Michelle Wie: Why the LPGA Tour Needs Her to Play Well

Jun 30, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: BleacherReport

If Wie is on top of her game - if she's playing well and consistently positioning her name on the top of leaderboards week in and week out - the LPGA Tour is better for it.

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"Michelle Wie is to the LPGA Tour what Tiger Woods is to the PGA Tour."

What??? You mean The Tiger Woods who has won 73 PGA tournaments, including 14 major championships? Really?

"She attracts attention on a mainstream level without even trying."

That is true, and it seems she is not trying too hard! As I type this, she is, once again, on her way to missing the cut! Of course, a train wreck attracts a lot of attention also...

"But if Michelle Wie wins that tournament—or even if she contends in that tournament on Sunday—the world takes notice."

Unfortunately, that is also true! The problem is that after seven years playing as a professional, she is yet to win an event in the USA.

Lastly, the writer mentions several american golfers and no mention of World #2 Stacy Lewis! Incredible, but not surprising. Like many folks, he bought into the Wie hype, and that is unfortunate. He should be writing about Stacy and the other amazing golfers we have. THAT is what the LPGA needs!

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Yep, you got it. Wie fiished +4 for the tournament. The LPGA needs a lot more exposure on the girls that are currently playing good/great, whether they are U S or not. Although, the LPGA is very popular in the Asian countries so spotlighting U S players, whom are playing good and making the 'cut' is needed, not on a player that misses the cut more than makes it.
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Yes, write about all the players. But, if they just want an American heroine, what about Stacy Lewis! This young lady wore a back brace 18 hours a day, for over seven years to correct a curvature in ther spine due to scoliosis and had back surgery during her senior year of high school. She has already won twice this year and now is the #2 player in the World! In her last event, she shot a 29 in the back nine of the last round and missed the play-off by one stroke. Talk about overcoming obstacles! Wow! Now, that is a story worth writing about...

And, since the media likes them really young, what about Lexi Thompson. She is playing really well and is mature beyond her years.

And, of course, there is Paula and the other "veterans." There are plenty of reasons to give the LPGA lots of coverage, but instead they prefer to cover a player who has missed to cut in seven of her last eight tournaments, has never won as a professional in the USA, and has made some very questionable decisions in her career (with lots of help from those around her).

Like I said before, they prefer to cover a train wreck...

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Stacy also won the Q-School tournaments. That made me a fan right away. Don't get me wrong, I would like to see Wie come back but let's concentrate on the current ones that are playing and making the cut.
Someone on another blog said "well, Tiger gets all the attention on the PGA Tour", which is true. Probably too much BUT in 10 tournaments he has made the cut 9 times, won TWICE with one 2nd. He is trying to get to his 'old' form and he is getting the attention. Of course the haters bring his personal life into it which has nothing to do with golf. As long as his personal life doesn't affect the Golf world then who cares. If every athlete/celebrity and politician was held accountable for their personal life to their professional life then we would have to rewrite the history books.
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Looks like you're coming around a bit on Michelle Wie Rich. What these writers don't understand is that most people aren't talking about Wie it is most people are talking about the media talking about Wie. It makes zero sense to try and build your marketing around a player that isn't as good or talented as other players, it is suicidal in fact. The LPGA and media have been guilty for years of promoting Wie as the face of the tour when she didn't have the skills to back it up. It's funny people mention Stacy Lewis. When Stacy won Q-School she was asked about Wie and she said she didn't understand why all the fuss about Wie. She said she didn't impress her and for that she got raked over the coals. Years later people are finally figuring out the truth. Wie just isn't that good.

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Well, I'm not sure what you mean by coming. Early on I was a fan, optimist of Wie but, with all the crap she pulled in some of her tournaments etc plus being used as a shill by playng in PGA tournaments I started to have second thoughts. Then she goes to college. Sure, it was nice that she was/is following her dream of pro golf/Stanford and had 3 decent years (top 25 in the money() but something happened in late 2011 and here she is. Probably put golf way back on the shelf so she could concentrate on graduation, which was important to her. She had stated many times that she more on her plate than just golf. Well, it shows now. I think she will get her game back but not like the press thnks or wants her too. I enjoy the LPGA now more than ever. Its nice to see Stacy move up the ranks, can Lexi live up to the hype, will Yani continue to dominate or will some else step up to the plate and be a force the rest of the season and in 2013.
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AJRay,

I am not a fan of hers (because of her past on-the-course actions), but I respectfully disagree with you that Michelle is not as talented as the other players. My opinion is that she is more talented than most! But, that is what makes this a very sad story...

The majority of the players in the LPGA are very talented, but it takes a lot more to become a winner! It takes hard work, determination, and a strong desire to win. Michelle has proven to be a mentally weak player. Strong players do not make excuses and they overcome obstacles. That is what makes them winners. Of course, there is that "little" problem with having the wrong goals. Making the cut in the PGA? Playing in the Ryder Cup? Masters? Please! Many other LPGA players, if they had tried as many times as MW did, would have made the cut in the PGA. So what? She should have focused on becoming a great player in the LPGA. And, of course, there are the media and sponsors which bought into the hype. They certainly did not do her any favors. And lets not forget that there was her dad...

Oh well...

Go Stacy! Go Lexi! Go Paula! Go Yani, Christie, Jiyai, Suzann, and all the others! The LPGA is in good hands!

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Jul 6, 2012
 
Well, at least today, Wie found her game Shot a 66 and is in a tie for 2nd.
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Jul 6, 2012
 
Yes! Hopefully, she will keep it together for the weekend. That will certainly bring back Selecia and the other posters! We will see...

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Well, back to normal so far today. But, just to say that, as thing changes (for Wie), things stay the same. When she was warming up today, on the putting green, instead of getting into the feel of the greens her MOTHER had her putting 2' putts. And, her putting sucks today.

WOW!!!!!!!!!!
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There is no denying that Wie's Friday round of 66 at the 2012 USWO was a very good one. But as everyone started jumping on the Wie bandwagon saying she was back, she would win and that she was turning the corner and would turn a bad season into a great one, I wanted to say, "Not so fast people. There are still at least 36 holes left to play, and this is a major at Blackwolf Run, by no means an easy course. One good round does not a major victory make." And so it went. Round 3 saw little to cheer about for her, and round 4 did not get any better. I'm not a Wie hater, but I also do not think the LPGA's success hinges solely on her performance. There are so many others who have as much talent and personality (and probably moreso)that will carry the LPGA into a great future.
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Who was jumping on the Wie bandwagon? Here?
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Who was jumping on the Wie bandwagon? Here?
No, I was not aiming my comment at this forum in particular. I was just making a general observation, and probably venting a bit, based on comments I've read on several sites over the past few days.
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Trust me -- the Wie supporters in this Forum have all disappeared! One in particular who claimed she was supportive of all LPGA players, not just Michelle, has not made any comments, not even about Lexi's or Stacy's wins.

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Here is an idea for Wie. Do like Choi did in 2009. As reported duing the telecast she calle her parents in So. Korea and told them not to come over this(2009) year. She told them that I have to do this on my own. She said that previous years when she played bad that they woulod sit her dow and just get on her case. So, she wanted to do it her way without any pressure from her parents. It has worked out pretty well, so far. She even said that here relationship is beter today than it was back then. Maybe Wie should tell er parents to stay home the rest of the year. Of course, with the tight ties that Asians have with their family it is a diffucult thing to do. Of course, if Wie's mother was having her putt 2 footers Sat, as reported, and her not getting the feel of putting by trying various lengths then it sounds like something she needs to do.
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Rich you could fly Michelle Wie's parents and David Leadbetter to Mars, It won't make one bit of difference. The only thing different will be a little extra money in Michelle's pocket from her parents not spending her money.

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I diagree. It was reorted that Wie's mom was on the putting green before Sat's round having her practice 2ft putts. That is not how you get into the feel of a tournament, as far as putting goes. Anyway, it sure wouldn't hurt to get rid of the parents for the rest of the year and see if her and the coach can make headway.
I have spent time in Korea and have a few friends that are Korean and see/saw how much influence a parent has over their children, even when they are grown-ups.
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The parents are over protective of their golden goose but I don't believe they are the reason she isn't great, she just really isn't as talented as some people would have you believe. People can't see their nose to spite their face. Wie has been getting beat by better players for years but the charade continues on why she should be the best player in the world. I've watched all these girls closely for years and the simple truth is she is just a good but not great player. The facts and stats don't lie. Even if she was playing her absolute best she might be the 11th-12th best player in the world.

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Well, here is an example---Read what advances Choi has made since 2009 after telling her parents that she is going it alone . Just google her
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That's Na Yeon Choi though Rich. She just flat out a better player than Wie. It's natural progression for a player of Choi's quality. If Wie was being stressed by her parents she's old enough to send them packing. If not she has to live with her results and people have to quit blaming them for her slide. You have to remember tour life is a grind. Michelle played her best when she played 8 tournaments a year and practiced and rested at these sites as a non member while other ladies toiled at other tournaments. She had a big time advantage when she was younger. It's not like she was actually winning those tournaments either. She's just a good not great LPGA player. Nothing wrong with that.

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