Saturday, June 28, 2008
Michelle Wie Isn't Having Much Fun Anymore
In case you don't pay attention to women's golf, Michelle Wie isnt' as good as she used to be. Not at all. Not even close.
After qualifying for the Women's U.S. Open, Wie shot a first round 81 that included a 9 on her ninth hole of the day.
Needless to say, she just missed the cut after a second round 75 and is appears now might have to seriously consider Q-School, something that would have been absolutely absurd to think two years ago.
Exemptions started pouring in after that, and Wie brought so much excitement to the LPGA Tour that rules were changed to allow her to play as often as possible. Instead of a minimum six exemptions, the LPGA stopped counting the U.S. Women's Open and Women's British Open against her limit. The LPGA Championship made an exception in 2004 for a leading amateur -- Wie.
She remains one of the biggest attractions in women's golf. There is no shortage of tournaments that would love to have her. Why not spend another year taking exemptions?
"This is no longer the right time for that," B.J. Wie said. "That was for high school, not college. We extended that one year because of the injuries."
It's pretty amazing to think that a golfer once looked at as the female Tiger Woods is having such a hard time on the LPGA Tour that she's going to have to go through the grind of Q-School. Shit, she was trying to play on the PGA Tour at one point.
With all the stuff going on in her life right now (Stanford, millions of dollars, the goofy Lopez twin) it might be good for her to take some time away from the game and figure it all out. There is no point in constantly missing cuts and having people forget about you. If she's grinding it out on the Futures Tour in a year, I will abandon all previous certainties in life.