Michelle Wie West, a 5-time Solheim Cup veteran and 2014 U.S. Women’s Open up champion, will return to Staff Usa as assistant captain.
Captain Pat Hurst chosen Wie West, 30, to perform together with beforehand announced assistant captain Angela Stanford when Group United states of america competes against Workforce Europe at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, scheduled for Sept. 4-6, 2021.
“As quickly as I read the information [that Hurst was selected captain in January], I right away texted Pat, staying like, ‘If you haven’t picked your assistant captains nonetheless, I just would like to be even viewed as,'” Wie West mentioned throughout a Zoom phone Wednesday. “I just truly feel really honored, when I in fact bought that telephone simply call when she picked me as assistant captain. I was just ecstatic.”
Wie West, who gained five LPGA Tour occasions in addition to her main, represented Staff United states of america at Solheim Cups in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. In the two of Team USA’s victories in 2015 and 2017, Hurst was Wie West’s pod leader — Team Usa works by using a pod procedure made to group 4 players with each other as a mini-workforce within just the staff of 12 — underneath workforce captain Juli Inkster.
“Michelle called me early on and reported, you know, if you have not picked your assistants, can you be sure to think about me,” Hurst mentioned Wednesday. “… I know what she’s like. I know she’s very patriotic — enjoys the pink, white and blue just like I do — and her depth in there. All the players like her. They regard her, and that’s what I will need.”
Wie West claimed she will count closely on the lessons realized from Hurst’s management and friendship, as properly as her individual expertise teeing it up for Crew Usa.
“I just genuinely want to help rookies and players to feel cozy,” claimed Wie West, who gave birth to her daughter Makenna on June 19. “I want to be that position that Pat was to me of generating gamers sense cozy. I feel snug players and peaceful players make fantastic golfing and make for a exciting time, and that is what we’re here for — great tradition and the fireplace to get.”
Wie West, suffering from a lingering wrist injuries pursuing surgery in 2018, failed to play in the Solheim Cup very last yr for the 1st time considering the fact that 2009, when she went 3–1 following starting to be just the next LPGA Tour rookie in record to play on Workforce United states of america. She has not competed on the LPGA Tour given that missing the reduce at the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA.
When she realized her 2019 period experienced appear to an conclude, Wie West achieved out to Inkster about a doable role as an assistant captain at Gleneagles, but Inkster had already crammed all those roles. Instead of competing at Gleneagles, Wie West joined Golf Channel’s studio crew as an analyst in the course of the Solheim Cup.
As for the possibility of Wie West returning to golfing and possibly remaining a participating in assistant captain, she mentioned she is having it working day by working day and not ruling anything out. Eventually, she explained that determination would be up to Hurst.
The LPGA resumes its 2020 year next 7 days at Inverness Club.