After winning her first major last weekend – the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 – Michelle Wie celebrated by drinking champagne and, well, twerking.
A video surfaced of her doing both.
“Umm, I didn’t know it was going to come out, actually,” Wie said on The Doug Gottlieb Show, giggling. “But it was fun. I felt like I really worked so hard. We definitely had a lot of fun – me and my friends.”
It’s hard to fault Wie, 24, for celebrating. After all, she had finished runner-up in the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April – a great showing, to be sure. But Wie wouldn’t settle for runner-up at the Open. She shot a 68-68-72-70 to finish at 2-under 278 for the tournament and beat Stacy Lewis, the No. 1-ranked women’s player in the world.
“There weren’t a lot of under-par holes in the last round,” Wie said. “I felt like if I just kept making pars, (I would be fine). I saw Stacy Lewis shooting 4-under and obviously the lead kind of diminished. She gave me a good run. She’s obviously a really great player – No. 1 in the world. Seeing her in the clubhouse finishing at even par made my juices flow a little bit and made me play a little harder. But I feel like I did a really good job after (getting a double-bogey) on 16. I felt like I kept my cool. And that putt on 17 had to be the best putt I’ve ever hit in my entire life.”
Wie buried a putt from 20 feet on 17 and ended the tournament with a par on 18.
“It was the best moment of my life,” said Wie, who turned pro at 15 and had come up just short at several majors. “It was absolutely amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier. Walking up 18, I wish it happened slowly. I felt like it happened so quickly. It was so cool, and it was so special.”
Wie is known for many things, including her new putting stroke, which she’s been using since 2012. When putting, she bends her body to an almost-90 degree angle. Wie didn’t realize how weird it looked until she saw it the mirror, but she felt comfortable with it and decided to keep it.
Her putting form occasionally draws comments from the (male) peanut gallery, but Wie doesn’t seem to mind.
“I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job of blocking it off,” she said. “I like to think I have a pretty good sense of humor and I can laugh at myself. With my putting stroke, I really don’t care how it looks. I’m not really in the business of looking cool on the golf course. I want to do whatever it takes to play well, and I think that the stats show for (themselves).”
“But yeah, I never was cool in school. I probably never will be cool in life. But I’m fine with it. I am who I am, and I’m comfortable with that. I really don’t care how i look. I just want to have fun and be who I am.”
And who is she? She’s someone who plays golf with Michael Jordan.
“He’s a great athlete,” Wie said. “There’s something special about him. It’s fun to play with him.”