FedEx Impact Wies Schedule


Perhaps a year from now all of this will have shaken out but ... everybody in golf continues to wonder what the effects of the FedExCup will be on the mens professional side in its inaugural year of 2007.

One early indicator arrived this week when Chad Campbell talked about how the FedExCup will affect his schedule. I might take three or four weeks off getting ready for the last few, Campbell said.

The last few are the three FedExCup Cup playoff events followed by the finale, the TOUR Championship, Sept 13-16.

One week prior to the playoffs is the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro. It also happens to be one week after the PGA Championship. Tournament director Mark Brazil will have his hands full getting commitments from all the players he wants ... unless ... there is a close race to see who gets into the playoffs. Stay tuned.

The week after the TOUR Championship, which also happens to be one week prior to the Presidents Cup, is the new Turning Stone Resort Championship. That event, too, faces a huge challenge getting a premier field. Although a $6 million purse will get peoples attention.

Now that Stanford has decided to accept Michelle Wie, Wie has to decide how long she will need to earn her undergraduate degree.

This is an excellent question, B.J. Wie, Michelles father, informed me this week.

This much we know for sure: Michelle will enter Stanford in the fall quarter of this year. Stanford students typically attend three of the four quarters per year to graduate in four years. The best guess is that Wie will attend two quarters per year and graduate in closer to six years.

Michelle and I plan to do more research, B.J. Wie said. There are so many issues to deal with, ranging from residence and class schedules to her tournament schedules. It will be more challenging from 2008 (on).

What will be surprising is if Wie cant tailor a schedule that will allow her to play in all four womens professional majors.

And finally, for those who keep asking how Wie can play on the Stanford golf team -- mens or womens -- as a professional: The answer is she cant.

But, B.J. Wie said, Michelle will love to have some practice rounds with Stanford golf team members.

Stuart Appleby, looking to win for the fourth straight time at Kapalua this week, had this to say from Hawaii about Wies future in PGA TOUR events:

She came five years too early to try and play the mens tour. She needs to pull the plug and come back when shes 20 to 25.

Quietly, Sergio Garcia has dropped to No. 11 and out of the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

As Golf World recently pointed out, Garcias body language is different (and not good) on the 6-footers. Garcia may be the most consistent long driver and ball-striker in the game. But his problems highlight the notion that putting can never be overrated.

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