Charlie Wi, on the verge of stepping away from professional golf just a month ago, remarkably clinched his PGA Tour Champions card a mere eight days later. During a media interview, Charlie underscored the impact of his children on this decision, expressing a strong desire to maximize his time with them.
Frustrated with his recent performance, Wi found himself at a crossroads where he seriously was thinking to end his career.
“The reason why I thought about quitting was because I have two kids. My son’s thirteen and my daughter is seventeen and I miss them a lot,” Wi said.
“My daughter is a senior in high school and my son is thirteen and plays baseball. Not knowing when I’m going to play consistently, that’s been the frustrating part. It’s really hard to gear up for something when you don’t know when you’re going to play next.
And also playing poorly that also contributed to me wondering “do I really want to do this?’”
He accepted an invitation for dinner with his good friend Y.E. Yang on the Saturday night of the first playoff event in Richmond.
He received useful advice from his friend and realized that he had to make changes in his career. Wi decided to alter his way of thinking and his style of play. He recognized that he had the capacity for greater things and that it was necessary to eliminate stress.
“Y.E. and his wife travel with two dogs and rent a house every week, and I’m a very frequent guest over there,” Wi said. “Before I got on the PGA Tour Champions I thought that you have to shoot 5-under everyday.
But when we had dinner (two weeks ago), Y.E. and his wife who are both into analyzing numbers said ‘if you shoot 2-under every round, you’re going to finish in the top 36 every year and keep your card.’ When they said that, it really resonated with me, just knowing that you can shoot 2-under par and not force it when you don’t need to.
They just eased my mind and I thought ‘wow, I don’t have to go out and play stupid golf. You just play your game and if you eliminate some mistakes you’ll be just fine.’” Source: Golfmonthly