Michelle Wie is being "considered" as a possible U.S. Solheim Cup golfer but is it in the team's best interest to have her on their side?
After a disappointing bid to gain points at the Evian Masters where she could only muster a tie for 23rd place, Wie appears to be slipping into LPGA mediocrity. It is true that Michelle currently has a decent rookie year under her belt with five top-ten finishes in twelve starts, but she isn't a steady player. Wie is also behind in the total number of points needed for a top contender as this is her first official year on the Tour.
Since Michelle Wie did not play in the U.S. Women's Open, she missed the opportunity to gain double points but since the British Open is at hand, Michelle has another opportunity to catch up to the tenth position held by Natalie Gulbis.
Beth Daniel will have to wait until she sees Wie's performance at the British Open in order to determine whether to make Michelle the Captain's pick although Wie is definitely on Daniel's "radar screen". The problem with Wie is that Daniel wants "someone who's playing really well going into the event."
Even Wie is a bit concerned about her ability to place in the standings this week noting that she has to get her tee shots working and get her groove back." But pray tell, at nineteen, where could her groove have possibly gone?
We cannot even compare her performance in last year's Open as she accepted an invitation to play in the PGA Tour's Reno-Tahoe Open after not even receiving a shrug for a wild-card spot from the Ladies' Golf Union. In 2007, Michelle Wie summed up her British Open experience with an 80 and an M/C.
If I were Beth Daniel, I would consider Pat Hurst for the U.S. Solheim Cup team. Hurst is a professional team player with six wins in her 16-year career under her belt. You definitely need someone who the team respects as a 'mate' and I don't think the ladies really like Michelle all that much.
Of course, even those people with a passing fancy for golf would certainly tune in if Michelle Wie was defending the Cup. What a wonderful sight it would be to see Wie and her teammates, faces painted with the American flag, raising the Solheim Cup in victory!
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