Friday, December 26

2014 Rewind: 'The Big Wiesy' Finally Delivers

Michelle Wie (Allison)
MICHELLE WIE MIGHT BE THE OLDEST 24-year-old in the history of the world. OK, I say that facetiously, but my oh my has she been through a lot during an amateur and professional golf career that seemingly spans her whole life.

She was the second coming of Tiger Woods, oozing with talent and equipped with a golf swing that so closely resembled Ernie Els's action that, at 14, she was dubbed "The Big Wiesy."

We have all lived through a long decade of ups and downs (too many of them downs, many might say) of Wie's golf career. Then, at last, came a major breakthrough on Sunday evening at the home of American golf.

Perhaps a bit like the man whose fist-thrusting statue graces Pinehurst No. 2, Wie persevered on Sunday for a redemptive victory at the U.S. Women's Open, the biggest prize in golf for the player often thought of as the biggest unfulfilled talent in golf.

Perseverance could be Michelle's middle name. It took her 38 majors and 11 appearances in the Open to claim a trophy that matched her huge ambition and talent.

She did it by fixing the biggest flaw in her often jaw-dropping game. Her putting at Pinehurst was exceptional. Wie had no three-putts in 72 holes. That's how you win the Open.

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