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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 October 2005, 10:22 GMT 11:22 UK
New pro star

By Brian Davis
European and US Tour pro

  • England's Brian Davis, who won the US Tour School in 2004, files monthly reports for BBC Sport during his season on both the US PGA and European Tours.

    Michelle Wie turning pro at 15 is exciting for women's golf and it's exciting for the game worldwide.

    Golf needed Tiger Woods and it needs Michelle Wie. Golf always needs the big, young superstars to come up.

    Michelle Wie
    If she wants to play 15-18 events a year on the men's circuit she should go to Tour School

    She is a very exciting talent but she is so young you just don't know what to expect.

    Is she going to be as good as people say? She's done well but if you look at her record she's not won loads and loads of tournaments.

    But the distance she hits the ball, her swing and her mental approach are so strong she might easily be able to move up to the next level.

    She has already played lots of pro events and if you look at tennis players and gymnasts, they are all professional from an early age so it's not really that new.

    The only thing I do worry about is burn-out. I've seen it with a lot of kids I grew up with.

    If you pump too much into golf when you're young and don't have your childhood you can get to 24 and be done.

    Now, I'm not like some of the guys. I have no problem if she wants to play men's events.

    But what I do have a problem with is if she is just given invites all the time to play.

    Then she is taking a guy's spot, a guy who has been to Tour School, has paid his money, paid his dues and worked hard to get there.

    All the top players say if you don't think you can win there's no point in playing, and that's how I've always felt. Now, she might think she can win a men's event and that's great.

    But I do hope she plays on the ladies' tour, too. It's important to the LPGA for their financial future because sponsors will want her, like they will on the PGA Tour.

    If she wants to play 15-18 events a year on the men's circuit she should go to Tour School and pay her dues like everybody else. I think it would be a good experience for her.



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