Michelle Wie Apology: Why Did Annika Sörenstam Apologize To Former Golf Prodigy?
"What I see now is that the talent that we all thought would be there is not there," the 10-time major winner told Golf Magazine.
However, Sörenstam later apologized to Michelle Wie for this comment. The legend reportedly claimed that she was misquoted in the question-and-answer style interview.
"She actually reached out to me last night, said a couple of things got misquoted," Wie told the Associated Press. "I thought that was really nice of her to reach out to me. She apologized for what she said, and that's that. I didn't read it, so I don't know what she said."
If Wie had read the Golf Magazine story, she would have realized that Sörenstam had quite a bit to apologize for. The retired legend also called out the former teen star for focusing too much on competing in men's tournaments.
"I don't think it helped her career," Sörenstam said. "I think we see some of it today. I think she jumped in way too deep, and I think it had some tough consequences for her."
According to espnW, the now-23-year-old Michelle Wie missed the cut in all but one of the tournaments she entered against men. Ironically, Sörenstam herself also entered a men's event in 2003, missing the cut in the Colonial Tournament.
Meanwhile, Hall of Famer, JoAnne Carner, agreed with Sörenstam that Wie should never have tried to play against men.
"Confidence comes from winning," she told espnW last year. "If you are entering a men's tournament, you are not entering to win. She was entering to make the cut.
"That's a totally different attitude. And it carries over. She finally gets in a women's tournament, and you are not used to being in the hunt."
No word on whether Carner apologized to Michelle Wie for these comments as well.
As the New York Daily News notes, Michelle Wie was considered a golf prodigy after making the cut at the Kraft Nabisco Championship at the ripe age of 13. However, she has struggled over the last few seasons in particular. She is currently ranked just 86th in the world and has missed three cuts in five tournaments this season. Wie did not play well in her other two events, either, but survived until the final day because those tournaments did not have a cut line.
In fact, Wie has won just two events in her pro career. Already she has been eclipsed by the LPGA's newest prodigy, 15-year-old Lydia Ko. Per the New York Times, Ko, currently the top-ranked amateur, has won three contests against pros, including the 2012 Canadian Open. She is paired with Michelle, her idol, at this week's Kraft Nabisco Championship. Each shot a par 72 in the first round.
With Ko's emergence, it's possible the LPGA does not even need Michelle Wie to make headlines anymore.
"She [Wie] has a long way to go [to become the best player in the world], let's put it that way," Sörenstam said in the Golf Magazine interview. "There was a time when the LPGA really needed her. I thought she had a lot to bring to the table. Now she's one out of many."
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