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Golf Australia Express : May 2014
would be barely a patch on her level of fame, the world stopped caring. There were setbacks. Wie dealt with a broken wrist, a severe ankle sprain and a bulging disc in her back. She won her first LPGA title in 2009, her second the next year. But in 2012, she missed 10 cuts in 23 starts and called it the worst year of her career. Inevitable controversies didn't help. She fought with her dad and fellow players, showed some pretty ordinary sportsmanship on numerous occasions and trampled mud on golf's lily-white character by dropping an expletive in front of a gallery. Wie can't answer questions on what happened to her during the lowest points of those dark years, maintaining that she quite literally can't remember what happened, such was the nightmare she endured. "I don't remember a lot from that time. I think I've blocked it out," she told one reporter. "It was a lot more traumatic for me than people think." What shone through after her win at Ko Olina, however, was a clear indication that we're now looking at Wie, the mature and measured woman, and not Wie the prodigious, precocious child who squandered her talent for so long. Perhaps most importantly, and most tellingly, she's enjoying swinging a club. "I've been through a lot of things. A lot of ups and downs, a lot of life experiences. And after experiencing all of that, I am a lot more grateful for my good play," she said. "I'm enjoying being out there. I'm definitely treating it a lot more like a game. It's not life or death out there." Whether her career is considered a true success won't be determined for another decade, once another 50 majors have been run and won and her name either finds itself on the honour board or falls onto the long list of potential champions who never achieved the ultimate. In the meantime, bend right over, plant your putter in the middle of your guts and have a bit of what Wie's having. OTG "I DON'T REMEMBER A LOT FROM THAT TIME. I THINK I'VE BLOCKED IT OUT. IT WAS A LOT MORE TRAUMATIC FOR ME THAN PEOPLE THINK." the player WIE HAVE A PROBLEM... WOMEN'S US OPEN GINN TOURNAMENT STATE FARM CLASSIC LOTTE MART LADIES' OPEN HSBC WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS SOLHEIM CUP 2003 Re-live Michelle's controversial moments 2007 2008 2009 2012 2013