The leggy Major winner will be stepping up as assistant captain for Team USA next year.
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She’s one of the most iconic golfers female golfers in the world, and now Michelle Wie West will be stepping into a new role as Assistant Captain for Team USA at the Solheim Cup 2021.
Having played for her country in the team competition an amazing five times and with an incredible career behind her, we think she’s the perfect person for the job.
Michelle won the US Open in 2014 and her first international team golf experience was all the way back in 2004 when she played in the Curtis Cup at Formby. Aged just 14, she was the youngest player to ever take part in the amateur tournament.
In a statement released today by the LPGA, Team USA Captain Pat Hurst said appointing the star was an easy decision.
“Michelle reached out to see if she could be involved with the team, and I quickly knew that I wanted her as one of my assistants. She’s out there playing with the younger players, and since I’ve been off the Tour for a while, that’s a crucial asset for me to have, first with Angela and now with Michelle. I can’t wait to work with this team as we look forward to our week at Inverness Club next year.”
She will be working alongside fellow Assistant Captain Angela Stanford in the huge show down set for Inverness Club, Ohio, from August 31 to September 6, 2021.
After recently becoming the most stylish LPGA mum imaginable and welcoming baby daughter Makenna into the world, Michelle is thrilled to be part of the team.
The Major winner said:
“When I heard that Pat had been named the captain for Team USA, I immediately knew that I had to be part of her team. Pat was my POD leader when we played in Germany and Iowa and I learned so much from her leadership and friendship. Those weeks were great opportunities to learn from one of the best players and coaches I know, and to work alongside her is going to be an amazing experience.
“My five times playing for Team USA at the Solheim Cup and wearing the Red, White and Blue – those are incredible highlight moments in my career. This next step as an assistant captain is going to be yet another highlight moment, and I’m so grateful to Pat for giving me this opportunity. Our week in Toledo next year is going to be an absolute blast.”
With the Ryder Cup now also moved to next year, September 2021 looks set to be the most epic month of team golf that any of us have ever seen.
We can't wait to watch them all in action!
For more information about the Solheim Cup visit www.solheimcup.com.