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Wie amongst the men?

July 17th, 2006 · No Comments · Golf

Young superstar golfer Michelle Wie failed again to make the cut at a PGA Tour event, this time pulling out during the second round of the John Deere Classic. She finished the first round at 6 over par, well above the projected cut line, then on the second day fell two strokes further behind before eventually voluntarily withdrawing after the 9th hole due to heat exhaustion. She has failed five times now to make the cut on the men’s Tour. Some say should shouldn’t even be there in the first place and should concentrate on the women’s tour. If she thinks she is good enough, why not? Are the men worried about losing their publicity or prize money?

Up to now she has not been good enough, but given time she should be able to pick up some money in these events. As with most skill based sports, it is possible for women to compete favorably with the men. In golf there is an element of fitness and strength as the men play from tees further from the green. Michelle Wie is able to compete with the men as she has a long drive. As with most sports, there is more prize money for the men, so I don’t blame her for trying to get some of that, though it is probably not the driving factor. As with all sports people, they want to be challenged and strive to be the best they can, and by playing with the men that is what Wie is trying to do. You go girl.

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