Michelle Wie (Wie Sung-mi, 15), dubbed the Long Shot, experienced a rather scary moment before attending the seasons last major tournament, the British Womens Open, which begins on July 28 at the Royal Birkdale in Lancashire (par 72), England.
Michelles caddie bag was misplaced on her flight to England from France where last week she finished second at the Evian Masters.
Fortunately she got them back in time to hit a few practice rounds to warm up on the course. In light of the Lancashire courses discouraging high-speed winds, Wie commented, Im used to playing in rough winds up to 58km/hr back in Hawaii. Ill have an advantage playing in stronger winds and I wont have any problems unless I hit into a bunker.
Her coach David Leadbetter also mentioned, Michelle has been focusing on her three-quarter swings and various iron shots to prepare for the harsh winds.
Michelle is the target of the press and gallery wherever she goes, and this time is no exception. The spotlight has turned from stars including World number one Annika Sorenstam (Sweden), who has already recorded six wins, including two majors this season, to the teenage prodigy.
She has already taken second place three times on the LPGA tour. This will be her first time at the British Womens Open, and her play is gathering attention. The prize is $278,000.
Among Korean players, the champion of the U.S. Womens Open Kim Ju-yeon (KTF), the winner of Canadian Womens Open Lee Mee-na (age 24), and Kang Ji-min (CJ) are receiving the spotlight. Pak Se-ri (CJ) and Grace Park (Nike Golf) are gathering attention in whether they will be able to shake off their slumps. The SBS Golf Channel will broadcast the British Womens Open live at the following times: 10:00 p.m. on July 28 and 29, 11:40 p.m. on July 30, and 11:25 p.m. on July 31.