Michelle Wie has been in the golfing public eye most of her life. She had a long amateur career before turning professional the week before her sixteenth birthday. Read her biography and see photos and a video of her below.
Michelle Wie is a favorite among many golf fans and is considered a golf phenomenon. She has been blazing trails in not just womens’ golf, but in the golf world as a whole. In 2006, she was named one of the 100 people who shape our world by Time magazine. Even at her young age she can hold her own with the big boys … literally. She doesn’t only play in the ladies’ events but competes with the men. It hasn’t been all success for her. She hasn’t performed well in the mens’ divisions, but she is still determined to make the cut. She has said that she intends to be the first woman wot play the Masters.
“The first time I grabbed a golf club, I knew that I’d do it for the rest of my life.”
Fellow golfer Fred Couples has said of her.
“When you see her hit a golf ball … there’s nothing that prepares you for it. It’s just the scariest thing you’ve ever seen.”
Michelle Sung Wie (Wie Seong-mi in Korean) was born on October 11, 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her parents are both Korean. She stands about 6′ 3″ tall which is part of the reason for her nickname, ‘The Big Wiesy’. She began playing golf when she was 4-years-old.
At the age of 10, Michelle Wie was the youngest player to ever Women’s U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. A year later, in 2001 at the age of 11, she became the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship. She played in the 2003 Kraft Nabisco Championship, her first appearance in an LPGA major, at just 13-years-old. Also, when she was 13 Wie became the youngest ever winner of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. In 2004 at only 14-years of age she missed qualifying for the 2004 PGA Tour Sony Open by only one shot. Michelle is known for her hard hitting long shots.
Just before her 16th birthday, on October 5, 2005, Wie announced that she was turning professional. She is reported to have signed sponsorship contracts at that time with Sony and Nike worth about $10 million per year. However, its been reported that by her 17th birthday she was earning $20 million per year from sponsorships.
Michelle graduated from the prestigious Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii in June 2007 and is currently a student at Stanford University. She’s not eligible to play on Stanford’s golf team because she is a professional golfer. She’s not sitting around Stanford worrying about that though. As recently as last month, she was linked romantically with Stanford basketball player Robin Lopez. Aside from Robin Lopez, her hobbies include reading, drawing and computers.