Watching Wie from mom's vantage point

Michelle Wie's mother, Bo, watches her daughter during the first round of the CN Canadian Women’s...

Michelle Wie's mother, Bo, watches her daughter during the first round of the CN Canadian Women’s Open at Hillsdale Golf & Country Club in Mirabel, Que., Aug, 25, 2011. (MARIE-CLAUDE FOREST/QMI Agency)

JON McCARTHY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:23 PM ET

MIRABEL, QUE. - Bo knows Michelle.

Nobody had a better view of Michelle Wie's opening-round 67 Thursday at the CN Canadian Women's Open than I did.

How do I know?

Easy. I was standing beside Michelle Wie's mother, Bo, the entire day -- and she is always in the right spot to see her daughter.

The former Miss South Korea pageant contestant is dressed head-to-toe in Nike gear Thursday at the Hillsdale Golf and Country Club outside Montreal when I spot her.

Wie began her round on the back nine and opened with four consecutive pars. Now, the defending champ and her playing partners, Angela Stanford and Catriona Matthew, are standing over their second shots at the 470-yard, par 5, 14th.

But I'm nowhere near Wie as she attempts to reach the green in two.

Why?

Because Bo has already walked to the green to see the approach shot. And where Bo goes, I go.

The two of us are standing greenside as Wie pushes her shot 30 yards right and way short. We start heading back to Wie's ball and I assume we are going to watch her hit her third shot.

Nope. We are just there to check Wie's lie in the rough.

Satisfied with what she sees, Bo heads to the back of the green to await her daughter's third shot. So do I.

Wie hits a wedge to 15-feet from the cup and we watch as she gets up and down for her first birdie of the day.

The Wie family is 1-under par.

After a nifty par-saving up and down on 15, Bo applauds loudly. Wie looks over and flashes a sly smile at mom.

Bo is always a step ahead of the crowd, so six holes into Wie's round I still haven't seen her hit a driver.

Mesmerized by Wie's impeccable posture as she addresses her tee-shot at the par-4, 16th hole, I can't pull my eyes away as she hits a towering drive.

I pay for it. I've lost Bo.

By the time I track mom down, she is standing greenside applauding as her daughter sticks her approach to two-and-a-half feet from the pin.

I didn't see the shot. Why? Because I wasn't beside Bo.

And as we have already established ... Bo knows where to stand.

Wie doesn't seem comfortable reading the putt. Doesn't look comfortable standing over it. Looks even less comfortable as her short birdie putt slides past the hole.

"I hit a good putt,"Wie said after the round. "It was just one of those things where it was right on the crown and I just couldn't read it."

Mother and daughter share a tight-lipped smile on the way to the 17th hole.

I badly wanted to watch another silky-smooth drive, but having learned my lesson, I obediently follow Bo down the fairway long before Wie pulls her shot into the left rough.

No more than 20 seconds after the drive lands, Bo and I are standing at Wie's ball. Mom quickly checks the lie and then pulls a laser rangefinder out of her pocket and aims it toward the pin.

It would seem Bo also knows yardage.

A tree forces Wie to play her approach away from the pin and after her first putt Wie is left with a similar putt to the one she had missed on the previous hole.

Bo is visibly nervous as Michelle stands over the short putt. Mom shouts "Yes!" as the three-footer rolls in for par.

It's been a tough year on the greens for Wie... and Bo knows that, too.

After making the turn at 1-under, Bo and Wie's father B.J. talk for 10 or 15 seconds, then head their separate ways. It's back to business for Team Wie.

As focused as Bo is on her daughter, she always politely applauds the shots of Wie's playing partners. It's a pretty safe bet she is thinking about Michelle while she claps but it's a nice touch.

Wie's game comes alive on her back nine, with birdies at holes 1, 4, 5, and 9 -- the final two coming courtesy of long putts.

I'm constantly in the right spot at the right time thanks to Bo, who might be thinking she has a stalker at this point.

With Wie's round wrapping up, I inch closer to Bo and try to strike up a conversation.

As we have established here, Bo knows a lot of things ... including, apparently, not to talk to me.

"Sorry, I don't do interviews," Bo says.

Thankfully, Michelle does.

"I love having my parents out there,"she said. "They're really fun to watch as the gallery watches my parents reactions. They really do entertain me."

"It's nice having a good support group, a solid support group out there that cheers for you even when you're not playing so well."

Looking back, it's a shame that I spent the entire day with Bo and in the end she wouldn't talk to me. Then again, thanks to her I saw a bogey-free 67 from the defending champ and didn't miss seeing a single shot.

Well, I missed one shot, but that wasn't her fault.


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