Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Prediction - Wie will make the cut this week....and finish in the Top 50.
Anyone who follows or plays Golf knows the name Michelle Wie. She was the teenage amateur who stole many headlines and now is a teenage ladies golf pro closing in on her first professional victory. Remember she turned heads when she won the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links at age 13. Fast forward to present day, she has finished a combined five shots out of the lead in three LPGA majors this year, lipping out a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole at the Kraft Nabisco Championship to miss out on a playoff. And the last time Wie played against the men, she made the cut on the Asian Tour, finishing 12 shots off the lead in the SK Telecom Open.
Wie's next shot starts Thursday at the John Deere Classic, when she tees it up on the PGA Tour for the fifth time, hoping to become the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to make the cut.
Wie looked as though she belonged at last year's John Deere, when she was one shot better than the cut line with momentum on her side. Then came a double bogey on her 15th hole with two shots into a bunker and three putts from 20 feet. Her next shot sailed far right of the green, smacking off a cart path. And after missing the cut by two shots, it was time to go home to Hawaii.
The tourney begins tomorrow and while most golfers are skipping this tourney to prepare for the British Open....enter Wie. The field in this tourney is weak. (Almost like it is set up for her to do well this year??) With just one player ranked in the world's top 35 teeing it up this week. Especially considering that the one is Chris DiMarco at No. 22 in the world is easily fantasy golf's biggest bust so far in 2006. DiMarco has only played this event once in the last 10 years and doesn't have any top 10s.
So I say that this tourney will be the 'coming out party' for her and the one Wie will do well in and begin to live up to the talk of "the tiger woods of ladies golf." She may not win and she will make errors but I think she will make the cut and finish in the top 50. You may say she does not belong in a PGA event, that is why they started the LPGA but you can not ignore her talent.
What do ya'll think???