by Jeff Skinner
Lost in a weekend full of torn achilles in the NFL, grand slams in the MLB Playoffs, Webb Simpson’s runaway win and Amy Yang’s first LPGA victory was a great weekend by Michelle Wie.
Wie carded a sizzling 66 in the final round of the KEB-HanaBank Championship to fall one stroke short of the playoff. Amy Yang defeated Hee Kyung Seo to finally win on the LPGA but Wie’s round was the low round of the tournament. Her T3 finish was her best since 2011 when she tied for second at the Canadian Open.
If there is a poster girl for unrealized potential on the LPGA it is Wie. Easily the most recognized player for years, she has only managed two victories since she turned professional in 2005.
Wie finished tied for twelfth last week in Malaysia and her budding success can be traced back to her improved putting. Her radical new technique where she is bent at the waist, near ninety degrees in what looks to be a paddling position at a fraternity, has worked surprisingly well for her.
Last season she ranked 59th in putting on tour, now she has worked herself up to 28th.
She remains positive about her progress,” Like I said at the beginning of the season, it’s coming along. It’s just taking some time to get together. I feel like my game is finally coming together slowly. I have just been patient with my game and working hard on it. It’s just nice to see that it paid off this week and hopefully I can finish strong next week.”
It is coming along…and it has been a long time coming.