds sub-70 at the Farr, and guess what? That's right, Bubbles still doesn't have one of them.
However, there is an up side to her mediocrity. Bubbles only dropped one stroke today vis-a-vis Paula. Now she is just 18 shots from the lead.
I seem to remember about a year ago or more when some of Bubbles' biggest brown nosers would continually boast that Bubbles would surely score better than Paula in any tournament that the two would play in. Jim C and Norman come readily to mind. It seems that these two and others like them have fled the scene never to return. I don't blame them.
Alex USMC 1969-73
Alex, when is it going to stop? According to Ms. Wie, if you misread a putt a little bit and it doesn't drop into the hole, you really didn't miss the putt!!?? Her quotes during her interviews should be material for Saturday Night Live. Good grief, the girl simply doesn't have a clue what is going on around her!
During the past six years Ms. Wie has had one 65 (Samsung Open) where Bumberger got her disqualified and two 67's...the rest of the time was mediocre golf as far as average scoring. The Wie Camp will have some hard decisions to make very soon with regard to Ms. Wie's golf future. She has been rather vague as usual about her decisions in the coming months, however, she still insists that she wants to get her degree and have fun playing golf. Last week, I understand, she actually said that she wanted to win and not just to have fun when playing golf. Have we ever heard Tiger say that he is in the tournament to have fun, I don't think so.
Bubbles also has some serious delusions about receiving an education at a prestigious institution such as Stanford.
She recently said in one of her ill-conceived interviews that she had taken a "leave of absence" from her studies at Stanford. What she really meant was that she had dropped out of college.
And in a recent post-round interview at the Farr, she said that right now she "was in college", ignoring the fact that she hasn't attended a class in four months, and that after spotty attendance for a mere two quarters.
She must be trying for a sponsor's exemption.
Alex USMC 1969-73
If Wie pars her last hole she will finish the tournament at one over par or perhaps tied for 50th. I don't think that is going to bring her the $30,000 plus she needs for her quest to get her LPGA card for 2009. Her demise is of her own making and I do not see a silver lining at the end of the rainbow.
Wie's statistics at the Farr contradict her own evaluation. While she did hit numerous quality iron shots at Highland Meadows Golf Club, she struggled off the tee. She hit driver only five times the last two rounds, yet she hit only 50% of the fairways for the week, which ranked second to last in the field.
That led to approach trouble. She hit only 61% of greens, which tied for 61st among 77 players. But she putted well, with only one three-putt for the week, tying for 39th with 1.773 putts per green in regulation.
"It's frustrating," Wie said. "I think I played a lot better than my score. I putted miserably. But it's a learning curve, and I still feel like I'm a little bit rusty. I feel I just need to play more and just get back into things."
Yes Alex, Michelle is certainly delusional!
How about talking about the two teenagers who took 2 out of the 3 majors from the likes Lorena, Annika, Creamers, and other more well-known LPGA players?
HOWEVER - the only one who really IS laughing, is Ms Wie. All the way to the bank to cash those gigantic (and continuing) Nike checks! ;)
Is that what it's all about, BV? Listen, if she doesn't start living up to the hype within a few years, her sponsors will drop her and regret wasting millions of dollars on a so-called talent that doesn't get results. Nobody holds Anna Kournikova in very high regard these days, do they?
A few years ago, back in the day when Norman and various other Wie Warriors hung around here, I was always saying that Paula Creamer is a much better player than Wie. In fact, I actually believed Morgan Pressel was a better player! I still do - Pressel has a major under her belt. In Creamer's case, with only three and a half years on tour, she has seven victories to her name, has made around $5 million playing golf, and no doubt she's now getting the sort of endorsement deals that Wie never actually deserved but got anyway.
Back to Wie. She needs to start doing something with her career. Right now, she's wandering around with her head in the clouds, letting the talent that she does have slip away. She's half-assing both her education and her golf.
Is it gonna be golf, Michelle? In which case, she should drop out of college, as Tiger did, and concentrate on it full time.
Or education? In which case, she should start attending classes. Who else would get away with missing that much of the academic year? Besides, you can't expect to get a good degree, or even a crap one, from one of the best universities in America, with that sort of attendance record.
To be honest guys, either way, I'm pretty pessimistic about her 'career' right now, not that I ever was optimistic. She was better when she was 16.
I well remember your opinion as to the relative golf games of Paula and Bubbles. I also recall that I wholeheartedly concurred with your assessment.
Harking back to the delusions of Norman and especially Jim C, those fellows were sure that Bubbles was far better a golfer than Paula would ever be. So much so that they were willing to bet the farm that Bubbles would go lower than Paula in any tournament in which they both competed.
So far this year, Paula has won three times on the LPGA tour. Of course, Bubbles still wears a horse collar. But just in the case of those events in which they both teed it up, Paula has a record of two victories, a T6, a T10, and a T17. Bubbles, on the other hand, has a T72, a T24, a T46, and two MISSED CUTS!
Paula has banked $550,586 in those five events, while Bubbles has pocketed the princely sum of $26,288.
In the fifteen rounds that the two have played the same course on the same day Paula has completed her play in a whopping 71 fewer strokes than Bubbles.
It really shouldn't surprised anyone that her former supporters on these threads have forever abandoned her.
Alex USMC 1969-73
ROTFLMAO - YES, it's all about the money dude. That's WHY they play. Anyone who hands you some drivel about 'the competitive spirit' is jerking your chain OR they just lost out on a big check.
If you don't agree...ask Jennifer Mario if it was 'a driving need to get Michelle's story to the public' that led to her book! *grin*
To real golfers like Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam, winning a title DOES mean more than a bigger than average paycheck. Obviously to Michelle Wie and her team, it is literally all about the money - and they figured out a long time ago that it's easier to make money from Sony, Nike and countless other endorsement deals than it is to play decent golf. So balls to it, they think, let's create a big hype machine, rake it in through the endorsement deals, then we only need to enter a handful of tournaments a year.
To us golf fans, it isn't about the money, BV. I watch Paula Creamer with awe - she's a brilliant player, definitely top five best on tour. She loves golf; she isn't just playing for the money. If all those years ago when she started playing, she hadn't since become a brilliant player, she'd still be playing, because golf's a fine game to play. Money isn't WHY she plays - can't blame her for banking those cheques and signing those contracts though. It's her reward for being so good, and she deserves it.
I heard about Jennifer's book, but didn't read it, as I have a good idea of what it said about Wie. I'm sure it sold a million copies or something - well done, Jen. She's probably joined Team Wie by now, as Michelle's Chief Brown Noser I wouldn't doubt.
Anyway BV, my main point about Wie is that she has been playing crap for the last couple years. That's all.
It's obvious that the contingent of Wie Warriors that used to post on this site have quietly crept into oblivion as far as their idol is concerned.
But there is one unlikely happening that will surely bring them back with a vengeance. And that happening would be a victory by Bubbles in the State Farm tournament.
I know, it would take a major miracle and an Act of Congress for that to occur, but if it does, the Wiebots will crow as never before. You see, that would make Bubbles the youngest golfer to thus far win an LPGA event.
These folks have been predicting this ever since Paula became the youngest on May 22, 2005. Bubbles would be about ten days younger than Paula was at that juncture.
So, look for them to be back in force if Bubbles somehow gets off the schneid. After all, the tournament has a field even more shallow than that of the Farr. Maybe the Wie-wee's will crow even if Bubbles finishes top twenty.
Alex USMC 1969-73
In this morning's Associated Press wire service article about the State Farm Tournament, the writer referred to Bubbles as a "part-time golfer" and a "full-time student at Stanford."
In fact, she has played in seven tournaments and the US Women's Open qualifier since she last attended a class at Stanford more than four months ago.
No wonder that very few people give much credence anymore to what is written in the newspapers.
Alex USMC 1969-73
How stupid is The Teenage Golf Sensation?!
"As I said, the score does not reflect how I played today."
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