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.