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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,kevin.cowherd@baltsun.com | June 12, 2009
I went to see Michelle Wie play at Bulle Rock on Thursday because I'm a sucker for drama queens, and there's enough drama in this young woman's life for any reality series you come up with. Just shy of 20 years old, she remains endlessly fascinating to golf fans. She's the child prodigy who has so far failed to deliver on her enormous potential, the sweet-swinging long-hitter - averaging 272 yards on her drives, sixth on the LPGA Tour - who can sometimes seem lost and clueless at this game.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | June 13, 2009
Katherine Hull gets it. She understands the layman's perspective. She knows there are people watching the LPGA Championship who aren't rooting for players like her to win her first major. They want to see Michelle Wie or Natalie Gulbis or Paula Creamer in the mix, the tour's young and marketable stars who are expected to carry golf into the post-Annika Sorenstam era. But sports don't work that way. Endorsement contracts, swimsuit calendars and expectations don't hit the golf ball. That will forever remain up to the players.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun reporter | June 3, 2008
For the first time since the McDonald's LPGA Championship came to Bulle Rock, Michelle Wie will not be in the field. The former amateur phenom, now 18, has struggled with a recurring wrist injury, fading confidence and disastrous results. Despite seven top-10 finishes in majors, the latest one about two years ago, there are some who believe that Wie will never fulfill the promise she once showed. Others think she's still young enough to be great. Three years ago, controversy swirled around Wie when she became the first amateur invited to play in the LPGA Championship.
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,kevin.cowherd@baltsun.com | June 12, 2009
I went to see Michelle Wie play at Bulle Rock on Thursday because I'm a sucker for drama queens, and there's enough drama in this young woman's life for any reality series you come up with. Just shy of 20 years old, she remains endlessly fascinating to golf fans. She's the child prodigy who has so far failed to deliver on her enormous potential, the sweet-swinging long-hitter - averaging 272 yards on her drives, sixth on the LPGA Tour - who can sometimes seem lost and clueless at this game.
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By BILL ORDINE | August 1, 2008
Following the example of 53-year-old Greg Norman, who led the Open Championship going into the final nine holes a few weeks ago, LPGA veteran Juli Inkster shot a 7-under-par 65 yesterday to take the first-round lead in the Women's British Open in Sunningdale, England. When Inkster, 48, was 18 years old, she played in her first major, the Women's U.S. Open. She finished tied for 23rd. After plugging along as an outstanding college player at San Jose State, she won her first pro tournament in 1983, and a year later, she was the LPGA's Rookie of the Year.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | May 30, 2007
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- This might be Annika Sorenstam's tournament, but the world of women's golf still seems to revolve around Michelle Wie. Because Wie was sidelined for nearly five months because of a reported wrist injury, her presence this week in the Ginn Tribute brought reporters who normally wouldn't be here outside Charleston for the new LPGA tournament officially hosted by Sorenstam, herself coming back from injury after a two-month layoff....
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | June 7, 2006
JoAnne Carner didn't turn pro until she was past her 30th birthday and within five years had become the No. 1 player on the LPGA Tour. Judy Rankin gave up her amateur status as a 17-year-old and took more than six seasons before she finally won. By the time they were finished, Carner and Rankin were considered among the best women ever to play the game. Both are in the Hall of Fame, evidence to the fact that there is more than one road to take in order to get to the sport's ultimate destination.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | June 6, 2007
Ever since the LPGA Championship came to Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace in 2005, the event has seemed as much a soap opera as a golf tournament. It has been fraught with friction, often involving Michelle Wie. Two years after sponsors rankled many veteran tour members for making Wie the first amateur to be invited in the tournament's 50-year history, the now 17-year-old prodigy found herself getting blasted again yesterday by the tour's most accomplished player....
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By JEFF BARKER and JEFF BARKER,SUN REPORTER | June 6, 2006
SUMMIT, N.J. -- You could almost have pictured her at the U.S. Open, could almost have imagined Michelle Wie playing a tournament whose name evokes images of champions such as Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods. A tournament that, up until now, has been all about men. Wie, who recently completed her junior year of high school, was in contention deep into yesterday's play to become the first woman - perhaps better to say first "female" because she is only 16 years old - to qualify for the men's Open.
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By CHILDS WALKER and CHILDS WALKER,SUN REPORTER | June 11, 2006
Even among this country's hundreds of sports prodigies, Michelle Wie stands out. Maybe it's her perfect golf swing. Maybe it's her physical stature and magnetic smile. Maybe it's because she does things that women's players, especially 16-year-old ones, aren't supposed to do. Maryland golf fans are seeing it up close this weekend, just as they did last year. After three rounds of the LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock golf course in Havre de Grace, she is tied for third place, one stroke off the lead.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | June 9, 2009
Golfer Paige MacKenzie was killing time on her Twitter page recently, taking a break from getting ready for this week's McDonald's LPGA Championship in Havre de Grace, when she noticed something fellow LPGA Tour member Jeehae Lee had written from the airport. Lee was hoping to fly to Baltimore, and was now hopelessly confused and seemed a little panicked. Is there a good reason why these people at the gate are saying baltimore, washington? Lee wrote. Am I missing something? Oh rookie, MacKenzie quickly Tweeted back, you're going to BWI-Baltimore/Washington.
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By BILL ORDINE | August 1, 2008
Following the example of 53-year-old Greg Norman, who led the Open Championship going into the final nine holes a few weeks ago, LPGA veteran Juli Inkster shot a 7-under-par 65 yesterday to take the first-round lead in the Women's British Open in Sunningdale, England. When Inkster, 48, was 18 years old, she played in her first major, the Women's U.S. Open. She finished tied for 23rd. After plugging along as an outstanding college player at San Jose State, she won her first pro tournament in 1983, and a year later, she was the LPGA's Rookie of the Year.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun reporter | June 3, 2008
For the first time since the McDonald's LPGA Championship came to Bulle Rock, Michelle Wie will not be in the field. The former amateur phenom, now 18, has struggled with a recurring wrist injury, fading confidence and disastrous results. Despite seven top-10 finishes in majors, the latest one about two years ago, there are some who believe that Wie will never fulfill the promise she once showed. Others think she's still young enough to be great. Three years ago, controversy swirled around Wie when she became the first amateur invited to play in the LPGA Championship.
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June 14, 2007
Good morning -- Phil Mickelson -- You check to see if Michelle Wie can offer any advice on that wrist?
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By ROCH KUBATKO | June 12, 2007
I just walked the boardwalk in Ocean City for the first time in many years. I haven't gotten any older, but man, everyone else sure is younger. I was going to play putt-putt golf before returning to my parents' place in Ocean Pines, but Michelle Wie was holding up the line. She kept hitting the windmill. Until John Parrish rediscovers his slider, and I mean the one from spring training and early in the season, he's going to struggle. He still has a minor league option remaining. He needs to become effective again or the Orioles could make a change.
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By Patrick Gutierrez and Patrick Gutierrez,Sun reporter | June 10, 2007
In last place among the 84 players left in the field in the McDonald's LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock, Michelle Wie is scheduled to be in the first group out this morning for the final round. Continuing to battle injuries to both her wrists, Wie said her status for today was up in the air when she left the course after shooting an 11-over-par 83 yesterday for a three-round total of 14-over 220. It was her worst round as a professional. "We'll just have to see how it goes tonight [with the injury]
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | July 2, 2003
ABSECON, N.J. - For those who missed out on watching Tiger Woods as a teenager and experiencing the explosion of a golfing legend, Michelle Wie will provide another chance. The 13-year-old femme phenom from Hawaii has designs on one day playing both the LPGA and PGA tours. She also hopes to compete in, not picket at, the Masters. Last year, Wie became the youngest player ever to qualify for an LPGA event. By winning last month's U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in Palm Coast, Fla., Wie became the youngest golfer to hold a title at an open-age USGA tournament.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | May 7, 2004
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - A year ago, fans flocked to the LPGA Tour stop here at Kingsmill Resort hoping to get a glimpse of Annika Sorenstam. The world's best female golfer was preparing for her historic appearance later in the month at a PGA Tour event in Texas. Sorenstam is back, but she is merely a sideshow in the mounting circus that has become Michelle Wie's life. The 14-year-old from Hawaii has gone from a 6-foot curiosity item to a legitimate contender after nearly making the cut at the PGA Tour's Sony Open earlier this year.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN REPORTER | June 9, 2007
The memory of the back nine at Mission Hills Country Club in the final round of this year's Kraft Nabisco Championship no longer is lodged in Suzann Pettersen's head, if it was ever stuck there in the first place. "I forgot about that a long time ago," Pettersen said yesterday. Forgot about blowing a four-stroke lead with five holes to play and with it, a chance for her first major championship. Forgot about Morgan Pressel taking home the trophy, and the check, that seemingly had Pettersen's name on them.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | June 6, 2007
Ever since the LPGA Championship came to Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace in 2005, the event has seemed as much a soap opera as a golf tournament. It has been fraught with friction, often involving Michelle Wie. Two years after sponsors rankled many veteran tour members for making Wie the first amateur to be invited in the tournament's 50-year history, the now 17-year-old prodigy found herself getting blasted again yesterday by the tour's most accomplished player....
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