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Wie, Pressel influence rise in top young golfers

Updated: June 27, 2007, 12:44 PM ET
By Bob Harig | Special to ESPN.com

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. -- If they look up to her these days, it is only because she is tall. Michelle Wie towers over many of the other teenage golfers in the U.S. Women's Open field, both literally and figuratively. But she does not cast nearly as big a shadow.

Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned for the nearly two dozen teenage golfers who begin play at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club on Thursday. Wie might have been their role model when she was hobnobbing with Ernie Els at the Sony Open ...

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