What Now for Wie


So Michelle Wie shoots 79 in round 1, making it a near impossibility to make the cut at the Sony Open. The wind would have to blow half the field off the course to make things interesting.
There are plenty of opinions regarding Michelles appearance in these events in the first place. And I must admit that after watching her struggle on Thursday, I feel like she needs to move in another direction.
Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie struggled on the greens needing 32 putts in Rd. 1.
As a 14-year-old she missed the cut by a single shot, shooting even par for two rounds and finding herself on the same number as Darren Clarke, Stuart Appleby, Jim Furyk and Kenny Perry to name a few.
But this is now and Michelle is a professional looking for success, not just measuring sticks.
We know she can play. David Leadbetter joined me on Academy Live (as did Wie by telephone) last week and said the only thing thats really been holding her back is her putting. He is right and it proved to be a problem on Thursday.
But lets be fair here. Michelle is there for more than just a career measuring stick. She is there for her sponsor Sony. She is there because shes come very, very close to making a cut against the men on more than one occasion. Shes there for the thousands of Hawaiian golf fans. And I can promise you that ESPN is glad shes there for its ratings.
I dont fault her for trying. I applaud her.
She drew the biggest gallery, she just didnt play the best golf.
Best line of the week to me came from PGA Tour sophomore Sean OHair, who said on Inside the PGA Tour that we need to remember how old she is.
Great quote given that her age comes before her name at every mention. No, Sean we havent forgotten.
Sean and every PGA Tour player stand in awe, believing she has star potential and will win often and soon.
But I, for one, would like to see her aim to win tournaments and not make cuts. I understand why shes taking her opportunities with the men, but I just wish shed start winning.
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