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|Many readers were critical of Michelle Wie's response to her PGA Tour exemptions. (.)|
It will be the fourth consecutive Sony Open appearance for Wie, who has yet to win an LPGA event or make the cut at a men's tournament.
Here's what Wie, 17, said about receiving an exemption from her sponsor.
"I like exemptions. It's like somebody says, 'Here, you can have $100,' or I can work for $100," she said at a news conference. "I'm very thankful for Sony for believing in me."
Readers had a lot to say about this comment, some arguing it shows Wie doesn't have a strong work ethic, others saying she's just being honest. The common overall thread was one of skepticism, with readers acknowledging the talent of a young golfer who still has a long way to go to prove herself. Here's some of what they had to say.
Fast-forward 20 years and this story will read just the same: "Wie will again try to make the cut in a PGA Tour event at the 2027 Sony Open. Organizers, citing increased revenue and interest in the 37-year-old native Hawaiian, issued their 24th consecutive exemption.
"Michelle missed the cut last year by 11 strokes, but commented, 'I really feel like my game is close. I was just a couple of bad breaks away from making it.' Wie, you will remember, missed the cut by just a single stroke 23 years ago, when she was hailed as the next big thing in golf.
"Wie's career wins include the Jennie K. Wilson Hawaii amateur title and the 2003 Women's Amateur Publinx. She has 211 top-five finishes on the LPGA tour but has yet to break through with a win.
"She has appeared on numerous reality television shows and is currently in talks with ABC to remake Who's The Boss, starring Michelle, her father and IMG management."
Very unsettling that Michelle doesn't understand the importance of having a strong work ethic or the notion of paying your dues.
History has shown that all the talent in the world will be wasted in the end if you don't want it bad enough and are not willing to work for it. It's really quite sad, but I hold Sony, Nike, Omega and the rest of them partially responsible for Michelle's attitude.
How can she be expected to fight for what she wants when they are always handing it to her? I'm not surprised she has not won yet. ... Maybe the sponsors could just award her first place and mail her the trophy at home so she doesn't have to take the time to even show up.
Hey, I'm not gonna condemn anyone who says, "Yeah, I realize it's easier to get an exemption than to qualify for the event." So what! It's the truth.
If that's the case, why is everyone so upset about Michelle taking an exemption from a "struggling male player"? When she gets invites to men's tournaments, everyone should condemn that struggling male player, saying you need to work for it, not be given an exemption, you don't have good work ethics, etc., etc.
Oh, and another thing. I'd say Michelle has an excellent work ethic. How do you guys think she's had such success in the LPGA? It's through practice, practice, practice since she was a young child.
Get real w/ your comments that Michelle doesn't know the importance of work ethic or isn't paying her dues. She's already proven it through her results.
Michelle was appropriately appreciative, yet she still realizes what an advantageous reward being given an exemption is. I mean, it's not like she hasn't tried to qualify for men's events before. For instance, as an amateur she tried to get into the Masters, and then later one of the other majors.
So she's gone about getting into men's events from both sides, through exemptions and qualifying. So once again, don't worry about her understanding of work ethic.
I followed her stats playing against the men on the European Tour. Her drives were sub-250 and putting was poor. One of the men said her ball flight was quite low and, combined with being maybe two clubs shorter than the men, her ability to create birdie chances on the men's courses will be slim.
After trailing the field she said she was looking forward to returning to the U.S., where there are wider fairways, no doubt to bomb her drives to 280 - J.B Holmes will be quaking in his spikes!
Wie undoubtedly has talent but should now focus on carving out a career on the women's tour before the media grow tired and the exemptions dry up.
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