Memo to critics: We can take the heat and were not planning to leave the kitchen any time soon.
Like it or not, Wies quest was news. So, too, will be her efforts in womens golf in 2009. Annika Sorenstam is gone from the competitive scene for now. Wie is the next big thing. Although in fairness to Stacy Lewis, who beat Wie at Q-School, its not hard to imagine her carving out a Hall of Fame career.
Without further ado:
Paul writes:: Never could stand it when the media types tried to tell me what the latest greatest in any sport is supposed to be. This is true of Michelle Wie and Anthony Kim. WIN. CONSISTENTLY, then I will be impressed. Sure you guys are the brains, but I know a snow job and media hype when I see it. Sorry, neither Wie nor Kim is worth a flip other than PROMISING at this point. Would you like to share the list of all those whom over the years you media guys have tried to tell us lowly fans who the NEXT GREATEST is supposed to be?
Would like to have been a fly on the wall if Paul had ever gotten the chance to tell Sergio Garcia that Anthony Kim wasnt worth a flip in the moments after Kim roasted Garcia in the Ryder Cup singles.
Bob writes: Im a 60-plus white male who loves the LPGA. I like many of the Asian players. Seon Hwa Lee, Ai Miyazato and Angela Park -- these are the girls of my swing thoughts. The more I swing like them, slowly, with a smooth tempo, the farther I hit it. (Why don't they do a Playing Lessons from the Pros?) My respect for Michelle Wie returned watching her at Q-School. Next year we'll have more than just Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel as photogenic Americans: Wie, Lewis and Hurst are lovely as well as talented. There are a handful of men that make the PGA tour a viable television concern. Ditto the ladies.
Just a handful? Angela Park, by the way, has a swing that Johnny Miller has called the best in womens golf. Anyway, nice to hear somebody from another demographic and generation is attracted to the LPGA.
Gerry writes: I have followed the Michelle Wie situation and find it rather offensive that everyone has their own opinion rather than looking at things from her perspective. If I was her, would I have done things differently? Maybe. I thought at least having her enter some PGA events made it more interesting. She is and continues to be an inspiration for me and others who have been recovering from tendon injuries -- makes me wish I was 20 years younger so I could get over those injuries more quickly like she did. I will continue to cheer for Michelle, in spite of what others say...and unless you've been in our shoes, it is always a case of ease up or you risk re-injury. Likely she tried to come back too soon...but I can honestly say that I've done the same thing in other ways, too...something we all have done at one time or another.
Interesting that more support is rolling in for Wie now that she has secured her card for 2009.
Dan writes: At age 19, playing her first full year on tour, Wie may struggle. Who knows how her body, mind, or swing will hold up over the course of what will be her first full season. If she does struggle, I am sure there will be plenty of people very happy to pounce and run her down. But, hey, thats fair. Whether it is an opinion, an ax to grind, or even a hint of sexism (I think a few in the golf world simply wish the LPGA would go away), people have the right to say or print whatever. But what has to be clear to anyone who has watched even a bit of womens golf is that Michelle Wie has major game and will be a factor, at least at times, this season.
Sez here Wie will win at least twice in 09. Meanwhile, Comebacker hasnt met anybody who wishes the LPGA would go away.
Dennis writes:Kudos to her (Wie), and the great way she recovered from a three-bogey start on Sunday, and just the way she handled herself throughout. Michelle has overcome a lot, and proved she can take undesirable blows, never envisioned. She can now silence her critics by continuing to play good golf, and maturing naturally. I am rooting for her, and see Michelle as able to do a lot for golf, American female golf, and the LPGA. Hope it all comes through.
For some strange reason, it seems the less Michelle Wie talked last week, the more popular she became.
Jim writes:It's been a while since I last wrote but I'd like to chime in on the Wie qualifying story. For sometime I was agitated by the fact that she was given everything, really earned nothing and was placed on a pedestal she didn't deserve. I got over it. Her celebrity is the result of an American sports public always looking for the athlete to love or hate. They have that in Michelle Wie. It doesn't help that situation when sports reporting entities, such as Golf Channel and ESPN, hype Ms. Wie, as long as they think her story will sell newspapers, TV advertising and increase viewer ratings. A case in point is the LPGA qualifying school results. In case you didn't hear Stacy Lewis not only beat Ms. Wie, she won the damn tournament. Yet, Golf Channel coverage of the results primarily focused on Ms. Wie. In reporting the results of the tournament, ESPN showcased Wie, segmented an interview with Wie and then presented a recap of the important? Milestones in the golf life of Ms. Wie. Folks, she finished 7th! Duh!!!!! And, ESPN had not one word about the winner. Ms. Lewis has a few note worthy milestones also; Collegiate All American, great Curtis Cup performance and finished third in the Womens Open. Deserved or not, that is one of the things that creates the negative attitude toward Ms. Wie. Then to show her immaturity and unprofessional (remember she is a pro) conduct, she did not have the courtesy to compliment or congratulate Ms. Lewis in her interview. Her personality and her youth make it appear that she has empowered herself, been selected by her father and/or anointed by the press as the next Queen of Golf. In my opinion, most golf fans and sports fans in general, do not appreciate such an image of superiority. As far as being the next Queen of Golf, I personally believe Ms. Lewis and others will prove that not to be the case.I wish her well but it may not be as smooth a ride as many people think. Time will tell.
Jim, you said a mouthful there. Couple of things in response: Tiger Woods is a terrific sportsman but you dont normally hear him going too far out of his way to praise the winner on the rare occasions when that winner isnt Tiger. By the way, Stacy Lewis didnt exactly fawn all over Wie when it was over either. Last point: Michelle Wie still hasnt won anything since she was 13 years old. Stacy Lewis was still adjusting to life with scoliosis when she was 13. And finally a note to all The Comebackers readers: Unless you have just composed the second coming of Lincolns Gettysburg Address, you would do well to keep your E-mails to 200 words or less. Brevity is, after all, the soul of wit and shorter e-mails give more readers a shot at making it into this space.
I have no idea why you even care about Michelle Wie. What a waste of time and energy. There are dozens of superior players on the LPGA tour.
See. Short and bittersweet. Comebacker doesnt agree with Jon but lauds his concision.
Hugh writes:Do you even have the courage to report that she (Wie) played rather poorly on Sunday, on the course that Golf Channel had stated the evening before was the easier of the two, and with MWs performance during the week on this course (-10 or so) that she should be gunning for the win? .. The only thing that is obvious to golf fans is that Golf Channel appears to need Michelle Wie more than the LPGA. Why dont you tell us why that is? .. Not only has she been mismanaged by her parents, but GC contributes to her notoriety with all of the one-way coverage of somebody who hasnt accomplished much of anything in amateur or professional golf. Wake up and start reporting on golf in the same way that it is played, with honesty and professionalism. Call a reporting 'penalty stroke' on yourself and GC.
So, Hugh, any truth to the rumor that you work for the Tennis Channel?
Susan writes:Wow, I have never seen so much venom from so many jealous people in my life. I can honestly say I know of no other player currently I would drive to see play other than Michelle Wie or maybe Ji Yai Shin. I hope Miss Wie beats them all this year. They all just seem intimidated by her and cant get by the fact she is very rich and most of them are not. On another point, since when is it a bad thing to get a degree from Stanford prior to playing pro golf. Some people just dont get it, period.
Venom, indeed. Never thought Id mention Michelle Wie and Howard Cosell in the same sentence. But so many people either loved or hated the late Cosell. And that seems to be the same thing with Wie.
Dave writes: The day will come, barring some freak injury, when Michelles game will shut up the chauvinistic reviewers. If I had a dollar for all the men friends Ive heard complain about Michelle that have never watched her play a single shot I could afford a membership at Oahu Country Club. And frankly the complaining is all about the fact she is a woman playing a man game and nothing else. Most men are just too chicken to admit how intimidated they were that at one point in their life all those 300 yard drives that were closer to 250 they told their friends theyd hit were being topped by a 14-year-old girl from Hawaii who didnt appear to be swinging very hard. Add in the fact the girl is of Asian ancestry and the xenophobes come out to play..But you know what, I remember how difficult it was for people in Tigers early days to deal with a person of Afro-Asian ancestry being so incredibly good. Now it is never discussed nor noticed so much anymore. And this is as it should be. One day she (Wie) will make the cut on a mens tour event, one day she will win an LPGA event, and the noise will stop. Hopefully in 10 years her harshest critics will look back and realize the real Michelle Wie problem they had was a problem of theirs and that Michelle really had nothing to do with it at all. And perhaps the world will be that better place wed all like to live in.
Take that, guysAnd imagine Michelle Wie making the world a better place wed all like to live in.
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