The Latest on Michelle Wie
Heres more good news: U.S. Womens Amateur Champion Morgan Pressel and Michelle Wie will both play Solheim Cup golf for the United States in the not-too-distant future.
The fiery Pressel has also stated the Solheim Cup as one of her goals. Wies future goals have been largely misunderstood.
Which is why I contacted her father, B.J. Wie, recently wishing to know if his daughter looked forward to participating in the Solheim Cup one day. There had been growing speculation that Wie would turn pro (more on that later in this column) without joining the LPGA or PGA Tours.
The resultant freedom would allow her to play a full schedule, mostly on sponsors exemptions, without needing releases to play in overseas events that almost certainly will offer her lucrative appearance fees.
Anyway, heres what B.J. Wie had to say about Michelles future as a Solheim Cupper and her future in general:
I believe some of LPGA players and golf fans misunderstood Michelles career goal. Michelle has often stated that Michelle wants to play in the Masters and one day wants to be a member of both PGA and LPGA Tours. These are her ultimate long range career goals. Some people failed to distinguish between a short-term goal and a long-term goal..
I wish to make the record straight. Michelle will concentrate on playing LPGA tournaments and hopes to play in the Solheim Cup. It will be certainly interesting to follow whether Michelle will achieve her ultimate goal during her professional career.
Which leaves one other major question: When will Wie turn professional? Most people still believe it will be right before the LPGAs Samsung World Championship which begins in California Thursday Oct. 13, two days after Michelles 16th birthday.
Sources have told me the decision has already been made and Wie is signed sealed and delivered with an equipment and clothing contract and a deal with a management company.
But at this moment, nobody has confirmed exactly what Wie will do next month.
When I asked B.J. Wie, his answer was cautious but nonetheless interesting.
The decision on Michelles professional career is very complex and requires a highly-sophisticated strategic planning and execution, he said. All I can say to you now is that I am taking on an extremely conservative path.
Which suggests two possibilities: The Wie family has not yet decided that Samsung is the right time to turn professional. Or, it could mean she will turn pro next month but not sign all her endorsement contracts until B.J. Wie is comfortable with the language.
This story will come increasingly into focus in the coming days. Stay tuned.
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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.
The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.
There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18
Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo
Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.
With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.
Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.
The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.
In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.