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Michelle Wie and the LPGA

Posted on: July 20, 2008 9:54 pm
I have followed Michelle Wie for most of her career.  She is an exceptionally fine talent, spoiled, but at the same time innocent.  Perhaps the word is naive.  She has not managed her career well (not her fault because she was hood winked by her father).  As a result she has not learned the first thing about how to keep those around her from destroying the very God given talent she is blessed with.  Her ability as made her the target of those that have worked so hard to obtain talent she has only to hone in order to be successful.  The problem she faces as she tries to work towards being competitive on the LPGA tour is that silver spoon is not welcome.   The LPGA is all about the LPGA and Michelle's unwillingness until now to play by their rules.  I am not talking about the rules of golf but the rules of bowing to the LPGA and giving up her own personal goals.  She will now more than likely have to earn her card in order to play on the tour; and rely on sponsor exemptions to play other tournaments.  What should she do?  If I were her I would go play in Asia and set up the Michelle Wie charity tournament in Hawaii.  The sponsors that want to see her play and win can make a tournament attractive to invite the most competitive because it is not a LPGA event.  As  a result she won't have to look over her should to see if she is going to get disqualified because she left the tent before signing her card.  The tournament could be more entertainment in the vein of a skins game.   The LPGA is using Michelle Wie for their own gain.  This week was a classic example.  I can not believe that for some reason they wanted to hear her side of the story before they gave her the old DQ.  That my friends is bogus.  The LPGA should be ashamed of what happened this weekend. That's all I have to say, it's my observation and I'm sticking to it.
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Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2008 12:26 am

Michelle Wie and the LPGA

Michelle's decision to go to Q school was a no brainer however to be honest it is a great decision on her part.  If and I say if she qualifies and there is no reason to suspect she won't she will again command respect.  She will also probably find a whole group of people pulling for her.  Then there is the immediate rivalry that will exist between her and Paula Creamer.  Yes this is a brilliant move that only will serve to legitimize the talent she has.  Let's hope her parents can take a back seat to her career development. 

Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2008 11:04 pm

Michelle Wie and the LPGA

Michelle Wie speaks english as should every women allowed to participate in the LPGA.  Those sponsors that pay the bills that make the LPGA viable have the rights to make the rules, just as the FAA and all airline pilots and controllers must speak english.  Golf is strictly entertainment, and free speech applies as long as those who make the rules, those that pay for it, allow it to happen, and if they do not play by the rules, they are free to go out on their own to start their own sports organization.  You only get paid if someone puts up the money and if you do not play well enough then eventually you will no longer get paid. 

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2008 11:25 pm

Michelle Wie and the LPGA

I am unclear as to why Creamer, Sorenstram and Alfredsson should have anything to say about her playing in the Legends instead of trying to qualify and then play the British.  What is the old saying, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush?  Mark1711, I think the reason they say so much is despite how successful they are in the LPGA they don't have the game to make in on the PGA Tour.  Wie is not winning but her game and I mean length makes her potentially capable of making the cut despite the lack of success she has had to date.  If she played on the the LPGA tour and I think she should be playing then I believe she could challenge in less attended tournaments.  Where she could be a big draw is a Skins game.  She would fair well I believe.

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: August 6, 2008 1:17 pm

Michelle Wie and the LPGA

I'm not sure about the spoiled little brat comment.  As far as tiring of her, the galleries at the Legends seems to bely the comment.  The gallery was huge and appreciated every shot that was half decent. 

As far as watching her in the men's events on TV, there isn't a choice if you want to watch that tournament. They show every shot of hers, whether deserved or not.

I am unclear as to why Creamer, Sorenstram and Alfredsson should have anything to say about her playing in the Legends instead of trying to qualify and then play the British.  What is the old saying, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush?  Additionally, she has limited exemptions to the LPGA and needs to either win or finish in the top 80 to be exempt on the LPGA.  Wouldn't it be wiser to play in the CN Canadian to try to win full exemption than going to the British, against the very best in the LPGA, at an unfamilar golf course. 

The close calls in a number of LPGA majors was more, to many people, that "hype with no substance".  She has phenomenal talent, unrealized, that could make her a unique player.

Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: August 6, 2008 8:47 am

Michelle Wie and the LPGA

Annika Sorenstam, Helen Alfredsson and Paula Creamer have questioned Michelle Wie's decision to skip a women's major in order to play a PGA Tour event this week.

Managed by her parents, Wie was listed in qualifying for the Women's British Open at Sunningdale but pulled out and instead has a sponsor's exemption for the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open at Reno, Nevada, starting Thursday. It is her eighth PGA Tour event, but she is yet to win a title on the women's tour.

A sponsor's exemption means that someone like Sony is paying her more money to play on the men's tour and not make the cut than what she would make winning the women's British Open. We should continue to question Michelle Wie's decisions but condeem her parents and the sponsor's for what they are doing to her career that is fading fast.

The British Open is Sorenstam's final major before she retires at season's end while Alfredsson is coming off a victory at Sunday's Evian Masters at age 43.

Sorenstam, who will be chasing her 11th major and 73rd career title, described her time playing on the PGA Tour as a critical juncture in her career. But she queried Wie's decision to duck a women's major.

Wie's last appearance on the LPGA Tour was at the State Farm Classic two weeks ago where was disqualified for failing to sign her second-round scorecard after only being a shot off the lead going into the final round.

Alfredsson said Wie, who has never made the cut on the PGA Tour, would be better advised learning how to win tournaments on the women's circuit.

I think, if (Wie) wants to be a golfer, she should really concentrate on being on the women's tour and dealing with them and learning to win. Winning is what we are out here for, but I just don't see the interest really on being on the men's tour.

Most of the shots are still being called by her parents, B.J. and Bo, with recommendations from the William Morris Agency, which was hired by the Wie family to manage the business aspects of her career and line up endorsements from sponsors who were already standing in line so why should she play let alone win on the LPGA or the PGA when so much money is to be made for just being Mickelle Wie.

William Morris president David Wirtschafter says Michelle is, and will remain, their only golf client in a talent stable mostly filled with Hollywood actors, directors and writers. He sees her as someone who can easily make the jump from sports to entertainment.

Asked if he thinks there is a difference anymore between sports and entertainment, Wirtschafter says: "We don't think so. We think that sports is a subset of entertainment. And we feel that so many people are interested in her because almost every demographic is anxious to watch her play and anxious to see what she does next, that she will be one of the few athletes who essentially transcends sports and becomes somebody that people pay attention to in popular culture."

"She is unlike anybody else," he says. "Who has the guts — can't refer to any other part of the anatomy here — who has the guts to play against men when they're 16? I have a tremendous amount of respect for the satchel it takes to go out there and tee it up with the big boys. You gotta turn your TV on and watch that, don't you? I mean, you got to."

But people are already starting to tire of this spoiled little brat and in a short time from now she will be a nobody who did nothing but create hype with no substance.

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2008 11:54 pm

Michelle Wie and the LPGA

Here we go.  Just as I thought.   Michelle will play in a Men's tournament.  Why not I ask?.  Already she is back on the sports pages and publicity is good regardless.  Now if she fairs well this week the buzz will continue.  The down play will be that the tournament had few real name players.  Who cares?  This would be a historic event if she makes the cut and even more historic if she gets a top 10 finish.  Now will money earned on the PGA count on her overall winnings towards the LPGA? 

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