More doubts about Wie

Bill's Rant

June 27, 2008|By BILL ORDINE

There has been so much consistently bad news about Michelle Wie's golf game that you wonder whether her performance will ever match her potential or the hype.

Yesterday's quintuple-bogey 9 on the ninth hole of the first round of the U.S. Women's Open in Edina, Minn., gave her a 42 on the front nine. She finished with an 8-over 81 and is essentially out of contention.

On the sixth stroke of the 413-yard par 4, where her Open fell apart, Wie was chipping from off the green and up a slope when the ball failed to make the ridge at the top and trickled back to her feet.

Wie has been on the golf stage for so long and so prominently that it's easy to forget she is just 18. She has lots of time to recover from things such as this, but you do have to wonder about her golfer's psyche.

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