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Deaf, and quite possibly, dumb

Posted on: August 1, 2008 1:05 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2008 3:56 pm

Raise your hand if you were initially in favor of Michelle Wie playing this week against the men on the PGA Tour.

Anybody, anybody, anybody?

Didn’t think so. As it turns out, everybody with a different surname in her inner circle was decidedly against the idea, too.

Not only did swing coach David Leadbetter advise against accepting the sponsor exemption, a source close to the Wie camp said her high-profile management group was steadfastly against the idea and made a last-ditch plea to talk her out of it.

A representative from the William Morris Agency personally spoke with the Wies in an attempt to get them to reconsider playing in the Reno event this week, but to no avail.

Leadbetter, who has endured a soap opera the past two seasons as the Wies have ignored his counsel about playing through injuries and other issues, pulled no punches earlier this week regarding her decision. He's nearly reached his limit, he told his staffers.

"There’s far too much negative energy surrounding Michelle right now," Leadbetter said. "She’s getting slated by everyone. She is going to be like a pariah if she is not careful. This is the wrong decision."

As ever, the Wie's are creating controversy wherever they tread. Annika Sorenstam criticized Wie for not attempting to qualify for this week's Women's British Open. Driven, a new book about junior players and golf by author Kevin Cook, offers some unflattering details about the Wie family and their occasionally ridiculous demands of tournament sponsors and others, including Donald Trump.

Why hire a management team like WMA and ignore their advice?

Getting answers out of Wie is nearly impossible and her parents no longer consent to interviews. After an opening 1-over 73 on Thursday that left her within range of making her first cut in eight tries on the PGA Tour, Wie proceeded to mostly dodge questions about the directions and decisions in her career.

Good luck deciphering this:

"I think a decision is a decision whether it's a wrong decision or a right decision," she said. "It's a decision that I made and, you know, I'm not going to pull out. I'm not going to second-think my decision. I've already made my decision to play here and I shot a pretty decent round today. I'm not going to think about what people are going to think about me and other things that I can't control."

Sorry to inject some sense into this charade, but in fact, most of these concerns relate to issues firmly within her control. Like learning how to win, going through the LPGA qualifying process and trying to establish momentum that's been missing for two years by playing against her peer group.


Category: Golf

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2008 10:15 am

Deaf, and quite possibly, dumb

I don't want to see wie playing in another men's event until she actually wins an LPGA event. If she can't beat a field of women how on earth does she think she can remotely compete against the men? It is just dumb to me and frankly I'm tired of hearing about her getting cut.

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2008 8:15 am

Deaf, and quite possibly, dumb

She isnt fun to watch! Shes an underachieving little brat that feels shes the female Tiger Woods. She will continue to fail due to a lack of mental toughness. I hope she never gets her LPGA card and I wouldnt ever have to see her spoiled a$$  again.

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2008 11:52 pm

Deaf, and quite possibly, dumb

I am enjoying watching her try, and many other fans are having fun too. 

Sure she is over matched at this point.  The PGA is tougher than the LPGA.  You don't see too many 18 year olds boys making cuts either.   So it is no shame that she isn't doing it yet.  But it sure is fun watching her try.  

Stop beating up on the kid.   She is in the tounaments because she is good entertainment.  It is her decision how she wants to "learn how to win".  Let her play and leave her alone.  Time will tell how it plays out. 





Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2008 10:32 pm

Deaf, and quite possibly, dumb

To whom it may concern: last time I checked which was after she just shot an 80 that is 18 shots worse than the leader she was only able to beat 8 guys in the field. This is the weakest field of the year on an easy course and she still shoots 80. Give me a break!! If she just wants to play exhibitions let Nike line up her schedule but please keep her off the mens' tour. She doesn't even come close to playing at their level. Even with non of the top 50 players in attendence she lays down like a 12 year old filly that just ran a mile. PS Get some parents who are concerned for their childs best interests instead of fattening up their wallet. Aloha !!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2008 8:35 pm

Deaf, and quite possibly, dumb

How do you figure that "Nike is paying her millions to play in this event"?  Sure they signed her to an endorsement deal but my guess would be that they would prefer she WIN something - ANYTHING - rather than get embarrassed playing in an event she doesn't belong in.  Her long term financial future is far better off if she can establish herself on the LPGA tour than being a circus freak in PGA events.

It goes w/o saying that the company's that gave her big deals are regretting the decision and will perhaps make sure an athlete like Wie is properly managed before investing so much money in the future.  I used to feel bad for her because her parents are obviously not helping her but she's 18 now and should have developed some common sense.   I just can't wait for the next teen phenom to come along and at least get Wie out of the spotlight.  At least until she can speak in complete sentences.

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2008 7:32 pm

Deaf, and quite possibly, dumb

: and to top it off, these men are the ones that didn't qualify to play the WGC, so if she can't beat even the lower half of that bunch, then it's quite clear she's way out of her league.

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2008 6:53 pm

Deaf, and quite possibly, dumb

Nice 80 today. Parker McLachlin could have given her a stroke a hole and tied her. Michelle can win on the LPGA ,but not if you expend all your energy chasing after windmills.

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2008 6:48 pm

Deaf, and quite possibly, dumb

Actually, Nike paid her millions to turn pro, not to necessarily play in men's events.  As it is, Nike is now stuck with her until the end of the contract, because turning out to be a dud isn't, in and of itself sufficient cause to allow Nike to break the contract.  The real question she should be asking herself, or perhaps asking her parents, is:  "By constantly attempting to play on the PGA Tour and performing so poorly, am I guaranteeing that when this contract expires NIke won't offer me another one?"

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2008 6:20 pm

Deaf, and quite possibly, dumb

I do not think everyone here would hate her half as much, if her father would stop trying to use her for his retirement fund.  By the way, after checking the leaderboard, she is NO WAY beating half the men.  Typical choke job for her.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2008 4:25 pm

Not Economics.....EGO-nomics.

Wie would get those millions even if she played the LPGA tour. Nike pays her to endorse their gear. If millions of dollars actually hinged on her agreeing to play this tournament, you would not be hearing so many high-profile nay-sayers. Tiger Woods earned a 2 million dollar appearance fee for flying to play in a tournament in Germany. Thats Tiger Woods. You are sick if you think anyone put down even half that much to ensure Michelle Wie would play two rounds in Reno. She recieved a sponsorship exemption...meaning even though she has never won or even made a cut on that tour, she can come and hopefully bring a circus with her. She will no doubt get compensated for her efforts, but she is certainly not jeopardizing "millions" by not going. If anything, she is jeopardizing a lot more by ruining her good name by never living up to any of the hype.

William Morris Agency is the company that she hired to market help make her a more valuable commodity. The more SHE makes, the more THEY will make. So they obviously have some financial interest in her decisions. If they ask that she stay down...Perhaps they have a clue what they are talking about and maybe she should. Its NOT simple economics. It appears to be simple EGO-nomics.

I think the real truth is the Wies are "punishing" the LPGA tour for DQ'ing her when she failed to the one thing every professional golfer knows you must do...sign your card before you leave the tent. What they are really doing is turning themselves into a circus once again...and in the process are embarrassing the people around her. She had better be careful or Leadbetter may go Butch Harmon on her and cut her loose.

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