Could Michelle Wie play golf one day for the U.S. Ryder Cup team?
Ah, the dreams of a teenager. Currently the youngest Omega ambassador in a group which includes golfers Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els as well as supermodel Cindy Crawford and actress Nicole Kidman, the ambitions of Michelle Wie are spreading to dreams of scoring 54’s and joining the U.S. Ryder Cup team one day.
“Hopefully I will be able to do it one day, that would be awesome. I think it is totally possible” stated a passionate Wiesy regarding her Ryder Cup aspirations at her pre-round interview for this week’s Omega European Master’s tournament. Another attempt for Wie to qualify in a men’s tournament and another possibility that she will go home empty-handed on Friday.
Sergio Garcia thinks Michelle Wie can make the cut. “It’s just a matter of…getting some good momentum on her side. It’s not an easy golf course, but she can definitely do it.”
Ernie Els shares the same confidence regarding her abilities. Jean Van de Velde, on the other hand, would prefer putting on a skirt and joining up with the LPGA tour.
Van de Velde believes that men should be able to play golf alongside the ladies. Perhaps the frenchman is convinced that joining the women’s tour might offer him an opportunity to take home a first place check and some accolades in a tournament that someone remembers. Can anyone even call to mind his last victory? Oh that’s right…Van de Velde won the Madeira Island Open. What I remember is his fateful fallout at the British Open in Carnoustie!
It’s interesting that Wie doesn’t believe that men should play in women’s events but she presumes the reverse is fair. I’m wondering if she feels that the infiltration of men into a women’s event might mark the end of the LPGA. Come on folks, Michelle is looking to dominate BOTH tours! How fair is that!
Michelle Wie isn’t backing down, at least in the near future. She’s more interested in continuing her journey on the men’s tour, gaining momentum from the SK Telecom Open in which she made the cut (and history) and believing that, by competing regularly against the men, she will one day convince naysayers that her ability far outweighs her hype. “I love playing men’s events. This is not going to be a short term event for me, it is long term for me and I intend to do it all the way.”
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Randy and Steph -- can you possibly see past your personal sexual hangups on the subject of Michelle Wie in a PGA event? Really, there's a lot more than sex going on here. A lot more. And most -- if not all -- of it is fabulous for not only the game of golf but for life beyond the links.
First you don't know me to say that and 2nd my statement is based on facts , not sexual hangups. I think she is great for the womens tour, one of the top 5 there. No business making those kind of statements that she does about the pga tour where she has proved making a cut is too much to ask so far much less actually being competitive. To say she can make a Ryder Cup is Fantasyland. She's 16 and to think that to herself is one thing, to make those kind of statements in public every chance she gets is another. She is now open for business for the critics. And if she actually believes that she can make a Ryder Cup it leaves fantasyland and enters the realm of stupidity in the face of facts. And you Kimo, if you think she can make a Ryder Cup team on her own merit are just as delusional as she is.
As a woman, I have to say that if men & women are going to be playing together regularly, then there is no reason the women's tour should be held sacred. I couldnt justify a man not being allowed to play, because it flies in the face of exactly what she's trying to achieve.
I dont think Michelle should be speaking into a microphone for more than 5 seconds until she turns 18 or 19, it's obvious.
Annika Sorenstam is getting older (and her performances are, for the most part, boring but profitablshe isn't exciting to watch either...just goes about her business) and Paula Creamer sort of slid down the ADT Money list. In my opinion, Creamer had the best chance of becoming a female superstar for the youth...she still might, as soon as she gets out of her own way.
Natalie Gulbis is not winning anything...even with the help of Butch Harmon!
Lorena Ochoa is a quiet type...she just goes along and does her business and is happy doing it. Perhaps, one day, the media will see that Ochoa is worth spending a little time on. Who knows? I may write a book about a female golfer who is a real champion!
Comment from: Randy Hebert [Visitor]
No you don't get it. This blog is about her absurd statement it is " absolutely possible" she can make the Ryder Cup someday, nothing else. Try reading the title of the blog. 2006-09-07 @ 13:29
Randy, I'm sure you agree that this blog is also about the statements that we -- all bloggers -- make. My comment was addressed to you (and Steph), in response to your posts. Reread your earlier message, and you'll see what I mean by raising the sex issue above all others. Others raise the age issue. In fact, in most of the posts critical of Michelle, these two are prominent. If we can get past her sex and age, we may begin to understand why so many are intrigued by her.
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Bubbles will have to wait a little longer to make the Ryder Cup team, She carded a seven-over 78 today and is 12 strokes off the lead in the Omega. Kimo, I don't get it either. Do you?
2006-09-07 @ 13:41
Hi, Alex. Please see my response to Randy.
Stacy I agree with you on Lorena, I wish the media would pick up on the year she is having. You write that book and I will read it.
Kimo, you say to get past her sex and age to understand why so many are intrigued by her. What are you talking about? If it wasn't for her sex and age no-one would ever have heard of her. If she was a male and a few years older she would be struggling in anonymity on the Tight Lies, Hooter's or Nationwide Tours.
Comment from: gpro [Visitor]
Kimo, you say to get past her sex and age to understand why so many are intrigued by her. What are you talking about? If it wasn't for her sex and age no-one would ever have heard of her. If she was a male and a few years older she would be struggling in anonymity on the Tight Lies, Hooter's or Nationwide Tours. 2006-09-07 @ 18:07
Precisely my point, gpro. Randy still doesn't get it -- and apparently you don't, either. The key is to suspend judgment for a moment to really look at the issue from more than just one or two angles.
Her parents should be protecting her instead of promoting her as a product. Mr. BJWie has made several comments about how people don't undertand marketing concepts when comes to promoting his daughter like he does. He is increasingly causing more harm to his daughter's developments and self-esteem due to his "grand plans". She is talented, but her parents are obviously pushing her or indulging her to the point that they too, are blind to their own daughter's rather public sufferings. One can't help but wonders who Michelle has learned from when she blames her schoolworks for her bad plays; and for her to remain so publicly arrogant about her ability and casting blames on everything that comes to mind. It would be refreshing if her parents teach her to take responsibility, talk less, develop some humility, and rise to the occasions.
I agree with you 100%. Furthermore, there is another PC double standard here, one which I have mentioned many a time. If a sixteen-year-old boy shot his mouth off the way Bubbles has, he'd be castigated for being a cocky, arrogant brat. But it's okay when Bubbles does it?
Ah, said like a true shallow materialist. Hey, Kim Jong Il has lots of money AND power, so I guess the "outcomes have worked out" in his case, too.
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