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Michelle Wie Defeats Her Critics With Class And Talent

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Michelle Wie still hasn’t won a professional tournament. As ESPN sports writer Eric Adelson put it today: “So what?”

On the last day of the LPGA Fields Open tournament played at Kapolei, Oahu (just 30 minutes from my home), Michelle came from ninth place to finish in third place after missing a putt on the final hole that would have put her into a first-place tie and three-way playoff. She finished alone in third place after leaving the gallery gasping for breath from the drama.

Michelle smiled the entire day, playing about as well as the best golfer her age in the world can play. She was a class act, gracious, and poised far beyond her 16 years.

She definitely stole the show from her playing partner and 17-year-old rival Morgan Pressel, who finished tied for 11th place. By playing before her home-town gallery she even stole the show from Seon Hwa Lee and Meena Lee who tied for first (with Meena winning on the third playoff hole).

Michelle Wie is the real deal. Even if she never wins a tournament she has already helped reshaped the look of women’s golf for the better. After today there is no doubt about it. Michelle Wie is a pro.

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  • Indeed, plus at 16, already playing with the pros, she has plenty of time to perfect her game. She’s only 16 people and she’s already accomplished feats most of us can only dream of.

  • JELIEL³: It’s a bit scary that she’s “only 16 people” – where will it all end? lol

  • There’s nothing wrong with being 16 and winless. And it’s not her fault for being ranked No. 3 — other people did that. Yet I would love to hear a good case for her being ranked that high, for I haven’t heard it.

  • Sarah

    I was glad to see that Michelle Wie at 16 showed her mettle under pressures, especially after the first bogey. It couldn’t have been easy for Wie to play with a skeptic who routinely rips at her.

  • Diego


    You wanna see why she is number 3? Then check the ESPN Golf World: Top 30 players for 2006. In my opinion no one other than Annika or Creamer have better record against Michelle.

  • I have no quarrel with her potential, but she hasn’t won anything.

    And in this ranking you speak of, she’s No. 10 in the world. I’m not much of a follower on womens golf, but she certainly is No. 2 or No. 3 in terms of recognition in the world behind Sorenstam and maybe Creamer.

    But rankings and potential should be separate. Rankings are to show what you have done, and a third place finish is a good start. A win will certainly solidify and certify a No. 3 ranking, especially if it’s surrounded by many Top 10 finishes.