15 Things You Didn’t Know About Michelle Wie

Get to know the former US Women’s Open champion, Michelle Wie, a little better.

Michelle Wie Things You Didn't Know
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Get to know the former US Women’s Open champion, Michelle Wie, a little better.

15 Things You Didn’t Know About Michelle Wie

American Michelle Wie is one of the most recognised golfers in the women’s game, with a professional career spanning more than 15 years.

Wie really came to acclaim in her early career, breaking many records and showcasing her skills on the world stage.

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Here are 15 things you didn’t know about her.

15 Things You Didn’t Know About Michelle Wie

1. Michelle Sung Wie West was born 11th October 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

2. Wie’s father and grandfather were both professors, her father at the University of Hawaii and her grandfather at Seoul National University.

3. At age 10, she became the youngest player to qualify for a USGA Amateur Championship.

4. Her nickname is ‘The Big Wiesy’ a play on Ernie Els’s nickname ‘The Big Easy’.

5. In 2007, Wie attended Stanford University but, as a professional golfer, she was not eligible to play for Standford's golf team. The American would take leaves of absence for half the year to play competitively. She completed her studies in March 2012 with a major in communications.

6. Wie has held many records, including the youngest player to qualify for an LPGA event, the youngest player to win a USGA adult event and the youngest female to compete in a PGA Tour event.

7. At just 14 years old, Wie was given a sponsor's exemption to the 2004 Sony Open in Hawaii. Her second round score of 68 was the lowest ever by a woman in a PGA Tour event.

Michelle Wie Facts

Wie with Vijay Singh at the 2004 Sony Open. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

8. Wie turned professional in 2005, signing sponsorship contracts with Nike and Sony, reportedly worth $10 million per year.

9. In her spare time, the American is a keen painter.

10. In 2015, Wie made an appearance in the TV series, Hawaii Five-O.

11. In her first event as a professional at the Samsung World Champion, Wie was actually disqualified for signing for an incorrect scorecard after an illegal drop in her third round.

12. Wie made her Solheim Cup debut in 2009 after being a captain's pick. Her record that week was three wins and one draw, the best record on the American team.

13. On 10th August 2019, Wie married her husband, Jonnie West. West is the Director of Basketball Operations for the Golden State Warriors.

Michelle Wie US Open 2014

Michelle Wie won the 2014 US Open by two shots. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

14. Wie has five LPGA Tour wins, including the 2014 US Open. However the American has not participated in an LPGA event since the 2019 women's PGA Championship.

15. On the 19th June 2020, Wie gave birth to her first child, Makenna Kamalei Yoona West.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x