How Michelle Wie Fared On PGA Tour and Other Men's Tournaments

As a Teen, Wie Played Multiple Golf Tournaments Against the Men

Michelle Wie, golfer
Michelle Wie was 14 years old when she nearly made the cut in the 2004 Sony Open. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Michelle Wie played 13 times in golf tournaments on traditionally men's tours, first in 2003 at the age of 13 and most recently in 2008 at the age of 18. And yes, Wie was playing from the same teeing grounds as the men.

Her results against the guys were better in her younger years. In her late teens, swing changes and some injuries took a toll on Wie's golf and her scores in men's events (and women's) went up. She still posted some impressive performances, so long as you keep in mind that she was a teen girl playing from the same tees against top male professionals.

Wie Did Make the Cut On a Men's Tour

In her 13 appearances playing on traditionally men's tours, Wie did make one cut. In 2006, at age 16, Wie played the SK Telecom Open on the Asian Tour and made the cut after opening rounds of 70 and 69.

Wie's Other Best Finishes on Men's Tours

Once Wie came within one stroke of making the cut in a PGA Tour tournament, and another time she missed by two strokes in a PGA Tour event. And that, to us, is more impressive than actually making the cut on the Asian Tour.

In 2004, at age 14, in her first appearance in a PGA Tour event, Wie missed the cut by one at the Sony Open in her native Hawaii. And in 2005, at age 15, Wie missed the cut by two at the John Deere Classic. (She also missed the cut by one shot on the Japan Tour in 2005.)

All of Wie's Finishes In Men's Pro Tour Events

2003 (13 years old)

  • Canadian Tour: Bay Mills Open Players Championship, 74-79—153
  • Nationwide Tour: Albertsons Boise Open, 78-76—154

2004 (14 years old)

  • PGA Tour: Sony Open, 72-68—140

The 68 Wie carded in the second round is the lowest score ever posted by a woman playing in a PGA Tour tournament (she later tied the mark). Her even-par 140 score was better than 47 PGA Tour players in the field, and she tied or beat seven major championship winners.

2005 (15 years old)

  • PGA Tour: Sony Open, 75-74—149
  • PGA Tour: John Deere Classic, 70-71—141
  • Japan Tour: Casio World Open, 73-75—148

2006 (16 years old)

  • PGA Tour: Sony Open, 79-68—147
  • Asian Tour: SK Telecom Open, 70-69-74—213, made the cut and tied for 35th
  • PGA Tour: John Deere Classic, 77-WD
  • European Tour: Omega European Masters, 78-79—157
  • PGA Tour: 84 Lumber Classic, 77-81—158

2007 (17 years old)

  • PGA Tour: Sony Open, 78-76—154

2008 (18 years old)

  • PGA Tour: Reno-Tahoe Open, 73-80—153​

Other Michelle Wie Appearances vs. Male Golfers

Wie played in a handful of other tournaments that had previously been all-male, and two are particularly worth noting. In 2005, Wie became the first female golfer to play her way into a USGA national men's tournament at the U.S. Amateur Public Links. At the tournament, she advanced out of stroke play and won multiple matches before losing in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Clay Ogden.

In 2006, Wie became the first female to claim medalist honors in a local qualifier for the U.S. Open. She later played in a sectional qualifier in New Jersey, competing against a field made up mostly of tour players for one of 18 spots in the U.S. Open. Wie opened with a 68 and after 27 holes was still in position to qualify, but finished Round 2 with a 75 and missed out. She finished at 1-over 143.