Come to Think of it...Michelle Wie Would Rather Play With Men

Bob Warja@@bobwarjaSenior Writer IJuly 31, 2008

No, it's not the title of the latest Girls Gone Wild video. But thanks for asking.

Michelle Wie has perplexed women golfers Annika Sorenstam, Helen Alfredsson and Paula Creamer by ditching a major to play with the men instead.

They feel that perhaps Wie ought to concentrate on winning on the women's tour before even considering the men's tour.

Look, she has never made the cut on the PGA tour, and golfers like Sorenstam wonder what kind of guidance the 18-year old Wie is receiving from her parents.

“I really don’t know why Michelle continues to do this," Sorenstam said. "We have a major this week and, if you can’t qualify for a major, I don’t see any reason why you should play with the men.”

You could call it sour grapes, except Wie has done nothing to get sour over.  It's not like she's had success that would make anyone jealous. And, of all the golfers, Sorenstam should know what she's talking about.

For yes, Annika also took a detour in her career to try and play against the men. But at least she did it after accomplishing a lot in the women's game and just wanted to try it before she retired. No one can blame her for that.

But the arrogance of a young girl who can't even beat the women, thinking she has a chance against the men is just too much to accept.

Helen Alfredsson has doubts about the advice Wie is receiving from her parents.

“I feel kind of sad for her,” Alfredsson said. “I think she’s a very good person. I feel sad for the guidance that she seems to not have in the right direction."

Wie, who is managed by her parents, pulled out of the Women's British Open at Sunningdale. Instead, she has a sponsor’s exemption for the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open at Reno, Nev. It is her eighth PGA Tour event.

Did I mention she has never beaten the ladies? And never made the cut against the men?

For her part, Wie seems unfazed by the criticism.

“There are going to be criticisms entering this tournament, but at the same time I’m just doing what I feel like I want to do, and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Wie said.

Reno sports books have made Wie a 500-1 long shot in the second-tier tournament, which opens Thursday. The PGA tour is a poor place to improve your confidence as a golfer.

David Leadbetter, who has worked with Wie for years, blamed her family for making bad choices and said she has more to lose than to gain by playing at Reno this week.

Listen, at the risk of sounding like a jerk here, men are better golfers than women. Generally speaking, they hit the ball farther and higher. That's why women's tees are closer to the pin than the men. That's why there are separate tournaments for each.

That's not to say that I am opposed to allowing women to play with the men. As I said, when Sorenstam did it, it was late in her career and it was only after she had achieved much success on the women's tour. I have no problem with that.

But as even her women counterparts will tell you, Wie's decision to skip an opportunity to work on her game and learn how to win seems like an awfully poor choice to me.

Come to think of it, I guess you could say I'm a bit teed off about it.


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