Michelle Wie can now look forward to the 2009 LPGA Tour season after securing her card through the Q-School.
The 19-year old finished in a tie for seventh place after a nervy final round 74 at the LPGA International in Florida. The winner was American Stacy Lewis who closed on an impressive five round score of 348, 18-under par.
Wie has struggled to develop the sizeable talent she had when she hit the scene as a 13-year old, becoming the youngest ever player to make the cut in an LPGA Tour event. Wrist injuries and disqualifications added up to a miserable 2008 campaign for the Stanford graduate.
Since her talent was uncovered, Wie has played in 62 professional tournaments, with an amazing 53 coming in the way of exemptions or invitations. But now the Hawaiian can concentrate fully on the tour.
“It’s a good feeling,” said Wie. “I really earned it. I legitimately went through Q-school. I took my medicine. And I got it. It feels good. It’s like high school graduation.”
“Everything that was written about me, it was a tough period. I have worked hard, and finally this week I get something for my accomplishment.”
With Annika Sorenstam retiring this year, Wie could be just the tonic that the LPGA
Tour needs to revitalise its dwindling popularity.