Youngest Golfer to Make the Cut on LPGA Tour

Who is the youngest golfer in the history of the LPGA Tour to make the cut in a tour event?

The answer to that question is Michelle Wie. When Wie was 13 years old — 13 years, 5 months, 17 days old, to be exact — she made the cut in an LPGA major championship. The tournament was the 2003 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Michelle Wie is the youngest golfer to make the cut on the LPGA Tour
Wie had already played in LPGA tournaments by that point, but the 2003 Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Palm Springs, Calif., was the first LPGA tournament in which she survived the 36-hole cut.

Wie, playing as an amateur, got into the tournament through an invitation (that tournament always invites several top amateur golfers to play).

She posted an even-par 72 in the first round and followed that up with a second-round 74, making the cut at +2.

But in the third round, the 13-year-old Wie carded a 66 and moved way up the leaderboard. In fact, she moved so far up the leaderboard that Wie played her way into the final group. She played the final round with Annika Sorenstam and eventual winner Patricia Meunier-Lebouc.

Considering she was 13, Wie handled that stage well. But she still posted a 4-over 76 and finished in ninth place.

There have been younger players in LPGA history who've played all four rounds of a tournament (such as 10-year-old Beverly Klass). But in such instances, the tournaments were no-cut events.

Wie, at age 13, is the youngest golfer to play an LPGA tournament with a cut, and to survive that cut to complete the tournament.

Photo credit: Michelle Wie at age 14 by John Brown

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