by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Golf Australia Express : March 2013
caper back in the 1960s. Nine years on and Wie found herself paired with Lydia Ko and Yani Tseng at the Women’s Australian Open. Again, she missed the cut by just one shot. But there was a big difference between the two MCs. These days, Wie is playing off the forward tees with the ladies. (Of course, the quadruple bogey 9 she had at her ninth hole didn’t help her cause at Royal Canberra.) Golf is very much a confidence game. It seems Michelle now has none of it. As far as I can tell, TWM (or The Wie Management) are to blame for destroying her confidence. Chasing the big bucks and the dream of one day taking on the men has meant she’s gotten lost in the wash of it all. It’s shameful. She was a school girl. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m all for the experiment of men and women competing against each other. Hall-of- famer Annika Sorenstam, who ended her career with 72 LPGA Tour events along with 10 majors, took on the guys at the 2003 Colonial event in Fort Worth. Colonial is one of the shortest courses the men play in world golf and it definitely suited Annika’s style of play. She missed the cut by a shot. But the image of Sorenstam’s first drive off the 10th will always be remembered for the enormous sigh of relief as it sailed down the middle. The world No.1 women’s golfer at the time was feeling the pressure that a young Wie lived with from 2005 onwards. That was until she ran out of gas mentally playing against the men. These days watching Wie swing the golf club, it’s obvious to me she has lost the confident full follow-through and release that was once the envy of all who marvelled at her game. Today it almost looks like she is punching her shots with an abbreviated, short follow-through. It’s a sad sign that she now has no clue what’s going on. I think she might have learned that from her management during the mid-2000s. OTG THETHREE most amazing things I’ve ever seen in golf are as follows. One. The play of Tiger Woods between 1999 and 2002—nobody will ever get to that standard of golf again. Two. Gabriel Hjertstedt winning not once, but twice on the US Tour. The mental strength required to achieve this—considering the low standard of ball-striking Gabriel possessed during his career—was a staggering feat. And three. Watching a 14-year-old schoolgirl miss the cut by just one shot on the men’s US Tour. That event was an official PGA Tour event with a cracking field and that schoolgirl’s name was Michelle Wie. She shot 68 in the second round for an even par total of 140, playing from the tips just like the men. Not long after that, in my opinion, Wie became the most completely mismanaged sportsperson since IMG’s founder Mark McCormack started the CRITICISING MICHELLE WIE FOR HER FLAILING CAREER IS UNFAIR. I BLAME HER MANAGEMENT FOR WIE'S WOES, WRITES MARK ALLEN. IN A WIE BIT OF BOTHER TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS LOOKING TO IMPROVE YOUR GAME? www.findapgapro.com.au DPS BA with Mark Allen MARCO'S MUSE Golf is very much a confidence game. It seems Michelle Wie now has none.
April 2013-The Masters