Apology accepted, anyway...
Sorenstam apologizes, but was she misquoted in an interview?
By Torleif Sorenson on 4/5/13
UPDATED AT 12:30 p.m. CDT

Yesterday, we shared with you some quotes by Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam from her interview with Golf Magazine's Alan Bastable, available in the magazine's May 2013 issue. Among Sorenstam's rather direct and blunt comments was this one about LPGA tour player Michelle Wie:
"What I see now is that the talent that we all thought would be there is not there."
Sorenstam now claims that she was misquoted by Bastable. According to the AP's John Nicholson, Wie said this following her opening round 72 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills:
"She actually reached out to me last night, said a couple of things got misquoted," Wie said Thursday after her first round in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. "I thought that was really nice of her to reach out to me. She apologized for what she said, and that's that."
Wie is saying that two different things that are quite mutually exclusive happened here:
  1. "She actually reached out to me last night, said a couple of things got misquoted."

    Really? Alan Bastable, Golf Magazine's senior associate editor of features, an experienced writer and editor, a Columbia J-school grad, who probably used a digital audio recorder to capture the interview so that he would accurately convey every last little thing in that interview, MISQUOTED one of the highest-profile female golfers in history?


    The idea that Bastable could have misquoted Sorenstam is dubious, at best.

  2. "I thought that was really nice of her to reach out to me. She apologized for what she said, and that's that."
The end result of this might be that Michelle Wie could use this as extra motivation to prove Sorenstam wrong, apology or not. And while Wie has yet to win a major, she has won two regular LPGA Tour events and come close several other times. Since turning professional at 15, Wie's professional and personal life have been a dizzying whirlwind — and that is beside attending and graduating from Stanford University. Her golf game might be trending the wrong way lately, but this writer still refuses to bet against Wie getting back into the winner's circle, major championship or not.

UPDATE at 12:30 pm CDT:

Bastable set straight the record on Sorenstam's accusation, via Twitter:


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[ comments ]
dtak84 says:
Annika needs to take ownership of what she says. Pretty low of her to accuse Bastable of not being accurate .
Kurt the Knife says:
buncha hens
joe jones says:
If we leave this alone it will die a natural death.
DougE says:
I'm gonna give Annika the benefit of the doubt. Having been interviewed myself on a number of occasions for sports-related or business related stories (nothing to do with golf) I have never read the eventual printed article and felt that's exactly what I said or meant. Many interviewers have a tendency to write what they hear, not what was clearly meant. Taking things out of context is a common practice as well. I was once asked by a respected interviewer after winning a major offshore sailing race, how long I had been sailing. I answered that I had been racing sailboats for 27 years and that I had been racing the particular boat I won the event with for nearly 3 years. The published article read "Doug has been racing for 3 years." I guess it made the story better, implying that it only took 3 years to win one of the biggest offshore events in the world. This type of misrepresentation has happened virtually every time I was ever interviewed in one way or another. So I'm siding with Annika.
BK Smith says:
When did Sorenstam claim she was misquoted? According to Nicholson, Wie claims Annika told her she had been misquoted... Hardly direct confirmation that Sorenstam actually accused Bastable of misquoting her.
bkuehn1952 says:
I am glad no one follows me around recording what I said!
jwygo says:
I've been interviewed approx 10 times for newspaper or business journals in the last 5-6 years (career related). Not a single quote was entirely accurate. I asked one of my interviewers about this and was told "we are only required to get the gist of what you say. Quotes are usually too long for the article"..... WTF!
So whenever I hear someone complain of being misquoted, I always believe them. It only takes a word or two, or deleting the previous sentence to change the meaning of your quote, even though the words are approximately accurate.
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