Jul
8
2010
Wie’s Woes: Another Major Letdown
By Stephanie Wei under US Women's Open

Yesterday, we learned Michelle Wie was no Phi Beta Kappa. Today, she played like Phi Beta Krappa. In the first round of the US Women’s Open, Michelle shot 11-over 82. While scores were predictably high, there weren’t that many higher. What went wrong?

“Everything,” she said.

On a miserably hot and slow day at Oakmont, Wie hit a measly four fairways, six greens and needed 34 putts. In her first nine holes, she made three double-bogeys in a four-hole stretch to post a 43. While she was able to minimize the damage on the other nine, she finished the day without a birdie.

Standing at T131, Wie is in serious danger of missing the cut unless she manages to go seriously low on Friday. What’s more disconcerting is her record at majors in the past few years. The last time she finished in the top-10 was in 2006, where she had three. Since then, her best finish was T11 at the 2009 Women’s British Open.

Asked how she felt when she was a “dejecting” eight-over through eight holes, she sarcastically replied, “Oh, yeah, it’s like I’m playing fantastic right now. It’s a great day. But, I felt a little better. Hopefully tomorrow will be a lot better.”

When it’s that bad, morbid humor is sometimes the best comfort. And knowing the worst is over.

[AP Photo/Darron Cummings]