Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Not a good week for Michelle Wie.

First the former teen phenom finishes next-to-dead last in the 20-player field of the Samsung World Championship, shooting 79-79-77-71, then her agent, Greg Nared, quits after a year. If you're counting, that's two agents in two years.

If you ask me, Nared bailing is one more indication that the Wie star is crashing to earth. A former Univerisity of Maryland hoops star who lived and worked as Nike's man inside the Tiger Woods bubble for years, Nared evidently had more than a bellyful of Mom and Dad Wie. That and the high-maintence coddling of the prodigy.

What happens now? What self-respecting, respectable agent will sign on now? Especially at a time when Wie seems to want to shelve her golf life for the life of the Stanford student.

She's too young and too good to be written off forever, but the road to the top keeps getting longer and steeper for Michelle Wie.