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Comment from: Ray [Visitor] Email
"Is it in the LPGA's best longterm interest to bestow exemptions on a girl who may be using ladies' events as a springboard to the PGA Tour?"

You are late to the party. The LPGA has already figured it out. She is not getting any exemptions to majors and from what I've heard she's being burned by one of the Hawaii sites. She will have to earn her way just like every other young woman out there.
2008-01-15 @ 02:24
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Ray,

Not quite. She will probably receive sponsor's exemptions to some of the lesser full-field events, especially those in which she performed fairly well in the past.

Since Monday qualifying is only open to non-exempt LPGA members, she won't be able to get in the field that way.

Stacy,

What's with the line about "using ladies' events as a springboard to the PGA Tour"? That's a joke, right?
2008-01-15 @ 11:12
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Alex,

Actually, Bubbles used men's events as a springboard to the lower echelons of women's golf.
2008-01-15 @ 19:56
Comment from: Stacy Solomon [Member]
I do not totally agree with you Judge, that MW used men's events as a springboard to women's golf. The LPGA always welcomed her. In 2002 she became the youngest girl to qualify for an LPGA event...the Takefuji, but she MC'd. A year later she made the cut at the Kraft Nabisco. This was all before her movement into the PGA Tour.

With the PGA Tour starting to hold back exemptions that they initially gave her earlier in her career, Wie is going to have to start proving her value on the LPGA Tour once again. She then might be able to finagle some men's tour exemptions.

And Alex, I always like to keep my readers entertained! ;-)
2008-01-16 @ 12:43
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Stacy, Stacy, Stacy, it was a jest. My point was that, through pursuing her unorthodox career path, she destroyed her psyche and thus damaged her capacity to compete even with the women. That's why I said "lower echelons of women's golf."
2008-01-16 @ 17:33
Comment from: Stacy [Visitor] Email
But of course, Judge...I understand. To wit I agree but also wonder if David Leadbetter really believes that Wie will return to her spirit and ability of bygone years.
2008-01-16 @ 18:24
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Stacy,
Wie is Leadbetter's "cash cow" and he will want to hold on to her as long as he can. The start of the 2008 season doesn't look very promising for MW since the SBS tour officials have already given out the exemptions for that tournament and one of their own was not on the list. Unfortunately, I think 2008 is going to be pay back time for Michelle. What will be the Wie Camp reaction if MW doesn't get an exemption to the Fields Open? Bo and Diddley are going to have to make some very big decisions in the coming months or 2008 will be an after thought.
2008-01-16 @ 23:46
Comment from: Oui Oui Oui [Visitor] Email
I am sure the naysayers will always find something to pick on Wie anyway. It is a lost cause for her whether she qualifies or gets a freebie invitation.
2008-01-17 @ 07:23
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Oui,

Since she is not an LPGA member, she cannot qualify for an LPGA event. She can only get in the field by a sponsor's exemption.

The US Women's Open and I believe the British Women's Open are not governed by the LPGA, and thus Bubbles could attempt qualifying fo those two, if her handlers don't think qualifying is beneath her dignity.

I'm a severe critic of her career path and the amount of undeserved hype she has received, but if she qualifies for the Opens and makes the cuts and finishes well, I'll give her all the credit she is due.
2008-01-17 @ 09:45
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
So the Fields Open is the first event that she can compete in? I will be very interested to see how she does. She really can not go anywhere but up after a disasterous 2007. I seriously doubt she will be doing any men's events.

LR
2008-01-18 @ 07:28
Comment from: Steve Wozeniak PGA [Visitor] Email
Michelle is great for the game, when she first came out her swing was perfect, when you work on the wrong things it can get bad quickly, the good news is she could be fixed in an afternoon given the correct information.

Steve Wozeniak PGA Director of Instruction Bellevue/Lake Spanaway Golf Courses
www.stevewozeniak.com
2008-01-19 @ 02:22
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Steve,

While I agree that she had an incredible golf swing at one time and that she worked on the wrong things in 2007 (driving distance instead of short game), I disagree that her problems could be worked out in "one afternoon." Her most severe problems are not her new flawed golf swing, but the issues she has developed mentally. I actually think she will get worse before she gets better, and she may return one of these days to be a force on the LPGA. But it will take more than just an afternoon on the driving range.
2008-01-20 @ 18:53
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Lance R,

I seriously doubt that Bubbles will ever be a force on the LPGA tour, since she is not even a member of that organization and has shown absolutely no interest in becoming one.

Last September, she CHOSE not to attend LPGA "Q" school, a venue where she has as good a chance as any to qualify. And that BEFORE any classes had begun at Stanford.

Steve didn't say HOW Bubbles' game could be fixed in one afternoon. However, since Steve is a PGA member and a golf instructor, I think it's safe to say that he thinks that he's the one to perform that miracle.

He's not the first golf pro guilty of praising Bubbles to high heaven prior to her having done anything worthwhile. Four years ago, Ernie Els said that she should be able to be competitive on the PGA tour. Ditto Tom Lehman. And Joe Ogilvie was even more ecstatic. He said that Bubbles would be winning multiple times by now and that she was far better at her age than Tiger Woods. Brandel Chamblee went so far as to say that he wouldn't be surprised to see Bubbles winning six, eight , or even ten times a year on the LPGA tour.

I think these guys are too close to the forest to see the trees. There is an old axiom thata horseplayer seeking inside information should never ask a jockey for any.
2008-01-21 @ 15:01
Comment from: Andy Brown [Visitor]
I think the LPGA tour will find it increasingly difficult to award exemptions to Michelle Wie looking at her woeful run of form. So no wonder then that they seem to be sending out clear indications that they have run out of exemptions for Wie. Maybe this is what Michelle Wie actually needs. Something to rally around, something to inspire her to get her game back to the same level which in the first place put the spotlight on her. There is no other way to look at it.

Talking about Tiger, I think as the years pass by his desperation for the slam also seems to be increasing. He has felled many records in his professional career but this is something that must be close to his heart and thank god that players like Tiger have something to cling on to, to keep their drive going. Otherwise with such dominating performance week in and week out one should not be surprised if he decides to pack up and leave in search of a greater challenge.
2008-01-29 @ 00:10
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Andy Brown,

The quoted odds against Woods winning the Grand Slam this year are well over 100 to 1.

But he he doesn't accomplish the slam this tear or any other for the next ten, he'll still be trying in 2019. He won't pack it in and go searching for something more challenging. Tiger has already begun to dabble in course design, the avocation of choice of golfers.

There is a very good reason for golfers' affinity for that line of work. Golf is all they know. The same goes for superstars in other sports.

Michael Jordan didn't get involved in designing skyscrapers or ocean liners, nor did he start a Wall Street brokerage. Why? He is not a structural engineer, a naval architect, of an MBA in banking.

Woods is a superstar, the absolute best of his era. He is far the best of anyone competing today, and probably in the top five of all time.
He may yet prove to be the very best in history.

But Tiger has been trained exclusively to be a standout golfer for his entire life. He has accomplished almost everything he has attempted.

If he does win the slam within the nexr, say, ten years, he will still be playing competitively until well into his fifties.

He won't need the money; he doesn't need it now. He has to satisfy his craving for competition. THat's all he knows, golf and trying mightily to win over and over again.
2008-02-01 @ 15:38

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