Michelle Wie West to be assistant captain for Solheim Cup

Michelle Wie West to be assistant captain for Solheim Cup

Captain Pat Hurst selected Wie West, 30, to work alongside previously announced assistant captain Angela Stanford when Team USA competes against Team Europe at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, scheduled for Sept. 4-6, 2021.

“As soon as I heard the news [that Hurst was selected captain in January], I immediately texted Pat, being like, ‘If you haven’t picked your assistant captains yet, I just would love to be even considered,'” Wie West said during a Zoom call Wednesday. “I just feel extremely honored, when I actually got that phone call when she picked me as assistant captain. I was just ecstatic.”

Wie West said she will rely heavily on the lessons learned from Hurst’s leadership and friendship, as well as her own experience teeing it up for Team USA.

“I just really want to help rookies and players to feel comfortable,” said Wie West, who gave birth to her daughter Makenna on June 19. “I want to be that role that Pat was to me of making players feel comfortable. I think comfortable players and relaxed players make good golf and make for a fun time, and that’s what we’re here for — good culture and the fire to win.”