Friday, July 08, 2005

Bogey to Texas Open: Wie is Waiting for You

I've written before of my belief that the Valero Texas Open should be pleading with Michelle Wie to head to San Antonio in September. (Short version: The Texas Open needs all the help it can get.) Wie is coming off another strong showing in a PGA event, this time missing the cut by just two strokes (but finishing under par) at the John Deere Classic.

And something she said after her play at the Deere was over caught my eye:

"On the LPGA Tour, I made the cut on my fourth try," she said. "My fourth try is coming up, so I'm really looking forward to that." (quote taken from this AP story)
Her fourth try at making a PGA Tour cut is coming up? Is she simply saying that her next PGA Tour appearance - whenever that might be - will be her fourth, or is she giving a clue that she knows a fourth try is coming soon? Has she already accepted a sponsor's invitation into another PGA Tour event this year, or is she considering doing so?

The folks in charge of the Valero Texas Open need to get on the horn to the Wies right away and get her to Texas! Wie is a marketing goldmine, and she's as good or better than most players who get sponsor's exemptions anyway.

Besides, I'm convinced she would make the cut at the Texas Open. One, it's a weak field; two, it's an easy course.

Wie could put up a 65 or 66 at the Resort Course at La Cantera, there's no doubt in my mind (last year, it took 3-under to make the cut), and she'd almost be a lock to break par in both the first and second rounds. She'd be hitting wedge into most par-4s and three of the four par-5s are easily reachable in two for her. It's a short course to begin with but plays even shorter because so many of the holes play downhill. Heck, I shot a 78 there about two months ago and I stink!

Plus, most of the fairways are generous and the bermuda greens are much more like what she's used to putting on in Hawaii.

If the Texas Open becomes Michelle Wie's fourth try at making a PGA Tour cut, then she'd be right to think No. 4 will be the charm.

2 comments:

  1. Bogey, a small correction: during the tournament, two of the course's four par-5s are converted to par-4s. Nos. 1 and 14 remain par-5s. Michelle couldn't reach No. 1 (only a handful of the guys can), but she'd likely be hitting a 6-iron or less into No. 14. I agree with your general points, however.

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  2. Brent, thanks for your correction. You're absolutely right, La Cantera would have only two par-5s during the Texas Open. That doesn't change my thesis however, that such a short, easy course is tailormade for Wie.

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