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Storyline Pairing? Lydia Ko & Michelle Wie?!

Fred Woodcock reports on the Kraft Nabisco Championship opening 36-hole pairing of 15-year-old phenom Lydia Ko and former 15-year-old phenom Michelle Wie, not a 23-year-old strugging to find her game as the LPGA's first major kicks off in Rancho Mirage.

The two have played together but it still begs the question, is someone sending a message?

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As long as Lydia turns her head away when Michelle putts problem.
04.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
They interviews MW on MD this AM, and it was refreshing. She has become a much better public speaker, full sentences, not all the stutter words: I was impressed. When she was asked abou her poor start, and specificly her putting, she jus cracked up- laughing freely about this putting stance- joking that she always wanted to be shorter- I wish her well. She was SO effing poorly parented, and true to her culture, she respected her parents.

but that was then, this is now.

Seriously, I wish her well.
04.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Wie is currently 99th on the money list. She is on the verge of requiring sponsor exemptions to play anything that resembles a full schedule.

The question is how much longer can she survive.

She is playing golf at a 3 or 4 men's handicap level. That is not golf that people sit down and take time to watch regardless of who is performing like that.

If she doesn't turn it around, she may be in Anthony Kim Territory in a couple of years.
04.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeil McGavin
Neil, in your opinion how much longer can she survive?
04.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
She's likeable, photogenic, has a history and is recognizable to the general sports fan.

Six years to fade to black.

AK had none of those attributes, so nothing to shield him from the demise of his abilities.
04.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeil McGavin
Neil...I hope you are wrong but the trend certainly isn't positive. I think she needs to get out on her own (away from parents), dig it back out of the dirt, hopefully it's not too late.

AK certainly has his faults but you are aware that he's had a succession of injuries that prevent him from playing? I believe he will come back.
04.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
MW needs to find a putting stroke and stance.....until she made the joke about her current putting stance, and how she always wanted to be short-it never occurred to me that there in lies the roblem- she is tall, but more than that- she had an incredible growth spurt, and anyone who has grown 2 inches in one summer can attest to the balance, vision, and general slew of problems the change in height creates-and she grew a ''foot''. (Italics)

aside- F.X. I use astrisks a lot for ''irony'' and ''BS'', so the new use of '' for italics takes away some of my ''charm'', you see.

main topic- so MW really needs to have a serious new overview of her putting, and study what qworks for a man of same stature (one TW comes to mind) and just clone the fork out of it. That'll be $19.95
04.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I guess it is a futile hope, but I wish that everyone (media mostly, but not just them) would not focus so much on finding the next big thing or next Tiger or whatever. First it was Michelle, who I like, but her problems are obvious. Next, Lexie Thompson was not just going to be great, but she was slated to dominate the sport - well now 2 years later, she is certainly a solid tour player, but she has won 1 event and contends about 1/2 of the time. Does she have time to achieve greatness ? Absolutely - but is she going to change the landscape of the sport with her abilities as Tiger did ? It seems doubtful. But 2 years ago, over and over it was Lexi this and maybe she will be the next Annika, ..... Meanwhile, Stacy Lewis has made the jump from solid to excellent. Paula Creamer has continued to play at a high level - she is a Top 10 machine, the female Luke Donald (with a major) it seems. Even the mercurial Christy Kerr has kept her game up there in the top tier. But the focus remains on Wie and to a lesser extent Thompson, now moving on to Lydia Ko. Maybe she will be great, maybe not, but until she does, lets take her easy with the expectations.
04.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Brian's right, there are a whole bunch of other interesting stories to be pursuing than the "next big thing" one. What about the "best w/o a major" one?
Digsouth: thanks for your grammatical clues, but THIS -- * -- is an asterisk. You are using quotation marks, which might get awkward if you ever decide to quote something you deem ironic or BS.
04.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Hey, she's a Stanford grad. That can't hurt down the road
04.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTLB

I had a bad night.....sheesh

~thanks for the grammatical help...even my spell check is effing with me. Actually, the * thing is pretty funny, because, I am a rare poster on a Texas based political board, where I used to post regularly, until I decided any thought towards politicians was a waste of my life. The * was used regularly, and I just thought it was a clever *local* thing, never making the connection, that it represented something more.

Darn, now my detective agency has another blunder to overcome before I can get the seed money flowing.

Thanks again. You saved me weeks of embarrasment, as much as I get anyway... I assume.
04.3.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
"Lydia Ko. Maybe she will be great, maybe not, but until she does, lets take her easy with the expectations."
Dead right BrianS. I said the same several years ago years ago, when she got a plus handicap. Her mother is great and as laid back as she is. Not the bad influence that MW suffered/suffers.
MW would benefit from ditching Leadbetter. The robot swing just ain't gettin' it done. That's probably minor though compared to what her parents have done to her prospects. Golf's a head game as we all know and Wie's head doesn't seem to be fixed on winning anything soon. On the flip side, I'm sure they have a great personal relationship that transcends golf and she's rich, so who's to argue?
04.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAG
A bit unfair to compare Wie and Ko. Ko has already had twice the career of Wie in a quarter the time.
04.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig
I have never had one good thought about Leadbetter, except I like his first name.
04.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Maybe she'll turn out to have a career like Jennifer Capriati did in tennis, phenom at 14, problems galore, eventually righting herself and winning 3 majors and getting inducted into the Tennis HOF. Of course, you'd prefer problems like Michelle's, which in addition to everything that has been pointed out I think include that she's just too intelligent, too curious, and therefore too distracted to focus on stupid golf. And she's got the Nike contract to fuel her interests. Jennifer, on the other hand, was a baaad girl in revolt against her folks. Drugs, petty crime -- that's not what we see in Michelle. It should be much easier for her to return to the top, all she needs to do is work effectively on her game. When she decides to do that, we'll get a nice run out of her. In the meanwhile she seems content to do the minimum golfwise and put her best energy into other things.
04.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterF. X. Flinn
+1 to Bryan. The "next next big thing," like the SI cover or the Big Nike Contract, is more of a roadblock than most can handle.

As for Wie, couldn't agree more about getting the lead out of her better pants. What he's done to her swing should be ticketed as a bad demeanor.
04.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRLL
Craig....math obviously isn't your strong suit....might want to avoid quantifying things going forward....
04.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF

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