BETHLEHEM, Pa. – U.S. Solheim Cup captain Beth Daniel can’t scout Michelle Wie Sunday at the U.S. Women's Open, but she’s taking a hard look at Wie as a potential captain’s pick.
Daniel is out on the course scouting with the U.S. Women’s Open one of three events left before the Solheim Cup teams are finalized. Though Wie ranks just 16th on the U.S. Solheim Cup standings, and though she isn’t in this week’s field, Wie is very much among players in the mix for the Aug. 20-23 matches at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
The top 10 in points automatically make the U.S. team with Daniel having some tough choices for her two captain’s picks.
Pat Hurst is No. 13 in the standings and Juli Inkster No. 14. They’re both veterans with Solheim Cup experience who make sense as captain’s picks, but there are other players under consideration, including Wie, for more than her Q-ratings appeal. Wie’s playing well, having come off a third-place finish in her last outing and a top-10 in the outing before that.
What’s Daniel looking for in a captain’s pick?
“I want someone who’s playing really well going into the event,” Daniel said. “That’s mostly what I’m looking for, that’s probably going to be the main thing. I’m looking at stats, how players are playing in these last three events leading into it.”
What about Wie?
“Michelle Wie’s a possibility for sure. She’s been playing well. She’s been showing me something. Her not being in this event hurts her tremendously. I’ve said all along she has to move up in the points a little bit to be considered, but if you look at her stats and how she’s playing, she’s playing as good as anybody. She’s on my radar screen, but it’s so up in the air.”