Sunday, November 15, 2009

Wie Wins - The Wait is Over.

GOLF INVITA WIE
The "Will Michelle Wie win?" watch is officially over. In her 66th LPGA start the phenom notched her 1st victory in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Her 69 today was good enough for a two stroke victory over Solheim Cup teammate Paula Creamer. Morgan Pressel, Cristie Kerr, and Jiyai Shin finished three back at -10. Wie knocked a 30 yard bunker shot to tap-in range for a 72nd hole birdie that sealed the win. In doing so she leaped off perhaps the biggest schneid in the history of golf. Final Full Field Scores.

Even a young Tiger Woods didn't have the expectations heaped on him that Wie's seen since her pre-teen days. Dubious career decisions, horribly timed injuries, and parents perceived as mettlesome have only acted as roadblocks in her predicted rise. Her 3-0-1 record in this year's Solheim Cup was a huge confidence boost that only proves the adage that golf can be a mental struggle. Her acceptance by her Cup teammates may have been the bell that went off in her head and convinced her she belonged in their club. Regardless, she showed today that she is all everyone wanted or expected her to be. Her youthful exuberance displayed after she sunk the winning putt was genuine and worth the price of admission to witness. She showed she still has a lot of kid in her in the post round interviews, seemingly struck by lightning. Don't confuse her childlike responses with an intellectual void though. No one gets into Stanford by accident, especially when they've abandoned their amateur status and can't play on the golf team.

Time will tell if this was Michelle's breakthrough moment and is a harbinger of things to come. She possesses a game of strength that no other woman pro has. On the difficult 220 yard par three 17th today most of the players had hit between a hybrid club for Yani Tseng, a long hitter, up to and including 3 woods. Michelle's club of choice on the hole this week was 4 or 5 iron. That my friends is a serious power difference. Couple that with renewed short game focus and dose of confidence and you might have glimpsed the future of women's golf. Better late than never.





Til' next,

7 comments:

  1. Good coverage and cool photo. I think this win might open a doorway and we will see several other wins relatively quickly. I think this makes her younger for achieving first LPGA win than Annika? Seems remarkable...?
    Although it will be interesting to see how her management respond...

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  2. Hopefully she just keeps on keepin' on. I'm convinced the acceptance by the others at the Solheim Cup was the turning point for her.

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  3. The club choice (and success with it!) is impressive!

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  4. Congrats to Michelle!! I look forward to many more victories for her. At least now the PGA Tour has a legitimate reason to offer an exemption or two, although I still would rather see these exemptions go to PGA Tour members who really could use them. I'm headed to the LPGA Tour Championship here in Houston this week and will be among the throngs checking her out. I can't wait!

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  5. Footsteps,

    She hits the ball "man" distances. Couple that with the fact that women's courses are typically 500-800 yards shorter and you can see her potential to dominate.

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  6. sets,

    I'm jealous and will be stuck in the frozen North. I'd like to see her dominate the women's game before taking on the men again.

    Thanks for the visit.

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  7. I sure am pulling for her! Michelle is incredible!

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