WATCH: Michelle Wie West makes a perfect 31-foot hit on the last hole of her career at the US Women’s Open 2023

Michelle Wie West started her golf career with a hit, and she ended it with one. The 33-year-old hit a 31-foot ball on the 18th hole of the 2023 US Women’s Open on Friday night. Since Wie West announced before the tournament that she would retire at the end of the tournament, her batting was also the last of her professional career.

A 14th place finish in the first two rounds wasn’t enough for Wie West to overtake Pebble Beach, but the highlight is a fitting consolation for Hawaiians and her fans.

Wie West is moving away from golf after winning five LPGA events, including the 2014 US Women’s Open, in her 14 years of competition.

She initially burst into the season at age 10 as the youngest player ever to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Associates Championship; two years later, Wie West became the two youngest people to qualify for an LPGA event. The following year, at the age of 13, she became the youngest person to make the LPGA list while also setting an amateur record for the women’s major championship with a record of 66 in the third round.

Wie West went on to become the youngest player to win the US Amateur Championship that year and the youngest to make the list at the US Women’s Open. At the age of 14, she was the fourth (and youngest) woman to participate in a PGA Tour event when she received a sponsor waiver for the 2004 Sony Open in Hawaii. Wie West played many men’s events before turning professional a week before her 16th birthday.

She explained that her decision to retire was rooted in the physical effects of motherhood. Wie West gave birth to daughter Makenna in June 2020.

“I really, really wanted to play longer. I really wanted to — especially after Makenna and her were girls, I really wanted to play longer,” Wie West told ESPN. “In an ideal world, I wish I could still tour and compete. Unfortunately, I have to make a difficult decision with my body. It’s hard. It’s hard to be a mother here. You have to make a lot of sacrifices. I had to make both a difficult medical decision and also a personal one.”

Despite her retirement, Wie West maintains a never-say-never attitude about eventually returning to the game, perhaps hoping her physical condition will improve in the coming years.

A phenomenon since the beginning of his career, Wie West has broken many barriers and will be remembered as one of the most famous and notable female golfers.


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