The first thing I have to do is apologize that it has taken until now for me to write an article on the women’s game. I thought I would change that this week as there have been some big noises coming from the LPGA. Unfortunately I must admit that my knowledge of the women’s game is lacking. I will make more of an effort with it and that starts now. So here we go…
A few years ago, 2005 to be more precise, a new golfing phenom was talking about turning pro. This time round though it was a 16 year-old girl. The big companies snapped her up and all of a sudden Michelle Wie was a well-known name in golf. She had a clutch of top-5 finishes in the ladies majors and hit the ball further than any woman had before. Then she started to pick up invites into PGA Sony Hawaiian .
She was portrayed as the LPGA’s answer to Tiger Woods. However, she hit a slump and disappeared off the radar for 3 years. This was understandable; she had a degree to finish. She graduated from Stanford (another parallel with Tiger) with a degree in communications. Now she’s got that out of the way and has been grinding and she’s made a fast start to 2014!
Last week Wie wrapped up her third LPGA title and her first since the Canadian Women’s Open in 2010 by taking the Lotte Championship by two strokes. She was playing in front of a home crowd at the Ko Olina golf club in Hawaii and mentioned how much fun she is having with her golf just now. She carded four rounds of 70-67-70-67 to finish on -14 and two shots ahead of Angela Stanford.
She seems to be hitting form again though. Wie had a top 16 finish at the Kia classic. Wie then finished 2nd in the first ladies major of the season the Kraft Nabisco Championship and has a similar effect on the women’s game that Tiger has on the men’s. People want to come out and see Wie play so she brings more money into the game. Wie has never won a women’s major but has, as mentioned earlier, given herself many chance with top 3 finishes. She is still very young at 24 and this year could definitely be her year!
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