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Wie 'learned a lot.' Again

May 18, 2009

The Sybase Classic was let another learning experience for Michelle Wie, or so she claimed. "I kind of grinded through and learned a lot for next week," she told Steve Politi of the Newark Star-Ledger.

She seems to learn a lot week in and week out, though indubitably what she has not learned is how to win. Wie tied for third at the Sybase Classic, six strokes behind the winner Ji Young Oh.

Google "michelle wie" and "learned a lot" and 1,950 responses turn up (albeit many are duplicate entries). On the eve of the Kraft Nabisco Championship: "Last week (the J Golf Phoenix LPGA International) wasn't my greatest week, but I feel like I learned a lot."

When Angela Stanford outplayed her down the stretch of the SBS Open in February, Wie said, "I learned a lot from Angela today."

It has become a reflexive response, seemingly delivered to advance the notion that she is steadily improving and that victory is imminent. Is it?

Columnist Ian O'Connor, who was there on Sunday, writes in the Record, "If she's too talented to stay out of the winner's circle, there remains a long par-5 between here and there."

Hank Gola of the New York Daily News was also there, and writes: "It was another example of how Wie hasn't yet learned how to win, or more specifically, how to score. There isn't an extra gear there. She plays every round like the preceding one. Her first win is likely to come either wire-to-wire, or sitting in the clubhouse, back in the after posting a 62 from back in the pack."

-- John Strege