The Shark Remains On Course, Wie Derailed

Obviously, Greg Norman’s current stance as the leader of the British Open through 54 holes tells us two things: I need to be up at 6 AM Pacific tomorrow to catch the impending collapse live (despite the fact that Norman has won this tournament twice, he’s still living down the ‘96 Masters) and Chris Evert has to be the mythical “Fountain Of Youth” that Spanish explorers came to the New World to search for centuries ago.

Greg Norman and Chris Evert

While I expect Norman to give us a nice little fall on Sunday for old time’s sake, at least if he falters, it will be because of play on the course or because Padraig Harrington, K.J. Choi, or someone else in the field plays better.

We can’t say the same for Michelle Wie.

The much-maligned and now-semi-under-the-radar former phenom was in second place at the end of Saturday’s round at the State Farm Classic, and a threat to win her first LPGA tourney — until tour officials realized she hadn’t signed her scorecard from Friday’s second round, disqualifying her immediately.

Michelle Wie

This has happened to Wie before, in her first pro tourney in 2005 with an illegal drop — but this DQ just feels like the latest add-on in karmic payback from the golfing gods. Wie is trying to do it the right way after going about pro golf in a completely counterintuitive fashion (bypassing the amateur circuit and the women’s tour to try and storm the PGA), but she can’t shake the amateurish mistakes.

Shame, because hers was one of the better rounds I watched today.

(Yes, I watched women’s golf after the Open coverage ended. I’m in just as much shock as you probably are.)