The Next Chapter Wie Welcomes a New Year

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 24, 2007, 5:00 pm
Editor's note: After a tumultuous and injury prone 2007 season, Michelle Wie recently sat down with Golf Central to discuss a wide variety of topics including the past year, her nagging injuries, her experiences at Stanford University and what the upcoming year might bring. This exclusive interview will air during the Sony Open in Hawaii, the second week of January.

On Her Experience at Stanford Her First Semester:
Its great. I mean I love Stanford, it was everything that I thought of and more. You know, staying at the freshman dorms youll learn more out of the classroom, but I just got done with finals and got my grades and Im really excited about it. Its sad that the quarter was that fast, so next quarter Im really excited about it and taking some cool classes and its a lot of fun but a lot of hard work as well.

Michelle WieHer Toughest Class Her First Semester:
It probably was Calculus its my hardest one It was really hard.

Her Social Life at Stanford:
Well staying at the freshman dorms, theres a lot of activities going on I mean theres 84 people in the dorms so all of them wont be busy at the same time. So it was a lot of fun just hanging out and making a lot of new friends and I felt like we bonded pretty closely at the dorm and just the whole freshman class you know it was just a lot of fun and lots of things to do.

On Her Celebrity Status on Campus:
I dont really think Im a celebrity on campus, its just like 'Oh, theres that person on campus.' I mean, theres a lot of other special people on campus so I dont really think I stood out but you know its really interesting. Theres a lot of rumors about me going on around campus. I think the funniest rumor is that there is a rumor that I actually go to Stanford and that I actually dont go to Stanford is only a rumor. So thats pretty funny and theres also another rumor that Ive moved out of the dorms, so I just play along with itits kind of funnybut I dont get any special treatmentI dont stand out. Its just a really unique campus.

On Balancing, School, Social Life and Golf:
Well it wasnt easy the first couple weeks because I wasnt sure what I was doing and not staying at home was also a big step for me and so it took a lot of getting used to but it was a lot of fun and I feel like Im taking a lot more responsibility and my schedule and workouts and practice. I actually have to go there by myself, drive there to the golf course and it takes more responsibility and I feel like Im growing up a little bit -- being more responsible about how Im going to practice and how to balance anything and just focusing on time management. Ive learned how to study very quickly and practice very efficiently and its a fun time to be social, so its a really big balancing act.

Her Relationship with the Stanford Golf Teams:
Yeah, theres actually a girl on the golf team thats in my dorm and its really cool. Ive met the golf team Im pretty close with them and theyre really cool people and its a lot of fun to be getting to Stanford athletics just the football, the basketball, the volleyball, everything. Its just really exciting to see.

Her Playing Plans for 2008:
I just want to be healthy in 2008. I feel like I was pretty sick in 2007 and last part of 2006, but you know moving on forward to 2008 I just want to be a healthy person, play stress free, live stress free, and hopefully that will turn into good golf and I want to really able to play really well and just be on the top of my game again.

On How Healthy Her Wrist Is:
Its getting there. I mean, its definitely a lot better than it has been and definitely getting to be pain free and just have to get it stronger again and getting use to hitting a lot of balls and just getting it better.

Looking Back at the 2007 Season:
2007 was an interesting year. I try to forget it, because there was nothing I can do to stop it because it was kind of part of my young self where I felt like at any moment it can turn around and if I can grind through it I can do it. But looking back at it now, there was no way I could have played well. I mean, I broke three bones in my wrist and trying to play out there, trying to be competitive on tour is just not gonna happen. I just had to set aside myself and not play but I think that was what 2007 was and 2008 Im going to make a lot more smart decisions and hopefully be a more responsible person and just be on top of my game again.

Any Regrets on Playing Hurt in 2007:
Its just sad to see that I tried so hard to play with a not functional body, so this year I just really want to be smart about my body and just really kind of put myself out of my body and look at myself and say if Im ready to play and dont play until Im ready.

On Not Playing in the Sony Open in 2008:
Its kind of sad that I'm not home right now in general. You know, its been a long time since I have not been home, you know, going away to college and all that, but its OK, life goes on and unfortunately Im not going to play in the Sony Open. Like I said, Im not going to play until Im 100 percent ready, but you know hopefully Im going to be able to play there again sometime soon.

What Her Goals Are - On and Off the Course - in 2008:
I want 2008 to be a simple year. I want it to be a stress free year and a fun year for me. I want to be able to play well again I want to be able to keep my grades up at Stanford. I want to be able to have a nice balanced life and I just want to be able to have a nice smooth easy year. Just a stress free year a simple year and play well and have fun.

On Learning About Herself from Last Year:
I think that I learned how to grind out there. Ive never grinded so much in my entire life and I think that motivated me to get a lot better and Ive never practiced harder ever since and it put a whole new mentality on me that I really have to practice and really work on my game and I ate some humble pie and just moving forward.
Related Links:
  • Michelle Wie's Bio and 2007 Record
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    What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

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    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

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    The Ryder Cup topped his list.

    Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

    “Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

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    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

    And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

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    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

    The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

    More bulletin board material, too.

    Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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    Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

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    Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

    The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

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    “I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

    Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.