Michelle Wie’s Mane Event
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

Wie goes redhead

Nope, that’s not Rihanna taking a picture of herself to tweet — it’s Michelle Wie, who posted on her Twitter feed Tuesday, “Thought it was time for a drastic change in my hair…so i went to the salon yesterday and dyed it red! Haha…pics to come :)”

Thursday the 21-year-old golfer, who is playing in this week’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G at Pinnacle Country Club, tweeted the above photo with the caption, “Sorry not the best pic, but you can kinda see the new do!”

I did something similar with my hair when I was 16. Unfortunately, that was in high school so I don’t have pictures on hand, but I’ll attest that it’s definitely something you do when you’re feeling bored with your current ‘do.

(And yes, it’s obviously a slow news week in golf.)

“I wanted to go red for a while, kind of wanted to change it up a little bit,” said Michelle during her Thursday press conference. “Haven’t done anything drastic to my hair for a long time. I didn’t want to cut it, so I guess dyeing was the way to go.”

Wie almost won this event last year until Yani Tseng carded four birdies in five holes to beat Wie by one stroke. Michelle hasn’t found herself in the winner’s circle yet in 2011 but she’s finished second twice, including tied for runner-up at the Canadian Women’s Open last month.

“I keep working on it, keep working on it,” she said. “You know, it’s a work in progress. Some weeks I don’t play as well as I want to but I just keep working at it, trying to get better and better every week. I feel like I’m on a stage where hopefully I can play a little more consistently or try to play a little more consistently. Every week is a new week so I’m very excited to play this week again.”

Michelle also turned heads recently when she switched to the belly putter, the latest craze on the PGA Tour at the moment.

“It’s been in my bag for like a month or so and it’s just something that I’ve been trying out,” she said. “I like it so far, and just going to keep working on it.”