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Comment from: reality lover [Visitor] Email
Everyone keeps saying Wie is a huge talent. At the moment all I see is someone whose career is going embarrassingly backwards. I have no problem with women mixing it with the men if they are up to it. I do have a problem with the constant triumph of hype over reality every time Wie goes near a PGA course.

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Well put. I also read that article in the Guardian and I am glad you put it together so well.

For me, Michelle is turning into a bit of a Don Quixote type character on the golf course. Her "windmills" are the men's events, and her swords her clubs. Whatever her score she is sure to tell a tale of her heroic encounter. True genuis, though, is sometimes half-mad.
2006-11-24 @ 10:08
Comment from: bill [Visitor] Email
PGA Punter, please email this/your blog personally to Ms. Mario, who needs to see reality in print...
2006-11-24 @ 10:34
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
bill, Jennifer is considering writing another book. This one will be of a historical nature. Its title could well be "The Titanic: The making of an unsinkable ship."
2006-11-24 @ 11:56
bill, strikes me complaints to her sponsors - notably Nike and Sony - would be slightly more productive.
2006-11-24 @ 12:09
Comment from: bad joke [Visitor]
lol Alex :)
2006-11-24 @ 13:43
Comment from: Baby Blue Eyes [Visitor] Email
Alex,

Great joke....
2006-11-24 @ 13:57
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
bad joke & Baby Blue Eyes, I'm glad you guys appreciate a little humor. As ill-conceived as such a title would be, it's not more so than the title of Jennifer's book about Bubbles
2006-11-24 @ 14:10
Comment from: Jay [Visitor] Email
To be fair, every bit of criticism on Wie of her Men's tour campaign is right on the mark. However, at the same token, her accomplishments in LPGA should be acknowledged.
2006-11-24 @ 14:47
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Jay, Bubbles has had some good finishes on the LPGA tour, but, by the same token, it should be acknowledged that she NEVER qualified for anything, preferring instead the tried and true method of sponsors' exemptions.
2006-11-24 @ 15:02
Comment from: Bruce Stasch [Visitor] Email
Punter,

Finally, another blogger that understands that everyone who is seventeen isn't necessarily fit to be thrust out there for public consumption. Ms. Wie has tons of potential, but her "handlers" are working very hard to destroy any career that she might have. This downward spiral can't continue long into 2007 because it will start to reflect badly on her sponsors; namely Nike & Sony. Once it starts to affect their bottom line, she'll become old news faster than you can say Anna Kournikova.
2006-11-24 @ 16:44
Comment from: bill [Visitor] Email
Anthony...

To write Sony and or Nike to complain about money they have wasted would be totally a waste of time. The phrase wouldn't say "s" with a mouthful is appropriate. Rather than write, don't buy. As a golf professional, I was invited to play in a charity event for cancer. Was 100% in favor and ready to go... The reward for playing for 2 days, a $200.00 gift certificate to the Nike tent. Said no for that reason, I do not buy or support Nike anything....
2006-11-24 @ 17:10
Fair enough Bill. My only thought was that the more these guys realise the negatives of what they are doing in terms of public perception of their brands the quicker they'll take action to remedy it.
2006-11-24 @ 17:35
Comment from: bill [Visitor] Email
Disagree with you there but appreciate your fair enough. These companies are whores. The would exploite Lassie if they could. They do not care any more about Michelle Wie and her feelings or development...

They only care about Jerry McGuire and showing them the money. Sports agents and the likes of Nike and their exploitation are ruining the world. Think I am wrong, take the family to a ballgame 20 years ago versus today.

They are not blind, they see her failing and you would only hope it would act as a deterrance the next time they try to whore another kid. Wish there were more coaches like that cared like the young soccer kid; Freddie Adu (not 100% sure of his name).

Don't buy the product...
2006-11-24 @ 17:55
Comment from: Jamie [Visitor] Email
If MW thinks she can WIN a PGA event I would be suprised. She is continuing to prove she can't even get close to the cut line. So she is playing these event to "learn" form the men? Learn what? How to love getting hammered? It's all about MONEY and will continue to be as long as she her parents and handlers allow it. It really is quite pathetic. I guess its pretty easy to learn to lose when you still bring home the big bucks.....
2006-11-24 @ 18:13
Comment from: Johnny N [Visitor] Email
Comment from: Baby Blue Eyes [Visitor]
Alex,

Great joke....
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Indeed you are very correct, Alex is indeed a greak joke.
Just read Alex's comment:



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Jay, Bubbles has had some good finishes on the LPGA tour, but, by the same token, it should be acknowledged that she NEVER qualified for anything, preferring instead the tried and true method of sponsors' exemptions.
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Note, that Alex actually used the word never, not only that, he capitalised the word never to bring it forward more.

If Wie never qualified for anything on the lpga tour, perhaps Alex can explain how it is that she holds the record for being the youngest qualifier for an lpga event at 12 years of age.

Perhaps, Alex would like to know that she qualified for another event at 12 years of age also. Perhaps, he would also like to know that she qualified for the US Womens Open at 13 years of age. Also, for many of her events, like the Evian, her performance has dictated that she has qualified to play the next years event.

Indeed great quote, Alex is a joke indeed.
2006-11-24 @ 21:42
Comment from: Ace [Visitor] Email
"Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Jay, Bubbles has had some good finishes on the LPGA tour, but, by the same token, it should be acknowledged that she NEVER qualified for anything, preferring instead the tried and true method of sponsors' exemptions. "

Alex it appears you may be operating without all the facts concerning Miss Wie.

AGE 10:

At 10 years, 9 months, 24 days, is youngest to "qualify" for USGA amateur event (U.S. Women's Public Links), loses in first round.

AGE 11:

Becomes youngest to win Jennie K. Invitational (by nine shots) and Hawaii State Women's Stroke Play (by two). Also becomes first woman to qualify for match play at the 93rd Manoa Cup, loses in first round.

AGE 12:

Takefuji Classic at Waikoloa Beach to become youngest to Monday "qualify" for LPGA event. Misses cut.

Wins first-round Manoa Cup match, then loses to Del-Marc Fujita in second round on second extra hole.

At U.S. Women's Public Links, becomes youngest semifinalist in history of USGA-run amateur tournaments.

Wins State Open Women's Division by 13 shots over LPGA pro Cindy Rarick.

AGE 13:

Shoots 1-over 73 to tie for 47th at Sony Open qualifying, beating 49 men.

Ties for ninth at Kraft Nabisco Championship, an LPGA major.

Youngest to make cut at LPGA event, the Kraft Nabisco Championship (third-round 66 equals low amateur score for LPGA major).

Youngest in 108-year history of U.S. Golf Association to win an adult USGA event, the 2003 Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.

Youngest to make cut at U.S. Women US Open (2003).

Youngest to win Hawaii State Open Women's Division.

AGE 14:

Youngest to play in PGA Tour event, the 2004 Sony Open in Hawaii.

First female to shoot in the 60s in a PGA Tour event (2-under-par 68 in 2004 Sony Open in Hawaii).

Youngest U.S. Curtis Cup player (2004), wins both singles matches.

Youngest to win Laureus World Sports Academy Award (Newcomer of the Year).

AGE 15:

First amateur to compete in LPGA Championship (finishes second to Annika Sorenstam)

First female to qualify for adult male U.S. Golf Association championship, the U.S. Amateur Public Links (defeats three men and reaches quarterfinals).


Turns pro

AGE 16:

Finishes in the top five in the first five LPGA events entered as a professional.

"Qualifies" for the U.S. Open Championship sectional qualifier by finishing as the medalist in her local region tournament. First woman to compete at the U.S. Open sectional qualification tournament.

I agree with you somewhat Alex when it comes to the men's events, but disagree with your statements when Miss Wie plays the ladies.



2006-11-25 @ 00:07
Comment from: Ghet Rheel [Visitor] Email

Johnny N, Ace

It is unfair and unreasonable of you to burden Alex with documented facts. It is heart-warming to hear Wie's detractors express their deep concern for MW's well-being.

By the way, sponsor's exemptions are their's to do with as they damn well please.
2006-11-25 @ 06:43
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Ghet Rheel, I'm glad to see that you put away the sleeping pills, the razor blade, and the pistol. You are correct to forget about suicide and get back to your convoluted blogging. What's new on the "Astroturf" scene? Any new litigation against Bubbles realists? Tell us the one about Bubbles really hitting the bigtime in 2013. Did you know that Bubbles is 54 strokes OVER par in her last seven and one-half rounds against the men? Ghet SurRheel, consult your tarot cards and come up with a reason for Bubbles flops. I'm sure you'll have a lot of them and are anxious to tell them to the other Wie sycophants.
2006-11-25 @ 09:08
Comment from: Oliver Sudden [Visitor] Email
Aree Song, Ty Tryon, and countless others who were sure to be the next great golfer. But it didn't happen and as I've posted many times before it is quite possible, even probable that Michelle Wie will join the list. I don't care how good you are at 10 or 14 it does not mean you will be good as an adult. Everyone needs to understand this simple fact. Golf is a complex game involving psychology and physical skills. These things change over time which is why many successful tour golfers wake up one morning and it is all gone. Want a list ?
2006-11-25 @ 14:06
Comment from: hello [Visitor] Email
Ghet Rheel and Ace:

Here's another fact: MW had ZERO wins on the LPGA tour in her first year as a professional golfer.

Sure she played less events because she isn't part of the LPGA tour but thats a weak excuse. Tiger went pro in August of 1996 and won two PGA tour events that calendar year. He didn't play that many PGA tour events in 1996 as a professional because he turned pro at the end of the season. Futhermore, he won a major in less than a year of playing as a professional golfer. Everyone, likes to compare MW to TW in terms of age, i just thought it would be intresting to compare their careers in terms of being professional golfers. Seems like their first 12 months as professionals are very different. Don't bother bringing up the fact that MW had three top five finishes in LPGA Majors, contending in majors will never equate to winning 6 tournaments including a major. I guess that's why I don't think MW stats are very impressive. Being the youngest to play/contend is NOT as important as being the youngest to WIN. Contending is just not as important as winning. She has one win for a decent tournament and that deserves some credit. But as a professional, so far she hasn't backed up the hype by winning.

2006-11-25 @ 15:14
Comment from: Rahn [Visitor]
MW likes to talk about BEING a superstar golfer more then she likes to work hard at earning her predetermined hype.
2006-11-25 @ 16:34
Comment from: Once upon [Visitor]
She better start winning so that Bj and Bo can get all high-makamaka again. Michelle is embarassing her poor-should-be-rich-AND-famous parents.
2006-11-25 @ 16:43
Comment from: Ace [Visitor] Email
Most teenagers believe they know everything about life and the world around them until reality sets in and they have an epiphany of the fact are not invincible. Miss Wie is facing this now with her quest to play against the men. Her limited appearances in Women’s events will not give her enough competitive rounds to gain experience so she has been augmenting her schedule with men’s events. Miss Wie does “qualify” to hold a LPGA exempt card for 2007 if she petitions Ms.Bivens for early entrance (age waiver) to the tour and Ms. Bivens grants the exemption.

Based on reports that Miss Wie has enough credits earned to graduate this semester it makes sense for Miss Bivens to grant the exemption as Miss Wie is a big draw at the limited LPGA events she appears in each year.

After this season playing on the men’s tour it makes sense for Miss Wie to play against women the majority of her appearances and limit her men’s appearances to the Sony and one other for awhile. Having her place at the bottom of the order can’t be good for her fans, sponsors or herself in the long run.

2006-11-26 @ 00:22
Comment from: John D [Visitor]
Comment from Wie-Wee after another loss at the Casio!

"Not at all," said Wie, winless in 33 career LPGA Tour appearances. "I didn't play like myself today and ......"

I thought she played like herself, today .... and every other day, as a matter of fact.
2006-11-26 @ 04:33
Comment from: Bad Joke [Visitor]
Yup, I think she played a Michelle Wie game perfectly...

Hype -> failue -> excuses -> delusions of grandeur

Par for the course!
2006-11-26 @ 13:29
Comment from: John L [Visitor] Email
For those that think the PGA Tour is run by independent thinkers. Think again.
Tour sponsors now dictate the carnival end of the field and as long as MW can
bring in the eyeballs, she will keep getting invited. The problem is us. Like her or
dislike her, we care enough to participate in the stupid "Wie Watch".
2006-11-27 @ 11:30
Comment from: Warren [Visitor] Email
Notice you didn't eat your words re Justin Winning!! Hate to say it so I won't :)
2006-11-28 @ 06:13
Comment from: Shanks [Visitor] Email
Ghet Reel & Ace,

I'm surprised you let "Hello" get away with that Wie vs. Tiger nonsense above. How could anyone in their right mind compare results from a full-time 21 year old professional (who is likely the greatest golfer ever) to that of a 16 year old part-timer who is still in high school, for God's sake? Why not do the right thing and compare Wie's results to the "official" rookies of the LPGA Tour like media darling Morgan Pressel or international star Ai Miyazato. Fact is, all but about 15 of the full-time professionals on the LPGA Tour would gladly trade 2006 results with Wie ... and she did it in only 8 events at just 16 years old. C'mon guys, your disdain for the circus around Ms. Wie has tainted your view of her successes.
2006-11-29 @ 16:06
Comment from: Dominique [Visitor] Email
Shanks,

Just piggy bagging on your comment....

Even those 15 players rank ahead of Wie might want to trade spot with her given her off-source earning and her young age.
2006-12-01 @ 15:27
Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor] Email
On the 18th hole of the Nabisco Championship
Caddy: Michelle, I think you should putt the ball and try to get down in two so you can get in the playoff.
Michelle: I can't do that because I am a "golf phenom" and I am going to chip the ball in for the win.
Caddy: Yes, but the chip will be a downhill breaking shot that will be very difficult to get near the hole.
Michelle: I told you I am a "golf phenom" the ball has to go in the hole!!
Caddy: Okay, but I think you should think it over.
Michelle: Daddy...Daddy...help!!

"stupid is as stupid does" Forrest Gump
2006-12-02 @ 21:41
Comment from: Ace [Visitor] Email
"Comment from: Joe Cool [Visitor]

Caddy: Michelle, I think you should putt the ball and try to get down in two so you can get in the playoff."

Using a wedge is a higher percentage shot when faced hitting a shot from the fringe, with grass behind the ball into a fast downhill green.

Skilled players choose a wedge over a putter in nearly every case. The reasons are simple really, loft and backspin.

The only issue I have with Michelle is with her execution of the shot. She hit the ball flush rather than opening up the face to create more backspin and less bounce to take the grass from out of play behind the ball. Height and backspin act like a brake on a downhill green, but you need the nerves to throw it further down the hill than a chip.

2006-12-28 @ 13:55

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