Aug
24
2009
Michelle Wie Breaks Out of Her Shell
By Stephanie Wei under General

The US team won their third straight Solheim Cup, defeating Europe 16 points to 12 points. As expected, the American ladies dominated the single matches 8-4. The victory was an incredible team effort, but if there were an MVP, the honor would go to Michelle Wie.

She lived up to those great expectations. She showed team spirit, heart, personality and most of all, her stellar play spoke volumes. She finished the week with an almost perfect record, winning three matches and halving one.

Her putting, the weakest part of her game, has come a long way — she recently started working with esteemed putting coach Dave Stockton.

It sounds cliche, but Michelle did indeed come of age last week. Everyone had her at that point before she was ready — it was too much hype and she was only 13 when people started dubbing her the Tiger Woods of women’s golf.

She had the opportunity to make her mark and she did so, in spades. It was incredibly fun to watch her play with such passion. We got to see her wonderful personality as well, which might have been the best part. More important, she looked like she was having fun just playing golf — something we haven’t seen so far in her career.

Michelle’s strong showing at one event hasn’t rid of all the naysayers, but her dominance last week certainly proved many of them wrong. There will still be skeptics until she wins an LPGA tournament. But like Juli Inkster said, “I would bet you a large amount of money that Michelle will win before the year is out.”

I wouldn’t bet against her. Perhaps it’ll even happen as soon as the Safeway Classic this week.

[Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images]