Is Michelle Wie completely uncoachable or simply coached by marketers? John Deere decision begs answer
David Leadbetter clearly didn’t want Michelle Wie to play in the John Deere. “The thing I’ve tried to explain to (Wie) is that you have to work your way up the ladder,” Leadbetter told the AFP on May 4 before Team Wie told him to pipe down. “It’s all well and good to play a couple of men’s events as a novelty, now let’s look at a long-term plan.”
Wie presumably hired Leadbetter to help her make decisions on her game.
So there’s only a few ways you can take her decision - and calling it “her” decision may be a stretch, who knows for sure - to accept a sponsor’s exemption into another men’s event, the John Deere Classic.
Either Wie is a spoiled, coddled athlete who’s completely uncoachable (which would hardly make her unique in the world of pro sports) or she’s being completely coached by marketers. Did Wie just decide to discard Leadbetter’s views? (I don’t love him either, but Team Wie hired him - again you have to presume that you hire someone to actually use their expertise.) Or did a panicked group of marketing magicians (the people who made the cult of Michelle Wie in the first place) step in, realizing that if she stopped playing men’s tournaments and only kept losing women’s events that even her novelty circus act would be gone and all that would be left is a golfer clueless on winning?
Maybe Nike sees the potential for a great feel good spot. After all, if Wie doesn’t get carted out of the John Deere on a stretcher this year, that could be considered “progress.” Just think of the zany music that could accompany a scene of Michelle actually walking off the course under her own power. Maybe she could throw a Nike golf ball to a little girl, with closeups of the swoosh twirling in the air.
Just Do It. Just don’t faint.
Score? Please don’t tell me you’re talking score. You’re talking score? This is Michelle Wie. Her score doesn’t matter.
Neither, apparently, do her coach’s pleas through the press.
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My guess is that Nike and Sony may have lit a fire under Bubbles and her entourage.
After all, if they are paying the tens of millions reported, they want something for theor money, some exposure, even if it is a missed cut
As for Bubbles being coached by marketers, there is no doubt. And they're being fairly successful.
Look at it this way: In the last month, Bubbles has been granted no less than five sponsors' exemptios, quite a lot of generosity considering that her only competitive golf in more than seven months were two dismal rounds in January at the Sony where she missed the cut by 14 shots.
Sony and Nike both signed deals where Michelle controls her own schedule. It took a phone call from Phil to Michelle in the eleventh hour to get the Nike contract signed. The Nike negotiators wanted control over her golf schedule so Michelle nixed the deal. Phil gave her what she wanted.
It may be hard for you to accept Alex, but Michelle chose to play in the JDC.
Bubbles has missed her calling.
If, at age 15, she was already a skilled contract negotiator, she should forget about golf and get cracking with a career as a sports' agent.
With that kind of savvy, she could make Leigh Steinberg look like a rank amateur.
She'll never make as much money at golf as she would as agent for athletes if she was as precocious at head-knocking negotiations as you have stated.
Nike and Sony gave her tens of millions with absolutely no strings attached? One-Putt, put down the bong!
She didn't faint Chris, more typical lies.
He was hired for his expertise in swinging golf clubs, not as a schedule organiser.
"My guess is that ..."
Alex your guess doesn't matter. You were the one who said you didn't expect Michelle to play again in 2007. Then you slightly adjusted that to saying she might play two or three events. Your guesses have taken more flip-flops than the number of women Sergio Garcia has slept with.
I don't think anyone here doubts her ability to win eventually on the LPGA tour, and possibly even dominate, but these little forays into men's tournaments are clearly NOT improving her golf skills. If anything, it appears that these attempts are HURTING her confidence and her poise. Can you say "Andrea Jaeger"?
David Leadbetter stated he was "misquoted", although the reporter stands by the accuracy of the report.
Ty Tyrone is alive and well playing professional golf out in my neighborhood on the Asian Tour. He is having about the same success as he did on the other tours.
Contrary to popular belief Michelle has the final say on her golf career. BJ and Bo will guide her and advise her, but Michelle calls the shots. BJ put her in the lead as a learning experience for the future.
It wasn't BJ that piled on the events last season and like any young person Michelle felt like she could do it all. It was another learning experience.
BJ insists Michelle reads her own putts for a reason; he is raising her to be an independent thinker, who trusts her own decisions.
I believe what happened with Leadbetter is that he was accurately quoted, but his quote was widely misinterpreted. He only said she had no men's events planned at that time--he did not say she would not plan any in the future. Indeed, his horses for courses comment regarding 84 Lumber seemed to suggest that Michelle should avoid playing long men's courses, not all men's courses.
You can't be going back to when she was 13 in 2003.
As a 16 year old she officially averaged 300 yards in the 2nd round of the Sony Open and 272 yards in the 1st round. Those figures are unimportant anyway, they only measure 2 holes per round.
In reality her real driving distances for all the holes were very similar between rounds 1 & 2, not the big gap the official figures suggested.
I have far more detailed info for every hole and can say she averages about 280 in real average terms.
At that she is one of the shorter hitters on the pga tour and one of the longest on the lpga tour.
Might be time for Michelle to go back to her original coach -"no name" or not.
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