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Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Burn baby burn...burn those bridges behind you Michelle so you will not have a way back! Of the many stupid decisions you have made since turning pro, your antics in Korea tops them all for crassness and stupidity. So now, you are disliked on the LPGA, disliked on the PGA and disliked on the KLPGA. You can forget any future invites to European PGA, PGA and the KPLGA. This leaves you the LPGA and remember Wiesy they do not pay appearance fees. So, in the future you will not receive any more appearance fees and you lost the Sony $5,000,000 per year contract. Good grief, I hope Stanford is embarrassed to have you as their student!

I want to hear what your excuse will be when Lorena beats you by 32 strokes at the Corona Championships...that is if you make the cut.
2009-04-20 @ 23:09
Comment from: Coolio [Visitor] Email
Well said, Joe Cool.

--Coolio
2009-04-21 @ 13:06
Comment from: Coolio [Visitor] Email
I am already looking forward to the excuses!

Yeah, well, like I said, ahhm, you know, it was windy, and hot, and like said, there were, like, insects, obviously, the score does not show how I played... yeah, just a missed put, here and there. Tomorrow I will just have to, like, shoot a lot of birdies, you know.
2009-04-21 @ 13:11
Comment from: Lance R. [Visitor] Email
Hey Coolio,

Remember this one?

Ahhh, at least they did not turn on the lights and siren when they hauled me off the course for heat exhaustion....he he he
2009-04-21 @ 14:54
Comment from: Coolio [Visitor] Email
Lance R.

Yes, another fiasco in a long string of low points. How many holes did The Teenage Golf Sensation play before she was exhausted from heat? Only three or so, correct? Golf (with caddy, no less) is such an exhausting sport....

We might see this excuse being used again very shortly....

--Coolio
2009-04-21 @ 19:59
Comment from: joe cool [Visitor] Email
Lance and Coolio,
Better ready the ice cubes and stretcher in Morelia, Mexico. The forecast is going to average 100F with light airs. If MW doesn't break par the first round, look for the heat exhaustion routine.
2009-04-21 @ 21:01
Comment from: Lance R. [Visitor] Email
Mr. Coolio and Joe Cool,

I enjoy your posts.

Bubbles actually finished an impressive 9 holes that summer day when temperatures reached 88 degrees. (Ironically, the number 88 has caused her to drop out twice; once because of temperature, and second because she was avoiding that score in Annika's event to elude being disqualified for a year in the LPGA.) She had absolutely no chance at making the cut after her opening round of 77. She was 2 over after nine, and eight over for the tournament when she bailed.

Anyone can get sick at any time. But with Bubbles, one has to wonder with the repeated excuses and poor decisions.

Lance R.
2009-04-21 @ 21:40
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Lance,
To put the Corona Championship in perspective, Lorena is going for her fourth win in a row. Last year she shot 25 under par and won by 11 strokes. I do not think that the "Wunderkind" has shot a total of 25 under par during the last three years! I wonder if she will decide to play in the Pro-Am should they have one. Evidently, the Lotte Mart people went against the rules and allowed Bubbles to play though she didn't play in their Pro-Am. I do not think the Corona people are going to be so accommodating to the "Golf Queen." I guarantee that there will once again be controversy in the "Wie Camp" during the tournament. The sga continues. Sometimes I wonder if the "Wie Fans" have a NASCAR mentality and show up just to see the wreck.
2009-04-21 @ 21:53
Comment from: pbjt [Visitor]
I follow Michelle Wie for the wrecks and excuses!
2009-04-22 @ 05:49
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Good for you pbjt, I think that is the only "entertainment" that Bubbles has to offer at this time!
2009-04-22 @ 10:41
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Joe Cool,

My prediction for Bubbles this week is more of the same. As Alex pointed out earlier, she has been consistently making the cut on the cut line. I think she will do it again, then finish about 10th from last. But one can never be sure with Bubbles, her finishes range from being a runner up, to walking off the tee box with two holes to play to avoid an 88. We all know she has the ability, but I think her long line of failures are snowballing and her best years at golf are probably behind her.

Lance R
2009-04-22 @ 10:59
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Lance R,

It might be overly optimistic to assume that Bubbles will make the cut and finish about 60th. Such a finish would be about the same as that in her last two LPGA events.

But in Korea, she made the cut on the number against a field of a mere 108 golfers, very few of which were even in the second tier of Korean women.
The Lotte tournament was at best a third tier event.

I only saw her play once in person, that in 2005 in the Publinx near Cincinnati. But a few friends of mine have seen her live since, and it is their opinions that Bubbles' game is no where near that of three or four years ago.

It may not have to any good at all if, after her poor to mediocre play, there is any truth to the rumor that she received more in appearance money at the Lotte in Korea than the total purse of the event.


Alex USMC 1969-73
2009-04-22 @ 17:38
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Alex,

I also have only seen her play live on one occassion. I followed her at the 2007 Ginn Open in Mount Plesant, South Carolina. I will never forget what she did on the 3rd hole 478 yard par 5. Her first tee shot was very dangerous, as she pushed the ball over spectators heads, into a parking lot, hit the door on a pickup truck, then the ball rolled into a storm sewer inlet. She teed up another ball. This time (3rd shot), she hooked the ball over severely into the middle of a pond. The gallery went completely silent. She finally hit a playable tee shot (5th shot), but found the bunker on her next fairway shot (6th shot). Long story short, she took a 10 on the par 5.

Then, five holes later on the par 3 eighth hole tee box, she was conversing with her caddie and some other men, then walked off the tee box (note that she started that day on the back 9).

I would agree with your friends, her game is no where near what it was. Her coach has blamed it on her campaign to challenge male golfers that has completely ruined her swing.

As for how she will do this week, I think my prediction may be "best case."

Lance R
2009-04-22 @ 18:30
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
The information that I have read is MW's parents set up a trust fund and she will not be able to touch it until she is 21 years old. Since there were no conditions in the Nike, Sony and Omega contracts, I can see her saying "see ya" when she turns 21. Because of her large bank account, she doesn't nor ever had the "fire in the belly" to play and win golf tournaments. Evidently, she doesn't like to practice or condition herself for the rigors of professional golf. I am really surprised that Leadbetter is still sticking around. Though he makes around $1000 per hour, he certainly doesn't need the money. Unfortunately, I can not see anything positive coming from the Wie Camp in 2009. Michelle has settled in to the six months of school and six months of golf and she is not going to change that routine. I am sure she will want to go to post graduate school and that could take her another four years. During the next ten years she will be playing six months a year and will be 30 years old and never win a tournament. Since she has stated she doesn't plan to play competitive golf after 30, she really doesn't have a golf career. Her classes at Stanford are as jumbled as her golf. Korean drama and nano technology with calculus thrown in?? It was interesting that Sony dropped her just after the debacle in Korea. Besides the decision with Annika, the Pro-Am decision in Korea was really stupid. If anyone knows the real story about that decision, otherwords, was it her decision or her parents decision, let me know.
2009-04-22 @ 19:48
Comment from: golfgirl [Visitor] Email
First of all I don't much enjoy The Big Break. I don't particularly enjoy living vicariously through other who play really well and look gorgeous doing it. I can only do one of those things. LOL :o)

As far as Ms. Wie is concerned, I think she'll be just fine.

There are a lot of misconceptions ...from guys basically...one of the major ones is that the other LPGA players don't like her, or resent her... and that, I can tell you, is absolutely not true. I've spent time with a number of LPGA players and there's no truth to that at all. There was the incident with Annika but that was short lived and involved only Michelle and Annika... no one else took sides... because the LPGA players basically like here, find her pleasant, and know that Michelle Wie sells massive amounts of tickets and generates enormous buzz, and that's so needed with the decreasing ticket sales and shrinking sponsorship dollars. Sadly till now the vast majority of LPGA fans are men. That's a fact. And Michelle Wie, by going out again and again and trying to compete on the Mens tour became known by these male fans. Many may hate her...but they know her and they want to "see what she does this time" The rest of the LPGA players and the Administrators realize this and appreciate it.

Also, I think she's good with her parents and her parents care about her. I don't know how thinks will turn out in the end for Michelle Wie but as I said, I think she'll be fine.
2009-04-22 @ 22:07
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Ochoa starts off with a 65!!!! wow, does this woman own this golf course. Bubbles has also had a good start, 2 under after 5 holes. One never know, but this should be a good tournament. I am very impressed with Ochoa. If you take her last 5 official scores at this event from last year and this year, she has scored 66, 66, 66, 69, 65 - 33 under. What a great golfer.

Lance R.
2009-04-23 @ 15:53
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Golfgirl,
You probably mean well when you completely forget Michelle's track record since she turned pro. You also probably think that the Taliban are simply poor misunderstood Muslims.
2009-04-23 @ 16:32
Comment from: Jim C [Visitor] Email
Alex

Wie is the number 2 rookie and she is proving that she belongs on tour. If what you are saying is correct, she was a lot better 3 or 4 years ago. That must mean she was incredibly good at that time--and it was ridiculous for anyone to say she had not earned jher LPGA invites.
2009-04-24 @ 12:58
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Jim C

Ahhh yes, Bubbles fine start of 9 under after 2 rounds has brought out the Wie-wees (although I think you are the only one left). I am not surprised, as she seems to do the best where there is no pressure, where no one is expecting her to do great. She had a great first LPGA appearance of 2009, then she barely made the cut at several consecutive evens. Then in Mexico this week, she is playing awesome (at least for the first two rounds). But in the fourth round, if she is in contention, she will fail. She simply does not have the drive to be a winner.

Also Jim C, Bubbles is not a rookie. Putt4par explaned this to you in a previous post (I guess you did not accept the reasoning of a fellow Wie-wee). The only reason she is considered by some to be a rookie is because this is the first year for her to have a card. But in reality, she has been on the tour (on and off) for a long time.

I do agree that she belongs on the tour though Jim C. THE LPGA THOUGH, NOT THE PGA TOUR.

Lance R.
2009-04-24 @ 19:44
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Lance R,
After Bubbles second round 71 and the top 15 were shooting from 6 to 9 under par, I think the reality of just playing six months a year on the LPGA is finally sinking in. Ochoa is showing all the gals why she is the no.1 player in the world with another 65. Bubbles has already shot herself out of the tournament and I figure she will finish around 15th place. Bubbles had stated that she must be more consistent in order to be competitive on the LPGA. I have been following her since she was 14 and I can not remember when she put two low rounds together. It would not surprise me if Ochoa put together two more 65s for a total of 32 under par. It is a well know fact that she really attacks the par five holes in nearly every tournament she plays. Bubbles is going to have to learn this before she can ever think of challenging Ochoa. I think Bubbles will finish 69 and 70 for a final 16 under par. Pettersen shot a 64, but, I do not think she will overtake Ochoa.
2009-04-24 @ 21:40
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Joe Cool:

You wrote: "Bubbles has already shot herself out of the tournament."

Joe, I agree with you, but when Bubbles has nothing to lose is when she performs the best. I am impressed with a 9-under after 2 rounds, even if the top 15 is shooting that well or better. That is fine golf, and Bubbles has very few bogies. She is not as erratic as she has been, hitting more greens and more playable drives. Where she cracks is when the competition gets tight. I do not think it will be a close call in this case as it looks as if Ochoa is going to run away with it all. But if Lorena does cool off and gives Bubbles a chance, Bubbles will choke with about 9 holes to play in the final round. She is just not a clutch player and was rewarded before she ever won an event.

Lance R.
2009-04-25 @ 13:10
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Lance R
The fact is that Michelle has more money in the bank than Sorenstam. Financially she is under no pressure and has the mindset of six months of golf and six months of school. When she enters a tournament, it is to "have fun" and not to win the tournament. She simply does not have the drive to be a champion and I doubt if she will ever have the drive. Yes, she has started to play more consistent golf, however, the LPGA competition is tough and with Ochoa around for at least five or six years,(hall of fame) Michelle is going to have to make serious decisions about her career. As you know Ochoa is a real birdie machine, if not better than Annika, in my opinion. She can go very low in any tournament and Bubbles is going to have to deal with that fact. The past has shown that "the last six holes" are Bubbles' demise. Even as a amateur, she had trouble closing out a match. Evidently, Bubbles is planning on playing in more LPGA tournaments this year, so, it will be interesting to see if she can retain her LPGA card for 2010.
2009-04-25 @ 16:30
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Lance R,
After a third round 72, Bubbles is 10 strokes back of Ochoa. It is interesting to see that the par fives were not the issue, but, the par fours were. Ochoa is 11 under on the par fours and Bubbles is three under. The par fives were -10 versus -8 for Bubbles. Bubbles never did figure out the par 3 14th and has bogeyed the hole all three days. I said she would shoot a 69 in the third round and I missed it by three strokes. I still think she will end up tied for 15 place, which is better than what she has done the last two tournaments. The saga continues.
2009-04-25 @ 18:37
Comment from: Jim C [Visitor] Email
Joe

Last year anything over 100Gs got you top 100 and at least Category 11 status. With less money avaiable this year, Wie pretty much wrapped up top 100 in her first event. A top 20 this week will probably be enough to put her in the top 80 imroving her status to Category 1.
2009-04-25 @ 22:16
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Thanks Jim for the clarification. It looks like a tie for 15th place for Bubbles...that is certainly better than 67th place. It seems like Petersen has also become a birdie machine. I wonder how long she can keep up that pace during 2009? I see MW is in for the Sybase and the Jamie Farr tournaments. We shall see how she does. So far this season she has been running below average in the field. I do not see her winning any tournament until she is at least 21.
2009-04-26 @ 00:28
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Joe Cool,

Your prediction of Bubbles 15th placement is reasonable. Still, since she is out of contention and in the absence of pressure she may do better and put together a great fourth round. She has played very well during this tournament with all three rounds so far being under par. I think we all agree, she has the capability, just not the drive.

I am predicting Ochoa over Peterson as well. When Lorena is on, she will be tough to beat. Plus, she seems to really know this course.
2009-04-26 @ 08:26
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Lance R,

I really get a kick out of Jim C's glorying over the fact that Bubbles will probably get to keep her LPGA playing privileges for next year.

Gone are his rosy predictions of multiple major wins a year, and back-to-back wins several times. Now, keeping her card is a great accomplishment.

Bubbles seems to be playing it too cozy in Mexico. With an unprecedented birdie fest going on, she is playing very conservatively. True, she isn't making many bogeys, and has avoided any doubles and other big numbers.

But with the lowest aggregate total score for a field in LPGA history, mostly pars and a birdie here and there won't get it done.

I heard yesterday that thus far in the tournamnet in Morelia, 1284 birdies have been made, along with 26 eagles and two aces.

Bubbles is a pretty fair golfer, but she is no where near the prodigy that the hype made her out to be.

In a field of tough female golfers like Lorean, Suzann, and yes,even Morgan, she is probably hopelessly outclassed.

Alex USMC 1969-73
2009-04-26 @ 09:41
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Alex,
Bubbles is 2 under through 7 holes on the front 9. I do not see her shooting any lower that a 68 which will put her at 15 under for the tournament. With Suzanne breathing down Lorena's' neck, I think she will turn it on and shoot around a 66 to end up 27 under for the tournament. It seems that Bubbles is still taking the conservative route in her tournaments. Is it she doesn't want to post a big number or she just wants to finish in the top 30? Looking back on her career, I think she has only shot a handful of 66s during the last nine years. It looks like she is planning on playing around 10 to 12 tournaments in 2009, where most of the LPGA gals play 25 to 30 tournaments each year. Part time golfer is not going to get it, even for the "golf prodigy" Bubbles.
2009-04-26 @ 14:36
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Alex, Joe Cool,

I think Bubbles is content on just finishing in the top 20 and playing well for a change. She probably realized after the second round that their was no way she was going to win with Lorena playing the way she has. So, I think she is just trying to make a good showing after sucking so bad during her last few outings.

Regarding the expectations of the Wie-wees, yes, it is declining all the time. Pretty soon, Jim C will get excited because Bubbles make the cut at an LPGA event!

Lance
2009-04-26 @ 15:46
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
When Wendy Ward shoots a -18 this gives you an idea of how tough the Corona course was laid out. Like Alex said, "it was a birdie fest out there." So, onward LPGA to the next tournament and the Bubble's saga continues.
2009-04-26 @ 22:57
Comment from: Jim C [Visitor] Email
Pettersen beat Pressel by 9 shots overall--but by just 2 shots on the par 5s. That is weird, and that is how high altitude can effect golf.

2009-04-27 @ 09:39
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Pettersen shoots -24 with only one bogey in four days and still loses the tournament. This shows just how mentally tough Ochoa is...are you listening Bubbles?
2009-04-27 @ 11:57
Comment from: John Smith [Visitor]
Even thou she has alot of excuses she makes the tour interesting so thumbs up.
2009-04-28 @ 09:22
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
JASON TAYLOR: Welcome to Kingsmill, and thank you for joining us in the media center. If you would, talk about the rookie year you've had so far and just being here this week.
MICHELLE WIE: It's been great this year. Even though I've played a lot of LPGA tournaments before, it's definitely a different feeling. It's been great playing almost every week, and it's been a lot of fun, especially this past weekend, we had the huge LPGA Sunday, my first one as an LPGA player. It was very interesting and I learned a lot of stuff. I feel great about the future. I feel great about the season, and I'm definitely having a lot of fun.

This girl is a student at Stanford? Good grief!
2009-05-05 @ 21:28

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