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Golf Australia Express : July 2014
Mocked for her ridiculously unorthodox putting stance and derided for her Sunday performances, she stuck fast. But it was a few simple words after her US Open victory that showed the subtle admissions that had made all the difference. “I definitely made a lot of mistakes along the road,” she said. “I just learned a lot from it. Obviously being under a microscope magnifies everything. But if it wasn’t for that I wouldn’t be who I am today.” “I’m just really grateful for everything. Just because of all the downs, it made me more grateful for these opportunities I have today.” It’s funny: Wie had for so long been lavished with attention based on who she was, not what she’d done. And she’d lapped it up, because when you’re not getting results, sponsorship exposure is where the cash comes from. But now that she’s receiving attention for the right reasons, the world No.7 can’t wait for the questions to stop so she can just get back out there and hit some balls. “It feels great, but I don’t know how people in showbiz do it,” she said, after receiving a torrent of calls and messages from politicians, Hollywood stars and fellow players, before doing the US talk show rounds. “Iwasjustsohappytogetona plane for Arkansas so I could just play some golf already.” OTG “I’M JUST REALLY GRATEFUL FOR EVERYTHING. JUST BECAUSE OF ALL THE DOWNS, IT MADE ME MORE GRATEFUL FOR THESE OPPORTUNITIES I HAVE TODAY.” the player Thoughts? • Wie is ranked the top 10 players on the LPGA Tour in eight out of 12 key statistical categories this season. • Wie's scintillating form this year belies her driving woes. The world No.1's driving accuracy is just 67 per cent, ranked 122nd on the LPGA. • It's ugly, but it works. Wie is ranked third on tour for putts per green in regulation, taking an average of 1.765 putts to find the hole.