SBD/Issue 175/Sponsorships, Advertising & Marketing
Sponsors Reportedly Complain About Michelle Wie
Published June 6, 2007
|Tournaments, Pro-Am Partners
Upset With Wie’s Recent Actions
WRIST SHOT: These reports follow Wie’s withdrawal at last week’s Ginn Tribute when, after being 14 over par through 16 holes, she withdrew citing a wrist injury. Some have speculated that she withdrew because of an LPGA rule that states any player shooting 88 or higher is barred from competing in another event for the rest of the season. With Wie pulling out of the tournament on Thursday, but practicing at Bulle Rock, site of this week's LPGA Championship, on Saturday, LPGAer Annika Sorenstam said yesterday, "It’s a little funny that you pull out with an injury and then you start grinding.” But Wie said of speculation that she withdrew because of the rule of 88, “I don't think about 88. I mean, that's just ridiculous” (WASHINGTON POST, 6/6). Read Wie's full explanation for the withdrawal (ASAPSPORTS.com, 6/5). For a link to Wie's full explanation of her withdrawal, visit SportsBusinessDaily.com.