2014 US Open champion Michelle Wie is heading our way for February’s Australian Open in Adelaide.
It will be the crowd favourite’s first appearance in Australia since she appeared in 2013 at Royal Canberra where she found herself in plenty of rough.
Wie will be desperate to start 2017 on a positive note after struggling with injuries last year.
“It’s tremendous to come back to Australia, I can’t believe it’s been four years since I was last there in Canberra,” Wie said.
“Royal Adelaide is obviously a course known around the world and the girls spoke so highly of South Australia last year that I can’t wait to see not only the club, but everything going on around the state, too.”
“I’m really excited about what the season ahead will hold for me and I’m hopeful that Adelaide will put me on the right track to a successful year.”
Despite her ranking slipping significantly of late, Wei has a formidable record having amassed over $5 million USD prize money throughout her career.
Her US Open was a result many people thought would never happen. A child prodigy in 2000 at the age of just 10 Wie became the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship. But tough times lay ahead for Wie who struggled with the pressures of expectation.
“Honestly, I’ve blocked out a lot of those memories. I’ll say that 2012 was very difficult because it plateaued into bad round after bad round. There were no really good rounds. I was working hard without seeing results.”
Her 2014 win though was a massive breakthrough and it was an unexpected golf superstar who was one of the first to congratulate her.
“I got flowers from Adam Sandler, who I played with at the Sony when I was 13. You know you’ve made it in golf when you get flowers from Happy Gilmore.”
These days Wie is in a great space mentally and is one of the most popular players on the tour.
We look forward to seeing the former US Open champ strut her stuff and teach us all a golf lesson or two.
by Michael T. Lynch – contributor