We expected Oakmont would be tough, but this tough?
Michelle Wie, playing early Thursday in the first round of the U.S. Women's Open, went out in 43 and came back in 39, and had to settle for an 82. The bad news for Wie? Her quest for a first major championship is done. The good news? She wasn't nearly the first person to get into the snowman digits, and won't be the last of the day. At this point, we're all on 90 watch.
Wie's round included a stretch where the 20-year-old was 7-over in just four holes, a patch of her round that included three double-bogeys and a bogey.
How hard was it for the the most popular player in the game on Thursday? Wie hit just four fairways all day, six greens in regulation and needed 34 putts.
This obviously isn't the first time we've seen Wie's round start going south and never find a way to turn around. Back in 2007, at the Ginn Tribute, Wie was 14-over through 16 holes before pulling out of the event because of a wrist injury. Later that year, at the LPGA Championship, Wie shot an 83 in the third round, and at this event that same year, withdrew after citing another wrist injury, when Wie was 17-over midway through her second round.
Obviously those rounds were then and this is now. Michelle hasn't missed a cut this season on the LPGA, and her scoring average is a respectable 71.18. Her troubled first round came after Wie finished 19th at the LPGA Championship, and was hopeful coming into this week.
Asked after her round what she needed to improve on, Wie laughed and answered, "everything."
I think more than anything, this is more of a win for Oakmont than it is a loss for Wie. She definitely won't be the first big name to suffer at the hands of this monster, and come Sunday, will not be the last.