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Wie Wins And The Beer Is On Her

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Michelle Wie. Pic: Keith Allison

No this is not about Michelle shouting her mates a beer after her long-awaited win.

According to Quotes of the week at the Golf Channel "Just seeing them come out and pour beer all over me, it was a great feeling. I’ve always seen it on TV and I’ve always wanted people to pour beer on me." – Michelle Wie, after celebrating on the 18th green following her first-ever win on the LPGA at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational

Now if this had been a male event the Moet would have been splashed around. But there again there’s more money splashed around on the men’s tour(s).

However it has to be said it was a quality beer.

Steve Elling writes, “After she tapped in for a birdie and a two-shot victory, her first at any level since mid-2003, tour buddies Morgan Pressel and Brittany Lincicome doused her with a beer bath, the suds coming courtesy of one the event sponsors.”

"I smelled like Corona for a very long time," Wie told on Monday after arriving back in the States, "but I didn't consume any."

Michelle’s long wait to win after a promising start reminds me of Bobby Jones’ seven lean years before he went on to win. And like they say the rest is golfing history.

Can Michelle do a female Bobby Jones?

Michelle gave the first indication of finding her form at the Solheim Cup and has followed it up with her first win on the LPGA tour. So that sounds promising.

But let’s not forget that the LPGA tour is being dominated by foreign players (note the plural).

This is not a one-woman Annika Sörenstam assault. It’s full-on attack by many foreign players. Checking my facts on how long. Steve Elling advises, “Americans had gone six months without winning an LPGA event.” Geez! That’s a long time between Coronas.

Well done Michelle.

Thought from the day from Michelle’s coach, David Leadbetter.

“If anyone can transcend the gap between the men’s game and the women’s game, it’s Michelle. Other sports are different but if, you have the ability to hit the ball the same way as a man, there’s no reason why you can’t score like one.

Nice thought Dave but let’s hope Michelle won’t once again be tempted to play a men’s tour event.



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