Wie shoots 2 over with 13 clubs at Wegmans LPGA
Thursday, June 7, 2012
PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Michelle Wie shot 2-over 74 with 13 clubs in her bag. Minutes before Wie was set to tee off at the Wegmans LPGA Championship, the head of her 3-wood cracked on the range. She had planned on hitting 3-wood off of at least five tees and using it to attack the par 5s at Locust Hill Country Club. With no backup on hand, she relied on her 2-hybrid.
Wie, who has missed four consecutive cuts on the LPGA and one on the Japan LPGA, hit the wall last week. After missing the cut in Atlantic City, Wie tweeted that she had shed more tears this year than in all of her 22 years combined.
“Sometimes, you have to admit that you’re frustrated,” Wie said. “I felt a little better after saying it. It’s kind of a new start for me.”
Wie’s new attitude this week: “Not really giving a damn.” She’s trying to swing more freely, tapping into the action that made her famous worldwide.
Cristie Kerr paired with Wie on Thursday and thought her former Solheim Cup partner still had a long way to go.
“I don’t like the way she’s swinging at it,” Kerr said. “It’s just way too technical, trying to be way too perfect. David (Leadbetter) is a great teacher, but whatever path they’re on, I just don’t like it.”
Kerr went on to say that she played with a 12-year-old Wie and found it beautiful to watch. Now, Kerr almost wants to look away.
“She’s one of my best friends, and I wish her the best; I really do,” Kerr said. “But she needs to take a hard look at what they’re doing.”
Kerr’s assessment is tough but fair. Still, it was obvious that Wie’s attitude had come a long way in five days. That’s at least a good step in the right direction. Her game directly impacts the growth of the LPGA.
“It’s huge for her to play well for us,” Kerr said. “If we want to command bigger TV contracts and if we want to play for bigger purses, we need our stars.”