Michelle Wie and the Six Most Overhyped/Overrated Golfers of All Time
She had the looks, she had the power and she supposedly had the game.
Michelle Wie was supposed to be the next big thing in golf.
To prove it, she was going to enter men's tournaments and compete with the boys (source: Golf Digest.com).
It didn't work out so well. When her parents finally decided to let her give it a go against women, it didn't go so well again.
She still had the ball-striking ability, the physical gifts and incredible beauty, but she just wasn't winning.
For a career that started with her winning the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links at age 13, she has failed to live up to the hype. Nine years later, she has won just two tournaments.
Perhaps if she had come to the tour with a lower profile she might have developed into a great player. It didn't work out that way.
Wie is not alone. There are many other players who have been overhyped and have not become the dominant players that perhaps they should have been. Here's a look at six of them.
John Daly turned professional in 1987. He had a ton of ability and was expected to make a big splash in his pro career.
When Daly won the PGA championship in 1991 and then added a second major in 1995 when he took home the British Open championship, it seemed as though he might be able to harness his talent.
It really hasn't worked out that way. Daly has won a grand total of five tournaments in his his PGA career.
There have been tons of distractions, including multiple marriages and an alcoholism problem (source: Golf.com). Daly has never been able to control his excesses to the point where he could become a consistently great player on the PGA tour.
Most observers believe he has wasted his talent and never played up to his ability level.
However, nobody can come close to him in loud pants.
It depends which side of the Atlantic you pose the question.
If it's asked on the British side of the big pond, Colin Montgomerie is a great champion who has 31 tournament victories under his belt.
If you ask it on the U.S. side of the Atlantic, Montgomerie is nothing but an overrated bum. He has never won a PGA tournament. Never. Not once (source: Golf.com).
We have often heard about what a talented player Montgomerie is and how respected he is on the European Tour. Well, if this Bill Parcells look-alike is so great, how come he hasn't gotten into the winner's circle once in the United States?
He's a big bag of unfulfilled potential when he plays on American soil.
The Big Belt Buckle turned professional in 1986 with a ton of hype.
He had been a dominant player at the University of Oklahoma and he was going to join the PGA tour so Tiger Woods had somebody to compete with (source: WSJ.com).
What happened? Where is Anthony Kim? Where are the championships and where are the major titles.
Kim has won three PGA tournaments in his career but he has failed to live up to the hype. He may be friends with Woods, but he has failed to give him—or any of the other top pros—much of a run for their money.
Injuries have not helped his situation, but he has not lived up to the hype (source: PGATour.com).
The superstar from Spain.
The charismatic player with the great smile (source: PerthNow.com).
The player who was supposed to follow in the footsteps of Seve Ballesteros.
Sergio Garcia has been a solid and productive player. He has won 22 professional tournaments, including seven on the PGA tour.
Those are good figures, but they are not mind-boggling.
Then there's the major tournaments. The great Garcia has never won a major tournament. His best showings in the majors are a second-place finish in the 2007 British Open, a second- place finish in the 1999 PGA and a tie for second in the 2008 PGA.
He's come close, but he hasn't gotten it done.
There may be a lot of disagreement with this selection.
Greg Norman has been a brilliant player throughout his career, and he has been one of the most charismatic and magnetic athletes in golf history (source: The Sun Herald).
Norman has won 90 tournaments in his career, including 20 on the PGA Tour.
He has been a fantastic businessman and he has engaged the media regularly, and usually with a smile on his face.
He was married to America's former sweetheart, tennis great Chris Evert.
He's about as high profile as it gets.
Here's the problem: Norman has won a grand total of two majors. Both of them were British Open championships. He has been skunked in the Masters, U.S. Open and the PGA.
His near-misses may be the result of bad luck, but Norman simply could not get the job done at the Masters in 1987 or the U.S. Open in 1986. Larry Mize chipped in on the 18th hole to deny him at Augusta and he shot a 75 in the final round of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.
Despite all his talent, business acumen and charm, he has struggled in the tournaments he most wanted to win. Instead of being remembered as one of the greatest players of all-time, Norman is remembered for his near-misses.
His cohorts on the tour will tell you that Tom Lehman is one of the greatest guys you will ever meet.
He has also been a pretty fair golfer throughout his career, but he has struggled to win on the PGA tour.
He has 30 professional victories, but the Minnesota native has only five of them on the PGA tour.
He's also struggled miserably in the majors. He won the 1996 British Open, but he has failed to win any of the other majors.
He's known for crashing and burning in the 1997 U.S. Open at Congressional, when he fired a snap hook into the water on the 17th hole.
Golf can be a painful way to make a living.
Even for the nicest of guys.