Wie preps for Bahamas start in unusual way


PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Michelle Wie was captured by "golf paparazzi" in the midst of a kiss this week while in Nassau for the LPGA’s season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

And as you can see here, it was an extremely wet kiss:

Wie spent part of Tuesday swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Cay at the Atlantis resort along with fellow pro Belen Mozo and IMG’s Jamie Kuhn.




Wie also fraternized with a sea lion:



Wie’s week turns to work with Thursday’s start of the tournament. She’s in a featured morning pairing with Na Yeon Choi and Sandra Gal at 8:20 a.m. on the Ocean Club Golf Course.

After slumping in 2012, when she dropped to 64th on the money list with just a single top-10 finish and a career-high 10 missed cuts, Wie showed encouraging flashes last year. She recorded four top 10s, including a tie for third at the KEB HanaBank Championship near year's end. She finished T-12 or better in four of her last five starts.

Statistically, Wie went from 69th in greens in regulation in 2012 to 32nd last year. She went from 92nd in scoring to 36th. And, most encouraging to her, she went from 119th in putts per GIR to 25th with her much scrutinized “table-top” putting stance.

“A lot of improvement, which is really good for me to see, especially with my putting,” Wie said. “I really feel like confidence is a lot to putting, and I look at those stats, and it’s really concrete, like `Hey, you’re doing well,’ and it gives me motivation to do better.”

Wie, 24, a two-time LPGA winner, is eager to see what improvements she can make this year.

“Consistency is definitely key for me,” Wie said. “That’s where I felt I did better last year, at the end of last year. I felt like I was hitting more fairways, more greens, making it easier, not making it so hard on myself.”