Her positivity is relentless, much like the wind that nixes her afternoon plans of paddleboarding."These last few months have been horrible," Wie says, leaving the beach behind for a trip to the mall, "but I feel like I've turned a corner." THERE IS NO overstating how poorly Wie has played this year.This story appears in the June 11 Women in Sports issue of ESPN The Magazine. MICHELLE WIE STANDS in the Pacific Ocean, barefoot and tugging on jean shorts.Her bright blue fingernails dig into deep-blue denim, and her neon-pink-streaked hair whips in the Honolulu wind. Earlier this morning, while waiting to cross the street to get to this photo shoot, a middle-aged man in a silver Porsche screeched to a halt and yelled that he loved her."Talent has never been the issue," says David Leadbetter, her coach, who has worked with Wie since she was 14. She's looking at Yani Tseng and thinking, I better get on my bike and start pedaling.But she has to learn how to be consistent." Consistency is what Wie is fighting for almost daily, trying to recapture the mindset she had at the 2003 Kraft Nabisco Championship, when she became the youngest player to make an LPGA cut.
Her effortless, powerful swing had Hollywood suits hell-bent on transforming her from a gawky 13-year-old into a marketing machine and inspired golf god Arnold Palmer to anoint her as the savior of the LPGA.With the pressure off at a par-3 pro-am event the next day, she made two holes-in-one.Wie can no longer chalk up poor play to youthful mistakes -- not when the No.The Lopez twins, Brook and Robin, and Wie, 24, went to Stanford University at the same time.According to a 2008 Sports Illustrated piece, Robin and Wie were quietly dating in their time at the Pac-12 school.Her final term paper, in which she analyzed toy websites for gender stereotypes, was required to be eight pages. It stretched to 27 because she didn't want her last assignment to end. An ESPNw piece described Wie dating Robin as part of the full collegiate experience Wie enjoyed in four and a half years on campus.Many outsiders see her time at Stanford as an escape from expectations, a noble excuse for not achieving greatness.J., her mother, Bo, her manager, Jeehae Lee, and her Pomeranian, Lola, remain the only constants."When I was younger, everything came easy," Wie says.