Michelle Wie thinks a win is coming. Could it be at the Women's British Open?
Michelle Wie is not only gaining confidence in her golf clubs but she is also improving her interview skills. I was impressed by her answers at this week’s press conference regarding her expectations of herself. Also, her restraint when asked about her opinions of others who might speak out-of-turn about her skills, or lack thereof, was very becoming for a girl her age, where cattiness sets the high-school standard.
A mature Michelle stated, “it’s not because people expect me to win that I get frustrated. It’s just because I expect myself to win. You know, getting second, getting third every week, I mean, I think that’s pretty good. I think that’s pretty consistent but I’m ready for a win now.”
Okay Michelle, you say you’re ready now so here at the final major of 2006 is your place to prove yourself. Show all of the Wie-bashers that you can finish strong. Don’t allow the Women’s British Open to go into a playoff as the previous three majors have done. Don’t allow yourself to say once again, “obviously it’s very frustrating right after you finish playing. It’s like, oh my G-d, I was close again.”
Karrie Webb won the Kraft Nabisco in a playoff and comes into this event with “special memories of her first ever win as a pro". Webb lost in a playoff to Se-Ri Pak at the McDonalds LPGA Championship and Annika Sorenstam rallied in a Monday finish at the U.S. Women’s Open. Where will Wie stand come Monday morning?
Karrie Webb stated that Wie is “learning to win the hard way", that she is gaining her experience on professional tours and I agree that “it’s such a fine line between winning and finishing second or even fifth, tenth.”
Wie declared avidly that she doesn’t care what people have to say, “people have their right to talk” and I concur that second and third place is still great golf but now that she has learned how to compete it is finally time to learn how to win.
Let’s see some action Michelle! I, for one, am cheering you on this week. Don’t allow Annika Sorenstam to grab the Weetabix just so that she can text message Tiger Woods with a smiley-face. Don’t allow Karrie Webb the satisfaction of TWO major victories this season or your possible dip in the Rolex Rankings to phase you. Win that spa trip to Canyon Ranch, take your mom and pop along and smile all the way to the bank!
The Weetabix British Women’s Open will be televised for the first two days on TNT and the final two rounds on ABC. There will also be plenty of internet coverage so let’s all tune in and celebrate the final major of the year on the LPGA tour. It’s sure to be exciting!
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If she was your daughter, would you push her to win, or would you just say play your hardest ?
I am so happy!
Sorenstam is climbing the leaderboard more quickly than anticipated.
I'm surprised that Natalie Gulbis isn't making the move this season that I anticipated. Even Butch Harmon can't seem to help. I'm waiting to see Paula Creamer make a comeback after last season's tremendous 2nd place finale on the money list.
It's good to see Tiger Woods showing he's still top-dog!
In response to Natalie Gulbis' recent playoff at the Owens Corning Classic, she didn't win. As a matter of fact, she too has a problem with winning, just like Wie. Perhaps her entrance into the final ADT Championship will spur her on to victory.
Aside from the Corning Classic, since the Wegmans (in which she MC'd), Gulbis has not been breaking down any doors.
U.S. Women's Open...T16, HSBC Match Play...T33, Evian Masters...T25th
I am so happy!"
Why are you happy? Do you really care that much?
Unfortunately, money is the motivator. Without raising purses in the LPGA (which is slowing occuring...the Evian Masters first place check was about $450K) the women will seek out the $$$.
I personally like to see post-season action where all tours can get involved. The Wendy's Three-tour Challenge at the end of the season is one of my favorites.
Wie Warriors, Wie skeptics, here's your chance:
Who will be the first to win their first LPGA tournament?
There are reasons why some women want to play the PGA Tour, but money has nothing to do with it. Try again.
I pick Michelle even though Natalie (and Morgan) will be playing in many more tournaments.
If I had to pick them in order
Though I would put Ai b4 Morgan
In fact I will make the same wager as I did with Ford, I'll take Michelle, the bet being 1 Florida Lottery ticket vs a comparable Lottery ticket. Is it a bet?
p.s. Who's your pick?
Why such a dumb marketing move?
That and all the delayed Golf Channel telecasts that make the LPGA look like a 2nd rate sporting event?
Get the golf out to the masses Carolyn. Make sure people get a full dose of the LPGA. I'm sure they will like what they see.
And to Judge, playing on the PGA tour has given Michelle Wie much exposure which translates into $$$. True, she might also feel that she is capable of beating guys on the tour - and she should be able to beat a few of them however money is the true motivator in this society.
Okay, Wie would also have major bragging rights by competing, and by staying the weekend, on an event on the PGA tour ;-)
Tee times are staggered between morning and afternoon and alternated on Thursday and Friday. Since you're a Wie fan and admittedly not a golf fan, perhaps you should educate yourself as to how golf tournaments work before lashing out irrationally. It makes even Wie Warriors cringe when a self-proclaimed Wie fan demonstrates that much ignorance.
It isn't the Michelle Wie Open, although her sponsors might want it to be.
Mike has a point. I thought that when Ty Votaw left the position and Carolyn Bivens took over (both a woman and with extensive marketing experience) that she would understand how to put the LPGA in the faces of the public. So far I have not seen any improvements in the LPGA, have you?
And, thanks for explaining the way tee times are issued.
Remember, we're always learning! :-)
"......The tee-off times are arrived at through a mix of influences, including the Ladies Golf Union, promoters IMG, the Ladies European Tour, the American LPGA Tour and television, in this week's case the BBC, who are understood not to have included Matthew in their requests.
Susan Simpson, tournament director, said: "We try to spread strong players throughout the field and there are some at the start and at the end on both days. It is noted that Catriona is the top-ranked Briton, who is attractive from the spectator point of view. We are expecting ......"
And which part of the "...not a golf fan" did you not understand?
Even though she is not a member of the LPGA, shouldn't she get the same respect as her peers?
I don't care about the picture--but I would like some stats.
I checked a betting site--and since there were no LPGA sites what came up when you clicked her name was her PGA stats.
Believe it or not, Isabelle Beisegel (sp?) has been attempting to qualify for men's events for quite some time now. It's amazing, too, because she can't even beat eggs on the women's tour. I was at her site once and I think she uttered some folderol about how golf if all psychological, so women should be able to compete with men.
By the way, I can't be absolutely sure that she is still pursuing this fruitless endeavor, but my assumption is that she's no more intelligent that she was when I read about her eight months ago.
Perhaps Bubbles should play it safer and gear down to her 250 yard three iron. Hmm, what would this make her nine iron -- 190 yards? What an amazing girl. And I believe I'm correct in saying she's only sixteen.
How do you post so often. Do you not go to school, like the other boys? Isn't there a law that makes little boys attend school, or has that been changed?
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