It didn't take long for golf's leading lady Annika Sorenstam to take Michelle Wie to the woodshed.
Just days after Wie withdrew from Sorenstam's tournament - the Ginn Tribute - citing a "tweaked wrist," Sorenstam joined a growing chorus of LPGA Tour golfers who are sharply criticizing Wie for quitting the tournament because she was poised to post a score - at least 88 - that would have disqualified her from playing on the LGPA Tour for the remainder of the year.
Wie walked off the 17th tee at the Ginn at 14-over-par for the round and told the media that she had re-aggravated a wrist injury that had kept her sidelined since January.
Wie has strongly denied as "ridiculous" allegations that her poor score was the reason for the withdrawal.
However, the Wie controversy hit a fevered pitch when it was revealed that barely two days after the withdrawal, the 17-year-old was playing practice rounds at Bulle Rock in preparation for this week's McDonald's LPGA Championship.
Talk has been about little else off the course this week. Here's what the normally reserved Sorenstam had to say to reporters.
Q. A lot of people were talking about what happened with Michelle. A lot of people were very concerned about what happened; I wonder if you had any reaction to what she did, the way she did it, and I wonder how some of the players you've talked to felt about it as well.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: I haven't really talked to any other players. But you know, I just feel that there's a little bit of lack of respect and class just to kind of leave a tournament like that and then come out and practice here, especially being the hostess. You know, I don't know the situation, if it's injury or whatever it is. It's just -- it just seemed really weird.
Q. Will you talk to her about it?
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: I'm not really sure. I haven't heard anything from her, anyway. It's not really something that I was planning on doing, but if she would talk to me, I'd definitely talk to her.
Q. Would you have felt that way if she had not come out here and practiced?
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: Absolutely. I know what it's like to be injured. I mean, when I was injured, I wasn't able to touch golf clubs for weeks. It's a little funny that you pull out with an injury and then you start grinding. My doctor told me to rest.
Q. So it sounds like you have similar suspicions to a bunch of people who think that the 88 was a factor into that decision?
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: I have no idea what it is, but I know that being a hostess of an event and when you get a sponsor invite, I think you have some responsibilities to the sponsor, to the organizer, and I can tell you that from being part of it now, it's a different side from that aspect.
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