David Leadbetter compares Michelle Wie's career to the Titanic?
David Leadbetter is mouthing off “woulda coulda shouldas” to the press again regarding his phenom-turned-Titanic.
That’s in his words, by the way.
After suggesting to the press that Michelle Wie shouldn’t play mens tournaments earlier this summer, now he’s going public analyzing her dreadful 2007 season.
This coming from the Toronto Globe and Mail:
“If she hadn’t played those [men’s] tournaments, then everybody would have considered 2006 her best season yet,” Wie’s swing coach, David Leadbetter, who had made his opinions known to her and her family, said Monday from his home in Orlando. “It was absolute madness for her to play them. That started the whole debacle. Now with (agent) Greg Nared leaving, you feel like this is the Titanic.”
Not exactly Bob Rotella-like wisdom from Leadbetter…I wasn’t aware it was in a swing coach’s best interest to throw an already hurting student under the bus. Hopefully, he gave Team Wie all of this sage advice prior to the season, and isn’t just trying to cowardly save his own reputation by pointing out her mistakes weren’t what he would have advised.
It looks like Leadbetter is already plotting his move to the next teen phenom - there’s at least 50 to chose from these days.
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s parents. Hovering needs to end.
First of all Ty never took the easy road or a "short-cut" as you imply. He was a Monday qualifier at age 16 when he became the youngest to make a cut on the PGA tour at the Honda Classic(he eventually finished 39th) and he was the youngest ever to EARN his PGA tour card by making it through Q-School(I think he actually shot a final day 66 to make the top 35). I stress these points, because he did earn his way onto the tour and into events, something Michelle Wie for all her past high finishes has never done.
One couls argue that Ty turned pro too soon and that his best golf days are probably already behind him, but at least he earned his shot, unlike another notable "pheonom".
I agree with your post, but I must correct one minor mistake. The youngest boy to make a PGA Tour cut was a 15-year-old in the 1950s. I can't give you chapter and verse, but investigate it and you'll find it's true.
I agree with your thought that Bubbles should distance herself from her obsessive parents.
However, I respectfully suggest that you and your daughter save your prayers for something more realistic than Bubbles' developing a decent game.
Something on the order of peace between the Israelis and the Palestinian Muslims. Or twenty-five cents a gallon gasoline.
It is quite likely that Miss Wie will eventually experience a happy and productive life.
It's just that the sport of golf might not be part of it.
It is not at all uncommon for female teenage sports prodigies to drop off the sports pages when they reach maturity. For reasons unknown, either disenchantment or disinterest, their prowess diminishes, sometimes gradually, sometimes rapidly.
Her poor golf game may be due to physiological changes. Or her problem may be psychogenic.
In any case, she isn't half the player she was 18 months ago. And maybe she never will reach that level again.
As far as her having a happy and productive life, that should be well within her reach.
If your definition of such a life is similar to mine, she can reach that goal by getting as much education as she possibly can get, learning a skill, a trade, or a profession, and working diligently at that skill. Also, remain a law-abiding citizen, eventually marry and have some children with these same aspirations. That is about all that can be expected from any child.
I'm sure you'll be satified if your own daughter achieves those goals.