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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Another classless move by the Wies

Apparently it's the caddie's fault now. Greg Johnston was canned after Michelle Wie finished in a tie for 26th in the Women's British Open on Sunday.
The best part ... Michelle didn't tell him, and neither did her father, B.J. After having dinner with Wie's agent, Ross Berlin on Sunday night, Berlin informed Johnston Monday morning at his gate in the airport that he was canned.
Stay classy San Diego ... or Honolulu.
Johnston began working for the 16-year-old American when she made her pro debut last October at the Samsung World Championships, where Wie was disqualified over an illegal drop in the third round.
Wie had finished no worse than a tie for fifth in her first six U.S. LPGA Tour events this year, including three majors. She failed to break par in any of her four rounds at Royal Lytham & St. Annes last week, and the tie for 26th was her worst finish on the tour in two years.
A "release from the family" concerning Johnston's firing said it, "comes as part of Michelle's maturation as a golfer, part of which is learning from many different bright golf minds."
"I was shocked and surprised," Johnston said. "I was disappointed I didn't hear from them."
Johnston previously caddied 12 years for Juli Inkster and was on the bag when she won four of her majors and qualifed for the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Wie also used prominent U.S. PGA Tour caddies such as Fanny Sunesson, Mike "Fluff" Cowan and Jimmie Johnson while she was an amateur. She is not scheduled to play again until Sept. 7-10 at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland, a men's event on the European Tour.
She also is scheduled to play the 84 Lumber Classic the following week on the U.S. PGA Tour, which will be her sixth attempt to become the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to make the cut on the U.S. PGA Tour.
BOTTOM LINE: Johnston knows what he's doing. Michelle does not. And neither does her dad B.J. Wie. It's too bad such an incredible young talent has been led in such a poor direction.


Blogger Jimmy Watson said...

Wie should go away and hide until she grows up and learns how to handle things in a mature way. If her father was the kind of father he should be, he wouldn't be letting her get away with these kind of reckless decisions that make her look like little more than a joke.

7:41 PM  

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