Tom Patri: It's Pressel vs. Wie: Let the fun begin

Well, I have got to tell you I'm really looking forward to this weekend in woman's golf. No, it's not the Open, the LPGA Championship, or any real event of historical significance — or is it? This weekend in Hawaii the LPGA Tour takes a turn for the better. It debuts its own version of Hogan-Snead, Arnie–Jack, Tiger–Phil.

This weekend in Hawaii the ladies bring out the claws, with Morgan Pressel and Michelle Wie mix it up on Wie's home turf for the first time as professionals. Look for Morgan to take Wie down for the count in this two falls out of three. Look for Pressel to handle her most every time out. I see Wie as extremely talented but soft. Morgan is anything but soft, a real competitor with guts and fire.

I love the young talent on this tour. Pressel, Wie, Creamer, Gulbis, and let's not forget that Annika girl — she is pretty OK also. This tour is taking itself to a very different place the next 24 months as this young talent matures. We, the golfing public, are in for a real treat. If I were a golf fan I would always watch the men; they are simply an awesome display of raw power, great fun to watch. However, if I wanted to watch a style of play that was somewhat relevant to something I did on the course today, I'd watch the ladies.

Golf has gotten downright fun to watch. The guys, the gals, the seniors are all fun to watch for different reasons, and just so dang talented. If you watch, really watch you can learn so much.

This weekend, put on the seat belt, tune into the ladies, and watch a real battle within the battle. A battle that has become somewhat personal. There is no real love lost here. I wouldn't be surprised if these two young ladies took control of this event and put on a really great show. Oh yeah, that Annika girl might have something to say about that.

Tom Patri's teaching academy has moved to Lely Resort, with an indoor studio now open at The Health Club of Naples on Immokalee Road. Patri is one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers in America. He can be reached at To set up a lesson, contact Brandi Hanson at 597-0787 or e-mail, or go to

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