(KHNL) Michelle Wie got off to a rocky start at the Sony Open, but Friday regained her usual form.
Critics have blamed everything from Wie's dangling earrings - too distracting - to her precocious placement among professionals so early in her career.
"People think she's getting a pass because she's Michelle and she's glamorous. But it's an entertainment business and she's going to earn it," said Mark Comfort while following Wie's play on Friday.
"She had a tough day. Lot of people feel you have good and bad days. She'll do just fine on the tour," says tour observer Larry Lee.
"She's a phenomenal player, she's got a good mindset, she's going to be the future of golf. People are entitled to their opinion," says Wie fan Maguerite Marvin.
Many fans still showed up to witness one of the game's hottest names - no matter how she performed.
"I hoping I'll catch her today and she'll sign it. Nice way to start the weekend," says Comfort.
"Fantastic. She's really good for her age. We saw her 2 years ago when she started at 14," remembers Marvin.
Michelle Wie shot a 2-under par 68 in today's second round of the Sony Open in Hawai'i, but fell short in her bid to make her first PGA cut.
Wie finished at 7-over 147. The projected cut was 3-over 143. Wie shot a 9-over 79 in the first round.