U.S. Amateur Public Links: Michelle Wie, plus 8

mulligan, 12 July 2005, Comments Off on U.S. Amateur Public Links: Michelle Wie, plus 8
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Michelle shot a 2-over 72 today, to go plus 8 for the 36 holes of the U.S. Amateur Public Links. ESPN’s post here. Now, she has to wait until everyone else finishes to see if she makes it into the Top 64 for match play.

I’ll have more to say later about Michelle’s “phenom” ability, but let me just say this: to every adult male golfer, professional or amateur, who takes a verbal shot at Michelle for playing in men’s events, you ought to be ashamed of yourself.

Just listen to this: “I don’t think she should be here,” said Danny Green, one of the leaders who shot a tournament-low 65, for 2-under. “I think she should play in the women’s tournaments because they don’t let the men play in women’s tournaments. I just don’t agree with that, but it’s not my call. She qualified and she is going by the rules. She’s here and she is a great player. I’ve got nothing against that.”

If some people had their way, women would be barefoot and pregnant, and wouldn’t have the right to vote. Michelle Wie is 15 years old, and twice she has almost made the cut on the PGA tour. Any male golfer who questions her ability to play men’s events is only masking either his own insecurity or bias, or both.

To her credit, Michelle has always shown considerable composure in the face of the flak and criticism she receives : “I don’t really care what they think because I actually qualified for this event. So I feel I belong here. I’m not looking for 100 percent support. I know there are going to be people against me. I’m not going to stop just for them.” And she shouldn’t.


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