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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Michelle Wie earns her LPGA Tour card: Now What?

(This entry was originally posted in this blog on December 10, 2008 and the information is based on that time.)

Well, Michelle Wie has done it. This time, there are no sponsor’s exemption, the nineteen year old just earned her LPGA Tour card by playing in the LPGA Qualifying Tournament like Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak. On December 7, 2008, Michelle Wie finished her 18 whole with two above par. She tied for the seventh position with over all score of 348. Definitely not the best of Michelle Wie, still, when she was on the 18th hole, a crowd of five hundred watched her shooting two over par. For Michelle Wie, it was like a new beginning. New York Times reports:

For those who remembered the giggly, gangly Wie who contended in women’s majors while barely in her teens, the result might have carried all the impact of an unimaginative sermon delivered in a monotone.

But for an older, wiser Wie, 19, securing membership on a tour she has graced like a dilettante for the last seven years felt like a shout-it-from-the-rafters moment.

“It feels like a clean slate, a new beginning, and I finally feel like I really earned it,” she said.

Stacy Lewis, former NCAA Champion, was the winner in the qualifying tournament. What she can not figure out is why there is so much sensation about Michelle Wie. Only few years ago, this was an unthinkable question. During his teenage years, Michelle Wie came close to three three matches of qualifying for the Masters and nine holes of qualifying for the Men’s U.S. Open. Now, those days are gone. Michelle Wie may have come across a tough phase of her life but she has a tougher road ahead.

Related articles:

New York Times

The Canadian Press

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