January 19, 2006
Written by C.N.
You may remember that Michelle Wie is the 16 year old Korean American phenom who is predicted to set the golf world on fire and become the female equivalent of Tiger Woods. Despite only turning pro recently, she has played in several men’s tournaments, including this past weekend’s Sony Open. Unfortunately, this past weekend, similar to all other men’s tournaments in which she’s played, she again failed to make the cut. This had led some to say that her star is starting to wane a little bit:
Although the 16-year-old Honolulu schoolgirl is one of the most exciting drawcards in the game, whether playing well or badly, the novelty factor is likely to run out soon. . . . Australia’s Adam Scott, widely tipped as a future world number one, expressed mixed feelings at the Sony Open.
“I think it’s a good thing for golf at the moment,” he said. “It’s a big story in the game. I think we need all of the exposure we can get and the media hype. “If she starts making the cuts (in men’s events), then I think she can play in as many as she wants, as many as she can get into. “But I think it wears a bit thin on everyone if she were to keep missing all the cuts. There’s no doubt, though, she’s good enough to make the cut.”
Let’s keep this in perspective here — she is only 16 years old! She has her entire career ahead of her. How many 16 year old newly-professional women golfers have played in so many men’s tournaments? She may not yet have made the cut, but neither did she finish dead last in any of these tournaments. Along the way, she has played better than many seasoned male golfers.
In other words, it’s only a matter of “when,” not “if,” that Michelle claims the title of most exciting golfer in the world.
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