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Wie: Sorenstam apologized for magazine comments

By John Nicholson

AP Sports Writer

LAST UPDATED: 06:29 a.m. HST, Apr 06, 2013

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. >> Michelle Wie said Annika Sorenstam apologized to her for comments she made in an interview with Golf Magazine.

"She actually reached out to me last night, said a couple of things got misquoted," Wie said Thursday after her first round in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. "I thought that was really nice of her to reach out to me. She apologized for what she said, and that's that."

Sorenstam's comments appear in a question-and-answer story in the magazine's May edition.

"I didn't read it, so I don't know what she said," Wie said when asked how Sorenstam could be misquoted in a question-and-answer format.

The former child prodigy, now 23, has mostly struggled since winning the 2010 Canadian Women's Open for the second of her two LPGA Tour titles. In five events this year, she has missed three cuts and also played poorly in two no-cut events in Asia.

She shot an even-par 72 on Thursday at Mission Hills and has broken 70 only once in 15 rounds this season, closing with a 69 in Singapore after a third-round 77.

"What I see now is that the talent that we all thought would be there is not there," Sorenstam is quoted as saying in the magazine article.

The Hall of Famer also pointed at Wie's appearances in men's tournaments as a possible reason for some of her struggles.

"I don't think it helped her career," Sorenstam said. "I think we see some of it today. I think she jumped in way too deep, and I think it had some tough consequences for her."

Sorenstam was asked if Wie could still become the best player in the world.

"She has a long way to go, let's put it that way," Sorenstam said. "There was a time when the LPGA really needed her. I thought she had a lot to bring to the table. Now she's one out of many."

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sokinaka wrote:
What's so offensive about that since it's the absolute truth. Anika said nothing that requires an apology.
on April 5,2013 | 03:07AM
palani wrote:
Agree. The only thing that might be changed is Sorenstam's statement "What I see now is that the talent that we all thought would be there is not there...". The talent is there, it just has not fully expressed itself yet.
on April 5,2013 | 06:03AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
My thoughts exactly.
on April 5,2013 | 08:19AM
Anonymous wrote:
In the end, Wie shall see!
on April 5,2013 | 02:21PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Nobody required Sorenstam to give an apology. She gave it on her own when it became big news, which she didn't exoect. Sorenstam has A LWAYS been jealous of WAY richer Michelle Wie, with endorsements galore. And getting even richer from it.
on April 5,2013 | 03:41PM
akuman808 wrote:
Michelle should apologize to her sponsors, her dwindilng fans and the LPGA. Anika was spot on with what she said because its the truth. Wie's new putting style is evidence of how much her game has gone south. Her choice of coaches has been her demise. Casey was the best and Dave Stockton. Both were ignored and the poor results isall Michell's fault.
on April 5,2013 | 06:13AM
oldertimer808 wrote:
Good morning and I agree with your comment about her putting style. I watched her yesterday on TV and was taken back by her setup in putting. She will be pulling a lot of putts. Agree that Casey and Stockton were the best coaches.
on April 5,2013 | 06:47AM
frontman wrote:
When you get 10 million from Sony right at the start it removed the fire and need to grow and she hasn't grown since then.
on April 5,2013 | 06:28AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Michele's problem is that she is too short. If she were at least 6'1" she might have a chance.
on April 5,2013 | 07:39AM
zoomzoom65 wrote:
Wie is not even a factor nor contender in LPGA events so Anika shouldn't have apologized. Get real!
on April 5,2013 | 06:48AM
bowlsrite wrote:
TRUTH HURTS WIE. she needs more of that kind of wake up call. all her sponsors that made her a millionaire must be sick of the girl from hawaii who suppose to rock the lpga is simply.....not that good. wie needs to cut the cord and stop the breast feeding.
on April 5,2013 | 07:11AM
808warriorfan wrote:
Michelle has to get rid of David Leadbetter as her coach. All he does is screw up peoples swings. "Team Wie" ...aka Mr. Wie... should go back to Olomana Golf Links and get Casey Nakama. Michelle's swing was so sweet when he taught her.
on April 5,2013 | 07:20AM
Smiling wrote:
Don't know why she needed to apologiez. It all seems pretty evident. Poor Michelle. Parents pushed way too hard, and look what has happened !
on April 5,2013 | 07:32AM
cojef wrote:
Agree, she lacked mental golf maturity(you have to have a killer instinct in golf) at that young age, yet her parents for greed or otherwise pushed too hard. Result short-term earnings without potential to make it big with longevity. Feel sad for Michele, she could have had a long career just Sorenstam.
on April 5,2013 | 12:20PM
oxtail01 wrote:
How the F... you know the parents pushed her too hard? All I see is a multimillionaire before age of 30 who graduated from Stanford and continues to make millions. All parents should push their kids that hard. What a pathetic loser comment-just pure baloney!
on April 5,2013 | 07:45PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Michele has always been about drive for show and putt for no dough.
on April 5,2013 | 07:37AM
primowarrior wrote:
True, but even her drives have been all over the course lately. Her putting might improve with that new style. Just looks strange with her upper body almost parallel to the ground, though.
on April 5,2013 | 12:43PM
ready2go wrote:
Wie's presense has helped stimulate a lot of interest in the LPGA tournaments during a time when fans and crowds were dwindling and TV networks were close to not even showing them due to lack of audiences. Wie is not playing like a Tiger, but her being there attracts a lot of interest for the LPGA and the young and up & coming junior female golfers . Monday morning TV/radio "coaches" like Monica are dime a dozen.
on April 5,2013 | 08:28AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Who is Monica?
on April 5,2013 | 09:22AM
nitpikker wrote:
i put the blame on michelle's dad! he was a bad influence!
on April 5,2013 | 08:32AM
loquaciousone wrote:
It's terrible when your kids take up with the wrong crowd. It might land you a 50 million dollar contract with Sony and a 40 million dollar contract with Nike.
on April 5,2013 | 09:24AM
gyamashita wrote:
actually, her mom is the tough one...she's not as visible as the dad, but probably way more involved.
on April 5,2013 | 10:08AM
oxtail01 wrote:
Guess you had no Mama to teach you!
on April 5,2013 | 07:47PM
oxtail01 wrote:
on April 5,2013 | 07:46PM
Hiroaki23 wrote:
Annika has nothing to apologize for. Wie has not lived up to her potential and is golf's equivalent to tennis's Anna Kournikova; lots of endorsements and entitlements but not too many wins. I still believe Michelle has all the talent to succeed and I think she needs to drop Ledbetter and go to Butch Harmon and what's with the new hunched over putting stanch! She's 6'0 she needs to stand taller not hunched over.
on April 5,2013 | 09:37AM
Hiroaki23 wrote:
Just an update but Wie is 3 under headed to the 18th so she should thank Anika for possibly lighting a fire under her to start playing well again. Again, she has all the talent, she just needed something to ignite her and so hopefully this comment by Annika did the trick.
on April 5,2013 | 02:48PM
rayhawaii wrote:
As my mom would say, "Aint that the truth". But I am sure Miss Wie will dominate the tournaments after reading that comment.
on April 5,2013 | 09:39AM
scooters wrote:
Wonder why she did that? Wie is a one time wonder who fizzled out early and Anika called it correctly.
on April 5,2013 | 09:42AM
BigOpu wrote:
Agree with the critique by Anika. There was nothing to apologize for. On the other side of the coin, I don't think there was anything wrong with how Wie went about her business. She pushed the envelope for women golfers. So it didn't pan out for her in regards to tournament wins or making cuts on the major mens tour. I give her huge credit for trying. Anika is still sour because this young chick raked in the mega bucks that Anika and the LPGA lost out on. Anika needs to get over it. Wie just needs to win.
on April 5,2013 | 09:48AM
hauoli_53 wrote:
Offensive, it should be offensive for her to wear skirts, Thunder Legs, Michelle stick to Pants.
on April 5,2013 | 09:51AM
false wrote:
Thunder legs? Never heard that term before. Hers is a lot better looking than some or the other ladies on tour. Especially the short and stubby kind.
on April 5,2013 | 04:51PM
Allenk wrote:
I don't understand the misquotations. I understood Sorenstam completely.
on April 5,2013 | 10:39AM
bleedgreen wrote:
It's not what Annika said. As a rule, you don't criticize another player. They're all in it together as professionls to find success, satifaction, excitement, money, etc. It's the job of journalist to criticize or critique professional players. They're around to sell stories. That'a their job. As a former playing professional, Annika stepped over the line. And this is not the first time Annika has directed criticism against Michelle.
on April 5,2013 | 11:16AM
Aquarius1 wrote:
on April 5,2013 | 01:25PM
blkdrgn wrote:
Right on the money
on April 5,2013 | 12:02PM
lowtone123 wrote:
I believe the talent is there but she doesn't have the mental toughness to block everything else out, especially the distractions, and focus on her game. Annika is an example of a great golfer who didn't let anything distract her focus. One bad shot was just that, a bad shot. You stay focused on the goal, to win. When things go bad for Wie, it goes really bad and she can't recover.
on April 5,2013 | 12:19PM
saveparadise wrote:
Anyone who can shoot 72 on the LPGA tour raise your hand. Anybody that looks as good as Michelle on the golf course raise your hand. Anyone that could do both and get a multi million dollar contract from Nike pleazzze raise your hand. All those that could not raise your hand for any of the above please stop the know it all comments and jealousy. Casey did a great job coaching Michelle and she is not done yet. She is still a major talent and attraction to the sport. When all is well with her game the whole tour should appreciate the ridiculous amount of sponsor money that comes pouring in for all of them.
on April 5,2013 | 01:43PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Assessment was accurate. Wie's inconsistency remains her biggest problem. She'll still make good money but her window of opportunity for success is getting smaller with each passing year.
on April 5,2013 | 03:18PM
Dtab wrote:
Totally overrated, there's other local talent waiting to be recognized give them a chance!!!
on April 5,2013 | 03:46PM
bumby2day wrote:
What's that line in a few good men!!!!!!!!!
on April 5,2013 | 04:18PM
808comp wrote:
I think Sorenstam told it like it is,which is the truth. Alot of people expected more from Wie. I think she finally made her first cut this week on the 6th tournament of the year.Belive she missed three out of her last five, which two tournaments didn't have a cut line. On those two she came in way at the bottom.Don't hear much of her parents now,but i think they were the problem from the start. I only hope she can at least be in the top 15 this weekend.
on April 5,2013 | 05:32PM
SteveToo wrote:
The truth sometimes hurts. LOL
on April 5,2013 | 06:26PM
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