Monday, August 30, 2010

Wie Wins!

Source: Winnipeg Free Press

Michelle Wie’s career has been long on hype but short on victories, but her performance at St. Charles proves the victories will begin to pile up.
As finishes go, it was picture-perfect.

The pristine scene at the 18th green: Michelle Wie, the most famous of the bunch, taking a victory lap home with a two-shot cushion on the field at the CN Canadian Women's Open. Thousands of golf groupies bringing her home. Dusk just beginning to fall.

Not a breath of wind on a cool, late summer afternoon. Dead quiet except for a lone Canada goose, far overhead, going the wrong way.

But it was Wie making all the birdies at St. Charles. Three straight at 13, 14 and 15 clinched the second LPGA title of the 20-year-old's once can't-miss career.

It may be the victory that finally puts Wie on the champion's map, after her skyrocketing emergence as a pre-teen phenom from Honolulu a decade ago. After all, Wie was to be the LPGA's Tiger, the face of women's golf in the 21st century.

Absolutely. This is the face of the LPGA. She needs to start dominating the tour in order to get eyeballs watching again. Her career has been a disaster so far, from overbearing parents, to playing with men at 15 to a college life to just not being committed. Maybe with this win and all that in the past, she's now mature and can fully concentrate on a golfing career. Ochoa is gone, Sorenstam is gone, women's golf needs a star instead of all these unpronouncable Korean names. Wie winning majors will save the LPGA.

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