Wie skips Sorenstam's final Open

30th July 2008 

Wie skips Sorenstam's final Open
The lead up to tomorrow’s Women's British Open at Sunningdale has been dominated by Michelle Wie’s decision to skip the Major to play in a men's PGA Tour event.  

A number of pros including Annika Sorenstam, Paula Creamer and Helen Alfredsson were critical of the 18-year-old's latest move. Alfredsson questioned the guidance Wie gets from her managers who are ironically her parents. 

A BBC report, quoting the Swede who won last week’s Evian Masters said: "I feel sad for her and for the guidance that she seems not to have in the right direction." She added: "I think she's a very good person but the exhibition time for her is over."  

The Women’s British Open headlines should really focus on champions rather than pretenders and we all wish to see a great performance from Annika Sorenstam who retires at the end of the season and hopes to claim her 11th Major victory on the Old course at Sunningdale. "My expectations are always high,” she said, “and this is the only major that I haven't won two or three times. This is my last major and I would love to play well here." 


1st August 2008 

Wie fails to make the cut
As the ladies battled it out at Sunningdale Golf Club, Michelle Wie failed for the eighth time to make the cut at a men's PGA Tour event held. The latest PGA event held at the exclusive, gated Montreux Golf and Country Club.  

18-year-old Wie, who carded a first-round 73, was in contention to become the first woman since 1945 to make a PGA Tour cut. But after a double-bogey at the 4th, the American took nine at the par-four eighth and ended on eight-over-par 80 for the second round.  

The debate continues as to how Wie can justify continuing to play with the men when she can't compete at the higest level with the women.

3rd August 2008 

Ji-Yai Shin cruises to the title
Korea's Ji-Yai Shin carded an impressive final round 66 to claim the 2008 Women's British Open title. The Old course at Sunningdale proved to be a veritable walk in the park for the Asian girls who claimed the top five positions in the event.

The future looks very bright for Asian women golfers. South Korea alone has more than 1,000 girls whose handicaps are scratch or better.