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Michelle Wie in action in Hawaii
Michelle can hit a golf ball farther than most men
Michelle Wie

Like most young golf nuts, Michelle has pictures of her hero Tiger Woods plastered all over her bedroom walls. Nothing unusual about that.

But a 14-year-old who can drive the ball nearly 300 yards, competing against professionals three times her age? Now that's special.

Michelle has been turning heads ever since she became the youngest player ever to qualify for a professional tournament on her home island of Hawaii in March last year.

And now she's lining up against the men at the Sony Open on her home island of Hawaii, along with the likes of defending champion Ernie Els and world number two Vijay Singh.

And she's already got the world's best women's golfer Annika Sorenstam waxing lyrical about her talent.

Michelle Wie shows off her latest trophy
Winning trophies is second nature to Michelle

"She's playing at a totally different level than I did at that age," said the Swede, who watched Michelle card an astonishing six-under-par 66 in the second round.

Michelle started playing golf as a four-year-old when her father started teaching her the basics.

By the time she was 11, Michelle was regularly winning most of the amateur tournaments she entered and was often beating male rivals.

One of her most striking features is her height - she is 5ft 11in and still growing. Michelle wears size nine-and-a-half golf shoes.

And when she's in a spot of bother, she gets advice from dad Byung-Wook, who also doubles as her caddie.

Big things are expected of Michelle in the coming years, but she knows she has to avoid the usual teenage distractions if she wants to follow in Tiger's footsteps.

"I don't like going to the mall," she says. "I'm not really like the other girls. I just like to go out on the golf course and play."

And boy does she know how to do that.



Introduction
Jae An, Korea
Michelle Wie, USA
Ty Tryon, USA
Zach Gould, Wales

Wie Factfile
Age: 14
Country: USA
Lives: Honolulu, Hawaii

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I don't like boys, they're kind of annoying
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Michelle Wie
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