Two years ago, Michelle Wie not only helped the U.S. retain the Solheim Cup, the biennial match between the U.S. and Europe that starts Friday at Ireland’s Killeen Castle, she also won over many naysayers with her team spirit, which helped bring her out of her shell. This week Wie is representing her country again, but she still feels like a rookie.
“I think it’s kind of a feeling for me when I was a freshman in high school, kind of that buttery, nervous feeling, really not sure, kind of playing with the big girls,” said Wie in her presser Tuesday. “Now it feels like I’m a sophomore where you see the younger kids come in, but at the same time you’re not a veteran at these things. It’s still new for me, especially me being the first time in Europe, I feel like a rookie.
“Everything’s a new experience. I think every time you never know what to expect, and it’s just a wave of excitement. I’m really excited to see what’s going to happen this week.”
In other Wie-related news, I found this part of the presser interesting:
Q. Were you aware of something that Annika Sorenstam said a few weeks ago where she said that you weren’t concentrating full-time on professional golf and that perhaps as such you couldn’t expect to attain what people expect of you until you do so? What did you feel about that and what is your impression of what college life has done for you?
MICHELLE WIE: I think that going to college is a very good decision for me. I think it’s a very personal decision. I think that growing up I didn’t have the normal childhood, per se, growing up in the spotlight. Obviously, very connected at the hip with my parents, going to every tournament and spending a lot of time together.
I think for me going to college was a step for me to grow up, for me to go out there in the real world and kind of live out by myself and get an education. I think going to Stanford was one of my biggest goals since I was 4. So I think going there was a great accomplishment of mine. I’ve never felt so proud when I got that acceptance letter for me to go. It was a very personal decision. I don’t regret it at all.
I think over the last four years I’ve played in the same amount of tournaments that everyone else has played. I’ve put in the same amount of hours that everyone else puts in. If anything, my grades had an effect to it.
So I think it was a good decision of mine. I still work hard, maybe even harder to make up for it, but I think that it was a good decision of mine. I’m happy. I think that it’s done a lot for me personally and for my game as well, too, because I think I’ve matured a lot, hopefully. But I think it will be good once I graduate.
CHRISTINA KIM: Since you were four?
MICHELLE WIE: Yeah, my dad couldn’t get in, so I wanted to get in. My grandpa taught there, and both my auntie and uncle taught there, so kind of a legacy school for me.
Great answer, and the full presser is a fun, good read, which you can check out here.
(AP Photo/Peter Morrison)