China invents golf, Sophia Loren is hot, Wie won't dominate, other meanderings
It is almost statistically proven that if you believe it’s great to watch Arnold Palmer play golf these days, you also believe Sophia Loren and Sean Connery are currently incredibly sexy. Just let it go, people.
In the Philippines, players are breaking away from the Professional Golfers Association of the Philippines (PGAP) and reviving the Touring Professional Golfers’ Association of the Philippines (TPGAP).
I wonder if, like me, you just went from not knowing the Philippines had a professional golf tour to suddenly knowing they have two. Oh yeah, the terrific lower-weights boxer Manny Pacquiao is like a god in that nation, also. This concludes all of my knowledge of the Philippines. Please head to Bangkok Al’s blog for further information on the region.
Speaking of Miss Wie, some of her fans, both pro and con, are amazing. Artists looking to draw cartoons of Wie should think twice. I can’t imagine a teenage girl has stirred this much emotion since Joan of Arc. Though I boldly predict Michelle’s future will turn out much cooler.
Congratulations to Geoff on his Match Play Championship victory, the greatest sporting accomplishment by an Ogilvie since Ben hit 41 home runs for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1980.
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1. She IS the most precocious talent in golf since, well, Eldrick.
2. She has been hyped more than any golfer since, well, Eldrick.
3. She has been placed at #3 (now #2) in a ranking system (suspiciously weighted to the almost the exact number of tournaments she's played) by a sponsor of the LPGA (can you say "successful publicity stunt"?)
4. She's won the same number of LPGA titles as Jason Gore, Al Gore, Gore Vidal, and Chris Baldwin combined.
5. Whenever #4 is pointed out, the Wie-ites always cry "But she's only 16!" ignoring the fact that she's been entering LPGA tournaments for two years now, which seems to be enough to be ranked despite her lack of wins. If she's old enough to cash the big checks from Sony, it's not too much to expect a W.
6. For now, she's the LPGA equivalent of Peyton Manning, great stats, says the right things, makes a lot of money, and hasn't won a damn thing.
Mind you, I would be shocked if she didn't finally break through this year and win a tournament. She has the talent, but not the maturity... yet.
That's the only explanation that makes sense.
Considering that Mi-Wie isn't even in the LPGA and cannot enter anymore than 7 more events on that tour, thats not a difficult forecast to make.
And I am not convinced that Miss Pressel will continue to fold either. Then again, watch out for a peppy little gal from Paraguay, we might all get a surprise.
She just.. isn't. I don't really care what the rankings say, and to be honest, I don't have a lot of respect for the system. I think they just stuck Annika at the top, then placed the rest of the players randomly into the list. Hell, I'm sure I'm listed in the rankings somewhere.
Michelle is brilliant - but hey, she isn't a member of any tour, she's played two LPGA Tour events as a professional (disqualified in one), and she has not won anything yet.
How's that for World No. 2? I can think of better players than Michelle Wie.
His logic is so much flawed it's not even worth mentioning. But let's give him a chance.
Like so many Wie critics, his criticism is based on the media hype even though he seems to despise the media hype.
I am sure he actually used be a fan of Wie but became a victim of the media hype turned his disappoint into hostility.
It wasn't long ago when Asian kids got picked on a lot by other groups. I've seen this happening less and less, mainly due to media exposure of these great athletes. Before, they only had Bruce Lee.
That's the power of the media. It's the same reason why black leaders clamor for more representation on TV and movies. Let's face it, the more exposed we are to other groups of people, the more comfortable and less threatened we feel. We get to see people who looks different from us to be more like us. And that's not a bad thing.
As for Michelle Wie - in her own words:
"Well, it's not like I invented the world rankings," Wie said in response to the criticism she heard about her lofty debut in the ranking. "It's not like I put myself in No. 3…. All I did was play golf."
That says it ALL - Leave her alone! She can't play for a month, and then she takes on the best the LPGA has to offer in the Kraft-Nabisco major. She will let her clubs talk for her then!
I would still take Sophia..of course,
my mind still thinks she is 35! And
don't forget some other ATF's...Senta
Berger and Claudia Cardinale. Just
ask Shanks about the favorites named
in Scotland. As for looks AND golf,
there is an absolute knock out who
plays on European women's tour....
about 5'10" with legs all the way up...NEVER MIND!!
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