Michelle Wie ends her summer hot with her victory at the CN Canadian Women’s Open and her runner-up finish at the P&G Northwest Arkansas Championship in her last two starts.
And we mean “ends” her summer, because she's back at Stanford where she officially begins her senior year with fall classes starting next week.
Wie’s plan is to get off to another good start in school, which means LPGA fans likely won’t see her for five more weeks, not until the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia event Oct. 22-24 in Kuala Lumpur and the LPGA Hana Bank Championship in South Korea Oct. 29-31.
“Even with all Michelle’s talent, she’s still on a learning curve,” said David Leadbetter, her swing coach. “Really, she’s a part-time student and a part-time golfer. When she’s done with school, I think she’ll have her special interests outside golf, but I believe when she focuses 100 percent on golf, that’s when we’ll really see what Michelle can do.”
That still might be two seasons down the road. Though Wie starts her senior year next week, the spring leave she’ll take again for golf means she’ll need a fifth year to graduate.
“I think that's where I want to make a statement, where you don't have to quit school to be committed to your game,” Wie said last week. “I think that education is so important that it doesn't take away, it enhances your life, really.”
Anyone who has visited Wie’s “Black Flamingo” web site knows how much more there is to her life than golf.