wie, growing pains

mulligan, 15 January 2005, Comments Off on wie, growing pains
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Michelle Wie missed the cut, by a lot, shooting 9 over par for the 2 days. Even though Michelle did tie or beat 16 male PGA golfers (including the highly touted youngster Kevin Na), this year must have been a huge disappointment for the precocious 15 year old year. Last year, she shot 1 over par and missed the cut by only 1 stroke. This year, in more difficult conditions, she could never get anything going. I watched her round yesterday: it was not pretty. Hole after hole, you could see the frustration on Michelle’s face as she could never find the range, putting on the beguiling bermuda greens.

I’m a huge fan of the Big Wiesy, but I’m getting a little uneasy that, maybe, the expectations are getting just too high, too soon. All the strain of the tournament reportedly left Michelle in tears by the end of the round, needing consolation from her mother. Not even Tiger had this kind of media attention and expectations so early in his career. It showed in Michelle’s demeanor, and her play. After the round, Michelle admitted: “I think I tried too hard. After missing the cut by one last year, I think I took for granted I would play better. Last year, everything went too easily.”

Everyone (including Michelle) needs to let her be a teenager and have fun playing golf. The PGA can wait.

UPDATE: Michelle says she wants to play Sony again next year, and Ernie thinks she should. Both Leadbetter students, Els is a pretty vocal defender of Wie: “Look, let’s put this in perspective,” Els said. “She’s 15 years old. She’s a girl. She’s playing on the PGA Tour. Tiger Woods, I don’t think he ever made a cut on tour except maybe in the Masters.”


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