Michelle Wie West is an American golfer who currently plays on the LPGA Tour. She was the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship. Wie is also the youngest U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links winner and the youngest to qualify for an LPGA Tour event. She turned her professional career in 2005 and made her professional career debut at 2005 LPGA.
Michelle's Korean name is Wie Sung-Mi, born on October 11, 1989. Her parents are Byung-Wook Wie (father) and Bo (mother). West is the only child of her parents. Her parent's immigrated from South Korea to the United States in the 1980s. She was born a dual citizen of South Korea and the United States. She deserted her South Korean citizenship in February 2013.
Michelle's career earning is reported to be $20 million. So, her calculated net worth is about $10 million as of this writing. Michelle started her playing career in 2000 when she was ten. West has played in multiple events where the player has amassed huge amounts of money.
The golf player, Michelle, makes most of her earnings from her professional career as a golf player. As per the sources, she makes millions of dollars from Nike sponsorship. So, The golf player is said to earn more than $10 million per year from her sponsorship deals.
Apart from that, she also signed 10 years contract with Sony worth $100 million. However, West has yet to talk openly about salary on online media sources.
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Michelle is married to her long-term partner, Jonnie West. On March 2019, the sweet duo got engaged, and about five months later, on August 12, 2019, they tied the wedding knot at a private home in Beverly Hills, California. Both of them have kept their relationship open from the beginning.
The golfer, Michelle, kept her professional life away for several years to give proper time to her husband and family. In January, she announced their pregnancy news to her fans. So on June 2020, Wie gave birth to a daughter named Makenna Kamalei Yoona West. After giving birth to her daughter, West made a major decision to make a comeback in her professional career.
Wie shares that she wished for Makenna to watch her play and hopefully watch her come down the stretch and win a golf match. Besides, Michelle also said that she wants to raise her daughter like her and get inspired by her playing career.
Jonnie West is famous as a Director of Basketball Operations for the Golden State Warriors. Besides, he is also the son of NBA legend Jerry West. West is not media-friendly, so he has maintained his presence far from the media.
Therefore, Jonnie has also private his Instagram account with over 1k followers. Further, Michelle often shares pictures featuring her husband.
Michelle's father, Byung-Wook Wie, is a former teacher of travel industry management at the University of Hawaii. Similarly, her mother, Bo, was also a golf player and the South Korean women's amateur golf champion in 1985. Further, Bo also contested in a Miss Korea beauty pageant.
West's paternal grandfather Sang-Kyu Wie was an emeritus professor at Seoul National University. Talking about her early career, Wie attended Punahou School in Honolulu in June 2007 and joined Stanford University for further study.
Along with Wie's professional career, she has also made headlines for multiple controversies. West was also a controversial topic when she missed the cut at the 2007 Sony Open. So, many sports critics began to question whether she ever would.
The golfer was again in the controversy when Wie was given the opportunity to PGA events that took away opportunities from more deserving golfers. West created another controversy after her 26th at 2006 British Open; Wie's then-agent Ross Berlin terminated her caddie Greg Johnston over the phone.
As said earlier, Michelle has had multiple media headlines regarding her wrist injury in 2007. She injured her left wrist in a fall while running. However, this was not a major headline as little information was given to the public due to Michelle's privacy concerns.
Following the year, West revealed she had three broken bones in her wrist, despite many sources claiming that the wrist was not broken.
Michelle has an impressive height of 6 feet and is also known for her amazing physical build, like a tennis player, Ons Jabeur. Similarly, she weighs 68 kg.
For further updates, we can follow her on Instagram, where she is active under the username @michellewiewest, and over 597k people follow her.
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