TEENAGE MICHELLE WIE IS GRATEFUL FOR AN ENTOURAGE THAT INCLUDES A CADDIE, A GOLF COACH, A TRAINER, A SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST, AN IMAGE CONSULTANT�
"60 MINUTES" SUNDAY
Rock stars have entourages. Sixteen-year-olds have math tests. That's why Michelle Wie laughed when Steve Kroft referred to all the people working for her as an "entourage." She's just happy they are there, along with her parents, to make the decisions so she can keep being a teenager. Kroft talks to the teen who recently became the world's highest paid female golfer with $10 - 12 million in endorsement deals for a 60 MINUTES profile to be broadcast Sunday, April 9 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
"Entourage? That's funny," says Wie with a laugh. "But�I'm very glad for all the new members of the team," she tells Kroft. "It feels nice to have people that you can trust around you." Along with Michelle's parents, B.J. and Bo, they help make the decisions and Wie is fine with that. "I mean it's awesome," says Wie.
The pressure to win � something she's come close to many times in the last few years � is another thing her youth keeps her shielded from. "A lot of my fans will recognize that I'm still a full-time student. I still have a lot of other things that I have to do," she says.
When asked what some of those typical things are, Michelle Wie said, "Well, I have a math test tomorrow that I haven't studied for at all�. " And she recently took her driving test, barely passing. "I got 15 points wrong. So I made it on the number," she tells Kroft. "[I was] really nervous." And her driving skills? "They're okay, but I kind of panic sometimes. It's not very good. I have to get better on that," says Wie.
Like most teenagers, Wie dreams about the day she will be independent, but she acknowledges that that won't happen for a while. "I always fantasize with me being on my own, traveling by myself ...being independent," she muses. "But then the reality sinks in that I never booked a hotel room by myself. I've never bought a plane ticket. I barely know how to do laundry," says Wie. "I can't cook. I almost cannot microwave stuff. I mean, it's pathetic!"