Michelle Wie's PR team tops Lorena Ochoa's golf game in Golfer Supremacy Rankings' 2006 top females
We here at the Golfer Supremacy Rankings are thrilled to bring you our first year-end ranking of the most supreme women golfers of 2006.
For more or less all of 2005 and 2006, we here at the GSR’s have been hearing about the amazing potential of women’s golf, as fans have talked about Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel and Natalie Gulbis as stars who are ready to take the LPGA to the next level.
Doing a little math, however, we came up with these stats, which shows that the while the game may be changing, it really isn’t changing in a very exciting way as of yet.
Total 2006 victories
Ochoa, Webb, Sorenstam: 13
South Korean Golfer: 11
Sherri Steinhauer: 1
Julieta Granada: 1
Wie, Creamer, Pressel, Gulbis: 0
So, while we are readily willing to accept that players like Wie and Gulbis are the future of the LPGA, at this point, it appears the future will consist of a lot of crappy golf. Nonetheless, results aren’t everything.
Golfer Supremacy Rankings - 2006 Final Female rankings
1. Michelle Wie
Comments: If George W. Bush were a teenage, Korean-American female golfer, he’d be Michelle Wie – and he’d likely look fabulous in short skirts. But let’s face it, the similarities are striking - both have a penchant for saying goofy things while being interviewed; both are willing to risk it all getting involved in conflicts they don’t really understand and are unprepared for; both stubbornly forge ahead, even as it becomes increasingly clear they are on the road to failure and humiliation; and both have fans that will root them on no matter what.
But let there be no doubt - all other female golfers combined don’t approach the type of press that Wie gets. Annika Sorenstam has 69 victories in her career, Wie has zero, yet, it’s not even close as to who’s more popular. Wie made a fortune this year as she narrowly missed winning several times in LPGA events, while consistently humiliating herself in men’s tournaments throughout the globe.
As 2006 wound down, it started becoming horrifyingly apparent that Wie’s battles against the men were destroying her overall game. The teen sensation is now breaking par as often as Bush, and is now getting on the wrong side of 80 against the men. Has Wie destroyed a beautiful swing? We’ll find out more in 2007, as she goes against the advice of the majority and plays wherever she wants to play, regardless of the consequences.
So while many fans of golf would love to see Wie focus on playing and beating the world’s best women as opposed to letting he PR flacks focus on her paychecks while sending out press releases every time she makes a charitable donation, don’t expect anything to change in 2007, but expect to see press coverage and fan interest in her to start dropping if she can’t start showing some improvement.
2. Lorena Ochoa
Comments: The Mexican sensation won six times in 2006 and knocked Annika Sorenstam off the top of the women’s game. No woman makes more birdies, or more impressive shots, and it’s likely Ochoa, at just 24, will be at or near the top for years to come.
Now go ask your mom who Lorena Ochoa is. She’ll likely guess that Ochoa co-starred with Salma Hayek in some flick about a Spanish poet. Such is the dilemma for the LPGA - they managed to trade a boring, classy dominant golfer in Annika Sorenstam, for a boring, classy golfer in Ochoa.
Luckily for Ochoa, it should make no difference. Let Natalie Gulbis show off her abs, let Wie garner the headlines and Ochoa will just keep winning golf tournaments. The Arizona State star deserves nothing but praise for a brilliant 2007 campaign, and expect more of the same in 2007, when she’ll win just as much, and take home her first - and maybe second and third - major victories.
3. Annika Sorenstam
Comments: Talk all you like about the great collapse of Sorenstam in 2006, but the fact is this - the only thing that happened to Sorenstam was Ochoa and Webb. Annika’s scoring average went up just slightly from 69.33 to 69.82 and she finished behind both Ochoa and Webb on the money list but played less than each of them, also. She won three times, including the U.S. Women’s Open. Hysterically shriek that she “muddled through the season” all you want, but the fact is simple - she didn’t descend as much as some of her competition caught up to her.
4. Karrie Webb
Comments: It may seem like Webb has been around forever, but the comeback queen of the LPGA in 2006 will be turning 32 next week. Webb was the best in the world in 2000 and 2001, then sunk to mediocrity, winning just once combined in 2003 and 2004. This year, it all came back for Webb, as she won five times, including the shot of the year - holing a remarkable 118-yard pitch on 18 to put herself into a playoff at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and deny Ochoa her first major in the ensuing playoff. A great comeback year for the soft-spoken Aussie.
5. South Korean Golfer
Comments: Rarely a fan favorite but always a great competitor, South Korean Golfer again showed she is a force to be reckoned with in 2006. Joo Mi Kim, Meena Lee, Sung Ah Yim, Mi Hyun Kim, He-Won Han, Seon Hwa Lee, Se Ri Pak, Jeong Jang, Jin Joo Hong were all winners in 2006. Expect more in 2007, as Choi Hye-jeong and Kim In-Kyeong were LPGA Q-School champs, and a total of 35 quality Korean golfers will be prowling the course during LPGA tournaments next year.
Random Factoid: The most popular location for LPGA Tournaments in 2007, according to the tour’s schedule, is TBA.
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You haven't a clue what you are on about.
Wie played 5 poor tournaments in a row. That happens to practically every golfer at some stage. The remarkable thing is she played at such a high level for so long.
It's nothing to do with playing against the men as you claim.
She played perfectly well against the men in the Sony in 2004 & John Deere in 2005, and in the Publinx in 2005 and the US Open qualifiers in 2006 and the Sony in 2006 and the SK Telecom in 2006, so the swing problems she had didn't have anything to do with playing against the men, they were just something that happens to practically every golfer.
It is annoying when such imbeciles as yourself try to analyse a situation when it is so apparent that you haven't the first idea what you are talking about.
You should give up writing about golf unless you are actually going to analyse the full results of a player and not just the last few tournaments.
So the stupid arguments people like William are putting up like, maybe it's the mens events that are affecting the swing, are just stupid arguments and make no sense whatsoever.
By the way, why doesn't travelgolf.com rename the site, Michellediscussion.com or something appropriate.
You missed a glaring point:
All the high-impact golfers are foreign national. The only US female golfer of note is Sheri Steinhauser for winning the British Open.
The Great American hopes (Creamer, Gulbis, Pressel) are Oh-fer-....
Annika honed her game in the US, she resides about 90% of the time in the US, and she is a US citizen.
That is true, but what is your point? Most players who make it big probably hone their skills in the US, on the pga tour or lpga tour.
And she is a US citizen, but she still is a Swedish player who represents Swedan in every tournament she plays.
So what is your point? If it is simply to make a statement of fact that she got US citizenship you are correct, but the story was written about the lack of US talent, so it is very likely that you are somehow trying to claim Annika to be a US player. If you are, that is just silly and is really grasping at straws.
If you want a really top class US player, it is likely that Michelle Wie will be very dominant in lpga majors, but trying to claim other country's player is sad really.
Cristie Kerr: she has let a number of majors go. She is a very good performer and is probably very disappointed not to have won a major yet.
Prospects: likely to win majors.
Morgan Pressel: Highlighted as a great prospect, but really disappointed in her rookie season. Not only did she not perform well in many events, but when she got into contention, she really played some dreadful golf.
Prospects: should win majors when she gets more mature. Should get a normal lpga tournament win in 2007 as well.
Paula Creamer: very disappointing 2nd season. In her first she was 2nd on the money list and she was predicted to challenge for best player, but came up way short.
Prospects: likely to win majors but not yet. Should get an lpga win in 2007 also.
Michelle Wie: Certainly the most talented American youngster by far. Already has a good major record.
Prospects: should win many majors.
Brittany Lincicome: Can be very good when she she is good, but is far too inconsistant.
Prospects: could go either way, but unlikely to win much.
Natalie Gulbis: an average player with many off course activities.
Prospects: should win on the lpga tour, and might just be lucky in that it could be a major. Many one time winners happen to just win a major.
If anybody hears from Florida Mike let him know I have not forgotten our little bet from last year. All Michelle has to do this year for him to collect is win 4 times on the LPGA tour, including 2 majors and make 2 cuts on the PGA tour. Sounds crazy now doesn't it, but believe it or not these were thought to be easily attainable goals for Michelle just last year before her game went into the crapper.
That's great. I'll wager that Bubbles has a top ten finish in her first full season.
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Of course it brings up the question of which tour Annika represents.She does after all hold a seat on the LPGA Board of Directors
Although I do predict that Michelle will win in 2007, she still only plays 8 lpga events.
One would be foolish to bet on such a small number of events. If she were playing the standard of about 25 events of lpga players, it would be a safe bet that she would win 2 titles or perhaps many more.
However with 8 events, 4 of which are majors, there are no guarantees in golf.
Equivocation is thy name.
So what is it that you predict? Will Bubbles make the cut at the Sony?
This should be good.
Hola amigo...my name is Christopher Vitiello and my "film" partner Jonathan Ochoa, coincidentally a cousin of Lorena Ochoa, and I are making a documentary film about Lorena's life, the LPGA etc. We just read your blog from December 11th 2006 and we thought it was hilarious and couldnt be closer to the truth...do you spend a lot of time on tour? Because we do and your blog gave us a good laugh...do you think you would be interested in speaking in our film about Lorena, media representation (michelle wie), etc? The etc can be anything you want of course...muchas gracias
Christopher Vitiello and Jonathan Ochoa
Marketing certainly do wash brains.
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