Michelle Wie West
October 11, 1989 (34)
Michelle Wie is an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour. At age 10, she became the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship. Wie also became the youngest winner of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and the youngest to qualify for an LPGA Tour event. She turned professional shortly before her 16th birthday in 2005, accompanied by an enormous amount of publicity and endorsements. She won her first and only major at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.
Wie West’s golfing career began at a young age, with her winning the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and becoming the youngest player to qualify for an LPGA Tour event. As a professional, she has competed in various major championships and LPGA Tour events, achieving significant success. Her victory at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open is a highlight of her career, showcasing her skill and determination. Wie West has also represented the United States in the Solheim Cup and the International Crown, contributing to team competitions.
Throughout her career, Wie West has collaborated with several notable figures in the golfing world. She has worked with coaches like David Leadbetter and Butch Harmon, who have been instrumental in developing her game. Her partnerships with sponsors like Nike and Omega have also been significant. Wie West’s collaborations extend beyond the golf course, as she has been involved in various charitable initiatives and has used her platform to promote women’s golf.
Wie West’s achievements in golf have been recognized with numerous awards and distinctions. She was named the Laureus World Newcomer of the Year in 2004 and has received several other honors throughout her career.