Michelle Wie cards a 24
Golfer Michelle Wie celebrates her 24th birthday today. Born on Oct. 11, 1989, in Hawaii, Wie turned professional as a 15-year-old in 2005. By that time, she already had hit some major milestones. At the age of 10 in 2000, Wie became the youngest to qualify for the USGA Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship. She competed in her first LPGA event in 2002 when she was 12. In 2003, at the age of 13, Wie became the youngest USGA champion in an adult event when she won the Public Links. She also played in seven events on the LPGA Tour in 2003, including the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she finished tied for ninth. In 2004, she played in seven LPGA tournaments and finished in the top 20 in six of them. She also competed against the men at the Sony Open, where she shot a second-round 68 but missed the cut. Before turning pro in 2005, Wie was the runner-up at the 2005 LPGA Championship and tied for third at the 2005 British Open. Wie won her first of two LPGA titles at the 2009 Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Her other win came at the CN Canadian Women’s Open in 2010. She graduated from Stanford in 2012 with a degree in communications. So far in 2013, she has two top 10s, including a tie for ninth at the LPGA Championship in June.