Michelle Wie West is an American professional golfer who competes on the LPGA Tour. Moreover, Michelle Wie West became the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship at age of 10.
Table of Biography
Michelle Wie West was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the United States on October 11, 1989. She was born under the zodiac sign Libra and she is currently 32 years old as of 2021. Her full name is Michelle Sung Wie West and her Korean name is Wie Sung-Mi. Moreover, she has a nickname called Big Wiesy among the media and fans. Her parents moved to the United States from South Korea in the 1980s and she is the only child of her parents.
In addition, her father, Byung-Wook Wie, is a former University of Hawaii professor of travel industry management. Her mother’s name is Bo she won the 1985 South Korean women’s amateur golf championship and also competed in the Miss Korea pageant. Additionally, she was born a dual citizen of South Korea and the United States but she renounced her South Korean citizenship.
In June 2007, she graduated and completed her schooling at Punahou School in her hometown. After that, she announced that she was attending Stanford University where there are family ties on December 19, 2006. In March 2012, she graduated with a major in communications from the University and participated in the graduation ceremony in June 2012.
Michelle Wie West began playing golf at the age of four and, at the age of ten, became the youngest player to qualify for the US Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship. During her Univesity years, she used to take leaves of absence for the rest of the year to play professional golf. Until 2014, she was the youngest player to advance to match play in this tournament. At the age of 11, she won both the Jennie K Wilson Women’s Invitational and Hawaii State Women’s Stroke Play Championship in 2001. After that, she advanced into match play at the Women’s U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
She also won the Women’s Division of the Hawaii State Open by thirteen strokes in 2002. Moreover, she became the youngest player to qualify for an LPGA event held in her home state of Hawaii. Moreover, she went on to win the Women’s Amateur Public Links tournament in June 2003. After that, she competed in several tournaments like PGA Tour, Curtis Cup tournament, LPGA Tour, and many more. Later, she announced that she was turning professional a week before her 16th birthday on October 5, 2005. Moreover, she also signed a sponsorship contract with Nike and Sony worth more than $10 million per year.
More about her career
After turning professional, she was not a member of any professional tour which required a golfer to be 18. As a result, she only competed in a few LPGA Tour events while on a sponsor’s exemption from 2005 to 2008. However, she was disqualified from her first professional event in the 2005 LPGA Samsung World Championship. She finished her round by unlawfully dropping the ball closer to the hole than its initial lay, according to journalist Michael Bamberger. Moreover, she went on to tally our top-5 finishes on the LPGA tour during the tournament. After that, she participated in both the European and Asian tours.
Due to several issues and injuries, she missed several tournaments and competitions after cuts and withdrawals. She passed LPGA Qualifying School in December 2008 and stated that she still intended to compete in events against men. However, she did not receive a sponsorship to play in the Sony Open in Hawaii for the second consecutive year. After that, she ended up losing to Angela Stanford in her first tournament as an LGPA member in SBS Open at Turtle Bay. However, she failed to win any major tournaments since becoming a member of LGPA. After that, she won her fourth LGPA Tour event and first major championship the US Women Open on June 22, 2014.
Achievements and Net Worth
Michelle Wie West has won Hawaii State Open in 2002 and US Women’s Amateur Public Links in 2003. After that, she won the US Women’s Open, CN Canadian Women’s Open, Lorena Ochoa Invitational, LPGA Lotte Championship, and HSBC Women’s World Championship. She became one of the golfers listed in ESPNW’s Impact 25 in 2014.
She has garnered a huge amount of money as a professional golfer. According to online sources, she has an estimated net worth of $12 million US dollars from playing golf and sponsorships.
Michelle Wie West announced her engagement with the Director of Basketball Operations for the Golden State Warriors Jonnie West in March 2019. After that, the couple married at a private home in Beverly Hills, California on August 10, 2019. She gave birth to her first child on June 19, 2020, and named her Makenna Kamalei Yoona West.
She was the subject of controversy expressed by fans, media, peers, and other observers from the beginning of her career.
Body Measurement and Social media
Michelle Wie West has brown hair and brown eyes with a height of 6 feet 1 inch. Moreover, her weight is 57 Kg, her bra size is 38A, and her body measurements are 34-24-35 inches.
She is pretty active on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Her official Instagram account @mchellewiewest has over 591 thousand followers. On Twitter, she has over 430 thousand followers on her official account @MichelleWieWest. Her official Facebook page “Michelle Wie 위성미” has over 120 thousand followers.