Michelle Wie was a no show at the Women’s British Open, the latest LPGA major, which left other LPGA pros like Sorenstam and Creamer wondering. The 18-year-old South Korean golfer was earlier reported as listed in the qualifying for the Women’s British Open, but pulled out soon after to play for the PGA’s Legends Reno-Tahoe Open. However, Wie has yet to win an event in the LPGA and has never made the cut on the PGA.
Helen Alfredsson, another pro golfer was heard saying, “I think, if she wants to be a golfer, she should really concentrate on being on the women’s tour and dealing with them and learning to win.’’ Anika Sorenstam, for her part, did not mince her words when she commented, “I really don’t know why Michelle continues to do this. We have a major this week and, if you can’t qualify for a major, I don’t see any reason why you should play with the men.”
However, there might be more to Wie’s absence than is evident. A log of events prior to the WBO shows that Wie filed her pre-qualifying forms for the WBO, which was scheduled for Monday, July 14. She then plays for the LPGA Jimmy Farr Owens Corning Classic and makes the cut, which meant that she had to play until Sunday, July 13, making playing at the WBO pre-qualifiers, which was being held in England, difficult to do. So she withdrew from the WBO pre-qualifiers to continue playing at the Farr, which meant that she never entered the WBO final qualifier, a move which has been confirmed by the Ladies Golf Union. The withdrawal was filed soon after she learned that she made the cut in the Farr. She announced her acceptance of the PGA’s invitation to play in Reno on July 21.
Wie’s last appearance on the LPGA was at the State Farm Classic, where she was disqualified for failing to correctly sign her score-card after being just a shot away from the lead.