Wie Pre-Championship Quotes:
like the golf course because I heard it was a real traditional design,
which I thought would be two lines of trees with a really narrow fairway
and very small greens, but itís really wide and I can use my driver
on every hole.
the first USGA tournament where youíve been able to hit your driver
on every hole? I think so.
dad is going to caddie for me. (Iím glad) because I think I have more
control of my game and because he knows my game.
or story you liked best? I donít know. Every show is pretty
good and I like something thatís different than average and shows me
as I really am.
there a show or a story that you didnít like? The U.S. Womenís
Open because the stories were on the negative side.
you gotten over that, pretty much? Yeah, I did.
your dad gotten over that? Yeah.
women golfers from the past do you like? I met Carol Semple
Thompson yesterday and I like her. And, whatís the lady who played in
the Nabisco? JoAnne Carner, I think itís amazing the way she hits the
about Barbara Romack? Yeah, Barbara too.
Lopez, have you met her and spoken to her? Yes, Iím going to
play against her in a skins game in Boise (Idaho). Me and John Daly
against Nancy Lopez and Hank Kuehne.
you heard about the comparisons, that you can be like the next Nancy
Lopez? Is that flattering? How do you feel about that? I think
itís awesome. I would like to be like her because sheís really nice.
you think about that, when you play this week, youíre 13 and Carol Semple
Thompson is 54? I think golf is the only sport where you can
do that. In sports like hockey or tennis you canít do that. Only golf.
do you stay in touch with your friends? I have a lot of friends
and we e-mail, but I donít do too much because Iím usually tired from
practicing. Weíll just have to wait until after the summer.
had an opportunity to play with the LPGA. Have you learned anything
that has helped you with your game? They know how to handle
situations because they play for money, so they know how to handle pressure.
So Iíve learned how they handle themselves when theyíre in a pressure
do you do in a pressure situation? Whatís your philosophy?
I just think about making the shot. The more you think about making
it the more confidence you have. The more you think about missing it,
the more pressure you feel.
it bother you at all that, no matter where you go, does it intrude on
your privacy, all of the interest in Michelle Wie? Right now,
itís just on the golf course so itís okay.
people recognize you at places like the mall? No, because Iím
not wearing golf clothes, like my hat and golf shoes.
about in restaurants in a tournament town? I think they recognize
my parents, because my dadís face is always in the paper.
goals this week? No, it would put too much pressure but I always
want to win. Iíll try to do the best I can and donít regret anything.
were talking to your instructor and he believes you need to take a sort
of conservative approach but he thinks your dad takes more of an aggressive
approach when youíre playing. Where do you stand? I donít really
think about aggressive or conservative, I just go out there and play
and think where do I want to hit the ball and where do I want it to
go for the second shot.
you feel more pressure at the Girlsí Junior where all of the girls wanted
to beat you?
think I didnít feel more pressure because theyíre good players, but
I think itís going to be hard to win now.
the U.S. Womenís Amateur Public Links give you confidence?
Yes, I think it does.
likes to sleep 11 or 12 hours a day. She recently spent a couple of
weeks near Pittsburgh at a golf resort where she would practice in the
morning and theyíd do something fun in the afternoon, going horseback
riding, fly fishing, and on an off-road Hummer rides.
you have any other talents besides golf? Yes! I can balance
a spoon on my nose! (She finds a spoon and balances it on her nose.
Everybody laughs) And I can balance a bottle of water on my head, remember
at the WAPL? (She balances a bottle of water on top of her bucket hat,
stand up, walks across the room and the bottle never moves.)