She's got to be a little nervous. The disadvantage she'll have is that the other women have been playing on a regular basis and she hasn't had a tournament in a while. She's practiced a lot, but that's never the same as a competitive tournament.
If anyone can transcend the gap between the men's game and the women's game, it's Michelle. Other sports are different but if, in golf, you have the ability to hit the ball the same way as a man, there's no reason why you can't score like one.
I'm just going to play as hard as I can (today). Try as hard as I can.
I went to her interview before the Women's British Open, and I couldn't believe how full the room was. It was overflowing. When Annika went in there, it was 25 percent full. The buzz for Michelle was amazing.
If you don't have a club-head speed of about 100 mph, it's a waste of time to try to hit long irons.
I'm just going to play as hard as I can (today). Try as hard as I can. You know whatever happens happens, and hopefully it will be a good round.
It would be impossible for her to keep improving at the rate she has in the last two or three years, so her goal at this stage is to improve steadily, in smaller increments, ... She already has a great golf swing, and she's going to get stronger, her balance will improve, her shot selection will improve.
Look at what strength training did for Annika (Sorenstam). Michelle tended to shy away from it. But once we pointed out the benefits, it's a full program she has to work on. When you've got the talent she has, it's a matter of getting your ducks in a row. She's game for it. She's starting to enjoy it.