At the 2003 Kraft Nabisco Championship, Michelle Wie, then 13, became the youngest player to make a cut in LPGA history. Later that summer, she won the Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, and just months after that she lit the golf world on fire when she carded a second-round 68 at the PGA Tour's Sony Open.
The future looked bright for Wie, the possibilities endless.
A decade later? Not so much.
At least not according to one of the greatest players of all time, 10-time major winner, Annika Sorenstam.
"What I see now is that the talent that we all thought would be there is not there," Sorenstam said in an interview in the May issue of Golf Magazine.
Wie has won twice on the LPGA Tour, but not since 2010, and she is 0-for-31 in the majors. Sorenstam attributes some of Wie's struggles to her insistence on playing against men instead of first learning how to compete and win against her own gender.
"I don't think it helped her career," Sorenstam said of the 12 starts Wie has made on various men's tours. "I think we see some of it today. I think she jumped in way too deep, and I think it had some tough consequences for her."
When asked if Wie could still become the best player in the world, Sorenstam said:
"She has a long way to go, let's put it that way. There was a time when the LPGA really needed her. I thought she had a lot to bring to the table. Now she's one out of many."
In 2012, Wie missed the cut in 10 of 23 LPGA starts, calling it "probably the worst year I've ever had in my entire career." In five appearances thus far in 2013, she has missed three cuts and finished no better than 45th.
Wie is playing in this week's Kraft Nabisco in Rancho Mirage, Calif., the season's first major. She is paired in the first two rounds with the women¹s game newest teen phenom, 15-year-old Lydia Ko.
The Golf Magazine Interview with Annika Soernstan appears in the May Issue of Golf Magazine available at golf.com/allaccess.