Nicknames: Big Wiesy, Michelle Wie
Birth Date: 11 October 1989
Birth Place: Honolulu, Hawaii
Birth Name: Sung-mi Wie
Current Team: LPGA
Education: Punahou High School
Profession: American golfer
Best Known As: Women's golf prodigy from Hawaii
Michelle Wie is the very young professional American golfer. She is bestly known as women's golf prodigy of Hawaii. Wie made her first appearance in the professional world by playing in Samsung World Championship. An LPGA event open was for only top 20 professional players. She was invited to participate in an amateur on a sponsor's exemption.
Her second professional event was played at Casino World Open on the Japan Golf Tour2 in 005 and third professional event in January 2006 at the Sony Open in Hawaii. There she missed the cut, shooting rounds of 79 and 68 and finally in Feb 2006 she was ranked at 3rd place and afterwards ahe moved up to the second place in the first release of the Women's World Golf Rankings.
By the 4th may 2006 Michelle Wie played total of 35 professional events which include 27 LPGA Tour events, 4 PGA TOUR events, 1 Canadian Tour event, 1 Nationwide Tour event, 1 Asian Tour event, and 1 Japan Golf Tour event. As an amateur she played in several Hawaii's state and USGA national amateur events.
Michelle Wie - Biography
Some nice facts about Michelle Wie:
High School: Punahou High School
Hobbies: Golfing, Drawing, Reading, Computers
Nickname: Big Wiesy given by Tom Lehman since her swing resembles Ernie Els
Her Bedroom is covered by pictures of Tiger and hopes to go Stanford University
Wears a size 10 men's golf shoe
Watches American Idol, listens to Coldplay and Good Charlotte
Loves Jim Carey movies
Marketing experts predict she could earn $50 million in just 5 years in endorsements
Michelle Wie is the youngest winner of the Women's Amateur Public Links.
Michelle Wie was born on October 11, 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Byung-Wook Wie (BJ) and Hyun-Kyong Wie (Bo). Her father is a professor at Hawaii University and a two handicapper and her mother is in Real Estate and a former amateur golf champion in Korea. Afterwards her parents shifted to U.S. from Korea.
Michelle Wie starts golfing when she was just four years old. Her father teaches her. In 2000, when she was of ten years old, she was qualified by a USGA amateur championship at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship. She had won most of the amateur tournaments and wanted to became a pro-golfer after watching Tiger Woods play.
When Michelle became 12 years old she was nearly 6' in height. By seeing her height Tom Lehman gave her the nickname 'The Big Wiesy' like Ernie Els. Wie played against the men in on the PGA tour but her fascination for boys ends there and she says "I don't like boys, they're kind of annoying."
In March 2002 she played her 1st LPGA tour event. She failed to make the cut at the Takefujji Classic in Hawaii. At that moment she said "I'm not disappointed. I'm just happy to be here. She became the youngest winner of the Women's Amateur Public Links in June 2003.
Year 2005 was a lucky year for her. Though she didn't performed well at her second attempt at Sony Open, she has given another PGA exemption. A few months later she got a chance to play against men at the Men's Public Links where she shocked everyone by reaching in the quarterfinals.
On her 16th birthday on 5th October 2005 she announced that now she was became a professional by signing sponsorship contracts with Nike and Sony worth more than US$10,000,000 per year. Also at the same time she announced a pledge for Hurricane Katrina relief of $US500,000.
Michelle Wie - Career Highlights
Michelle Wie's 2005 Finishes
Oct. 13-16 : Samsung World Championship - Disqualified
July 28-31 : Weetabix Women's British Open - T3, 10-Under Par, 75-67-67-69
July 20-23 : Evian Masters - T2 7-under par, 75-70-68-68
June 23-26 : US Women's Open - T23, 12-Over Par, 69-73-72-82
June 9-12 : LPGA Championship - 2nd Place, 8-under par, 69-71-71-69
March 24-27 : Kraft Nabisco Championship - T14, Even-Par, 70-74-73-71
March 17-20 : Safeway International - T12, 4-Under Par, 73-67-73-71
Feb 24-26 : SBS Open - T2, 6-Under Par, 70-70-70--210
Michelle Wie's 2004 Finishes
Oct 14-17 : Samsung World Championship - T13, 283, 5-under par 74-72-67-70
Aug 19-22 : Wendys Championship for Children - T6, 282, 6-under par 73-69-71-69
July 21-25 : Evian Masters - T33
July 1-4 : US Women's Open - T13, 1-over par, 71-70-71-73
May 6-9 : Michelob Ultra Open - T12
Kraft Nabisco Championship - 4th, 7-under par, 69-72-69-71
March 18-21 : Safeway International - T19
Michelle Wie's 2003 Finishes
Sports Today CJ Nine Bridges Classic - 69th
Safeway Classic - T28
Jamie Farr Kroger Classic - missed cut
US Women's Open - T39 youngest player to make the cut at age 13
ShopRite LPGA Classic - T52
Chick-fil-A Charity Championship - T33
Kraft Nabisco Championship - T9
Michelle Wie - Quotes
I'm not really interested in sports psychology. It makes me feel like a crazy person.
I don't think I would say I don't belong here; I do belong. I belong on the LPGA; I belong on the PGA (TOUR). I think I belong in both. - after her performance at the 2004 Sony Open
I'm happy out of my mind. I like beating a lot of people. - after winning the 2003 U.S. Women's Amateur Publinx championship
Ty Tryon made a lot of money after turning pro, but he might not have been ready. I don't want to make a lot of money for a couple of months and then not be ready. - when asked if she'd like toturn pro (from Business Week).
I don't like going to the mall. I'm not really like the other girls. I just like to go out on the golf course and play. Golf is fun and feels really good.
Other golfers Quotes about Michelle Wie
She belongs here. Anyone who don't believe that has rocks in their head. - Laura Davies after Wie's runner-up finish at the 2005 LPGA Championship, where Wie was the only player to break par all four rounds
She's an amazing player. There's no doubt about it. She's going to give us a lot of challenges and make us work harder. - Jennifer Rosales following 2005 LPGA SBS Open, where she won over runner-up Michelle Wie
Annika (Sorenstam) is a champion and watching her play was awesome. She is so accomplished. I have only seen Michelle play a little, but she has all the potential in the world to be as good. You see that swing, it's so powerful and athletic, and you just know she has a great future. - Dean Wilson, who played with Sorenstam at the 2003 Colonial, following the 2004 Sony Open
That golf swing of hers, it's the best golf swing I've ever seen in my life. - Bobby Verwey, Wie's caddie at the 2004 Sony Open. Verwey is Gary Player's newphew and a veteran caddie
Michelle is 14. Give her a couple of years to get stronger. I mean, she can play on this tour. If she keeps working, keeps doing the right things, there's no reason why she shouldn't be out here. - Ernie Els following a practice round with Wie at the PGA Sony Open
She probably has one of the best golf swings I've ever seen, period. She's got a lot going for her. Plus, she's tall and strong. No telling what she's going to do when she gets a little older. - Davis Love III
You watch her swing and say, 'That's normal.' Then you realize that she's only 13 and that's ... that's unbelievable. - Vijay Singh
Her poise is unbelievable. Either you've got it or you don't. And this girl's got it. - Tom Lehman (from Golf Digest)
Year Achievements Age
2003 First Appearance in LPGA Major Kraft Nabisco Championships 13
2003 Youngest Winner of US Women's Amateur Public Links 13
- Youngest player to qualify for USGA amateur championship 10
2003 Youngest to qualify for LPGA tour event Kraft Nabisco Champtionship 13