Michelle Wie has been called amazing, a powerhouse, and one of the best female golfers in the world. This is because, at the age of just 18, she has already competed well in several women’s major golf championships and has played alongside the best female and male golfers of our time. Keep reading to find out more about this amazing athlete.
Michelle Wie was born October 11, 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii to parents of Korean descent. At the age of four, she began playing golf. By the age of 11, she was winning nearly every junior event she entered and practicing 4 hours a day weekdays and 7 hours a day weekends. All this practice paid off, when Wie became the youngest player ever to qualify for a USGA amateur championship that same year.
Then, at the age of 13, Michelle Wie became the youngest player to make a cut in a LPGA event. Only a few months later, Wie became the youngest person ever to win a professional USGA event. In 2004, at the age of 15, she played on the PGA tour for the first time, again being the youngest person ever to do it. She was beating records left and right!
Michelle Wie announced she was turning pro on October 5, 2005, just a week before her 16th birthday. She signed big contracts with Nike and Sony totaling more that $10 million per year. She also pledged $500,000 to Hurricane Katrina relief. Since turning pro, Michelle Wie has played and competed well with all the female professional golfers. Many professionals suspect she’ll be ready to compete on the PGA tour in a few years. As Arnold Palmer sated in 2003, “she’s probably going to influence the golfing scene as much as Tiger [Woods], or more.”
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