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Comment from: Jon [Visitor] Email
Wie will probably repeat her performance in the LPGA Championship.
2007-06-25 @ 15:51
Comment from: Stanley [Visitor] Email
In the podcast, Barry said, Michelle pulled out of the JD because it was too long so she thinks she can beat all the ladies easily at the US Womens Open using her short game.
That is GARBAGE. She did not say any such thing. She did say she pulled out because it was too long with her hitting her drives shorter but that does not mean or imply that she thinks she will win the US Womens Open or that she thinks it would be easy to win it.

However, she can be competitive at the US Womens Open, that's the difference.
She made the correct decision. She has no business in mens events unless her wrist is fully healed. However playing womens events while building wrist strength is fine.
As she showed at the lpga championship, she was able to make the cut, and therefore beat nearly half the field, while only swinging at 80% and with 50% grip pressure. Hopefully that grip pressure has got better and hopefully she will be swinging better at the US Womens Open.

I don't expect her to win it. I don't expect her to get a top 10 or a top 20.
If she makes the cut, given that it would be a tight course, with long rough, then making the cut would be a good accomplishment for her at that particular event.

Hopefully when the Evian Masters, British, Canadian events come around, she will be strong and swinging it well. Then she should be in a position to really contend.
2007-06-25 @ 20:04
Comment from: Booger [Visitor] Email
She will miss the cut.
2007-06-25 @ 20:19
Comment from: Limp Wrist [Visitor] Email
She will miss the cut.
2007-06-25 @ 21:58
Comment from: Snot Brat [Visitor] Email
She will win because Nike is hyping her.
2007-06-25 @ 22:00
Comment from: Booger [Visitor] Email
She will miss the cut because Nike is hyping her.
2007-06-26 @ 08:17
Comment from: Oui Oui Oui [Visitor] Email
Wie will WD.
2007-06-26 @ 08:19
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Bubbles still shows signs of some game at times.

At Havre de Grace she actually had ten birdies in her four rounds.

And although she only made the cut on a fluke, she was only three over for the first two rounds before falling apart on the weekend.

So I figure that Bubbles will make the cut either at or near the number, and finsh at or near the bottom on the weekend.

Of course, with temperatures forecast in the nineties with high humidity, "heat exhaustion" may come into play, in which case all bets are off.
2007-06-26 @ 08:29
Comment from: james [Visitor] Email
HOW LONG CAN IT TAKE TO REBUILD WRIST MUSCLES TO 100%? 2 MONTHS OF WRIST
CURLS WITH WEIGHTS SEEMS REASONABLE.
WHAT WAS SHE DOING IN HAWAII ALL
THOSE MONTHS? SHE HAS A TRAINER AND WAS SHE WAS TRAINING RIGHT? I DONT THINK
MICHELLE IS HAPPY WITH THE PRO
LIFESTYLE AT THIS AGE AND INJURIES
ARE A GOOD COVER. WE WILL BE HEARING
ABOUT HER WRISTS FOR A LONG TIME.
UNTIL A NEW INJURY TAKES ITS PLACE.
2007-06-26 @ 10:32
Comment from: Barry [Visitor] Email
Stanley,

Michelle Wie certainly did not say she would easily win the U.S. Womens Open. That was just my opinion after her comments about the JD.

Personally, I think she should stop playing professional golf altogether and enjoy her college years.

She should restrict her golf to recreational for now so everyone (parents and sponsors alike) will simply leave her alone. After college, she can make a new debut, if she wishes.
2007-06-26 @ 12:11
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Barry,

I said exactly that a short while back.

According to One-Putt, who seemw to up on all things Wie, Nike and Sony advanced her the money with no strings attached.

Bubbles even did all her own negotiating with those firms.

She alone determines where, when, and if she plays.

If all of that is true, she should sit back and enjoy the college experience completely unencumbered, something that very few people ever do.
2007-06-26 @ 12:35
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
This is only tangential, but I would like to point out that Jay Williamson almost won the PGA tournament this past weekend; he lost in a playoff but, by virtue of his performance, regained his tour privileges. Now, I mention this because he got into the event on a SPONSOR'S EXEMPTION. And, of course, if Bubbles had received his exemption, he wouldn't have been there.

I just wanted to point that out for all you Wiebots who say that she couldn't possibly be taking the spot of a man who could be a contender.
2007-06-26 @ 15:55
Comment from: smudge [Visitor]
For all those who still think Wie was a writs injury I have some swamp land in Louisiana I'd like to sell you. Now being reported that despite her ailing wrist she's pounding bucket after bucket of balls and in the same breath saying, my wrist can't cope with the lengthened John Deere set up. So all you Wie believers, get in line for my swamp land offer.
2007-06-26 @ 16:01
Comment from: smudge [Visitor]
sorry for the typo, that was "For all those who still think Wie has a wrist injury".
2007-06-26 @ 16:02
Comment from: Stanley [Visitor] Email
Judge Smails,

If Michelle Wie had got an exemption, she wouldn't have been taking Jay Williamson's exemption. They have 4 restricted exemptions, who go to player in a category which includes the likes of Jay Williamson. Then they have a further 4 exemptions that they can give to anyone they want, and it is this category that Michelle got her first 6 pga sponsors exemptions from.

So sorry, if Wie was there it could not possibly have affected whether Jay Williamson would have also got an exemption.
2007-06-26 @ 19:00
Comment from: Stanley [Visitor] Email
Barry said: She should restrict her golf to recreational for now so everyone (parents and sponsors alike) will simply leave her alone. After college, she can make a new debut, if she wishes.
__________________

Barry,
Michelle loves golf. She won't be giving it up, because she loves playing too much. In her interviews she sound happy to be playing.
Perhaps you would like to follow this link, and listen to the audio. She is a fun kid, with a bubbly personality and she has as much fun in the interview as you and Stacy do on your shows.

You and others in the media have tried to portray her as some poor girl who is being forced to play golf. The fact is she loves playing golf.

Don't forget to click the audio links so that you hear the joy and fun in her voice. That can't be faked and it's that kind of personality that has won her so many fans.
http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=43803

2007-06-26 @ 19:04
Comment from: Jim C [Visitor] Email
Michelle Wie could retire today, and her critics would still be bashing her for another 20 years. Notice alll the interviews of players who are praised for following the right path in playing junior golf etc. What do you think that is all about, and do you really think it would stop if Wie were to retire? What about all the Ryan Leaf comparisons? People haven't stopped bashing Ryan Leaf just becuase he retired. And then there are the Ty Tyron comments. Does anyone suppose those would go away if he were to stop trying for a comeback somewhere in Asia?
2007-06-26 @ 19:43
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
"Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Barry,

I said exactly that a short while back.

According to One-Putt, who seemw to up on all things Wie, Nike and Sony advanced her the money with no strings attached.

Bubbles even did all her own negotiating with those firms.

She alone determines where, when, and if she plays.

If all of that is true, she should sit back and enjoy the college experience completely unencumbered, something that very few people ever do."

Alex I do wish you would seemw (see) fit to quote me accurately. If you listened or read Michelle's pre-tournament interview, she confirmed what I wrote months ago. Here is a quote;

"MICHELLE WIE: Well, I think my parents and my managers, they help me to make my decisions. They all have their advice, and they all advise me. But in the end it's me that makes the decision because everyone realizes that it's my life and I'm the only person that is capable of making decisions. I'm the only person that knows how my wrist is feeling every day. I like making my own decisions. I've always made my own decisions in whatever I do, whether it's school, whether it's golf, whether it's my personal life. I make most of my decisions. It's just that I have a really good team around me with my family, my friends, and my managers and my coach, David, and everyone who really advises me really well. But in the end I feel like I make my own decisions."

Is that clear enough for everyone?
2007-06-27 @ 02:51
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
One-Putt,

We agree!

Bubbles makes all her own decisions.

You made no comment about your previous statement that Bubbles did all her own negotiating with Nike and Sony. You know, the one about how impressed Phil's attorneys were with Bubbles' bartering skills?
2007-06-27 @ 07:18
Comment from: Oui Oui Oui [Visitor] Email
I am sure Wie was the chief negotiator for her sponsorships.

Wie 'made her decision' to sign with Nike and Sony base on what was presented to her by her handlers:

a) sign with Nike and Sony
b) sign with Sony and Nike
c) don't sign with anyone else except Nike and Sony
c) all of the above
2007-06-27 @ 09:02
Comment from: Booger [Visitor] Email
I think the lunatic is running the asylum in Camp
Wie. If her grammar is typical of the average
Stanford freshman, this country is gonna be a sorry
place to live in during the 2030's.
2007-06-27 @ 10:15
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Stanley,

I will thank you for the information concerning exemptions, assuming it is accurate. However, I still stand by my statement -- because it is the truth -- that Bubbles takes spots from more deserving players, some of whom would actually have a chance of contending.

The bottom line is that I don't think you could find a player who is less deserving who receives more exemptions. Can you, Stanley, name one? I hope you'll answer that question. Name just one.
2007-06-27 @ 11:22
Comment from: Stanley [Visitor] Email
Judge,
I would find it hard to name more than about 5 of the players who have got exemptions in any pga event in the last 2 years on the pga tour.
So to answer the question I don't know of anyone who has got exemptions who was less deserving. However I also don't know of more than a hand full who got exemptions who were more deserving of them.
2007-06-27 @ 11:55
Comment from: Stanley [Visitor] Email
Judge,
Just to add to that, the fact that I don't know of these people who got those exemptions, and you probably don't either, speaks volumes about why someone like Wie has got exemptions.
2007-06-27 @ 11:56
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Stanley,

To mimic the caveman in the Geico ads, I have a reply.

WHAT?
2007-06-27 @ 13:05
Comment from: Oui Oui Oui [Visitor] Email
Those exemptions are cop-outs. They should never exist in the first place.

The fact that they exist is for the sponsors to use them to their discretions - be that to sell tickets or to give a local boys a chance or to give a struggling pro a chance. Regardless, there's no such thing as one recipient being more deserving than the other.
2007-06-27 @ 13:49
Comment from: Jim C [Visitor] Email
Has anyone noticed that we are talking about a guy who almost won, and totally ignoring the guy who actually did win?
2007-06-27 @ 14:14
Comment from: Jim C [Visitor] Email
Has anyone noticed that we are talking about a guy who almost won, and totally ignoring the guy who actually did win?
2007-06-27 @ 14:16
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Stanley,

You glossed over an important aspect of my question. I asked if you knew of even one player who was less deserving than Bubbles who received AS MANY exemptions as she has (in the same period of time). It goes without saying that we won't know the names of most of those who received only a couple of exemptions, but I think that if someone benefitted from such a large number of them and was so obviously undeserving, we just might know his name.

As for knowing who Bubbles is, that carries no weight because her fame isn't based on ability but on hype. She is a media invention, and they can invent anyone they wish.

2007-06-27 @ 14:55
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
"One-Putt,

We agree!

Bubbles makes all her own decisions.

You made no comment about your previous statement that Bubbles did all her own negotiating with Nike and Sony. You know, the one about how impressed Phil's attorneys were with Bubbles' bartering skills?"

I stated that Michelle took the lead as the family negotiator, not BJ or Bo. Her agent took the lead along with her attorneys to get to a point where she decided if she would sign or not (with her parents).

On the eve of the press conference where she announced she was turning Pro, Michelle would not sign the contract unless she and not Nike controlled her schedule (Phil's reps were insisting on control). Michelle was prepared to walk away from the deal at that point. It took a personal phone call from Phil Knight to Michelle with assurances she would control her own schedule for the deal to get done.

Is it so difficult to accept that Michelle makes her own decisions?

BTW Paula's wrist injury was in 2006 and it had an effect on most of her season. Her injury was torn ligaments and not a fracture.

2007-06-27 @ 15:04
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
One-Putt,

Maybe you just don't get it.

I AGREE WITH YOU!

BUBBLES MAKE ALL HER OWN DECISIONS!

That's why I mused that it would be to her advantage to quit the pro tour and enjoy her college years unencumbered.

Do I think she'll follow that course? Not a chance.
2007-06-27 @ 19:18
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Jim C,

Funny that you should ask such a question.

That is exactly what all you Wie-wee's do in every tournament in which Bubbles plays.
2007-06-27 @ 19:24
Comment from: Jim C [Visitor] Email
Funny you or the Judge never thought to mention that it was Hunter Mahon who won.
2007-06-27 @ 21:58
Comment from: Top Dawg [Visitor] Email
Stanley,
Judge is obviously not going to change his mind or understand the exemption situation!
According to PGA sponsor exemption rules, a sponsor can exempt a player (pro or am) if he or she can increase ticket sales and tournament visibility. Michelle does just that as you know! And the reason she does that is because she broke many records and caught the attention of millions.
Judge, if you hate the fact that she gets exemptions, maybe you should do something about it! Get the rule changed to require players to either qualify or perform at a certain level! If you don't confront it, you support it! Be proactive!
2007-06-27 @ 22:13
Comment from: srettup [Visitor] Email
N- Nice
I- Innocent
K- Kids
E- Exploited
2007-06-27 @ 23:12
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Top Dawg,

Bubbles broke many records?

Are you referring to number of tournaments won?

Or lowest scores for her age group?

Number of attempts made by a female on men's tours? What?

Where are these "records" kept? In the dark recesses of your mind?

One record she does hold and which will be difficult for anyone to surpass is for the most money received for the least amount of production. She may well retire the trophy for that dubious distinction.
2007-06-28 @ 07:24
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
After 13 holes Michelle is +5 and 9 strokes back of Brazilian Angela Park. I think her performance will be similar to the LPGA Championship...she will be right on the cut line, maybe. In her interviews she seemed more excited about going to Stanford than playing golf. It will be interesting to see how she does the first time she throws down those tequila shots...after all, she just wants to have fun! AWESOME BABY!!
2007-06-28 @ 12:22
Comment from: joe cool [Visitor] Email
COME ON SRETTUP, NIKE PAYS THEIR SAIPAN EMPLOYEES $.50 PER HOUR FOR A 16 HOUR WORKDAY SEVEN DAYS A WEEK...WOW, THEY ARE REALLY AN "EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER" "JUST DO IT"
2007-06-28 @ 12:26
Comment from: joe cool [Visitor] Email
IN 2008 MICHELLE WILL BE IN UNCHARTED TERRITORY WHEN SHE WILL HAVE TO QUALIFY FOR THE FOUR MAJOR TOURNAMENTS. THE WIE TEAM BETTER START GETTING OUT THE CRYING TOWELS NOW.
2007-06-28 @ 12:31
Comment from: francois louis [Visitor] Email
First round, 82! Ouch! I guess she has learned a lot from playing in the PGA. Yes, she has learned that she does not have to play Saturdays and Sundays. What a deal!!!
2007-06-28 @ 13:25
Comment from: joe cool [Visitor] Email
Michelle how would you summarize your first round score of 82?

Well, the birdie on no.9 was just AWESOME!!! I hit every drive right down the middle of the fairway and ALWAYS got bad bounces into the rough. I really don't think about shooting an 82, besides, tomorrow I know I can shoot a 60 and be right in the hunt. You know they do not call me a "golf phenom" for nothing.

Uh...thanks Michelle your profound thoughts.
2007-06-28 @ 13:40
Comment from: Stanley [Visitor] Email
And.
2007-06-28 @ 14:35
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Eighty-two . . . wow. I still say that I'm willing to play the Bubbles for money in the not too distant future.
2007-06-28 @ 14:54
Comment from: francois louis [Visitor] Email
Play suspended due to bad weather. Bubbles "stormed" out of the course!
2007-06-28 @ 17:39
Comment from: Top Dawg [Visitor] Email
ALEX,
Once again, mouthing off before doing your own research. What old man, too hard or just plain lazy?
Next time, check before you assume and blurt out something stupid.
Not that I owe you, but here it is:
1) The youngest player ever to qualify for an adult USGA-sanctioned tournament – 10 years, 298 days (2000 Women's U.S. Amateur Public Links).
2) The youngest player ever to qualify for an LPGA tournament – Age 12 (2002 LPGA Takefuji Classic).
3) The youngest winner (male or female) of an adult USGA-sanctioned tournament – Age 13 (2003 Women's U.S. Amateur Public Links).
4) The youngest player to make a cut in an LPGA tournament and major – Age 13 (2003 Nabisco Championship).
5)The youngest player to play in a PGA Tour event – Age 14 (2004 Sony Open).
6) The lowest round by a female in a PGA Tour event (also the first female to score a sub-70 round in PGA Tour history) – 68 (2004 and 2006 Sony Open).
7) The youngest player to play in Curtis Cup history – Age 14 (2004).
8)The first female to qualify for a USGA championship that is generally played by males at Pittsburgh sectional for the 2005 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. - Age 15. 9)The youngest female to make a cut in any professional male tour event - Age 16 (2006 SK Telecom Open).
10)The first female to make a cut on the Asian Tour - Age 16 (2006 SK Telecom Open).
11) The first female medalist in a men’s U.S. Open qualifying tournament – Age 16 (2006 U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Turtle Bay Hawaii)
2007-06-28 @ 18:46
Comment from: Booger [Visitor] Email
All true Top Dawg, but she's done now.
2007-06-28 @ 19:21
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Top Dawg,

Those are not records, they are trivia, factota, whatever you want to call them

The majority of your "records" are to do with BUbbles' age.

Today, Alexis Thompson became the youngest ever to play in a US Women's Open. So what?

If your main concern is with Bubbles' age, put this in your record book: Bubbles has the record for being the youngest "phenom" to ever bust out completely.
2007-06-28 @ 20:29
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Yes, and Alexis Thompson also shot considerably better than the Bubbles.
2007-06-29 @ 10:38
Comment from: Top Dawg [Visitor] Email
Alex, maybe you should check the meaning of records. The reason I put things that were about being the "youngest" is because those are the records she set. I would not make anything up like some people.
And your "record" has not officially been recorded. At least not from a "reputable source."
As I said before, I am not your gopher, so find your own records, facts, stories, etc.
As far as Ms. Thompson, sure it's a record in the US Open books. You said "so what?" Perhaps, but you never know.
Yes, booger, I know. Just trying to explain my point.
2007-06-29 @ 16:51
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Top Dawg,

Without putting yourself through any undue stress, perhaps you can tell us who owned these "records" before Bubbles put them on her resume.

Babe Ruth held the record for home runs for 34 years until Roger Maris broke it. Then Mark McGwire got the record. We remember these things because that is a RECORD.

So Dawg, who was the youngest golfer before Bubbles to win the PUBLINX?

Who was the youngest before Bubbles to qualify for an adult USGA sanctioned tournament?

How many viewers do you think will know any of these people?

Joe DiMaggio hit in 56 consecutive games. That is a record.

Al Geiberger, David Duval, and Chip Beck shot 59's in PGA events. Those are records.

Whoever showed up on the golf course at the youngest age and with the longest earrings and a sparkly watch is not a record.

2007-06-29 @ 20:39
Comment from: Top Dawg [Visitor] Email
Alex,
As I said, I am not your gopher, find your own crap.
"Whoever showed up on the golf course at the youngest age and with the longest earrings and a sparkly watch is not a record." Very good, good boy! Oh wait, you are 60 something year old man with a life expectancy of 75!
If you really dislike Michelle as much as you appear, maybe you should do what a normal person does. Ignore her! You are just contributing to the hype! Don't like her getting attention, stop discussing her. Unless, secretly you do like her? Imagine, if the haters stopped talking, slowly the fans would too!
I really don't see why you keep writing on these blogs, if you don't like her so much.
2007-06-29 @ 21:28
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Top Dawg,

You seem to have a propensity for using the word "hate." Also, "dislike."

I don't hate or even dislike Bubbles, her entourage, or her diehard fans.

Pity would be more appropriate.

If you don't understand why I post on this blog, perhaps you will get it when you get to that part in middle school history that concerns the first amendment to the constitution.
2007-06-30 @ 07:39
Comment from: francois louis [Visitor] Email
Well...she just withdrew after nine holes in the second round. Maybe someone reminded her that it was Saturday and she normally does not play on the weekends. Even the 12-year old was ahead of her!

Back to practice tomorrow! Actually, she used another Major tournament for practice!
2007-06-30 @ 11:45
Comment from: Top Dawg [Visitor] Email
Alex,
You put the ass in assuming and always miss the point!
You do have first amendment rights, but why do you get so much joy from posting?
Also, your comments don't show that you have pity, it shows hate. Perhaps you don't know the diference. Or do you show pity by being disrepectful and saracastic?
2007-07-02 @ 14:39
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Dawg,

At 8:31 this morning, I posted my final thoughts on the issue of Bubbles.

It is the blog that concerns her first round 82.

It is something that even you should be able to understand.

I suggest that you read it , attempt to digest it, and arrive at the same conclusion that I did.

Alex
2007-07-02 @ 15:18
Comment from: Top Dawg [Visitor] Email
Sure that makes sense. ;P
2007-07-02 @ 17:10
Comment from: Oui Oui Oui [Visitor] Email
As I predicted earlier before they teed off, Wie WD....
2007-07-04 @ 08:44
Comment from: Limp Wrist [Visitor] Email
If Michelle Wie is really calling the shots, why doesn't she stand down instead of driving down her image by attending tournaments that she has no chance of being competitive? Forget the bloggers who think they know her as being too competitive to not give it a shot. It's about her sponsors leaning on her. If she truly calls that shots, she wouldn't keep putting herself out there for some much embarrassement.

And when will her agency stop her from making all the stupid soundbites of "It's just a very fine line between shooting 69 and what I shot today".
2007-07-04 @ 20:20

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