Michelle Wie admits mistakes, but doesn’t regret turning pro at 16

Michelle Wie finally won her first major nearly 10 years after turning pro at the age of 16. Wie won the US Women’s Open Sunday, shooting 2-under par to win by two strokes. She celebrated like a proper 24-year-old by partying, drinking out of the trophy and twerking against a wall.

Michelle WieWie’s major victory was a long time coming. It came so long after all the hype around her that it wasn’t nearly as big of a deal as it would have been had it come years ago. Finally winning a major validated Wie’s career and all the hype surrounding her. It also gave her a chance to reflect on her career and criticism she’s received for seemingly underachieving since turning pro at such a young age.

Wie told “The Dan Patrick Show” that she has no regrets about her career path.

“My parents never pushed me to do anything. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world to turn pro at 16. I did it on my birthday because I wanted to give myself a birthday present,” Wie told Patrick.

“I wouldn’t give anything back. It’s hard. You know, parents don’t have a guidebook. Parents don’t have a manual on how to handle kids especially in this situation. We certainly made mistakes along the way, but we all learned from it.

“We all had a blast. It was great, but it’s definitely been a roller coaster. Definitely given my parents a lot of gray hairs over the years, but it’s been a really fun journey.”

The major victory was the fourth win of Wie’s professional career, though she has finished in the top five of majors several times. She also is fully immersed in golf now after graduating from Stanford two years ago. She was trying to be a student half the year and professional golfer the other half. Splitting her focuses probably hindered her golf development, but she is happy about her decision to go to college.

“It was the best four and a half years of my life,” Wie told Patrick of her time at Stanford.

Wie also says that despite being a pro golfer, she wasn’t even that big of a deal on campus. She says former Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck, who lived two doors down from her, was the real star.

“He’s a really cool guy,” Wie said of Luck. “He’s definitely a nerd. We’re all nerds at Stanford.”

Had Wie never won a major, maybe she would question her development and path to becoming a pro. Since she did win a major at still a relatively young age, she can now relax and realize that her career has developed the way it should have.

Michelle Wie got her twerk on and raged after winning US Open (Video)

Michelle Wie won the first major of her career on Sunday when she captured the 2014 US Open title. How did she celebrate? Like most 24-year-olds would.

Wie, a former Stanford student, raged her face off with her friends. As you can see from the video above, she even decided to get her twerk on at one point and drink beer from the US Open trophy. Here’s a better photo of that, which Wie herself posted on Instagram.


Wie and her friends posted a lot more stuff on Instagram late Sunday night and early Monday morning, but much of it has been deleted. I’m guessing her publicist warned her about her Happy Gilmore-like behavior going viral. Personally, I don’t see the big deal. Well, it’s probably best to get rid of photos like this:

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Lucy Li rests her hand on her side like a classic 11-year-old

Lucy Li US Open

Lucy Li is the talk of the US Women’s Open at Pinehurst this week for obvious reasons: she’s 11 years old and qualified to play in one of the top golf tournaments in the country.

Though Li’s week will end after just two days — she shot an 8-over 78 in each of her first two rounds — she still was the youngest golfer ever to qualify for the tournament. That’s a pretty big deal.

But how awesome is that photo of her? Look at her on the course, just chilling out, hand on her side, leg pointed out. Is that the classic young girl pose or what? And it really doesn’t get much better than her stars and stripes outfit either. Like a true American.

You know, the real big irony is that the week Li gets all the attention for being a young player competing in such a huge event, it’s Michelle Wie who’s leading the tournament. Like Li, Wie was once a heavily-hyped young Asian-American golfer, though her career didn’t amount to what many thought it would. And now she’s leading the Open through two rounds.

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United Airlines lost Rory McIlroy’s golf clubs

Rory McIlroyRory McIlroy has returned to Ireland after his disappointing 23rd-place finish at the US Open over the weekend, but he is missing some precious cargo. McIlroy is scheduled to compete in the Irish Open in Cork this week, and he kind of needs his golf clubs for that.

Unfortunately, it appears that United Airlines somehow lost McIlroy’s magic wands. Believe it or not, 25-year-old pro golfers who have more money than they know what to do with have the same travel issues as people like us.

Naturally, United responded to McIlroy and said they would follow up once he provided a bag reference ID number (again, just like the rest of us). The airline seems to have located the clubs.

Wait, guys who are signed to $100 million endorsement deals use the same clubs twice? Who would have thought?

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Dan Hicks, Johnny Miller give emotional sign off after US Open (Video)

Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller gave an emotional sign off to close out NBC’s coverage of the US Open Sunday.

NBC loses the US Open to FOX Sports 1/FOX next year after a 20-year run. Though they still have the Ryder Cup, The Presidents Cup, The Players, and more, they’re out of the major business, which means viewers won’t hear Miller providing his critical commentary on the US Open anymore.

Hicks gave Miller some special recognition.

“I’ve had the best seat in the house with the best analysis that has ever done this game,” Hicks said of his partner.

FOX VP of Communications Dan Bell was among those praising the NBC crew.

Dan Hicks Johnny Miller

Sandra Gal pours water on Martin Kaymer to celebrate US Open win (GIF)

Sandra Gal brought an LPGA tradition with her when celebrating Martin Kaymer’s victory at the US Open Sunday.

Gal is at Pinehurst along with many other female golfers for the US Women’s Open coming up this week and has been supporting her countryman since arriving at the course. The 29-year-old was there at the 72nd hole when Kaymer made his par putt to finish -1 for the round and -9 overall to win the tournament.

Gal then sprayed water on Kaymer, which is what they usually do with LPGA winners. Kaymer didn’t seem as enthusiastic about it as Gal, but he also didn’t seem to mind too much.

Martin Kaymer Sandra Gal

Kaymer’s dominance at the tournament really was incredible. The course was so tough that only three golfers finished under par, yet Kaymer shot 9 under to best the field by eight shots. That is pure dominance.

Martin Kaymer has sunflower on golf bag to honor late mother

Martin Kaymer sunflower

Martin Kaymer is having one heck of a season for his parents.

Kaymer won The Players Championship last month on Mother’s Day, and he’s set to win the US Open at Pinehurst on Father’s Day. The last golfer to accomplish the feat was Tom Kite in 1992.

Kaymer’s father is still alive, but his mother died of skin cancer six years ago. He still honors her with her favorite flower — the sunflower — stitched on his golf bag. That’s prime real estate for potential sponsors, but Kaymer uses it to commemorate his mother instead. Pretty sweet move by him.