Michelle Sung Wie West is an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour. At age 10, she became the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship. Wie turned professional shortly before her 16th birthday in 2005. She won her first major at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.
About Michelle Wie in brief
Michelle Sung Wie West is an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour. At age 10, she became the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship. Wie turned professional shortly before her 16th birthday in 2005. She won her first major at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. Her father is a former professor of travel industry management at the University of Hawaii. Her mother, Bo, was South Korea’s women’s amateur golf champion in 1985, and competed in a Miss Korea beauty pageant. Her paternal grandfather was a visiting professor, and an aunt and uncle are both graduates. When she was born, Wie was a dual citizen of South Korea and the United States. She renounced South Korean citizenship in February 2013. She completed her studies at Stanford University in March 2012 with a major in communications. She participated in the university’s graduation ceremony in June 2012. She is the youngest person ever, male or female, to win a US GA adult event. She was the youngest to make the cut at the US Women’s open when she was still just 13, the youngest players ever to do so. She played in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, finishing fourth as part of the victorious team. At the Sony Open, she bettered the 36 hole score of the men’s open and matched the score of 9 others including 4 major winners and 3 more major winners. She went on to miss the cut by one stroke, though she went in on a sponsor’s exemption to the 2004 Sony Open in Hawaii, becoming the fourth youngest, and youngest, to play a woman’s PGA Tour event.
In 2002, she won the Hawaii State Open Women’s Division by thirteen shots. In June 2003, Wiese won the Women’s Amateur Public Links tournament, become the youngest. player to advance to match play in this tournament, until 2014 when Lucy Li surpassed her by one week. She also won the Takefuji Classic held in Wie’s home state of Hawaii in 2001, at the age of 11, and the Jennie K. Wilson Women’s Invitational in 2002. In 2003, she made the cut for an LPGa event, the Take Fuji Classic, in Hawaii. In 2004, she carded a 66 in the third round, tying the amateur record for a women’s major championship and qualifying her to play in the final group of the championship. In 2005, she was the third youngest player ever to play on the Tour. She turned professional in 2005, accompanied by an enormous amount of publicity and endorsements. Her record stood for five more years until it was broken in 2007 by 11-year-old Ariya Jutanugarn. In 2007, she announced that she would be attending Stanford University, where there are family ties. She attended only during the fall and winter quarters, running from late September through mid-March each year. She took leaves of absence during the rest of the year to play professional golf.