Who's who: Charlie Wi

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Who's who: Charlie Wi

  • Name:

    Charlie Wi
  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Born:

    Jan 3, 1972 in Seoul, South Korea.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Univ of California, Berkeley, CA.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1995

Roll of Honour

Multiple wins on the Asian Tour (incl one co-sanctioned with the European Tour).

Did you know?

Having moved with his parents from South Korea to the USA when aged 10, Wi subsequently attended the University of California, Berkeley and enjoyed a highly successful college golf career. He subsequently turned professional in 1995, becoming one of the best Asian players to emerge, although with mixed early fortunes on the US and European tours. Wi is a methodical player, and a key exponent of the 'stack and tilt' golf swing.

Top tournaments won by Charlie Wi

2006
Asia
197 (-19)
US$208,330
Maybank

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Wi, Charlie

Score

197 (-19)

Prize money

US$208,330

Title sponsor

Maybank

Played as the Maybank Malaysian Open (Feb 16-18; Asian/Eurpn Trs event). Second-placed and defending champion Thongchai Jaidee (Thai) finished 1 shot behind first-time European Tour winner Wi (S Kor). Reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [West course, TPC Kuala Lumpur, KL, Malaysia; at the time known as Kuala Lumpur G&CC].

2004
Asia
North Bay G&CC
284 (-4)
US$50,000
x

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Wi, Charlie

Venue

North Bay G&CC

Score

284 (-4)

Prize money

US$50,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Taiwan Open (Sept 23-26; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Terry Pilkadaris (Aus) finished 3 shots behind Wi (S Kor). [North Bay G&CC, Caoli Vil, Shimen, nr New Taipei City, Taiwan].

2002
Asia
Lakeside CC
272 (-16)
US$64,600
SK Telecom

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Wi, Charlie

Venue

Lakeside CC

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

US$64,600

Title sponsor

SK Telecom

Played as the SK Telecom Open (April 25-28; Asian/Korean Trs event). Second-placed Kevin Na (S Kor/USA) and Kim Felton (Aus) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Wi (S Kor). [South course, Lakeside CC, nr Yongin, Gyeonggi, S Korea].

2001
Asia
Gaya CC
276 (-12)
US$54,669
Shinhan Financial

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Wi, Charlie

Venue

Gaya CC

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

US$54,669

Title sponsor

Shinhan Financial

Played as the Shinhan Donghae Open (Sept 20-23; Asian/Korean Trs event). Second-placed Vivek Bhandari (India) and Yong-eun "Y.E." Yang (S Kor) finished 1 shot behind Wi (S Kor). [Gaya CC, Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam, S Korea].

2001
Asia
272 (-16)
US$72,000
Volvo

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Wi, Charlie

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

US$72,000

Title sponsor

Volvo

Played as the Volvo China Open (Oct 18-21; Asian Tour event). Second-placed Thongchai Jaidee (Thai) finished 1 shot behind Charlie Wi (S Kor). [Shanghai Silport GC, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China].

2001
Asia
Ildong Lakes
281 (-7)
US$48,450
SK Telecom

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Wi, Charlie

Venue

Ildong Lakes

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

US$48,450

Title sponsor

SK Telecom

Played as the SK Telecom Open (May 17-20; Asian/Korean Trs event; formerly SK Telecom Classic). Wi (S Kor) beat Wook-soon Kang (S Kor) with a birdie at the seventh playoff hole. Simon Yates (Scot) was eliminated at the fifth playoff hole. [Ildong Lakes GC, Kyonggi-do, S Korea].

1997
Asia
277 (-11)
US$48,450
Mild Seven

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Wi, Charlie

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

US$48,450

Title sponsor

Mild Seven

Played as the Mild Seven Kuala Lumpur Open (Asian Tr event). Second-placed Wen-teh Lu and Lian-wei Zhang (China) finished 4 shots behind Wi (S Kor). [Palm course, Saujana G&CC, nr Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia].

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