Wie again catching heat for career path


Ricoh WomenSUNNINGDALE, England ' Michelle Wie skipped a major to play on the PGA TOUR this week. Annika Sorenstam, Helen Alfredsson and Paula Creamer wonder why.
After all, Wie has yet to win on the womens tour and has never made the cut on the PGA Tour.
Wie was listed in qualifying for the Womens British Open at Sunningdale. But she pulled out and instead has a sponsors exemption for the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open at Reno, Nev. It is her eighth PGA Tour event.
Sorenstam is playing in her final major before she retires from competitive golf at the end of the season. She is chasing her 11th major and 73rd title. She made a brief foray on the PGA Tour but questioned Wies decision to duck a womens major.
Well, we all have different agendas in life, Sorenstam said. I had a wonderful experience and, when I look back on my career, I will always think about that. I think it was really a turning point in my career and as a person.
I really dont know why Michelle continues to do this. We have a major this week and, if you cant qualify for a major, I dont see any reason why you should play with the men.
Alfredsson is coming off a victory at Sundays Evian Masters at age 43. She has doubts about the advice that 18-year-old Wie is receiving from her parents.
I feel kind of sad for her, Alfredsson said. I think shes a very good person. I feel sad for the guidance that she seems to not have in the right direction.
She was so good a couple of years ago when she finished second a few times. Im sure if you put yourself enough times in that position then you can deal with it, and I think its how you become better. Thats how you learn to win.
Wies last appearance on the LPGA was at the State Farm Classic two weeks ago. She was disqualified for failing to sign her second-round scorecard after being a shot off the lead going into the final round.
I think the exhibition time for her is over, Alfredsson said. We have got some great, great players on the LPGA right now. Obviously, Morgan (Pressel) has won and Paula Creamer is a fantastic player and you have a bunch of young Koreans.
I think, if she wants to be a golfer, she should really concentrate on being on the womens tour and dealing with them and learning to win. Winning is what we are out here for, but I just dont see the interest really on being on the mens tour. I thought she had quit that idea but obviously not.
Pressels only LPGA victory is a major, last years Kraft Nabisco Championship. Creamer has won three tournaments this season and seven in total.
I dont know why youd want to pass up playing in a major, especially the British Open here at Sunningdale, Creamer said. But she goes a different path and thats not the path way that Ive taken.
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