Aug
30
2010
Wie Under Par!
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Besides, you guys spell and pronounce my name wrong all the time. It’s only fair that I get to have some fun with people getting confused or some wondering if we’re related. The only differences in our last names is the order of the “i” and the “e” and mine is pronounced “way” and Michelle is “wee.” She’s Korean and I’m Chinese. Oh, and she’s also a lot better at golf than me.

But I digress.

Michelle Wie shot 12-under with scores of 65-69-72-70 to win the Women’s Canadian Open by thee shots over the foursome of Kristy McPherson, Jiyai Shin, Suzann Pettersen and Jee Young Lee. Wie kicked off the tournament with a solid 65 and never looked back, leading wire-to-wire to capture her second-career LPGA victory.

When Michelle tapped in for par to clinch the win, Christina Kim stormed the green and uncorked a bottle of bubbly on her good friend.

“I was trying to run away from [Christina],” Michelle said. “All I was thinking in my mind was I’m wearing white pants.”

Michelle credited her solid putting, which has been the weakest link in her game in recent years, to helping her down the stretch on Sunday.

“[My putting] was very big,” she said. “I made a lot of crucial putts out there today. I made a lot of putts, but at the same time I made a lot of really crucial putts.”

With all the great expectations and the even greater disappointments, she finally notched her first win as a professional last November at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. But the question looming was, when would she do it again? And could she begin to reach her potential and dominate from week-to-week?

In her first seven starts of the season, she placed in the top-ten three times. But her play started to dwindle after the Sybase Match Play Championship and since late May, she missed the cut at the US Open and her best finish was T17 at the British Women’s Open.

“It feels awesome,” said Wie when asked the significance of her second win. “It feels absolutely fantastic. You know, I just — it’s been a long time since November, and it feels great. You know, I just feel like I haven’t been playing as well as I wanted to the last couple of months, and just really makes me more motivated for the rest of the season.”

Now can Michelle take the momentum on to the next tournament? Well, the problem is, the only one on the LPGA schedule in September is the P&G NW Arkansas Championship Presented by Walmart. From there, she returns to Stanford and a rigorous course load. And it remains to be seen how much we’ll see her of her in October, but I’m sure we’ll see her at the two domestic events. And she’ll certainly defend her title at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in November. I don’t see her missing the Tour Championship in December, either.

That said, it’s too bad the tour isn’t entering a longer stretch of events to see if Michelle can perhaps show some more consistency. But hey, anytime she wins, it’s big news and good for the LPGA. Not to mention at least we’re not talking about narc armchair rules officials calling in to report the case of Juli Inkster and the donut weight.