American Professional Female Golf Player – Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie is an American Profesional Golfer on the LPGA Tour. She is very popular US female Golfer. Michelle Wie was born in Honolulu Hawaii, USA on October 11, 1989 to Byung-Wook “BJ” Wie and Bo Wie, both of whom had immigrated to USA from South Korea (Republic of Korea). B.J.was her first coach, who often served as her caddy. Michelle began playing golf at four years old and was soon able to drive the ball 100 yards. When She reached the age of 12, Michelle could power the ball more than 300 yards. Michelle likes to hit the ball hard and has already won two events on the LPGA tour, has had 7 top-ten finishes in Major Competition and has shot the lowest round ever recorded by a woman golfer in a men’s PGA tour event.
Amateur Golf Career of Michelle Wie
Year 2000 – At the age of 10, Michelle became the youngest winner of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links title. Michelle won the Honolulu Mayor’s Open.
Year 2001– At the age of 11, Michelle won both Hawaii State and Women’s Stroke Play Championship and the Jennie K. Wilson Women’s Invitational, the oldest and the most prestigious women’s amateur tournament in Hawaii. She also advanced into match play at the Women’s U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
Year 2002 – Michelle won the Hawaii State Open Women’s Division by thirteen shots. The youngest Golfer to qualify for an LPGA event, the Takefuji Classic held in Her home State of Hawaii.
Year 2003 – At the age of 13, Michelle Became the youngest golfer ever to make the cut at an LPGA tour event, finished in the top 10 – Kraft Nabisco Championship. She carded a 66 in the 3rd round, tying the amateur record for a woman’s major championship and qualifying to play in the final group of the championship. Michelle won the Women’s Amateur Public Links Tournament, became the youngest Golfer ever, male or female, to win a USGA Adult Event in June 2003. She also became the youngest Golfer to enter the US Women’s Open, at the age of 13.
Year 2004 – At the age of 14, Michelle finished in the top 20 of seven LPGA tournaments she entered that year including a 4th place at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. She became the first woman to shoot a sub-par round in a sanctioned Men’s PGA Event.
Year 2005 – At the age of 15, Michelle finished 2nd in 3 of 7 LPGA events including LPGA Championship, to go with a 3rd place in the British Open. She played five more LPGA Tour events that year as well as a PGA Tour Event, the John Deere Classic.
Professional Golfer Career of Michelle Wie
Year 2006 – Michelle ranked number 3 in the world behind full time golfers Annika Sorenstam and Paula Creamer at Rolex World Ranking Tournament.
Year 2007 – Michelle accepted her fourth consecutive sponsors’ exemption to the PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii in January where she missed the cut by 14 strokes, finishing third from last in the 144-player field, 25 strokes behind the second-round leader. Her next competition, after a four-month absence and reported injuries to both wrists, was at the LPGA’s Ginn Tribed Hosted by Annika where she was 14-over par through 16 holes in the first round before withdrawing, after a conversation with her agent, citing an aggravated wrist injury.
The withdrawal was controversial due to the LPGA rule of 88, which states that a non-LPGA member shooting a score of 88 or more is forced to withdraw and banned from LPGA co-sponsored events for the rest of the year. Wie claimed the injury not the rule of 88 was the cause of her withdrawal but some observers, including one of her playing partner, Janice Moodie, questioned the involvement of Wie’s father, BJ. They said he appeared to give Wie advice during the course of play that could have resulted in a two stroke penalty but as Wie withdrew, this became a moot point.
In December 2007, Michelle was ranked number four in the Forbes top 20 Earners Under 25 with an annual earnings of 19 million dollars.
Year 2008 – was the first time Wie was not granted one of the four available sponsor exemptions to play the PGA Tour Sony Open. She started the year on a sponsor’s exemption at the LPGA Field Open where she shot 69,73,78 to finish tied for 72nd, last among players making the cut.
In June Michelle played in Maryland at a sectional qualifier for the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open. She finished in 2nd place, earning one of the 35 qualification spots available. She shot a 8 over par 81 in the 1st round of 2008 U.S. Women’s Open and ended up with a 10 over total of 156, missing the cut. Wie entered LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament, finished in a tie for 7th place to make her eligible to play full time on the LPGA Tour in 2009.
Year 2009 – After passing LPGA Qualifying School in December 2008, Michelle declared that she still planned to play in tournaments against men. However, for the second consecutive year, she did no received a sponsor exemption to play in the Sony Open in Hawaii where she was played four year in a row from 2004 through 2007. Her first tournament as an LPGA member was the season-opening SBS Open at Turtle Bay where she shot 66,70 to move into a tie with Angela Stanford going into the final round of the tournament. Michelle held a three-stroke lead with 8 holes remaining , but ended up losing to Stanford by three strokes.
On November 2009, Michelle won her first professional individual tournament, the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico, a limited field event on the LPGA Tour, posting a score of 13 under par 275 for a two stroke margin over fellow American Paula Creamer, and beating Jiyai Shin, Christie Kerr and Morgan Pressel by two strokes. It was Wie’s 81st professional tournament and her 66th LPGA Tour event. She then finished 2nd in the Ladies European Tour season-ending Dubai Ladies Masters tournament on December 9-12, 2009, shooting a 15-under -par 273, which put her three shots behind winner In-Kyung Kim.
Year 2010 – On August 29, 2010 Michelle posted a three-shot win over a full field at the CN Canadian Women’s Open, held at St. Charles Country Club in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for her second career professional victory.
Year 2011 – Sybase Match Play Championship. Wie comes back from two holes down to advance at March Play Championship in New Jersey. She rallied to beat Anna Nordqvist in 20 holes at the Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Somerset Country. The ninth-seeded Wie won the match with a par on the 20th hole. Nordqvist, the No. 34 seed, flubbed two approach on the 507-yard, par-5 second. In Jun 9, 2011, Wie teed off on the 18th hole during the second round of US Women Open at the Broadmoor. She birdied the hole to make the cut. Wie won the 2nd place at Honda LPGA Thailand.
Year 2012 – In February 2012, she finished with 38T at Honda LPGA Thailand 2012 with total Strokes of 289, 4 total Rounds and score Average of 72. February 20-26, 2012, Michelle ended with 59th position at HSBC Women’s Championship with a total of 599 Strokes, 8 total Rounds and 74 average Score. In March 2012, Wie ended the Kia Classic with a Cut. With an average Score of 75, 10 total Rounds and 755 total Strokes. April, 2012, Wie’s Final Position (CUT) at Kraft Nabisco Championship with a total of 905 Strokes, 12 Rounds and average Score of 75.