Wie get’s her card

Michelle Wie

Michelle earns a card, and respect
Posted at 7:10 PM by Top 100 Teacher Carol Preisinger | Categories: Michelle Wie
I have to admit, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Michelle Wie camp. I’ve seen firsthand the high expectations a father can have for his child’s playing potential. As the daughter of a retired life member of the PGA, I’m occasionally reminded of my father’s hope, way back in the 1970s, that I would be the next Laura Baugh. But my father’s dream never turned into a nightmare. I’ve always disagreed with the way B.J. Wie chose to orchestrate his daughter’s public persona, and as that arrangement started to melt down, I began to feel sorry for Michelle. Now, I have completely made a 180-degree turn and owe a little respect to Michelle Wie, although my verdict is still out on the people around her.

Still a student at Stanford this fall, Michelle decided to go for her LPGA Tour card and she succeeded, making good decisions and producing great results. So far, the only controversy she has created is by keeping quiet, choosing to stay focused on her game and maybe to avoid saying something controversial. She has finally accepted that there are no short cuts to success.

Of course, she needed her LPGA card more than ever this year, as her sponsors’ exemption act was wearing thin at age 19. But whatever her reasons, at least she is out there earning her way among everyone else who has earned their way. And with that, my hope is that Michelle will mature and earn back the respect that we have held from her. She will wake up next week with her Tour card, and perhaps look back on the last several years as just a bad dream.

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Carol Preisinger has been LPGA teaching professional for more than 20 years. She teaches at the Kiawah Island Club in

South Carolina

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Michelle Wie to play on PGA Tour again

(AP) — Fresh off a disqualification on the LPGA Tour, Michelle Wie has decided to tee it up against the men, again.

Wie will play next week in the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open, the first time she’ll play on the PGA Tour this year, tournament organizers said.

It will be her eighth time playing on the PGA Tour, and she has yet to make a cut. The only time Wie has made money playing against the men was on the Korean Tour, in 2006, at the SK Telcom Open.

“It’s not every day that a woman is given the opportunity to play on the greatest tour in the world,” Wie said in a statement. “This is a tremendous opportunity for me to learn from these great players and take those lessons into the future to becoming the best player I can be on any tour. This is another step in the process of making me a better player.”

Wie, who is 18 and attends Stanford part time, has no status on any tour. She has only one sponsor’s exemption left this year. She will be playing her seventh and final LPGA Tour event of this year at the CN Canadian Women’s Open in August.

The Reno-Tahoe Open starts July 31 at Montreux Golf & Country Club. The Nevada tournament is one of the weakest fields on the PGA Tour, held opposite the World Golf Championship in Ohio. Steve Flesch won the Reno-Tahoe Open last year.

“This will be a great experience for the community to see a player like Michelle in this setting,” tournament director Michael Stearns said in a statement. “Michelle is getting her game together, she’s getting back in the swing of things and we have no problem extending her this opportunity.”

Wie showed signs of improvement this past weekend at the State Farm Classic in Illinois. She was a shot off the lead going into the final round when Tour officials discovered that she had left the scoring area without signing her scorecard after Friday’s second round. Wie finished her round Saturday, and after officials spoke with her about the scorecard problem, she was disqualified.

A win or high finish would have all but guaranteed her enough money to finish in the top 80 LPGA players this year, the cutoff for automatic inclusion in next year’s tour.

There’s been speculation Wie would concentrate solely on women’s competition, especially after last year when she injured both wrists and made only two cuts.

Wie’s chances of securing a 2009 LPGA Tour card now rest with her winning roughly $80,000 in her final tournament, which probably would take a top-three finish. Otherwise, she could be headed to the first of two stages of qualifying.

“I think the qualifying conflicts with school, so I probably won’t go to that,” Wie said last month at the U.S. Women’s Open in Minnesota. But that was when she had greater hopes of winning enough money to become exempt for next year.

Her father made it sound as though Q-school was a distinct possibility at the time.

“What other options do we have?” he said.

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Creamer hangs on to win Farr by 2

Paula Creamer
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Just like the last two weeks, Paula Creamer didn’t play well in the final round of a tournament.

This time, she didn’t have to.

Creamer shot a 2-over 73 Sunday and did just enough to make a big lead stand, going wire-to-wire to win the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic by two strokes.

“I learned you have to stay in your own world,” Creamer said after capturing her seventh career win and third this year. “It doesn’t matter what other people do until you’re walking down the 18th fairway.”

Two weeks ago, while near the top of the leaderboard at the U.S. Women’s Open, she sagged to a 78 to finish in a tie for sixth. Last week at the tour stop in Arkansas, she had a 74 to fall out of contention.

Given another chance, she always seemed to come up with a clutch shot when most needed.

Asked what she was thinking as she approached the final green to a huge ovation, she said, “It’s over!” Then she added, “You try to soak it up because you never know when the next one is going to be.”

Creamer, who won $195,000, had worse scores every day after breaking the tournament record with an 11-under 60 in the first round. She followed that with a 65 and a 70 to finish at 16-under 268, two shots better than Nicole Castrale who closed fast with a 64.

The 21-year-old Californian said it wasn’t easy.

“After you shoot 60, I swear, it’s the hardest thing. Anything over that and you feel like you’re shooting 85,” she said, laughing. “Everybody’s saying, congratulations, congratulations. But you’ve still got three days left.”

Creamer represents the tournament’s title sponsor, which features a pink panther in its advertising. Creamer, who felt she let Owens Corning down when she missed the cut at the Farr in 2007, is known for her pink clothing ensembles, not to mention using pink golf balls, pink grips on her clubs, a pink golf bag and a pink panther club-head cover.

While laying claim to that color, she didn’t put many red numbers on the leaderboard in the final round.

Ahead by four shots at the start, Creamer was fortunate to get away with a bogey on the first hole after chipping out of a bad lie with her tee shot. She had seven pars in a row until reaching the par-4 ninth, where her approach flew over the green. After getting a free drop so she wouldn’t hit the grandstand on her backswing, she hit a flop shot that stopped about 10 feet away. She pumped her right fist – just as she had on the long bogey putt at No. 1 – after rolling in the par-saving putt.

“That was huge,” she said. “That was a great up-and-down. That was probably the biggest moment of the day.”

She saw her lead drop to a shot when rookie Shanshan Feng – the first exempt player from China to play on the LPGA Tour – pushed her with five birdies through her first 11 holes.

Feng said she wasn’t paying any attention to Creamer.

“Just before the tournament, my dad, he’s in China now, he called me and he told me to keep calm and just play my ball,” she said. “(He said) ‘What the others do, it doesn’t matter.’ So I didn’t let it bother me at all.”

Feng, however, quickly fell back with three straight bogeys down the stretch, although she had her best finish of the year. She said she might even buy her father a new car with a portion of the $66,000 she won for finishing fourth.

South Korea’s Eun-Hee Ji, second to Creamer after each of the first three rounds, shot a 72 and was a shot back of Castrale at 271. Feng had a 69 for 272, followed by Karrie Webb who shot a 70 and was at 273.

Castrale was 1 under on the windy day through 10 holes but had a 6-under 31 on the back nine.

“When I got to 13 and I had two par-5s left, my goal was to try to birdie both and post a number and let her (Creamer) see it and basically see what happens,” said Castrale, who has had three top 10s in her last six tournaments.

She almost holed her third shot for eagle on the 17th before settling for birdie. But she never got closer than two shots.

Creamer played the last six holes in even-par, good enough to hold off all the threats. She had 21 birdies and three bogeys the first 54 holes – and one birdie and the same number of bogeys in the final round.

When the heat was on, she remembered to forget about missing that Farr cut a year ago, or her recent final-round failures.

“It was a struggle,” she said. “I learned a lot about perseverance and staying in the moment and forgetting what happened in the past.”

Then she packed up her stuff and headed for a week of vacation, putting a pink bow on any lingering doubts.

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Michelle Wie qualifies for U.S. Open

OCKVILLE, MD (AP) — Despite playing 36 holes on a humid day with temperatures nearly reaching triple digits, Michelle Wie was still able to flash a big smile as she sat down with the media.

Qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open will do that.

Playing on two different courses, Wie carded rounds of 70 and 67 and her 137 total was the second best score on the day and more than enough to qualify her for the 2008 Open, to be played later this month at the Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn.

“I think I did pretty well. It feels good to be playing good again,” said Wie, who has struggled with her game for much of the last year. “There were a lot of shots that I left out there today with the putting and a couple of errant tee shots in the middle, but other than that I’m pretty pleased with my round and I’m really happy to be playing at the U.S. Open.”

A sore wrist hurt in March and studies at Stanford University have limited her to just two tournaments on the LPGA Tour this year.

Wie’s first 18, played at Woodmont Country Club, was an up and down one with five birdies and four bogeys. After starting out with birdies on her second and third holes, some wayward drives left her at 2-over with five holes to play, but she birdied three of the last four holes.

“I felt like in the middle of the round, my round could have gone anywhere,” said Wie. It could have gone to the bad direction, but fortunately I pulled it back together and made a couple of good shots, good putts, and I felt like I saved a lot of really great pars.”

The venue shifted a few miles away to Manor Country Club, but Wie continued to show improvement with her irons that helped lead to another strong close.

Finishing on the front nine, Wie pushed her tee shot on number seven into the trees and after chipping back into the fairway, she smoked an iron from 160 yards to within five feet, which she tapped in for par. That was followed up by a strong iron shot off the tee on a 157 yard Par-3 which she left 20 inches from the cup for a birdie. For her final act, Wie smacked an approach shot on a par-5 to within five feet for another birdie as she snagged one of the 35 spots open to the 121 players at sectional.

Wie, who was one shot behind Kelli Kuehne’s 136, is regaining her confidence. She finished in sixth place at the Ladies German Open last week.

“When you are struggling week after week, it takes a toll on your confidence,” said Wie. “Nobody really gave up on me. My managers, David (Leadbetter, her coach), my parents, my trainer, everyone, they never gave up on me. They are always telling me you are going to get through it and you are going to get better.”

Wie does not anticipate going to the U.S. Open site prior to the tournament and will return to Florida where she and Leadbetter have been working hard on her game, spending 9-12 hours a day practicing. Asked if she took time to watch last week’s LPGA event, Wie said the bit of television she watched was spent watching a different sporting event.

“Actually I was kind of busy watching the NBA playoffs,” said Wie. “I’m a big fan of Kevin Garnett.”

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Golfers must have: The Uroclub

I found this on the web at afrojacks.com.
If you run out of Oops I Crapped My Pants, the UroClub will let you piss and putt without leaving the green. Order now and get a privacy shield (i’m dead serious). And best yet, it holds up to over a half liter….so piss away! And don’t be shy to share with your friends. Just make sure all herpes are dormant.

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Els hopes to end 0-12 drought at BMW

Ernie Els
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Ernie Els is hoping to add a win at the BMW Championship to his resume.

Els has won a record seven World Match Play titles at Wentworth, but never claimed the BMW PGA Championship over the same course in 12 attempts.

The third-ranked South African is turning to the small white sticks to help correct an alignment problem that crept into his game after illness in March.

“I got sick and couldn’t practice,” Els said Wednesday. “I got into really bad habits. My ball positioning went out, my alignment went out. My swing got really loose and very long.”

Around that time Els switched coaches from longtime mentor David Leadbetter to Butch Harmon.

“I got technically out of whack,” Els said. “Now it’s just two little white sticks that we put on the ground just to check my body alignment and my target ball alignment. And I’ve got a little thing you strap onto your right arm to shorten the backswing a little bit. So that’s a couple of gadgets I’ve got.”

Els has never figured out why his PGA record is so poor compared to his Match Play success.

“To be honest, I’m not sure,” Els said. “You have to play four rounds of strokeplay instead of match play.”

Perhaps it is the greens, which don’t seem to handle the heavy PGA traffic.

“At the Match Play there is only a 16-man field and by the end only two guys, so the greens are very, very good,” Els said. “Here this week we have 156 guys trampling all over the greens, so they will get a little bumpy.”

The European Tour’s flagship event again has a strong field including Vijay Singh, Lee Westwood, Paul Casey and Luke Donald. British Open champion Padraig Harrington is skipping the event to prepare for next month’s U.S. Open.

Justin Rose will try to go one better than last year when he lost in a playoff to Anders Hansen.

Rose last week visited Royal Birkdale where, as a 17-year-old competitor at the British Open in 1998, he holed a chip shot at the final hole to finish fourth.

“I wanted to go back to relive that, and I learned a lot for when the Open returns there this July,” Rose said.

Colin Montgomerie — who won three straight from 1998 — will try to impress Ryder Cup captain Nick Faldo, who has expressed faith that the 90th-ranked Scot could break out of a slump.

Also in the field is 1994 champion Jose Maria Olazabal, who is returning from a recent bout of rheumatism that cost him six months of action.

“There has been some progress, but I still lack stamina,” the two-time Masters champion said.

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