August 3, 2008

Little Airhead is at it again...

One of the cardinal rules of professional golf is to avoid following one mistake with another. If you hit a really bad shot, don’t try to hit a miracle recovery shot, especially if the odds are against pulling it off. Just get it back to the fairway and go from there.

Having said that, Little Airhead, following her DQ (disqualification) for failing to sign her scorecard in a timely manner, is all set to try and take on the men again on the PGA Tour.

What the hell is this girl smoking?

Yes, believe it or not, for the eighth time, Wie will try and compete against the men on the US PGA Tour at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open.

In typical airhead fashion, Wie actually had the nerve to say that she "wished she had no critics, but is realistic that people will write negative things about her."

Gee, I wonder why she would possibly think something like that…

Ok, one small thing in her favour is that this event has one of the weakest fields on the Tour schedule as it is held opposite the World Golf Championship in Ohio. However, David Duval will be there and he shows signs of finally regaining his winning. Duval has made the cut twice in his last three events. He tied for 39th at The Open.

Defending champion Steve Flesch decided to play the Bridgestone event, so the highest ranked player in the field would be Jeff Quinney (56th). Unfortunately, one gets the feeling that Wie couldn’t even make the cut on the Hooters Tour, much less playing against the second string Big Bag Guys.

Also, when deciding to play this event, Little Airhead once again irritated her compatriots on the LPGA Tour by skipping the British Women’s Open, a major in which she actually qualified to play.

As you can imagine, three LPGA champions, Annika Sorenstam, Helen Alfredsson and Paula Creamer, are less than impressed with Team Wie’s logic and cannot understand what’s going on inside her head.

This confusion could stem from the simple fact that Wie has never won an event anywhere and never made the cut on the PGA Tour.

Alfredsson was a quite accurate in her assessment when she said that if Wie wants to become a golfer she should concentrate on being on the women’s tour and dealing with established winners like Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer and learning to win.

Pressel’s only LPGA Tour victory is a major, last year’s Kraft Nabisco Championship, while Creamer has won seven tournaments.

David Leadbetter, who has worked with Wie for years, blamed her family for making bad choices and said she has more to lose than gain by playing at Reno this week.

Amazing! Leadbetter finally said something I can agree with.

Wie’s practice round during Wednesday’s pro-am was a roller coaster. She birdied three of the first four holes but later added a bogey, four double bogeys and one triple for a 9-over-par 81. Not exactly the kind of round which will strike terror into the hearts of the men on the Tour.

Competing against the men serves no real purpose other than being a publicity stunt and demonstrating her lack of reality.

A 2002 survey of 400 top business executives reported that 82 percent admitted to cheating at golf. Around the same time, PGA Tour caddies were questioned about cheating, and 26 percent said they had seen players cheat on tour.

It has always intrigued me why some people feel compelled to cheat.

Some people cheat simply because they don’t know the rules. Unfortunately, many people fall into this category because in their haste to move from the instruction mat to the golf course, they neglected to learn the rules of golf.

Their instructors should have made sure they knew at least the basic rules and etiquette.

Other people cheat because they cannot bear the thought of losing. To them "win at any cost" is the driving force in their lives, even if they have to cheat to do so.

While ignorance of the rules can be corrected with a little time and effort, it seems that people in the other category are almost beyond redemption.

If you cheat to win, you lose…

Back to Issues