Wie Restores Sense Of Order


DAYTONA BEACH, Fl.'Who ever thought The Michelle Wie Traveling Circus could become the calm in the eye of the storm that suddenly surrounds golf?
Yes, its come to this:
In Australia, Adam Scotts falling off surfboards and out of tournaments.
In Scotland, Colin Montgomerie is driving his car much more wildly than he ever drove his golf ball.
And in California, Governor Schwarzenegger is proposing an absurd nine per cent surtax on golf rounds and golf carts.
To: The state capitol in Sacramento.
From: The sport of golf.
Message: Our Arnolds smarter than yours.
Meanwhile back at LPGA Q-School, Michelle Wie restored a certain sense of golfing order. She fired a 65 Thursday on the wide open Champions Course at LPGA International to gain a share of the lead after two rounds of the 90-hole marathon that will end Sunday with 20 women earning their Tour cards for 2009.
Wie birdied four of her last five holes to forge a tie with Japans Shiho Oyama at 10-under par. And she made it look easy by hitting 11 of 14 greens, 13 of 18 greens and needing only 24 putts.
She made it look waaaayyy too easy. She looked preternaturally too calm. She made it look Wiesy.
Her parents, who didnt speak a word to each other during the round, were seen unobtrusively high-fiving when it was all over'an emotional outburst way over the top by their protective standards.
For her part Michelle Wie chose not to talk to the media. This was her modus operandi at her previous stage of Q-School. And she has informed LPGA officials there will be no interviews from her here until Sunday.
So it was left to Alison Walshe, one of her two playing competitors the first two days, to assess this glimmer of greatness the golf world has been waiting so long to see: Its her ball contact, Walshe said. Its consistently sound. She rarely makes mistakes. Steady. It was what I expected.
Barring something entirely unforeseen, Wie will earn her card this week. In fact the emphasis will soon switch to whether or not she can actually finish first in the 140-player field.
First place money is a mere $5,000. But Wie hasnt won a golf tournament since 2003 when, as a 13-year-old, she captured the U.S. Womens Publinx at Ocean Hammock just 30 miles up the road in Palm Coast. Shes way overdue.
Expect Wies stiffest challenge to come from Stacy Lewis. Lewis added a second round 66 on the tougher Legends Course to her opening 69 and sits one shot off the lead at 8-under.
Lewis and Wie are polar opposites. Michelle is tall, Stacy is not. Michelle has dark hair, Stacys is blonde.
Michelle was a sensation in her early teens. Stacy suffered from scoliosis as a youngster and needed fusion surgery. She still wears a back brace most of every day.
But dont be surprised if these two end up dueling each other on the weekend here and for many years to come in womens golf.
Now, if we can just get our Arnold to talk some sense into the Left Coasts Arnold, there might be a chance to completely restore order to the game.

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