Michelle Wie received congratulatory flowers from actor Adam Sandler after her U.S. Women’s Open victory.
“I feel like that’s the biggest prize in golf, getting flowers from Happy Gilmore,” Wie said in her pretournament news conference Thursday at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Ark.
Wie said she played with Sandler in a Pro Junior Challenge as part of the PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii when she was 14 or 15.
“On the first hole, he Happy Gilmored it,” Wie said.
Wie got a taste of what life is like for Hollywood types in her whirlwind media tour in New York City on Tuesday, following her U.S. Women’s Open victory. TMZ even found her on the street during her media tour, with a camera man scrambling alongside her, asking her about her twerking at her victory party. She said she enjoyed her victory tour, but it left her feeling whipped.
“I don’t know how people in show business do it,” Wie said. “I was just so happy to get on a plane for Arkansas so I could just play some golf already.”
Wie said she also got a congratulatory letter from Arnold Palmer, text messages from Condoleezza Rice, Barbara Nicklaus and Nike’s Phil Knight. She will be back in action Friday with the 54-hole LPGA event getting under way at Pinnacle Country Club.
“I'm really excited for tomorrow afternoon,” Wie said. “I'm more excited to sleep. I'm kind of just like falling asleep in my chair, just chugging coffee ... Going to practice a little bit and probably sleep all the way until my tee time tomorrow afternoon.”