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Comment from: Ghet Rheel [Visitor] Email
I wonder if the boss of the European tour is willing to write a check for the millions in TV and gate revenues lost if Wie is not invited. Most of the slow play is a direct result of the hoards of fans and press following her (50 fans and a few cameras move a lot faster than 2000 fans and 50 cameras). Sponsors (who have to pony up many millions to host such events) are usually willing to suffer a little slow play if it helps recoup their huge investment.

Hey, pro golf is a business... lots of people have their hands out demanding big fat checks. Michelle is one of the very few players of either sex who actually BRING mega-bucks to the table for the poor slobs (the sponsors) who get stuck paying ALL the bills.
2006-10-30 @ 07:31
Well if all you can think of is the money, and you don't mind turning it into a circus, go ahead. But apart from the fact that it is actually ruining Wie's game, if it persists I for one will take my business elsewhere.
2006-10-30 @ 08:24
Comment from: Ghet Rheel [Visitor] Email
While one could certainly make the arguement that playing tough courses in men's events hurts Wie's game, I don't agree. 3 top-fives in LPGA Majors this year is solid play in anybody's book. Also don't agree that she "finished last" as a passel of pros who shot big numbers WD'd to avoid posting higher scores than Wie.

As I mentioned on another string, the average age for golf's legends first wins is 24 years (Snead, Palmer, Hogan, Nicklaus, Sorenstam, etc.). Michelle has seven years to learn her craft by that mark. She's gaining an invaluable depth of knowledge directly from today's masters of the game. Perhaps the most valuable lesson she's learning is humility.

Is it FAIR that she gets access to these men's events around the world? Probably not. Not yet. But she is certainly paying her own way. If I were her dad I'd tell her to play all the men's events she wanted to, and quit playing them any old time she felt like it.
2006-10-30 @ 12:05
Sorry, but as far as I hear tell she is ruining her swing by trying to match the men for distance. This would not have been made public in this way had the industry not been worrying about this. The impression is the response was possibly not negative from Omega, on the basis that the increasingly negative publicity may be doing more harm than good to their image.
2006-10-30 @ 12:27
Comment from: Ghet Rheel [Visitor] Email
Learning to tone down the full swing on drives is a lesson even the best have had to force themselves to accept. Woods seems to have learned it this year and Mickelson almost did. Snead learned it 50 years ago. Even with a toned down swing, Wie can put it out there 275 - 280 with Di Marco, Wier, Verplank, etc.

If there's one event that is expendable for Wie, it would be the Omega. Doesn't fit her game. But it really should be Wie's call, not O'Grady's. His "concern" for Wie's welfare comes across as contrived at best.
2006-10-30 @ 13:17
Comment from: Oliver Sudden [Visitor] Email
How quickly everyone forgets. Remember Aree Song who at 13 was wowing them in LPGA majors. BTW, who was the idiot that picked Choi and Durant a week ago ?
2006-10-30 @ 13:25
Comment from: Ghet Rheel [Visitor] Email
At 20 Aree is exempt on the LPGA, has had 2 top-fives in LPGA Majors, and will earn seven figures with international winnings and endorsements. I'd also give her until age 24 to find her "A" game. Poor girl.
2006-10-30 @ 14:14
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
O'GRADY WAS AGAINST WIE PLAYING ON THE EUROPEAN TOUR FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. HIS EXCUSE THAT "IT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST FOR MICHELLE" IS SUSPECT. WHAT WILL ALL OF THOSE SPOILED PRIMA DONNAS ON THE PGA TOUR SAY WHEN MICHELLE IS 6'3" AT 180 POUNDS AND OUTDRIVING MOST OF THEM.
2006-10-30 @ 15:23
Comment from: Anthony Urquhart [Visitor] Email
I'd forgotten that Oliver but you are right. Superb stuff. Beers are on you then!
2006-10-30 @ 16:48
Comment from: Evil Hater [Visitor] Email
I thought this article was mostly about the ridiculous tin can driver Choi was
using? It made an aesthetically deplorable sound and should be outlawed
solely for that reason.

I am very content with the 280-285 I routinely get with my Classic 50's
persimmon driver from Louisville Golf. At least it sounds like golf is being
played somewhere on the course when I'm out there.
2006-10-30 @ 23:00
Comment from: Ghet Rheel [Visitor] Email
Persimmon inlays should be outlawed. Gives upstart wood techies an unfair advantage over us true purists who would never think of tinkering with a solid chunk of Austrailian Malletwood. Steel shafts? Scandalous! And what the hell was wrong with the feathery? It has all been downhill since some ill-mannered cur teed up the first Gutty.
2006-10-31 @ 01:05

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