Will B.J. Wie follow Earl Woods' path?
In the same week that Earl Woods died, B.J. Wie's daughter had one of the better on-the-course moments of her 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. Earl Woods was a stage parent who garnered 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 phenoms' respective careers have been piloted. You never had any doubt about who was in charge on Team Tiger. Earl was so committed to the idea his son could be the greatest golfer ever that he would have tackled the marketing man who suggested some goofy play to prematurely take advantage of his son's popularity.
You don't think Thailand would have been thrilled to have hosted a 16-year-old Tiger - who they can claim as one of their own - in a golf tournament he could have won?
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 that 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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