Ron Sirak weighs in on the Wie WD with several new insights, including this laugh-out-loud funny spin from the LPGA Tour.
While most players and knowledgeable observers found it odd an LPGA official would get in a cart, ride onto the course and talk with a player's manager, deputy commissioner Libba Galloway disputed that view. "[Chris Higgs] is head of tournament business affairs, and he's often on the course with tournament sponsors and he was out there [with] a tournament sponsor watching a sponsor exemption play, which is really not that unusual," said Galloway.Except that he said it was for "no particular reason."
Asked about the conversation with Nared, Galloway said, "[Chris] knows Greg, and Greg asked him for some confirmation on some information he had gotten from the LPGA." Asked if Nared was aware of the 88-stroke rule before speaking with Higgs, Galloway said, "Yes, that's my understanding."
But it gets better.
Nared, reached by phone Saturday, told Golf World his conversation with Higgs was purely social. "I saw [him] on No. 7, and we spoke for about 30 seconds," said Nared, who works for the William Morris Agency. "There is nothing I can do about that. You know me, I am a cordial person." Asked what they talked about, he said, "It was a private discussion," a characterization Higgs also used Thursday before making himself unavailable for the rest of the weekend.
Nared said Wie "tweaked [the wrist]." While Wie never indicated she was in distress, Nared said, "I know my player, and I know when she is not swinging well. I felt as her manager I should check with her." They spoke as she walked from the seventh green to the eighth tee appearing as if she were going to continue play. Nared said it was Wie's decision to quit.
Wait, is he her manager or her agent? Ah what's the difference!