"The Sure Thing: The Making and Unmaking of Michelle Wie" by Eric Adelson
You know the feeling you get when you are watching a horror movie, and you just know that something bad is going to happen to the nice, cute, clueless girl as soon as she wanders away from the group?
Well, as I was reading the opening chapters of “The Sure Thing” (ESPN/Ballentine, $25), that was the feeling that settled like an expanding ball of unbaked dough in the pit of my empathetic gut.
Adelson was the first national reporter to write about Wie, and traces the arc of her early career with a keenly observant eye. Camp Wie is not exactly the most forthcoming with the media, but Adelson does well, I think, in cleaving close to the verifiable bone, without too much speculation.
The book is full of interesting facts about Wie, whether or not you are a fan, including a point that is often missed in comments on past blogs by our own writers: She HAS won a lot of tournaments, including a USGA event, the 2003 Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.
While reading the book, I was constantly struck by how obviously bad the bad decisions were that Michelle’s father B.J. and mother Bo made, along with Michelle’s coaches and tutors associated with the David Leadbetter Golf Academy.
Again, it was like watching a slasher flick, where the soon-to-be-dismembered characters say things like, “Let’s split up!” and “Who wants to go spend the night at the abandoned insane asylum?”
On the bright side, for the reader and for Michelle Wie, she will turn just 20 years old this year, and has nearly as much time remaining in her career as she still has potential.
You just hope she gets a clue sooner rather than later, and decides to get the hell out of the graveyard before any more blood-sucking freaks show up.
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I'm pretty sure it was always been she hasn't won anyhing since she was 13. That would also translate into, she hasn't won anything as a pro.
However, if people wish to continue the comparison why not use comparable measures. For instance, how many PGA tournaments did Woods compete in before he won? Compare that with the number of LPGA events in which Wie has competed. Another interesting area is the number of PGA events it took before Woods made a cut compared with the number of PGA events Wie has currently played (I believe she hasn't reached his number just yet).
One final point is that Wie's experiences ("struggles"?) to this point in her career may serve as the metal against which she develops the champion resolve so many believe she needs. It's got to be mentally taxing to hear so much negativity towards your parents and you and the fact that she has persevered and continued to move her career in a positive direction speaks to a certain level of mental toughness, wouldn't you say?