Tuesday, December 02, 2008

You know someone’s really famous when she makes news by not saying anything. That’s definitely the case with Michelle Wie. She starts the final round of LPGA Q-School Wednesday in Daytona Beach, Fla., but doesn’t plan to speak publicly until it’s all over Sunday. Golfweek’s Beth Ann Baldry does talk to one member of the Wie team, David Leadbetter, who says that Wie is fully recovered from her wrist injury and appears mentally ready to handle the pressure-cooker of Q-School, where 140 hopefuls play for 20 LPGA Tour cards. “There’s a lot riding on (Michelle) getting her card and getting to play in more than her customary eight events,” he said.That being said, Leadbetter hasn’t seen his student particularly stressed. Wie spent Thanksgiving with the Leadbetter family and lost to her coach at ping pong. If she’s feeling loads of pressure this week, they aren’t talking about it.“She seems actually more relaxed than I’ve seen her for a long time,” he said.Leadbetter lists several positives to look for this week. She’s fit. She’s pain-free. She’s happy. She’s hitting it long again. Still, Wie might find it hard to pretend she’s not the star here. Baldry reports that for this year’s event the LPGA has added bleachers behind the 18th green, moved the media room to larger quarters, and will post live scoring updates on lpga.com. If that sounds like a major, it’s because it is, for one player this week.

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