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Saturday, July 15, 2006

No Lady, You Don't Get It.

Nancy Armour, an AP writer, contends that Michelle Wie's critics just don't get it, the truth is Nancy doesn't get it.

Wie attempted for the fifth time to be the first woman since 1947 to make the cut in a PGA tour event. She failed again, and her withdraw because of heat exhaustion not withstanding, she would have missed the cut anyway.

Amour claims Wie is a talent on the level of Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan and LeBron James. She's wrong, all three of them have done something Wie hasn't done, win. Woods destroyed the amature competion before turning pro. Jordan won a title in college, and then after a few years in the NBA owned the league. James hasn't won a title yet, but has in his 3rd year taken a team with little other talent to the playoffs.

Wie on the other hand hasn't won. She hasn't come close, and when she tries to compete with the men, she looks like the teenage girl she is. If she is indeed a talent on the level Amour claims the only way to prove it is with some trophies, something her mantel is missing.

Her critics are absolutely correct to ask why she doesn't concentrate on honing her game on the womens tour, where she is at least competitive and gets to play all four days, instead of hunting for publicity on the mens tour.

They are right to point out that she lacks the talent to compete with the men, and so far hasn't proven she has it to compete with the best women, at least according to her record. It's not sexist, it's not ignoring talent, as Armour claims, it's looking at her record without the rose colored glasses, and seeing an average womans tour player.

I'd love to see Wie become successful, but I don't think she will if she doesn't learn to prioritize her game. She should be working on becoming the best golfer she can, and when she's done that, then see if she's ready to try it against the PGA again.

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Blogger Ted said...

Amen to that Bob!!! She was +8 at the turn when she left due to heat exhaustion - she grew up in Hawaii for heavens sake. Everyday is HOT!

Jason Gove was one of her playing partners and said he was glad when she withdrew. She is a slow player and no one I know likes that, especially me!

If Ms. Wie wants to make a career out of golf, she needs to play in the LPGA events and try to win there. She has yet to do so.

A week ago, Ms. Armour wrote an article stating that Ms. Wie "belongs on the men's tour". Give me break. She was playing in the John Deere Classic, a tournament absent of the best players in the world since the following week is the British Open. Tiger, Phil, Ernie, VJ and etc. don't play in the JDC. They are already in Scotland tuning up for the Open.

I have no doubt Ms. Wie can win a lot of money on the LPGA tour but on the PGA Tour, you don't make any money if you don't make the cut. Tied for 150th isn't going to work.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

If women want to make the cut and can go toe to toe with the best men golfers, fine. So far, there has not been one who can make the cut. We shouldn't weaken the standards to let them in. When they can play at the same level let them in, but not before.

1:47 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Don't you understand? Standards that men can meet and women can't are sexist. We need to give the women special tees at shorter range and make other changes to gendernorm all sports. Not a very good idea but some people demand it.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Ted said...

Well, let's turn it around on the LPGA. Let's say Phil, Tiger, Vijay, Ernie, Freddie and Davis want to try to qualify for the LPGA U.S. Open. I can pretty much tell you who the top 6 qualifiers are going to be. Those 6 guys can drive most of the par 4's and the par 5's are a driver and a sand wedge. I don't think the LPGA would like it much.

I still remember when Billy Jean King played tennis against Bobby Riggs. He wasn't a "has been" tennis player; he was a "never was" tennis player. I'm pretty sure Jimmy Connors or John McEnroe would have enjoyed a match with Ms. King. It wouldn't have lasted long since I doubt she could have done much more than stand in one place on the court will Jimmy or John rocketed service after service past her for ace after ace.

It's not any different in the golf world. Annika is the best women golfer in many years and bless her heart, she can't compete with the men on the PGA Tour. Annika is mentally tough and a competitor. Ms. Wie is a spoiled child with an inflated ego. As one who can play a respectable game of golf, I know the difference. CP can back me up on that one.

12:09 AM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

I think if she'd have never hit that 300 yard drive at 13 her life would be much different than it is.

Some of it is her, but I think her Mom for some reason pushed her into this crazy idea.

I think after seeing Annika destroyed in the skins game and Little Big Horn games she'd have realized she wasn't ready for that level of competition.

5:17 AM  
Blogger nosthegametoo said...

Ms. Wie is very young. She has a great deal of time to grow into Superstar status, but to claim she IS a great Superstar at the pinnacle of the sport is a gross exaggeration.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

nosthegametoo.... you calling that statement about Michelle a gross exaggeration is a vast understatement.

7:29 PM  
Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

I can't believe Tim said what he said!
That was downright pragmatic!!!

Rock on!!

Great post, CP.

You nailed it, as usual.

9:44 PM  
Blogger ladyogolf said...

I am a woman golfer with a 7 handicap I am a good golfer however I don't expect that a man with an equal handicap would lose to me very often. Therefore I stay in the womans groups when I am competing. There is plently of competion in the LPGA for Wie. It makes woman look silly belive me alot of women feel like Wie should dominate the LPGA tours first (which she cannot) then possibly move on. I said the same about Annika and Annika was kinda dominating the women Wie hasn't even accomplish that.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Ted said...

ladyogolf - I, for one, appreciate your comments. Wie really hasn't done anything to be admired, so far. She is ranked number 2 in the world but has NEVER won a tournament. How can you be ranked that high without winning a tournament??? I guess, NIKE endorsements control the rankings in the LPGA.

In her first pro tournament, she was disqualified because she took a drop, closer to the hole. Oops, those rules. They are a "pesky" thing.

Annika is the best on the LPGA right now and Ms. Wie isn't even close to being second.

2:41 AM  

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