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Old 04-07-2006, 08:47 AM   #11
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Michelle's Day Of 'Almosts'

How about this for an article about mw last part of the tournament! RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Michelle Wie had just experienced defeat in the most crushing manner at 16 years of age. She had been around the top spot the entire tournament, been in second or third place throughout, actually had the lead just five holes from the end - and yet was beaten at the 72nd hole by a couple of eagles.

While Karrie Webb and Lorena Ochoa went back to the 18th tee to begin their playoff, Wie trudged behind the scorer’s tent to face a throng of media who expected to see a young lady in tears. Instead, they saw someone composed, philosophical, and full of praise for both Ochoa and Webb.

Michelle Wie and Natalie Gulbis will each have to wait for their first tour titles.“I was really excited (coming down the stretch of the back nine),” she said when she emerged to face the de-briefing. “I mean, being in contention of my first major as a professional. Playing with Natalie (Gulbis) and Lorena was super fun. The crowd was really excited. I had a lot of fun out there.”

She needed to birdie the final hole, a par-5 over water, to be in the playoff herself. She reached dry land with only a 5-iron, but the ball rolled all the way through the green to perhaps 30 feet away from the hole, with 5 feet of light rough separating her from the putting surface.

She chose to chip it instead of putt it, and the ball rolled 15 feet on the other side of the hole. Then, she barely missed her comeback attempt, closing out the tournament with a par.

“I thought I had a little more chance of making it chipping it (which would have given her an eagle and the win), but I had no idea that I was going to leave that shot,” she explained her decision to go with a chip instead of utilizing a safer putt. “I hit it the way I wanted to. But - it wasn’t meant to be.”

And the putt, the teenager thought as she completed the stroke, was good. “I mean, I hit it exactly like I wanted. The whole day I was missing a little bit on the low side. But this time, I felt so good when I hit it," she said.

Wie was still tied for the lead on the 16th hole, which is where she was when Webb made her miracle shot. Anyone else would have been devastated. Wie heard the news, was shocked for just a moment – then grimly went about trying to get a tie.

“(Caddy) Greg (Johnston) told me that Karrie had holed out,” revealed Michelle. “He said, ‘Just so you don’t get shocked, Karrie holed it on the 18th.”

She laughed, reliving the astonishment she had felt at the moment. Wie had just hit her approach shot on the 16th – a par 4 – to within inches of the hole. But instead of tapping in the birdie and being again in the lead, she was behind by two shots as she bent over the short roller.

“I thought, ‘Did she get it in 2? What did she do?” Michelle found herself asking Johnston. “I’m like, ‘I can’t believe it.’ She did awesome.

“You know, she didn’t play her greatest yesterday (when Webb shot 76). But she came back, and that shows how great a player she is.”

And Wie had only the best of words for Ochoa. “It’s awesome,” Michelle said of the Mexican native. “She didn’t play as well as she did the last couple of days. But that last hole – I mean, she hit that 5-wood (on the 72nd hole) perfectly. It was pretty cool.”

Ochoa herself had praised Wie profusely after Saturday’s round when the two played together.

“You know,” Lorena said, “we just were trying to joke around and I was telling my caddy, ‘Sometimes you don't realize she's 16.’ I don't think we all realize she's only 16. You know, for her, she has a great game and it's great all she has done at 16 years old. I really admire her game and her being out here.

Wie realizes that there will be lots more of the heartbreaks than there will be celebrations. She knows that the greatest of players only win about one-third of the time – which means they will fail two-thirds of the time. And at 16 years of age, the time will come for both in the future.

“I’m happy with the way I played,” she said. “It was my first major as a professional. But right now, I wish I’d played a little better on the last nine holes.

“But I’m happy with the way I finished. And if I don’t get disqualified in the next five minutes - I think I’ll get some money!”

She laughed at that one, alluding to her first tournament as a professional when she was disqualified after she had finished. That time she was out the fourth-place money. This time, she won $108,222 for finishing in a third-place tie with Gulbis.

“You know, Karrie holing it out, Lorena eagling the last hole, me not making that putt – I mean, maybe it’s just not meant to be. But I played my hardest out there.”

So, when will it happen for Wie, who at 16 has had enough drama for someone three times her age?

“I guess .. I’ll … just … have to wait a little longer.”
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And your point? Other than reposting an article from the newspaper?
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Old 04-07-2006, 11:15 AM   #13
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Hi ya blue...relax....no need to get edgy....it was just an article that Rich wanted to share with MW readers in case they didn't see it....this is a Wiesy folder....we like to share articles that we read that we think other wiemaniacs might enjoy....that is the "point"....to share stuff....no one is saying the writer is right or wrong....the content is good or flawed....it is just reading material....not everyone "googles" news articles....some just like to view them here.....there are other more debatable topics on Wiesy out there....just take this for what it was...a sharing thing....nothing more....anyway....have a good day....see ya!!
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Sorry. It is the Wie folder. You're right. My apologies.
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Old 04-07-2006, 11:50 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by wiefan
...this is a Wiesy folder....we like to share articles that we read that we think other wiemaniacs might enjoy....that is the "point"....to share stuff....no one is saying the writer is right or wrong....the content is good or flawed....it is just reading material....not everyone "googles" news articles....some just like to view them here.....there are other more debatable topics on Wiesy out there....just take this for what it was...a sharing thing....nothing more....anyway....have a good day....see ya!!
Wiefan,

Good point, I posted an article just a few minutes ago that I am sure all the Wiemanics will "enjoy" :lol:
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Old 04-07-2006, 11:12 PM   #16
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Hi ya blue....no need to apologize...it seems that everyone just seems to be caught up in so so many different stuff that at times it is hard to distinguish what the poster really meant by saying or doing stuff

you said this in the Annika folder whick I thought was kinda interesting...you said "With all of us debating and disagreeing over sponsor's exemptions and rankings and assorted other things..."....anyway...I thought about what you said and here is what I find amazing....MW has her "sticky little fingers" in almost every debate....for some reason, no matter what the topic....it could be Morgan getting the OK from Carolyn....this is a debatable subject....but things just get more Juicy when you consider scenerios when Wiesy takes that step

it just seems that no matter what the topic is about....there is a sort of "Wiesy factor" that relates to it....I think the biggest reason is that she is NOT tied to the LPGA, PGA, Other tours, Not 18 years of age, still got school to go to, draws the biggest galleries most every place she plays, plays absolutely breathtaking golf, plays some "bonehead golf, rules gets changed and everyone thinks it is the Wiesy factor....could be right but rule makers claim otherwise....got a great playoff system this year, but Wiesy can't play....people will say she shouldn't, people will say she should

this Wie extravanganza is something I don't think will EVER again happen.....almost every golf discussion boards have been taken over by "Wie Debates"....if you read golfing Blogs, the ones about MW have the most post comments... pros and con.....I think what fuels this whole thing is that MW and Team Wie have NOT tipped their hand as far as what she is going to do in the future....this is the trigger....it makes EVERYONE SPECULATE....and if you think about it....it doesn't matter which side of the fence you speculate, no one is right or wrong

I just find this to be just so so amazing....anyway....I just wanted to say this opinion of mine....really had nothing to do with this thread or anything

anyway....have a great evening...see ya!!
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you are true in what you say blue, carrying on from what wiefan said; i posted the article to see what people make of it! we all have our different views on certain topics.
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