Michelle Wie Breaks Through at Ochoa Invitational

November 17, 2009

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It only took 65 official starts but a major breakthrough victory occurred on the LPGA tour this weekend. Michelle Wie, won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico

Wie has been one of the most talked about figures of all time in Women’s Professional golf. Heck she has been one of the most talked about sports figures regardless of any sport over the last 4-5 years.

She brings a lot to the table, young, spunky with her attitude, enormous power which is unusual for the women’s game, one overbearing parent in her dad Charlie, coached by the great David Leadbetter, and on and on and on.

She has played against the guys a few times in various events, and not shown up. She has played poorly in some events and even withdrawn under some scrutiny on one occasion when a high score would have prevented her in playing in some future LPGA events due to a weird scoring rule they have built in on that tour.

On the other hand as a very young player she had close but no cigar calls in all major golf tournaments. Showed flashes of brilliance at times and even was a major part of the United State Solheim Cup Victory this year at Rich Harvest Farms in the Chicago area.

Yes, Wie has secured millions of dollars of endorsement deals, has a army of fans even at this early age, good looks to go with her good game … the only thing missing was a victory. Until Sunday.

Wie beat an impressive filed, likely as strong as any major golf tourney. Kerr, Creamer, Pressel and Ochoa all finished in the top 6. Her normally average at best putting was good enough this week to take her to the place she has not been before. The victory podium

I think this could be the beginning of an impressive run. Wie appears to have been under a LOT of pressure, I believe by her immediate family, as well as herself to produce results. You could tell in her interview following her win that she was more relieved than happy. It seems the proverbial monkey is now off her back.

She has the talent, she has the following, she has game … now she just might have her head right. And if so, the rest of the LPGA better look out, as they might be in for a long ride .


One Comment (+add yours?)

  1. kosmo
    Nov 17, 2009 @ 08:44:05

    As you (Johnny) know, I am a longtime fan of Michelle Wie. While it is true that she has faltered a bit at times, but she is still just barely twenty years old, and she has a LOT of upside left.

    You don’t contend in majors as often as she has without having skills to back it up. Does she need to work on mental aspects of her game – of course. Really, though, what 20 year old doesn’t?

    The rule about not being allowed to participate in other LPGA events after you shoot an 88 seems weird. I’ll sound like a Wie apologist if I blame it on an injury (as she did), so I won’t even go that route. Sometimes, players just have a bad day. If someone wakes up on the wrong side of bed, can’t find their swing that day, and is battling tough conditions, should a score of 88 on that one bad offset what they did the rest of the year? If a player is consistently shooting in the 80s, that’s one thing, but if they’re simply having a bad day, cut them some slack.


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