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Comment from: Jim C [Visitor] Email
A stupid rule change for Wie's rookie year. Even a change down to 20 from 30 would have put Wie in the field. I imagine there would be complaints of favortism for Wie if the opposite rule change had been made this year, allowing Wie to qualify when no one before would have qualified.

Unless Wie qualifies based on the next two events, she will miss the Open, and the USGA will pay the price of their stupidity in a loss of fan interest. But there is really nothing that can be done about it now.
2009-06-22 @ 21:25
Comment from: Andrew Brinkworth [Visitor] Email
I think that the Open is a completely different animal than traditional LPGA and PGA events. It's format allows anyone to compete as long as they qualify. To allow names in to put "butts in seats" or to increase viewership is inherently against the spirit of competition. Both Gulbis and Wie will have many years to earn their places in the field. For now let those that qualify play on.
Andrew Brinkworth
2009-06-23 @ 02:39
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
While I agree with Andrew to an extent, Jim C is essentially right on this one. Yes, it would be ridiculous to allow someone entry into the Open simply to increase the gate. However, not everyone is forced to qualify, as they do offer exemptions. And it's certainly reasonable to say that the top 30 deserve such exemptions, and, of course, that previously was the standard. (Certainly, at least the top 20 or 25 deserve entry.)

So, no, no one should be given an exemption simply because the person bears a marquee name, but merit is a different matter.

And, as you know, I say this as someone who is no fan of the Bubbles.
2009-06-23 @ 09:27
Comment from: Jon [Visitor] Email
You can't compare that missed U.S. Open cut machine Glover to Natalie Gulbis. She had a putt on 18 to tie for the lead at the 2005 U.S. Women's Open, eventually finishing 4th. She had a streak 4 straight top ten finishes in majors and 9 straight top 20 finishes, include three top 5s. She finished as high as 6th on the LPGA money list and 16-6-12 in scuccessive seasons. The tournament she won, the Evian Masters has as high a purse as the U.S Women's Open an is a major on the LET.

In general, anyone in the top 30 on the current LPGA money list or in the top 50 current WORLD Rankings belongs in the U.S. Oopen. This is a ludicrous omission on the USGA's part. These players have earned their place in the field through SUSTAINED PERFORMANCE and you have to protect them.
2009-06-23 @ 09:50
Comment from: Tom W. [Visitor] Email
Wie and Gulbis just finished 23rd and 21st, respectively at the previous women's major tournament, the LPGA Championship, which has a stronger field. so I think they could easily compete in the U.S. Open this year. They were both battling injuries at last year's U.S. Open, so you can no more use that as a judge of their chances. That is the same flawed logic the USGA uses in taking the top 50 money winners from last year over the top 30 from the CURRENT year. Being 16th and 29th on the CURRENT LIST, as Wie and Gulbis are, is a better indicator of some one's worthiness to play in the current year's U.S. Open than being #50 on last year's list. You also stated "Solid putting, therefore, is the single most important part of any player’s golf game." Well, Gulbis as been near or at the very top (#1) of the LPGA's putting rankings (all catagorires) for the entire year!
2009-06-23 @ 10:46
Comment from: smudge [Visitor]
Exactly why does everyone think the LPGA needs Wie in the US Open, and why should Wie be in the Open. The Wiester has won nothing, has demonstrated she has no ability to win, no real desire to win, no drive or determination that are the qualities of a champion, or even a competitor. A couple top fives does not earn you the right to get into a major championship. the LPGA is doing itself a disservice by failing to market the stars of their tour. All this crap about Wie is distracting from a talented group of women whoe have a marketable product, they just need to concentrate on their assets, and not on their liabilities.
2009-06-23 @ 11:48
Comment from: JimC [Visitor] Email
If Wie had made an extra 100Gs she still would not have made the current top 10 for this year's open, but she could then miss every cut from now until next yuear's open, and what wasn't good enough to get her in this year's open would in all likelyhood be enough to get her in next year's. As it is, her performance could fall way off and she would still be in the open next year based mostly on what she has done up to this point. This is a ridiculous situation.

Suggestion. Do like the Solheim Cup. Use points or dollars from last year's cut off day on, and add to that double points or dollars for this year up to the cutoff date.
2009-06-23 @ 15:12
Comment from: coolio [Visitor] Email
I would be very happy if this Open indeed ends up being Wie-free -- as this would mean less circus and fawning celebrity worship and more athleticism.
Alas, as detailed in another post, I fear that the winless princess will end up playing in the Open -- I am sure, at this very moment, bj is busy, busy, busy, pulling some stunt.
Nonetheless, I am hopeful that at this year's Open the spotlight will be on the deserving players (especially on the many outstanding golfers from Korea).

Coolio
2009-06-23 @ 20:11
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Coolio,

You obviously didn't see my response to your question in the other thread, so I'm posting it here as well.

No, actually, you are what you are. Whether or not you're a liberal is determined by your ideology, your beliefs, not my perspective. What I believe doesn't change the objective reality of what you are. The only qualification I will add is that "liberal" is a relative term, in that its definition does change based on the time and place. However, in 2009 America a liberal is understood to have certain characteristics, lacking and defective though they may be.

Joe cool is right about everything in those posts, and that is clear if you read his comments with an eye toward understanding them. Note that he didn't say Koreans should be banned from the Open. He simply lamented the fact that so many qualified for it. This is understandable, as it's well-established that robotic foreigners who do not and cannot interact with the fans don't exactly help the marketability of a tour. Also note that people do not say the same thing about Shigeki Maruyama on the men's tour, and Chi Chi Rodriguez was a hit. Why? Because they aren't automatons who walk around with a Terminator-like countenance. They are personable, charming and funny and put on a show for the fans.

Joe's point also was that high-ranked LPGA players (which can include foreigners) should be shown more respect; he was saying that it's ridiculous to limit exemptions to the LPGA top 10, thereby affording players who haven't "paid those dues" — many of whom are foreign — a greater chance of getting in the Open.

You should also realize that Joe's commentary was inspired by the fact that Bubbles, despite being ranked 16th on the tour, was denied automatic entry into the Open. And her racial background is precisely the same as that of the Korean players.

Now, on a personal level, I'm tickled pink that Bubbles won't be in the event. However, I'm also fair and would thus never deny that, in this case, she was victimized by an unfair system. (Ironic, too, isn't it? The girl who benefited from copious exemptions she didn't deserve now is denied one that, it could be reasonably said, she actually did earn. Of course, it still is ridiculous that she couldn't qualify.)

Lastly, there is nothing wrong with requiring people who work in our country to speak our language. It's what any sane nation would do . . . . Oops, my mistake, as that characterization ceased describing us a looooong time ago.

While I don't expect it to be forthcoming, you owe Joe Cool an apology.
2009-06-25 @ 01:11
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Smudge,

Set down your bong pipe full of "great weed" for a moment and reread the posts that your last statement referred to. Most posters are claiming that Wie has earned the right to be in the Open, not that the "LPGA needs her in the Open." I despise Wie-wee as much as any other that has followed her and think her off the course behavior is unacceptable. But I do give credit where credit is due, she has EARNED the right to at least be in the field at the Open, unlike earlier years when she received exemptions. By the way Smudge, I believe she is now tied for second place late in the second round with a full LPGA field. OK, now you can resume your activity with your bong.
2009-06-26 @ 20:41
Comment from: John D [Visitor]
Well, at least Wie-wee won't get disqualified when she calls Leadbetter for advice during the Open.
2009-06-27 @ 06:58
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
John D,

That's funny, really.
2009-06-27 @ 12:16
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Ouch!!!

Our golf princess (Wie-wee) has started off +3 after 4. Going to be hard to have another top 10 finish with a start like that.

2009-06-27 @ 14:09
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Thanks Judge for your support! Bubbles shot a 40 on the front nine and has once again shot herself out of the tournament. The comment from Alex that "Bubbles is a good golfer, however, she is not exceptional" rings true with each tournament. I really can not see her winning any tournament until she finishes Stanford and plays FULL TIME on the LPGA. Maybe by the time she is 24 she will win a tournament, but, not before.
2009-06-27 @ 15:21
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Joe Cool,

Yes I believe that Bu88les has once again shot herself out of the tournamant with her 75 today. She had a shot at contention at the conclusion of yesterdays round (-7 overall), but today's 75 is going to do her in. (I think Shin will be hard to catch in this tournamant for any of the other players the way she is playing.)

She still has an opportunity at a top 20 finish, which she will probably get since she will have little pressure on her tomorrow.
2009-06-27 @ 17:37
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Lance,
There is a good reason why Shin is called "The four round Queen." Once she is a front runner, it is nearly impossible to catch her. Today, there were at least four birdie putts that stopped on the edge of the cup...that would have given her a 63! Statistics for 3 rounds.

Shin:(-16)
Fairways hit=70%
GIR=78%
Putts=80

Wie:(-4)
Fairways hit=44%
GIR=76%
Putts=91

Shin will definitely break the tournament record set in 1992 of -19 by Inkster. Weather permitting, I think Shin will shoot a 66 tomorrow for a -22.

During the post round interview I was really surprised that Bubbles actually admitted that she played poorly, "front nine was a travesty",however, She sidestepped the question about not qualifying for the US OPEN, but, still is hoping to win next weeks tournament.
2009-06-27 @ 21:30
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
After following Bubbles career for the past five years, I find it amazing how she finds so many different ways to shoot herself in the foot. It seems that every time she finds herself in a position to make the cut on the PGA or win on the LPGA, something inside her says..."whoa, girl, are you crazy?...stop the silliness and starty hitting some bad shots. One example when qualifying for the US OPEN, she bogeyed four of the last five holes to miss by one stroke.

After watching her play for many years I am convinced that she has no idea how to read greens. Today, she was misreading greens badly. Like they say, "you drive for show and you putt for dough." I wonder how much longer Omega and Nike are going to hang on. I think they have grown tired of the "I shoulda, I coulda, I woulda, year after year.

Solheim Cup Captain Judy Rankin is watching Bubbles very closely and is hoping that she will finally get her game together so she can be one of the "Captain's Picks"...unfortunately, it is not going to happen in 2009. The saga continues!
2009-06-27 @ 21:43
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Alex is right in say that Bubbles is a good — but not a great — player. She is a great talent, though, but many great talents never become great players. Take John Daly, for instance; after winning his majors, you know what happened. An even better example is Tom Weiskopf, who, I believe, was once christened the "next Nicklaus."

Talent is a prerequisite for being a great player, but if you don't have it between the ears, it's all for naught.
2009-06-28 @ 00:16
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
It seems that Wegmans tournament is another that may not be on the list for 2010. If Carol Bivens still insists on her "no compromise" attitude that you need us, but, we don't need you, this will certainly hurt the LPGA. Why does it seem that the LPGA executives are doing everything they can to destroy the LPGA?
2009-06-28 @ 08:35
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Judge Smails,

Well stated. She certainly has the talent, I do not think anyone will disagree with that. I believe that the disconnect was with her development. Had she been focused on the LPGA at an early stage instead of worrying about the men's circuit and trying to hit the ball 320 yards, I actually believe that she would have had a victory by now. This nonsense about playing on the men's circuit and qualifying for the Masters has damaged her game mentally.

I do not think she would have ever been anything other than a "novelty" on the men's tour, but at least she should have started with her focus on the LPGA, and then considered a few men's tournaments AFTER she began to dominate (if ever) the LPGA.

As it is now, she is just good LPGA player who consistently makes the cuts, but never wins and is showing no signs of winning in the near future.
2009-06-28 @ 10:42
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Wie-wee is making a run at it. She is -5 through 12 (just bogeyed 12). She would have an outside shot at this event if not for Shin is still 8 shots ahead if her. So once again, to little to late.
2009-06-28 @ 13:32
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Oops,

Bu88les just went bogie - double bogie - bogie to lose four strokes off her potentially strong round of 6 under par. It seems as if the moment I give her credit for something, she follows it up by doing something poor. I guess I need to compliment Bu88les more often.
2009-06-28 @ 13:52
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Lance,

I saw Bubbles' not very surprising stumble. I have to disagree with one element of your analysis, however.

I don't believe that Bubbles would be faring any better had she not entertained her ridiculous dreams of playing the men's tour. Now, I realize that what you expressed is a common belief, but I do think it's a misconception.

Bubbles once said in an interview that her father "chokes." I believe it runs in the family, so to speak. People have a certain degree of mental toughness, and this is determined by their psychological make-up. This, in turn, is at least largely determined by your upbringing during the first, let's say, seven years of life (and, who knows? Innate characteristics may be a factor, too).

For this reason, athletes are all over the spectrum as far as mental toughness is concerned. Every now and then we see someone with ice-water coursing through his veins such as Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus, but these people are rare. Then we also see players who are quite mentally fragile, such as Phil Mickelson or Tom Weiskopf. They're more common and closer to the norm but still anomalies. Most are somewhere in-between.

Bubbles is much like Mickelson or Weiskopf, I would say — only worse. And I believe that when people attribute her problems to her forays into the men's arena, they have it backwards. It's not the fact that she played the men's tour that caused her problems.

It's her problems that caused her to play the men's tour.

That is, at least partially. And I know that seems like a strange statement, so bear with me.

Why is it that the only event of note Bubbles' ever won was that big women's amateur tournament when she was the tender age of 13? Why is it she came closest to making the cut in a PGA Tour event at the tender age of 14?

Because she had, as they say, "nothing to lose," so she felt little pressure. A 13-year-old playing against mature women and a 14-year-old girl competing on the men's tour? She wasn't supposed to have a chance. She could have shot 81-85 and people would have just said, "Hey, she's only a kid. It's amazing just being there at that age."

However, as she matured and the expectations increased, so did the pressure she put on herself. And here's how a person with a choking problem thinks (on some level): "Uh, oh, I'm expected to win now. All these people have these expectations. But what if I falter! I'll look bad unless I do really well."

Thus, it was a lot tougher to compete with grown women once she was a grown woman — and one who had been hyped to the nth degree.

So, this is one reason why, I believe, she wanted to play the men's tour: it was an arena in which she could be an underdog, where anything would be a plus . . . at least for a while. She was "just a girl," and if she faltered, so what? It was just amazing that she was there, at least in the eyes of the public. It was refuge from that horrible, dreaded pressure, that fear she felt relating to losing respect, diminishing your own self-image, and maybe some other factors as well.

Of course, even the men's tour wasn't a perfect refuge. After all, if she was in a position wherein she had a realistic chance of making a cut, her psychological demon would rear his ugly head. Yet, the pressure would be held at bay until then, and, regardless, she would still be lauded as a girl who almost made a cut in a men's event.

But the men's arena also is a refuge that diminishes over time, like a stock portfolio in Obama's Amerika. Because as the expectations grew even more, she reached a point at which, even there, she felt that she would look bad if she couldn't finally deliver. It was, "Uh, oh, they're saying I could actually pass muster on the men's tour; they're saying I might win a tournament one day! Even just making a cut isn't good enough anymore. I really can't mess up now!"

To conclude, I wouldn't even be surprised is this — the fact that the men's tour no longer offers her the relief from the pressure she desperately wanted — is one of the reasons why she isn't as interested in playing the PGA right now. I realize her poor play is a factor as well, but I wouldn't bet against the above being another factor.

I'm pretty sure about most of this analysis, by the way. Bubbles can't stand pressure, and she'll go to great lengths to avoid it. The problem is, her refuges are gone. There is no "Supermen's Tour," where the also-rans are as good as Tiger Woods and she can be congratulated for coming within four shots of the cut.
2009-06-28 @ 14:56
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Judge, excellent post! Once again, the dreaded back nine on Sunday did Bubbles in! If you are hitting golf balls six months a year on the driving range with the parents oohs and aahs congratulating you for hitting those monstrous drives on the 200 yard wide fairway; then you get on a course where the fairways are 30 yards wide and you can not keep the ball on the short stuff, it is no wonder that Bubbles is not being successful. I wonder when the book "The Making Of a Loser" will be on the book shelves?

I am sure that Judy Rankin has already picked the last two players for the Solheim Cup and Bubbles is not one of them. There have been too many years waiting for the "gifted one" to win a tournament and everyone including her sponsors have reached their limits. Bubbles simply does not have the "right stuff" to become a winner, let alone a champion. Financially she is set for life and has no intention of forgetting Stanford and playing full time on the LPGA. Of course, we can not count out the fact that she may what to get her Masters degree also.

I think the remaining tournaments in 2009 will be very similar to Wegmans and Bubbles will finish between 20th and 30th place before returning to Stanford.
2009-06-28 @ 15:24
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Bubbles is just a little bit higher than Birdie Kim in the LPGA. At least the Bird made a miracle sand shot to win the US Open and be exempt for five years. I do not see the bird winning anymore tournaments in the near future.
2009-06-28 @ 15:28
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Joe,

You reminded me of something I forgot to mention. Why is Bubbles so intent upon taking this anomalous road of staying in school and playing the tour only part time? Let's face it, such a thing is basically unheard of among prodigies today. The reason may again come down to pressure.

As long as Bubbles is only a part time player — distracted by schoolwork — she has a built-in excuse. But if she were to devote herself to the tour, her excuses would be gone. She fears such a scenario; she wishes to avoid it at all costs.

I strongly suspect that the more Bubbles devoted herself to golf, the more pressure she'd feel and the worse she'd do, just the opposite of what everyone assumes.

"Man, but she really does OK for a part time player, doesn't she!"
2009-06-28 @ 15:36
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Judge Smails,

Excellent post!!!

I completely agree that she does not have determination to win when it comes down to the final holes. While I was reading your post, I thought back to the 2006 John Deer Classic, where she was two shots above the cut line, but then went double bogie - bogie on 16 and 17 to miss the cut by a stroke. She missed a four-foot put at a men's event in Japan (Casio Open) on the final hole to once again miss the cut. Regarding the women's tour, she has come very close a few times, but just can not seem to get it done at the very end.

However, I do believe that her time at least would have been better served when she was 16 and 17 years old working on her short game instead of trying to put the ball in orbit from the tee box. And I think playing on the women's tour may have given her just a little more confidence that maybe...just maybe she would have finished a little stronger in some of those women's events that she finished in the top 3. But, you very well may be right. Perhaps it may not have mattered, she just does not quite have the mental capacity to be a champion.

Question for Judge Smails and Joe Cool: Do you think she will ever win a women's event?

I actually do think she will win one of these days, but not this year, or even next.

LR
2009-06-28 @ 16:13
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Like Bobby Jones said..."the longest distance on the golf course is the six inches between the ears."

Bubbles is simply not hungry enough to win a golf tournament. She probably has around $40,000,000 in the bank and like she said, "I am here to have fun." I am not sure about how BJ set up Bubbles trust fund, but, she probably will not have access to the money until she is 21. For a 19 year old going on 20, Bubbles still has the mentality of a 13 year old whenever she does an interview. Her linguistic abilities are very immature for her age. This could be the fault of her parents who still monitor her every move on and off the golf course.I doubt seriously if she will play golf past the age of 25. The saga continues!
2009-06-28 @ 18:21
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Wie will look back on many missed opportunities in this tournament. After going 6 under through her first 11 holes today, Wie had a three-hole stretch at Nos. 12, 13 and 14 of bogey, double bogey, bogey to drop her out of contention. Had she only parred those holes, she would have finished in a tie for second.

Those three holes cost her $123,332.00 or $41,111.00 per hole! But, she had fun!
2009-06-28 @ 23:06
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Lance,

Assuming that Bubbles continues playing long enough, there's no doubt she'll win events. Her psychological deficiencies don't preclude that. They simply ensure that she won't fulfill her potential, meaning, she won't win nearly as much as she would with a better head on her shoulders.

It's much as with Mickelson (only her case is more severe). He has won three majors, I believe, but it would probably be at least six by now, and maybe eight, if he were more mentally tough. Greg Norman is another great example.

So Bubbles will win given enough chances, no question about it. And maybe she'll back into her first win. Maybe she'll do her usual choke routine, but, in one event, it'll just so happen that her competitors will falter even more. That does occasionally happen.

Of course, Joe has a point, too. The easiest way for Bubbles to avoid that dreaded pressure is to quit golf. So maybe in five or six years she'll "conclude" that she doesn't really enjoy the game and that she'd rather devote herself to more intellectual endeavors, like teaching the nonsense classes her father teaches at his university. And she'd be telling the truth if she said she didn't enjoy it, too. After all, golf's not fun when you constantly put tremendous pressure on yourself. Fear — which is what nervousness is — isn't enjoyable to experience.
2009-06-29 @ 01:43
Comment from: John D [Visitor]
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor]
"Judge, excellent post! Once again, the dreaded back nine on Sunday did Bubbles in! If you are hitting golf balls .... and has no intention of forgetting Stanford and playing full time on the LPGA. Of course, we can not count out the fact that she may what to get her Masters degree also.

I think the remaining tournaments in 2009 will be very similar to Wegmans and Bubbles will finish between 20th and 30th place before returning to Stanford."

Maybe when she goes back to Stanford, she can major in Home Economics....maybe she can learn to bake cookies better than she can golf.
2009-06-29 @ 07:02
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Lance R,

In answer to your question, no, I don't think she will ever win a women's tournament.

But she has defintite chance at a men's event.

Due to her immense popularity in Asia, Bubbles has received a sponsor's exemption to the annual Camel and Yak herders Wednesday afternoon shootout to be held in early September at the famous tundra course in Ulan Bator, Outer Mongolia,

Bubbles has been installed as an early favorite at this prestigious event.

Alex USMC 1969-73
2009-06-29 @ 08:24
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Alex...the Camel and Yak Herders Invitational...that sounds like an incredible tournament and Bu$$les will be featured! If you can get me tickets, I would be thrilled!
2009-06-29 @ 19:47
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
JC,

Yes, I would like to go to the Camel and Yak Invitational as well. We could start our own fan group and chant "BUBBBLES...BUBBBLES...BUBBLES, every time bu88les tees off or hits a freeway shot. I can't wait...LR
2009-06-29 @ 21:52
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Bu$$les has been averaging 10 to 12 bogeys per tournament...the classic "shoot yourself in the foot" play. Her mantra must be "for every birdie must come a bogey." The Jamie Farr is the last tournament for Bu$$les before the US Open and she must WIN the tournament to be eligible for the Open. I doubt that anyone is holding their breath. The saga continues!
2009-06-30 @ 23:17
Comment from: Jim C [Visitor] Email
Does the USGA pick alternates if spots reserved fro winners are not needed, as in the case of Wegmans, or if players withdraw? If so, how are alternates chosen?
2009-07-01 @ 12:35
Comment from: John D [Visitor]
Let's go to the Jamie Farr, with Lance, and cheer for bu88les - "BUBBLES, BUBBLES, BUBBLES.......
2009-07-01 @ 16:17
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Once again as it has been all of 2009, a total unknown, Sarah Kemp?! shoots a 63. It is interesting that this has been happening all year. We have these players that have done NOTHING in their career, to suddenly shoot course records and the lowest round of their career! Bubbles with her 65 the first day is looking good, however, how many fans are just waiting for the expected train wreck during one of the rounds. I think that many are hoping for a break through this tournament that will allow Bubbles to play in the US Open. If she does not shoot at least a 65 today, you can forget her winning the tournament...too many players are going low.
2009-07-03 @ 13:16
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Bubbles "chokes" again on no.18. A 532 yard par five and she "plays safe" and hits a fairway wood off the tee...she then lays up to 84 yards and hits her pitching wedge over the green...then she hits a poor chip to six feet and lips out the par putt two feet past the hole...then she lips out the bogey putt and gets a double bogey where most of the field are getting birdies. Bubbles once again shoots herself in the foot by playing it safe. With her length she could have easily gone for the green in two, however, she still does not have any confidence in her driver and when most of the field was shooting 63, 64, 65, she shoots a 69. Being careless on the 18th just shot herself out of the tournament. The saga continues!
2009-07-03 @ 17:30
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Bubbles mindset on no.18. "Hmmm, good grief, if I birdie this hole I will be tied for the lead, well, no way am I going to do that...I will hit two five woods to get in position for my wedge...then I will hit the 84 yard shot 104 yards and then get cute with the chip shot and leave it six feet short...then if I push the putt just enough to miss I will have a straight in two footer coming back...ooops, I didn't really plan on missing that one." Bubbles seemed to blow off the last hole as no big deal during her interview. Rankin paid very close attention to that fiasco and you can say good bye to the Solheim Cup. I doubt if she even realized that she gave up 3 strokes to Gulbis and Shin on that one hole. The players have perfect playing conditions on a 6400 yard course and they are going to continue to shoot very low scores.
2009-07-03 @ 18:54
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
"A lot of things that shouldn't have happened happened on the last hole," Wie said on ESPN. "I thought I had that first putt (for par), a little sloppy on the putt going back. But it's more ammunition for tomorrow."

Yes, Bubbles, a lot of ammunition for your opponents!
2009-07-03 @ 19:03
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Miss Parmlid, who? is well on her way to shoot a 61! She has the two easy par fives to finish and birdie, birdie will give her the 61. Once again we have a LPGA unknown golfer shooting a career low round! It is interesting that this has been happening during the 2009 season.

Bubbles better shoot her career low today or she will be watching the US Open on television.
2009-07-04 @ 12:05
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
In perspective concerning the 18th hole.

Birdies=55
Bogies=6
Double Bogey=1...guess who?

Bubbles is already +1 after three holes. Parmlid shoots a 62 for a career low. The saga continues!
2009-07-04 @ 13:04
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Well, it's moving day. And Bubbles certainly is moving.

Backwards.

Plus two through six she is.
2009-07-04 @ 13:32
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
It is hard to believe that Lorena Ochoa did not birdie any of the par 5s today when she really needed to make a bigger move than she did. It looks like she will get a top 10, but she really did not make much of an aggressive move to win the tournament like she was doing earlier. I guess that what marriage will do to you.

LR
2009-07-04 @ 15:59
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Holy cow!!!

Enjung Yi shot a 61 (-10) today to put her at -18 for the tournamant. What a round, and Enjung does not even have a top 10 finish this year (if fact only 1 top 20) and was cut last week. It will be interesting to see if she is able to hold onto this tomorrow during the fourth round.

Bu88les scraped for a 1 under 71. She is technically not out of it, but it is unlikely that she will be able to make a successful run being 9 strokes out of the lead. Sorry Bu88les, but you will get the day off this year during the US Open.
2009-07-04 @ 16:07
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Oops,

I wrote that Bubbles shot a 71 instead of a 70. Sorry everybody.....last time I made an error like this I was accused to consuming weed.
2009-07-04 @ 16:12
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Lance,

Let not your heart be troubled. The wiser amongst us know that you function exceedingly well on that weed you smoke.
2009-07-04 @ 17:20
Comment from: John D [Visitor]
Too bad Wie-Wee...another one is about to slip away!
2009-07-04 @ 19:05
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
How does a golfer (Yi) whose average score this year is 73.6 and has won $48,000, shoot a course & lifetime record score of 61?? Stranger than fiction.

I am certain that Bubbles is thinking "if she can shoot a 61, then, I certainly can shoot a 56 and win the golf tournament." When she finishes around tied for 30th place, she will probably say that her game is still a work in progress.

Lance R,
Ochoa's head is not on the golf course, but, back in Mexico. If the US Open was not next week, she would return to Mexico for another three weeks. Ahhh, isn't love wonderful!
2009-07-04 @ 22:26
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
"I just didn't make the putts today, but hopefully tomorrow, they all go in," she said. "There's a lot of holes left, so all I can do is try and shoot a really low score tomorrow."

Bubbles, the ultimate optimist! We have been hearing this same statement for too many years. Alex is right when he says Bubbles is a good golfer, but, nothing spectacular.
2009-07-05 @ 08:03
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Judge Smails,

Thanks for your support and your kind words of encouragement regarding my character......I think.

Joe Cool,

There is absolutely NO reason why anyone should feel that Bu88les could not shoot a 56 today. After all, she shot a 70 yesterday, and there is very little (if any) difference between a 70 and a 56.

LR
2009-07-05 @ 12:29
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Lance,

That was just a friendly little joke. It was not meant to be taken seriously. Besides, I function much better on weed than you do.
2009-07-05 @ 14:45
Comment from: John D [Visitor]
Wie-Wee will sit on the sideline at the Open!!!
2009-07-05 @ 18:02
Comment from: Lance R [Visitor] Email
Judge Smails,

Of course I did not take your comment serious and took it as a joke. I have enjoyed reading your posts.

A valient effort indeed from Bu88les in the final round, but to little to late. I thought she was going to finish outside the top 10, but played well on the back 9. A 64 is her best professional performance and I think she should be playing next week, but I am not shedding any tears. In her post-game interview, she said that it has not sunk in yet that she will not be playing in the Open (in fact, she made that comment about 8 times). So, Bubbles, if you are reading this...YOU WILL NOT BE PLAYING NEXT WEEK!!!!!
2009-07-05 @ 18:28
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Well, with her 64 today, Bubbles made me eat crow! It looks like her careless double bogey on 18 came back to bite her in the butt. Of course, the third round 70 really did her in and prevented her from possibly winning the tournament. I am not sure what will be her next tournament. The saga continues!
2009-07-05 @ 20:08
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Bubbles played a good tournament, and it's no surprise. It's not that she can't play well; it's that, with her psychological frailty, it's hard to imagine her realizing the potential her physical ability indicates.

Also note that this was another situation where the pressure was off. When she started the final round, no one thought she had a realistic chance to win, so she had "nothing to lose."

And if it hasn't sunk in that she isn't in the Open, it's only because she is so used to having a red carpet rolled out for her. Maybe she has trouble processing the fact that no one offered her a special exemption just for being Bubbles.
2009-07-05 @ 20:16
Comment from: Tom W [Visitor] Email
Judge Smails, I think you are correct in your assessment of Wie's non-reaction to not being in the Open. She doesn't know how to act because no one, including the USGA, has ever said NO to her before. Natalie Gulbis on the other hand, as described by Judy Rankin, is "heartbroken".
2009-07-06 @ 10:17
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
"I felt good this week," she said. "I always felt on the edge, on the brink of playing really well. I'm doing a lot of good things. I still have a lot of things to work on. Hopefully, during the next two weeks off, I can practice a lot and become a better player."

Why does Bubbles sound like a second year amateur player? She has played in 50 professional events. Her main obstacle, which she has had since she was 12 years old, is her putting. Unless she can finally start reading the greens she will not win any tournaments.
2009-07-06 @ 12:43
Comment from: coolio [Visitor] Email
"And if it hasn't sunk in that she isn't in the Open, it's only because she is so used to having a red carpet rolled out for her. Maybe she has trouble processing the fact that no one offered her a special exemption just for being Bubbles."

Spot on!

The winless princess has never been told 'no' before.

2009-07-06 @ 15:58
Comment from: coolio [Visitor] Email
Looking forward to a Wie-free Open!

How nice it will be when the comments will be something different from the usual "michelle wie this, michelle wie that". Of course, Bu88les name will still be mentioned more than the names of most who are actually playing... but still, it will be an improvement.

Great job by Eunjung Yi!
2009-07-06 @ 16:04
Comment from: RadicalGolfcarts [Visitor] Email
Of course, woman have the uncanny ability to make amends with anyone and over anything, guys on the other hand I'm not so sure it would come so quickly.
2009-07-06 @ 22:30
Comment from: John D [Visitor]
Comment from: coolio [Visitor]
Looking forward to a Wie-free Open!

How nice it will be when the comments will be something different from the usual "michelle wie this, michelle wie that". Of course, Bu88les name will still be mentioned more than the names of most who are actually playing... but still, it will be an improvement.

You got that right!!!! It'll be a "Bu88les IF" weekend. --- " 'IF' Bu88les were here....."
2009-07-07 @ 05:59
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Interesting US Open statistic.

28 Amateurs = 22%

46 Koreans = 36%

this comprises 58% of the entire field. It is no wonder that the odds are in favor for the Korean players. I understand that most fans are going to watch reruns of the Beverly Hillbillies instead of the US Open.
2009-07-07 @ 19:35
Comment from: smudge [Visitor]
Can someone please enlighten me as to why it is newsworthy that Wie is not in the field at the Open? What other rookies who have not won anything EVER (oops sorry there was that little pub links quasi tournament she won oh so long ago) and have not qualified in the normal course are making the news? There must be tons of them. So why does anyone care about Wie? Yes we could see a spectacle, ie a missed cut, a DQ, a WD for heat exhaustion or the famous "tweeking" of the non existent injury. If the LPGA is going to make it focus must be centred on the true stars of their tour, and there are many. And many younger, stronger, and certainly more dedicated and deserving than princess Wie Bubbles.
2009-07-08 @ 11:36
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Out of the 156 players for tomorrows US Open, I recognized 50 names. For you avid LPGA fans, be sure to keep an eye on Nannette Hill, Kaitlin Drolson and Tzu-Chi Lin. I am sure this threesome is going to light up the course and make the TV ratings go through the roof!

Carol Bivens...they need a caddy for the Adak Open...your plane is waiting.
2009-07-08 @ 20:12
Comment from: smudge [Visitor]
Joe. An Open championship is just that, "open" to anyone who can qualify. You and I could qualify from amateur status. People are so focused on the Wie and Gulbis issues. Why? Don't get me wrong I love Gulbis, she is modest, has some talent, and well is extremely HOT, that said she hasn't had the best year and is struggling with injuries and has only one tour win. Above is what I think about Wie.
2009-07-09 @ 10:36
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
The Open is so far what I expected...a fiasco! There are only four players under par and most of the amateurs are +10 after 11 holes! There are going to be more scores in the 80's than even par.

As far as Bubbles is concerned, she had to play 126 holes in six days and the breakdown on the last five holes in the qualifier had to be burnout! Of course, you would think she should have known exactly what she had to shoot during those last five holes in order to make the cut...I guess we know why she is referred to as "Bubbles."
2009-07-09 @ 12:54
Comment from: Judge Smails [Visitor] Email
Let's face it, relatively speaking, women's golf stinks. The LPGA isn't as good as a great number of low profile men's tours in the world. Its players aren't even as good as the better male amateurs.

The LPGA a sixth-rate tour, and the only reason why people watch it is conditioning.

In fact, this can be said of all women's sports.
2009-07-09 @ 12:59
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Hey Judge,
So far 30% of the field shot between 76 and 85 during the first round! The cut line will probably be at +8 in order to have enough players for the weekend. Wait, I forgot, this is America's Most Prestigious Golfing Event for women!
2009-07-09 @ 15:38
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
To date, 88% of the field is shooting over par! The amateurs that are barely breaking 90...who did they qualify against, kids from grade school?
2009-07-09 @ 16:04
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Today at the US Open

93% of the field shot over par
4% shot even par
3% shot under par

Like Smudge said..."the LPGA is a sixth rate tour."

Surprise! a Korean player is leading after the first day!
2009-07-09 @ 23:07
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Only four amateurs out of 28 had two rounds in the 70's, all the rest were in the 80's. There are many LPGA pros that out of ten events this year have not made one cut and Mike Davis of the USGA stated that they wanted only the top players to participant? Yeah, okay Mikey. Also, it was interesting to hear that the USGA wasn't interested in giving Michelle an exemption because there were some LPGA players unhappy when they gave Michelle the exemption NINE YEARS ago! Come on USGA, get a life!
2009-07-10 @ 14:03
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
With the cut line at +9 only 7 amateurs out of 28 made it to the weekend. Your right Mike, the USGA wants ONLY the top players for their event.

It looks like the "Iron Maiden" Bivens is finally getting her dues. Unfortunately, the decision to oust her has come too late...the LPGA is in dire straights for the future. The decision should have been made when 13 of her staff left because of conflict with her.
2009-07-11 @ 08:02
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
It looks like only 10 players have a shot at winning the US Open. The other scores are so high that they have shot themselves out of the tournament.
2009-07-11 @ 12:47
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
What Rocket Scientist shortened the course 420 yards for the last round in the "most prestigious golf tournament in the Universe" (according to the USGA) and have the golfers hitting five irons and pitching wedges on No.18?? Wasn't this to be the challenging of all tournaments to really find who is the US Open Champion? With the LPGA hanging from a thread, this was the most stupid decision that could have been made. Of course, the winner that could not speak one word of English, is really going to help the LPGA woes. Now, fans will have to wait one 1&1/2 months before they have a tournament back in the states.
2009-07-13 @ 14:06
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
At the Evian, seven of the top ten are Korean players...SURPRISE! Bubbles shot a torrid 38 on the front nine and is already seven shots back of the leader. Unless she is a Captain's pick for the Solheim Cup, she will be watching it on TV. The saga continues!
2009-07-23 @ 08:42
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
Wie had three birdies on the last four holes to salvage her round, but finished just out of the top 20 to miss out on getting Solheim Cup points. She gets another chance at next week's British Open, where points count double.

"I think for next week, my tee shots feel good, I've got to get that working," Wie said. "Get that groove back."

Bubbles, 9 bogeys and 1 double does not a champion make! It is amazing that after 60 tournaments and paying Leadbetter hundreds of thousands, you still have know idea where your ball is going to end up off the tee!
2009-07-26 @ 14:22
Comment from: Merys [Visitor] Email
Bubbles "chokes" again on no.18. A 532 yard par five and she "plays safe" and hits a fairway wood off the tee...she then lays up to 84 yards and hits her pitching wedge over the green.. www.kazugolf.com .then she hits a poor chip to six feet and lips out the par putt two feet past the hole. Japan,golf,japanese golf,golf club,japanese golf club,kazu shop,kazu,golf staff,Japan Japanese,golfclub, tourspec golf Tokyo japan, shinjuku,Vega, kyoei, prgr, onoff, tourstage, miura, romaro, mizuno, yamaha,Yururi, ena, maruman, taylormade, ping, bridgestone, crews,katana,Yonex, maruman, sakamoto, Honma ,beres, royal collection, s-yard,callaway, odyssey, kasco, adidas, fourteen, matsumoto ..then she lips out the bogey putt and gets a double bogey where most of the field are getting birdies. Bubbles once again shoots herself in the foot by playing it safe. With her length she could have easily gone for the green in two, however, she still does not have any confidence in her driver and when most of the field was shooting 63, 64, 65, she shoots a 69. Being careless on the 18th just shot herself out of the tournament. The saga continues!
2009-07-28 @ 01:53
Comment from: TNG [Visitor]
So sad about Tiger. He needs to get all of this behind him and move forward. He is the greatest to play the sport and he will bounce back.
2009-12-19 @ 10:57
Comment from: TNG [Visitor] Email
Tiger just needs some time.
2009-12-19 @ 11:02
Comment from: tiffany keys [Visitor] Email
****-
yes. you are so good
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