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Comment from: Wendy (UK) [Visitor] Email
Hi Stacy. Was Annika a "social media prodigy"
at the same stage as Lorena is now?

Don't think the babes, Natalie, Anna & Michelle
are doing their thing for the LPGA, but for themselves. Nothing wrong with that, of course,
particularly as their careers tend to be of shorter duration than their male counterparts.

It's a bit chicken & egg, isn't it? I'd watch more LPGA if it was televised, but with everyone chasing sponsors, there's only so much money to go round, so don't feel confident about its survival. Will be interested in outcome of summit - will they publish anything?
2009-04-30 @ 16:34
Comment from: Stacy [Visitor] Email
Hi Wendy. There was no real "social media" strategies when Annika became a success. Granted there were cell phones and computers but the connection through the internet was not as great as it is today.

The golfers that are doing things to help themselves are inadvertently helping the LPGA so that is good in the long run.

I'm betting the outcome from the summit will find its way onto the web, with a positive spin, of course. Everything does.

Thanks for your comment!
2009-05-01 @ 09:28
Comment from: Wendy (UK) [Visitor] Email
So - you hit it 250 yds? This was downhill, downwind - right? Unless affirmative - I may descend to heckling in future!!
2009-05-02 @ 14:19
Comment from: Stacy [Visitor] Email
Upper Montclair CC, 1 South, 250 yards, straightaway!
2009-05-03 @ 10:30
Comment from: Stacy [Visitor] Email
At Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill this week, Michelle made me chuckle with this:

Jason Taylor: "Rain today, pretty soggy track, supposed to hang around through Thursday. If the course is wet, what kind of player could fair well out there..."

Michelle Wie: "The person with the best rain gear, I guess."

She has a sense of humor!
2009-05-07 @ 12:07
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Stacy,

I'm not sure about Bubbles sense of humor, and when she stated the comment that you posted above, she probably was not kidding. If you watch her interviews and listen to her speak, you will probably come to the conclusion that the girl is a dingbat! Note that we call her "Bubbles" for a very good reason (that name fits her so well).

PS - She played well today though. If you count las week, she has had five (5) consecutive rounds under par. A tremendous improvement over how she was doing a few weeks ago.

Lance
2009-05-07 @ 16:07
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Lance R.
As usual Ms. Wie finds herself six strokes back after the first round against Lorena "Birdie Machine" Ochoa. During the pre-tournament interviews, Lorena said "every tournament I enter I play to win." Bubbles said "every tournament I enter I play to have fun." As long as she continues to have this seventh grader attitude about the tournaments she plays, she will never win a tournament during her golf career. Already, she has lost the tournament to Ochoa. It is obvious that Ochoa keeps her foot on the necks of her competitors in every tournament. She definitely has the killer instinct, something that Bubbles will never have. Ochoa is already on track to beat Annika's tournament record score of -19 which she set in 2008. I think everyone was amazed that Ochoa had a "bogey" during her round. Where Bubbles will have 20 bogeys during a tournament, Lorena may have 20 bogeys all year. Bubbles has the knack to shoot herself in the foot in every tournament. At this level of competition, you simply can not afford four to five bogeys per round. The top players will have maybe one bogey but rarely more than that. I will say that Bubbles will finish at -10 and will be 16 strokes behind Ochoa during the Kingsmill tournament.
2009-05-07 @ 22:38
Comment from: Lance R. [Visitor] Email
Joe Cool,

Whoa...Bubbles eagled hole #1...only to follow it up with a bogie. There is no question that Bubbles does not have the same desire to win as Ochoa, or Creamer, or Tseng, or most of the other atheletes out there. As you have said, she only does this part time while attending Stanford, and her main primary focus is "to have fun." With this attitude, she may never win a tournament...ever. I acutally believe that if she attends enough events, she will eventully win one. She has so much talent that she should enter an event, and through some luck with not folding in the final round with 9 holes to play, actually win an event. I do think this may happen one of these days, but we shall see.

Alex, Joe Cool...do you agree that she may win one event?

Interested to see your reply.

Lance R
2009-05-08 @ 12:51
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Hey Joe Cool,

What has gotten into Wendy Ward? You had mentioned surpries with her top 10 finish last week, and today she she fired a 64 and is currently in 9th. All of a sudden, she is on fire. Conversely, what is wrong with Julietta Granada (sp?). She won a million bucks in 2006 in a single event. Now, she is routinely missing the cut and is currently in last position today. What happens to these golfers? Guess that is what makes it so fun to watch.

Lance R.
2009-05-08 @ 14:20
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Lance R.,
Lorena "Birdie Machine" Ochoa kept the pressure on with a 65 today and is now 8 strokes ahead of Bubbles. Once again Bubbles had another 4 bogies and at the LPGA level, that is not going to get the job done. I still see Bubbles using her caddie only to be a porter for her golf bag and GOD forbid should he offer Bubbles any advise! Earlier I had said that Bubbles would finish at -10 and Lorena would finish at -26 with another tournament victory. Alex had mention that he thought Bubbles was a "pretty good golfer", however, no where near the hype that has been placed upon her during the last three years. At the Kingsmill the course record of 63 has been tied three times and everyone seems to be going low. At 6310 yards, Bubbles should be eating that course alive. The problem being she is simply too inconsistent with her game right now and keeps shooting herself in the foot with unnecessary bogeys. Again, I think she will finish around tied for 15th place which will pay for the Jet-40 fuel of her private plane. Since she is not planning on changing her schedule of school and golf, I do not see her winning a tournament until she is 22 years old, if she is still playing golf.
2009-05-08 @ 19:20
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Lance R.,
Of the 75 players that made the cut at Kingsmill, only two golfers had 8 bogeys during the first two rounds...yep, you guessed it, Bubbles and Vicky Hurst. When Ochoa was making a birdie from 22 feet, Bubbles was three putting from 22 feet. It looks like those six foot putts are still the monkey on her back. Tomorrow Ochoa will have another 64 and Bubbles will shoot a 69 and will only be 13 shots back.
2009-05-08 @ 23:19
Comment from: Florida Mike [Visitor] Email
I would respect your comments more if you did not stoop to using alex's tired old moniker for Ms Wie. I agree she was vastly overhyped in the years after her winning the amateur event at 13, but to constantly belittle her every other sentence is curmudgeonly and maybe even a little perverse. I will forever be grateful to michelle for getting my daughter interested in golfing. For grown men to follow her every move in order to attack and belittle her is just plain sad.
2009-05-09 @ 07:51
Comment from: Jack [Visitor] Email
Mike,

You're right, whenever I read this blog it reminds me of the quote -

"Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about other people."
2009-05-09 @ 16:35
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Florida Mike:

Welcome back, have not seen you blog for a while. But I am not surprised to see that you are saying the same thing: I am so greatful that Bubbles is a role model for my daughter. Well Florida Mike, Your daughter idolizes the most over-hyped, over-rated brat in the history of sports. Bubbles has more money in the bank that Sorenstan, yet has yet to win a tournament. She has no class, walking off the tee at the 17th to avoid an 88, or dismissing a pro-am because she does not get her way. If your daughter wants to be like her, I hope it is only on the course, because in front on a micorphone, she is a moron: "ahhh, I had a really good day, I learned a lot....ahhh, there is very little difference between a 82 and 67, ahhhhh I did not realize I was 4 over par today because I was really playing well.

Jack - as a philosopher, you suck. Anyone can regirgutate the comments of others. Don't give up your day job.

2009-05-09 @ 20:32
Comment from: Florida Mike [Visitor] Email
I said she got my daughter interested in golf, not that she idolizes her. Though she is better than 90% of the scumwaffles that young ladies do tend to idolize in this oversexed, hip hop culture. I think her current 'idol' is Taylor Swift'. Be that as it may be, your preoccupation with Michelle borders on the obsessive and the sarcasm and vitriol only show how shallow your mind can be.
2009-05-09 @ 20:48
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Florida Mike and Colorado Jack,
If you can not stand the facts concerning Michelle, then get the hell out of the water!
2009-05-10 @ 01:01
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Florida Mike,

Were are just blogging here Mike and discussing the facts,, don't get your panties in a wad. No one here is "preoccupied" or "obsessed" with Bubbles, who looks to be the most over rated athelete in the history of sports.
2009-05-10 @ 08:22
Comment from: Stacy [Visitor] Email
What's a scumwaffle (or is it better that I don't know?) MW is under par after three rounds and that's pretty good. Perhaps she's finally digging in?
2009-05-10 @ 09:43
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Florida Mike,

Stacy bring up an interesting question. Just what is a scumwaffle, and if I read your post correctly, 10% of said scumwaffles are better than Bubbles. Please clarify this point Mike as I believe you are the only one of us with insight on the matter.
2009-05-10 @ 11:46
Comment from: Jim C [Visitor] Email
I think he means Wie is a better role model than Lohan.
2009-05-11 @ 12:02
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Coolio;

"BJ, Bo, and Bu88les"

ROFLMAO!!

Imagine how good Bu88les could have done if it had not been for her pushy folks....even if she is a poorer role model than 10 percent of Florida Mike's scumwaffles.

Interesting development regarding Bu88les new caddie. I can't believe that the press is so quiet about this. I guess that news like this is sort of "common" now and everybody expects it, so why print it.

Lance R

Lance R.
2009-05-11 @ 17:38
Comment from: Coolio [Visitor] Email
Winless Wie still wants to compete with the men

http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/pga/news?slug=ap-lpga-sybaseclassic
2009-05-13 @ 19:47
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Michelle's new caddie is from New Zealand. Since Michelle was hyped as the next "Female Tiger Woods" perhaps this is why her caddie is from New Zealand. Bubbles has been averaging around 8 to 10 bogies per tournament and with the competition on the LPGA, that is not going to get the job done. Her main problem which she has had for the past six years is her putting. During her last tournament I did not see one single birdie putt (of which she missed) go past the hole. Hopefully, tomorrow she will get off to a fast start and not shoot one or two under and end up five or six strokes back after the first round. I am waiting for her to say that she came to the tournament to win instead of to have fun. If she can keep the ball in the fairway, then I feel she will do okay.
2009-05-14 @ 00:00
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Joe,

She is playing well again (especially for a scumwaffle), but she has 5 bogies through 17 holes. she is at -2, which appears to be very much in contention at this point. If not for her bogies, she would be right up at the top.

How about Alfredsson's 30 on the back half. If she can keep this up, she will be out of reach. Bu88les has been playing well, but to WIN, she need to eliminate the bogies.

Lance R
2009-05-14 @ 13:14
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Lance R.,
Unfortunately for Bubbles, Alfredsson shot a career low score 62 in the first round which puts Bubbles 8 shots back. Either Alfredsson could not miss a putt or the course was not playing very difficult. Bubbles has been having 3 to 5 bogies a round and this might get you a win in high school, but, on the LPGA, good luck. I will say Bubbles will finish between 15th and 20th at this tournament. If she wants to play on the Solheim Cup Team, she better start picking up her game.
2009-05-14 @ 14:29
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Here is what Bu88les said when asked about competing against the men in future events:

“You know, like I always say, dream high and stuff, set your goals up high, and I think it’s definitely—I’m not saying it’s an easy goal to achieve,” Wie said when asked about winning a men’s tournament. “I’m not going to be like, ‘Oh, I’m going to go out and win a men’s event.’ It’s not like that, but it’s one of those long-term goals where I see myself getting to. I see myself getting there, and it’s one of those goals that really motivates me and pushes me to be a stronger player, a better player.”

How in the hell did this bimbo get into Stanford, she speaks as if she is in the 4th grade. If not for her money, I can not imagine Stanford letting such an intellectually vacant person into their institution. Florida Mike may be correct...maybe she is a scumwaffle!

Lance R

2009-05-14 @ 15:01
Comment from: Jim C [Visitor] Email
Wie hit 6 fairways, made 11 greens in regulation and made 25 putts. Putting was not the problem.
2009-05-14 @ 15:54
Comment from: Jim C [Visitor] Email
Anyone notice Ochoa's interview? I had a really good day...I gave myslef a lot of birdie chances...When Ochoa struggled, her interview sounded like Wie's do when Wie struggles. Ochoa knows what she is doing focussing on the positive in that situation--and so does Wie.
2009-05-15 @ 11:32
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Jim C

You have got to be kidding me....right. Otherwise, please put down you bong filled with crack cocaine, clear your head, and listen to Bu88les speak during an interview.

Ahhhh...you know I have to really aim high and stuff...I played really well today, but I don't think about shooting 88. I learned a lot when I came in dead last place against the men....I really did...or something.

Jim C said:

"When Ochoa struggled, her interview sounded like Wie's do when Wie struggles."

Jim, your observation is outrageous. First of all Ochoa's primary language is not even English, its Spanish. But she still makes a hell of a lot more sense than Bu88les. To compare Ochoa's speaking ability to that of Bu88les is like comparing Obama to Bevis and Butthead.

Also, when Ochoa struggles, she plays a stroke or two above/below par. When Bu88les struggles, she launches balls over the gallery's heads and either fakes an injury, or withdraws for some lame reason. So I don't think you can make a comparison of the two when they "struggle."

2009-05-15 @ 14:39
Comment from: Jim C [Visitor] Email
OK--The transcript read a lot like Wie's when Wuie shoots scores like the -1 Ochoa shot in round 1. Ochoa shot +3, +3 her two previous rounds on a par 71 course. My guess would be that her confidence was shaken by her 3rd round collapse last week, and that is showing in her putting.

2009-05-15 @ 16:18
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Jim C

Your right, Ochoa is not playing that well right now. I think her confidence is probably ok, but the most difficult part of golf (once you are a pro) is consistency. That is what impresses me about Paula Creamer, I believe she has only missed one cut since turning pro (maybe 2 at the most). Ochoa is consistent as well, but she will have her periods of not playing to her potential.

As I am sure you are aware, Bu88les has played very well over the past 3 events. She is -3 today after 15 and is actually in contention. She has had many bogies over the past two events, but has avoided big numbers. But, if she is in contention in the fourth round, I still believe she will come in second.

We shall see.

Joe Cool, what is your take on Bu88les latest performance.

Lance R
2009-05-15 @ 16:49
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Lance R.,
It was interesting seeing how the Golf Channel played to Michelle...they gave her 25 seconds of air time. It was really the Ochoa, Creamer, Kerr and Lincicomb party. I think the LPGA gals are getting the short end of the stick. The Golf Channel allows them two hours of broadcast time and then uses one hour and fifteen minutes for commercials.

Bubbles performance was more consistent, however, the two drives on the par threes and three different putts was all that the Golf Channel would show. On the back nine she had four birdie putts that burned the edge and would not fall. Since the leaders didn't play that well, Michelle really had an opportunity to close the gap, but, could only manage 3 under par. She is only 6 strokes back and I think she really must make a statement tomorrow and try to shoot a 65 or 64 in order to get the attention from the leaders.
2009-05-15 @ 20:02
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Ok folks, let the fun begin. Bubbles is only three strokes back going into the fourth and final round. This is a good opportunity for her to prove us wrong about winning an event. (I actually think she will eventully win, just not this week.) She has played well for three events now so we shall see.

Look out also for Paula who is tied with Bubbles. Both Paula and Bubbles have been steadily climbing up the leader board.

Should be interesting.

Lance R.
2009-05-16 @ 17:38
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
You can not miss four three foot birdie putts in the LPGA and win golf tournaments. It was interesting to see Creamer and Oh miss wedges by 30 feet, then sink the putts for birdies when Bubbles was missing the three footers. Of course, this is the first time Bubbles has played this Upper Montclair, however, you simply can not throw away such great opportunities and expect to win the tournament. She is going to have to hit the fairways better than 50% and make those short putts if she is to win tomorrow.
2009-05-16 @ 22:04
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Michelle said that she thought she hit the ball very well while only hitting six fairways. Again, the dreaded back nine on Sunday did her in once more! As she says, "it is a work in progress." Once again a Korean won another tournament. When you have 46 Korean players out of 144, the odds are really stacked in their favor. Bubbles mental game is like a "sponge Bob."
2009-05-17 @ 18:14
Comment from: Jim C [Visitor] Email
Is the mental game of Paula Creamer also Sponge Bob? What about Pettersen? Right now T3 is a pretty good result for Wie, particularly when she was never 1 or 2 the whole tournament.
2009-05-18 @ 12:03
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Jim C.,
I watched Wie the three days and wa most interested in her putting. Evidently the greens were rather tricky to read. The gals seemed to make those 25 to 35 foot putts and miss the 3 to 5 footers. I saw Wie misread many of her putts and I can not understand her reasoning to want to read her own putts and not have any assistance from her caddy. Does she have the "PGA Mentality" to line herself up for shots and read her own putts? She has been missing CRUCIAL short putts for the past six years and unless she gets her head on straight, I think she will continue to miss those short putts. If Wie continues with the attitude that she plays in the tournament to have fun, she will not win anything. The mindset of OH was interesting when she stated that she was there to WIN the tournament after she had her hole-in-one during the first round.
2009-05-18 @ 18:46
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
She had seven birdies Friday, along with two bogeys. The second bogey bit her on No. 8, her next-to-last hole, when she just missed a putt of about 14 inches for par. She missed another makeable putt for birdie on her final hole.

Great...now she is missing par putts in the inches! Ying Yang is trying to shoot a 59 during the third round. The Asians are slapping the Corning course up side of the head. If Bubbles could play a course with no trees or water or sand she might pull out a win. It looks like she will finish around tied for 42nd on a 6200 yard course. This is 1000 yards shorter than she played with the PGA. It seems that the first round she always shoots herself in the foot with a mediocre round and then tries to play catch up the rest of the tournament. The Asians are simply too consistent in their games for Bubbles to catch them. I can never recall of ANY KOREAN missing a 14 inch putt for par.
2009-05-23 @ 13:57
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
At the Corning it seems that the Korean gals have picked this tournament to shoot career low scores. Their bios have them doing nothing during 2009 and all of a sudden they are shooting lights out! Yang, one of the better Asians broke the course record with a 3rd round 62 and is presently tied for first place. It seems like everyone is having an eagle on the 426 yard fifth hole except Bubbles. On an earlier post, Alex had mentioned that Bubbles is a good golfer, however, on the LPGA, nothing spectacular but one of the "middle of the pack," So far, it is looking like Alex is correct. You can not average 10 to 12 bogies during a tournament and expect to win. Bubbles will have to become way more consistent if she expects to win a tournament in 2009.
2009-05-23 @ 15:24

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