With all of the Ryder Cup hooplah, I almost forgot about our favorite underachiever. Michelle Wie finished the final round of an LPGA sectional qualifying tournament this past Friday in the desert, shooting a steady 1-under 71 to tie for fourth. This is probably her best finishin 18 months, but I’ll have to verify that! (sarcasm..no charge)
This finish completed her first step toward earning her tour card, she was 8 under after 72 holes. The 18-year-old Stanford student needed only to finish in the top 30 to advance to final qualifying tournament in Florida in December.
Michelle wasn’t the usual celebrity that she was used to being. The scene at Mission Hills Country Club was far different than in the past for Wie, who was just grinding it out along with 163 others hoping to pass the first test toward earning a tour card.
Just a reminder here…Her last victory of any kind was when she was 13 and won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.