Wie saga continues this week at Reno-Tahoe Open
Michelle Wie will once again compete in a PGA Tour event this week, accepting a sponsor's exemption into the Reno-Tahoe Open.
Through the powers of mind-reading -- or because I know you so well -- I can tell exactly what you're thinking right now ... and you're dead wrong.Don't believe me? Fine. I'll prove it. After reading the first paragraph of this column, the immediate thought that entered your head was ... "I'm so sick and tired of hearing about some 18-year-old girl who has never won anything! Who cares?" Well, you care -- that's who. When Wie was disqualified for failing to sign her scorecard after Round 2 of the LPGA's State Farm Classic two weeks ago, the news story drew more than 800 user comments on ESPN.com. Just a hunch, but I don't think that number would have reached double-digits had the offender in question been tournament leader Yani Tseng or fellow contenders Katie Futcher, Hee-Won Han or Ji Young Oh. Like it or not, Wie remains one of the few golfers who can still cause a ripple in the already overflowing wave pool that is professional sports. How come? That's easy. It's because we've seen her grow up -- and disappoint -- right before our eyes. Yes, there are other teenaged female golfers who have accomplished more than Wie in their short careers -- Tseng, Morgan Pressel and In Bee Park have already won major championships on the women's circuit -- but none of them were competing in men's professional events at the age of 14 and none had "phenom" attached to their names like a standard prefix. Everything Wie has done in her short career -- both positive and negative -- from the second-round 68 that left her a stroke shy of missing the cut at her first Sony Open in 2004 to the questionable withdrawals and disqualifications that have dotted her more recent results, has come under the watchful eye of a skeptical public. So, why should we stop watching now? Did you quit setting the TiVo for "Lost" when it looked like the survivors wouldn't be rescued in a happily-ever-after ending right away? Of course not -- and so you shouldn't turn off The Michelle Wie Show before its exciting conclusion, either. Ah, I see another thought has crossed your mind ...
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