Michelle Wie: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Wie’s debuted her amateur career in 2000 at the age of 10, when she qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship. This would make her the youngest player ever to qualify for it. Watch the video above to see an analysis of Wie’s powerful drive.

Wie moved into her professional career in 2006 at the age of 15 after signing sponsorship contracts with big-time companies, Sony and Nike at the end of 2005. A week before turning 15, she had signed contracts worth $10 million per year.

Wie has often been criticized since then for he poor performances during her attempt to play in the men’s PGA Tour events, crumbling under the pressure and having yet to make a cut. In 2007, she miss the cut for the 2007 Sony Open by 14 shots. Criticisms since she has gone pro have also been geared towards what some golf fans have said in regards to her
inappropriate outfits” that are considered a tad revealing for the traditional sport.

4. She Earned $19 Million During Her First Year On Tour

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By the age of 18, Wie was finally allowed to join a tour since no professional tours, including the LPGA accept players under the age of 18. After kicking off her pro career in 2006, she made $19 million in earnings, and by 2007, the 18-year-old was ranked her as #4 on the Forbes Top 20 Earners Under 25.

5. She Likes Tall Guys

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By the age of 13, Wie was 6 feet tall and outdriving most of the men on the PGA Tour with 300 yard drives . Naturally, when Wie grew older, her love interests included some of the tallest guys on Stanford’s campus, reportedly including 7 feet tall, Robin Lopez who currently plays in the NBA.

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