Sorenstam apologizes to Wie for comments in magazine interview

Michelle Wie at the Kraft Nabisco Championship
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Michelle Wie, at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, said she was pleased that Annika Sorenstam reached out to her after making some critical remarks.
By
John Nicholson
Associated Press

Series: LPGA Tour

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Michelle Wie said Annika Sorenstam apologized to her for comments she made in an interview with Golf Magazine. 

"She actually reached out to me last night, said a couple of things got misquoted," Wie said Thursday after her first round in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. "I thought that was really nice of her to reach out to me. She apologized for what she said, and that's that." 

Sorenstam's comments appear in a question-and-answer story in the magazine's May edition. 

"I didn't read it, so I don't know what she said," Wie said when asked how Sorenstam could be misquoted in a question-and-answer format. 

The former child prodigy, now 23, has mostly struggled since winning the 2010 Canadian Women's Open for the second of her two LPGA Tour titles. In five events this year, she has missed three cuts and also played poorly in two no-cut events in Asia. 

She shot an even-par 72 on Thursday at Mission Hills and has broken 70 only once in 15 rounds this season, closing with a 69 in Singapore after a third-round 77. 

"What I see now is that the talent that we all thought would be there is not there," Sorenstam is quoted as saying in the magazine article. 

The Hall of Famer also pointed at Wie's appearances in men's tournaments as a possible reason for some of her struggles. 

"I don't think it helped her career," Sorenstam said. "I think we see some of it today. I think she jumped in way too deep, and I think it had some tough consequences for her." 

Sorenstam was asked if Wie could still become the best player in the world. 

"She has a long way to go, let's put it that way," Sorenstam said. "There was a time when the LPGA really needed her. I thought she had a lot to bring to the table. Now she's one out of many." 

 


Comments

pramodanand50

Didn't Annika play in some PGA tournament against men and then failed to make the cut? Michelle Wie is pretty smart and will make her decisions in her own best interest. I believe she has many career paths open to her. A No. 1 rating in the world is not necessarily the best she can do. I think she may achieve a lot more than just being the best at hitting a stationary ball from point A to point B in the lowest number of strokes.

bantem109

Annika is 100% correct.
I too believed Michelle was a bright and upcoming LPGA Pro, BUT it appeared she thought she was above others and participated in mens golf far above her capabilities, had an attitude that she was above others. Was not willing to pay her dues and her accomplishments so far prove that.

odie3213

Michelle needs to lay off the driving range and spend way more time on the putting green.

myb4ever48

thats Annika opinion which i think she should have kept to herself now the media will run it in the ground.when Michelle first came on the tour she was like 12 or 13 and the media built her up to be the next great woman's golfer and maybe she started to believe it herself.she is doing commercials and other golf related stuff and maybe not putting in the time she needs to get better which is her fault and her manger and maybe her teacher for not making her practice more.so are going to say the same thing about lexi if she dosen't win more the media are like sharks they cant wait to take a bite out of you.just like if tiger dont win the masters they will be all over him if wie wants to become a great golfer she has to put in the time and practice alot harder.

gunnir

I believe Annika is mature enough to decide if she should've apologized or not. Its the media that felt this deed needed to be published. They both are adults now.
I believe the past deeds by Annika were more hurtful. The adult Annika had nothing nice to say when Wie, the young teenager, had the world wide attention. Wie was placed in situation where the entire field she was playing with/against were grown men. At that time, she not only had her game to play, but she also had to find a way to understand why Annika, the adult, had the criticism that she had. Hard for a young teenager to comprehend when parents place their young children in a field of mature adults.

rclarke1947

Annika was exactly, spot-on correct. Michelle has become, in her pwn mind the darling, movie star model diva of golf, and has in the meantime forgotten how to concentrate and compete at golf. Therefore she is just one of the also-ran girls that except for very brief periods of good shot making, does not deserve to be out there. It is too bad, but, it is a fact. Annika has nothing to apologize for, And Michelle needs to wake up.

mw10259

I Believe Wie had poor management or pressure from
her parents. Left alone and with proper guidance, she
can be great again.

glyde1389

Hi, It is sad nowadays when someone has to say that they are sorry for telling the truth.