Michelle Wie Quotes (Plus a Few About Her)

Detail of golfer Michelle Wie swinging

Michelle Wie burst onto the national golf scene when she was only 12 years old. We've watched her grow up in golf, and over the years she's given a lot of quotes. And other golfers have been asked for a lot of quotes about her. We've collected plenty of those Michelle Wie quotes here.

Quotes from Michelle Wie

  • "I don't like going to the mall. I'm not really like the other girls. I just like to go out on the golf course and play. Golf is fun."
  • "I get bored easily. I like challenges. I've played against men who whole life. I want to play against the best players in the world, men and women."
  • "If I ever get bored with golf, I'm going to start over and play left-handed."
  • "I like beating a lot of people."

"If you expect a bad lie for even on second, the gods will know it and give you a bad lie."

  • "When I play, my mindset is that I can beat everyone."
  • "I'm not really interested in sports psychology. It makes me feel like a crazy person."
  • "The first time I grabbed a golf club, I knew that I would do it for the rest of my life."
  • "I'm kind of in-between a goody-goody and a rebel. I'm not bad, but I'm not good either. I'm a little crazy."
  • "You have to focus or you won't play the way you want to."
  • "If you grow up normal, you'll only be normal. I don't want to be normal, I want to be something else."
  • "I don't mind hitting it in the woods. I think of it as an adventure. That's when golf really starts to get interesting."
  • "We're definitely on an upward trend. We're working to bring more attention to the LPGA tour, to junior golf, and getting girls to play and it's definitely working. But it takes a while for mindsets to change. Girls are brought up thinking, 'I can't do this'. That's why I love and support the Play Like A Girl! movement. It's not an insult anymore, it's like, 'Yeah, I play like a girl! Damn straight!' That change in mindset just takes time."
  • On dealing with repeated injuries during her career: "It's just one of those situations where I'm not, you know, I'm not entirely sure how much more I have left in me. So even on the bad days I'm just like trying to take time to enjoy it. But it's tough."
  • "I think we take a lot of things for granted, but there's so much to be grateful for. You can lose sight of that and become unhappy if you forget to be grateful."

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Quotes About the Teen Michelle Wie

We're also including some quotes from other golfers about Michelle Wie from when she was in her early to mid-teens and becoming famous by playing regularly against the men.

In these quotes, you'll see how wowed PGA Tour golfers were by her swing and her talent. Alas, Wie didn't live up to these expectations, mostly due to injuries (some of which messed with her swing). But she's had an excellent pro golf career by any other measure: multiple LPGA victories and Solheim Cup appearances, plus a win in the U.S. Women's Open.

All of the following quotes are from the early 2000s before Wie turned pro; some of them are from when Wie was only 13 or 14 years old.

  • "There's a lot of guys who got kicked around by a 13-year-old girl." — Andy Miller, Monday qualifying medalist at 2003 PGA Sony Open, after Wie finished 47th (out of 97) with a 1-over-par 73
  • "You watch her swing and say, 'That's normal.' Then you realize that she's only 13 and that's ... that's unbelievable." — Vijay Singh

"When you see her hit a golf ball ... there's nothing that prepares you for it. It's just the scariest thing you've ever seen." — Fred Couples

  • "She's better than Tiger was at 16. I played with Tiger, and Tiger wasn't this good. Everybody is like, 'Win, win, win.' She's 16. Chill out. Once she gets to winning, you'll get sick of her winning." — PGA Tour golfer Joe Ogilvie
  • "She belongs here. Anyone who don't believe that has rocks in their head." — Laura Davies after Wie's runner-up finish at the 2005 LPGA Championship, where Wie was the only player to break par all four rounds
  • "Annika (Sorenstam) is a champion and watching her play was awesome. She is so accomplished. I have only seen Michelle play a little, but she has all the potential in the world to be as good. You see that swing, it's so powerful and athletic, and you just know she has a great future." — Dean Wilson, who played with Sorenstam at the 2003 Colonial, following the 2004 Sony Open
  • "That golf swing of hers, it's the best golf swing I've ever seen in my life." — Bobby Verwey, Wie's caddie at the 2004 Sony Open. Verwey is Gary Player's newphew and a veteran caddie
  • "Michelle is 14. Give her a couple of years to get stronger. I mean, she can play on this tour. If she keeps working, keeps doing the right things, there's no reason why she shouldn't be out here." — Ernie Els following a practice round with Wie at the PGA Sony Open
  • "She probably has one of the best golf swings I've ever seen, period. She's got a lot going for her. Plus, she's tall and strong. No telling what she's going to do when she gets a little older." — Davis Love III
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