Solheim Cup: Michelle Wie confirmed as a captain's pick for United States team
Last Updated: 04/08/13 11:22pm
Michelle Wie has been confirmed as one of two wildcard selections for the United States team at the 2013 Solheim Cup.
Wie and Solheim Cup rookie Gerina Piller were added to the 10 automatic qualifiers by captain Meg Mallon on Sunday after the conclusion of the Women's British Open, won by American Stacy Lewis.
Morgan Pressel was the big winner from St Andrews, although she dropped to fourth overall, but her prize money was enough to move into the top-10 qualifying list and bump Jennifer Johnson from the team.
As well as Lewis, Mallon will also have the services of Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Brittany Lincicome, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, Brittany Lang and Lizette Salas when the three-day event gets underway on August 16 in Colorado.
"I believe in Michelle Wie. She can handle the big stage, she handles it every day of her life, so I have no problem with her being able to perform."
She said: "It was an incredibly difficult day today. I actually had to wait until Morgan finished on 18 before I could even know who my picks are because the rankings had changed and possibly the points had changed.
"It really was a gut-wrenching day but I'm so happy with my 12 players and the team I am bringing to Colorado.
"I didn't get to enjoy it (Stacy Lewis' victory at St Andrews) because I was sequestered in a room trying to figure out who our picks were going to be but she is a good friend of mine and I am thrilled for her personally.
"I believe in Michelle Wie. She can handle the big stage, she handles it every day of her life, so I have no problem with her being able to perform.
"Gerina Piller is a player you are going to get to know. She's an exceptional player and it was a gut instinct for me based on the golf course and how I feel about her character, I think she'll be a terrific addition to our team.
"What's great about these two teams is that they are the present and the future of the Solheim Cup all in one. The cup is in really good hands for a long time.
"It's going to be tough. The Solheim Cup always comes down to the last couple of matches and the last couple of points, and I don't see anything different this time around."