This week’s National Post column is up, discussing why Michelle Wie has been given an exemption into the field. It is partially due to an abundance of exemptions — 16 in all — and partially because of her John Daly-like appeal.
Here’s a taste:
Michelle Wie may be coming to Canada in August. But with Wie’s career in tatters, and with her advisers making one mistake after another, does anyone still care?
The answer, according to the Royal Canadian Golf Association, is an unqualified yes. The RCGA extended a sponsor’s exemption to Wie in February in the hope the Hawaiian teen would make an appearance at the CN Canadian Women’s Open when it travels to Ottawa next month. She accepted earlier this week.
Last year was a write-off for Wie, who many around her had expected to emerge as the female version of Tiger Woods. Hurt from the start, Wie decided to continue playing throughout 2007 despite two wrist injuries that devastated her game, leaving her a hollow shell of the player she had been only months earlier. Even with the injuries, her parents and business agents continued to drag her out like some sideshow freak at golf tournaments, though she had no chance of being competitive.
The full column is here.