Michelle Wie's decision to withdraw from qualifying for the Women's British Open and accept a sponsor's exemption to the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open has drawn criticism.
Wie’s agenda puzzles peers
SUNNINGDALE, England » - Michelle Wie skipped a major to play on the PGA Tour this week. Annika Sorenstam, Helen Alfredsson and Paula Creamer wonder why.
After all, Wie has yet to win on the women's tour and has never made the cut on the PGA Tour.
Wie, who is managed by her parents, was listed in qualifying for the Women's British Open at Sunningdale. But she pulled out and instead has a sponsor's exemption for the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open at Reno, Nev. It is her eighth PGA Tour event.
Sorenstam is playing in her final major before she leaves golf at the end of the season. She is chasing her 11th major and 73rd title. She made a brief foray on the PGA Tour but questioned Wie's decision to duck a women's major.
"Well, we all have different agendas in life," Sorenstam said. "I had a wonderful experience and, when I look back on my career, I will always think about that. I think it was really a turning point in my career and as a person.
"I really don't know why Michelle continues to do this. We have a major this week and, if you can't qualify for a major, I don't see any reason why you should play with the men."
Alfredsson is coming off a victory at Sunday's Evian Masters at age 43. She has doubts about the advice that 18-year-old Wie is receiving from her parents.
"I feel kind of sad for her," Alfredsson said. "I think she's a very good person. I feel sad for the guidance that she seems to not have in the right direction.
"She was so good a couple of years ago when she finished second a few times. I'm sure if you put yourself enough times in that position then you can deal with it, and I think it's how you become better. That's how you learn to win."