Tuesday, July 12, 2005

I touched upon this subject last week, but in light of recent events, it merits repeating. I’ve won just as many PGA tournaments as Michelle Wie. I’ve made just as many cuts in PGA tournaments as Michelle Wie. Hell, I’ve won just as many LPGA tournaments as Michelle Wie. Just like I’ve won as many WSOP bracelets as Tobey McGuire, James Woods, and Phil Gordon too…

Granted, she’s the greatest golfer in the world, male or female, under the age of 16. Fine. WE GET IT.

But she hasn’t WON a fucking thing. Can we calm the hype machine down a bit until she at least has won a real trophy? Once again, she entered a PGA event. Once again, she didn’t make the cut. Once again, she choked down the stretch. She doesn’t know HOW to win. She’s a great player, but not a winner.

And why is she entering men’s tournaments? Even she admits that her goal isn’t to win these tournaments, it’s just to make the cut. What the hell kind of attitude is that? She wants to prove she can come in 70th in a PGA event?! Whoop-de-freakin’-do.

Her other stated goal is to make the Masters field. Why? So she can hit 80+ at Augusta? She’s been getting advice from some pretty effed up people. She should be learning to WIN at the junior level with less pressure and less hype so that when she comes down the stretch in a real tournament, she can handle her nerves and not collapse like a cheap tent.

For the next few years, look for Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer to win many more times than the more physically talented Wie. They’ve been groomed on the junior circuits, and have the mental toughness to sustain their golf swings during a final round. Oh, and they’ve won tournaments before….


At 6:02 PM, Blogger Donkeypuncher said...

I have problems calling a teenage athlete a "choker." Hell, I won't even call college athletes chokers. If a little leaguer struck out with the bases juiced to end the game, would you call him a choker?

At 8:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, a choker is a choker no matter how old you are. if you're a choker when you're 15, you're probably gonna be a choker when you're 55. that mental edge doesn't really change with age.


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