Skip to main content

Notes Woods Singh Weigh in on Wie

SAN DIEGO -- B.J. Wie says he has received offers from seven more PGA Tour events for his daughter to play, although he was not sure she would accept any of them.
Phil Mickelson said he didn't have a problem with Michelle Wie playing, but 'I just hope it doesn't become a big trend.'
Laura Davies is playing in Australia this week, the first woman in a tournament co-sanctioned by the European Tour.
Vijay Singh, who was critical of Annika Sorenstam playing at Colonial last year, didn't mind Wie playing.
'They can invite all the women they want to,' he said. 'They can't beat me. I have nothing against women. If they want to invite 20 of them, go ahead. It's not going to affect me at all.'
Tiger Woods has said that the 14-year-old Wie should develop the 'art of winning' by blowing away the competition in her own age group before taking on professionals on the LPGA and PGA tours.
He was duly impressed with her 68 in the second round of the Sony Open, where she missed the cut by one shot.
'She didn't drive the ball all over the place,' Woods said. 'She drove it pretty solid. She hit good iron shots and she putted consistently. From that aspect, I was surprised. Usually when you're nervous, one part of your game is going to be affected. But it seemed like she had control over every part of her game.'
Even though her round was the best ever by a female competing against men, Woods is sticking to his opinion.
'I think the most important thing for her is to take that learning experience and go back and develop,' he said. 'What I mean by develop is go back down a few levels and compete and win. I think that's very important.'
He cited the career paths of Mickelson, Justin Leonard and himself, players who dominated their age group and had immediate success on the PGA Tour. They are the only players in the last 10 years who never had to go through qualifying school.
'But she might be different,' Woods added. 'She might go out there and skip a whole bunch of levels. Who knows?'
Woods will continue to keep Buick on his bag and in his garage, signing a five-year extension Tuesday.
Woods first began representing Buick in 1999. Along with a series of commercials, Woods displays the logo on his golf bag and serves as honorary chairman of the Buick Scramble, the world's largest amateur tournament.
The new deal is believed to be worth more than $40 million over the next five years.
'Tiger has been an invaluable asset to Buick across the marketing spectrum,' Buick general manager CJ Fraleigh said. 'Tiger ... makes people think differently about Buick.'
Fraleigh said the contract, which he and Woods signed during a news conference at the Buick Invitational, does not require Woods to play in specific PGA Tour events sponsored by Buick.
Woods has played in the Buick Invitational every year since 1998, and considers Torrey Pines a home course since he grew up about 90 minutes away.
He occasionally plays the Buick Classic in New York and the Buick Open outside Detroit, although he never played the old Buick Challenge in Callaway Gardens. And he is not expected to play in the Buick Championship, formerly known as the Greater Hartford Open.
Chris Heintz, a freshman at UCLA, was one of two amateurs who earned a spot at the Buick Invitational through a qualifying tournament at Torrey Pines.
He took advantage of the situation.
Heintz heard that Tiger Woods practices early, so he was on the course at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday. Woods showed up a few minutes later, and Heintz was on the first tee to ask if he could join him.
'Sure, no problem,' Woods said.
During the round, Woods showed him where the hole locations were likely to be and kidded him about another bad season for UCLA basketball, easy to do for a guy who went to Stanford.
'This was definitely a heavenly experience,' Heintz said.
Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.