W: Michelle Wie shoots back at her cr...

W: Michelle Wie shoots back at her critics

There are 18 comments on the espn.go.com story from Jul 20, 2011, titled W: Michelle Wie shoots back at her critics. In it, espn.go.com reports that:

Michelle Wie recently took heat from Annika Sorenstam and Dottie Pepper. Michelle Wie is standing her ground.

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#1 Jul 20, 2011
You go MW!!!

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#2 Jul 21, 2011
I'm sorry Selicia, but I have to go with Anna and Dottie on this. I do not think that Golf is her number one priority, Stanford is. If her number one priority is to win as many championships etc as possible then she would leave school nd do so. BUT, when she graduates then we will see if she can live up to her past press coverage. Until then, she is an average golfer, this year anyhow, with a lot of money. She does have a chance to redeem herself this weekend in France--oops, she is plus 4 after the 1st round, tied for 91st and 9 strokes off the lead. I guess we will have wait until she graduates fromm college to see the real Wie.

Since: Jun 10

Longview, WA

#3 Jul 21, 2011
Anyone smart enough to get into Stanford would be crazy not to go. I wish they all had stayed for the full four years. Sure you can make a ton of money if you are a talented athlete, but you are only young once and making an education your priority is a good thing. It gives kids time to grow up a bit, mature as people, experience life as the rest of us do. She is the one with her priorities straight and those who chose another path should be content to let her do the same - even if it isn't the one they choose. I like Annika and Dotty, but in this instance, I think they are sticking their nose in someone else's business where they have no business. They chose their path, honor Michelle's strength and determination in choosing hers. There will be plenty of time for a career, let her finish school first. I wonder if Annika will advise her children to go work right after high school, or go on to college. A responsible parent would urge education as a primary goal, just in case the athletic thing doesn't work out for whatever reason, an athlete's career can end in a heartbeat, life goes on considerably longer, it is wise to be prepared for anything. And in this instance, she is showing she IS smart enough for Stanford. Others should tend their own knitting. Besides maybe she has a thing for Andrew Luck, lol.

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#4 Jul 21, 2011
Well, Anna and Dottie were asked their opinion and they gave it. Look how many times Jack/Arnie etc etc get asked. All sports are the same--The old stars are asked about their opinion of the younger players coming up or about the problems a current player has. In the big scheme of things what they say doesn't mean a hill of beans since I don't remember a current player changing his/her ways bercause of a 'Public' comment made by a retired star.
Anyway, I have said, even when I was posting under another name, that we will never know the real Wie until she graduates from college. I've also said, even with all her problems early in her career, she is living her dream. Going to Stanford and playing Pro Golf. Not to shaaby for a 21 yr old. Oh, and one other thing--She has a couple of dollars in the bank also.

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#5 Jul 21, 2011
genej101 wrote:
Anyone smart enough to get into Stanford would be crazy not to go. I wish they all had stayed for the full four years. Sure you can make a ton of money if you are a talented athlete, but you are only young once and making an education your priority is a good thing. It gives kids time to grow up a bit, mature as people, experience life as the rest of us do. She is the one with her priorities straight and those who chose another path should be content to let her do the same - even if it isn't the one they choose. I like Annika and Dotty, but in this instance, I think they are sticking their nose in someone else's business where they have no business. They chose their path, honor Michelle's strength and determination in choosing hers. There will be plenty of time for a career, let her finish school first. I wonder if Annika will advise her children to go work right after high school, or go on to college. A responsible parent would urge education as a primary goal, just in case the athletic thing doesn't work out for whatever reason, an athlete's career can end in a heartbeat, life goes on considerably longer, it is wise to be prepared for anything. And in this instance, she is showing she IS smart enough for Stanford. Others should tend their own knitting. Besides maybe she has a thing for Andrew Luck, lol.
Thanks...
ajraymond

Peterborough, Canada

#6 Jul 23, 2011
First off if she was actually going to Stanford during the LPGA season I could see it as a problem..... but she is not. Second off she really just isn't that good. If you think there is some magic recipe coming when she supposedly "finishes Stanford" you are dreaming. Good ball striker terrible putter and mediocre short game add up to a mediocre to top 10 player on that tour. To be honest I think Annika was being kind too her by saying school is the problem.

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#7 Jul 23, 2011
Well, ajraymond, I disagree. Last month, in an interview, she said that even though she is not in school right now she still has school work to do so she can graduate next year. So, school is still in the back of her mind although I do think she should be playing better than she is. That's why I say 'wait till she graduates then we will see". just check her playing years in 2006/2009 and 2010. She has the potential, we just have to wait till she graduates and can focus 100% on golf.
Ron

Colchester, CT

#8 Jul 25, 2011
She will never be any better then she is now. She will never be the great golfer everyone said that she would be. I've watched her this past year and she just doesn't have it to be a top player. I don't think she has the game. There are so many better players out there then her, she should continue to play, but will never be a great player.

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#9 Jul 25, 2011
Thanks for being Debbie Downer there RON!!!!! She may suprize you. She still has WON two LPGA tournaments while being a PART-TIME player and a FULL-TIME college student.
sjs

United States

#10 Jul 27, 2011
Sorry, Selecia, but she said in this article that she attends Stanford part-time and has missed only one LPGA tourney. That makes her a part-time student and full-time player. (And the tournament she missed was the Founders Cup in AZ, ever so close to CA, and one honoring the founders of the LPGA tour she now plays on...and one in which the purse did not go to players but to charity. hmmm)
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#11 Aug 20, 2011
sjs,

That is one surprising statistic! Are you sure that the only tournament she missed this year was the one honoring the founders of the LPGA? No purse? Wow!

A lot of people had unreasonable expectations of her. Me -- I am just happy if she makes the cut! Looks like she is on her way to making it again this year at the Safeway Classic. She is right on the line, at +3, but I have confidence in her! I am also sure that, eventually, she will win an LPGA in the States.
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#12 Aug 20, 2011
win and LPGA event in the States, that is...

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#13 Aug 20, 2011
Ah, she is +5, probably won't make the cut.
And, it is "win a LPGA event in the States. Not an or and.

I personally thought she would play much better this year since she is not attending classes at this time. She does have college on her mind though. About a month or so back she stated she wants to graduate this school year (2011/2012) so she said sahe still has to crack the books but?????
On_In_Two

Fayetteville, NC

#14 Aug 22, 2011
Anyone who considers MW a part-time player disagrees with..... MW.
She has stated at her website that she's an LPGA player first, and a student second. She's also said that when she has to make a choice between golf and school, it's golf she'll choose.
http://www.facebook.com/MichelleWie
Look on the left side of the page... under the word "About". She writes "I am a professional golfer just doing my thing - playing in LPGA events around the world and attending classes at Stanford University in my spare time." "Spare time" for Stanford.... spare time means when it doesn't interfere with golf. That's very explicit.
Don't make excuses for her because of school. How many of you think she doesn't practice daily for hours and hours when she's at school?
AND, check out the number of LPGA events she plays.... one less than the absolute maximum that've been available this year... That, in NO WAY is part-time. The LPGA has had 14 tournaments to date; she's played 13, the same number as Ne Yeon Choi and Jiyai Shin... are they "part-time"???.. and MORE than Suzanne Petterson, Ai Miyazato, IK Kim, and host of others.... Are they "part-time"???
Does anyone else know that Jiyai Shin won the British Open while attending Yonsei University?
If you claim "part time", all you're doing is making excuses, making alibi's and insulting her. She may be a part-time student, but she's a full-time professional golfer.
On_In_Two

Fayetteville, NC

#15 Aug 22, 2011
Ron wrote:
She will never be any better then she is now. She will never be the great golfer everyone said that she would be. I've watched her this past year and she just doesn't have it to be a top player. I don't think she has the game. There are so many better players out there then her, she should continue to play, but will never be a great player.
You're absolutely right. Look at the stats... While her GIR's are ok, all those drives missing the fairway hurt her, and she's not getting any better. But, most of all, it's the "putting" that's the worst part of her game. Yes, she putted better at Safeway, but still shot 9 over for three rounds... so her ball striking had to have been bad. She's at about her maximum level now. She's the 79th ranked putter at this moment (thanks to this week), and the girls below her... well, look at the names ..... http://www.lpga.com/player_stats.aspx...

She IS a competent LPGA player as can be seen by her ranking, but that's about it. She scares no one. No one worries about her.
sjs

United States

#16 Aug 23, 2011
On In Two,
What you said agrees with my previous post regarding full-time vs part-time golf for MW. And I have to emphasize that the missed tourney was in AZ, much closer to to her CA location than the Singapore and Thailand events she attended. The purse for that AZ tourney (LPGA Founders Cup) did not go to the players, but rather to charity. Can't help but wonder if that played a part in the decision not to play.

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#17 Aug 23, 2011
MW has plenty of $$$. So that did not figure in. She is a winner on tour and a member of TWO solheim Cup teams. Get over it. MW is a good person and a good enough player to garner some victories.

I post lost of other articles...why stay on this one?

Since: Jun 07

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#18 Aug 27, 2011
http://www.topix.com/golf/lpga/2011/08/wie-ti...

FOR ALL OF THE MW HATERS!!! She is leading the tourney as DEFENDING CHAMP!!!!

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