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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Wie Ray of Hope

If you saw the LPGA tournament this weekend, you may have been shocked to see Michelle Wie shoot the best round of the week (a bogey-free 6-under 66) and finish T3. This was on the heels of a T12 finish last week.

This meant 6 of her last 7 rounds have been par or better. She's had 2 rounds of 66 (the one last week was 5-under) and her only over-par round (her second this week) was just 1-over. Given how tough the course was, that really wasn't a bad score either.

Michelle Wie

Even the commentators were commenting on how much more relaxed Michelle looked over the ball -- still a bit mechanical, but at least she seemed to be enjoying herself.

Has Michelle finally turned a corner in her game? I don't know. I know we often give major winners a "grace period" of a couple of years where we don't expect a whole lot -- we say they're "readjusting" to the new demands of being a major winner. As I've said before, I think Michelle should get the same benefit of the doubt because I think graduating from college and having your entire routine of the last few years jerked away is at least as demanding. Even some of her critics like Brandel Chamblee seem to be coming around to that idea. (Perhaps the rumors of a possible defamation suit by Tiger's agent has something to do with that. I don't know the exact timing of the two, but I think I heard Chamblee's more lenient comments about Wie before the article came out.)

At any rate, Michelle has put herself back on the radar again. If she continues to show improvement -- and Michelle IS scheduled to play this week in Taiwan, perhaps hoping to build on her current good play -- we may find ourselves talking a lot about Michelle Wie in 2014.

And no matter how you feel about Michelle, that's good for women's golf.

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