Aug
2
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

I am so honored, so thrilled. I am so excited to be wearing this jacket and this hat and to be representing my country is such a thrill for me. I am so honored that Beth picked me and I will do my best not to let her down.

Michelle Wie on receiving a captain’s pick for the US Solheim Cup Team

Upon conclusion of the Women’s British Open, a press conference was held to announced the captain’s picks for the remaining spots on the American and European Solheim Cup Teams (women’s equivalent to Ryder Cup). Captain Beth Daniel chose Michelle and veteran Juli Inkster — rounding up the solid team of Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Nicole Castrale, Brittany Lang, Morgan Pressel, Kristy McPherson, Christina Kim, Brittany Lincicome and Natalie Gulbis. This year’s competition will be at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois, from August 17-23.

There’ll likely be naysayers that will be quick to say Michelle didn’t deserve the honor. Sure she’s yet to clinch her first win on Tour and hasn’t fulfilled those gargantuan expectations we all have. And she has received some special treatment in the past. But you know what, she is a deserving pick.

Michelle hasn’t played terrible in the least. She needs to get a little more consistent, but that’ll come soon (fingers crossed). She finished T11 at this week’s British Open, finishing strong with a 3-under-par 69. To my understanding, she needed to finish in the top ten at the British to clinch a spot. She came close. She also has 5 top ten finishes under her belt in her rookie season. Either way, she brings more depth to the US team with her length and ball striking.

Her presence will probably help the ratings and hype going into the tournament. So what? With the LPGA’s woes lately, this is a positive for women’s golf. Let’s be real. It will be fun to watch her in the match play format.

I predict she won’t let down Beth, or anyone else for that matter.