How long before the naysayers start questioning Michelle Wie again? One week? One month?
Ms. Wie won The Canadian Open after leading, or co-leading, for 68 of the 72 holes she played. She shot a final round 70 to beat playing partner Jiay Shin, and three others by three shots. It's the second win in her two-year career as a pro.
The naysayers will argue that she should've won at least double this amount already. I say this: in two years she's won two tournaments full of elite fields on the LPGA tour. She's had numerous top-10s, including majors, both as a pro and amateur. She also goes to Stanford—which is no easy task—and will be a senior starting back in a few weeks.
And she's only 20 years old.
She's been hyped for nearly a decade now. Maybe it's been an over-hype. There's a lot of pressure on her. But I think its all unwarranted.
I've read (maybe incorrectly) that her father has put a lot of pressure on her. I could be wrong, but I believe he had a lot to do with her playing the men's events. The women don't need to play the men's events, even if they can beat a lot of them. The LPGA has been struggling the past couple of years, losing a lot of tournaments and such, and should have its stars play every week there's an event on the calendar.
Nike, I'm sure, puts a lot of money into advertising for Wie as well. With Tiger and his issues, she could help give the company a much-needed boost.
The LPGA and its higher-ups are probably another group that would love to see Wie succeed. With Ochoa and Sorenstam retired, Michelle is arguably the biggest name out there for women's golf, especially in the United States.
Let's face it. Cristie Kerr is older than the majority of lady golfers out there. Paula Creamer, despite winning the U.S. Open, is still recovering from thumb surgery. Other names like Pressel, Gulbis, Lincicome, and Christina Kim have been inconsistent overall. Wie could be the savior the LPGA has been looking for.
But again, that is putting a lot of unnecessary pressure on a 20-year-old who's only been a pro on tour for almost two years.
A lot of similar pressure was on Paula Creamer until her big major win. That, in my opinion, was also bogus. She came straight out of high school to the LPGA, and she's only 24. Annika didn't win her first major until 25.
So let Michelle Wie enjoy this win. The naysayers will still be there, but like me, I'm sure she'll ignore them. She can then move on to something that most people will think is an even greater accomplishment than winning a golf tournament: getting a college degree.
Get your degree from Stanford and be proud of what you've accomplished. Then you can start concentrating on winning LPGA majors.
And leave the naysayers to putting their collective feet in their mouths.