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Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Anthony,

That is the most sensible thing Wie's parents have done in the last three years concerning their daughter's golfing career.

Leadbetter has been much maligned on these boards, but he's right on the money here.

It's almost enough even for guys like me to start pulling for her.

I don't know about her winning eight or nine times a year, though. Winning one would be a worthy goal for starters.
2007-05-03 @ 08:03
Comment from: putt4par [Visitor] Email
Well, now, let's just hope she makes good on Leadbetters pronouncements.

I have to agree with you Alex ( though it pains me greatly that I can't bug you about something) that even one win would good.

Mind you, it wouldn't stop much of the bitching or any of the armchair experts from telling the Wies what they are doing wrong, lol


Jeez, this dumb question about green grass. I so badly want to tell them it's yellow. Shitbrindle brown, atually but it doesn't like those answers (go figure). Nothings turned green here yet.
2007-05-03 @ 10:12
Comment from: Oui Oui Oui [Visitor] Email
I can't believe Wie quits pursuing her dream :-)

On the other hand, the court should have taken her away from her parents for 'unparent-like bahavior' in how they raise her.

The pundits now get their wish, let's see what they will move on to.
2007-05-03 @ 10:49
Comment from: Stacy [Visitor] Email
I still don't believe that Michelle Wie okays her own schedule. She leaves that up to B.J. and sponsors and just nods and crosses her fingers that this is what is best.

Now that she's taking a direction that seems more suitable, I hope she finally shows us her best effort.
2007-05-03 @ 12:57
Comment from: putt4par [Visitor] Email
I've always been of that view too, Stacy. Lots will say otherwise but I don't believe that.

Let's hope she gets back to fun golf again, then she'll be a winner. She hasn't looked like she was having fun since about the middle of last summer, about the time Lincicome beat her. Not sure if that had anything to do with the way she played after but who knows.
2007-05-03 @ 13:13
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
The JDC reps are holding a sponsors exemption for Michelle and she will tell them by the end of this month if she will play.

Michelle made a promise to Thomas Hearns she would see him at this years JDC and I believe she will do everything in her power to appear.

David Leadbetter is not an official spokesman for Michelle, but he does like to run his mouth. Let's see how long he lasts after this rant.
2007-05-03 @ 14:58
Comment from: One-Putt [Visitor] Email
err: Thomas Hearn
2007-05-03 @ 15:10
Comment from: Norman [Visitor] Email
One-Putt,
I have some experience of Mr. Leadbetter and I couldn't have put it better myself:
"he does like to run his mouth."
He could do with learning a bit of manners.
He made a similar rant before so I don't know how true it is.
2007-05-03 @ 19:51
Comment from: Oliver Sudden [Visitor] Email
Blogs are for predictions and opinions so here's mine : Michelle Wie has been damaged beyond repair and will never be a top player on any tour. This "injury" may or may not be real but I'm quite sure she did not want to play in golf tournaments. And who could blame her ? They convinced her she soon would be a star playing in the Masters and Ryder Cup and when reality set in it had to be devastating.
2007-05-03 @ 21:03
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Oliver Sudden,

As you know, I am not a Wie-wee under any circumstances. I believe the career path chosen either for her or by her was as wrong as can be.

But no one can deny that she has shown the athletic ability and the overall talent to be a force on the LPGA tour. I agree with Ford that Bubbles has a good chance to be a top competitor and eventually win on the WOMEN'S TOUR.

So I think it is premature to write her off completely, just as it is premature to assign her a 2007 season where she has multiple wins.

Accepting sponsors' exemptions on the PGA tour and embarrassing herself is another ballgame.

If she and her advisers countermand the urging of Leadbetter and allow her to subject herself to further thrashings, the psychological damage will probably be irreparable.
2007-05-04 @ 08:06
Comment from: Norman [Visitor] Email
Alex: "But no one can deny that she has shown the athletic ability and the overall talent to be a force on the LPGA tour."
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Alex, you are well on your way to becoming a Wie Warrior. Resistance is futile, it is your destiny.

Soon, if Michelle misses a putt you will shout "spike mark".
If Michelle pushes a wedge shot you will shout "where did that gust of wind come from".
If Michelle hits a wayward drive, you will shout "damn that photographer".

Ah Alex, indeed you are well on your way.
2007-05-04 @ 11:16
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Norman,

Don't bet on it.

I always have recognized her natural talent It it was obvious. Any teenage girl that can shoot par golf has God-given talent.

That goes for Paula and Morgan as well. The only difference between those two and Bubbles is that they have victories on the LPGA tour while Bubbles does not. She may eventually get a "W", at which time it will be the Wie-wee's time to crow. Until such time, the gulf in achievement will remain.

What I never expected of Bubbles, and which will never come to fruition are her making a cut on any first-rate men's tour, which makes being in contention in such an event an impossibility. Nor do I foresee her ever playing in the Masters', making the Ryder Cup team, or competing in the US Open.

By some of the posts here, several Wie Warriors still have visions of those things happening. Don't hold your breath.
2007-05-04 @ 12:09
Comment from: Norman [Visitor] Email
Alex said:
"That goes for Paula and Morgan as well. The only difference between those two and Bubbles is that they have victories on the LPGA tour while Bubbles does not. "
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Alex, you know that's not true. There are other distances such as the distance she drives it, the distance she hits her irons, the amount of spin she can get on the ball, and the range of shots she has.
Sure Paula has victories and Morgan has a victory, but they did get those victories as full lpga members.

While I would call Leadbetter's 8-9 victory prediction as optimistic, particularly if he is talking about straight away, I do think that Michelle winning in a full seasons play on the lpga tour is as near to a certainty as you could get in betting terms.
2007-05-04 @ 12:37
Comment from: Norman [Visitor] Email
Alex: "I always have recognized her natural talent It it was obvious. That goes for Paula and Morgan as well. The only difference between those two and Bubbles is that they have victories on the LPGA tour while Bubbles does not. "
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Alex, you know very well that is not true. There are other differences between Michelle and Paula and Morgan.
Michelle hits her drives further, she hits her iron shots further, she can generate more spin on the ball and she has a great range of shots.

Morgan and Paula both got their first wins as lpga tour members.
While Leadbetter's 8-9 event win prediction could be called optimistic, particularly if he meant straight away, I would say that if Michelle were to play a full season on the lpga tour, the chances of her winning would be as near to a certainty as you would get in betting terms.
2007-05-04 @ 12:41
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Norman,

I was referring to the comparative victory totals of the three.

You didn't comment on the possibilities of Bubbles making her bones on the men's tours in case she decides to ignore the advice of Leadbetter.

Are you one of those who still believe that someday she will be a regular on the PGA tour?
2007-05-04 @ 13:22
Comment from: Norman [Visitor] Email
Alex,
I believe Wie has the potential to be a regular pga tour player at some stage. As I have said repeatedly though, potential is only part of it.

There are many young boys with the potential to make it on the pga tour. Some of them will and some of them won't, simple as that.
2007-05-04 @ 15:33
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Norman,

Since you are so reluctant to state you opinion one way or the other as to Bubbles ever becoming a regular on the PGA tour, I'll give you mine.

She will not. Why not? "Q" school, winning enough money in the allowed number of exemptions, and getting a battlefield promotion by winning three events in one year on the Nationwide tour are out of the question. That should be obvious.

What other method could she possibly use to become a touring PGA pro? The key word here is "possibly."

Norman,

Please remember this post the next time you or one of the other Wie-wee's insist that you guys NEVER have any preposterous expectations of Bubbles.
2007-05-05 @ 08:58
Comment from: Norman [Visitor] Email
Alex,
You misread the situation. I do not have expectations as you call them, of MW qualifying to be a pga tour member. What I have said, is she has the potential to become a member. The length she hits it, her strength from the rough, particularly on tricky shots around the green is sufficient that she could play on the pga tour. That is not common among female players at all. What she does need to do from 17 to 25 to make it on the pga tour is to improve her game.
I don't know of any other 17 year old who also doesn't need to improve his game if he is going to make it on tour.

The key is how much improvement will she have. She already has enough physically to cope with the conditions. The question is can her game get to pga level consistantly.

I know you are looking for people to answer your direct questions about will she or won't she make it.
If you want the answer to that, you will just have to keep following golf tournaments.
2007-05-05 @ 11:03
Comment from: Jim C [Visitor] Email
Alex. Battlefield permotion is quite rare--but 25 guys every year on the Nationwide earn their cards for the next season.

2007-05-05 @ 11:04
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Jim C'

And all of those guys have to qualify first for the Nationwide tour.

Do any of you think that she has the game to make the Nationwide tour? Not now, not ever.

Besides, there is no financial incentive for the Wie money machine to pursue having Bubbles try to win a spot on a minor men's tour
2007-05-05 @ 12:04

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