We'll get it quickly out of the way: Michelle Wie missed the cut by seven, six shots worse than last year, finishing at +9. She played well in spots but couldn't make a putt. She beat 16 men, though, and out of respect for those men's dwindling self-respect, we won't be publishing their names. Just kidding - losing to Michelle Wie is not something about which to be ashamed. Shooting +10 or worse? Well, maybe…
Michelle Wie is not the only story in Hawaii this week. Shigeki Maruyama fired a 5-under 65 to take the lead.
Wie may have missed the cut at the Sony Open, but in terms of marketability, she's a cut above the rest.
Michelle Wie has missed the cut. She finished at +9 - seven strokes back - six worse than her effort last year relative to the cut. Yet many believe she's going to be the next Tiger Woods. Not necessarily in the game of golf, but in the business of marketing.
This PGA.com article hints at it, with quotes like this: "Michelle's creating excitement because she's breaking down barriers," said Greg Nichols, general manager at Ko Olina Golf Club and a junior golf coach. "She has created a huge wave for golf."
Greg Nared, a business affairs manager for Nike, has been scouting Wie for several years. He noted that "she's good for the game because she could attract younger people and females." He was also quick to point out that Wie's South Korean heritage could broaden appeal in the Asian market.
What mega-deal awaits her when she graduates to the ranks of "professional golfer"? "Wie" can only wait and see.
Let us be the first to say it: Wetterich got beat by a girl. How did the rest of the field compare to Wie?
The PGA.com title nailed it: Ow-Wie! Amateur teen sensation Michelle Wie was anything but sensational in her 5-over opening round 75. Her round, which featured only one birdie, had one up side. "At least I'm not in last place," Wie joked. True: at least a dozen PGA Tour players finished worse than +5.
In other words, Wie's efforts to make the cut will, most likely, keep her short of her goal. Wie remains optimistic, however, saying "I think if I shoot under par tomorrow, if I end up at like 1-over-par, maybe I'll make it."
Waialae Country Club played tough in Thursday's round with winds gusting up to 25 MPH. The breezy conditions frustrated some of the game's best: Ernie Els shot his first above-par round (71) in 17 rounds at Waialae. Vijay Singh finished with a bogey on the par-5 18th to shoot -1 69. Singh, who made some comments last year regarding Wie, snuck out this year by saying only "It's tough for the boys over here, you know? Going to be tough for a girl here, too."
"Will Michelle Wie make the cut?" Yes, folks, it's that time of year again: the Sony Open is here, and all the talk is about an amateur girl. Ho hum.
The 2005 Sony Open kicks off Thursday. The news this year? Pretty much the same as last: teenage phenom Michelle Wie is in the field and looking to make the cut. Last year Michelle came within a shot, shooting even-par 72-68 (and beating 47 men in the process).
The Sony Open, contested along the windy Hawaiian Waialae Country Club, is the first full-field event of the 2005 PGA Tour season. Waialae is one of the Hawaiian native Wie's home courses.
Ernie Els, the defending champ, played a practice round with the teen star on Tuesday. Els, known on tour as "The Big Easy" for his long, flowing swing, tagged Michelle with the nickname "The Big Wiesy" during last year's event.
Tiger Woods 2005 will be available for Mac OS X. Probably at about the time Tiger Woods 2006 ships for the PS3.</sarcasm>
Mac news site MacMinute is reporting that Aspyr Media announced that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 will be available on Mac OS X. Its release is anticipated for May, 2005. Y'know, only six months or so after the game came out on consoles and for the PC.
As we know, TW2005 allows you to "Tiger Proof" courses, includes a ton of playable characters and a pretty extensive "create a player" option, and quite a bit more. It should be available for pre-order soon for $39.99.
I've been playing the game since its release on GameCube and, well, I'm kind of sick of it by now. I'm 117% done. Heck, I've even got Tiger Woods 2005 for my Nintendo DS! Ho hum. But hey, today's hardly the day to complain about being a Mac user!