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You're still talking about Michele Wie

August 29, 2009

Interesting that during this first PGA Tour playoff week, we're getting no mail about the FedEx Cup or even about Liberty National and the debate over whether it is a great course (Padraig Harrington) or something less than that (Tiger Woods, among others).

Nope, we're getting mail about the Solheim Cup and especially about Michelle Wie's performance there. It may be known for swallows, but San Juan Capistrano's Dustin Stinett is eating crow.


Here's what Mr. Stinett wrote on June 21:

__Dear Editor,>

Regarding Beth Daniel's "trouble" in deciding whether or not to select Juli Inkster and/or Michelle Wie for the 2009 Solheim Cup Team. One can only hope that winning the contest trumps "promotional reasons" when it's time for Ms. Daniel to make that decision, regardless of what the LPGA and the Golf Channel might want. Juli Inkster's experience (seven teams including the last six) and record (14-8-5) show that she has already earned a captain's pick. Michelle Wie hasn't earned a thing.__

And here is Dustin today:


Dear Editor,>

Never have I been so pleased to have been proven so wrong.>

Dustin Stinett>

San Juan Capistrano, CA


But he was only one of several Golf World readers talking about the Michelle Wie revival.

Dear Editor, Great photo of Michelle Wie on the cover.....and this time she earned it!!!! David Singletary Gilroy, CA

More than one reader, and whole lot of golfers I've talked to since the Cup, thought there might be a lesson for Wie's parents as well.


__Dear Editor, After watching the Solheim Cup, I hope that B. J.and Boe Wie got the message to fade into the background and let their daughter become the champion she is capable of being. Their horrible micro managing of Michelle's life has really retarded her potential but last week proved without a doubt that when they get out of the way with their poor advice and direction, Michelle is a winner. John Bird> >

Friday Harbor, W__A __

You've got a point, John. But I think Michelle's parents might respond that their management of her, though not perfect, has if nothing else made it so that she will never have to worry about playing for money again. From now on, it's all about the competition.

--Bob Carney