Michelle Wie automatically makes Solheim Cup more interesting
Let’s face it: Whether you think Michelle Wie has underachieved or not, whether you think she deserves to be on the U.S. Solheim Cup team or not, her inclusion makes this year’s Solheim Cup Matches that much more intriguing.
Wie, who finished 11th at the Women’s British Open last week and moved from 16th in the point standings to 13th, was selected along with Julie Inkster as wild cards for the Solheim Cup, which will be contested Aug. 21-23 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
Truth is that Wie does deserve the spot, especially considering her standing after only joining the LPGA Tour this year. As of this writing, 76 percent of those who responded to a poll on the LPGA’s Web site also agreed with U.S. Captain Beth Daniels’ selections.
And no matter what anyone thinks of the way Wie has handled things in the past, or how she’s been handled, she still remains immensely talented.
How she performs is anybody’s guess. But she wouldn’t be the first rookie to excel in this type of competition. All you have to do is look back at last year’s Ryder Cup Matches.
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I'm glad that you're not accusing me of resenting Bubbles' selection to the Solheim Cup team. I agree that she should be on the team, but my take is slightly different from yours.
Bubbles was the beneficiary of some truly poor play on the part of the other golfers who were her competition for the freebie. She was awarded the captain's choice by default.
Since the adjectives "better" and "best" are the comparative and superlative of "good', one might surmise that Bubbles played some excellent golf to outperform the good play of the others. Such was not the case. Bubbles play was fair, not bad and not good. The play of the others was very substandard and, yes, poor.
Now Bubbles will have an additional plus put on her resume. Her devoted fans will now be able to say "she was on the Solheim Cup team as a rookie!" Jim C will be the first to use that gem.
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