Michelle Wie West
Birth Name: Wie Seong-Mi
Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 11, 1989
Michelle Wie West, previously known by her maiden name Michelle Wie, is an American professional golfer. She is nicknamed “Big Wiesy.”
Michelle was born in Honolulu, to South Korean parents. She speaks Korean and Japanese, which has made her very marketable in Japan and the Koreas. Her father, Byung-wook Wie, was a professor of travel industry management at the University of Hawaii. Her mother, Bo, was South Korea’s women’s amateur golf champion, and competed in a Miss Korea beauty pageant.
Michelle was a dual citizen of the U.S. and South Korea at birth, and renounced her South Korean citizenship in 2013.
Michelle’s paternal grandfather was Dr. Sang-Kyu Wie. Dr. Sang was a resident of Jangheung, Jeollanam-do, who was an emeritus professor at Seoul National University.
Michelle is married to Jonnie West, with whom she has a daughter. Jonnie works for the Golden State Warriors. He is the son of basketball executive and player Jerry West.