By Mark Heiman
I usually like to keep the Buzz fairly local.
But there has been something bothering me for quite some time.
It’s Michelle Wie, who will be teeing off today in the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open, which is a PGA Tour event.
Why is she playing in a PGA event? She has never done a thing on the LPGA, yet she thinks she can handle herself in a PGA event.
She has never made any money playing against men except for a tournament on the Korean Open, which isn’t exactly the PGA Tour.
It’s all a case of the hype being much more than the substance. Wie is an average golfer, but she has been hyped since she entered her teen years.
I like that PGA Tour journeyman Jay Williamson (whom I’ve never heard of) told the Golf Channel “it was a joke” when he heard Wie is playing in the tournament.
It is a joke. She should stick to the LPGA tour where she might have a chance to do something with her career.
The one thing Wie has going for her is that she will be playing against a weak field in Nevada. All of the better golfers will be playing int he World Golf Championship at Akron’s Firestone Country Club.
Yet Wie makes it sound tough.
“I’m honored to be here playing against such high-caliber competition,” Wie told the Associated Press. “Hopefully, I’ll play well. I think it’ll be a good test of my game. I’ll have to use my head to stay calm.”
It won’t matter at all if she stays calm. She still won’t do well.
So tell me what you think of Wie playing in a PGA event.