Memorial Tournament

Muirfield Village Golf Club

The Loop

Just wondering...

February 10, 2009

Will an LPGA constituency that once seemed openly to disdain Michelle Wie be rooting for her to finally deliver on her potential now that she's a full-fledged member?

It should. Whatever other players might think of her, it's in the LPGA's best interests that she becomes a star, given the attention she brings generally and the influence she still wields in Asia. In a tough economy that threatens to undermine the LPGA, the tour would be appreciably better off with her in a starring turn than a supporting role.

The LPGA could use a transcendent star as a lure to help hook elusive sponsors. Her career missteps notwithstanding, Wie remains its best hope.

-- John Strege