Michelle Wie Michelle Wie talks about the U.S. Women's Open, putting

The U.S. Women's Open is set to begin and once again, the golf world's eyes will be on Michelle Wie as she tries to earn her first LPGA Tour victory as well as her first major victory.

After spending a week playing practice rounds at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island, Wie sat down with the press to answer questions about the U.S. Women's Open as well as her career.

Michelle Wie

Question: How has your life changed since you turned professional?

MICHELLE WIE: Well, you know, I have a bigger bag than before. And I get a lot of new goodies from Sony, from Nike, and it's a lot of fun.

Things haven't really changed other than that. I still go to school. I don't really play a full time schedule. Nothing has really changed. It's a lot of fun. I'm having so much fun.

Q: You played in a number of big events this year, including the U.S. Open qualifying. What have you learned at that level?

MICHELLE WIE: You just can't really explain it, but it really prepares you, because they're not easy courses. You're not just playing a municipal course here and there, you're playing real championship golf courses, and it really helps you get ready for the U.S. Open. And I feel like how close I've been to winning the last couple of events.

Q: I'm curious, this week aside and all majors aside, which would be the bigger bullet on your resume, winning a LPGA event or making the cut in a PGA TOUR event?

MICHELLE WIE: Well, I think that they'd be both great. I can't really answer it. It's so different. I would love to win an LPGA major or a tournament. And I would love to make the cut in a men's tournament. I'm not sure which would be a bigger impact on me, because it hasn't happened to me before, so I'll win both and I'll tell you which is better.

Q: Michelle, there seems like there's been a lot of external expectation on how you approach putting. Everybody seems to want to critique that. Can you talk about how you would weight yourself as a putter and how you've tried to improve that part of your game?

MICHELLE WIE: Well, I feel like every putt I make, every putt I miss, every putt that goes around and the toilet bowl and every putt I don't make, it's one step closer to being a better putter. And I think that I'm a great putter. I think I'm just it's just that everyone is looking at every single putt that I make. And I'm not going to make every single putt, and I'm never going to be really happy with how I putt. But I think that every putt that I hit, miss or make, is just going to make me a better putter.

Q. What did you learn last year about playing an Open type course from Cherry Hills? In your last round, how much of what happened in your last round was just not executing and how much was maybe making too aggressive decisions?

MICHELLE WIE: Did I play bad the last round? I don't remember. That's over my head by now. I learned a lot from playing Cherry Hills last year. I felt like the rough was really tough. I wasn't really it wasn't like my type of golf course, it's not like I could hit driver every hole, it wasn't a bomber's golf course. It made me hit a lot more 3 woods, especially on the final round.

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June 28, 2006

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