Pardon my bluntness, but this is really getting old.
Last month, Michelle Wie participated in the Sony Open for the third year in a row. She struggled constantly and finished her two day appearance 14 over par, missing the cut by 14 strokes.
Michelle injured her wrist in the tournament and is now sitting out the requisite four to six weeks to let it heal, which may or may not keep her from playing in thes year's Kraft Nabisco Championship. Forgive me for not holding my breath awaiting her return.
I appreciate that Michelle is/was a teen phenom who absolutely obliterated all of the competition her age prior to turning pro, and in doing so created a lot of buzz as the next big thing, the next marketing hook for the LPGA and/or PGA to hang their hat on. Unfortunately, Michelle has now competed in six PGA tour events - three trips to the Sony Open, two John Deere Classic, and the final 84 Lumber Classic last year - and has only come within three strokes of making the cut once (while missing the cut by at least 10 strokes three times). Overall, for her career, she has participated in 46 events and has only one victory, three years ago.
There are several things at play here. First is that the LPGA is trying to turn her into the next Annika Sorenstam - highly popular, successful, and attractive female who goes and plays with the boys. Only one problem there. The main reason Sorenstam made the foray into the PGA as she did was that she was dominating almost every tournament she played in on the LPGA circuit - it was a move to find new challenges, not just new marketing opportunities.
They (executives) are also trying to make her the next Tiger - pumping the phenom status, look at what she can do, forget what she can't do... which completely ignores the fact that there probably won't be another Tiger. Ever.