Michelle Wie

Michelle-Wie

Born: October 11th, 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii
Nationality: American
Famous For: Being the youngest golfer to win a USGA touronament when she was just 13

Michelle Sung Wie was born on October 11th, 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her parents Byung Wook and Hyung kyong are both of Korean descent and met in Los Angeles in 1987. In 1988, the couple moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where Michelle was born the following year.

At the age of four, Michelle began playing golf and practicing to straighten out her shots. She was practicing for 4 hours per day on weekdays and at least 7 hours a day on weekends. Shooting a 64 at the age of eleven, Michelle qualified for the USGA amateur championship and became the youngest woman ever to do so. She was winning most junior tournaments she entered. At the age of 12, she broke another record by becoming the youngest woman to qualify for an LPGA event. A few months later she won the USGA event which made her the youngest person to win a USGA professional event. In 2004, at the age of 15, she broke another record by becoming the youngest person to ever play in the PGA tour.

Professional Career

On October 5th, 2005, a week before her 16th birthday, Michelle Wie announced that she was turning pro. She signed contracts with Sony and Nike. In the same year, she competed in the Samsung World Championship LPGA tour as a sponsor invite.

In 2006, she finished second at the Evian Masters. In addition, she finished third at the Hawaii Fields Open and fifth at both the HSBC Women’s World match Play Championship and the McDonald’s LPGA Championship. In 2008, she finished 6th at the Hypo-Vereinsbank Ladies German Open-European Tour, 12th at the CN-Canadian Women’s Open and 7th at the Final Qualifying Tournament of the LPGA. In 2009, Michelle won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. In 2010, Michelle won the CN-Canadian Women’s Open; scooped the second position at the P&G NW Championship and had other top 5 finishes.

In 2011, she finished 2nd at the Honda LPGA in Thailand and second at the CN-Canadian Women’s Open. In 2012 she ranked 4th on tour after recording an average of 268 yards in driving distance.

Michelle Wie has stood firm as she continues to play alongside the best male and female golfers of our time. She consistently ranks high and performs well.