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Saturday, June 1, 2013

A Michelle Wie Sighting!

She slipped under the radar on Friday, virtually unnoticed amid Tiger's unexpectedly high round, Rory's sudden resurgence after a chat with Jack Nicklaus and a drastic change in the weather, and Andrew Dodt's ET record-making 2 hole-in-ones in the same round. But there she was, nevertheless.

Yes, Michelle Wie popped up on the leaderboard at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. And it wasn't just an OK round -- she's solo fourth, a mere two strokes off the lead. It was, I believe, only her fourth round in the 60s this season (a 3-under 68 on a par-71 course).

I know what you're going to say: "Why are you making such a big deal of this? She can't put two good rounds together anymore. I've given up on her."

You're probably in good company. It seems that almost everybody believes Michelle is burned out or too caught up in mechanics or just doesn't care anymore.

I, on the other hand, continue to believe she's just readjusting from a dramatically different college lifestyle. If pros can tank for a year or two merely because of one week where they win a major, surely a major life change like finishing college is at least as disruptive.

But what I find most amazing is that the problem doesn't seem to be her putting. Rather, it's her full swing that's giving her fits. This season she's hit only half her fairways and less than two-thirds of her GIR. That sounds unbelievable, given what a machine she's been in the past.

Of course, you could say the same about Rory! She's done much better this week though, hitting 12 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens.

So I'll be watching today to see if she can follow up this 68 with another good round. GC will broadcast the second round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic today at 2:30-6:00pm ET. Maybe the rest of the world has given up on Michelle, but I haven't.

Even if she does look like a doorstop when she putts.

Michelle putting

The photo came from somewhere on collegegolfpass.com.

2 comments:

  1. Under the conditions I think her 73 on Saturday was a second good round in a row. She usually struggles in the wind. I saw adversity, but no meltdowns. It will be interesting to see what she can do on Sunday, and also in the next few weeks.

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  2. I agree, Jim. The way she came back with those 4 birdies in a row, and then continued to smile as she struggled on the last two holes, was extremely encouraging going forward. She even played better than Stacy Lewis.

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