Graduation Will Let Wie Focus on Her Game

Graduation Will Let Wie Focus on Her Game

Michelle Wie remembers what victory tastes like. When she tapped in for her first L.P.G.A. Tour title, in 2009, her fellow tour pros Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel sprayed her with beer. A few days later friends at her Stanford University dorm surprised her with a beer bath.

A year later, Christina Kim doused Wie with Champagne to celebrate her second victory. What’s left as an encore?

“I’ve never had a chance to drink out of a trophy,” Wie said. “They always take it back too fast and then ship it to you.”

First, Wie, 22, will have to return to her winning ways. She will try to reverse a sluggish start to her season at the Sybase Match Play Championship at Hamilton Farm Golf Club. The field of 64 features 8 of the world’s top 10 players and 9 of the top 10 on this year’s official money list. Wie, the No. 20 seed, faces Mina Harigae, the No. 45 seed, in the opening round Thursday.

No matter the result this week, Wie soon will have reason to celebrate. She completed her undergraduate degree in communications at Stanford and will walk at commencement on June 17. Her peers said they were astounded that she could juggle a 20-credit course load while playing 20 events on tour last year.

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