Michele Wie Apology:  Golf Star Sorry For Catty Remarks

Michele Wie Apology: Golf Star Sorry For Catty Remarks (photo courtesy Keith Allison)

Sorenstam apologizes to carefree Wie


Golfing legend Anika Sorenstam has apologized to Michele Wie – who was once considered her heir apparent – for catty remarks she made in an interview in the May issue of Golf Magazine.

“She actually reached out to me last night, said a couple of things got misquoted,” Wie told the Associated Press Thursday after her first round in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. “I thought that was really nice of her to reach out to me. She apologized for what she said, and that’s that.”

When asked how someone could be misquoted in a question and answer piece, Wie shrugged. The subject of much criticism since she burst onto the scene as a precocious 13 year old only to see her development stall, Wie now seems immune to it.

Sorenstam basically said Wie was not as talented as everyone initially thought; she made big mistakes by appearing in men’s tournaments way too early in her career, and by attending Stanford University rather than focusing full time on her game and promoting the LPGA tour. Even though Wie is only 24, Sorenstam thinks it is unlikely she will never fulfill her early promise, calling her “just one among many.”

It is not the first time the two have quarreled. In 2007, while playing poorly, Wie withdrew from a tournament Sorenstam hosted after 16 holes. Days later she showed up for a practice round at the next tout stop as if nothing had happened. Sorenstam wanted an apology. Wie said she had nothing to apologize for.