B.J. Wie versus Earl Woods. Will they ever belong in the same sentence?
It’s Mother’s Day, but golf’s two most high profile fathers linger in the news.
In the same week that Earl Woods died, B.J. Wie’s daughter had one of the better on-the-course moments of her not-so-tournament-numbers-young career. Whether you think Michelle Wie making the cut in a Korean men’s tournament is a wonderfully amazing feat or the equivalent of madly celebrating tying the record for most yards gained in the first quarter of an NFL Europe game is a matter for debate.
Which brings us back to Earl Woods.
Tiger’s dad received almost universal love and praise in his passing from golf fans and media types alike. If you don’t grasp how rare that is, just consider that there will no doubt be some nincompoops scolding Tiger Woods for swearing in the days after he dies.
Sure, he holds the all-time majors record. But did we really have to be so vulgar! My 56-year-old son swears because of Tiger Woods. I tell ya, it’s all his fault.
Earl Woods is a different story though. This is a stage parent who garners huge respect.
Can anyone ever imagine B.J. Wie weaving a similar path of goodwill in the golf community? Right now, it’s hard to say.
Earl Woods has his advantages of course. Green Berets naturally invoke more respect than college professors - as they should. But it’s much more than that. It goes to how the phenom’s respective careers have been piloted. You never had any doubt about who was in charge on Team Tiger, who was so committed to the idea his son could be the greatest golfer of all time that he would have tackled the marketing man who suggested some goofy play to take advantage of Tiger’s popularity early.
You don’t think Thailand wouldn’t have been thrilled to host a 16-year-old Tiger - who they could claim as one of their own - in a golf tournament he could win?
With Team Wie, you never really get a sense of who’s in charge (yes, yes, it’s all Michelle. Whatever you say publicist man). B.J. Wie’s stayed in the background for the most part lately. All most casual golf fans know about him is that embarrassing incident with Danielle Ammaccapane at the U.S. Open a few years ago over the push/no-push of Michelle.
B.J. Wie is the most high-profile father in golf now. There’s no denying that, no wins no matter.
The question is: What’s B.J. Wie going to do with that platform?
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Earl Woods was one of a kind and he should not be compared to anyone. He did a great job raising Tiger and I respect him for that. B.J. has done a great job along with Bo of raising Michelle and I also respect their efforts.
Do you hold the same expectations from Morgan's family or Paula's? Why not Chris? They are teenagers and professional golfers; it makes me wonder why you are such a hard case against Michelle and her family?
Is it because they are Asian? Is there a little racism hidden in your message when you single out the Asian family and ignore the White families?
Bigotry has a way of showing up in the most subtle ways. It looks like you are displaying your true colors thru this blog.
I clearly remember a number of reports that condemned Earl Woods as a "stage father" who was forcing his son into venues that were beyond his talents.
I remember the gripes about all the exemptions that Tiger got that should have gone to "grown men who needed the slots to make a living."
I clearly remember the hoots when Tiger began to succeed on the PGA Tour--that he was playing limited-field events clearly catering to his popularity and giving the impression of a skill level he had not yet obtained.
Not much of that is remembered now.
And I join the vast majority in saying "Rest in peace, Earl, you done good."
I'll comment on B.J. and Bo, when the time comes, until then all I care to say is, "Looks good so far."
Can anyone clue me in as to the point of this article (apart from a good old Wie bash)? Balders is even more incoherent than usual.
Oh, and read the title again. I ask again, how did Balders ever get his journalism gig?
Wasn't Tiger the most successful amateur golfer in history for at least six or seven years before turning pro? As I recall, nearly all the PGA touring pros gave him a "can't miss" tag at that time. Who were these Woods naysayers?
When Tiger came out on tour, there were many pga pros who were very recentful of him and the exemptions he was getting.
And yes he was also critisised for taking easy events so that he could get higher placings and thus more money on the money list.
Tiger has even said that himself, at various times, including recently, that there was alot of resentment about this kid who came out on tour and was getting all these endorsements that players with big careers and huge success could only dream about.
Given that Tiger missed his first 7 pga cuts, that is probably a big part of why there was alot of resentment against him.
He may have had those amateur titles, but the pros were looking at him as a guy, who despite his amateur success had missed all his 7 pga cuts, and missed most by big margins.
The way I look at it is that Earl Woods was a remarkable man. I wouldn't expect BJ or anyone else to measure up to him.
The most interesting thing here is that you comparing the fathers of Tiger Woods and Michelle Wie is as if you are putting them in the same league.
Although I agree with you that Michelle deserves alot of credit for her career so far, and a 16 year old Michelle is certainly a much better golfer than a 16 year old golfer, being better than a 30 year old Tiger, or even a 25 year old Tiger is a completely different thing.
I can remember a lot of the flack thats being spouted in forums and discussion boards and also in the papers that was very negative for Tiger.
Everything from the race card to the one about taking a spot from someone more deserving.
But Alex has a very selective memory remembering only those things that are of advantage to his arguments .
Alex, go spend some google time looking for the old news items from Tigers early days and see how much of what you are doing to MW is exactly what you all did to TW.
"The more things change, the more they stay the same" isn't far off the mark where you and Baldwin are concerned.
I would urge that you seek medical help soonest."
Yes Bill hopefully surgery can save Chris and his miniatus cranium.
but after reading your comments in ALL your anti MW postings, you're just a f-ing a-hole. LOL!!
Of course, knowing what her score is (the only info the Gold Channel is giving) doesn't really help unless we know what the others are shooting. Though the chances are the top three (qualifying) scores will be even par or better.
If you are checking bloodlines Michelles Grandfather who helped raise money from the local village to get Wie on track in the early days is not only a Professor but one of the most decorated fighter pilots from the Korean War.
BTW: Last I saw Wie was still even par after 10. Three birdies, three bogeys. Still no way to tell if that's good or bad.
Looks as though even par may be good enough.
Conditions were very windy and really difficult to cope with.
Wie obviously did the best job of handling them of anyone in the field.
Of course you'll see Baldy and Alex and all the rest of the naysayer all yapping about home course, weak field, amateurs... Did I cover all the garbage from the SK Open, Baldy? AlEx..
Oh, on another note. Alex is very good at calling others names but really takes exception when the favor is returned.
Time for you to grow up Alex. Ooops, too late, you are nearly on deaths last runway aren't you, Alex?
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andy, Spoken like a true Wie cultist. In the unlikely event that you ever grow up and mature beyond your present mental age of fourteen, you just might realize that when an intellectual midget like you throws out virulent insults on an internet message board. he invites the retort, "It takes one to know one."
This was from the village idiot whose mental age is barely fourteen himself.
Michelle Wie may have finally tamed that self-destructive pattern she falls into whenever success is within grasp. Before she might not have been ready psychologically, and that kept her from progressing beyond her ability. But, seeing the way she has performed nowadays, I truly believe she's got it.
My prediction: around 75th (top 30 qualify) about 3 to 4 shots off the pace.
Alex, Balders, care to join in the prediction game?
I just looked it up. 550 players advance from the locals, joining 200 locally exempt players. That's about 750 competing for 86 places in 16 sectionals.
But I see that it's too early to tell how many people will qualify. From the web site:
* The number of qualifiers' places in each location is determined by the USGA based on size and playing quality of the field.
The qualifier in England had the most places last year due to the quality of the players not the size of the field.
I still don't think she'll make it. If it's six out of 70, then she'll finish in the top half, about 4-5 shots adrift.
Great news on Michelle's advance. Now onward to all that is in store for her.
As for Chris Baldwin, I have to say that he's not as stupid as I had thought. You see, the only reason he keeps knocking on Michelle Wie is that is how pays the bills. I, probably like most who've visited this site, stumbled onto it by typing "Michelle Wie" into Google. Not "Chris Baldwin".
Who the hell is Chris Baldwin? Nobody, thats who. Just a pathetic man who uses a 16 year old to make a living.
All I can say to Chris Baldwin is go find a real job. Get off your ass and make a real living, not live off the back of a young girl. BE A MAN.
At Stanford she will task one of her staff of personal assistants to tape lectures and listen to them on her Courtesy Sony Walkman while traveling to her next appearance on her Courtesy Jet and then while transfering to her Courtesy Limousine upon arrival. Yes college life can be so demanding, she will at least have to show up to test.
Do you possibly think Tiger missed any classes in college to play in Amateur events around the World?
I would appreciate a straight answer my friend.
Becoming a lawyer was a step taken in a life full of other accomplishments, but it was never the most important thing in your life. When you look around the table at a family gathering you are looking at your real legacy and what is greatest accomplishment in your life.
It is amazing that we all sit at our keyboards blogging about Michelle's future and what she may or may not do in the future. To the shock of my fellow bloggers here I would like to make the following observation:
Golf is not the most important thing in Michelle's life. Becoming the best golfer she can possibly be is just another goal in her young life. She will have other goals along lifes journey and the jury is still out on her accomplishing them all.
We make assumptions based on tidbits of information we receive from a media that is showing some respect for Michelle while she is attending school. For now high school is her refuge where she can meet with friends and just be a normal sixteen year old away from the spotlight. Along with her family I would say this is the most important thing in her life right now and provides some insight into why she may attend college in the future. Stanford may become her sanctuary away from the spotlight in the future and the chance to attain another goal along lifes journey.
Paula and Morgan left school early because playing professional golf was one of the most important goals in their lives. They put golf before self and that is not a bad thing if they feel good about themselves and their decision. They are happy playing a full schedule of events on the LPGA tour and being in the spotlight at times.
Alex I just don't see Michelle playing a full professional schedule until she accomplishes some of her other goals in life. I was serious when I said friend Alex, as friends can disagree and argue a point or two, but at the end of the day they move on and put it behind them. Venting at this blog is good for the soul and clears the mind for other more important things in our lives.
I found out I will become a first-time grandfather yesterday Alex and that is one of the most important things in my life. I'm looking at junior golf clubs online as I write this and just maybe Alex I have gone over the edge................
by the way, you're still an a_hole.
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