Golf Digest WomanJuly 6, 2011

"Sometimes you wonder if [Michelle Wie] is mentally strong enough."

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. -- It's safe to say that Annika Sorenstam, the once-shy golfer who stormed onto the scene when she won the 1995 U.S. Women's Open at The Broadmoor, isn't timid any longer. She addressed three topics very bluntly on Wednesday afternoon:


  1. Michelle Wie might not have the mental fortitude to win. __

"When [Michelle Wie] came out there was a lot of buzz," said Sorenstam. "She probably has one of the best golf swings in the game today. I would say she has not performed to her expectations or her potential. 

"Her focus should be more on the golf. She's very distracted with school, doesn't really play as much full time as I thought she would...Sometimes you wonder if she's mentally strong enough to finish at the top. She has a few victories, but has not really been able to really breakthrough."

2. Lexi Thompson is too young to qualify for the LPGA Tour.

"I'm going to be honest, I was a little surprised," said Sorenstam, when asked about the waiver the LPGA Tour granted Thompson so she could attend Q school this summer. "We have the rules, 18 years old, and it was put there for a reason. So I was surprised that it was changed.