Saturday, July 29, 2006

Michelle Wie Almost Wins LPGA Evian Masters . . . But That's OK

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingMichelle Wie came close again but finished one stroke short of first place at the Evian Masters LPGA tournament in Evian, France today.

Some have been describing her as a “disappointment” or as "a marketing story, nothing more."

It is true that she has not yet won a professional golf tournament but, then again, she is not even old enough to be a member of the LPGA! If it were not for the waivers and special invitations she would not even be able to play in any of these tournaments at all!

Just for the sake of comparison I have taken the three major Women’s golf tournaments that have been played so far this summer: The LPGA Open Championship, The U.S. Women’s Open and The Evian Masters.

By adding up the ten best cumulative scores along with the prize money (est.) I find the following:
PlayerCumulative ScoreCumulative Prize Money
# 1. Michelle Wie841$ 568,833
# 2. Se Ri Pak842$ 517,000
# 3. AnnikaSorenstam846$ 670,174
# 4. Karrie Webb851$ 631,645
# 5. Pat Hurst852$ 445,794
# 6. Lorena Ochoa854$ 209,014
# 7. Mi Hyun Kim855$ 286,491
# 8. Julie Inkster (tie860$ 158,048
# 8. Young Kim (tie)860$ 143,427
#10. Paula Creamer863$ 150,124
As you can see, Michelle Wie has the lowest combined score and is #3 in total prize money won in these three tournaments.

All in all I would say that Michelle is the “real deal.” So far she has only been able to play in tournaments that have not interfered with her school schedule. She is still only 16 years old. When she plays she is equal to the best women golfers in the world . . . and she has done it the old fashioned way . . . she’s earned it!

Hats off to Michelle Wie . . . and congratulations to Karrie Webb who came in first today.