There have been a few threads about Michelle Wie. Tom Paul even swears she drove a green because the greenskeeper told him she did when she wasn't in the field!
As far as the threadstarting post... I did leave out the underlying theme that pervades much of the discussion here - the trend for highly skilled players to drive the ball further and realize more benefit from advancements in the game poses serious questions to the custodians of the game/sport, and nobody has any answers. (I didn't mention it because I thought it went without saying. Most of the discussion about competitive golf on the site is relevant in the same manner; given that players are good, how do you design for the masses? Karsten Creek was set up hard enough to challenge all players, yet it may have gone too far in that pace of play was so slow they had to hastily implement a cut mid-event to whittle down the field. I ask you, how do you design for women? For Nicole Jeray or Michelle Wie?)
Think back to the lengthening of Augusta as a way to see the winning score stay around 275-280. Is it good for golf? Was it a result of Tiger lapping the field in 1997 and winning by a cool doz? The consensus here was No on the former and probably Yes on the latter.
We can see Wie today at 13 - in her FOURTH summer of national competition - and see the same issues coming up on the female side of the ledger. Tiger may have surprised a few when he hit the PGA Tour scene, but the same can't be said for Wie when she finally gets there. Should the LPGA do anything in preparation for her arrival as it relates to site selection and course setup? They seem to have less latitude when compared to the PGA Tour with the TPC network to "build-to-suit" for tournament venues.
Wie is not to Annika what Gossett, Garcia, and Baddeley are to Singh, Love, and Couples. Wie is (potentially) to Annika what Tiger is to Faldo.
A saving grace on the LPGA is that they could use a course that didn't have a 7000 yard set of tees. The advantage is big in that longer courses played from forward tees often have greens that are too big to challenge the better players. If Wie's high visibility - and she is being talked about as a person more marketable than Freddie Adu and almost as visible as Lebron James - leads to a sentiment for 6800 courses for the LPGA, how does that affect architecture?
As of today I have seen the Big Wiesy (I believe it was Lehman who gave her the all-to-appropriate moniker, think effortless power like Els) and she's no Paul Bunyan. Everything you have been told is true. What this means for the future of golf is unclear to me for now, but it is obvious it will change it. She's not Morgan Pressel, Paula Creamer, or Aree Song - all of whom were also in the field at Heathrow today. She's a difference maker and will become a brand of her own like Pele, Jordan, and Tiger. The first female Superathlete, unless you count Gabby Reece