Wie was the target of criticism again at the 2013 U.S. Women's Open when she withdrew before completing the final hole of the fog-delayed second round. Wie, who at the time was +11, cited an illness as the reason for her early exit.
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After a solid, but winless, season in 2011, Wie struggled in 2012. She missed 10 cuts and recorded only one top 10. Toward the end of the season, Wie switched to a putting stroke she nicknamed "the table-top."
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Wie captured her second-career LPGA Tour victory at the 2010 Canadian Women's Open at St. Charles Country Club. Wie led the tournament wire-to-wire after opening with a stellar round of 65, eventually winning by three shots over Jiyai Shin and Kristy McPherson.
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After her first win, Wie was back at Stanford, where she is a full-time student in the fall and winter.
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On Nov. 15, 2009, Wie finally found the victory she had been looking for at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. She birdied her final hole for a two-stroke win over Paula Creamer.
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Wie was chosen as a captain's pick for the 2009 Solheim Cup. It would be her first Solheim appearance, and the rookie outshone everyone by leading the U.S. team to a dramatic victory with a record of 3-0-1.
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In her 2009 debut at the SBS Open in Hawaii, Wie held a three-shot lead on the back nine but eventually lost by three to Angela Stanford. Wie's tee shot on No. 11 found the water, and she made a double bogey. A missed birdie putt from three feet on 16 ended any shot Wie had at her first win.
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Wie's comeback continued when she earned her LPGA Tour card at Q-school in December 2008.
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Wie got off to a good start in 2008, finishing sixth at the Ladies German Open.
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Continuing her 2007 slide, Wie shot 73-80 to miss the cut at the 2007 Women's British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews. For the season, Wie's best performance was 19th in a 20-player field at the Samsung World Challenge, 36 strokes behind winner Lorena Ochoa.
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A controversy erupted after Wie withdrew from the opening round at the 2007 Ginn Tribute, hosted by Annika Sorenstam. Through 16 holes, she was 14 over par, and her round included a 10 on a par 5. After speaking with her then-agent, Greg Nared, Wie said she could not continue because of her injured wrist. Some critics suspected that she was worried about shooting 88 or higher, which would have made her ineligible to play another LPGA event in 2007.
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Wie shot a disappointing 78-76 at the 2007 Sony Open and was never close to making the cut. In fact, only two players shot a higher score than Wie during the first two rounds.
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Wie showed up at the 2007 Sony Open with an injured right wrist, which hampered her performance throughout the 2007 season.
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After shooting a 77 in the opening round of the 2006 John Deere Classic, a PGA Tour event, Wie succumbed to heat and fatigue and was taken from the course in an ambulance.
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Competing in the 2006 U.S. Women's Open at the historic Newport Country Club, Wie once again came up just short of her first win. She finished in a tie for third place, two shots behind Pat Hurst and Sorenstam, who won in a Monday playoff.
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Wie tried to qualify for the U.S. Open at Winged Foot in 2006 by playing the sectional qualifier at Canoe Brook Country Club in New Jersey. An opening round 68 put her in contention -- and the huge crowds provided her with lots of support -- but three early bogeys in the afternoon round led to a 75 that cost her a trip to Winged Foot.
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Natalie Gulbis and Wie tied for third at the 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship behind Lorena Ochoa and Karrie Webb, who won in a playoff. It was Wie's third top 10 in a major championship in less than two seasons.
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Days after turning pro and celebrating her 16th birthday, Wie was disqualified at the 2005 Samsung World Championship at Bighorn Golf Club. She was deemed to have made an illegal drop after hitting a drive into a bush, making the scorecard she signed incorrect.
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In 2005, Wie was not only the lowest-scoring amateur in the field at the Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale, but she also finished tied for third by shooting 75-67-67-69.
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At the 2005 McDonald's LPGA Championship, a 15-year-old Wie nearly won a major title. She finished second, three shots behind Annika Sorenstam.
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Michelle's father, B.J. Wie, was her on-again, off-again caddie for years.
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Wie birdied the last hole to shoot 72-68 at the 2004 Sony Open, missing the cut by only one shot.
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In 2004, Wie was given a sponsor's exemption into the Sony Open in Hawaii. At 14, she was nearly six feet tall and had a smooth, powerful swing that earned her the nickname "The Big Wiesy," a tribute to "The Big Easy," Ernie Els.
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In 2002, Wie became the youngest player to qualify for an LPGA event, the Takefuji Classic. Although she missed the cut, she won the Hawaii State Women's Open by 13 shots that year.
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Before she was a household name, Wie appeared in the Aug. 13, 2001, edition of Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd. Earlier that year, the 11-year-old had become the youngest winner of the Jennie K. Wilson Invitational, Hawaii's most prestigious women's amateur tournament.
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