Day 6 Wie Worst of the Worst

By Brian HewittDecember 22, 2007, 5:00 pm
Editor's note; In the holiday spirit, the Team is counting down the 12 Days of Golf, the most memorable days of the 2007 season. This is Day 6
Day 6On Thursday, May 31, Michelle Wie played the first 16 holes of the Ginn Tribute in 14 over par. This put her in danger of failing to break 88 for 18 holes. That would have made her ineligible, as a non-member, to play in any LPGA events the rest of the year.
After a quick consultation with her agent, Greg Nared, who would resign that position before the end of the year, Wie withdrew, citing wrist pain.
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An injured wrist was just one of Michelle Wie's concerns in 2007. (Getty Images)
Eyebrows were raised all over the world of golf. They were raised even more when, two days later, Wie showed up on site at Bulle Rock for a practice session in advance of the next weeks McDonalds LPGA Championship.
Annika Sorenstam, among others, criticized Wie for being disrespectful to the Ginn event. Wie responded by saying she had nothing for which to apologize.
And yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda.
The year 2007 was not a good one for Michelle Wie, who as recently as 2006 was top fiving with regularity in LPGA majors. In 2007 Wie missed the cut by 14 shots at the Sony Open on the PGA TOUR. She withdrew from the John Deere Classic and didnt play in a mens event the rest of the year.
On the womens side she missed three cuts and withdrew twice in eight events. She played 367 LPGA holes in 110 over par.
But just in case Michelle Wies parents and agents are thinking, right about now, how much fun theyre going to have saying, I told you so, one day, they can think again.
Yes, Michelles game is dormant at the moment. The hype has disappeared. And it feels as if most of the people who heralded such a big future for such a young girl have written her off as a cautionary tale.
I havent.
She has way too much talent and there are way too few flaws in the mechanics of a swing that made me gasp the first time I saw it.
I will be surprised if Michelle Wie doesnt one day rejoin the team photo album of candidates for near-term female golf supremacy currently filled with snapshots of Ochoa, Creamer, Pressel, Pettersen and Gulbis.
Annika? Shes already reserved her own wing in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
But the Wie camp, an easy target these days, will have to save its I Told You Sos for someone else. Michelle Wies day will come despite all the bad results all the good intentions of her handlers have produced.
When Nared left team Wie in October he told GOLF CHANNEL Michelle was a great kid. But, said a source, everybody in the business knows the deal. Its just very hard for her parents to accept advice.
The hope, for anybody who roots for young people to overcome problems not all of their own making, is that Wie will be allowed to let the wrist injuries completely heal. She is currently a third of the way through her freshman year at Stanford University. And being out of the spotlight right now is not such a bad thing.
But her parents followed her to Stanford from the familys Hawaii home and lived, at least for a while, in a rented house virtually across the street from the school. Helicopter parents, one annoyed Stanford official called them.
The hope here is that 2008 will produce a healthy and productive parabola to replace the interrupted arc of Wies career. And the hope here is that there will be no I Told You Sos from the people who were more part of the problem than the solution.
Related Links:
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  • Golf Central Special: Wie's Horrible Season
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    Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

    Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

    Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

    As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

    "That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

    Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

    Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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    Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

    If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

    Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

    But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

    Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

    Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

    Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

    Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

    Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

    Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

    Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

    Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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    Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

    Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

    “It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

    Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

    “What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

    Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

    “When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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    Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

    SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

    Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

    Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

    Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.