Annika Sorenstam takes a publicity lesson from Michelle Wie
While Lorena Ochoa struggles to grab player of the year honors on the LPGA tour, Annika Sorenstam has decided she likes the PGA “silly season” better, foregoing the Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions for a matchup against the men. Sorenstam and Fred Couples, known as the “king” of the post-season, have paired up for this week’s Merrill Lynch Shootout.
Normally this wouldn’t catch my attention but it appears as if Annika is diversifying, stretching her legs after a terrific golf season and, perhaps, wondering if she can attract the same kind of media attention as PGA tour wannabee, uber-teen Michelle Wie.
This is the first time that a lady has been invited to the shootout, staged by Aussie Greg Norman. I guess women golfers DO attract attention! Ticket sales are the highest in five years and officials attribute some of that interest to Annika’s appearance. I guess “The Shark” feels differently about the silly season than he does about PGA tour-sanctioned events. Norman has made it clear in the past that he doesn’t believe that the sexes should meet on the fairways.
Even Fred Couples is excited by his good fortune and considers Annika to be the “female Tiger Woods". “She hits the ball like a machine. It doesn’t curve. It’s unbelievable. I have a lot of respect for her game.”
The difference between this event and Michelle Wie’s attempt at the Casio Open in a few weeks is that women are heartily welcomed during the off-season and during non-sanctioned events, whereas I’m not so sure the feelings are the same for Michelle Wie at the Casio and on the European Tour in general. I’m interested in knowing if the golfers playing against Wie would rather have another male playing in her stead.
Also, Michelle Wie was forced upon the PGA tour by her big money sponsors instead of being welcomed as was Sorenstam. Which person would you rather be?
Annika Sorenstam may have found the secret to gaining acceptance into men’s tournaments. Get into the off-season “swing". There will be plenty of golf afficionados who are hungry for a televison event and the men will even accept you into the fold!
Take note, Michelle!
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Wie and Annika, which one would I rather be? Neither.
If I am a woman golfer, I would rather be Wie, because of the 20M she is scheduled to earn this year.
Shark shoot out is a made for TV joke....
The only reason Norman is showing up these days is because he is promoting his new book. Otherwise, he has no time for anybody...
first round action. Three rounds to go so there is plenty of golf left to be
My prediction is that Ochoa will gain confidence as Creamer loses hers this
To answer your question, the vast majority of golfers at the Omega event were very in favour of Michelle's participation, despite her disappointing performance.
There was even alot of discussion about how she should choose different events next time. Alot of players said that course was not suited to her at all and that there were many better courses on the European Tour that she could play.
It was interesting how many players said next time, she should do this, or next time she should do that. That suggests that they think there should be a next time.
There is a hard core of maybe 20 or so players who don't think she should be playing with the men, but most of those would think women shouldn't even be allowed to qualify and a percentage of them probably think that no woman should be allowed on any golf course under any circumstances.
If Wie's performance was dissapointing as many media types pointed out; Pretzel's was down right underwhelming. Not even her 'aunt' Dottie Pepper could find anything positive to say about her.
Best advise for Creamer? Wax the damned eye brows!!!!!
Who knows? Maybe she'll also teach Pressel her winning secrets.
nasty comments about Michelle Wie. I still would not want to see her
score her first LPGA win before Michelle gets her first, but other than that
I wish her luck.
Annika skipped the Tournament of Champions last year. I think she likes to
rest up before the ADT--but if not for her other plans. I would guess that she
might have played this year rather than virtually cede the POY to Ochoa
without a lest ditch fight. Of course, a more relaxing week might put her
in better stead for next week where she still could win the money title with
a million dollar victory.
But I'm sure she's still jealous of Michelle's $20 million and the media hype that surrounfs Michelle. Morgan is still Morgan. She'll never change. She'll learn to curb her tongue more as she gets older
Second, Annika Sorenstam has given advice to Morgan and I read that other top golfers such as Karrie Webb (who invited Morgan to play a practice round with her) right down to Juli Inkster (who is considered her "big sister" on tour) seem to get along swimmingly with her. By my estimates, it's just as nice to deem someone you share similar interests with as a "buddy". It's just plain nice.
Perhaps you have not yet read this "Callaway Magazine" article? There's more, just check the internet, but this is good for starters...
Also, please don't use the term "whore" and Michelle Wie's name in the same sentence. Remember, she's only seventeen, and from what I can see, she's a really nice girl.
have a lot to say--and if you want people to believe you are one of her fans,
you might try spelling her name right.
Stacy In case you didn't notice, Pretzel fan was criticizing those who called
Michelle Wie a media whore/stunt.
I think that Morgan is learning a thing or two from her "mentor" Annika Sorenstam. From what I understand, Annika is giving her Callaway buddy lessons in the real world.
Who knows? Maybe she'll also teach Pressel her winning secrets.
Ya right, Annika will tell her fellow competitors how to win more, so that she wins less. Doubtful at best.
Annika Sorenstam has given advice to Morgan and I read that other top golfers such as Karrie Webb (who invited Morgan to play a practice round with her) right down to Juli Inkster (who is considered her "big sister" on tour) seem to get along swimmingly with her. By my estimates, it's just as nice to deem someone you share similar interests with as a "buddy". It's just plain nice.
Juli, Morgan's big sister?????
Their parents sure waiting along time between children, didn't they?
More like a mother figure really.
On your substantive point, if they were really mentoring Pressel, it hasn't exactly paid dividends.
As far as mentoring young Pressel, you can only lead a horse to water,
as the saying goes...
I saw Pretzel on teaching lesson with the pro on TGC. She came across as a very determined and nice young lady. Or maybe because her instructor Martin Hall was more annoying than most other instructors on TV, and in comparison, Pretzel camne across like a girl scout.
BTW, how come no one complained about Annika skipping the tournament of championship and played at the made-for-TV event instead?
Pretzel will do fine as a professional and will make a great living as a pro. However, I think she is in the era full of Britney Lang, Gulbis, Creamers, Kerr, not to mention all those Kims and Parks from Korea.
No one seemed to have jumped on her for not 'giving her best' to win POY.
Or maybe just like Tiger Woods, she does not care about these awards.
Mother's advice still works, "If you can't say something positive, you are better off saying nothing at all."
Kudos to all of you who leave positive comments.
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