...is it a coincidence that Michelle Wie is playing so well and exuding incredible confidence, composure, passion and determination the week her parents are kept just a Wie bit more distant than normal?
Steve DiMeglio has been tracking Wie's play at the Solheim Cup, first in noting before play that the team atmosphere has her bonding with teammates.
This week she's found comfort in bonding.
"I'm kind of like a hermit. I play golf and go back to my room," said Wie, one of two captain's picks. "But here I get to spend a lot of time with the girls, and they've gotten to know the real me. Hopefully, they like it."
They do. Her teammates have opened up about Wie opening up. That includes Morgan Pressel, who was one of the more vocal critics of Wie receiving exemptions in the past. This year, however, the two have become close friends, with Pressel, a robust tweeter, often posting photos of the two together on her Twitter page.
After her day one, morning best ball win with Christina Kim, DiMeglio shares these comments:
"I think this is the most fun I've ever had playing golf,"
"I was just so pumped up. I'm still pumped up. I'm still shaking from the round, it was just so much fun."
Despite this dready design and slow play, the combination of player passion, great galleries, gamesmanship, decent Golf Channel coverage and the underdogs excelling has made for very entertaining viewing. But it's especially fun seeing Wie blossom before our eyes.