Michelle Wie: Annika Sorenstam apologized to me for criticism

Michelle WieMichelle Wie says Annika Sorenstam apologized for criticizing her in a recent interview.

In an interview with Golf Magazine, Sorenstam said Wie has “almost gone backwards” in her golf career, among other negative comments.

“She actually reached out to me last night, said a couple of things got misquoted,” Wie said Thursday, via The Associated Press. “I thought that was really nice of her to reach out to me. She apologized for what she said, and that’s that.”

Wie says she didn’t read the interview, so she was unaware of Sorenstam’s exact comments.

Sorenstam responded to a question about playing against the men at Colonial in 2003 and said it was the highlight of her career. Wie, once considered a prodigy, also played on the PGA Tour. Sorenstam was asked if that devalued her accomplishment.

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Michelle Wie’s purple dress wasn’t a good luck charm at U.S. Open (Picture)

Michelle Wie put together her best round of the year on Friday at the U.S. Open. The 22-year-old shot a 6-under 66 to put her in contention for the title, but a bad third round on Saturday coupled with an even worse showing on Sunday left her tied for 35th.

Wie entered the weekend at 4-under par, but she shot a 6-over 78 on Saturday and an 8-over 80 during Sunday’s final round to finish the tournament 10 over. Wie’s purple dress (seen above) created plenty of buzz among fans on Sunday, but it brought her no luck. Her horrific 80 sent her plummeting 22 spots on the leaderboard.

Hey, at least Wie did better than last year when she tied for 55th.

New Michelle Wie Bikini Pictures

It’s been quite some time since we’ve mentioned, much less heard from, Michelle Wie. Two years ago we found out that she was dating fellow Stanford athlete Robin Lopez who has moved onto the NBA. I don’t know if the two are still dating but I do know that Robin wouldn’t be too happy with the latest Michelle Wie bikini pictures that have emerged courtesy of Radar Online via Deadspin.

After bursting onto the scene and creating controversies everywhere she went, Wie sure has been laying low lately. Hopefully she’s been working on her game so she can dominate the greens in future tournaments.

Michelle Wie Bikini Photos [Radar Online]
Michelle Wie Shows Off Her Less-Clothed Side [Deadspin]

Michelle Wie Is Forgetful, Regretful

Just when it looked like Michelle Wie might actually do something productive on the LPGA tour, she goes out and flubs it all up with a bone-headed move. Ms. Wie last graced the pages here at LBS because of the news that she was dating former Stanford basketball star Robin Lopez. Prior to that, it was for withdrawing from an event and then later pulling out of one because of a wrist injury. In addition to withdrawing and pulling out of tournaments, Wie has now found a way to get disqualified, too.

Wie told reporters that after she finished her round Friday, she left the tent just above the ninth green where players sign their scorecards. She was chased down by volunteers working in the tent, who pointed out she hadn’t signed.

Wie returned to the tent and signed the card, and “I thought it would be OK,” she said.

But Wie, according to Witters, had already walked outside the roped-off area around the tent. At that point, the mistake was final, Witters said.

Witters said she and other tour officials didn’t learn about the mistake from volunteers until well after Wie teed off Saturday morning, so they let her finish the round.

And for such a dumb move, she was disqualified. Too bad since she was second after three rounds and really had a chance to do something huge — like actually win a tournament. Oh man, what could have been.

Robin Lopez Dating Michelle Wie

Credit Sports by Brooks with another Mitch Johnson-like dish today. Jason over at SbB caught the news that one of Stanford’s finest Twin Trees is dating none other than the most overhyped golfer in the world, Michelle Wie. This is quite the news considering it’s the first I’ve heard anything of the sort. With reason according to SbB:

Ramona Shelburne of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED pens a piece on a day in the life of Stanford’s 7-foot-1 basketball brothers Brook & Robin Lopez.

Robin is dating Stanford’s current most famous female coed, golf phenom Michelle Wie, although both have tried to keep things as quiet as possible.

Well, looks like the cat it out of the bag. The over/under line for the amount of times we hear this story over the next few days while Stanford plays in the Sweet 16 is officially set at 50. Man, you figure if either of them would bag Wie, it’d be Brook since he’s the better player. Then again, he and Wie wouldn’t have anything in common; Brook actually makes shots in the clutch.

UPDATE: The two have been photographed together.

More Athlete/Celebrity Couples:
Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson
Baron Davis and Teri Hatcher
Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian
Tony Parker and Eva Longoria

Michelle Wie’s Pulling Out

But let’s be fair, that’s what you were hoping to do with her. Heyo! This news means Wie won’t be playing in the John Deere for the first time in three years. It’s a sad day for the Wie family. From the wire:

Wie decided Tuesday to withdraw from the John Deere Classic as she tries to return from wrist injuries that have sent the 17-year-old from Hawaii into a deep slump of high scores and shrinking confidence.

Here’s the deal, I’d rather have her withdraw not because of a wrist injury, but because her parents realized it was detrimental to her career. Still, this is a step in the right direction, and one that I commend. I hope we don’t have to see little ‘ole Wie in any men’s tournaments any time soon.

Michelle Wie Conveniently Withdraws

Let me get this out of the way first: I have no problem ripping on Michelle Wie. I feel she is fair game because of her parents, and because she hasn’t shied away from the spotlight and endorsement dollars. Until she tells all of the aforementioned parties to bugger off, she’s on my hitlist. Oh yeah, and did I mention she plays with the men when she has no business doing so? OK. On with the awesomeness. Michelle Wie withdrew from the Ginn Tribute on Thursday because of a low self-esteem wrist “injury.” It was quite a well-timed withdraw:

The somewhat obscure Rule of 88 states that a nonmember who shoots 88 is forced to withdraw and subsequently banned from LPGA co-sponsored events for the remainder of the calendar season. Wie said later that she never considered the possibility, but soon after her score ballooned to 12-over on the par-72 course, her parents began consulting with each other and William Morris manager Greg Nared, who had a cell phone to his ear. Chris Higgs, the LPGA chief operations officer, soon drove up in a cart and spoke with Nared. Higgs had been talking about the Rule of 88 in the media tent, but he said he came out to Wie’s rope line for “no particular reason.”

Wie’s score climbed to 14-over, and then, after she finished up on the seventh hole, Nared approached and Wie told him she was hurt. Moments later, she announced, “We’re not going to play anymore.”

How great is that? That’s even better than when a pitcher gets lit up, and is subsequently placed on the DL the next day. The team then will find an injury that didn’t exist before the start to justify the DL placement. I really, truly, cannot get enough of this. Another excellent move by the Wie clan. Heck, I might have to even create a Golf category on the site if they’re going to keep up these antics. Fantastico!

(As first seen at Winning the Turnover Battle, via Ballhype)