After a weak performance in the British Open, Team Wie fired caddy Greg Johnson on Monday. Wie’s agent did the dirty work as Johnson arrived at the airport gates.
“I was shocked and surprised, I thought we had a successful year,” Johnston told GolfDigest.com. “And I was extremely disappointed that no one named Wie gave me the news.”
Team Wie didn’t say what the cause for separation was—only some bland statement about her needing to learn from a variety of different golf minds yadda yadda.
Johnson was no tyro. He had carried the bag for Julie Inkster on four of her major wins. But Team Wie had made some mistakes: her heat exhaustion, her disqualification at the Samsung, and the bunker penalty at the Open Championship. None of these are his fault, but Team Wie has to blame someone.
I don’t think that this bodes well for Wie. As a high school teacher, I know the teenage mind … and I strongly believe that Team Wie is going about it entirely the wrong way. That girl is going to be a head case by the time she’s 21. Think Mcauley Culkin, or any of those other child stars. They never lived in the real world, never had a chance to relate to people their own age and now look at them.
Tiger’s Dad, on the other hand, seemed to know what he was doing. Tiger competed (and won big) in the juniors and was sent to college before turning pro. And he turned out to be as normal as you’re going to get given his training and line of work.