It’s been an exciting season on the LPGA Tour. We’ve had one player already win five times on tour this year, (Ai Miyazato). We’ve had two women track down Miyazato for the number one spot in the Rolex Rankings on several occasions (Jiyai Shin and Cristie Kerr). And there was another exciting happening at the CN Canadian Open this week, as Michelle Wie controlled the tournament the entire way, and picked up her second victory in her LPGA Tour career.
We all know the backstory of Wie. She was the future of golf when she was in her teens, but for various reasons, she has never became that “next big thing” like most projected her to be. At least not yet. The good thing is, she’s still got time to be the best player on the LPGA Tour. After all, let’s not forget that she’s only 20. She’s still got all the potential in the world, and she showed that this week.
It wasn’t just that Wie got the win this week in Canada, but it was how she got the win. It wasn’t one of those wins where she played bad in the final round, and had to hang on for dear life to pick up the victory. It was a win that saw her hold off one of the best players in the world right now in Shin, and do what she had to do to hoist the trophy. She was consistent for four straight days on the course, and the payoff was her second ever, and a huge confidence boost.
At the Solheim Cup last year, it seemed like a new Michelle Wie. She was enjoying herself, and was undoubtedly the most valuable player on that team. I think we all wondered what that would lead to this season, and even though it hasn’t translated to a ton of wins, it has translated to a different type of player. The Solheim Cup was a huge maturation process for her, and it’s great to see her have a week like this.
Not only is it good for fans of Wie, and fans who want to see her move past the troubling start to her career. It’s great for the LPGA as well, as there’s no doubt that she is one of the faces of the tour, and when she wins, it’s going to help in terms of media exposure in the United States. Wie is a household name because of her past, and it’s just good to see her moving past the failures of the past, and capitalizing on a great opportunity this week.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see her win again before this year is over, and hopefully this week’s performance will help her build towards the future, and she can become the player that we’ve all wanted her to be over the last several years.
Congrats to Wie on the win in Canada, and I really hope she can ride the momentum for the rest of the year, and pick up another victory somewhere.
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