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Michelle Sung Wie West is an LPGA Tour professional golfer from the United States. She became the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship at the age of ten. Wie was also the youngest winner of the US Open and is the youngest woman to qualify for an LPGA Tour tournament in the Women's Amateur Public Links. Wie went professional in 2005, just before her 16th birthday, to a flurry of media and endorsements. At the 2014 US Open, she won her first and only primary. Women's Open is a tournament for women.
Wie's parents migrated to America from South Korea in the 1980s and had her on October 11, 1989. BJ stated to the Golf World that Michelle started playing golf at the early age of four. "Michelle always liked hitting the ball as hard as possible, no matter where it goes," he further said.
Michelle was brought up in Honolulu and graduated from a school in Punahou. She was later determined to be present at Stanford University to pursue her higher education. Despite her various absences from school due to her passion for golf, she graduated from Stanford University in 2012.
In 2010 at the early age of 10, Michelle became the all-time youngest qualifier for USGA Women's Amateur Public Links Championship. She also won Honolulu Mayor's Open. At the age of 13, Michelle became the youngest golfer to cut an LPGA tour occasion where she ended among the top ten.
Before her professional career, Wie was granted a sponsor's exemption to the Sony Open in Hawaii in 2004. Her score in said tournament was the lowest amongst all, but she did not lose hope. Wie again participated in the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship and missed the cut by finishing fourth. Not being one to give up so easily, she continued to play four more LPGA Tours, as well as a PGA Tour. She earned herself the title of becoming the first female golfer to qualify for a USGA men's tournament, in which she tied for first place.
During her carrier, she won 2 LPGA tour victories, although she never won any major championship. She became a member of the U.S. Solheim cup team in 2009, 2011,2013, and was a member of the Curtis Cup team in 2004.
As no outstanding achievement comes without a struggle, Wie had her fair share of them. She was involved in several controversies, the biggest one being the one where she missed the cut at the 2007 Sony Open. There was also a lot of misunderstanding regarding her wrist injury, which is still, to this date, unclear. However, despite her downfall, she was ranked #4 in the Forbes' Top 20 under 25 lists'.
She was ranked #3 by Rolex World ranking in 2006, which was formulated in 2006. As the LPGA tour's minimum required age is 18, and she refused to request an exemption, she competed in limited events. Until she became qualified to get her tour card, she concentrated on school life, friends, art, and music. Her first professional event was the LPGA Samsung World Championship, wherein she was disqualified for illegally altering her ball placement near the hole.
In December 2008, she won her tour card and announced that she wished to continue competing against men. Given a fluctuating performance, Wie surpassed her records by tying for the 23rd position, which proved her best finish in a major since 2006. However, following that accomplishment, she failed to deliver a performance worthy of her qualification into the US Women's Open.
In 2009, she entered 19 LPGA tours, finishing eight T-10s, two 3rd, two seconds, and her first LPGA victory. She completed the year with $918,659 as of the prize money. She has also landed herself some heavy sponsorships from brands like Nike, Sony, and many more.
Apart from being a sportsperson and a celebrity, Michelle also completed her study as a student at Stanford University. When she is not golfing, she is with her family, pet Pomeranian Lola, and shooting photos. She is a net lover, so she often hangs on Facebook, tweets, paints, and even writes blogs.
Before her professional wins, she had some amateur wins too. In 2002, Wie won the Hawaii State Open, and in 2003, she went on to win the US Women's Amateur Public Links at the age of a mere 13, earning the title of the youngest to win an adult event. Considering her professional wins, she won the Lovena Ochoa Invitational tournament by two strokes in 2009. Wie then proceeded to claim victory in the CN Canadian Women's Open in the following year. In the progressing years, she won the LPGA Lotte Championship and the US Women's Open.
Standing at the height of 6 feet, Wie was famous for her long drives. In 2014, she received her highest ranking to date in the Women's Golf Rankings, standing at a 6. Today, she stands at 173.
Wie is a proud holder of the title of being the youngest player to play in an LPGA event, at the exact age of 12 years, four months, 14 days. In addition, she also weaved her way into an LPGA event at the age of 13 years, five months, and 17 days, yet again making her the holder of a record of being the youngest player to make the cut.
Wie announced her engagement to Jonnie West, the Golden State Warriors' Director of Basketball Operations and the son of NBA legend Jerry West, in March of this year. On August 10, 2019, they married in a private residence in Beverly Hills, California. Wie revealed her pregnancy with a daughter in January 2020, and she has shown a desire to return to professional golf in the future. Wie gave birth to her baby, Makenna Kamalei Yoona West, on June 19, 2020.
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