“If you’re ready to play among the profes-
sionals, you’re ready,” she commented. “I think
that girls develop sooner than boys – boys carry
on growing for longer – and I don’t think anyone
needs a Plan B any more. In fact, you have to ask
yourself if the players who feel they need one are
thinking, deep down, that they aren’t going to make
it. If they are, that’s an ominous way to start.”
Much though Stupples admires a player like
Wie, who has combined professional golf with
university, Stupples doubts whether there are too
many who have what it takes to go down that route.
“When you’re studying, you’ll be thinking you
should be practising, and when you’re practising,
you’ll be thinking you should be studying,” she said.
Stupples suspects that two years at college
would be a good compromise. “At least to my
way of thinking, that’s enough. A girl can learn
to become independent in that time, which is
the main lesson she needs.”
They followed an interesting Singaporean
tradition at a pre-tournament conference involv-
ing Karrie Webb, Tseng, Pettersen and Wie.
Each had to rest a Singaporean orchid above her
neighbour’s left ear by way of getting across the
global goodwill in the game of golf. What started
out as a rather awkward exercise as Tseng
passed to Webb and Webb to Pettersen, eventu-
ally finished on a high note. Wie, who grew up
in Hawaii, was sufficiently comfortable with the
arrangement to come up with precisely the kind
of fetching smile required for the publicity stunt.
By now, you would have to suspect that
Gary Player will have been on the phone to the
The 25-year-old Julieta Granada, from Para-
guay, shares the same coach as Tiger Woods.
She has been working with Sean Foley since
2010 and says that he has helped her to under-
stand her swing to the point where she can fix it
in the middle of a round.
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