Michelle Wie played a fine round yesterday, shooting 1-over par. She’ll still struggle to make the cut, and tends to wilt under pressure, but she’s put herself in position. Good for her.
That said, a number of people took issue with my National Post column regarding Wie. Several thought I was being too hard on her. In fact, the column wasn’t meant to be about Wie at all. She was just an example. The basis of the column was that several PGA Tour events — those like Reno-Tahoe that compete with an existing event, or those that will never see Tiger Woods — turn to the likes of Wie or Daly to capture some attention.
Wie is just a symptom of this. PGA Tour events invite her because they are tier-two or tier-three and feel the need for some publicity. By doing so, and not offering an exemption to a player who can’t likely make the cut — and struggles to do so these days on the LPGA Tour — does a disservice to other professional male golfers.
Is Michelle Wie a great golfer? I think she was a very good one at one time. These days the jury is out. She’s never won anything on the LPGA Tour and is living on past glories. Her inability to be competitive on the LPGA Tour is the reason she shouldn’t be in the field at the Reno-Tahoe.
But the truth be told, I don’t think the Reno-Tahoe should exist at all. Conflict events on the PGA Tour should disappear.