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Golf Australia Express : Issue 33
THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE... WHEN SHE BURST ON the scene with a host of under-age achievements, American Michelle Wie commanded enormous attention. For years the native Hawaiian—with a striking look and an equally booming long game—positioned herself as one of the LPGA Tour’s poster girls. And after a few teething problems in the early part of her career, passing Q-School in 2008 seemed to straighten her out. In 2009, Wie was a captain’s pick to represent the US at the Solheim Cup and she didn’t disappoint, finishing the event with an impressive 3-0-1 record. Two months later she won her first title as a professional, taking out the Lorena Ochoa Invitational and finishing the season ranked 14th on the money list. Her 2010 campaign was similar to ’09. With a win at the Canadian Women’s Open in August and five top 10s, she moved to ninth on the money list by season’s end. But Wie’s stroke average has been on the slide ever since her rookie season—the only thing she’s currently posting is high scores. After leaking more than another half a shot per round in a winless 2011, Wie dropped to 28th on the money list. And this year the 22-year- old’s stroke average has worsened still. And not by a wee bit, but rather a massive 3.7 shots per round. With a best finish after five events a T38 and having only made two cuts, Wie languishes at 91st on the 2012 LPGA money list. Remarkably, the two-time LPGA Tour winner has only recorded one round under par this season. But what’s more apparent is the fact she’s gained more than five shots a round since her near million-dollar 2009 season. Ouch! OTG Michelle Wie STAT THE Year Starts Cuts Wins Top 10s Money List (Pos) Ave score (Pos) 2012 5 2 - - $12,536 (91) 75.64 (124) 2011 20 17 - 7 $627,936 (28) 71.94 (24) 2010 19 17 1 5 $888,017 (9) 71.34 (18) 2009 19 17 1 8 $918,659 (14) 70.57 (9) Missing In Action: