Wie's opening 74 doesn't help Solheim chances


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Michelle Wie was looking for more than her 2-over-par 74 during Thursday’s start of the Ricoh Women’s British Open in her bid to make the U.S. Solheim Cup team.

Wie wants to make a strong impression on captain Meg Mallon before the American team is announced after Sunday’s conclusion of the championship. While Wie would have to win the Ricoh Women’s British Open to qualify for the team on points, she is very much in the mix for a captain’s pick.

In fact, the final roster spot appears to be a battle between Wie, Gerina Piller and possibly Jennifer Johnson if Johnson is bumped out of automatic qualifying. Morgan Pressel looks determined to qualify automatically this weekend but is a likely captain's pick if she doesn't.

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Wie, Johnson and Piller all opened with 74s at St. Andrews.

“I can’t expect to not play well this week and make the team,” Wie said. “I am trying my hardest to play well this week and gain some points and get into the top 12 in the standings. I know I have to work my butt off to get in. I have been this whole year, and I think Meg knows that as well. I just have to play well this week. It’s as simple as that.”

Wie is 13th in the U.S. Solheim Cup standings. Being in the top 12 wouldn’t get Wie on the team on points, but it would confirm the idea she is among the 12 best Americans on a Solheim Cup roster featuring 12 players.

The top eight in points and the top two in the world rankings not already qualified on points will earn automatic roster spots. There are double points available this week at the Women's British Open, the last Solheim Cup qualifying event.

While Wie and Mallon have become good friends living in South Florida, Wie says it gives her no edge.

“We try not to talk about Solheim,” Wie said. “We are so close. We try not to bring it up in conversation. I don’t think any of us are getting favoritism, or I’m getting favoritism, just because we hang out a lot off the golf course. She is just going to do what’s best for the team, and I just want to show that I can play well and do well in Solheim.”