Webb and Davies wonder if Wie will collapse like Mickelson in final round of Evian Masters
With eight top-five finishes in her last ten LPGA events, one would think that the 2006 Evian Masters could be the event in which Michelle Wie will shine. Our American hopeful is just a single stroke off of the lead and will pair up with Aussie Karrie Webb and British bulldog Laura Davies in the final round tomorrow.
However, Webb’s statistics are even better. Out of thirty events where Karrie entered the final round with at least a share of the lead, she has won nineteen times. She has also been victorious twice already this season whereas Wie is still struggling to win her first event on the LPGA tour.
Karrie is also well aware that Wie has the tendency to choke in her final round. Confidence builder for Webb? Possibly.
And what about Laura Davies’ momentum? The Brit is looking for her first win since 2001, playing in over one-hundred events since her Wegman’s victory. She has a tendency to fade out in round four as well.
Can lucky charms help the ladies?
Webb claims that a “sterling kind of stainless steel that has my initials on it” that she uses as a ball mark has been in her bag the longest but I believe that her great putter is the magic she carries along in her bag.
Michelle Wie’s typical teenage response to the same question revealed, “Well you know the stuff that I have on my bag, all the little dolls, I feel that those are lucky charms, things people have given me along the way and they have always been on my bag so I’ve always had them".
Let’s not count out Se Ri Pak, just two strokes off the lead, two Asian hopefuls Jang and Kim and Annika Sorenstam, who has the tendency to sneak up on the leaders (like a certain “Tiger” has the tendency to do) just as they get comfortable with their rounds.
Paula Creamer will need a miracle to retain the Evian trophy and Morgan Pressel, currently tied for 31st position with Q-School contemporary Ai Miyazato (and several others), may move up the leaderboard but can forget any chance of winning this event.
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In that light, I think she is doing quite well.
Wie has performed very well down the stretch this season so far.
I'm not going to predict that she is going to win, but it's being unfair to call her a choker. I think Michelle's first victory will be one where she wins by 4+ strokes. It will also likely be on a course that is a little more difficult than the one they are playing this week.
Ok Alex I will crawl out on the limb with you halfway. If Michelle shoots a round that equals todays she will lose and maybe not even finish in the top five. If she plays a round the same as she did in round two it will take a 66 by Karrie or a 64 by Laura or Se Ri to beat her and all of them have not broken 67 yet in this tournament.
Predict that Michelle will win the Evian Alex? Not with Karrie Webb in the lead bringing her resurrected championship level golf game to France. Last year Karrie or Se Ri wouldn't even be a threat, but what a difference a year makes. Laura hasn't done so well in the past during final rounds (at least in 103 events since her last win in 2001).
I think Loreana is a little too far off the pace, but Annika is a Wild One in the final round and she has shot 59 before, so we never count out the Swede.
It shapes up to be a most interesting final round.
So if Laura Davies wins, let's all let this be her week, and let the focus be on her.
It would be one thing to belittle a win by Karrie Wood saying she was only able to win because someone else choked--but let's not do that to Laura if she wins.
You say "With eight top-five finishes in her last ten LPGA events, one would think that the 2006 Evian Masters could be the event in which Michelle Wie will shine." What exactly does that mean? "One would think", "could be the event"? You used a lot of words to say absolutely nothing.
You say that "Karrie is also well aware that Wie has the tendency to choke in her final round. Confidence builder for Webb? Possibly." How do you know Webb is well aware of this "fact"? How does Wie have a tendency to choke in her final round? Why does Webb need a confidence builder when "Webb's statistics are even better."? Why does Webb need a confidence builder when she's already won twice this year?
Why do you have this blog?"
It does make one wonder Jenney, just where do they find the bloggers at TravelGolf? Could we say at the "Bottom of the Blogging Barrel.
They are all capapble of choking.
But of course, that doesn't fit your view of the world. I see no "give-up" or choke or fold in Wie this morning so far.
Jenney, my name is Stacy Solomon. If you listen to our podcasts or read other blogs of mine, you would know that.
#2. I paraphrase and ask questions of our readers to provoke comment from bloggers such as yourself.
#3. Jenney, I happen to know plenty about golf, probably alot more than you know. Do you even play golf? What is your handicap? My LEGITIMATE handicap is a 15.1. I say legitimate because most golfers lie and cheat about their golf scores, rolling over their ball, kicking it out from under a tree, not sinking their 3-footers for par, etc.
Regarding your statement, "You used a lot of words to say absolutely nothing" let it be known that I graduated with honors in English with a full scholarship from New York University...what about you?
I'm awaiting your response.
I did not think you "used a lot of words to say absolutely nothing" in your blog but at the same time, giving your educational background to defend your blog makes it seem as if you have insecurity issues. I, for one, would not accept a Harvard grad's argument over an NYU grad's argument based simply on their educational background.
It would appear that as of this moment, MW has the outright lead. Choke? Not yet, sorry.
Karrie Webb won. Michelle didn't choke, but she remains winless.
A very nice 65 for Paula Creamer and the same for Cristie Kerr.
Ir is probably good for Michelle that she plays again next week.
I wonder if Michelle will stay in Europe to play some LET events after next week's Weetabix.
Status quo for Michelle.
The Wie Warriors will have to wait at least 1 more week for win #1.
If matters don't upgrade quickly, it may soon become a refrain of "Wait 'til next year.
Wie did not choke but, again, could not close the deal.
Actually, Karrie Webb, the multiple major, multiple lpga event winner won the tournament.
It isn't all about Michelle.
Wie played very well. She was -3 for the last 10 holes. She hit a 68 for the round, which was her 2nd best round.
She hit a 35 on the back nine, which was her 2nd best back 9.
Wie played very well in the 4th round. People like Stacy who try to belittle her and very ignorant.
Wie just met Karrie Webb, who is an experienced performer and just played that bit better.
As a Karrie fan, I'll even admit that Karrie got a bit lucky, but of course, you people don't even get coverage over there until later. Perhaps, you should have actually watched the tournament before commenting.
A beautiful putt dropped for Karrie on the 17th hole, which pretty much gave her the tournament. It was a putt shaped like an L and just got in. Karrie did get the rub of the green on a couple of occasions, but most winners do.
Wie will have her tournament. That won't take any special formula of learning to win. It will simple happen, because she is already doing enough. She just needs that bit of luck, that the winner tends to get in close tournaments. Either that or have a big margin win.
Perhaps now that she has won THREE tournaments this season, people will look more closely at her solid abilities! I wrote about her early in the season, after winning the Kraft Nabisco, and thought to myself that this wil be her breakout year. Her struggles are now over!
I am embarassed, here we are arguing over a tournament we did not even watch! We just watched the scores as they were posted and played the round in our heads. Damn!
I will say no more! .... ok ok one more question. If Wie chokes on the back nine and nobody watches it, did she really choke?
On the first 2 days it was hotter than the John Deere Classic. Yes that is right, hotter. So how can this be, you will probably explain. Then why was she okay one tournament and not the other.
Well Alex, believe it or not, the human body does not respond to heat in the same way on every occasion. There are other determining factors.
From someone who watched, you can take it that Michelle played the back 9 very well, but just got beat by someone who played it better.
Yes, I know...Math is hard. I guess an English degree doesn't necessarily help you figure out the math. An English degree from anywhere, does not make you a good writer. Shouldn't your writing speak for itself?
Why is it when people who cannot stand on the merits of what they actually write on these blogs, they end up bringing their "credentials" into it. I don't see the merits of posting personal information on a public forum such as this one.
I can even think of a golf analogy that applies to this situation. Morgan Pressel has a pretty impressive golf pedigree and looks like she would do extremely well on paper, yet she's fallen short all year.
Hopefully Michelle will lose the Nike Driver and take a tip from the Tiger. The women's tees will be up and a long iron will take the bunkers out of play in the fairways, keep the ball low out of the winds aloft and minimize the risk of ending up in the hay.
There are very few (if any other than Michelle) women professional golfers hitting forged blades anymore. They carry a variety of rescue clubs, lofted woods and cavity back irons with a sweetspot the size of an egg. They sacrifice distance for accuracy.
Michelle hit a 7 iron from 170 on the 15th hole she eagled in round four. I would say most women on the tour would be hitting a five or seven wood from that distance. or a rescue club around the same lofts. A friend of mine on Oahu plays Ko Olina quite a bit and he has watched Michelle practice on the range a few times with the regular gallery that ends up watching. He said that when Michelle was hitting a two iron, she was drawing it or fading it at will and carrying it almost to the 250 marker she was aiming at with the ball rolling out well past it. On a hard, dry and fast fairway this could be a real advantage for her at the Weetabix. When you think about it ...it almost seems like cheating. Nah Tiger didn't cheat a bit, he won fair and square.
Nonsense, she doesn't hit her driver much further than that. I think your friend should get glasses.
I'm the most excitement you get on these blogs, because usually no one else bothers. So you're bored, don't reply. I'm not bored. It's fun for me.
"He said that when Michelle was hitting a two iron, she was drawing it or fading it at will and carrying it almost to the 250 marker she was aiming at with the ball rolling out well past it."
Nonsense, she doesn't hit her driver much further than that. I think your friend should get glasses."
Do you even carry a two iron in your bag Judge? Well I do and it is my club of choice 240 to 270 from the center. 240 to 250 three quarter swing with draw or fade depending on wind direction and approach. Above 250 full swing with the same action. Stiff wind in my face I hit it about an inch forward in my stance and achieve nearly the same distances. JK my friend carries the same club in his bag as anyone who plays island golf does. The only glasses we need are for reading.
Now I'm sure when you hit a driver Judge you are worried about distance so you can outdrive your partners and "be the man". Better golfers worry about hitting a spot on the fairway to a distance that brings their club of choice in play or takes hazards out of the mix and also achieves the correct angle into the green to where the pin placement is located. Depending on how tight the fairway is, angle of sloap, wind speed/direction, doglegs R/L, dryness of fairway, lenght of grass or hazards near the landing area determine the speed with which I hit my driver with the shape I want to achieve. I may only crank one or two full drivers a round and pull a three wood from the bag sometimes to take danger out of play.
One can go out and swing hard everytime or they can go out and play a game of "course management".
BTW Judge, I trust JK's "judge"ment more than yours, he is after all a PGA teaching professional.
1. The lowest scoring average on tour
2. Finished in the top ten 100% of the time -- number one on tour
3. Finished in the top five 100% of the time -- no one else comes close
4. 2nd-highest earnings per event on tour
5. Highest average finish on tour: 3.5. Next best is Ochoa at 9.81.
On top of that Wie is ranked 2nd in the world...has come within one or two strokes of winning every major so far this year... has compiled this record playing mostly the toughest events on tour, against the very best players the LPGA has to offer. If the LPGA adjusted scoring as the PGA does, Wie's scoring average would go even lower.
All this while playing a part-time schedule. From a 16 year old girl, who has nowhere to go but up.
We are seeing history made before our eyes.
I've heard that comment before mostly at the end of a round.
It sounds like you might be technology challenged Ford, so I will give you the same tip I give the other losers after a round.
Go to the next TaylorMade demo day that comes to your area. Before you go get some accurate numbers for the distance you hit your present clubs, write them down and put it in your left front pocket.
When you get to the demo ask the tech for a set of RAC TP Forged irons 2 thru PW with X-Stiff shafts if they have them.
Hit ten balls with each club and average the distance for each group of balls hit and write it down. After you finish logging them, put that list in your right pocket and head to the 19th hole for your favourite beverage. As your enjoying a cold one pull out both lists and compare, now one or two things can happen at this point.
You may have discovered you have a problem hitting forged irons or as happens in most cases you will discover you were hitting two clubs less to the same distance the first time you hit the club. Since you had them include a two iron in the set, let me know your longest distance and we will see who is full of it. That is if you can stop smiling enough after hitting em flush to around the 250 sign.
While your there Ford you might as well try out the R7 460 with a 2x stiff shaft and R7 3 and 5 wood with the same shaft and let me know the outcome.
Is Wie playing better during the summer stretch (other than whatever is the real story with the John Deere tourney)? IOW, could it be that playing a bit more frequently be helping her consistency?
I'm sure you can come up with numbers to make one case or the other.
Will that win her a tournament? I think, eventually. Look at how long it's been between tournaments for Corey Pavin. I'll bet that there was alot of self-doubt creeping into his backswing up until he won this weekend. I bet Pavin will make a great Champions Tour golfer.
I'm not sure how meaningful th total putts number is--but Michelle has to feel pretty good about 112 total putts. It is more encouraging to come close to winning, but lose because you may have made some poor decisions--than to lose because you can't putt well under pressure.
If the same part of her game were keeping her down every time, she might feel she is doing as well as she can. But as it is, she is clearly not bringing her A game in all areas in any of her one or two stroke losses. There is clearly more in the tank than we have seen--and she needs very little more to win.
And, man boobs look good on Phil. Keep eating those hamburgers, Mickelson! As long as Amy and the kids love you, that's all you need!
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