January 13, 2007

wie2 How about that teenager making the cut at the PGA’s Sony Open? No, it wasn’t the over-hyped, under-performing Michelle Wie, either, but Tadd Fujikawa. The kid simply played marvelous down the stretch, and, unlike the excuse-making, prima donna Wie has turned into, Fujikawa’s round was played with all the joy and wonder any of us who have ever played the rounds of our life can relate to.

I’m hoping, though not certain, that this may be the beginning of the end of the whole media fascination with Wie, who while once understandably intriguing, is now bordering on has-been in the face of increasingly poor play, poor advice, and, as I’ve predicted, increased media scrutiny and the start of a backlash.

The sad truth is – as even The Golf Channel talking heads are finally starting to admit themselves – the bloom is finally off the rose. The fact is, as much as Americans love attractive and exciting success stories who come from out of nowhere, they’re more than willing to toss that same person overboard when they fail to live up to their original hype. Unfortunately, that’s the spot Wie finds herself in today. Her game (especially off the tee this week) has more holes than a Adam Sandler movie screenplay, and she’s begun to exhibit an annoying habit of always having some kind of excuse why she didn’t play well (this week it was a sore right wrist), and rejecting outright the obvious facts that: a) with the kind of scores she’s shooting (78-76 this week) she doesn’t belong out there, and b) she’s taking a potential payday from a male player who would stand a far better chance of not only making a cut, but finishing in the money and putting food on his family’s table as well – something, BTW, Wie has little to worry about. Ranked #6 in the world in endorsements (if you can believe that), and preparing to go to college at Stanford this fall, Wie ain’t hurting for money. It’s plain ego that’s at work here, and her “I don’t care what the world thinks or how badly my golf game $uck$, I’m gonna do whatver I want and to hell with everyone else” attitude has finally started to show her for the talented, but misguided teen she has come to be.

Well congratulations, Michelle – last year you were still a curiosity; this year you’re in grave danger of imploding your career by overexposure and lack of success. Face it, you have no business out on there on the men’s tour unless you can say you have no challenges or goals left to achieve on the womens’ tour. But you can’t say that, because you have yet to even win a ladies’ tournament yet. Do yourself, and everyone else, a favor. Disappear for awhile until you can play regularly and prove you can beat the ladies on a regular basis, then if you still want to make a go of it with the fellas, then do so. If not, you’ll simply be seen as a once fresh and beautiful talent who became, seemingly overnight, a stubborn, egomaniacal, overrated, and over-exposed spoiled brat.

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