Residence: North Hill, California
Charlie was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 10. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, and had a successful amateur career before turning professional in 1995.
Early in his career, Charlie played all over the world, competing on the European, Asian and Japanese tours. He had most success on the Asian Tour where he finished second on the money list in 2001, just behind Thongchai Jaidee, winning three times during the season.
Wi earned his place on the PGA Tour for 2005 when he successfully negotiated all three stages of the 2004 qualifying school. However, he did not do well enough in his rookie season to retain his card, and went back to play on the Asian Tour in 2006, finishing 4th on the money list.
During this return back on the Asian Tour Charlie secured the biggest win of his career, the Maybank Malaysian Open an event co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tour.
He also competed on the second tier Nationwide Tour, before returning to qualifying school where he regained his place on the PGA Tour for 2007.
Charlie finished inside the top 50 on the PGA Money List for the first time in his career winning just over $1.5 million. Charlie is set to improve on this in 2009 having taken just shy of $1million home already. His best result of the year was a tie for 2nd at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Charlie Wi Club History
Below is a selection of clubs used by Charlie Wi throughout his career
Charlie Wi Tournament History
2008 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
17-20 January - Bob Hope Chrysler Classic - Bermuda Dunes, Silver Rock, Nicklaus Private at PGA West, Palmer Private at PGA West and Palm Springs, California. 27-year-old Trahan, who had won just once before, charged from 4 shots back Sunday to overtake Justin Leonard and win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Trahan shot a sparkling 7-under 65 to beat Leonard by 3 strokes. The younger player said a 4-shot deficit looked imposing heading into the final round of the 5-day tournament but came through to prevail in the end.
In Charlie Wi's bag...Posting a tournament total of -15 would normally result in a top-10 if not better finish. However due to the extended nature of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic this number only resulted in a tie for 25th for Charlie. The highlights came in the third and closing rounds where he shot rounds of 66 on each occasion. Charlie is another Pro that has decided to keep the identity of his golf clubs out of the prying eyes of the media (well his driver and fairways at least). But despite this we can see that he is using a set of TaylorMade R7 irons and a pair of Titleist Vokey design wedges.
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