Michelle Wie, USA

Michelle Wie’s incredible golf talent has catapulted her to international fame and her personality has helped her stake claim to being one of the most influential women in the sport.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii in October 1989, Wie began playing golf at the age of four with her father BJ Wie acting as her coach and mentor. The training appeared to have paid off when she became the youngest person to compete in an LPGA tour event at the age of just 13.

Wie finished in the top ten at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and her development in the game since then has been notable.

While only 14 years old, the youngster finished in the top 20 in six of the seven LPGA events she was involved in - and even took part in the men’s PGA Sony Open at Waialae.

She turned professional in October 2005 and competed in the Samsung World Championship on the LPGA Tour later that year, before recording six top-five finishes in 2006 - her best being a second place tie at the Evian Masters.

Wie soon began balancing golf with education. Studying at Stanford University, she completed her degree in March 2012 with a major in communications.

Despite beginning her university course in 2009, Wie continued to compete on the LPGA Tour and entered 19 LPGA tournaments in that year alone, making 17 cuts, including her first win at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

Her 2010 season followed a similar pattern. She made the cut in 17 out of 19 tournaments and came away with five top-ten finishes as well as victory at the CN Women’s Canadian Open.

Despite a lacklustre few seasons on Tour, Wie continued to gain notoriety, helping to propel the LPGA profile worldwide.

By 2014, her game began to once again pick up steam. With the then-24 year-old making 19 out of 21 cuts as well as securing two wins. Most notably securing her first major success in June at the U.S. Women’s Open. Taking charge at Pinehurst No 2, Wie finished the event two-strokes ahead of then-world number 1, Stacy Lewis.

Career Wins:

2009 – Lorena Ochoa Invitational
2010 – CN Canadian Women’s Open
2014 – LPGA Lotte Championship
2014 – U.S. Women’s Open

What's in the bag? - Michelle Wie

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