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.