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Thursday
Apr042013

That Was Quick: Annika Apologizes To Wie For Being Misquoted

Ahhh…these pesky writers and their misquoting what sounded like accurate assertions about Michelle Wie's career, this time supposedly in Golf Magazine's May issue by Annika Sorenstam.

From an AP report:

"She actually reached out to me last night, said a couple of things got misquoted," Wie said Thursday after her first round in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. "I thought that was really nice of her to reach out to me. She apologized for what she said, and that's that."

Sorenstam's comments appear in a question-and-answer story in the magazine's May edition.
"I didn't read it, so I don't know what she said," Wie said when asked how Sorenstam could be misquoted in a question-and-answer format.

Wie opened the LPGA's first major with a 72 to trail leader Suzanne Pettersen and Na Yeon Choi by, reports John Strege. Full field scores are here.

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What is wrong with standing behind what you say? Being frank and honest shows a lot more character in my opinion... just stand up for yourself.
04.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan F.
i was misquoted
taken out of context
I apologize

Yup sounds about right
04.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHMMM
Through all of Wie's issues with her golf game, I have never heard her whine, make excuses or point fingers. She comes across as a mature, classy, young lady ........even if she couldn't make the cut in Neil's club championship.
I always wonder why the writers of articles don't go ballistic when a subject comes out and says they were "misquoted". Annika is basically saying that Alan Bastable is either a) a liar or b) a poor journalist. I'd like to see him step up and call her out on this one. Because someone is lying here.
04.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRES
RES, I agree
04.5.2013 | Unregistered Commenterchicago pt
Bastable tweeted the following earlier this morning: "In response to queries I’ve had re: my interview with Annika Sorenstam...yes, it was recorded, and, no, she was not misquoted."
04.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEast End Golfer
Maybe Annika should go back and get that degree now that she's quit playing.....she sure could stand to smarten up.
04.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
At least the American media hype-machine as it pertains to golf has been muted by the colossal miss with respect to Michelle Wie.

Lexi Thomson was the next one coming down the pipe and there seems to be far less focus on her. Good thing.

And, thank God that Lydia Ko is not American.
04.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJatinder
Annika should just stand by her statement. Annika did not say anything that was not accurate and the overwhelming tone was admiration for great potential being lost to the chioce of not playing as much as might be required to become top player in the world. Wie made her choice and now SHE needs to climb up from the middle of the LPGA pack. Wie's last four seasons are far from superstar status (1 win 2009, 1 win 2010, one 2nd in 2011 and just 1 Top 10 in 2012) with the 2012 season crash a real concern after three OK seasons.

Great earlier point in an earlier comment (different posting): I have never heard Michelle Wie complain about her treatment in the press or personally address those who criticize her. This shows a bit of class. She seems like an intelligent well adjusted young woman.

To be fair, her issues with the rules/discussions with rules officals showed some poor traits but that was a few years ago and now I have seen nothing as a post college adult that does not make me hope for the best in her future.

Saw her play as a 15 year old at Seaview Bay GC in NJ during the ShopRite tournament years ago. I cannot believe how many years have passed....


Now she just to make a break with her parents and put her noe to the grind stone.
04.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephenP
..nose to the grind stone.
04.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephenP
Michelle Wie is a perfect case study in the "Paralysis by Analysis" theory. Perhaps someone could finagle some research funds and do a paper....KLG?
04.5.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Jatinder, this is what BJ Wie said about his daughter -- "The only thing American about Michelle Wie is her passport".

Now consider this:
- youngest to ever win a USGA National Championship.
- quarter finalist in Men's USGA Publinx as a 15 year old.
- Stanford University graduate.
- maintained top-20 World Ranking in 3 full LPGA seasons while attending Stanford.
- 20 top-10's and 2 wins in those 3 seasons.
- DESPITE constant interference from parents assimilated herself into regular student life at Stanford.

Wouldn't any parent be proud of a daughter who had done all of the above? (and that's the short list)

When viewing all of that don't lose sight of the fact that Michelle has been saddled with the ultimate little league parents -- something she certainly had no choice in.

I'm a fan...

So, why so much anger directed at Michelle? Seems like "the American media hype-machine" (whatever that is) is where your anger should be directed, no?

Prediction: ADG will be along soon to denigrate M. Wie and will use a lot of foul language while doing so.
04.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
johnnnycz: That would probably be more successful than my currently pending application on the origins of animal multicellularity. The yahoos of all descriptions and political parties would have a field day with the real title ;-)

What Del said. Michelle Wie is a very accomplished young woman. If only mom and dad would back off...but that ain't gonna happen unless Michelle tells them to. Pity.
04.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
''Come share my passion''....Annika commercial.

Err, no effing thanks.

And you still have a whiny voice.
04.5.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I don't understand how it isn't obvious to Sorenstam. Wie's life is backwards because of her parents. Pushed too hard in childhood, she found much needed sanctuary and normalcy only once at Stanford. Still, who's right-minded parents move only a few miles away from where you attend college? I don't blame Wie for looking for a few years of reprieve from the parental pressure.

Maybe Annika understands this and was taking a subversive swipe at Wie's parents. If otherwise, she's not a very observant person.
04.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPJ
"Maybe Annika understands this and was taking a subversive swipe at Wie's parents. If otherwise, she's not a very observant person."

She's plenty observant. These name pros that leave the competition of golf enter the "business world" of golf. That means promoting their "brand" ( meaning their name).. So it's good business to keep you name out there in the public domain so folks won't forget about you and spend their money...Golf Academies, Wine, "How To" Videos, Clothing, Golf Course Design...Annika, G. Norman, Faldo, T. Watson, A. Palmer, Nicklaus., Gary Player....or in Joe Theisman's case keeping your prostate flowing. You think Annika really gives a rats azz about Michelel Wie?. She only cares about herding the next flock of pigeons into her Golf School and keeping it from going busto like it almost did with Bobby Ginn. And yes, her voice is annoying and whiney.
04.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
Let's not forget that Bedwetter wrecked her swing.
There is an old saying:

A horse that can count is a remarkable horse. But not a remarkable mathamatician.

Wie might have been a insanely promising golfer at a very young age and went to Stanford. But, that does not make her a remarkable professional golfer.

Sorenstam's use of the phrase "one of many" speaks to how unremarkable Wie is relative to other journeymen on the LPGA tour.
04.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJatinder
Wie burst onto the scene 10 years ago now at the Kraft Nabisco. How time flies!

And here we though back then that someday she would be playing in The Masters and that Tiger would be showing Gandhi and Mandela who was boss when it came to statesmanship.

Heady days those were!
04.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Foster
Wie in the presser yesterday: “You just look back, and you’re like, the stuff that came out of my mouth.”

Wow, four years of college and that's how she answers questions?

I guess Stanford ain't what it used to be.

Racoon-eatin' hillbillies like me have a fightin' chance.
04.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby
I'm grate at cipherin but spellin is tuff.
04.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJethro Bodine
Sheerrr ees!
04.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby
Of course we only have Michelle Wie's word for what Annika said. Maybe she is misquoting her :)
04.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStiggy
"Wie burst onto the scene 10 years ago now at the Kraft Nabisco. How time flies!"

I watched the Kraft today...some observations:

1. There was NOBODY in the stands at 18 or on the course following the players...I mean NOBODY. Isn't this a Major?

2. Wie's "table top" putting stance/stroke is strange, almost surreal ...she made a couple of nice ones but missed a tiddler and 3-jacked 18, missing another little one.

3. Th Golf Channel LPGA telecast is "hosted by Kelly Tilghman". Poor Kelly, it's almost like they are throwing her a token bone for her years of service. All the rest of the Golf Channel on-air staff has passed her by like she was standing still.
04.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
Del,

In the spirit of you posting the same thing on two threads, I will do the same with my reply.

"Those pictures of Tim Clark with a short putter prove nothing! Now check out these pictures of Annika!" -DTF, 2013
04.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRES
Bobby, there were fans in the stands over to the side, not those behind thw green, whick, I think, are harder to access, and may even be reserved. This is typical for this tournament, but Sunday is jammed....though I agree, it would seem like more would be there.

Wie needs to get her shit together, and go to some tall putters who did well, and learn how to putt--that goofy 90* leaning is a bad back in 6 month or less, and she needs to get rid of Leadbetter, and go play, and just frigging play as many daya and rounds as it takes to start playing and quit swinging.

And Yes, it seems like Kelly may be in prodction and off camera, or have her own show, ala Feharty, e it cooking with golfers, or who knows what.
04.6.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
RES, don't put words into quotes that I didn't write.
04.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Del,

When you feel the need to be at the center of every discussion and have an opinion on everything and be a "mover of the needle" regarding everything on this site, sometimes you're gonna trip over your own feet. If you slowed down a bit and took a day off, you'd be less likely to entangle yourself in your own words (or ideas, since you took umbrage with my literary device use of quotes) as you have here. Don't feel bad that you got called on your BS. If you fling enough stuff against the wall, eventually someone is gonna have to wipe it off. It shouldn't keep you from contributing, but I find it hard to keep track of everything I say too, as well, when I never give my mouth (or since you prefer to be literal, fingers) a break.
04.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRES
RES, if you have something specific you'd like to discuss, by all means lets get after it.....but again, don't make stuff, put it in qoutes, and ascribe it to me. Got it?

And JFTR, nobody ever produced a picture of Tim Clark with a short putter in his hands! Ahhh, details....clearly not your strong suit.
04.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF

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