|Birth||Honolulu, Hawaii U.S.|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Residence||Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.|
|College|| Stanford University|
ineligible for golf team
|Best Results in Major Championships|
|Kraft Nabisco||T3: 2006|
|LPGA Championship||2nd: 2005|
|U.S. Women's Open||T3: 2006|
|Women's British Open||T3: 2005|
|Laureus World Newcomer of the Year||2004|
Michelle Sung Wie (Korean Wie Seong-mi Hangul: 위성미 Hanja: , born October 11, 1989) is an American professional golfer. In 2006, she was named in a Time magazine article, "one of 100 people who shape our world."
In the summer of 2000, at the age of ten, she became the youngest player ever to qualify for the Women's U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. This record stood for eight years until it was broken in 2008 by another 10-year-old from Hawaii, Allisen Corpuz, who was five months younger than Wie was when she qualified for the same championship. In 2001, at the age of 11, she won both the Hawaii State Women’s Stroke Play Championship and the Jennie K. Wilson Women’s Invitational, the oldest and most prestigious women’s amateur tournament in Hawaii. Also at age 11, she shot a personal-best 64 from the 5,400-yard tees at the Olomana Golf Links course in Hawaii. That year, she advanced into match play at the Women's U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
In 2003, she became the youngest player to make a cut in an LPGA event at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, shooting a 66 in the 3rd round, tying the amateur record for a women's major championship, and placing her in the final group alongside Annika Sörenstam and eventual winner, Patricia Meunier-Lebouc. A few months later, Wie earned a historic victory at the Women's Amateur Public Links tournament, becoming the youngest person ever, male or female, to win a USGA adult event. She also became the youngest player to make the cut in the history of the US Women's Open, where she placed 39th.
In 2004 Wie became the fourth female, and the youngest ever, to play in a PGA Tour event at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Playing on a sponsor's exemption, she shot 72-68 to finish at even par, missing the cut by one stroke.
That year, Wie became the youngest woman ever to play on the victorious U.S. Curtis Cup team. She went on to finish fourth in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. If she had played the 2004 season as a professional, she would have earned over US$250,000 from her tournament results.
Wie started her 2005 season by again accepting a sponsor's invitation to play in the PGA Tour Sony Open in Hawaii where she again missed the cut. She then played the LPGA Tour, finishing second at SBS Open at Turtle Bay. That June, she placed second at the LPGA Championship. She became the first female golfer to qualify for a USGA national men's tournament, when she tied for first place in a 36-hole qualifier for the U.S. Amateur Public Links. At the U.S. Women's Open, she finished the third round in a three-way tie for the lead, but scored an 82 in the final round, and finished tied for 23. The week after, she played in the John Deere Classic in her third attempt to make the cut at a PGA Tour event, missing the cut by two strokes.
In the Men's Public Links, Wie made the top 64 in the stroke play rounds to qualify for match play. She lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Clay Ogden. She then played in the Evian Masters, a major on the Ladies European Tour and a regular LPGA event, and finished in a tie for second. The week after, she finished tied for third at the Women's British Open, the fourth and final major of the year.
On October 5, 2005, a week before her 16th birthday, Wie announced in Hawaii that she was turning professional, reportedly signing sponsorship contracts with Nike and Sony worth more than ten million dollars per year. At the same time she announced a pledge of half a million dollars for Hurricane Katrina relief.
As a professional but a non-LPGA member, she is limited to playing in no more than six LPGA events per year and only on sponsor exemptions. She can play in an unlimited number of non-LPGA events, including the US Women's Open and Women's British Open, provided she qualifies for the events or is given a special exemption by the event organizers. Also as a non-LPGA member, her earnings do not appear on the official ADT money list, she is not eligible for LPGA Tour awards and her statistics do not appear on the official list. As a professional, she is allowed to collect prize money.
In February 2006, the initial Rolex World Golf Rankings placed Wie third in the world, behind Annika Sörenstam and Paula Creamer. As of July 31, 2006, Wie ranked second behind Sörenstam. To remain in the rankings, she needed to accumulate a minimum of 15 world-wide professional women's tournaments in the preceding twenty-four months. She dropped off the rankings for a brief time during the spring of 2006. However, the procedure for calculating the Rolex Rankings was revised, effective immediately, on August 3, 2006. The "minimum tournament" requirement was eliminated, but a minimum divisor of 35 tournaments for calculating a player's ranking was added, meaning that any player who had accumulated points in fewer than 35 tournaments would have her ranking calculated as if she had played in 35. After the change, Wie's ranking dropped to 7th.
To open her first season on the LPGA, she earned US$73,227 for a third place finish in the Fields Open in Hawaii finishing one stroke off the lead, and US$108,222 for finishing in a tie for third in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she again finished one stroke off the lead.
In May 2006, Wie played the Asian Tour SK Telecom Open becoming the second woman (after Se Ri Pak) to make the cut at a men's tournament in South Korea. Wie reportedly received US$700,000 in appearance fees at an event that offered US$600,000 in total prize money. In all, she reportedly netted US$5 million in appearance and endorsement money for the two-week trip.
On May 16, according to the sponsoring United States Golf Association, Wie was the first female medalist in a local qualifier for the Men's U.S. Open. Weeks later, she competed against 152 players (135 professionals, including 48 PGA Tour players) in the final stage of U.S. Open qualifying at Summit, NJ vying for one of 16 available spots in the men's U.S. Open at Winged Foot G.C. Wie finished 59th and did not advance. However, the person she beat by 2 strokes in her local qualifier advanced in the Hawaii final stage qualifier. Wie said the reason she did not compete in the easier Hawaii qualifier was that the NJ qualifier was close to the LPGA Championship that week. Competing in the Hawaii qualifier would mean a no show at the LPGA.
In June, Wie tied for 5th in the LPGA Championship, finishing two strokes off the lead, and tied for 3rd in the US Women's Open again finishing two strokes off the lead. In July, she played in the LPGA vHSBC Women's World Match Play Championship where she lost in the quarterfinals 4 and 3 to eventual champion Brittany Lincicome.
July saw Wie play in the PGA John Deere Classic finishing the first round at 6 over par. On day two, her score rose to 8 over par for the tournament and 10 shots above the projected cut line. She withdrew from the tournament after the 9th hole, citing heat exhaustion. Two weeks later, she returned to the LPGA Tour, finishing in a tie for second at the Evian Masters, where she finished one stroke off the lead, and then finished tied for 26th at the Weetabix British Open, where she drew controversy again for grounding her club in a bunker, resulting in a two-stroke penalty. In a post-round interview, Wie said that she was not familiar with the rules and "knew the rule wrong." In September, she competed in the Omega European Masters on the men's European Tour where she finished last among the 156 competitors, 15 strokes over par for the first two rounds, missing the cut by 14 strokes. She still managed to draw large crowds; tournament organizers reported that many of the 9,500 spectators on the first day came to see Wie.
A week later she made her third appearance of 2006 on the PGA Tour at the 84 Lumber Classic. Wie finished 14 over par after two rounds, 23 strokes behind the leaders, the highest score for the first two rounds. Wie finished out 2006 by competing in the Samsung World Championship on the LPGA Tour, where she finished in 17th place in the 20-player field, 21 strokes behind the leader.
In her last event of 2006, Wie competed again at the Casio World Open on the men's Japan Golf Tour. She finished last among the professional players, some 27 shots behind the leaders. With the conclusion of the Casio tournament, Wie had played 14 consecutive rounds of tournament golf without breaking par – eight on the LPGA Tour, two on the European Tour, two on the PGA Tour and two on the Japan Golf Tour.
By the end of 2006, her first full year as a professional, she had missed the cut in 11 out of 12 tries against men, and remained winless in all 33 professional women's tournaments she had entered, the last 9 as a professional. In her 33 starts in LPGA events, she played 23 LPGA events since the start of 2004 up to end of 2006, and had 19 top-20 finishes in those 23 events, with three finishes outside the top 20 and one disqualification when in 4th position.
Wie's next competition was at the LPGA's Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika. After a four-month absence and reported injuries to both wrists, Wie shot 14-over par through 16 holes in the first round on May 31 before withdrawing. Prior to the withdrawal, LPGA rules officials were seen discussing the Rule of 88, which states that a non-LPGA member who shoots a score of 88 is forced to withdraw and is subsequently banned from LPGA co-sponsored events for the remainder of the year. Neither Wie nor the LPGA officials stated that her withdrawal was in response to the Rule of 88 and Wie said that she withdrew because she "tweaked [her] wrist in the middle of the round a bit." Some observers questioned this claim. One of Wie's playing partners, Alena Sharp, said, "She wasn't holding her wrist. I think she just had a bad day. If it was her wrist, why wait until the last two holes [to withdraw]?" Her other playing partner Janice Moodie confirmed that Wie had indeed tweaked her wrist. Moodie stated that she heard Wie say "Ouch!" after hitting her tee shot on the first hole, which was the group's 10th of the day. Wie said that was when she began feeling the pain. Moodie said "She didn't swing as hard from that point on." Moodie also added, "She was great to play with. Very friendly and respectful." Both Sharp and Wie's other playing partner, Janice Moodie, also questioned the involvement of Wie's father, B.J., who they said appeared to give Wie advice during the course of play which is against the rules and would result in a two-stroke penalty. However, after Wie withdrew, this became a moot point. Following her withdrawal on from the Ginn Tribute, Wie was seen two days later practicing at the site of the LPGA Championship in Bulle Rock, Maryland, which drew criticism from Ginn Tribute host Annika Sörenstam who said, "I just feel there's a little bit of lack of respect and class just to kind of leave a tournament like that and come out and practice here."
The next week, Wie played in the LPGA championship, a major on the LPGA tour. After a 2nd round 74, she made the cut. Wie slumped to an 83 in her third round. After a late decision whether she would participate in the 4th round citing her injury again, she decided to play, shooting a 4th round 79. Although finishing last of those who made the cut, 35 strokes behind the eventual winner, she continued her run of cuts made at LPGA majors which went to 13 cuts made in 13 LPGA majors played.
At the end of June, Wie entered the US Women's Open but withdrew midway through the second round after hitting her second shot out of the rough on the 10th hole. Her tournament score through 27 holes was 17-over par, 22 strokes behind the second-round leader. She cited a wrist injury as the reason for withdrawing.
At the Evian Masters played July 26-20 , Wie broke her year-long streak of 24 consecutive rounds at or over par by shooting a second-round one-under par 71 that left her in a tie for 28th half-way through the tournament. But she ballooned to a tie for 69th, after shooting 12 over par in the third round. She eventually ended the tournament 20 strokes behind winner Natalie Gulbis in third from last place of those who made the cut.
At the Women's British Open, one week later, Wie shot rounds of 73 and 80, missing the cut by two strokes. It was her first missed cut in an LPGA Tour event since 2003, and her first missed cut in a major.
Wie next played in the Canadian Women's Open, held from August 16-19, where she was invited as a sponsor's exemption. She shot rounds of 75 and 74 on the par 71 course, missing the cut by four strokes.
One week later, Wie played in the Safeway Classic, held in Portland, Oregon from August 24-26. She was again entered as a sponsor's exemption. After shooting rounds of 79 and 75, she missed the cut by six strokes and finished 21 strokes behind the second round leader.
From October 11 to 14, 2007, three weeks after beginning her freshman year at Stanford University, Wie played as a sponsor exemption in the limited field Samsung World Championship. She finished 19th out of the 20 players in the tournament, 36 strokes behind the winner.
In December 2007, Wie was ranked at #4 in the Forbes Top 20 Earners Under 25 with an annual earnings of 19 million dollars.
Also in December 2007, Wie's coach, David Leadbetter, had said that Wie planned to play in the 2008 SBS Open and/or the Fields Open in Hawaii the following week. When, on January 15, 2008, it was announced that she also did not receive an exemption to the SBS Open at Turtle Bay on the LPGA Tour beginning February 14, an event at which she had finished second in 2005. it became clear that she would not have the opportunity to play both events. On January 24, it was announced that Wie had received a sponsor's exemption to play in the Fields Open and would accept the invitation. She previously played in the event, which takes place at the Ko Olina Resort, referred to by the Golf Director as Wie's "home course," in 2006, and finished third. At the 2008 tournament, Wie shot rounds of 69, 73 and 78 and finished tied for 72nd, last among all players who made the cut.
Following the tournament Wie announced that she planned to withdraw from Stanford University at the end of the winter quarter in mid-March to focus full-time on golf. It was later announced that Wie had been offered, and accepted, sponsor exemptions to the Safeway International and Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill tournaments on the LPGA Tour, to be played in March and May, respectively. On March 21, Wie announced that she had injured her wrist practicing the week before and would not be able to play in the Safeway International. The injury was described by Wie's agent as a non-serious sprain to her left wrist.
At the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill, beginning May 8, Wie shot rounds of 75 and 71, missing the cut by four strokes.
On May 27, it was announced that Wie would play in a Ladies European Tour event for the first time, accepting a sponsor invitation to play in the Ladies German Open later that week. She finished in sixth place at the tournament, seven strokes behind the winner, fellow eighteen year-old Amy Yang.
On June 9, Wie played in Rockville, Maryland at a sectional qualifier for the 2008 U.S. Women's Open. She finished in second place at the qualifier, earning one of the 35 qualification spots available at that qualifier. Her first round of the Open resulted in a score of eight-over-par 81. In the second round, Wie bogeyed the fourth, fifth and eighth on her way to a 10-over total of 156. The cut fell at four over with 74 players advancing to the third round.
On July 19, 2008, Wie was disqualified from the State Farm Classic for failing to sign her second round scorecard. She was playing in the event as a sponsor exemption. She was in the middle of the third round when the violation was discovered, but the event organizers decided to wait until the conclusion of that round to notify her that she was disqualified in order to give her an opportunity to explain what had happened. Had her second and third round scores stood, she would have started the fourth round at 17-under-par, one stroke off the lead and in contention for her first LPGA victory.
Two days later, on July 21, 2008, Wie announced that she had accepted an invitation to play again on the PGA Tour in the alternate field Legends Reno-Tahoe Open to be held July 31 through August 3. It would be Wie's eighth PGA Tour event; she missed the cut in all previous attempts. At the tournament Wie shot rounds of 73 and 80, missing the cut by nine strokes.
Wie had expressed her desire to attempt to earn membership on the LPGA Tour for the 2009 season by earning the equivalent of 80th place on the 2008 money list through her earnings at the events she played in through sponsor exemptions. When she failed to reach this goal, she entered an LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament. At the tournament, held from September 16 through 19 at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, she finished tied for 4th place. This was sufficient to advance her to the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to be held in Daytona Beach, Florida in December, 2008.
Wie played her first professional event while still an amateur in April 2002. As of August 14, 2008, she had played in a total of 63 professional events as either an amateur or a professional:
49 against women: 48 on the LPGA Tour and 1 on the Ladies European Tour.
14 against men: 8 on the PGA Tour, 2 on the Japan Golf Tour, 1 on the European Tour, 1 on the Asian Tour, 1 on the Nationwide Tour, and 1 on the Canadian Tour.
Wie won several other Hawaiian local and junior events during the years 2000 through 2002.
She has never won a 72-hole stroke-play event at any level.
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T9 LA||4 LA||T14 LA||T3 LA||DNP||DNP|
|LPGA Championship||DNP||DNP||2 LA||T5 LA||84||DNP|
|U.S. Women's Open||T39||T13 TLA||T23||T3 LA||WD||CUT|
|Women's British Open||DNP||DNP||T3 LA||T26||CUT||DNP|
LA = Low Amateur
DNP = did not play
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
CUT = missed the half-way cut
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
|2005||Oct 13-16||Samsung World Championship*||LPGA||DQ||n/a||0|
|2005||Nov 24-27||Casio World Open||Japan Golf Tour||MC||1 from cutline||0|
|2006||Jan 12-15||Sony Open in Hawaii||PGA||MC||4 from cutline||0|
|2006||Feb 23-25||Fields Open in Hawaii||LPGA||3||1 behind playoff||73,227|
|2006||Mar 30-Apr 2||Kraft Nabisco Championship||LPGA||T3||1 behind playoff||108,222|
|2006||May 4-7**||SK Telecom Open||Asian Tour||T35||12 behind winner||4,303|
|2006||Jun 8-11||LPGA Championship||LPGA||T5||2 behind winner||57,464|
|2006||Jun 29-Jul 2||U.S. Women's Open||LPGA||T3||2 behind playoff||156,038|
|2006||Jul 6-9||HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship*||LPGA||T5||n/a||50,000|
|2006||Jul 13-16||John Deere Classic||PGA||WD||n/a||0|
|2006||Jul 26-29||Evian Masters*||LPGA||T2||1 behind winner||255,333|
|2006||Aug 3-6||Women's British Open||LPGA||T26||13 behind winner||18,059|
|2006||Sep 7-10||Omega European Masters||European Tour||MC||14 from cutline||0|
|2006||Sep 14-17||84 Lumber Classic||PGA||MC||13 from cutline||0|
|2006||Oct 12-15||Samsung World Championship*||LPGA||17||21 behind winner||12,578|
|2006||Nov 23-26||Casio World Open||Japan Golf Tour||MC||17 from cutline||0|
|2007||Jan 11-14||Sony Open in Hawaii||PGA||MC||14 from cutline||0|
|2007||May 31-Jun 3||Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika||LPGA||WD||n/a||0|
|2007||Jun 7-10||LPGA Championship||LPGA||84||35 behind winner||3,273|
|2007||Jun 28-Jul 1||U.S. Women's Open||LPGA||WD||n/a||0|
|2007||Jul 26-29||Evian Masters||LPGA||T69||20 behind winner||6,626|
|2007||Aug 2-5||Women's British Open||LPGA||MC||2 from cutline||0|
|2007||Aug 16-19||Canadian Women's Open||LPGA||MC||4 from cutline||0|
|2007||Aug 24-26||Safeway Classic||LPGA||MC||6 from cutline||0|
|2007||Oct 11-14||Samsung World Championship*||LPGA||19||36 behind winner||13,125|
|2008||Feb 21-23||Fields Open in Hawaii||LPGA||T72||20 behind winner||2,570|
|2008||May 8-11||Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill||LPGA||MC||4 from cutline||0|
|2008||May 29-Jun 1||Ladies German Open||LET||6||7 behind winner||13,563|
|2008||Jun 19-22||Wegmans LPGA||LPGA||T24||12 behind winner||18,887|
|2008||Jun 26-29||U.S. Women's Open||LPGA||MC||6 from cutline||0|
|2008||Jul 10-13||Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic||LPGA||T46||15 behind winner||4,831|
|2008||Jul 17-20||State Farm Classic||LPGA||DQ||n/a||0|
|2008||Jul 31-Aug 3||Reno-Tahoe Open||PGA||MC||9 from cutline||0|
|2008||Aug 14-17||Canadian Women's Open||LPGA||T12||8 behind winner||36,475|