Wie on her yardage books, criticism, major outlook


Wearing a Stanford golf shirt and pink flat bill, and with her dog, Lola, on her lap, Michelle Wie joined the “Morning Drive” crew via FaceTime on Monday morning, just hours after she captured the U.S. Women’s Open.

Here are some of the highlights from her interview: 

On the magnitude of her Open victory: “I hasn't sunk in yet. I still don’t believe it. I definitely slept with my trophy last night.”

• On the yardage books she borrowed from Rickie Fowler and Keegan Bradley: “I can’t tell you exactly what was in those books. There were some inappropriate comments sprinkled in. It was nice when I got to some of the holes and still remembered what the comments were. But it helped a lot. I don’t think I would have been this prepared if it wasn’t for those books. They put in some really good notes for me and I’m really thankful for that.”

• On what it’s been like to join the “South Florida Mafia”: “We joke about it, that it’s like a big summer camp down there. We live in a golf community and it’s fun taking their money every once in a while. We motivate each other, work out with each other, inspire each other, and it’s a great community down there.”

On weathering years of criticism to win her first major: “If it wasn’t for the downs, I don’t think I’d feel this good about winning the U.S. Open.”

• On what she’s learned over the past few years: “Just how to handle situations. When I was younger I tried to be perfect. If things didn’t go perfectly then I’d start to freak out. I wanted to have the perfect swing, the perfect putting stroke. I’ve learned over the years that you can’t be perfect. Things aren’t going to go the way they’re supposed to sometimes and you just have to roll with it.”

• On the hug with her mom on the 18th green: “I told my mom this morning, ‘It’s funny how it came to a complete full circle.’ When I hugged her it reminded me of when I won the Publinx when I was 13. It’s crazy, my journey and everything. It’s insane.”

On whether winning a major changes her future outlook: “It definitely motivates me. I want to get better, I want to do better, and I want to win more major championships – it’s so much fun winning, you know?”

• On a potential Solheim Cup partnership with Stacy Lewis: “We always talk about it. I think we’d make a great team. I really enjoy Stacy’s company – we work out together and she kicks my butt in the gym every single day. I think we’d make great partners, but we’ll see what happens.”