Michelle Wie still a child on her 18th birthday
In most parts of the world, Michelle Wie is now considered an adult. In South Korea, however, Michelle will legally be considered an adolescent until she turns nineteen.
Maybe that explains some recent instances of her irresponsible, childlike behavior.
1. She left Annika Sorenstam’s tournament, the Ginn Tribute, early and without any explanation to the host. As of the Samsung Tournament, Wie still feels as if she did nothing wrong and has never physically conferred with Sorenstam.
Here are Wie’s thoughts, “I still don’t feel like I did something wrong but if I felt if Annika, or anyone felt like I disrespected them, or if I done anything wrong to them, you know, I do apologize for that. But I don’t really feel like I’ve done anything wrong as with myself.”
2. Wie chose not to attend Q-School or to try to become a member of the LPGA for 2008 because “it conflicted right with orientation week at school.” When I attended orientation at New York University, it consisted of getting to know where all of my classes were to be held as well as an introduction to McSorley’s Old Ale House, not necessarily essential to the learning curve!
Michelle still wants to participate in professional golf. I’m assuming that Q-School would be an important event for her, if only to prove to herself that she could do it. Perhaps she believes she would fail? That could be catastrophic to her career even though there would probably be numerous exemptions waiting for her on both the LPGA and PGA Tours.
3. One of our commenters, Alex, brought up an interesting point about Wie. He wrote, “There was quite a contradiction in her interview concerning her absence from the “Q” school. On one hand, she said that she couldn’t compete in the qualifying tournament since it conflicted with college orientation week, which was the week BEFORE classes began. But less than two weeks AFTER the start of classes, classes which she repeatedly says are very difficult, she has no qualms with blowing off her studies and departing for Palm Desert for about ten days.”
4. Wie’s mother and father rented a house nearby. When a youngster goes away to college, isn’t that exactly what he/she is supposed to do? Get away from the family, the old neighborhood and learn to stand on her own?
5. Michelle chose to keep her exemption to the Samsung. There was no consideration for Natalie Gulbis who was bumped because there was no room, or for the LPGA. Annika Sorenstam gave up her spot as her agent, Mark Steinberg declared, “She didn’t want the perception that she was taking a spot. She decided to do what’s best for the LPGA.”
Having an eighteenth birthday doesn’t immediately qualify someone as an adult. There is a constant learning process which includes (from Wikipedia, under adult) incorporation of self-control, stability, independence, seriousness as well as taking responsibility for your actions.
In the following year, I hope Michelle Wie takes all of the above into consideration, so when she turns nineteen she can look back at this year as one of growth and accomplishment.
Happy Birthday Michelle Wie!
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Uh, old buddy, Bubbles has been a professional for more than two years.
And have you notice how she is "showing her greatness today at the Samsung? She is really lighting it up!
She BIRDIED the third hole! Of course, she di follow it up with a double bogey and five bogeys, but what of it? Wait until she finds her rhythm.
After 11 holes, she is only ten strokes behind her playing partner, 18 year old Angela Park and also Lorena.
She is in 20th place, but one thing is for sure. She won't go any lower!
AS far as improving, she is way ahead of last year's Samsung. In 2006, she was only five over par for the entire tournament. Today so far, she is six over par after only 11 holes!
to wait a year or two as you stated. Now, on to the
important things... MW is 6 over after 11 and in
20th place... somehow, this just doesn't surprise
I see she is taking Japanese as one of her subjects at Stanford. Since her English is fifth grade level, I think she should concentrate on English or stay away from press conferences.
Don't get too excited. Bubbles is making a thrilling comeback. She parred the 12th and 1GO 13th. She's not out of it yet.:-)
What's the over/under on Wie talking about her wrists in the post-round interview?
Let's remember that Earl Woods had the benefit of what he called his "practice family" before he went off and married Kultida. If BJ Wie had benefited from a practice family before he and his wife birthed Michelle, none of this would have happened. BJ is simply the victim of marital bliss. Michelle is always right, and should be exempt from all events.
Don't you mean "Excluded" from all events?
I just read the last sentence of your post, and it's a classic even for a Wie-wee.
You don't even know that Bubbles has been a pro for more than two years, but then you exhibit your cluelessness by telling Stacy and Jeff that they should "at least get their facts straight."
I was just being a smart-a$#. I think that she is a riot, a John Daly-esque character, and should be exempted into all events until her handlers catch on to the fact that we view her as a circus act. However, she did birdie 17 to avoid an 80 today, so that's cool. I'm beginning to think that BJ and Wife define themselves only in terms of their daughter. Don't they have their own lives? I'd be bored with this. Talk about coddling enablers.
Bubbles is playing worse than I expected, and I did not expect much (7 over, 12 off lead after one round). She really needs to step away from the game for a while and evaluate what is wrong. This is a serious meltdown for the "biggest" name in womens golf.
For the regulars here, we all know where you stand with respect to the Wies.
However, your obsessive and relentless putdown of the Wies makes it appears you have a personal vendatta against the them. IMO, it's now becoming hatred rather than objective observations.
But then judging by the blogs of Tim, and Stacy and Chris and WKW, I'd have to say that the objectivity has long escaped from these blogs.
It may appear that I have a personal vendetta against the Wie's, but you are quite mistaken.
I do not know any of those good folks, so having a personal animus to them is impossible.
This is a message board, and as such I have a much right as anyone to submit my prejudiced opinions and have a little fun in the process.
The characters who deserve to be chided are those incurable Wiebots who defend their sweetheart in the face of her insatiable greed. Try giving them a lecture.
Alex USMC 1969-73
Strange that you would talk of objectivity when on another thread you said that poor Bubbles needed pity.
And, old pal, I thought you said you had very little time for posting on these boards?
I guess where the defense of Bubbles is concerned, you'll make time.
Actually, I take time to poke at people like you that keep a running vendetta against another person, whether or not that person deserves your comments.
One or two comments about the subject should usually be enough but as Oui has pointed out, you have taken the subject far beyond objectivity. I'm just poking at you for your "fun".
If you have resorted to quoting Alex for your blogs, that speaks volumes.
Thanks for the play by play commentary.
Welcome home! I'm glad that you didn't decide to end it all.
I don't suppose that you have any explation for Bubbles last place position atfer one round.
Wait, let me guess.
She STILL hasn't recovered from her life-threatening injuries.
Or maybe she shouldn't be expected to improbe her swing straightaway.
How about her ferocious competitive spiritmade her come back too soon.
Last but not least, her busy schedule at Stanford didn'y allow her to practice enough, even though she said she did.
You've got quite a Duke's mixture of excuses from which to choose, Big Stan, take your pick and start spreading the news.
As long as it is having a little fun, then no harm no fouls...All good...
I thought there were no amateurs playing in this tournament. Who are the two players who teed up at 11:00? Just kidding...
Wow! +12 and +13! And 10 strokes over the 18th place! I guess they will be playing together all weekend long! Bettina needs to keep her eyes on the ball. No, I do not mean during her swing, I mean after she hits it. I hope BJ is not rushing to the balls and stepping on Bettina's. That 10 on a par 5 was a killer... Or maybe Bettina is being distracted by questions about the LET from Michelle...
Yeah, I am learning a lot, you know! Obviously, once again, the putts didn't go in... I don't understand that, you know... obviously, I am very smart, you know, I do go to Standford, you know. Obviously, yeah, my father made a large donation to that, like, University. Yeah, there is always tomorrow, well, tomorrow I will shoot a lot of birdies, you know, well, yeah, now I have to read , like, a book. Well, yeah, obviously, you know, I am still a phenom... it's going to be a lot of, yeah, fun.
You go Alex. I share your Opinions. You actually put them a lot nicer than I think I could.
Yes it is about denal and delusion
I'm happy to see that you agree with my opinions. From reading these posts, it would seem that a majority here agree with us, while a significant minority vehemently disagree. Nothing wrong with that; differences of opinion make for interesting political campaigns and horse races, as well as internet message board discussions.
It is noteworthy that several of Miss Wie's former supportes in her misguided quest for immortality have reluctantly seen the light. Even putt4par now thinks that Miss Wie should quit the golf game and enjoy her life at Stanford. I won't go that far, although I do think it would be in her best interest to give irt a rest for at least a year.
At the other end of the spectrum is poster Jack who views Miss Wie's brief attendance at college as the bugbear that has hurt her golf game.
Jack believes that Miss Wie needs more, not less of the intense pressure that obviously has affected her golf game as weel as her life. He says that she should eschew further colleger life, schedule as many tournaments as possible, and hone her game at all these events.
Sice she has no credentials and belongs to no tour, LPGA or otherwise, Jack offers no method she would use to accomplish such a stringent routine.
But that's what makes for discussion, differences of opinion.
I happen to believe that for a sheltered young woman like Miss Wie to attend college would be the best possible thing for her at this time. Her psyche has to be damaged by the occurrences of the past 15 months.
A regular routine among her peers and out of the limelight is sure to have a salutory effect on her bruised ego.
Also, education never hurt anybody, and as we all can see from her post-round interviews, Miss Wie needs all the education she can get.
Alex USMC 1969-73
After four holes she is four over for the day! That, in spite of a birdie in the third. I bet those in the Wie camp are very happy that Bettina is there, keeping things relatively close to Michelle. Without Bettina, the difference between Michelle and the rest of the field is practically astronomical which accentuates how much she really does not belong there. I have to chuckle every time I see the CEO talking about the "elite" field of the top 20 women in the world! Humm...could he be sued for false advertisement.
I could just imagine Annika and Natalie just having brunch together this morning and just laughing their a#@$s off. Hey, it is just a thought -- I know they are just too classy to do something like that, but it would be fun to watch!
Hopefully, we will have a good battle at the top, worth watching. I think we will...
Forget the battle at the top. The best battle is going to be for the twentieth spot.
As it stands now, Bubbles has a four stroke lead. It would seem that the way Bubbles is spraying her drives and flying her irons that her margin is safe.
Perhaps it is. However, there remains that pesky third hole which Bubbles inexplicably has birdied three consecutive days.
Also, she has made seven birdies. If she keeps that up, her lead may be in jeopardy.
Bettina has desperately tried to close the gap, but thus far hasn't been able to repeat her quintuple bogey on seven yesterday.
I say that Bettina will close to within one shot, but Bubbles will hold on and prevail.
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