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Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
The USGA is really sticking it to Morgan Pressel. It is not just Morgan Pressel and Birdie Kim--it is two against one. It is Morgan Pressel, Birdie Kim, and Jeong Jang who has definitely not been missing in action the last year. Morgan Pressel may be able to beat Birdie Kim, but Jeong Jang is coming off a win in an event where Morgan Pressel missed the cut. I can't see Morgan outplaying Jeong Jang. Can anyone guess which two players in the group will be most friendly towards each other--and which player is likely jto be frozen out?
2006-06-27 @ 17:19
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
G for B, What are you doing, beating a hornets' nest with a stick? You should get some action out of it. I disagree that Bubbles needs to win this week or any week to maintain the adulation of the Wie Warriors. They already think she is a force to be reckoned with. They fervently believe she is worth every cent she received from the suckers at Nike and Sony. In fact she should get more, maybe soon in the $100M range. You yourselves, in another thread about three weeks ago hinted that she might be capable of hoisting the US Open trophy . The group insanity concerning Bubbles must be contagious. It was generous of you to give Lorena and Karrie, a couple of proven winners, an outside chance at winning. The Wie-wee's should provide some terrific entertainment this weekend.
2006-06-27 @ 17:23
Comment from: George [Visitor]
GfB, I think you had some typos.

You typed:
"How much will Morgan Pressel whine at the U.S. Womens Open as the USGA pumps up Michelle Wie once again?"

I believe your correct headline should have been:

"How much will **the pathetic and obsessed Wie Warriors who post in these blogs** whine at the U.S. Womens Open as **yet another Travel Golf blogster** pumps up Michelle Wie once again?"

Hope that helps

2006-06-27 @ 18:14
Comment from: Judith [Visitor]
".....as Pressel stomps, Wie whines.... "

You guys got it wrong. It's Morgan who whines (isn't that the title of your blog?) and Michelle who stomps

And name me a time when Michelle has whined.

As for Morgan making "waves" you do know she did not make the cut at Wegman's last Friday and has played very poorly at prior tournaments so far this year?

As long as she remains fixated and jealous of Michelle and hell bent on beating her, she's not gonna win anything. Jealousy, envy, bitterness will eat at her and make her a head case. And it's going to get worse unless she gets some counselling and lets go of her obsession with Michelle and concentrate on her game

As for Michelle, she doesn't een know Morgan exists !
2006-06-27 @ 18:26
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Judith, Did you say Pressel needs counseling? Are you practicing clinical psychology without a license? If you want to be a shrink, BJ Wie could use a little of your voodoo.
2006-06-27 @ 18:37
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
Actually Morgan Pressel has played quite well this year--but it has been a while since I have heard any Wie critics say that Morgan Prressel is better than Michelle Wie. This week Michelle Wie should have a great shot at winning, since school is out and there are no distractions from men's events. What scares some people at the LPGA is that once Michelle Wie starts winning, she might not stop--and Michelle Wie is not yet committed to the LPGA.
2006-06-27 @ 18:55
Comment from: Stacy [Visitor]
Alex, our title was "Is Michelle Wie strong enough to hoist the US Open trophy?". She could be but her strength will have to come from within. I also believe that Ochoa and Webb are two of the best golfers on the LPGA tour this year.

I think there is going to be a battle this weekend and Ochoa, Webb and Wie are going to be at the center of it.

As far as Sorenstam is concerned, I don't know what's going on in her head...only she knows! I hope she regains her confidence and shows us some of her magic!

And Judith, if you have watched Wie during her moments of stress, she too whines.. :-(

I can't wait to see this tournament....this is going to be exciting!
2006-06-27 @ 19:55
Comment from: Eric [Visitor]
"The USGA is really sticking it to Morgan Pressel. It is not just Morgan Pressel and Birdie Kim--it is two against one. It is Morgan Pressel, Birdie Kim, and Jeong Jang "

Um, let's get our facts straight, shall we?

The USGA has a tradition of pairing the previous year's champion with the Women's British Open champ and the US Women's Amateur champ. That would be Birdie Kim, Jeong Jang and Morgan Pressel respectively. No conspiracy at work here!

I won't even address the preposterous notion that the two Koreans will somehow 'team up' against Pressel... Would you say the same thing if the group had two Americans and one Korean? Of course not.
2006-06-27 @ 20:27
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Dame Judith says that if Morgan doesn't get her ducks in a row, she won't win anything. That would put her in the same league with Bubbles.
2006-06-27 @ 20:29
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
I had not realized that tradition dictated the Pressel, Kim , Jang group. I still maintain that Morgan Pressel will be getting the cold shoulder from Kim and Jang. You see, Morgan Pressel is not just any American. Morgan Pressel is the golfer who has been leading the attack on Michelle Wie since last year's Women's Open--and a major reason for the ferocity of these attacks appears to be the fact that Michelle Wie celebrated with Birdie Kim when Birdie Kim snatched a possible victory from Morgan Pressel last year. Morgan Pressel is the golfer who seems to have made a big distinction between Amjerican and South Korean when she was outraged that Michelle Wie should celbrate the victory of an South Korean over an American. Do you see why I think something less than friendship will be coming Morgan Pressel's way from Kim and Jang.
2006-06-27 @ 21:32
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
I hope the Korean gals playing with Morgan toss down a couple of extra helpings of Kimchi and Raw garlic with bean sauce for breakfast. I don't want Morgan to miss out on a real International flavor to her match.
2006-06-28 @ 05:58
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Stacy, If you think that the US Women's Open will be exciting, you might be ready for some real excitement, like visting the old folks down at the retirement home sitting in their rocking chairs, listening to the suppers digest, and watching the paint dry on the porch railings.
2006-06-28 @ 09:05
Comment from: Ronnie [Visitor]
Paula Creamer will win the US Womens Open by at least 5 strokes.
Chris Baldwin knows it and is he not a genius in golf.

Paula drives has increased her driving distance and at the open she will carry the ball about 280 yards, and that's great because there won't be much of a bounce there.

Paula Creamer will be the only one to break par.
2006-06-28 @ 09:25
Comment from: Lori [Visitor]
Well, for one thing, Birdie Kim hardly "stole" the win from Pressel last year. She made an amazing shot to seal the deal where as Pressel bogied the final hole. We will see what happens this year. I doubt very much if Pressel will be in the hunt. She is too obsessed with Wie, that is going to ruin her game, again. She is rapidly dropping in the rankings by playing poorly and letting her emotions overrun her. The only waves she has been making are with her big crocodile tears every time she screws up, which has been quite often! Hey, she should be sponsored by KLEENEX. Every time she opens her mouth I wish someone would stuff another cheeseburger down it. But I guess she does that enough herself.

I say look out for the Koreans(including Wie), Webb, Ochoa and perhaps Annika, if she brings her game this weekend. Creamer won't do anything, due to the wrist injury. Pressel will be lucky to make the cut.
2006-06-28 @ 11:04
Comment from: Stacy [Visitor]
Thanks Eric for the facts on pairings...like I always say, "we're always learning"!

Grace Park dropped out due to neck injury...too bad bec. when she's focused it's hard to defeat her.

The Korean contingency is growing stronger in the LPGA. Their tenacity helps them stay in the zone. Also, when they win, they are treated like heroes in their homeland. That's more than we do for our American female winners (except at the Solheim in which the excitement lasts for a few weeks).

I agree that Paula Creamer will probably not be an issue this year. I think the pressure of trying to top last year's rookie season has her flustered. She's just trying too hard.

My prediction? It's going to be Ochoa or Webb on Sunday.

And Alex, I do believe that watching the ladies play golf is more exciting than watching paint dry!
2006-06-28 @ 11:20
Comment from: HC2 [Visitor]
I think calling Morgan Pressel as a whiner is overblown. She has matured greatly over the past few months thanks I am sure to the LPGA veterans that she has come to known (Juli Inkster, Meg Mallon, etc) . I would describe her as outspoken and honest; and there is nothing wrong with that.

In regards to Can't Make a Putt Wie, there is no chance she will be hoisting any trophies this summer. She will need a few putting lessons from yours truly.
2006-06-28 @ 13:33
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
HC2, The handle that you've bestowed on Bubbles isn't necessarily true in every instance. If you recall, she did make a few long bombs in the 2004 Sony. And she made several lengthy putts in the second round of this year's Sony. All these putts were made when the PRESSURE WAS OFF. In last year's Publinx match play, with the PRESSURE ON, she rolled a series of bricks at the hole. Same thing in her LPGA events this year. She's just too young to take the pressure against real pros. And she never learned how to win, to "close the deal," at any stage. The way that she is being pampered, it's possible that she never will learn how to win.
2006-06-28 @ 14:06
Comment from: HC2 [Visitor]
I dont' think it's all related to pressure. If she has happened to make a bomb once in long while, it's because the hole happened to get in the way of the misstroke. (More to do with luck than with actual putting skill). Even the worst putter in the world, if given a hundred tries will make a few.

2006-06-28 @ 14:20
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
"Comment from: Ronnie [Visitor]
Paula Creamer will win the US Womens Open by at least 5 strokes.
Chris Baldwin knows it and is he not a genius in golf.

Paula drives has increased her driving distance and at the open she will carry the ball about 280 yards, and that's great because there won't be much of a bounce there.

Paula Creamer will be the only one to break par. "

Sorry Ronnie, the only way Paula could land a ball 280 off the tee is if there was a hole in her bag and her caddied dropped it.

The best she has done this year is 286 on a dry and fast course with plenty of roll.

To carry a drive 280 in the air is huge for a male, let alone a female Ronnie. Don't let the heartbreak of watching Paula play this year get to you Ronnie.
2006-06-28 @ 14:50
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
err caddied = caddie had
2006-06-28 @ 14:53
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
"Comment from: Alex [Visitor] · http://Alex
Stacy, If you think that the US Women's Open will be exciting, you might be ready for some real excitement, like visting the old folks down at the retirement home sitting in their rocking chairs, listening to the suppers digest, and watching the paint dry on the porch railings. "

It has to be less boring than sitting in a board room full of corporate lawyers going over contracts Alex. Talk about Chinese water torture in America. We should use corporate lawyer to question Al Que da suspects. After two hours they would tell everything they knew just to escape from the room.
2006-06-28 @ 15:22
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
A hat trick for One-Putt! You're right, it isn't exciting. But then, we don't sell tickets or expect to be watched on TV.
2006-06-28 @ 15:56
Comment from: ToddCommish [Visitor]
If you predict anyone but Annika, Lorena, Karrie, Juli Inkster, or a Korean to win the tournament, you're gonna be disappointed. Why? Because they're the only ones who have won these tournaments! Predicting a win for Natalie Gulbis, Michelle Wie, Morgan Pressel or any other winless wonder is like predicting that pigs will fly. Sure, it MIGHT happen, but it never has before.
2006-06-28 @ 18:34
Comment from: much of the same with these comments [Visitor]
Todd, by your own logic, there will be no first time winner in anything, unless pigs start flying.
2006-06-28 @ 19:12
Comment from: william [Visitor]
"Well, for one thing, Birdie Kim hardly "stole" the win from Pressel last year. She made an amazing shot to seal the deal where as Pressel bogied the final hole. We will see what happens this year. I doubt very much if Pressel will be in the hunt. She is too obsessed with Wie, that is going to ruin her game, again. She is rapidly dropping in the rankings by playing poorly and letting her emotions overrun her. The only waves she has been making are with her big crocodile tears every time she screws up, which has been quite often! Hey, she should be sponsored by KLEENEX. Every time she opens her mouth I wish someone would stuff another cheeseburger down it. But I guess she does that enough herself. "

This has to be the post of the year. YOu're probably referring to the Fields Open in HawaII?
Call it the "crocodile tears" with runny nose which millions of people saw on TV. Pretty pathetic I say. She definitely should be sponsored by Kleenex.

2006-06-29 @ 02:50
Comment from: tasha [Visitor]
Michelle Wie is an American of Korean descent. People, let's get that straight. Anybody who is born in the US regardless of country of origin of the parents, grandparents, or great grandparents, is an American citizen. If Michelle Wie ever makes the Solheim Cup Team, who will she play for? Yes, she will play for Team USA whereas a Korean golfer such as Se Ri Pak cannot qualify for the team US or European as she is a golfer from an Asian country.

And if golf ever becomes an Olympic event, who will Michelle play for? If she qualifies for the team, she will play for the USA and not Korea. She is not Korean, regardless of how much the South Koreans would like to claim her as their own. It's no more different than Thailand claiming Tiger as their own but he is an American golfer as he plays for the US in the President's Cup.

Michelle was born and raised in Hawaii which makes her a US citizen by birth. Listen to her interviews, she talks like a typical American teenager. Christina Kim is also an American golfer of Korean descent. Why can't some of you tell the difference that they speak "American" with complete sentences and typical American idioms and that they are not Koreans by birth?

So, stop referring to Michelle or Christina as Koreans and stop lumping them together with the other Korean golfers from Korea, which some of you are referring to as the "Korean Conspiracy" and what's with that? Is that akin to the "Yellow Peril?" and if so, that would be very racist.

So, why isn't anybody calling the Australian players on the PGA as the "Australian Conspiracy", oh I get it, they look white and they look like how golf should look like? Yes?
2006-06-29 @ 06:07
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
From the sand trap it looked like Birdie Kim would bogey 18--in which case Morgan would have made a playoff with her and Lang had Morgan bogeyed the hole. However, Morgan Pressel might very well have parred the hole and won outrgiht. Morgan tried to chip in her shotj from off the green to get the birdie she needed to tie. If she could have won or eiven tied with a par she would have played her 3rd shot differently .

2006-06-29 @ 08:28
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
tasha, I read your lengthy post thoroughly and I was quite impressed with your knowledge of what constitutes American citizenship. However, I am still a little confused. My parents both emigrated from Central Europe, from what is now Slovakia. They became naturalized US citizens. I was born in the US so I am naturally an American citizen. But I always assumed that I am a US citizen because my parents are Caucasian. Now you state emphatically that Michelle Wie is also a natural-born US citizen even though her parents were born in Korea. Are you sure of that? Are you certain that in this racist nation known as the US, in this nation dominated and controlled by white males, that there is no proscription against persons of Asian and/or Oriental heritage acquiring US citizenship? Well, whoda thunk it!?
2006-06-29 @ 10:09
Comment from: Lori [Visitor]
Could have, might have does NOT cut it. It's the final score that counts, not the speculation.
2006-06-29 @ 10:10
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]

Your lame attempt at pschoanalyzing Ms. Pressel is laughable. Where did you gain this vast store of "Inside" information? From the sound bites you see on TGC or perhaps the answers to questions that are taken out of context?
Ms. Pressel is and always will be a competitor and I join her in wondering why Wie didn't have to qualify for the Women's Open. I doubt very much that Ms. Pressel is as you say fixated on Wie. If I remember correctly Ms. Pressel finshed in the #2 position in last years tourney with Wie posting a rather pedestrian final round 82.

What I'm trying to say is, keep you amateur opinions to yourself and let them play it out on the golf course.
2006-06-29 @ 11:53
Comment from: HC2 [Visitor]
Is MW Korean or American?

Good question; but a more poignant question is how white is Michelle?

A segment of Asian Americans (either born in the US, or who immigrated to the US) are known to be actually 'white' inside. They are called 'Twinkies' or 'bananas'. Yellow from outside, white inside. Why? Because of their perspective, individuality, their anglo speech, refusal to speak in the parent's tongue; or to follow the old traditions. All of this of course is due to emulate and fit into middle class America as fast as possible. For white America, this segment of Asian Americans are welcomed, and are a labeled as 'Model Minority.' Why don't other immigrants do what these folks do: speak, sound, dress just like we do, shop where we go, hang out where we go. "

In the other side of the spectrum there are the traditional Asian Americans who speak in the parents native tongue; and who carry the Asian culture such as confucianism, respect for elders, emphasis on education. I see Michelle somewhere in between. She is neither a Twinkie nor a traditional Korean American girl.
2006-06-29 @ 13:32
Comment from: Stacy [Visitor]
Let's all hope that the captain of the Solheim Cup even ASKS Wie to compete for Team USA. She still has to prove herself, which she hasn't done yet...

And it's Team USA vs. ROW...Australians and Koreans are all lumped together.
2006-06-29 @ 14:06
Comment from: ricky [Visitor]
One of the things some of you are forgetting is that these girls are just that: girls. Just because they have great golf games doesn't mean that they have reached emotional maturity by any means. They are like any other teenagers : they argue, cry, etc. I would give them a few years before criticizing them about their crying, whining etc.
2006-06-29 @ 15:28
Comment from: David [Visitor]
Ricky is right. Michelle and Morgan are both very immature. Furthermore, Michelle is no more mature than Morgan. They both cry like babies when they play badly, and both are spoilt brats and act that way, too.
2006-06-29 @ 16:08
Comment from: ToddCommish [Visitor]
Comment from: much of the same with these comments [Visitor]
Todd, by your own logic, there will be no first time winner in anything, unless pigs start flying.

Once again, a brainless, anonymous chicken misinterprets something and attempts to counter my statements with utter idiocy. I didn't say that one of the "winless wonders" wouldn't win, I said that you shouldn't predict they will.

By the way, I saw Morgan interviewed by Dan Hicks today and he played the Wie Card again. Morgan handled it very well, pointing out that EVERYONE else had to qualify in one form or the other and Wie shouldn't have been given a free pass. And she's right.
2006-06-29 @ 17:52
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
ricky, You could have substituted the word "females" for "teenagers" in the penultimate sentence of your post to arrive at a more appropriate meaning. A few more years of tolerance just won't do it. There will never be enough years from now to infinity to get females to quit whining and crying.
2006-06-29 @ 18:15
Comment from: Maggy [Visitor]
"By the way, I saw Morgan interviewed by Dan Hicks today and he played the Wie Card again. Morgan handled it very well, pointing out that EVERYONE else had to qualify in one form or the other and Wie shouldn't have been given a free pass."

Well, actually if Pressel knew what she was talking about she would have known that Kelly Robbins was also given a special exemption by the USGA. As for Wie being "afraid" to qualify that just totally absurd considering the places she has played golf. That mouthpiece should just give it a rest. Did they ask her about missing the cut on several occasions lately or her less than stellar performances when she did make the cut? We'll see what happens this weekend when perhaps she will go crying home to Gramps.

The public I'm sure would much rather watch someone with class, grace and elegance like Wie. And we respect the fact she likes to be a free agent, playing wherever possible. It's great she is not limiting herself to one tour and definately has the ability to do well on all of them. Just wait and see.
2006-06-29 @ 18:47
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
Michelle Wie received one of two special exemptions this year. Kelly Robbins also received one. So quite obviously Morgan Pressel was incorrect in her claim that EVERYONE else had to qualify. Wie received an exemption because her earnings would have been enoguh to qualify if she had been an LPGA which she could not be because of her age. I would hope the USGA would avoid this problem in the future by eliminating LPGA money lists as a basis for Open qualifications. Did Dan Hicks actually let Morgan Pressel get away with her incorrect claim? The media seems incredibly friendly to Morgan Pressel on issues like this.
2006-06-29 @ 18:58
Comment from: Maggy [Visitor]
They must feel sorry for her.
2006-06-29 @ 19:06
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]

If you are talking about being one of 12 players on the US Solheim Cup Team--then I think there is no question that the highest ranked American female, number 2 in the world, has already proved herself.
2006-06-29 @ 19:11
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
It was predictable that the Wie-wee's would be in attack mode before a shot was struck in the US Women's Open. Now, according to her ardent admirers, she is no less than number two in the world! Is that ranking based on the Wie Warrior exit poll? What in the world will these Wie sycophants do if she ever actually WINS anything? I hope that I live long enough to see the stark, raving insanity.
2006-06-29 @ 20:34
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
Alex--Actually it is the official Rolex Ranking. You can find links to it on the LPGA site. Just because you don't like what it says doesn't make it any less official.

Paula Creamer should get an award for putting a happy face on bad news. She said the delay might help her by giving her an extra day of rest--ignoring the fact that there will be 36 holes on Sunday which should be terrible for her with her injured wrist.
2006-06-30 @ 00:44
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Jim C, Since you have wrested from Norman the title of "Imperial Wizard of the Wie Warriors," perhaps you can shed some light on a rumor that is circulating in women's golf circles. How much truth is there to the rumor that Bubbles will be Number One in the Rolex rankings if she makes the cut this week?
2006-06-30 @ 07:04
Comment from: in response to the more of the same comments [Visitor]
Toddy, if you keep predicting that pigs will fly and I will in turn predict that a first time winless wonder will win a golf tournament. I will be right but you will always be wrong, unless you can get your flatulent swine in the air. Care to make a friendly wager? Double or nothing? I am amazed that you would put your name on the stupid garbage that you spout in these coments. Then again, maybe that is the best you can do. Cheers and watch a winless wonder win the whole thing. I don't know what you would do without that catchy phrase.
2006-06-30 @ 07:05
Comment from: alan m [Visitor]
Hi Alex
Still at it I see.
My mother is fine, thanks for asking.
You must stop these cynical comments. They really are not very nice.
I am curious however about a comment you made.
"Stacy, If you think that the US Women's Open will be exciting, you might be ready for some real excitement, like visiting the old folks down at the retirement home sitting in their rocking chairs, listening to the suppers digest, and watching the paint dry on the porch railings."

Do you actually watch Women's golf? If so why?

If you think Women's golf is so boring why waste your valuable time commenting on this blogg.
I do hope that once Wie wins you will disappear forever because you certainly won't have anything meaningful to say.

And yes, Wie is clearly No2 because of her results and I don't think even you could question that.

Alan M
2006-06-30 @ 07:49
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
alan m, Yes, I watch women's golf, but not if a good chess match is being broadcast on another channel at the same time. I was going to view the last event that Bubbles graced with her presence, but I watched instead the finals of a mah jonng tournament from Shanghai. If my satellite connection clicks, there's a four-day cricket match from Northumberland that will pre-empt the LPGA in my household. alan, where I come from two and two is still four. With that fact in mind, kindly explain how Bubbles, the winless wonder, can be ranked ahead of Lorena Ochoa who has two recent wins as well as several recent seconds, and Karrie Webb, also a recent two-time winner and second in a playoff to Se Ri at Bulle Rock. Jeong Jang, anyone? alan, I eagerly await your explanation. Perhaps Jim C, Norman, or one of the other Wie Warriors can chime in.
2006-06-30 @ 09:08
Comment from: ToddCommish [Visitor]
Sigh. It's really amazing how Wie-supporters are so anti-Pressel. Personally, I don't really care much for Pressel either (frequent commenters will know that I'm pro-Creamer though), but the venom spewed against poor Morgan doesn't seem to be merited. Hey, she's a teenager that resents preferential treatment given to another teenager. I'll alert the media.

And no matter how you spin it, Wie has received preferential treatment. Sure, she probably would've skated through the qualifying and secured a spot. BUT SHE DIDN'T. Kelly Robbins has won tournaments in the past and is an active LPGA member. Wie is a carpetbagging marketing hound who brings media and fan attention. To be honest, there really shouldn't be exemptions for anyone but honorary players (like Arnie in the Masters). It's supposedly the US Open. Everyone should have to EARN their way in through qualifying is some way. Bitching about it is Morgan's right, since she had to win something to get there. It's political suicide, but it's her right.

2006-06-30 @ 12:59
Comment from: alan m [Visitor]
Alex do the math. You keep telling us how smart you are.
If Wie never wins a tournament in her entire life but finished 2nd in all of then, she would undoubtedly be ranked No 1, that's the way it is. Unless of course the same person kept winning. Statistics are wonderful things, and are not biased like humans. Statistics don't really care if you win.
Todd, Were is this Vennom you mention? Obviously Wie supporters aren't going to take a liking to Pressel, why would they. She is an average golfer with a big mouth. There is not a lot to like about her to be quite honest. She should concentrate on her own game, her results haven't been very good lately.

Alan M
2006-06-30 @ 17:48
Comment from: Maggy [Visitor]
I see Pressel had yet ANOTHER amazing round of golf. Today she finished at +5. I's sure there will be many excuses. Boo Hoo for her. She brings on all the "venom" spewed against her by spewing trash out of her own mouth constantly. She really needs to get her yap under control and worry about playing her own game, not what others are doing. Perhaps the results would be different.

Sure Wie received an exemption, maybe that isn't right but it isn't her fault now is it? I'm sure no one would turn one down. And look at her results today, one off the lead. There weren't very many scores under par but she managed to pull one off. She belongs here. We will see how the rest of the weekend goes. Pressel will be luck to make the cut let alone be in the hunt.
2006-06-30 @ 18:52
Comment from: Stacy [Visitor]
After round one, amateur Jane Park is tied for the lead with Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak and Pat Hurst (who would have believed it!)!

Wie is tied for fifth place (hope she keeps up the good work) and Paula Creamer, Rosie Jones (another wow!) and Lorena Ochoa are in tenth, but all are within 2 strokes. Anything can happen!

I believe that the two rounds played on Sunday will determine the winner. Thirty-six holes is alot of golf!
2006-06-30 @ 18:55
Comment from: Stacy [Visitor]
And, four amateurs made the top-thirty after the first round. Simply incredible!
2006-06-30 @ 18:57
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
Michelle Wie is not an LPGA member(she is too young under LPGA rules) but that should not have any bearing on whether she is given an exemption into a USGA event. When the exemption rules were formulated no one thought a 14 year old amateur would do so well in a just a couple of LPGA events that she would have been exempt into the Open if she had done as well as an LPGA pro. Wie's 2004 exemption was given out on this basis--to correct what was preceived as an unfair bias in favor of LPGA pros in the rules for Open exemptions.

Wie finished T13 that year qualifying for the 2005 Open and it seemed like this particular problem would not come up again, at least with Michelle Wie. But then she finished T23 last yearm just outside the Top 20 and ties needed for 2006 qualification. BUT in her 7 events as a amateur she did well enought so that she would have easily made the top 40 needed for a 2006 exemption.

At the beginning of 2006 the USGA decided not to give Wie an exemption based upon a 2005 performance that would have put her in the top 40 LPGA money list--but they did offer the chance for a special exemption if her performance in just 2 events in the Feb-May period would be enough to put her in the top 35 that would have earned her an automatic exemption as an LPGA member. With a 3 and a T3 at Fields and Kraft she met these requirements to "earn" her special exemption.

2006-06-30 @ 19:24
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
Does anyone else notice that Morgan avoids the press after a less than stellar round? I wonder where she goes?

Look out for flash flood warnings in the area around the US Women's Open. I think someone is crying a river right now.
2006-06-30 @ 22:10
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
Perhaps it is the press that avoids Morgan Pressel. Once the tournament starts, the press usually focusses on players who do particularly well. Players in the middle of the pack rarely get a lot of press coverage. Michelle Wie is one of the rare players who has to face the press however she performs.

I think that Wie critics might have hurt Morgan Pressel by setting her up as everything a young golfer should be as opposed to what Michelle Wie is. For example, there has been a lot of talk about Morgan's scoreboard watching. As has been noted, this is usually a no no for a young golfer. It was fine for Pressel to do this in competition where she was the veteran playing against little girls in her amateur career--but she should have been told that all her successes as an amateur mean nothing now that she is a pro. Instead she was encouraged to believe that the winning attitude she developed as an amateur would help her as a pro. This is fine as long as things are going well--but acting more like it is just practice may be a better approach if things start to go sour. Certainly in the first round, MP did not do well at recovering from misfortunes. Of course, it is possible that this is the way it has to work with Morgn's personality--but if anyone is defying traditional wisdom among American teenagers I would say it is Morgan ignoring the traditional advice for young golfers and not Michelle competing against men.
2006-07-01 @ 00:09
Comment from: alan m [Visitor]
Morgan is a proven winner as an amateur, surely that means she should be winning as a pro.
Learning to win is the single most important thing an amateur has to do. What's up with the girl.
Maybe we need to be a bit more considerate because of her family situation which has been well documented. No I don't think so. Mind you, look what happened to Tiger.

Maybe Wie will win, Morgan misses the cut and these bloggs disappear. We can only hope.
I'm not sure what Alex would do with all his spare time.
Alan M
2006-07-01 @ 02:08
Comment from: william [Visitor]
Actually Ms. Pressel didn't disappoint. Once a again when things don't go her way, she pouts:

"The emotional teenager blasted the condition of the Newport Country Club greens after needing 34 putts during her first round. “The greens aren’t in the best shape. I think they were extremely inconsistent from green-to-green around the golf course, which is very unusual for a USGA event,” Pressel said. “Usually everything is very pristine. And, late in the day, it’s been wet, and they were very bumpy.” "
***On greens, Pressel pouts, article

2006-07-01 @ 04:12
Comment from: Fred [Visitor]
I like Morgan. I like her fire. And eventually, I think she will get that under control and win--a lot.
2006-07-01 @ 10:01
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
Actually it sounds to me like Morgan Pressel reacted the same way a lot of guys on the PGA do. It is Morgan Pressel's variation on the Michelle Wie theme of--I hit the putts where I wanted to but not many went in. In each case, the blame is put, not on the player, but elsewhere. Michelle Wie does it far more diplomatically--but I think it helps both of them to put yesterday behind her and start the new day fresh.
2006-07-01 @ 10:50
Comment from: for the Wie bashers/Pressel lovers [Visitor]
Oh, Fred, don't count on it. You may be sorely disappointed. I gave Morgan plenty of chances. And you know what? She just used up her last good grace. She is mediocity personified, not even a Salieri. Her behavior is disgraceful, blaming anyone and everything for her failures. Fire you say? emotional wreck is more like it. I will tell you one thing. I don't wanna see my own fricking snot. Why would I want to see someone else's snot... on national TV no less? She can cry all she wants, as long as she get her snot under control. Is it too much to ask? I think not. She is not ready for prime time. She needs to go back to the junior golf and beat up on little girls. Oh wait, she is overaged, an adult. She better hightail her plum derriere back to the college and learn to win at the next level, the collegiate one. Brittnay Lang would be her role model and mentor for her. I will make a prediction. Morgan Pressel will never win a LPGA tournament this year. Contrast Creamer to Presssel, it is like a day and night. Even fighting an injury, you don't hear Creamer bashing others and making excuses for her disappointing season. If anyone, I am rooting for her to get better and go back to her winning ways.
2006-07-01 @ 10:56
Comment from: Kyle [Visitor]

Looks like Pressel may miss the cut at the Women's US Open.

She's having a tough two weeks since she just missed another LPGA cut last week.

Oh well, I'm sure she'll find a way to blame Michelle Wie for it.
2006-07-01 @ 12:33
Comment from: Kyle [Visitor]
How hilarious would it be if Morgan Pressel who went on and on about Michelle getting an exemption and that Michelle was "afraid" to qualify--missed the cut ??

The only way it could be funnier is if Michelle wins the tournament. OH the irony !
2006-07-01 @ 12:36
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Well, folks, there you have it. alan m has stated the obvious. To Big alan, and presumably all the Wie Warriors, Bubbles will be their Number One if she NEVER WINS A TOURNAMENT! Well, not quite. She'd have to finish second in all of them. She hasn't done that yet, She has three seconds in her last 16 events. And, of course, NO WINS. But that doesn't matter to the Wie-wee's or the geniuses down at Rolex. Maybe those Rolex people use the same logic and mathematics as the crackpots who think that John Kerry actually won the 2004 election and is now the President-in-exile of the United States. Those imbeciles have statistics to prove their fantasy just as the Wie-nuts have theirs.
2006-07-01 @ 12:44
Comment from: Kyle [Visitor]

Well at least she's not missing LPGA cuts left and right or finishing in 80th place like your girl Morgan usually does.

Yesterday, Morgan blamed the greens for her bad play--what a baby!
2006-07-01 @ 12:58
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Kyle, Where in the pluperfect hell did you get the notion that Morgan Pressel or any other female golfer was "my girl"? You'd better check your reading comprehension, sonny.
2006-07-01 @ 19:29
Comment from: Jay [Visitor]
If you want to make money bets on Women golf, listen to Dottie Pepper. She has good insight. Last MacDonalds, she predicted SeriPak, this time she predicted Annika. It is Anika this US open.
2006-07-01 @ 20:27
Comment from: Ken [Visitor]
Morgan hasn't seemed to have recovered from the Fields Open. The girl needs to get her head together.

Bawling for 15 minutes on network TV under her Calloway cap...the Calloway marketing guys were probably screaming for a fadeout.
2006-07-01 @ 21:28
Comment from: JIM cOULTHARD [Visitor]
For the 1st 2 rounds Michelle Wie was in the top 8 in total putts. These 8 players included Young Kim, Pat Hurst, and 5 other players who missed the cut.

Morgan Pressel should be able to get her head together once the Open is over. Until this week Morgan could say she clearly outperformed Michelle Wie in the clutch at the last US Open. After this week, that Open will be ancient history so to speak. Morgan's Amateur Crown has little relevance now that neither Morgan nor Michelle are eligible to compete. What happened when these golfers were amateurs will matter very little after this week--and if the press is no longer interested in what Morgan has to say about Michelle, it will be easier for Morgan to get over her Wie issues.
2006-07-02 @ 00:45
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
She is maintaining the 28 Putts per round average I discussed earlier, but Michelle needs to bring her GIR average up to her regular level to win. She is currently in 21st place in GIR, if she raises her percentage tomorrow to her tour average and maintains her PPR average, she could win by more than two strokes.

Michelle showed a new level of maturity today that was missing in last years open . Number seven and eighteen were defining holes for her round.

Last year she would not have taken an unplayable on number seven and attempted to hack it out of the woods only to make matters worse. The way she played the hole was smart and showed us a more mature golfer.

When Michelle parred number eighteen (the third most difficult hole) right after carding a frustrating double bogey on seventeen, we witnessed someone who can control their emotions and finish well. As a fifteen year old at last years Open she let one bad hole lead right into another as she did in the final round. Morgan has developed the same problem this season.

Tomorrow will be quite a show over 36 holes.

2006-07-02 @ 05:33
Comment from: David [Visitor]
I think it is between Paula and Annika now, although Annika definitely has the upper hand due to the score difference and the fact that Paula has an injured wrist. We all know what Michelle will do on Sunday: blow up, as always.

Paula has been having trouble with her wrist for a while now, and I think it dates back to the second half of the 2005 season. I won't speculate how she injured her wrist.
2006-07-02 @ 08:56
Comment from: Wie Warrior [Visitor]
Your Paula bombed while Michelle is in contention now. I am amazed by the consistency of Michelle's performance in most games.
2006-07-02 @ 17:37
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
This time Michelle Wie putted quite well. Another T3. She sounded hopefully that she would break through with a win soon. Let's see how she does in match play this coming week.

And a great tournament for Paula Creamer and a 76-75 on the final day for Paula was quite an accomplishment for her with her injured wrist--but she really should take off time to rehab now.
2006-07-02 @ 19:48
Comment from: Kyle [Visitor]

I agree Jim--Dottie Pepper mentioned on the telecast that Paula wrist problems are a "chronic problem" --she definitely needs to take some time off for some rehab.

I'm actually not as disappointed in Michelle's performance as I have been in the past.

She wasted so many birdie putts at the Men's US Open qualifier and at the LPGA championship--but this tournament she actually putted very well.
She simply got beat this weekend but yet another Top 3 at a major which is very impressive.
2006-07-03 @ 07:29
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
One-Putt and Jim C, When was the last time either of you guys was right about anything? A few days ago on WKW's blog, Jim C flatly declared that Bubbles would not only win the Women's US Open, she would win TWO majors this year. He also vowed that there would be NO PLAYOFF THIS YEAR. 0 for 2. On the same blog, One-Putt stated unequivocally that if Earrings could average 1.75 putts per round, she would be UNDER NO PRESSURE, and would RUN AWAY FROM THE FIELD. She averaged 1.57 putts per hole, but the last time I looked she hadn't lapped the field. Now, don't get me wrong, I think Legs played admirably. She sank a number of par-saving and even bogey-saving putts. She did well from the bunkers. Her GIR and fairways hit were better than most of the field. But maybe you Wie Warriors should try to digest these facts: Bubbles was tied for the lead going into the final round. She had everything going for her: youth, exuberance, a friendly audience, no school distractions, nothing but good. Also, with six holes to play, she was still tied with two women twenty years her senior who were both obviously tired. Surely she would come up with a few of those "16 year old bombs" that Wie sycophant Johnny Miller was so fervently wishing for on the telecast. But again she failed to close the deal. As it turned out, all Bubbles needed to get a "W" in the big one was a pedestrian one-under 70 in the final round. She couldn't do it yet again. Maybe the Lanky One's fate is to be the proverbial bridesmaid but never a bride. Speaking figuratively, of course.
2006-07-03 @ 09:08
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
At least I only got a prediction wrong. Alex apparently has difficulty reading. One putt talked about 1.75 putts per GIR. Why would a round of 1 under 70 be a pedestrian round when no one finished under par for the tournament? Alex has thought of a new one. Players over 40 have won the open, while no one under 20 has ever won it--yet somehow Alex figures a 16 year old has an unfair advantage over a 36 year old. Annika is quite fit, while Pat Hurst was lucky yesterday. Pat Hurst's playoff round today is looking a lot worse than Wie's final round yesterday.

Alex. Here is another prediction. Michelle Wie will win. Do you care to strengthen your prediction that she may never win--and say straight out that she will never win--or at least give us a time frame in which she will not win?
2006-07-03 @ 11:09
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Jim C, Ford was right. The first excuse the premier Wie Warrior makes is to play the "she's only a 16 year old girl" card. I'm not going to fall for your challenge to me to prove that something may not happen. That would be tantamount to trying to prove a negative, which cannot be done.YOU flat out just stated that BUBBLES WILL WIN. YOU tell me WHEN THIS WILL HAPPEN. I never attempted to predict that she will never win. There is a distinct possibility of that occurring, although it is highly unlikely. But if it will make you satisfied, I will predict that Bubbles will not win a full field stroke play event on any tour during the month of July 2006. Now, you tell me WHEN she will win such a tournament as I've just described. That would be an entirely different thing, similar to proving a positive which is done all the time.
2006-07-03 @ 11:51
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
I believe Alex has just demonstrated quite effectively just how great a golfer Michelle Wie is. One of the harshest Wie critics around could precict nothing worse for Michelle Wie in her 3 upcoming events this month than to predict that she would finish 2nd or lower at the John Deere Tournament on the PGA. That is the only one of her 3 tournaments which is a full field stroke play event.
2006-07-03 @ 13:20
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Jim C, I am a harsh Wie critic? How so? You talk about someone having trouble reading! I specifically said that I believe that Bubbles played admirably in the Open. She just didn't WIN, something that you boldly predicted would happen. I am mildly amused at your assertion that Pat Hurst was "lucky" in the Open. Don't good golfers and proven champions make their own luck? And I'm still trying to figure out the connection between Pat's playoff round(74) and Bubbles' afternoon round yesterday(73). Outside of the one stroke difference, I can't see any relevance. How many of her upcoming events did Earrings actually qualify for? I eagerly await your prediction of when Legs will get off the schneid. Anything within a month will suffice. And Jim, remember I am absolutely NOT saying that she will never win a tournament.
2006-07-03 @ 13:40
Comment from: Stacy [Visitor]
I believe that, for the first time in a long time, Michelle Wie was happy with her performance.

And Alex, not only did Wie fail to close the deal on Sunday but so did Sorenstam.
2006-07-03 @ 14:25
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Stacy, Spoken like a true Wie Warrior. Taken to it's proper conclusion, your post intimates that while Bubbles has ample reason to be satisfied with her T3, Annika should be miffed at her T1. Maybe so, but Annika is probably more than a bit gratified with her playoff victory today. Or possibly, to borrow a word from Jim C, she was "lucky". To proven champions and their supporters, it takes more than a T3 to elicit smug satisfaction. Proven winners, like Annika, like to WIN! Bubbles is happy to "play well". And that seems to be enough for the Wie-wee's as stated by several Wie-nuts on these boards.
2006-07-03 @ 14:41
Comment from: toto [Visitor]
Alex: I am truly puzzled by you - you are obviously intelligent, but your demeaner is so obviously anti-everything - you are a twenty-first century bigot. Does it really trip your trigger to be so hateful - and your obvious "I really like MW" comments are so much like the KKK comments about blacks, jews, catholics, etc.

You, sir, are a racist.
2006-07-03 @ 15:08
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
toto, Are you certain you don't belong back in Kansas? You would probably be puzzled by someone trying to come in out of the rain.You sir, are an imbecile.
2006-07-03 @ 15:51
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
My comment on your reading was in regard to One Putt's comment that Wie would win if she averaged 1.75 or better in putts on GIR. It did not refer to a 1.75 average overall--which was her average number of putts per hole in her previous tournament where she finished T5. Since she hit 43 GIR and was under par only 8 times in all--all birdies, we can see that she had to have made at least 2x43 - 8 = 78. Add one for a 3 putt GIR I know she had, and we have at least 79/43 = 1.837. Had she putted well enough on those 43 holes to be no nore than 1.75, she would have been at least 4 shots better, winning by at least 2 shots. Nevertheless I believe she putted quite well on her GIR, she just had very few good birdie looks.

I believe that Wie's T3 finish last year at the Weetabix Britih Open qualified her for this year's event. Her finish yesterday qualifies her for next year's US Open. I believe her Rolex ranking qualifies her for this week's Match Play Event. She was T2 at least year's Evian which is as good as Morgan Pressel did at last year's US Women's Open.

Two players received special exemptions for this year's Women's Open. Kelly Robins was T130 missing the cut at 15 over par for 2 rounds, Michelle Wie was T3 finishing 2 back for the entire tournament at 2 over. Yet Alex seems unbothered by Kelly Robbin's special exemption while he seems offended that one was given to Michelle Wie.
2006-07-03 @ 15:59
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
I actually posted this on another blog (William W. "The Pat Hurst Rankings") but it fits here:

I thoroughly enjoyed Sunday's golf, watching Anika and Pat battle it out, the valiant effort of Michell and Se Ri to keep up and the outstanding par play of Stacey Pammanasudh! No matter what the outcome of today's playoff, Ms Hurst showed herself to be a couragous and consistent golfer on Sunday. I must say that I do not hold the 3rd place finish against Ms Wie anymore than I do for Ms Pak and Ms Prammanasudh. The best 2 players Sunday are in the playoffs and the others get a "good try and better luck next year" Womens golf has gotten very exciting and I am looking forward to watching much more. Mike

Let me add that Michelle did herself proud, I really was amazed at Stacey P ability to play par golf given her short distance play, and Paula Creamer is another consumate professional (along with Ms. Wie) she has a smile even in adversity and is professional in demeanor and in her comments. Looking forward to match play
ps Alex, you need to watch cricket and find a blog to pollute there.
2006-07-03 @ 16:36
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Mike. Yeah, that really was exciting watching those consummate women pros trying unsuccessfully to make the green in two on a 480 yard par five. Boy, that pitty-pat golf was simply thrilling. And listening to Wie sycophant Johnny Miller gush over Bubbles' bogey on the monstrous 432 yard par four ninth made my day. Yes, that was almost as exciting as Portugal's 3 to 1 win on penalty kicks over England after 90 minutes of scoreless tie. It just doesn't get any better than that!
2006-07-03 @ 17:23
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
Alex. I checked on your claim that Wie's fairways hit was better than most of the field. She was in a 3 way tie for 65th among the 68 players who made the cut. One player hit fewer fairways--although it is true that Pat Hurst was also in the 3 way tie.
2006-07-03 @ 20:34
Comment from: alan m [Visitor]
If you wan to be really bored check out Morgan's blogg at the top of the page.
However she did have nice things to say about MW.

Alan M
2006-07-04 @ 01:47
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor]
"Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
Alex. I checked on your claim that Wie's fairways hit was better than most of the field. She was in a 3 way tie for 65th among the 68 players who made the cut. One player hit fewer fairways--although it is true that Pat Hurst was also in the 3 way tie.

Pat was also number one in putting Jim, go figure.
2006-07-04 @ 03:46
Comment from: Wayne [Visitor]
Watch out ladies, the girl's got a new spangled-angled putter. Read it here.

[i]Wie needed 27 putts in the final round, but the clutch one eluded her. Her tournament total: a 28.3 average, which ranked third.

Wie might want to send a thank-you note to John Daly for a tip the popular PGA Tour star gave her.

Daly suggested Wie switch to a more lofted putter. She did, adding approximately 2 degrees of loft, and going to a heavier model.

The extra loft "is to get the ball rolling over the top more," said Wie's coach, David Leadbetter. "Her putts weren't bouncing as much."

Wie's drives and approach shots let her down in the final round. She hit only seven fairways and eight greens.[/i]

2006-07-04 @ 16:28
Comment from: Stacy [Visitor]
Wayne, thanks for the tip about the putter, great stuff.

Wie's putting was working much better. Sometimes people uninvolved with the person's faults can see what the golfer may be missing.

I also agree about Wie's approach shots letting her down but that's just going to be something she has to work on, just like the rest of us!
2006-07-05 @ 09:35
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
Interesting quote from leading LPGA money winner Lorena Ochoa in her pre tournament HSBC interview. She doesn't consider 20 th place at the Open to have been a bad week.
2006-07-05 @ 23:23
Comment from: Stacy [Visitor]
Lorena Ochoa is a great golfer. Not every week can be a winning one. I guess she's content just doing what she's doing for a living. I, personally, could get used to it!
2006-07-06 @ 10:15
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
Lorena has said she wants to be number 1. But what do you do when you finish in 20th place in the Open? It seems to me that Lorena has chosen to view this as a glass half full rather than half empty--and she is doing this to help keep of her confidence for future events. In this she resembles Michelle Wie in her approach jto near misses.
2006-07-06 @ 19:02
Comment from: Stacy [Visitor]
I liked Michelle Wie's recent comment during the first round of the HSBC match play event. She was asked if she knew Candy Hannemann and she responded, "Well, you know, I don't really look at the, you know, the name of the player that I'm playing."

When I go out as a single I also try not to get to know my opponent too well. I just stick to my own game plan.

Now if I could just play golf like either Michelle Wie or Lorena Ochoa...well, WOW...
2006-07-07 @ 18:55
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2007-01-30 @ 15:17
Comment from: Pat Hinsley [Visitor]
If Wei would play with the women and quit playing with the men maybe someone would respect her. Or I forgot her poor wrist. Or yeah who just jump until Pappys Pond at the US Open oh that wasn't Michelle I bet she doesn't enough know that tradition. However it was humbling to see Morgan and her grandmother take that plunge with humility and dignity that I never seen from Wei. But of course Wei hasn't worked as hard as Morgan we all still should just fill sorry for Michelle well not me. Congtrats Morgan what a wonderful show of true emotion and respect. You are the true role model for today young women.
2007-04-01 @ 18:53
Comment from: jp [Visitor]
the only thing american about michelle wie is her passport. her first words were korean and her favorite dishes are korean. yeah, when an american of foreign decent commits a heinous crime or something we don't like to say they're american. americans of foreign decent are only american when they play golf well, or skate well like michelle kwan, or christie yamaguchi
2007-04-17 @ 11:14

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