U.S. Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster is expecting Michelle Wie to be ready to go when her team heads to Germany in three weeks, but she’s prepared just in case.
Wie, who has battled left hip, knee and ankle injuries the last three months, showed no signs of pain before missing the cut Friday at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.
“She feels fine,” Inkster said. “She just feels a little rusty. I have to go with what she’s telling me. I’m not a doctor. I have to believe she’s going to be ready.”
Wie isn’t playing the Yokohama Tire Classic in Alabama this week, but she’s scheduled to play the Evian Championship the week after. The mountain the Evian course is built upon is sure to test how strong Wie is. If Wie determines she isn’t ready to play the Solheim Cup, Inkster has up until the opening ceremony in Germany to replace her. Inkster, per captain’s agreement, has already submitted a name as a possible replacement for an injured player.
“She’s got two more weeks to rest and rehab, but she needs to get into game shape,” Inkster said. “So, Evian's going to be a big week for her, as far as walking those hills, and testing her head and her foot. I'm not quite sure if she's going to be able to go 36 holes [in a day]. That's still a big question mark.”