Ruthless Mike has put together the best-argued response to Michelle Wie's critics that I have ever seen.
The only criticism he leaves out is that Wie seemed to give the impression that she devalued the LPGA early in her career by focusing so much on the PGA Tour--that instead of seeking to make the LPGA her home tour and use that as her base from which to try to make cuts on the PGA Tour, she was aiming instead to become a PGA Tour member. I have no problem with her turning pro early, but I wish she had sought an exemption to the LPGA's minimum age requirement, to make it clear that she intended to compete against the best women in the world as well as the men over the course of her career. I'd be curious to see how Mike responds to that line of criticism, particularly given how much then-LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens was counting on Wie to join the LPGA.
For context, check out some older posts on various Wie controversies from Mostly Harmless:
10/11/07 MW Washed Up Meme
5/7/08 MW/LPGA Future
7/21/08 MW Effect
2/22/09 MW Effect Confirmed
7/7/09 MW Effect, Revisited
I like to think I had a pretty level-headed approach to Wie's opportunities, challenges, and choices. What do you all think?