Wie’s great drama and a big (super big?) story

mulligan, 08 July 2005, Comments Off on Wie’s great drama and a big (super big?) story
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As this article highlights, Michelle Wie’s impressive 70 in the first round of the John Deere Classic puts her right around the cut line and sets up great drama for Friday afternoon. And we can watch all the action:

Wie will be golfing in the final threesome of the day, starting on the 10th tee at 1:48 p.m. It will play to the USA Network’s coverage window of 3 to 5 p.m., but national television won’t leave us hanging. CNBC will follow Wie from 5 p.m. until she finishes her round.

Unless Wie blows up on the front nine (or shoots 30), it seems pretty likely that her final nine holes should be great drama as she flirts with the cut line. Of course, adding to the drama is how huge a story it would be for Wie to make the cut. Even putting aside her gender, Wie’s tender age would make her second youngest person ever to make a PGA cut! (Bob Panasik made the cut at the 1957 Canadian Open at 15 years, 8 months, 20 days; Wie is just days older since her birthday is October 11, 1989.)

I have been trying to gauge just how big a story it would be for Wie to make the cut. I’m inclined to say it would be the biggest story not only in golf, but perhaps in all of sports, this year, and arguably among the biggest stories in women’s sports in decades. And, if Wie could manage a Top 10 finish….


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