When it comes to cash, Michelle Wie is the bomb
A new Golf Digest article takes a look at what people in golf are making, and it’s a fairly eye-opening experience.
With endorsement deals making up the majority of her earnings, Wie was a big winner when it came to cash. Likely, however, that money-making ability has cost her fans among the purists of the game, especially following a miserable end to her 2006 campaign, where she often looked outclassed on the course.
So while the now-17 year old may not have released nuclear secrets to the world over the Internet or anything, one thing is certain - if Wie’s mercurial rise is to continue, and if Jennifer Mario is to sell any books, some wins best be forthcoming in 2007.
One of the other impressive numbers coming out of the story is Finchem’s salary, which comes in at more than $4 million a year. Compare that to LPGA Commissioner Carolyn Biven’s take of $525,000, and one thing about modern society becomes painfully clear - Bivens is overpaid by say, half a million or so.
Other interesting earners: Joe Louis Barrow Jr., the executive director of The First Tee makes more than $400,000; George Fellows, CEO of Calloway Golf makes less than a million, meaning he obviously missed the memo that says CEO’s are required to outright monetarily rape the companies they lead; and David Leadbetter is getting $50,000 a day to carve Wie’s swing into something that will consistently produce 75s.
Also, Mark Soltau has an interesting sidebar on what caddies are making and how. So check the story out, you’ll never listen to Jim Nantz ($4 million+) the same.
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"So, as always in such matters, money talks and bullsh*t walks."
So, Ghet, I expect then that you'll be walking away soon.
Eight and a half hours and the lame quote above is the best line you could come up with? Weak.
This is crap...Bivens is shaking the trees by the roots, just as Finchem did when he replaced Beman. She has the better product (more personality, more attractive to the opposite gender, improving skills), so she should move dangerously toward prosperity. It is Finchem who is overpaid, lobo.
This is crap."
Ron I think their bosses (the players) might disagree with you based on 2006 season results.
On the PGA Tour in 2005 seventy seven players earned a million dollars or more, so far this season ninety three players have surpassed the one million dollar mark. This is a seventeen percent plus increase in one year and the season is not over.
Ron the LPGA Tour for 2005 shows six players who earned a million dollars or more in official money. This season the LPGA so far has nine players earning more than a million dollars, an increase of 33 plus percent.
Ron it is rapidly getting to the point that in order to hold a PGA exempt card a player will have to earn over $1,000,000 in the previous season.
Players on both tours must feel their Chief Executives are worth every penny they earn. They showed them the money.
Did anyone else notice that Alex is already counting down the time to Michelle's next appearance at the Casio.
It is one thing for a fan to be so obsessed, for an anti-Wie person to live their lives in such a meaningless way is sad, and deserves much pity from normal people.
By the way, sorry to single out Alex in that, there are also other cronies just like him. Get a life guys, get a hobby and preferably one that doesn't involved making fun of a kid and enjoying any mistakes she might make.
I think that poor Ghet may just be spend psychologically and emotionally. He needs to take the winter off so he can recharge his batteries.
"It is one thing for a fan to be so obsessed, for an anti-Wie person to live their lives in such a meaningless way is sad, and deserves much pity from normal people.
...Get a life guys, get a hobby and preferably one that doesn't involved making fun of a kid and enjoying any mistakes she might make."
The only thing I want to know is if we'll all still be alive when Bubbles finally comes into her own.
The average age that golf legends like Palmer, Snead, Nicklaus, Sorenstam, Hogan, Inkster, Woods, Nelson, etc. began dominating is 24. Do the grinches think Wie is superior to this group? Why else would they expect MW to dominate sooner than age 24?
If age 24 is soon enough for the above golf-greats to bring their "A" game, then it is soon enough for Wie.
Grinches want to pass final judgment on MW's career at age 17 - How silly.
I think we need to bear in mind that Ghet is a liberal, so vacillation is the order of the day. Hey, I'm sure he favored John Kerry, who voted for the war before he voted against it.
That is really funny Alex. You say she has been a pro a long time. Then again a year is probably indeed appears to be a long time for someone like yourself who is obviously a teenager. When you get more mature and a little older, you will realise that a year is not actually really that long after all.
As regards, not playing like a professional, where are you getting that from? She earned over 700,000 in 8 lpga events, that is a fairly good definition of playing like a poro.
In acting like a pro, she has certainly acted like a pro. She has acted very dignified and didn't throw any temper tantrums even when in last position. How many of the guys have thrown clubs around when not playing well?
And she made a penalty, but it was nowhere near as big a mistake as Annika made when she was penalised for messing with a divot, that should have been obvious that she couldn't do that to such a great professional.
By the way, how many of the anti-wie people are ticking off there calanders waiting for the Casio tournament?
We're somehow expected to forget the fact that MW earned $700,000 in eight LPGA events, had 3 top-five's in Majors, and did these things while 16 years of age. They're delusional at best.
"By the way poro should be pro, just a little typo, there tend to be grammer police on those golf boards."
You forgot about the spelling police. The word "grammar" doesn't contain an "e." Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.
Your title of Ghet Rheel is very apt for saying to the bashers to get real on the Michelle Wie related issues.
If they want to attack her pga record that is one thing, although she has done quite well there too, but for them to attack her lpga record is delusional as you have described it.
I think it is dawning on even the dumbest Grinches that MW (and any other young pro golfer) has until age 24 before any knowledgeable golf fan can intelligently pass judgment on their game. I guess they're left with nothing to do but proofread other people's posts. Get a life, Grinches.
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