HAVRE de GRACE, Md. - Michelle Wie hasn't won a golf tournament since the 2003 U.S. Amateur Public Links. Brittany Lincicome won the LPGA's first major of the year 2 months ago.
So guess which one was brought in for an interview, 2 days before the start of your second major, the McDonald's LPGA Championship, which is being held at Bulle Rock for the fifth and last time?
Sometimes, things just are what they are.
Or how about this one? What do Morgan Pressel, defending champion Yani Tseng and defending U.S Open champ Inbee Park have in common? They each beat Wie in winning big amateur events, and all won majors as teenagers.
Wie will turn 20 in October. Recently, she said once again that one of her goals was to win a PGA Tour event. But first things first. She has the name. And perhaps the game. So maybe it's simply a matter of time until all the possibilities come together.
This is her 18th major, but just her third since 2007. She has six top fives, including a second here in 2005 and a fifth 3 years ago. She finished tied for 67th in early April at the Kraft Nabisco. Last week she was tied for 54th. But she has a second in the season-opening event and a recent third, and is 16th on the money list with just over $300,000.
We're still waiting. Maybe her time finally isn't far off.
"I'm having a lot of fun this year," said Wie, who had to battle through a wrist injury not long ago. "I've been able to play a lot more, learning a lot about my game and how I should play. But the first win is always a tricky one. It will happen when it's happening. All I can do is try my hardest out there, which I enjoy. I think that's all that matters to me.
"I feel like I'm nowhere near where I could be. I still feel like I'm learning something new about my game every day. I feel good about [being healthy again]. That's the number one thing, no matter if you're playing a sport or anything in life. It's amazing, waking up every morning and being excited to play.
"When you go out and you know it's going to hurt, it's not that great. The first couple of times it's like, 'Oh, I can fight through it.' But as time goes on, you're kind of just sick of hurting. When everything feels fine, you know it's going to be a good day."
There are those who still believe that Wie can be the Tiger Woods of women's golf. It's asking the impossible, of course, but there could be at least some truth to that. The future obviously remains very much in front of her. The expectations don't figure to go away any time soon. Not that she wants them to.
"I don't feel the pressure, because I definitely have very high standards of myself," she said. "I think that pushes me to work harder and everything. It motivates me to become that person."
Which is why she came to the interview room and, fairly or not, Lincicome wasn't asked to. Whether she's shooting 66 or 76, people want to know about it.
"I have no idea [why that is]," she said with a giggle. "Sometimes I am [surprised by it]. I feel very grateful for that, I guess. I'm always thankful for people that support me, that went with me through the hard times. I feel very honored.
"Hopefully I'll start playing really well, and it will be good stuff."
It sure couldn't hurt. *