Wie hopes to break out of slump at Blackwolf Run


KOHLER, Wis. – Michelle Wie sees an opportunity in her recent slump.

When you are playing this badly, it can really define who you are, Wie said Tuesday at the U.S. Womens Open. I want to become someone who gets through it and becomes a stronger person because of it. Im trying really hard. Im practicing really hard.

Wie, 22,missed the cut last week at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, her seventh missed cut in her last eight worldwide starts.

I feel like the longer this has [gone], the more I want it, she said. I think this is a good week to turn things around. Im just trying to prove to myself I can do it.

Wie tied for third at the 2006 U.S. Womens Open, but she has struggled in this championship since. Heres her record in the last five U.S. Womens Opens: WD, MC, DNP, MC, T-55.

This year its been a struggle to keep my confidence level up, Wie said. Ive chosen to be positive about things, always trying to find positive things in my round that I like, things I need to work on. And its there.

Wie was asked about commentary depicting her swing as too mechanical.

I dont think Ive become too mechanical, Wie said. I think Ive just been thinking a little too much. Its also my nature to think and to overanalyze and to try to be too perfect.

Wie says shes been working on being less analytical.