Wie in Solheim mix as qualifying concludes this week


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Don’t count out Michelle Wie in the U.S. Solheim Cup race.

United States captain Meg Mallon isn't.

Though Wie must win the Ricoh Women’s British Open to make the American team on points, she is very much in the running as a potential captain’s pick. She’s among 13 players in the mix for the 12 U.S. roster spots with the team to be announced at the conclusion of this week’s Women’s British Open.

“Anytime you have a player out there with that much talent, you definitely have to consider her,” Mallon said. “We’ll see; she’s definitely in the mix.”

Last event for U.S. players to qualify for Solheim Cup

Wie is 13th on the U.S. Solheim Cup points list and must finish among the top eight in points to automatically make the team. She can only do that by winning this week.

Wie, 23, has shown promising flashes this summer but also troubling swoons. She tied for ninth at the Shoprite Classic in June and tied for ninth again the following week at the Wegmans LPGA Championship only to fail to make the cut in her next two starts. She has missed seven cuts this season.

“She is going through a bit of a roller coaster, but it’s not for a lack of work, or desire to play well,” Mallon said. “Sometimes, with some players, you are trying too hard. That could be the case with her. We will see. She’s not playing badly by any means. She’s still making five or six birdies a round. It’s just the other stuff going on. In match play, that’s not such a bad thing. If you make five or six birdies in a round, you are going to win a lot of holes.”

Wie may well be in a battle with Gerina Piller for the last roster spot. Wie is a two-time LPGA winner and veteran of two American Solheim Cup teams. Piller, 28, has not won an LPGA event, though she is becoming a more regular presence on leaderboards. Piller has never played in a Solheim Cup.