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Michelle Wie added to Solheim Cup team

By Doug Ferguson

AP Golf Writer

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LAST UPDATED: 03:05 a.m. HST, Aug 05, 2013


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland >> Morgan Pressel played her way onto another Solheim Cup team. Michelle Wie is returning as a captain's pick.

The American and European teams were completed Sunday at St. Andrews at the Women's British Open, the final qualifying event. Pressel tied for fourth and bumped Jennifer Johnson from the last of two spots through the world ranking.

Then, Mallon took Wie and Solheim Cup rookie Gerina Piller as her captain's picks.

"Michelle to me was a no-brainer," Mallon said of the 23-year-old from Hawaii, who hasn't won since the 2010 Canadian Women's Open. "With her experience, she can handle the big stage. She's played well in Solheim Cups, and I just really believe in Michelle Wie."

Wie is 4-3-1 in two appearances.

European captain Liselotte Neumann used one of her four picks on 17-year-old Charley Hull of England, making her the youngest player in Solheim Cup history. The other picks went to Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England, Caroline Hedwall of Sweden and Giulia Sergas of Italy.

"I find her energetic, fearless and I think she's just a great competitor," Neumann said about the English teen.

Hull played on the Junior Solheim Cup team two years ago when Neumann was the captain.

Missing from the European team was Laura Davies, who had played in every Solheim Cup since it began in 1990. Neumann said Davies told her on Saturday that she hasn't played enough and hasn't performed well enough to be on the team.

It marks the first time Laura Davies will not play in the Solheim Cup since the matches began in 1990.

The Solheim Cup is Aug. 16-18 at Colorado Golf Club.

Stacy Lewis, an hour after winning the Women's British Open with a birdie-birdie finish, led the U.S. standings and will play on her second straight team. The other seven Americans who qualified through points were Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Jessica Korda, Lexi Thompson, Angela Stanford, Brittany Lincicome and Brittany Lang. Lizette Salas made her first team as one of two players from the world ranking.

The Americans have four rookies — Piller, Salas, Thompson and Korda.

Mallon took Wie over Johnson, who won this year but has no Solheim Cup experience. Wie has been a talking point since she was 13, and there were rumblings that she should have earned her way on a team, especially when a player who has won this year was left off.

"I've said all along you have to be able to handle the pick. Michelle Wie can handle being on a big stage, being a big pick," Mallon said. "I kept thinking, 'Do I want to leave five or six birdies a round at home on the couch?' I just couldn't do that."

Europe, which won two years ago in Ireland, has twice as many captain's picks. The four players who earned a spot through Ladies European Tour points were Suzann Pettersen of Norway, Carlota Ciganda of Spain, Catriona Matthew of Scotland and Caroline Masson of Germany. The other four from the world ranking were Karine Icher of France, Azahara Munoz of Spain, Beatriz Recari of Spain and Anna Nordqvist of Sweden.

The Americans have an 8-4 lead in the competition. Europe has never won in consecutive years, and it will be trying to win for the first time on U.S. soil.

"It's obviously a big challenge," Neumann said. "I feel like this is really the team that's going to do it for us."







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cojef wrote:
Quite an honor to be selected as a Captain's pick. Hope she can perform to the expectations of the Captain.
on August 4,2013 | 10:00AM
Anonymous wrote:
anyone from hawaii who thinks they can do better - can't...add up all the winnings from Hawaii and they still don't add up to Wie's winnings in 2013...
on August 5,2013 | 06:22AM
Louis_Winthorpe_III wrote:
Nothing to do with being a Hawaii pick. There are better golfers with better character out there.
on August 5,2013 | 08:16AM
saveparadise wrote:
You have your own opinion and we have the opinion and decision of captain Mallon. Go Michelle!
on August 5,2013 | 09:07AM
Ronin006 wrote:
We was selected to be the team's caddie.
on August 5,2013 | 08:11AM
omd111 wrote:
BOGUS!
on August 4,2013 | 10:02AM
kiragirl wrote:
Good grief! Entitlements all her career.
on August 4,2013 | 10:05AM
niimi wrote:
Entitlements. Typical of a Punahou graduate. And look at their U.S. President, the biggest advocate of government entitlements in U.S. history.
on August 4,2013 | 10:22AM
DAGR81 wrote:
I hope she does well and not disappoint us like another Punahou graduate.
on August 5,2013 | 09:00AM
brb905 wrote:
Undeserved. I agree with omd111 and kiragirl. Her accomplishments do not match her hype and entitlements. Remember when Michelle Wie thought she could play and beat the men? She can't even win on the women's tour! In the end, it won't matter, because the International team will kick America's team in a route if the Koreans are on it.
on August 4,2013 | 10:26AM
sailfish1 wrote:
The Solheim cup is between Europe and the U.S. I don't think there are any Korean players from Europe.
on August 4,2013 | 11:05AM
808comp wrote:
To bad, they should have an international cup so they can have teams which include the Asians.
on August 4,2013 | 11:26AM
roughrider wrote:
Duh. If the Korean women were allowed on the team, they'd have to rename it the Seoulheim Cup.
on August 4,2013 | 12:43PM
palolo2001 wrote:
Good one.
on August 4,2013 | 05:57PM
allie wrote:
true..she has been a complete bust from day one. Good high school player though
on August 4,2013 | 01:13PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Good enough to become a pro, which then, she couldn't play golf in high school. (And your stupid sarcasm is a complete bust).
on August 4,2013 | 04:47PM
saveparadise wrote:
Allie, MIchelle has 2 LPGA wins. What are you talking about??
on August 5,2013 | 09:22AM
DAGR81 wrote:
Allie, you should wish her well. You have not accomplished much in your life. Look at you, still working on your college degree after 13 years.
on August 5,2013 | 09:04AM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
she's a legend in her own mind thanks to the undeserved attention and hype from the media and sponsors.
on August 4,2013 | 07:01PM
jankenpo wrote:
Good for Wie but bad for US team. Picking Wie means the US women are currently as weak as they come. Funny thing about golf tho, one never knows when a person or persons can get hot. Wie has been struggling and her confidence on the greens are shot. Not too bad if you're a good putter having a bad day on the greens, but a poor putter having a bad day will mentally destroy your game. That in a nutshell is Michelle. BTW, the Europeans ain't so hot either. The World Cup will have the Asian countries in the mix....they currently have the best golfers now. Michelle won't make the World Cup team if she keeps up her mediocre play.
on August 4,2013 | 11:26AM
Bdpapa wrote:
I'm happy for her but she did not deserve the honor. She has been playing better lately but not good enough.
on August 4,2013 | 12:27PM
Kapaho wrote:
I agree. Only her Solheim experience got her in. Hope she proves to be the right choice by Mallon.
on August 4,2013 | 06:45PM
saveparadise wrote:
The Solheim is not just about individual accomplishments. It's how you interact with the team and how much you can contribute to the team. Michelle hits a lot of great shots and would be a great partner for anyone. It's a team effort Bdpapa. Have you played 4ball and team match play locally like the Francis Brown and Makalena? You would understand the strategy, the stress and the comraderie that goes with team match play.
on August 5,2013 | 09:26AM
Iiotoko wrote:
As much as I'd like to see Michelle Wie succeed, I have to agree that there are other American players who deserve more to be on this year's Solheim Cup team. Let's just hope that Meg Mallon's hunch will pay off for the American team. Go USA! BTW, Suzanne Pettersen is from Norway, not Sweden...
on August 4,2013 | 12:47PM
primowarrior wrote:
Kind of a puzzling choice, but Wie seems to thrive in the team oriented format of the Solheim Cup, so perhaps Mallon sees something in that. Good luck to Team USA!
on August 4,2013 | 12:48PM
omd111 wrote:
Wie only contributed 1 point last Solheim.
on August 4,2013 | 09:07PM
kahuku01 wrote:
Choke artist, and besides that, drive and putt for show and not for dough. U.S. must be really hard up for wahine golfers if Wei is a captain's pick.
on August 4,2013 | 12:50PM
allie wrote:
true..embarrassing
on August 4,2013 | 01:13PM
DAGR81 wrote:
allie, you are an embarrassment.
on August 5,2013 | 09:09AM
syhud wrote:
You f- en serious? If she had any class and really knows how much a ho hum golfer she is, she'd decline that offer and ask that another golfer takes her spot. But, fat chance that's gonna happen! Too much EGO and self centerness.
on August 4,2013 | 01:51PM
jussayin wrote:
Pick a golfer who missed the cut for half the tournaments entered this year? A golfer who quit in a major tournament with one hole to go? US must be hurting. Truthfully an Asian team would beat US and Europe.
on August 4,2013 | 03:23PM
Randz808 wrote:
Wie will attract the crowd
on August 4,2013 | 03:51PM
kahuku01 wrote:
Wouldn't watch her even if the tickets were free.
on August 4,2013 | 04:19PM
hanalei395 wrote:
"Wie will attract the crowd". ... Which is why multi-multi millionarie Wie still has her high-end sponsors ... Sony, Nike, Omega, Kia.
on August 4,2013 | 04:55PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
I don't know why ... she never wins, ever.
on August 4,2013 | 06:59PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Yeah, the crowd that likes to look at her backside as she putts with my granddaughters putter!
on August 4,2013 | 08:08PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Stop hyping this girl, she never wins yet the press can't get enough of her.
on August 4,2013 | 06:57PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Don't worry about it.
on August 4,2013 | 07:11PM
bleedgreen wrote:
Looks like a winning team for the U.S; And glad Michelle was a captain's pick. Looking for her to be a solid contributor to the team.
on August 4,2013 | 07:07PM
scooters wrote:
A No Brainer really means that Mallon has NO Brains.. The US has lost already.
on August 4,2013 | 07:28PM
jrboi96786 wrote:
here we go again
on August 4,2013 | 07:32PM
ainokea1 wrote:
I wonder how much Meg is getting paid off.
on August 4,2013 | 07:39PM
sukebesan wrote:
WieWie's selection stinks like over-ripe and over-rated kim chee made by the Wie family.
on August 4,2013 | 07:57PM
username_required wrote:
Who is "Mallon"? Is this a Brazilian thing, only referring to a player by a single name?
on August 4,2013 | 09:04PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Tiger is Brazillian?
on August 5,2013 | 08:57AM
Giligan wrote:
Show 'em all Michelle. Like last time when you got on the par 5 in two, and Petterson got flustered. Back to the big time.
on August 4,2013 | 09:08PM
HOSSANA wrote:
What a farce!! Wie should decline and disappear as she has been a major disappointment all these years. Just make her go away for crying aloud as she is nothing but a flunkiie and don't deserve to be on the Solheim team.
on August 4,2013 | 10:08PM
hanalei395 wrote:
After HOSSANA disappears, Stanford grad multi-multi milionaire Michelle Wie will STILL be on the golf course. She'll be there for a long time.
on August 5,2013 | 06:36AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Hawaii people are so fickle. When Wie was a winner and world-renowned, Hawaii people couldn't say enough good things about her. She made it to the LPGA but since she is currently struggling with her game, there are a lot of negative comments against her. People here should try looking at the positive side of things - it will make for a nicer life.
on August 5,2013 | 07:27AM
Willieboy wrote:
already does not bode well......her selection will be rebuked after every negative that she does now no matter how small it may be, and i am sure there will be many.
on August 5,2013 | 08:36AM
tutulady wrote:
Wie brings in the money, no matter how she golfs, and she golfs well enough to be the captain's selection. She has class, doesn't bad mouth other players, always acknowledges the people that come to see her play. And, if she wasn't playing, they wouldn't attend the event. She brings in the money. And that's the way it is. Go, Girl!
on August 5,2013 | 08:43AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Good thing Michelle is 6 feet tall. If that was Ai Miyazato in the picture, all we would be looking at is grass.
on August 5,2013 | 08:55AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Tall, slim, a model for Nike apparel.
on August 5,2013 | 10:53AM
saveparadise wrote:
Michelle sells. She magnifies the media coverage for all of the LPGA and is one of the poster girls. The Solheim would not be complete without her and now we have one more reason to watch. Go Michelle!!!!!!!!
on August 5,2013 | 09:10AM
Louis_Winthorpe_III wrote:
She sells what not to do in golf. She is known more for her miscues than anything else - feigning illness or injury as appropriate (“injured” after shooting 88 and 6 after nine, sick at US Open this year), lies about grounding her club in the hazard, DQ for forgetting to sign her scorecard, bad drops, etc…
on August 5,2013 | 10:01AM
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