Textbook Bad Parenting

There’s something almost disconcerting about the ratio to young celebrities and really, really bad parents, and Michelle Wie’s have always struck me as being among the worst. Maybe not in Dina Lohan territory, but still pretty bad. Here’s the latest on Wie, for anyone paying attention:

Michelle Wie skipped a major to play on the PGA Tour this week. Annika Sorenstam, Helen Alfredsson and Paula Creamer wonder why.

After all, Wie has yet to win on the women’s tour and has never made the cut on the PGA Tour.

Wie, who is managed by her parents, was listed in qualifying for the Women’s British Open at Sunningdale. But she pulled out and instead has a sponsor’s exemption for the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open at Reno, Nev. It is her eighth PGA Tour event.

The gist of this here is that Michelle Wie has been made into a sideshow attraction by her sponsors and handlers, namely her parents. The girl is a good golfer to be sure, but she’s not great, yet, by any stretch. She has yet to win a women’s event, and has never even made the cut for a PGA event. An in any event, the Lake Tahoe event is a second tier tournament, to give it credit. With the top 50 playing in the World Championships, the highest rated player is #87.

In other words, Wie is cherry picking a weak field hoping to make the cut for press, instead of playing in the Women’s British Open. Her sponsors, and parents, want headlines, not acheivement or respect, and they’ve got no problem dragging Wie through the mud to get it. Which is a shame.