I apologize for the late posting, but here is how Michelle fared against the men last week at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open.
The first day Michelle shot a great round of 73 which put her in a good spot to make the cut on Friday. However, her round of 80 on Friday blew her chances of making the cut. Thursday Michelle carded 3 birdies, 11 pars, and 4 bogeys. Friday she carded 2 birdies, 11 pars, 3 bogeys, 1 double bogey, and a 9 on a par 4. Her driving accuracy for both days averaged to about 68% and driving distance averaged 301 yards, with an average of 25 putts per round.
Even without her 9 on the par four she would not have made the cut. The cut was at even par, which meant that Michelle had to have a great round of at least 3 under to have a chance to play on Saturday.
I think the media put too much pressure on her to play better than the first day and to make the cut. Even though after her round on Thursday she said in her interview that she was not focusing on making the cut and just focused on playing solid golf, I think the idea of making the cut had some effect on her. I am definitely not criticizing her decision to play on the PGA since she was feeling really good about her game and she had a great showing at the State Farm Classic on the LPGA tour, and I think she thought it would be OK to play in a PGA tournament because she was feeling confident about her game. But, She is also running out of options at this point since she is only allowed six sponsors exemptions per year and she is trying to make enough money to gain LPGA status. My one problem so far is that she refuses to play on the Duramed Futures Tour or go to Q-school and take the path everyone else has to take in order to receive her LPGA Tour card. She may be a professional, but that doesn’t mean that she is too good for either option. If she thinks she is so good than she should be more than happy to go to q-school and kick everyone’s butt and show every one that she can play some awesome golf! And as we saw at the State Farm Classic she is more than capable of doing so.
For those of you who do not know what happened at the State Farm Classic, Michelle had a great two days of golf, but was sadly disqualified because she did not sign her scorecard before she left the scoring tent after the first day. The tournament director allowed her to play the second day and informed her of the DQ after her round. You can see her first round scorecard here.
I truly think Michelle just had a bad day of golf last Friday at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open and she just needs to keep playing golf and refining her game and just suck it up and play at q-school so she can get her card and we can all move on.
I am a twenty-something golfer who just joined the obsessed golfers club. I love playing different golf courses and meeting new people. I work at ATR International as a Marketing Specialist! Feel free to make comments (good or bad)about what you think and what you want to see on my blog. DISCLAIMER: The views expressed on this blog are those of Andrea's personal opinions and do not represent the views of ATR International or any of its clients.