CBS Sportsline’s Steve Elling chimes in on the controversy over Michelle Wie’s withdrawal from the Ginn Tribute presented by Annika Sorenstam.
Elling repeats the now-general suspicion that she withdrew when she realized that she would run afoul of the “88” rule. But there’s also a very interesting quote from Annika Sorenstam, who personally gave Wie the exemption in the first place.
“I just feel that there’s a little bit of lack of respect and class just to leave a tournament like that, and then come out and practice here, especially (with me) being the hostess,” said Sorenstam on Tuesday, in uncharacteristically blunt fashion. “You know, I don’t know the situation, if it’s an injury or whatever it is. It’s just … it just seemed really weird.”
What Annika is talking about is that just days after withdrawing from Annika’s tournament, Wie was practicing for, and intending to play in the LPGA Championship:
She practiced Saturday, 1½ days later. Monday, she played in a pro-am outing in Maryland, where a sports trainer rubbed her wrist before the round. Curiously, it wasn’t the left wrist she’d reportedly broken over the winter—it was the wrist on her right hand.
I really think that this one is going to haunt her for a long time. Or at least until she finally wins a tournament.