My latest column, in today’s National Post, is about the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open and its need to invite Michelle Wie to its event this week. Now I don’t think Wie should have gotten an invite, but I understand why the tournament determined it needed to bring her there.
Michelle Wie may not have played in last week’s RBC Canadian Open, but in a roundabout way, the Hawaiian teen is linked to the tournament and others like it.
Wie will play in the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open today, one of a handful of tournaments the PGA Tour runs that conflicts with an existing and much stronger event — in this case the Bridgestone Invitational.
Want to see a tournament get completely overshadowed? The PGA Tour’s Web site has a huge promo piece for the Bridgestone, with a tiny plug for Reno-Tahoe nearby. The latter event is like the PGA Tour’s ugly stepchild, brought out of the closet to fill up time between Golf Channel infomercials.
That generally means the Reno-Tahoe event will attract a smattering of ageing, often struggling veterans (Larry Mize), those who can’t get in other events (Notah Begay III) and young players who have yet to make their mark yet (Nick Flanagan).
The full column is here. For the record, I think she has a 5% chance of making the cut.