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Golf Australia Express : July 2014
G OOD on her. The overriding feeling most golf fans expressed around the water cooler after watching Michelle Wie knock in that last putt at Pinehurst wasn’t one of jubilation or the kind of delirious love Phil Mickelson can expect when he finally wins the US Open. It was a strange kind of collective smile; quiet admiration for a woman who had previously achieved so much but yet so little. A woman who has been routinely torn apart by her critics, finally achieving something most wondered if she ever would. It was the simple pleasure of watching a young lady who, despite being just 24, has already had a career far longer than most professionals yet had failed to fulfill anything approaching the kind of potential people saw in her when she rocked in as a 13-year-old and starting making cuts as an amateur on the LPGA Tour. People may not like Wie and the way parts of her career have played out, with the undeserved sponsors’ exemptions, poor on-course behaviour and the fairways littered with caddies she’s sacked. But having weathered all that that criticism, the long form slumps and the impossible expectations and lifestyle thrust upon a girl when she was not yet a teenager, and emerged from it with a major title, you can’t help but respect her. It took 10 years, but Wie finally arrived on the 18th green at Pinehurst, though in truth the signs were there for months. We saw a different Wie in the early part of this season. A confident Wie, a competitive Wie who was consistently around the mark while the form of her rivals fluctuated week by week. She had clearly matured. Throughout her decade-long ride, perhaps her greatest asset was that she continued to do things her way, confident that one day the stars would align for her. “I DEFINITELY MADE A LOT OF MISTAKES ALONG THE ROAD — I JUST LEARNED A LOT FROM IT. the player