Michelle Wie is Now a Women’s Open ChampionBy: Rachel Kolman - July 6, 2014
Michelle Wie is the biggest name in golf right now, as Michelle just won the Women’s Open, her first major US tournament, earlier last month. “Oh my God, I can’t even think straight,” Wie said after her two-shot victory over champion Stacy Lewis.
Wie has been a prominent name in golf since she was only thirteen years old and played as a major. Her popularity grew when she competed with the men in the PGA tour while still in high school. Now Wie is a Stanford graduate and Women’s Open champion. She won her first two minor tournaments while maintaining a 3.0 GPA at Stanford. In 2012, Michelle graduated and became a full-fledged professional, award-winning golfer.
But it wasn’t without its ups and downs, as Michelle missed out on much of her teenage years. “I think the fact that I struggled so much, the fact that I kind of went through a hard period of my life, the fact that this trophy is right next to me, it means so much more to me than it ever would have when I was 15. I feel extremely lucky.”
“Whatever it is, Michelle has it,” says Meg Mallon, Wie’s mentor and two-time U.S. Women’s Open champ. “People can’t take their eyes off her. Every sport needs that, and Michelle is it for women’s golf.”
Michelle also has a fun, goofy personality, that makes her instantly likable, to fans and fellow golfers as well. “She’s kind of a klutz,” says Stacy Lewis, Michelle’s fiercest competitor yet best friend. “A lot of people don’t understand what a dork she is. She’s awkward, and that’s part of her charm.”
Congratulations to Michelle on her ground-breaking success and her bright golfing future ahead!
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