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The Sure Thing: The Making and Unmaking of Golf Phenom Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie couldn’t miss. No way. Big success? It was only a matter of time. At four she could drive a golf ball a hundred yards. At ten she was outdriving adult male golfers in her Honolulu hometown–from the back tees. At thirteen she won the Women’s Amateur Public Links, becoming the youngest person ever to win a USGA championship. The next year she was playing in LPGA andPGA Tour tournaments. At sixteen she was earning eight figures in endorsements. Yet by the time she turned eighteen, Michelle Wie was already branded a failure, a has-been, a victim of injuries, bad choices, and–worst of all–really terrible putting. How was it possible? How did this happen? How did she go from being the next big thing to the latest big bust?
The Sure Thing isa gripping and intimate portrait of the meteoric rise, fall, and uncertain future of the greatest sports phenom of the twenty-first century. Award-winning writer Eric Adelson takes us inside Michelle Wie’s world, showing her to be a bubbly, astonishingly normal girl trapped in a world of outsize expectations. In chronicling Wie’s career, Adelson establishes a new gold standard for reporting on the growing convergence of professional sports, marketing, and mass entertainment in the Internet Age.
Play on, Michelle
- June 21, 2010
I was one of the people who was sick of hearing about Michelle Wie every time I turned around. I thought her attempts to play with the men were silly publicity stunts that would not go away. After reading this book, it is abundantly clear that her parents were behind her sudden rise-and fall. This book chronicles Michelle's talent, her relationship with her parents, caddies, instructors and the press. The Wie's private lives seem fairly closed to the outside but this book gives us a glimpse of what went on. I actually feel sorry for Michelle and hope she continues to do well on the LPGA tour--where she is having some legitimate success inspite of mom and dad.
Oustanding Book, Must Read
- June 23, 2009
The Sure Thing is an intriguing look into the life and times of Michelle, giving insight not before known to the public, and shedding some light on how not to raise a child prodigy. If Tiger's dad did it right, this will show you the other side of trying to raise another Tiger. A must read for all golf fans, and for any parent interested in learning from the mistakes of others.
By dasn0wman "dasn0wman"
- June 11, 2011
A must-read for anyone who has a prodigy sports kid and thinking of cultivating him into the next big thing. You almost feel sorry for Wie after reading this but alas she is still a multi-millionaire at such a tender age so no tears or even a tiny violin here.
Still you can't help but think what could have been if it wasn't for all the wrong mistakes that her parents made. From reading this book, I think a major mistake was her dad thinking he knows more about golf than golf professionals themselves?! I mean that sounds like a total ego thing and I cannot imagine why anyone can even think that way given he is relatively new to the game and not really an accomplished golfer. Certainly firing one of the best caddies in the LPGA tour did not help and it seems her decline started right after the firing. The second biggest mistake is changing her swing. When she first came into the scene, everyone marveled at her beautiful fluid swing. That was basically her signature... read more
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