Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Wie's agent resigns

On Monday, Michelle Wie's agent resigned after less than a year on the job. Greg Nared, a former Nike business manager whom the William Morris Agency hired a year ago to manage Wie, resigned as vice president of golf. His announcement came one day after Wie finished 19th in a 20-player field at the Samsung World Championship.

Nared was also involved in the controversy at the Ginn Tribute in South Carolina in the spring, when he was conferring with Wie on the 16th tee moments before she withdrew. Wie was 14 over par through 16 holes when she quit, and it appeared as though she was trying to avoid the LPGA's "Rule 88," in which nonmembers are ineligible for one year if they shoot 88 or higher.

"After careful consideration for my future, I have resigned effective immediately," Nared said in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press. "I'm very grateful to the William Morris Agency for the opportunity to work with world-class athletes. It has been an invaluable experience and I'll forever cherish [it]."

Nared bailing out as Wie's agent is exactly what Bob Gainey's daughter would have done. Only her ship wasn't sinking.

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