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A Wie Bit of Wisdom
As she approached her 30th birthday, the former phenom offered some sage advice
  Jim Gorant // 10.17.2019

Ashkay Bhatia, the much-hyped 17-year-old from California, turned pro in early September and has missed the cut in the three tournaments he’s played since. Last week, 20-year-old Cole Hammer of Houston teed it up at the Houston Open, where the University of Texas sophomore admitted that although he’s “not close” to turning pro, he does often think about it.

In between, Michelle Wie gave an interview to The Telegraph. Wie—who qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links as a 10-year-old, missed the cut in a PGA Tour event by one shot at 14, and turned pro at 16—expressed no regrets. She said that although it all seems crazy in hindsight, her exploits felt normal at the time. If she laments anything, it’s the string of injuries (she’s currently on a long hiatus while her wrist heals) that have limited her to five LPGA wins, including one major.

Of course, there’s no true comparison among the trio. Bhatia and Hammer are good players, but even most golf fans know little if anything about them. Wie was a crossover phenom by 15, a regular on magazine covers and TV shows, a girl who was beating men on their own courses. Still, she offered some advice in her sit down that the latest hot young golfers—and the rest of us—might want to pay attention to.

When Wie announced her latest recovery break, she broke down in tears while confessing that the injuries might drive her to retirement. But when asked about her future, she said, “I want it to be a voluntary end. I want to go out there and remember what it’s like to play without pain. I want to go out there and remember how fun it was and how great the game is.”

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