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Full name Charlie Wi
Born (1972-01-03) 3 January 1972 (age 51)
Seoul, South Korea
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality  South Korea
Residence North Hills, California, U.S.
Children 2
College University of California, Berkeley
Turned professional 1995
Current tour(s) PGA Tour Champions
Former tour(s) PGA Tour Tour
European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Asian Tour
Professional wins 9
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 1
Asian Tour 7 (Tied 9th all time)
Other 5
Best results in Major Championships
The Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open T29: 2012
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T9: 2008

Charlie Wi (Korean: 위창수; born 3 January 1972) is a South Korean professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour Champions. He previously played on the PGA, European, and Asian Tours. He was a one-time winner on the European Tour, and a seven-time winner on the Asian Tour.

Early life and amateur career

Wi was born in Seoul, and moved to Los Angeles, United States at the age of 10. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, after briefly attending the University of Nevada, Reno and had a successful amateur career.

Professional career

Wi turned professional in 1995. Early in his career, Wi 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, having won 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. 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.

In February 2006, Wi secured the biggest win of his career, when he won the Maybank Malaysian Open, an event co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.

In May 2011, Wi finished runner-up at a PGA Tour event for the fourth time in his career losing to David Toms at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Wi was seven strokes behind Toms at the halfway stage, but shot a 66 during the third round to take a one stroke lead into the final round. Wi held his lead until midway through the final round when Toms holed out from the fairway for an eagle and would eventually go on to lose by one stroke.

Wi finished as runner-up in February 2012 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am after taking a three stroke 54 hole lead into the final round. He shot a final round 72 to finish at 15 under, but lost out by two strokes as Phil Mickelson came from six back to claim the title with an 8 under par round of 64. This marked the fifth occasion on which Wi had recorded a second-place finish on the PGA Tour in his career.

Swing style

Wi's golf swing style fits the model known as stack and tilt, and he helped to choose this name. He is coached since 2005 by Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer, who consider him the best example of their swing model:

Today Charlie is thought of by many players as one of the best ball-strikers on tour, and he exhibits the moves we teach better than any other player. If you want to know what Stack & Tilt should look like, watch Charlie Wi.

Wi does not transfer body weight to the trail leg on back swing but moves the weight forward during the whole swing, even with the driver. He performs a steep shoulder turn around a steady axis.

Amateur wins

  • 1990 California State Amateur
  • 1995 Southern California Amateur

Professional wins (9)

European Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 19 Feb 2006 Maybank Malaysian Open1 1 stroke Thailand Thongchai Jaidee

*Note: The 2006 Maybank Malaysian Open was shortened to 54 holes due to weather.
1Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour

Asian Tour wins (7)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 21 Sep 1997 Mild Seven Kuala Lumpur Open −11 (67-73-69-68=277) 4 strokes Republic of China Lu Wen-teh, People's Republic of China Zhang Lianwei
2 20 May 2001 SK Telecom Open1 −7 (69-72-69-71=281) Playoff South Korea Kang Wook-soon, Scotland Simon Yates
3 23 Sep 2001 Shinhan Donghae Open1 −12 (66-70-70-70=276) 1 stroke India Vivek Bhandari, South Korea Yang Yong-eun
4 21 Oct 2001 Volvo China Open −16 (68-67-69-68=272) 1 stroke Thailand Thongchai Jaidee
5 28 Apr 2002 SK Telecom Open1 (2) −16 (67-69-67-69=272) 2 strokes Australia Kim Felton, United States Kevin Na
6 26 Sep 2004 Taiwan Open −4 (76-76-64-68=284) 3 strokes Australia Terry Pilkadaris
7 18 Feb 2006 Maybank Malaysian Open2 1 stroke Thailand Thongchai Jaidee

*Note: The 2006 Maybank Malaysian Open was shortened to 54 holes due to weather.
1Co-sanctioned by the Korean Tour
2Co-sanctioned by the European Tour

Asian Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2001 SK Telecom Open South Korea Kang Wook-soon, Scotland Simon Yates Won with birdie on seventh extra hole
Yates eliminated by birdie on fifth hole

Korean Tour wins (5)

  • 2001 SK Telecom Open (co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour), Shinhan Donghae Open (co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour)
  • 2002 SK Telecom Open (co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour)
  • 2004 Pocari Sweat Open
  • 2005 GS Caltex Masters

Results in major championships

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
U.S. Open CUT T29
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T9 T56 CUT CUT CUT

     Top 10      Did not play CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Note: Wi never played in the Masters Tournament.

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
The Players Championship T63 CUT CUT T41 T25 T55 CUT

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament 2002
Match Play
Invitational T63

     Did not play "T" = Tied

Team appearances


  • Dynasty Cup (representing Asia): 2003 (winners)
  • World Cup (representing South Korea): 2006, 2009
  • Royal Trophy (representing Asia): 2009 (winners), 2010
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