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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Believe it or not: Wie family makes a good decision

Miracles do happen. The Wies have come to their senses.
This week, Michelle Wie pulled out of the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic set for next month. Her ailing wrist was mentioned as a reason, but let's be honest, this had nothing to do with an injury.
Wie doesn't belong on the LPGA Tour, let alone the PGA Tour. Ninety nine of the exemptions this youngster has received in her short career haven't been earned. The LPGA Tour has changed the rules numerous times to get her in its championship and the USGA has always let Wie in for free.
The PGA Tour hasn't been much different. She's a given to receive exemptions from the Sony Open, John Deere and 84 Lumber.
Perhaps this has finally come to an end. Maybe Wie will have to earn her keep from now on.
Her poor performances of late -- she's gotten worse, not better since turning pro -- have finally called into question tournament directors and golf officials bending over backwards for Wie.
May I remind you: I blame Michelle for none of this. Dollar signs have caused her parents to butcher the poor girl's image.
The talent is there, and I'm sure Wie will eventually prove to be the golf powerhouse she's been touted to be. However, it will be much more satisfying for all involved when it happens -- because this time she will have earned it.


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