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Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie U.S. Women’s Open Women’s British Open T3: 2006 T3: 2005

Achievements and awards Laureus World Newcomer of the Year 2004

Michelle Sung Wie (pronounced /ˈwiː/[1]) (Korean: Wie Seong-mi Hangul: ??? Hanja: ???, born October 11, 1989) is an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour. In 2006, she was named in a Time magazine article: "one of 100 people who shape our world."[2]

Family and education
Michelle Wie at the 2007 LPGA Championship Personal information Full name Born Michelle Sung Wie October 11, 1989 (1989-10-11) Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) United States Champions Gate, Florida, U.S.

Height Nationality Residence Career College Turned professional Current tour(s) Professional wins

Stanford University (ineligible for golf team) 2005 LPGA Tour (joined 2009) 0

Best results in LPGA Major Championships Kraft Nabisco C’ship LPGA Championship T3: 2006 2nd: 2005

Wie was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her parents are both natives of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) who came to the United States in the 1980s. Her father, Byung-wook Wie, is a former professor of transportation management at the University of Hawaii. Her mother was South Korea’s women’s amateur golf champion in 1985[3] Her paternal grandfather, a native of Jangheung, Jeollanam-do, was an emeritus professor at Seoul National University.[4][5] Wie graduated from Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii in June 2007. On December 19, 2006, she announced that she would be attending Stanford University where there are family ties, as her paternal grandfather was a visiting professor and an aunt and uncle are both graduates.[6][7] She enrolled in September 2007 as a freshman but as a professional golfer, Wie is not eligible under NCAA rules to play for Stanford’s golf team..[8][9] During her first two years at Stanford she attended only during the fall and winter quarters, taking a leave of absence to play professional golf during the spring and summer quarters.[10][11]

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the LPGA SBS Open at Turtle Bay was more successful as she finished second, the spot she also finished at the LPGA Championship. At the U.S. Women’s Open, she finished the third round in a three-way tie for the lead, but scored an 82 in the final round, and finished tied for 23rd. The week after, she played in the John Deere Classic, her third outing at a PGA Tour event, missing the cut by two strokes.[17] After becoming the first female golfer to qualify for a USGA national men’s tournament, tying for first place in a 36-hole qualifier for the U.S. Amateur Public Links, Wie made the top 64 in the stroke play rounds to qualify for match play.[18]She lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Clay Ogden. Over in Europe she played in the Evian Masters, a major on the Ladies European Tour and a regular LPGA event, finishing in a tie for second. The week after, she finished tied for third at the Women’s British Open, the fourth and final major of the year. On October 5, 2005, a week before her 16th birthday, Wie announced that she was turning professional, signing sponsorship contracts with Nike and Sony reportedly worth more than ten million dollars per year. At the same time she announced a pledge of half a million dollars for the U.S. Golf Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.[12]

Amateur career 2000–2005
Wie began playing golf at the age of four and eleven years later declared that "The first time I grabbed a golf club, I knew that I’d do it for the rest of my life." [12] In the summer of 2000, at the age of ten, she became the youngest player ever to qualify for the Women’s U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship a record that stood for eight years until broken by a fellow Hawaiian, Allisen Corpuz, who was five months younger than Wie.[13] In 2001, at the age of 11, she won both the Hawaii State Women’s Stroke Play Championship and the Jennie K. Wilson Women’s Invitational, the oldest and most prestigious women’s amateur tournament in Hawaii.[13] She also advanced into match play at the Women’s U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and shot a personal-best 64 from the 5,400-yard tees at the Olomana Golf Links course in Hawaii. 2002 saw her win the Hawaii State Open Women’s Division by thirteen shots over LPGA player Cindy Rarick and become, at age 12, the youngest player to qualify for an LPGA event, the Takefuji Classic where she missed the cut. This record stood until 2007 when it was broken by 11-year-old Ariya Jutanugarn.[14] At the 2003 Kraft Nabisco Championship she became the youngest player to make an LPGA cut, shot 66 in the 3rd round, tying the amateur record for a women’s major championship and played in the final group with Annika Sörenstam and eventual winner, Patricia Meunier-Lebouc.A few months later, Wie won the Women’s Amateur Public Links tournament, becoming the youngest person ever, male or female, to win a USGA adult event and made the cut at the US Women’s Open, the youngest player to do so.[15] She was given a sponsor’s exemption to the 2004 Sony Open in Hawaii, becoming the fourth and youngest female to play a PGA Tour event. she shot 72-68 to finish at even par, missing the cut by one stroke.[16] After finishing fourth at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and became the youngest woman to play the Curtis Cup as part of the victorious U.S.team. Wie started her 2005 season by accepting another sponsor’s invitation to play in the PGA Tour Sony Open in Hawaii where she again missed the cut. Her next outing at

Professional career
Pre-LPGA membership (2005-2006)
Having turned professional Wie was not a member of any professional tour. LPGA Tour membership age requirements require a golfer to be 18 although some players such as Morgan Pressel and Aree Song have successfully petitioned for an exemption to join at age 17. Wie chose not to request an exemption and was thus only allowed to participate in a limited number of LPGA Tour events when given a sponsor’s exemption from 2005 to 2008. She also chose not to participate in the Tour’s Qualifying Tournaments (or "Q-School") until December 2008 when she finished 7th to gain LPGA membership for the 2009 season. Wie played her first professional event in the 2005 LPGA Samsung World Championship where she was disqualified from a

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fourth-place finish for signing an incorrect scorecard. A journalist (Michael Bamberger) reported she had illegally dropped the ball closer to the hole than its original lie the day after she completed her third round. Her other professional event of 2005 at the Casio World Open on the Japan Golf Tour saw her shoot four over par to miss the cut. 2006 started with the PGA Tour Sony Open at her home course, the Waialae Country Club, Hawaii where she again missed the cut, this time by four strokes. In the initial Rolex World Golf Rankings in February 2006 , Wie was placed third behind Annika Sörenstam and Paula Creamer. She rose to second place in July but her limited schedule meant she failed to play the minimum of 15 worldwide professional women’s tournaments over a twenty-four month period and dropped out of the rankings entirely. In August 2006, the calculation of the rankings was revised such that any player who had accumulated points in fewer than 35 tournaments had her ranking calculated as if she had played in 35. After the change, Wie’s ranking dropped to 7th.[19] In her first two tournaments on the LPGA Tour in early 2006, she gained a third place finish in the Fields Open in Hawaii finishing one stroke off the lead, and finished in a tie for third in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, again finishing one stroke behind. May 2006 saw her play the Asian Tour SK Telecom Open becoming the second woman (after Se Ri Pak) to make the cut at a men’s tournament in South Korea. Wie reportedly received US$700,000 in appearance fees at an event that offered US$600,000 in total prize money. In all, she reportedly netted US$5 million in appearance and endorsement money for the two-week trip.[20] May 2006 also had her become the first female medalist in a local qualifier for the Men’s U.S. Open. [21] She did not compete in the "easier" Hawaii final stage qualifier as she would have been unable to play at the LPGA Championship the following week. She played at Summit, NJ vying for one of 16 available spots but finished 59th and did not advance. At the LPGA Championship Wie finished two strokes off the lead, tied for fifth and followed this up with a tie for third at the US Women’s Open. In July, she played in the LPGA HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship where she lost in the

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quarterfinals 4 and 3 to eventual champion Brittany Lincicome.[22] In July Wie played in the PGA John Deere Classic. After a 6 over par first round she reached 8 over par and 10 shots above the projected cut line before withdrawing from the tournament after the 9th hole, citing heat exhaustion.[23] Two weeks later, she returned to the LPGA Tour, finishing in a tie for second at the Evian Masters, one stroke off the lead and tied for 26th at the Women’s British Open where she drew controversy for grounding her club in a bunker, resulting in a two-stroke penalty. In a post-round interview, Wie said that she was not familiar with the rules and "knew the rule wrong."[24] In September, she competed in the Omega European Masters on the men’s European Tour where she finished last among the 156 competitors, 15 strokes over par after shooting, missing the cut by 14 strokes, although tournament organizers reported that many of the 9,500 spectators on the first day came to see Wie.[25][26] A week later, in her third 2006 appearance on the PGA Tour at the 84 Lumber Classic, she finished 14 over par after two rounds, 23 strokes behind the leaders. At the LPGA Tour Samsung World Championship, Wie finished in 17th place in the 20-player field, 21 strokes behind the leader. Her last event of 2006 saw Wie compete the Casio World Open on the men’s Japan Golf Tour where she finished last, 27 shots behind the leaders. With the conclusion of the Casio tournament, Wie had played 14 consecutive rounds of tournament golf without breaking par – eight on the LPGA Tour, two on the European Tour, two on the PGA Tour and two on the Japan Golf Tour.[22]By the end of 2006, her first full year as a professional, she had missed the cut in 11 out of 12 tries against men, and remained winless in all 33 professional women’s tournaments she had entered, the last 9 as a professional.

Pre-LPGA membership (2007-2008)
Wie accepted her fourth consecutive sponsor’s exemption to the PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii in January where she missed the cut by 14 strokes, finishing third from last in the 144-player field, 25 strokes behind the second-round leader. Her next competition, after a four-month absence and reported injuries to both wrists, was at the LPGA’s Ginn

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Tribute Hosted by Annika where she was 14-over par through 16 holes in the first round before withdrawing, after a conversation with her agent, citing an aggravated wrist injury.[27] The withdrawal was controversial due to the LPGA Rule of 88, which states that a nonLPGA member shooting a score of 88 or more is forced to withdraw and banned from LPGA co-sponsored events for the rest of the year. Wie claimed the injury and not the rule of 88 was the cause of the withdrawal but some observers, including one of her playing partners, Alena Sharp questioned this [28][29] There was further controversy claim. when both Sharp and Wie’s other playing partner, Janice Moodie, questioned the involvement of Wie’s father, B.J.. They said he appeared to give Wie advice during the course of play could have resulted in a twostroke penalty but as Wie withdrew, this became a moot point.[30] Wie was seen two days later practicing at the site of the LPGA Championship in Bulle Rock, Maryland, which drew criticism from Ginn Tribute host Annika Sörenstam who said, "I just feel there’s a little bit of lack of respect and class just to kind of leave a tournament like that and come out and practice here."[31][32] At the LPGA championship Wie was 3 over par and bang on the cutline after two days to extend her run of cuts made at LPGA majors to 13 but shot rounds of 83 and 79 on the weekend to finish last of those who made the cut, 35 strokes behind the eventual winner.[33] Wie entered the US Women’s Open in June but withdrew midway through the second round after hitting her second shot out of the rough on the 10th hole citing a wrist injury. Her tournament score through 27 holes was 17-over par, 22 strokes behind the second-round leader.[34][35] At the Evian Masters in July, Wie broke her year-long streak of 24 consecutive rounds at or over par by shooting a second-round one-under par 71 but shooting a 12 over par 84 in the third round led to her finishing 20 strokes behind winner Natalie Gulbis,third from last of those making the cut. One week later at the Women’s British Open Wie shot rounds of 73 and 80, missing the cut by two strokes, her first missed cut in an LPGA Tour event since 2003, and her first missed cut in a major. Wie next played in August at the Canadian Women’s Open, where she was invited as a

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sponsor’s exemption. She shot rounds of 75 and 74 on the par 71 course, missing the cut by four strokes. The following week, with another sponsor’s exemption, Wie played in the Safeway Classic, at Portland, Oregon. After shooting rounds of 79 and 75, she missed the cut by six strokes and finished 21 strokes behind the second round leader. Three weeks after beginning her freshman year at Stanford University, Wie played as a sponsor exemption in the limited field Samsung World Championship, finishing 19th out of the 20 player field, 36 strokes behind the winner. In December 2007, Wie was ranked at #4 in the Forbes Top 20 Earners Under 25 with an annual earnings of 19 million dollars.[36] 2008 was the first time since 2004 Wie was not granted one of four available sponsor exemptions to play the PGA Tour Sony Open. She started the year on a sponsor’s exemption at the LPGA Fields Open where she shot 69,73,78 to finish tied for 72nd, last among players making the cut.[37] Two LPGA sponsor exemptions were offered and accepted to the Safeway International and Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill tournaments but Wie was unable to play at the Safeway as she announced she had injured her wrist practicing.[38][39][40] She did play the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill, shooting rounds of 75 and 71, missing the cut by four strokes. Wie’s next competitive appearance was her first on the Ladies European Tour playing on a sponsor invitation in the Ladies German Open where she finished sixth place, seven strokes behind the winner, fellow eighteen year-old Amy Yang.[41] In June Wie played in Maryland at a sectional qualifier for the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open. She finished in second place, earning one of the 35 qualification spots available.[42] She shot an eight-over-par 81 in the first round of 2008 U.S. Women’s Open and ended up with a 10-over total of 156, missing the cut. July saw Wie playing on a sponsor exemption at the LPGA State Farm Classic. She was in the middle of her third round when it was realized she had failed to sign her second round scorecard. Event organizers waited until the conclusion of that round to notify her that she was disqualified in order to give her an opportunity to explain what had happened. She was one stroke off the lead at the time. [43] Two days later Wie announced that she had accepted an invitation to play her eighth PGA Tour event in the

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alternate field Legends Reno-Tahoe Open. She shot rounds of 73 and 80, missing the cut by nine strokes.[44] Wie had expressed her desire to attempt to earn membership on the LPGA Tour for the 2009 season by earning the equivalent of 80th place on the 2008 money list through her earnings at the events she played in through sponsor exemptions. When she failed to reach this goal, she entered an LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament.[45] At the tournament, held from September 16 through 19 at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, she finished tied for 4th place. This was sufficient to advance her to the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament held in Daytona Beach, Florida in December, 2008.[46] During the Final Qualifying Tournament, Wie finished in a tie for 7th place to make her eligible to play full time on the LPGA Tour in 2009.

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Professional
• Wie played her first professional event while still an amateur in April 2002. As of May 15, 2009, she had played in a total of 69 professional events as either an amateur or a professional: 55 against women: 53 on the LPGA Tour, 1 on the Ladies European Tour, and 1 on the LPGA of Korea Tour. 14 against men: 8 on the PGA Tour, 2 on the Japan Golf Tour, 1 on the European Tour, 1 on the Asian Tour, 1 on the Nationwide Tour, and 1 on the Canadian Tour.

Amateur
• November 15–17, 2002: Hawaii State Open, Women’s Division (Wie’s last stroke-play victory) (67-71-70--208 (8 under), 13 strokes over Cindy Rarick)[50] Wie won several other Hawaiian local and junior events during the years 2000 through 2002.[51][52] • June 17–22, 2003: U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links (Stroke play: 73-71--144 (even par); 18-hole matches: 2&1, 2&1, 5&4, 6&5, 5&4; 36-hole final: 1 up over Virada Nirapathpongporn)[53] She has never won a 72-hole stroke-play event at any level.

LPGA membership 2009After passing LPGA Qualifying School in December 2008, Wie declared that she still planned to play in tournaments against men. However for the second consecutive year, she did not receive a sponsor exemption to play in the Sony Open in Hawaii where she had played four years in a row from 2004 through 2007.[47][48] Her first tournament as an LPGA member was the season-opening SBS Open at Turtle Bay where she shot 66, 70 to move into a tie with Angela Stanford going into the final round of the tournament. Wie held a three-stroke lead with eight holes remaining, but ended up losing to Stanford by three strokes. It was reported in early March, 2009, that Wie had left the William Morris Agency, the Hollywood talent agency that had represented her since she turned pro in 2005, and would be signing with sports agency IMG.[49] In Wie’s next two tournaments, the J Golf Phoenix LPGA International and the Kraft Nabisco Championship, she struggled to make the cut, finishing on the cut line after the second round both times. She finished tied for 57th and 67th respectively in the two events. In the Kraft Nabisco, a major on the LPGA Tour, she shot a score of 81 in both the second and third rounds.

Results in LPGA majors
Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
LA

Kraft Nabisco T9 Championship

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T14
LA

T3 T5 T3 T26

DNP 84 WD CUT

DNP DNP CUT DNP

LPGA DNP Championship U.S. Women’s T39 Open Women’s Brit- DNP ish Open
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DNP T13 TLA DNP

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T23 T3
LA

= Low Amateur DNP = did not play WD = withdrew "T" = tied CUT = missed the half-way cut Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Victories
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2007 Jan 11-14 Sony Open in Hawaii PGA LPGA MC WD

Professional record and earnings
Year Dates 2005 Oct 13-16 2005 Nov 24-27 2006 Jan 12-15 2006 Feb 23-25 Tournament Tour Samsung LPGA World Championship* Casio World Open Sony Open in Hawaii Fields Open in Hawaii

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2007 May Ginn Tribute 31-Jun Hosted by Finish Margin Earnings 3 ($)Annika DQ 2007 Jun 0 LPGA n/a 7-10 Championship 2007 Jun 0 U.S. Women’s 1 from 28-Jul Open cutline 1 4 from 0 2007 Jul Evian Masters cutline 26-29 1 be73,227 hind 2007 Aug Women’s Britplayoff 2-5 ish Open 1 be108,222 2007 Aug Canadian Wohind 16-19 men’s Open playoff 2007 beSafeway 12 Aug 4,303 24-26 Classic hind

LPGA

84

35 be hind winn n/a

Japan MC Golf Tour PGA LPGA MC 3

LPGA

WD

LPGA

T69

20 be hind winn

LPGA LPGA LPGA

MC MC MC 19

2006 Mar Kraft Nabisco 30-Apr Championship 2 2006 May 4-7** 2006 Jun 8-11 2006 Jun 29-Jul 2 2006 Jul 6-9 SK Telecom Open LPGA Championship U.S. Women’s Open

LPGA

T3

2 from cutlin

4 from cutlin

Asian Tour LPGA

T35

6 from cutlin

T5

2007 Oct Samsung LPGA winner 11-1457,464 World 2 beChampionship* hind 2008 Feb Fields Open in winner 21-23156,038 Hawaii 2 behind 2008 May Michelob playoff 8-11 50,000 ULTRA Open n/a at Kingsmill LPGA

36 be hind winn

T72

LPGA

T3

20 be hind winn

LPGA

MC

HSBC WoLPGA men’s World Match Play Championship* John Deere Classic Evian Masters* Women’s British Open Omega European Masters 84 Lumber Classic PGA LPGA

T5

4 from cutlin

2006 Jul 13-16 2006 Jul 26-29 2006 Aug 3-6 2006 Sep 7-10 2006 Sep 14-17 2006 Oct 12-15 2006 Nov 23-26

WD T2

2008 May Ladies German LET 29-Jun Open n/a 1 0 2008 Jun Wegmans 19-22255,333 LPGA 1 behind 2008 Jun U.S. Women’s winner 26-2918,059 Open 13 be2008 Jul hind 10-13 winner Jamie Farr Owens Corn14 from 0 ing Classic 2008 Jul State Farm cutline 17-20 Classic 2008 from 0 Reno-Tahoe 13 Jul 31-Aug Open cutline 3 21 be12,578 2008 Aug hind 14-17 winner 17 from 0 cutline Canadian Women’s Open LPGA

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T24

12 be hind winn

LPGA LPGA

MC T46

LPGA

T26

6 from cutlin

European MC Tour PGA MC 17

15 be hind winn n/a

LPGA PGA

DQ MC

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Samsung LPGA World Championship* Casio World Open

LPGA

T12

Japan MC Golf Tour

8 behind winn

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2009 Feb 12-14 2009 Mar 26-29 2009 Apr 2-5 2009 Apr 15-17 2009 Apr 23-26 2009 May 7-10 2009 May 14-17 SBS Open at Turtle Bay J Golf Phoenix LPGA International Kraft Nabisco Championship Lotte Mart Open Corona Championship Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill Sybase Classic LPGA 2 3 be108,332 Golf records hind

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LPGA

T57

LPGA

T67

KLPGA

T36

LPGA

T10

LPGA

T15

LPGA

T3

Dates are span of competitive rounds, regardless of whether Wie participated in all rounds. ** = tournament shortened to three rounds due to rain. DQ = disqualified MC = missed halfway cut WD = withdrew * = limited field, no-cut event Margin = strokes behind winner or cutline, not applicable in cases of withdrawal, disqualification or matchplay format.

• The youngest winner (male or female) of winner an adult USGA-sanctioned tournament – 22 be3,989 Age 13 (2003 U.S. Women’s Amateur hind Public Links) winner • The youngest player to make a cut in an 25 be4,674 LPGA tournament and major – Age 13 hind Nabisco Championship) (2003 winner • The youngest player to play in a PGA Tour event – Age 14 (2004 Sony Open) 13 be1,534 • The lowest round by a female in a PGA hind Tour event (also the first female to score a winner sub-70 round in PGA Tour history) – 68 11 be25,763 (2004 & 2006 Sony Open) hind • The youngest player to play in Curtis Cup winner history – Age 14 (2004) 11 be29,073 • The first female to qualify for a USGA hind championship that is generally played by winner males - Age 15 (2005 U.S. Amateur Public 6 be118,824 Links Championship Pittsburgh sectional) hind • The first female to make a cut on the winner Asian Tour - Age 16 (2006 SK Telecom Open) • The first female medalist in a U.S. Open qualifying tournament – Age 16 (2006 U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Turtle Bay Hawaii)

Notable quotes

LPGA Tour career summary

When Wie was fourteen, professional golfer Ernie Els remarked, "Give her another couple years to get stronger, she can play on the PGA Tour." At sixteen, Wie had an average drive of about 280 yards. Her size and use of Els as a model have led sports media to call her The Big Wiesy, a play on Els’ nickname of The Big Easy. Fred Couples said, "When you see her hit a golf ball…there’s nothing that Year Tournaments Cuts Wins 2nd 3rd prepares you Earnings just the scariest thing Top Best for it. It’s Money Scoring Scoring played made 10s finish ($) list average in you’ve ever seen." Arnold Palmer stated rank rank 2003 that "she’s probably going to influence the golfing scene as much as Tiger, or more. 2002 3 0 0 0 0 0 MC n/a n/a 75.67 n/a She’s going to attract people that even Tiger 2003 7 6 0 0 0 1 T9 n/a n/a 73.00 n/a didn’t attract, young people, both boys and 2004 7 7 0 0 0 2 n/a 71.00 n/a girls, 4 and families."[55] n/a 2005 8 8 0 3 1 4 2 n/a n/a 70.76 n/a 2006 8 2007 7 2008 7 2009 6 8 4 5 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 6 T2 730,921 Criticism and n/a 0 19 23,024 controversy n/a 0 T12 62,763 n/a 3 2 290,649 15 70.78 76.68 72.15 71.57 n/a n/a n/a 15

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she missed the cut at that year’s British Open.

Poor performance in men’s events
Observers of golf have criticized Wie’s efforts to play in PGA Tour events through sponsors’ exemptions. Wie has made only one cut in a men’s tournament, and has made no cuts on the PGA Tour. After missing the cut at the 2007 Sony Open by 14 shots, many sports critics began to doubt whether she ever will.[56] Following Wie’s poor performance at the 2007 Sony Open in Hawaii, AP golf writer Doug Ferguson suggested that her nickname be changed from "the Big Wiesy" to a more appropriate moniker, "the Big Queasy."[57][58]

Inappropriate clothing
Some fans and media have commented that Wie has increasingly dressed in inappropriate clothing during golf tournaments. These criticisms began in the summer of 2004 when Wie was 14 years old and increased after Wie began wearing Nike-provided clothing in 2006.[66][67]

2007 wrist injury?
In the first week of February 2007, it was reported that Wie hurt her left wrist in a fall while running, though when family members acting as her spokespeople were asked by the media, they declined either to give any details on the nature of the injury, other than to report that she was wearing a hard cast,[68] or to state what treatment was done, citing privacy.[69] Initially, her public relations staff reported that she would be away from golf for 4 to 6 weeks[70] but this stretched until the end of May. In response to the lack of information and prolonged absence, some golf fans and LPGA players, including Brittany Lincicome, questioned whether Wie and her parents had fabricated the injury in order to give her a reason to take a break from golf.[71][72][73] More questions were raised about her wrist injury claim after Wie’s withdrawal from the Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika in May 2007 when she flirted with the Rule of 88 before withdrawing citing a "tweaked wrist."[74] Her playing partners were divided in their opinions. Alena Sharp questioned her injury claim but Janice Moodie stated that she heard Wie say "Ouch!" after hitting her tee shot on the first hole, which was the group’s 10th of the day. Wie had said that was precisely when she began feeling the pain. Moodie said "She didn’t swing as hard from that point on."[75] Further questions were raised about Wie’s wrist injury when, in April 2008, she announced that she actually had three broken bones in her wrist, contradicting her agent’s March 2007 announcement that the wrist was not broken.[76]

Use of exemptions
Professional golfers, fans, and media critics have remarked that allowing Wie to compete in PGA events takes away opportunities from more deserving golfers.[59][60][61] However, a tournament sponsor has a maximum of only four completely unrestricted exemptions available, and those exemptions are often used to invite players (including amateurs) who can increase ticket sales and tournament visibility. The first four exemptions offered by a sponsor must be offered to PGA Tour players or other competitive players.[62] By late 2007, the criticism over the use of exemptions had extended to Wie’s participation in women’s events on the LPGA Tour as well. Wie declined to enter LPGA Tour qualifying school after turning 18 and therefore would have to depend on sponsor exemptions to play in future LPGA tournaments. This decision drew criticism from golf fans and commentators.[63][64]

Caddie turnover
Wie has employed at least nine caddies since her father stopped caddying for her in 2004. She created controversy when, after finishing tied for 26th at the 2006 British Open, her caddie Greg Johnston was fired over the phone by Wie’s then-agent Ross Berlin. Johnston said he was "surprised and disappointed" at the firing and at the fact that "no one named Wie gave me the news."[65] Wie employed several other professional caddies after Johnston, and also returned to using her father for the remainder of the 2007 season parting ways with caddie David Clarke after

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Withdrawal from pro-am event at 2009 KLPGA tournament

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• Profile and statistics on LPGA official site • Michelle Wie career statistics at 808-golf.com • Michelle Wie Blog

External links
• Michelle Wie official site (not yet launched)

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