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Michelle Wie: Why I want to be like Tiger
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Michelle Wie
Michelle can drive the ball over 300 yards
Ernie Els admits he's never seen a woman swing a golf club like Michelle Wie.

Michelle is only 15-years-old yet she has broken records ever since her first 18 holes aged seven.

Some people believe she could have as big an impact on golf as Tiger Woods.

Michelle says: "It would be really neat if I could be a Tiger Woods.

"Tiger has broken down barriers and it would be great if I could help women to compete against men.

"But doing that is a personal choice for me and I'm not saying women should play against men.

"I've met Tiger once and it was really neat. Both him, Ernie Els and Annika Sorenstam are role models to me."

Michelle became the youngest player to take part in a US men's tournament in Hawaii at the 2004 Sony Open.

She says: "Playing in the Sony Open was the greatest experience I've ever had.

"I was greeted with open arms and there was no negativity from men that I spoke to.

"I wasn't trying to prove anything but a lot of people thought I was going to shoot a score of over 80.

"When I shot a 72 and a 68 it proved to a lot of people that I can play well."

Michelle Wie
Something else for the trophy cabinet

Despite impressing everyone in Hawaii, Michelle is keeping her feet on the ground.

"I don't really think about fame, I don't see myself as a celebrity.

"I'm just me and there are some extra things that come along with being me, but I'm enjoying myself.

"I'm no different to normal girls. I have to take my homework with me wherever I'm playing. I go to parties and go with my friends to the mall and watch the movies.

"I don't necessarily want to have a long golf career. I definitely don't want to play until I'm like 60 years old!

"Golf is partly natural but most of it is practice. You have to work so hard at it. Some of it comes easily but other things don't come easily at all.

"It's mostly experience, sometimes you have to go out there and endure the pain."




Michelle Wie facts
Born: 10/11/89
Lives: Honolulu, Hawaii
Aged seven: Played first 18-hole round scoring 14-over-par
Aged 10: Shoots a 67
Aged 11: Wins Hawaii State Women's Stroke Play Championship,
Aged 12: Youngest player to qualify for an LPGA event
Aged 13: Becomes the youngest winner of the US Women's Amateur Public links Championship,
Aged 14: Plays in the Sony International Open - the only woman in the field


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