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Michelle Wie's Biography

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Michelle Wie was born on 10 November 1989, the daughter of BJ and Bo Wie, a professor of transport policy and a real estate agent.

At 11 years old Michelle Wie won the Hawaii State Women's Stroke Play Championship. At 12, she became the youngest player to qualify for an LPGA event and in 2003 Michelle won the 2003 US Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.

Michelle Wie became the youngest player to take part in a US men's tournament in Hawaii at the 2004 Sony Open. She was the only woman in the field and said, "Playing in the Sony Open was the greatest experience I've ever had."

According to an interview with the BBC sports academy website Michelle Wie's role models are Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Annika Sorenstam.

Michelle was six days shy of her 16th birthday when she announced that she was going to turn professional. In February 2006 when the first official rankings came out for women's golf, Michelle Wie was third (behind Sorenstam and Paula Creamer). Soon Wie progressed to second.

In May 2006 Michelle Wie became only the second woman to make the halfway cut at a men's professional event after scoring a three-under-par 69 at the Asian Tour's SK Telecom Open in South Korea. In 2003, Se Ri Pak made the halfway cut at a Korean men's event.

In an article entitled Wie defends Women's Open absence, on 30 July 2008, the BBC pointed out that Michelle Wie had never made a cut in a men's event, and had dipped to 244th in the women's rankings.

After a difficult 2008, Michelle Wie secured her place on 2009's LPGA Tour after finishing seventh in a qualifying tournament at Daytona Beach.

In 2009, Michelle Wie had her debut in the Solheim Cup as one of two captain's picks.


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