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Instructor David Leadbetter “had a long heart-to-heart” with Michelle Wie on Thursday night, Bill Fields writes at ESPN.com on Wie's lost season. Leadbetter asked her about her desire. “I quizzed her on that: ‘Do you still want this?’” he said. “She said, ‘Definitely.’ And I believe her. If people knew how hard she’s working behind the scenes, they wouldn’t doubt her. Some people say she's overrated. They rake her over the coals for golf. But life is not golf. She's beautiful. She's got a degree from Stanford. She’s artistic. She doesn't have to work a day in her life. She loves what she does. There is more to Michelle than golf.”
“Zach Johnson turns 40 next February, an age where it can be tempting to look back at how far he has come without taking his eyes off the road that could lead places he never imagined. He has a green jacket from Augusta National and a claret jug from St. Andrews. Those two majors are among his 12 victories on the PGA Tour. He is halfway to the career Grand Slam. A few more PGA Tour titles would make it tough to overlook [him] for the World Golf Hall of Fame…And part of him is trying to block it out now,” Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press writes.
“The initial shock having subsided, the thought of Tiger Woods driving a golf cart around Hazeltine National next September as a vice captain [of the U.S. team] now in focus, one thing quickly became clear: so much for the notion that Woods is not invested in the Ryder Cup,” ESPN’s Bob Harig writes in this story on Woods and the Ryder Cup.