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Last Updated: Sunday, 16 July 2006, 21:41 GMT 22:41 UK
Wie criticised over 'slow play'
Michelle Wie
Wie has failed to make a cut on the PGA Tour in five attempts
Teenage star Michelle Wie has been criticised for slow play at the John Deere Classic this week.

The 16-year-old pulled out of the event on Friday because of illness but got little sympathy from one of her playing partners in Illinois.

"She has to learn to play faster and be more respectful of other players and things of that nature," said Jeff Gove.

However, Joe Ogilvie defended the teenager, saying: "Our job is to entertain, that's why we are here."

The second-round leader added: "If somebody has a problem with Michelle getting a sponsor's exemption, they don't understand what we're about.

know she's 16, but if she wants to play pro golf, she needs to learn how to act

Jeff Gove

"We're playing golf, but at the same time, it's entertainment.

"Sport is to entertain the public. We're not curing cancer, we're just putting the ball in the hole."

Wie was attempting to become the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to make a PGA Tour cut.

But in front of large galleries she had to withdraw after 27 holes when on eight over, citing stomach pains, dizziness, nausea and breathing problems.

She had to be taken from the Deere Run course in an ambulance to an area hospital where she was treated and released.

And Gove added in the Chicago Sun Times: "She didn't complain about anything. She just said, 'I'm going to withdraw,' which was good. She was holding us up again.

Jeff Gove
Playing partner Gove was unimpressed by the pace of Wie's play

"If she has her name on her bag, she needs to be professional, and she's not there yet. I saw she was hurting, but she never said anything.

"She was walking real slow, which I thought was very inconsiderate again because we were trying to keep up.

"I know she's 16, but if she wants to play pro golf, she needs to learn how to act and what to do."

Gove, who did not make the 36-hole cut, claims he spoke to Wie about her playing speed before Friday's second round.

"On Friday we did better because I mentioned something to her at the start about the fines we receive out here, and she had no idea," he said. "She said 'I'll speed up, then'.

"It's just being ready to go, ready to play and realising that we were behind and not doing anything about it."


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